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…

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…

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…