Plateaus – Annihilation EP [Peer Review 01]

Welcome to the first in a series I call Peer Review, where I bring to you my impressions of a release from a fellow independent musician! I’m reviewing the EP Annihilation by Melbourne, FL artist Plateaus. Plateaus is the project of independent musician Nate Flores, a guitarist and songwriter who appeared on the Southeast Florida metal-scene…

6 Things to Consider When Choosing Your Artist or Band Name

Coming up with a great name for yourself or your band can be a massive headache. Add to that the fact that it has become increasingly hard to pin down a good name that isn’t already taken. There is also a myriad of legal variables to consider, which sucks all of the fun out of…

5 Tips for Getting Your Tracks Louder

One of the most striking differences between a track you may have produced on your own in your home project studio versus a song produced in a professional studio, is the overall loudness. Maybe your track sounds flat, small, weak, and deflated in contrast to the “real” production. This can really get under your skin…

Mixing and Mastering Your Own Music vs. Hiring Someone

As an independent artist you wear many hats. You could even be a one-person band, and as such you probably handle every aspect of how your music is created, captured and presented. The mysterious arts of mixing and mastering define two final stages of the process where many artists, big and small, hire professional engineers…

The Stages of Music Production: From Noodling to Mastering

People involved in music production bat around the terms mixing and mastering a lot. What do they mean, and how do they fit into the overall process of producing a song? As an independent or self-produced musician, can you take some liberty and consolidate or be more efficient in any of the stages of music production? A…

5 Tips for Finishing Your Music Projects

You’ve been sitting on those tracks for how long now? You even got your fans, friends and family excited about that fire you told them you’ve been working on. But months have passed, maybe even a year since you first conceived of those new songs. Maybe you haven’t ever released anything and you are carefully calculating…