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…

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…

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…

Should You Release Your Music as Singles, EP’s, or LP’s?

There are countless articles out there talking about how the music industry has been transformed by the “digital age”. How does this influence the frequency and the format of your releases? What are the best ways to release music as an independent musician? Defining Terms A single is just what it sounds like, a single…