Music

Before you publish your first album, you need to think about the cover art for it. This is a very important part of any album, as it not only becomes a recognizable factor for that particular album but also gets your band’s name out there more effectively.

Here are a few tips from us that you can make use of before getting your album’s artwork designed:

  • Find someone who asks you questions. A good designer understands that in order to create a band’s album art, something that is going to be iconic, they need to understand who you actually are as a band.
  • You don’t have to go overboard. A minimalist album cover is just as good as a very comprehensive one. Don’t think that your album needs something that is going to hit your listeners in the face.
  • Take a risk by thinking about how you can enhance people’s experience of handling your album. Does it have to be just a two-dimensional image printed on a sleeve or can it be more than that? You can do something unique with your album cover to make it stand out more.
  • Let the designer take the lead. We understand that your album art is going to be something very personal for you, but you need to hand over the reins to the one designing the art. It is the artist’s job to think about what you want and come up with a creative solution.

 

Follow these quick tips when you have to get the artwork designed for your album, and chances are that you’ll end up with something that becomes an iconic part of your band’s identity.

 

Music

Being an independent musician these days is not an easy job. However, if you are willing to put the work in, you can record your first album and release it yourself. With the power of the internet, and your music of course, you can reach out to a lot of people and release your music to the world.

If you think it is time to start selling your music in the form of an album, here are some interesting tips that could make this process a success:

  1. Reach Out to Fans for Help

Marketing your album is probably the most important thing you should do before releasing an album. This is mostly to be done on your own as an indie band, but you shouldn’t overlook the possibility of reaching out to your fans for help in this process.

  1. Get a Hold of Bloggers

Bloggers can be very useful in helping create the hype for your album release. The followers of successful bloggers have a lot of respect for what they write, so having someone write about your music and the album release can be huge.

  1. Don’t Stop Creating

Once you have created your album, you need to constantly make more music and release it. Your fans would not want you to release one album and then disappear from the scene. Whether your first album makes as much money as you had wanted it to or not, don’t stop making new music and sharing it with the world if you want to succeed as an indie band in today’s world.

 

Music, Travel

As a musical band that often tours, we cannot stress enough how important a decent sound check before your performance is. The process itself is fairly simple; you sing a few songs from your set before the actual performance, and with the help of a sound engineer you place and tweak all your instruments and speakers/mics according to the ideal sound for the audience to come.

However, many new bands don’t understand that there is a proper way, and some etiquettes, to be followed while conducting a sound check, so read the following tips very carefully:

Play Something Familiar

Familiar to the sound engineer, we mean. Often new bands will use the extra hour or so they get for their sound check as a rehearsal slot or jamming session. This is not the case. A sound check is a sound check, and the people helping you get the best possible sound from your music should not be taken for granted. It’s important to take this process seriously, and play something that the sound engineer and technicians know so that they can better judge the quality of the sound.

Understand the Physics

It’s not always good to be a perfectionist while going through a sound check, because the fact of the matter is that your music is definitely going to sound a little different when the venue is actually full of people dancing up and down. It’s important to trust your sound engineer, understand the parameters on which sound checks are conducted, and then settle on the best possible arrangement that can be made. Many bands waste their slot to conduct a sound check simply because they fall into a never-ending cycle of checking and rechecking because they just can’t achieve the ‘perfect’ sound.

 

So take our advice, and start focusing more on sound checks than you do at the moment. It’s an essential part of your performance, and has the power to make or break your tour.

Music, Photography, Travel

Going on tour is great. It’s an experience you can never truly forget or replicate with any other activity. The constant driving, never eating on time, staying in different places every night, and the very hard work all combine to turn a musical tour into an unforgettable time of any band’s life.

But one thing that we can tell you for a fact is that you should never forget about all your fans and followers back home. Here are some things you can do to make sure you stay in touch with all your fans while on tour:

  • Share Some Photos

One of the best ways to share your experiences with your fans is to share photos with them regularly. Take photos of various activities you do as a band, Show them your van, the venues you are performing at, and the actual concerts or jams. We do understand that taking photos every day becomes difficult, not only because of the time needed but also because of unfavorable weather.

To deal with the latter, you can use AuroraHDR to make sure that you can take HDR photos in any weather condition without worrying too much about having the details of your photos washed out. HDR photography is also a great way to take some great photos in dark by combining different exposures to ensure you get a well-lit image.

  • Be Active on Social Media

This should go without saying in this day and age, but you should use various social media platforms to their fullest for updating your fans with your adventures. Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram are great ways to share updates with your fans through text updates, photos, or videos.

  • Make Videos of Your Performances

It’s important to have your concerts or gigs properly covered by a videographer so that you can show your fans what you are up to. It’s also a great way to promote yourself as a band because you can show these videos and the response of the crowds to potential sponsors or record labels. Documenting any art form is crucial for further development, and music is no different.

