Not every musician, artist, and band is going to make it successfully. That’s a fact that we all have to accept. However, there are some who are fighting an uphill battle from the very moment they start. Here are the hurdles that might be working against you and what your options are when it comes to clearing them out of the way.
With the New Year celebrated and the roaring 20’s officially started, it’s time to dig into those New Year’s Resolutions. Now, I don’t know about all of you, though resolutions can be really motivating, they can also be difficult to keep up as real-life starts to set in after the holiday grace period. So, here are a couple of tips to help you keep your resolutions this year:
We’ve had The Essential Advent Calendar for a few years now and usually when it comes to December 25 we summarise the songs we’ve featured over advent. This year is going to be different. It’s the end of the decade. When we go back to reality after the Christmas/New Year period, and work out how to remember how to write the date, it’s no longer going to be the 20-teens, we’ll have entered the 2020s. And ultimately, it’s up to us to decide whether it’s going to be a time of prosperity and positivity or not: will we have a Roaring 2020s, or will we just go along with whatever is given to us, accepting it as our lot in life, no matter how miserable it makes us feel?
November, 16th, a windowless dressing room in the catacombs of the Bremen concert hall ÖVB Arena, where everything seems to be coloured in beige, the faux leather couches and even the bizarre table-arrangement of a plastic agave. Next door Morten Harket is practising scales; A-ha will appear on stage in this sold out arena in one and a half hours. Keyboarder and co-songwriter Magne Furuholmen (57) is using the occasion to promote his current solo record “White X-Mas Lies”. It’s near the end of the first part of A-ha’s ongoing world tour and he seems a bit tired, but answers all questions with a friendly attentiveness.
It’s not every day that you hear about an artist being signed to a major record label at the age of 36 years old, especially in the modern country music landscape. It’s also not every day that you hear that artist is nominated for a Grammy for Best Country Song, with her first major-label release. However, not every artist is Ashley McBryde. Combining the classic country sounds and instrumentation of 90s country music, with honest, heartfelt vocal performances, McBryde is distinguishing herself from the pack and carving out her own place in modern country music.
Over recent years, K-pop has had an increasingly influential role in the music industry, even in western markets. Reflecting the open internet culture, music from South Korea has cracked the U.S. and European markets in a way it never could before. It also seems K-pop is having a wider impact on the music industry as a whole by helping to revive physical music formats.
So, you’re thinking of becoming a digital composer? Good call. Digital composers have awesome jobs and get to turn their passion and creative flair into something everyone can enjoy. To become the best, you need to already love music and have an ear for detail – but you also need the tools to help you succeed.