Edit: Volume 7 is LIVE! Get it here!
And the roster for ‘Chiptunes = WIN: Volume 7’ is… -insert ridiculous over-the-top drumroll likely composed by Adam Lankford here-(more…)
Hello everyone. For this month, I decided instead of an album review or talking about a concert I thought that I might perhaps offer some help to the community at large by addressing one of the things I see as a major common weakness: poor brand management. “Wait what,” I hear you say, “why are you teaching me an Intro to Business course here? I just want some dank bleep bloops, bro!” And that’s fine, because at the end of the day is not a man entitled to the bleep from his bloops? But for those of you who are interested in getting senpai to notice you, and by senpai I mean potential fans and friends, then I have some broad and functional advice for you in terms of making sure that what music you have is available to the most people and you can start being that cool kid who wears pastel colored 80’s and 90’s era windbreaker jackets, clear Wayfarer glasses, a geeky Snapback and patterned leggings that all the convention-goers want to throw their parents’ money at. Or whatever it is YOU deem as commercial success, I guess.(more…)
Sooooooo, what was going to be a week-long series of social media posts giving brief historical context on five years of our compilation series (a little hype leading up to Friday’s V.6 launch if you will) just turned into a week-long series of blog posts featuring such. Why? Simple: there’s no word limit here. ಠ‿↼ And boy howdy, can I write a lot about this gorram project; especially this core facet of it.
Read on below the jump if you dare.
For the first installment of this series, I want to get right to the point: how to progress from a bedroom recording artist to getting live gigs. When I started out, I thought that chiptune musicians were limited to performing at specifically chiptune shows. Many people, chiptuners included, don’t realise how the novel way we make our music can influence securing all kinds of gigs! Chiptune music production from old video game consoles is a great tool for setting yourself apart from the crowd and grabbing attention.
Disclaimer: The following comes from my personal perspective as a solo artist making EDM with LSDj, arguably the most accessible way to produce and present chipmusic. I’ll try to make my points as broad as possible, but your mileage may vary. If you have any questions about developing yourself in your specific situation, please comment! I’ll try to help, and your question might help other people in the same place. So let’s begin!
Hello, friends! It’s been a while, hasn’t it? I wanted to start of by thanking all of you that have specifically brought your interest and appreciation of this article series to my attention. It certainly helps motivate me to continue making these, and coincidentally I have the outlines on an article based off of motivation and goals, but that’s for another time. This article is based on the necessity to balance your musical intuition with education. Both, from my perspective, are crucial. Your application of both of them, of course, is all up to you.
When you have seen enough of the Internet subculture and its effect on the current generations, it is easy to see how people will dive into the catharsis of some of the Internet’s less appealing pastimes. Antagonistic and addictive, trolling and reflecting other forms of negativity onto the Internet allow catharsis to those in which somehow are (or at least feel) emotionally repressed. What nobody realizes is the cognitive and emotional toll it takes on them, and how surrounding themselves with such negativity will hinder their viewpoints and actions later.
Are you curious as to what this has to do with music? After the break, I’ll explain the point in thinking positive, and how it can affect your creativity and productivity.