 

So the next time you plan to go on a tour, make sure you take along the necessary things for staying in touch with your online fans. Computers, cameras, and preferably a professional photographer/videographer should accompany you on your tour so that nothing from your musical adventure goes amiss.

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There’s nothing quite like going on a music tour across the country in a van with your band and nothing else. Going out and performing to a different audience every time is a far more different experience that playing the same gig every night to a crowd that knows and likes you. If you are thinking of taking the leap of faith and going on a tour, here are some of the things you should remember:

  • Not Everyone Will Like You

As harsh as this sounds, we learned the hard way that people who have never seen or heard of you don’t really care about you when you go and perform for them. This, as mentioned before, is possibly the toughest part about going on tour. So before going on the road, it’s always better to have your expectations in check.

  • You Will Have to Sell Merchandise

Remember that most of what you earn through gigs will be spent on food, fuel, and van maintenance. So you will have to make earn money through selling merchandise like t-shirts and signed instruments.

  • The Fatigue Will Get To You

You probably already know this but going on tour is going to be tough on your body and mind. You probably won’t be getting enough sleep, and even if you do it won’t be comfortable. Riding in a van with all your gear is going to be frustrating, and the changing time zones will get to you. If you want to work from the road while touring, you’ll have the additional stress of having to check your emails on time.

  • But You Will Love it

However, despite all the reality checks mentioned in this blog, mark our words that you will love this time more than anything in your life. You will meet new people on a daily basis, your bond amongst your band will strengthen, you will learn new things about yourself and about others, and you will be playing music for weeks on end. So despite all the hardship and the work, if you are thinking of going on tour right now, go ahead and just do it!

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So we thought we would share some tips of how we first started performing. It’s important for new bands to be familiar with the direction they want to go in, and know how they can get there. We feel like for a young new band, much like we were some years ago, it isn’t very easy to actually go out there and start performing. So we want to help by sharing some of our tips and personal experiences that might help you guys land your first gig.

  • Practice Makes Perfect

This may sound like a cliché, but you need to practice your skill like crazy before you can actually convince someone to let you play at their café, or bar, or concert. It’s always better that you as a band know what kind of music you want to play and in what capacity you see yourself playing. Are you going to be a recording band, or are you content with playing small gigs just to fulfil your passion? Are you a rock band, or do you prefer playing jazz? Know yourself before you go in front of anyone to ask for a chance to play.

  • Have a Demo Ready

In this day and age, the idea of creating a demo may seem old-fashioned, but trust us when we say that it helps a lot in convincing someone they should let you play at their event. Work hard on a demo, record a video if you can, and you’ll see how interested booking agents will get when they actually see what you can offer.

  • Ask for Help

If you have friends or family that need some live music at one of their events, or better yet if another band that you’re tight with needs an opening act, ask them to give you a shot. Be willing to play a few events for free if you have to. Ask your network to let you know if any opportunity comes up.

  • Play Smaller Gigs

It’s better to start small in these kind of things. If you happen to land a small gig at a restaurant or a bar, ask your friends and family to come at all costs. Gather some people to show the bookers that you’re worth it. It’s always tough for a new band to catch public attention, so you need to ask for help from those who are close. Having this kind of support pays off a great deal in the end.

Another important thing to do is to reach out to booking agents. Go to bars that play live music, familiarize yourself with the atmosphere, the process. Have a drink with the booking agent, show them what you can do. Drop your contact information with them, and move on to the next place. Just be ready to do some work, keeping improving your skills, and you’ll get a gig in no time.

Photography

Adam and Jayne photography is one of the most favorite sessions of all the times. For beginners, they bring effective photographic ideas to take the best shots. They share their own ideas and photographic experiences in the photo blogging. If you treasure your photos, a photo blog is a right way to organize, store and also preserve your photos. You can also upload some photos and call it an online album. Setting up and running the photography blog is as easy as building and updating the blog, which is fully text-based. These blogs can give readers a chance to view the world from an entirely new perspective in the effective manner. Today, many bloggers are publishing the photo blogs that are actually created by the professional photographers. These blogs are helpful for readers and let them happy to contribute the photographs, when asked.

With the popularity of these blogs, posting and sharing images in a blog has become a great way to convey what you want while connecting with the viewers. The blog of Adam and Jayne contains a lot of romantic shots of them. The way they kept the images looking into each other’s eyes were so sweet and made it very clear how much they love each other. In these days, many photo blogs like Adam have gained popularity among people and grab much attention to visit the blogs again and again. These blogs also contain very high artistic quality images with its thematic content. All these pictures have become one of the most shareable content formats with pithy quotes and infographics. If you are an artist or a photography hobbyist who wishes to setup a blog, you just learn more by researching some of these most famous blogs on the World Wide Web and try to make new photo blogs more easily.