Loving the Shadow: Shedding Light on the Inner Critic


Ali Owens is an author, speaker, and enthusiastic self-love advocate with a passion for empowering others to emerge as their authentic, unapologetic selves. By sharing the tools she has used to navigate through trauma and create a fulfilling life, she hopes to be an ally for anyone who is struggling and wishes to soar instead. »

Recent Posts

I Want To Do Home Recordings! What Do I Need?


So you say you’ve got songs to record, but don’t have the money to go to a major studio? Perhaps you’re just starting out and want to test out your recordings at home before committing to a big studio. »

How I Made an Album on an iPhone


Besides beatmaking apps, I really got into the various synth apps available. I started with the free ones like miniSynth and NLogFree, and then eventually moved toward paid apps such as Argon, Dronestation, and Thereminator. »

I Want to Play Clubs that Pay Me. How Do I Do That?


I wish all musicians would just stop playing for free because it undermines the people willing to “say, yes I would love to play at your club, now let’s talk about the guarantee.”
But since that’s not going to happen, let me tell you personally how to get paid. »

A Few Tips From a Reader’s Wife


For musicians based in Ireland, XMusic will match any price you can find on line, for all the gear they stock. Personal Health – The little bit every day is better than alot, once a week. »


Advertising  Marketing  Money

Recently, the UK government passed The Digital Economy Act which included many, perhaps draconian, measures to combat online music piracy (including withdrawing broadband access for persistent pirates). But how much money do musicians really get paid in this new digital marketplace? »

The Music Biz : Five Important Tips for Staying Sane and in the Game

Health  Music

Study. Being in the music biz is a college education that never ends. The more you know, the better off you are. Read trade magazines, tech manuals, industry how to guides, blogs and websites written by industry professionals, join groups, listen, ask questions. »

The Death of the Bridge


The textbook pop song structure is verse – chorus – verse – chorus – bridge (also known as the “middle eight”) – chorus. At its most basic level, structure is repetition. If no element of the song repeats, it has no structure. »

Recording on a Shoestring Budget

Gear  Money

Finding information about recording on a shoestring budget isn’t easy. Sure, there are plenty of articles online that can guide you through buying sensibly and cheaply, but very few that actually, from start to finish, give you an idea of how to record your songs with the most merge of funds. »

17 Ways Bands Should Use Email to Grow Their Fan Base and Sales


Your relationship with your fans has never been more important. They hold the money and are the ones that want to buy directly from you. They love your music and are whom you need to develop an intimate relationship with if you want your band’s career to grow. »

Songwriting in Traffic


In general, about 90% of the time, my songwriting process starts with me sitting down with a groove, a melody, and my acoustic. It’s also through jamming and exploring that the process begins. »