Is Music Your Hobby or Your Passion?

Why do you do this music thing, anyway? Is music just your version of stamp collecting or trout fishing—something you do in your spare time to get a break from the daily grind? Or is it a little bit more of an intense thing than that? Does music stem from your soul and burn inside…

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…

You Don’t Need Expensive Music Gear

If you’ve surfed YouTube in the past couple of years or so you have most likely noticed a tidal wave of gear reviews from various musicians and enthusiasts, including both mega-popular and relatively-unknown YouTubers. On the Tube, you can find your favorite artist or producer pumping up a hype new piece of gear in an endless stream…