Maria Phillips

Into the Studio

by Maria Phillips

How do you know when it’s time to lay down your first tracks. You’ve been practicing for months or years, and really have some solid song ideas put together. So when do you make them a reality on vinyl? The key to all of this is not to get too overzealous, and try to move too fast. Because what will happen is that you will not be prepared and it will cost you more money and time than you would have imagined. You will find it when you were recording, that there is a lot of pressure and if you are not very prepared you will spend take after take trying to get a song just right. A lot of new bands play their songs and practice, but don’t realize the commitment they need to record it in the studio. Kois, who teaches beginner drum lessons works out of a studio, and sees people who move too quickly before they are ready.

the studio

Every member of the band most have their part down pat, so there will be few or no mistakes once the tapes get rolling. Most forgetting one important point, in that the studios are rented by the hour. You can spend half a day just trying to get one song perfected. You and your band mates end up exhausted and frustrated with very little progress made. The smart thing to do is to be able to play your song over and over, until it is like second nature to you. Almost to the point where you can play it in your sleep. You want to make sure you’re band mates are the same way with their parts. Then when you’re done practicing all you can; practice some more. Work out all the kinks and changes that need to be made before you even set foot in a record Studio. A lot of times playing a song over and over will help you see the changes that need to be made more clearly.

ready for the studio

Then you have plenty of time in a more relaxed arena to work out any nuances that need to be brought to your song. You never want to get to a place where you are undecided on the path of a song once you were in the studio. This does a number of things. It can hurt yourself confidence, which in turn destroys your drive and passion towards you music. Once frustration sets in, people make more mistakes, and it gets more difficult to get back on track. So the moral of the story is, practice your music over and over until it becomes second nature. Then if you decide that your final cuts are exactly what you want, then and only then head for the studio to lay them out for the world to hear.

Choosing a Recording Studio

by Maria Phillips

What to look for in a good mood music studio. So you got to be in together, and you’ve written a bunch of songs, and are feeling great about your future. Now where do you go to record your music? There are many options available to the amateur musician. You will want to take into consideration the location when you set out to lay down some tracks. Do you want to build your own music studio, or do you want to buy or lease and already established location? There are many things to consider. If you own your own home and have a basement that is not currently used for anything else, this would be a good area to set up a studio.

basement recording studio

Being a basement that it is below ground, it will hold the sound of the music to some extent on its own. But you will want to take additional measures to make sure that your area is virtually soundproof. You don’t want to limit yourself as to when you can play, because of the neighbors. Some of your band mates may only be able to meet in the evening, so you want to make sure that you can jam without disturbing anyone around you. First of all, you will want to soundproof the windows and the doors. Those are the areas where sound can leak the easiest. The best material for this is a foam material that is shaped in a egg carton fashion.

professional studio

It will absorb the music, and the eggshell patterns from reflecting back very easily. Next, you will want to use the same material all along your walls and ceiling. And during each stage of your construction, you will want to stand outside and test the level of noise that escapes, so you will know when you have insulated it enough. You will want some sound to flow through the room, just not to let any escape. Once you have the sound down, you can focus on your recording equipment. You will spread your amplifiers out around the playing area so that the noise can travel freely. Somewhere in the center of your configuration, you will place your recording Center where you can control the music levels and the recording settings. If all of this is a bit much for you, most music studios have blocks of time that musicians can rent out. Everything is usually included, and allows you to come in and play with limited amounts of set up and take out. Whichever path you choose, you will get to witness the fruits of your labor finally coming through.

Marketing Yourself

Marketing yourself as a musician. You may have come into this business just wanting to be an artist and express yourself, but unfortunately you have to get yourself out there for people to see you. There are those fluke situations where the right person is there at the right time, and you become discovered. But for most musicians it doesn’t work that way. They spend months or even years creating an album and trying to figure out how to get people to notice them. Playing clubs is one thing. They put you in front of a group of people who are there to hear music and who could walk away loving your sound.

playing in a bar

But there is a disadvantage to this. For one, they may not have come there to specifically see you. They may just be at the bar. Also they may become intoxicated, in which case they may barely remember you or the name of your band. The key is to get yourself in front of people who are looking for you or your sound specifically. How does that happen? First what you want to do is create a YouTube channel. It’s free to do, and the only cost is a video equipment needed to record your performance. The beauty and that is that you can record as many videos as you’re like even one for every song you have ever written. People from all over the world can find you and if they like your sound they could share you with all your friends. Another thing you can do is join a Meetup Group. There are meetup groups and every city all over the world. meeting other musicians


Just look for a group that focuses on musicians or specifically instrument you play. Most of them meet at least once a month and you can network worst case scenario in that situation, is that you find someone to collaborate on a new project with. But as your network grows, you meet people who know people who also know people that could help you. As well as you helping others. The third method I want to talk about is a site called Gigmore. It is a free to use platform that allows you to set up your account showcasing all of your music, and the types of collaborations you’re looking for. You can even upload videos of your performances that will let everyone see your talent. On that same website you could also connect with people for future projects. You may need a guitar store drummer who is looking for a side project, and you just may be the person to help them.

