March 2014 / 44 posts found

Is the ALBUM Truly Dead?

by Helmut Eder
Is the ALBUM truly dead? Is the album truly dead? Are the days of buying records with ten to fifteen songs on them gone? According to a recent article by Bob Lefsetz for Vaniety, the answer is undeniably yes. For today’s indie artist, this is an emphatic NO. Read More »

Tessane’s Dream

by Helmut Eder
This is about the winner of Season 5 of The Voice; a blogger’s perspective on her performance. Ultimately a comparison with the greats, and the show’s impact on her life for the future. Read More »

Who Writes the Songs? Why Some Bands Are Singing the Blues

by Helmut Eder
Bands need to think seriously about the issue of songwriting credits and song ownership. A band partnership agreement will cover this and is a key factor in the long-term survival of any group. Read More »

Artists, Don’t Let Your Ego Limit Your Opportunities

by Helmut Eder
f you speak to an indie, DIY, or unsigned artist about his or her music career strategy, it’s surprising how many artists that don’t know how they are going to achieve success. Somehow, despite having a plan, they believe that fame and fortune will come knocking at their doors. Alarming as this may sound, it is true of most. Read More »

The Vocal Recording Process

by Helmut Eder
Vocal tracks are the part of a song which everyone remembers, to the general music listening public they are the most important element in a piece of music. This article is written to give you a bit of an insight into how vocals are recorded and techniques used to arrange them. Read More »

3 Reasons Bands Don’t Record an Album and Why They’re Wrong

by Helmut Eder
“Oh man, we’d love to record an album, but… ” What follows the “but” is usually one of the following three excuses: 1. “… we can’t afford it.” 2. “… we want to get signed first.” 3. “… we’re not in that league yet.” All three are nonsense. Read More »

How to Prepare Yourself for Studio Recording Sessions: Vocalists

by Helmut Eder
It is extremely important for all musicians and vocalists to be prepared when getting ready for upcoming studio sessions. With the right preparation the session should go smoothly and be a great experience for all involved. Failing to prepare can and usually does lead to more stress and work than would be otherwise required. This article is written with vocalist in mind but some of the tips are equally valuable to drummers, guitarists, bassists and all recording musicians. Read More »

Recording Bass Guitar

by Helmut Eder
One request I’ve had several times now is to do an article on recording bass guitar effectively, so that is what I’m going to discuss here. Bass guitar often gets overlooked by bands when they record (and elsewhere, as many a gloomy bassist will tell you). But a badly recorded or mixed bass track can play havoc with a recording, and a lot of bands realise too late that they’ve not given enough thought to it and suffer as a result. So let’s go over some basic principles. Read More »

Miley Cyrus – A Proper Step Taken In An Improper Way

by Helmut Eder
When talking about branding, most experts stress on the word – consistency. A person carrying a brand image is expected to deliver it consistently almost every day and in everything they do. Read More »

What Is A Producer And Do You Need One?

by Helmut Eder
Few jobs in the music industry are less well understood than that of the record producer. Not only do bands or individual musicians not understand the role of the producer, neither do a large number of people who call themselves producers. Read More »
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