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Dominate the music industry one niche at a time

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Today I want to talk a little about an approach to music that I’ve read about somewhere a long time ago, and its just stayed in my head since. I can’t remember exactly where I read about this, so I apologize for not referencing.

The idea is simple in our heads, isn’t it? Make music, sell records, make a living.
The idea of how to get there, probably isn’t as simple anymore. For good reason, nobody will actually give you a list of things you need to do in order to make it in the industry. So the guess work begins.

I like to think, that the most important thing, is to be really good. Like, so good that nobody can ignore you even if they wanted to. So good that people will want to tell other people about it.
The second thing, and that is the one I will talk about today, is breaking the plan down into steps that you can achieve.
I’m sure we all have our own outlets where we post up our music. I use soundcloud, youtube and I go on a few forums. I want to dominate those few outlets before I can move on. The IDMforums run a netlabel. In the future I would like them to release some of my music. I want to have a certain amount of Souncloud followers and Youtube subscribers.

The reason for me aiming reasonably low in the spectrum (considering I could say, be going for selling millions of albums) is that I can’t possibly expect to make it huge, if I can’t even shine among the thousands of people on youtube and soundcloud and the forums doing the same thing. Once I achieve the goals I set myself now, I’ll set other ones, more powerful ones. The point is, they will be solid signs that I am getting somewhere.

By dominating at a niche site like Soundcloud I can show to myself and to others that I have what it takes.

Where do you promote your music, and how much success have you had with dominating your niche? Let me know in the comments!

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June 13, 2011 at 2:57 pm

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Weekend Video: Daedalus

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Check out this wicked vid of Daedalus doing his thing at Dublab. It is so awesome that you’ll probably watch it a few times. Go ahead. Do it.

 

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June 11, 2011 at 11:27 pm

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News: NI release Vintage Compressors bundle

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The folks at NI sure are on a roll lately!

Via NI:

VINTAGE COMPRESSORS is the sound of character compression. Created in collaboration with Softube, the VC 76, VC 2A and VC 160 are painstakingly accurate emulations of three of the most popular compressors in studio history. Each has its own unmistakable sound, and with added sidechaining and parallel compression, these VINTAGE COMPRESSORS actually improve on the originals. Add legendary character to your productions with VINTAGE COMPRESSORS.

The VINTAGE COMPRESSORS* bundle is available in the Online Shop for $229 / 199 €. The individual compressors are also available separately for $119 / 99 € each.

For more info and to purchase go here

Written by majorshake

June 10, 2011 at 10:36 am

Simple tip for getting more balanced mixes

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Today I want to talk a little about getting the right balance of frequencies in your mix. It’s all good to get the volume of each track just right in the concept of the song. Sometimes though, you will still find that when you listen to your tracks on another system, they sound too trebly or too bassy.

If It happens consistently, then the issue might be with your monitoring setup. If your mix consistently lacks bass, lower the amount of bass coming out of your speakers. That way what previously might have seemed like the right amount of bass will now be not enough. Therefore, correcting the previous lack of bass.
Do exactly the same with treble. If there is too much normally, then turn it up on your speakers to reflect that.

Have a great weekend guys! I have a wicked video for you all tomorrow!

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June 10, 2011 at 9:21 am

3 tips for keeping your listeners attention

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When making music, perhaps the most important thing you can do for yourself is keeping your fans interested when they are listening. Capturing your listeners attention in that way is perhaps the best sign that your music is good.

Today I will give you three tips on how to maintain your listeners attention.

1. Variation.
Perhaps the easiest way to maintain your listeners interest is to offer variation in your music. It doesn’t have to be something big. Firstly, don’t use the same drum fill more than once, and add little variations in the drum patterns. Perhaps vary the tempo a little? Attempt different things depending on what would work for your song. The changes do not need to be big, but as long as there are variations, your audience will remain captivated.

2. Play looping parts out multiple times.
Let’s say you have a 4 bar instrumental loop. Assuming its an instrument you can play, instead of only recording one loop, record a few of them. They will all have the same feel overall, however they will vary slightly because your timing even though on point, will be very slightly different. If you were to play out a drum loop multiple times, you would likely include extra hits on this or that sample, just because it will sound better. Try it out!

3. Don’t quantize.
Don’t use the quantize tool at all. Let the timing be a little off. It never needs to be perfect. In fact, the imperfections are what can make the song juuuuuuuuust right. It’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking that the timing must be perfect in every single bar of your song. It’s partly right. Of course you don’t want any part of your song to be out of time. But it does not need to be EXACTLY perfect. Your music doesn’t need to sound like it was made by robots.

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June 8, 2011 at 8:45 pm

Time+Space Cinematic Bundles Contest

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Time+Space have announced a competition in which three lucky entrants can win a copy of their Cinematic Bundle.

This includes:

You need to be 18 to enter, and the competition ends on the 7th of July.
For more details read here. 

Good luck friends!

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June 8, 2011 at 8:16 pm

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News: Dada Life releases the Sausage Fattener

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Looks tasty. This is what they say about it on their website:

“The Sausage Fattener only has two knobs. But don’t be fooled. With those seemingly simple parameters you can create loads of different sounds. Use the Sausage Fattener on a single channel with moderate settings as a musical compressor. Turn it up and you have a dirty bastard of distortion. But you can also use the plugin on a bus (for example all the drums and the bass) or the whole track as a mastering plugin.

The Sausage Fattener is used by Tiësto, Kaskade, Diplo, Laidback Luke, Chuckie, Sebastian Ingrosso, Dirty South, Hardwell, Angger Dimas, Frank E, Zedd, Lazy Rich, Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike, Marcus Schossow, John Dahlbäck and many other DJ/producers.

Just see what Laidback Luke thinks about our little creation:
“Ever since I stepped away from Fruity Loops I was looking for a plugin like this. And you did it. Instantly hooked, and loving it!”

More info here.

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June 8, 2011 at 9:10 am

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