How the Internet Changed the Record Company

How the Internet Changed the Record Company

There is no doubt that the internet has drastically changed the music industry, for better or worse is still up for debate.  There are those that would argue that the music industry should have seen this coming and done far more to adapt sooner.  It is arrogant to believe that your industry will never be affected by the changes in technology.  Let’s take a look at how the internet changed the record company, the music store and musicians alike.  Every aspect of the industry has been affected by technology, let’s have a look.

The Record Company

The internet has completely changed how music is created, marketed, sold, the distribution channels and how it is shared.  If you look back just 20 years ago, it was a completely different business model than it is now.  Here is an example, digital technology brought about the end of the “CD”, there are very few sales of this format of music anymore and downloading music is here to stay.

Downloading music and sharing it across various platforms has led to a big problem with music piracy.  The music industry has had to tackle this problem and you could argue that they have been unsuccessful in fighting piracy.  File sharing programs have made life difficult for the record companies and policing the internet to try and catch music pirates is an impossible job.  Here is a closer look at how piracy has affected the music industry.

Music Stores

Music stores seem to be a thing of the past with the advent of the internet.  Independent music stores that used to be part of the landscape all across America are gone, and big retail chains are where you would purchase physical music today.  Even the record aisle at Walmart is disappearing.

Today, buying music is far different than it was 20 years ago.  Back then you bought albums or CDs from your favorite artist at a record or music store, today you buy music by the song from iTunes or some other online retailer.  Music is almost completely digital downloads today.  iTunes, which was unheard of just 15 years ago now has a monopoly on the digital market and it is the largest music retailer period, with over 70% of worldwide online music sales.

Music stores have had to change their product lineup from strictly carrying music to other things as well.  Now you will find DVDs, CDs, t-shirts and books all lining the shelves.  It’s pretty evident how much the internet has changed the industry.

For the Musician

It is easier and harder to break into the industry.  Platforms like YouTube and Soundcloud have made it far easier to market your own music and build a following.  Digital equipment means that for very little money you can make some incredible good recordings right in your own home.  On the flip side getting signed to a major label is much harder than it used to be.  Album sales are down and profit margins are much tighter meaning you really need to go out of your way to attract the attention of a record company executive.

How You Can Attract the Attention of a Record Label

How You Can Attract the Attention of a Record Label

You’re a budding musician trying to make your mark on the world and get signed to a record label.  You’ve got the talent you just need some exposure and attract the attention of a record label.  How do you go about getting signed to a record label?  Let us show you the steps you need to take to get yourself signed.


It goes without saying that if you want to land a record deal you need some raw talent.  Record labels and studios spend big money putting together recording studios, distribution channels, marketing teams and supply chains.  They want a return on the investment that they have made and they recoup that investment by selling records.

No matter how talented you are or how big your fan base is you’re going to need a studio coach.  This is someone who understands the difference between a recording and a live performance.  You need the recording to sound the best it can be since an executive is only going to listen to a few seconds.  Bear in mind as well that executives at a record label get flooded with demo tapes from people just like you wanting a record deal.  Your music needs to stand out this brings us to the next point the demo.

Demo Tape

Once you have worked with a studio coached now it is time to make your demo tape.  There are recording technologies that allow pretty much anyone to make a great recording right in your own home.  Get yourself a decent microphone and the right recording software.  If you don’t have the knowhow to do the recording yourself there are still recording studios that can help you.  Start with one song and make it the best you can then go from there.

Promote Yourself

In these day and age if you want to make it in the music industry is to promote yourself across the various social media channels.  We’re not talking about Twitter and Facebook, although they will help but you need to be on the social platforms designed for music.  You’re going to need to put together your own website and you can embed audio and video files of your music.  You want to have a decent presence on YouTube, SoundCloud and Reverbnation.  It can help you build a fan following and attract the attention of labels.  Remember Justin Beiber get signed because of his YouTube videos.