Your ideas in making music aren’t as new as you think. Innovation is impossible to generate on command.

Even when a new development seems obvious in hindsight, connecting the dots for the first time is always a struggle.

Truly new ideas are so rare that skeptics are resigned to the attitude that everything worth doing has already been done.

And in a sense, they’re right. We’re still using many of the same musical gestures and conventions that were popular hundreds of years ago.

But you shouldn’t find that information discouraging.

The musical ideas that show up again and again through the centuries persist because they’re deeply meaningful for our lives—then and now.

My flipside to this hard truth is that the music of the past is one of the best places to find inspiration if you know how to look.

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Remember how blown away the industry was by the success of Lorde’s “Royals”?

Back in 2012, no one thought such a modestly produced record could land on the radio.

Then, Billie Eilish walked in and took that minimalist approach to the next level.

With trap taking the lead now, we’re used to hearing music producers strip-down tracks to their bare bones.

But why are tracks with minimal production so powerful?

When done right, a minimal arrangement demands the listener’s utmost attention.

If you work with a bare arrangement, you’ll feel the urge to pick your instruments more carefully.

If your goal is to make the vocals shine, you have to produce beats that leave plenty of space for them to do so.

They say if your song sounds great with simple accompaniment, you’re onto something.

Minimalism in music has been around for a long time and while it’s new to pop, the reasons why it’s loved by so many are well understood.

So, if you’re not sold on minimalism in your music yet, let’s take a look at why it’s so great for writing good pop tunes.

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The future of music distribution is now described by two words: Metadata matters. And here is a great guide for musicians to understand about metadata.

Metadata helps you make sure that your songs are ready for distribution and release. If your metadata isn’t in order, you are not ready to share your music…

The information you enter as metadata allows your music to be properly stored, sorted and identified wherever your music is available. That means platforms like Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube and even Shazam.

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Toplining is a popular songwriting technique. It’s a common practice especially in the world of pop, hip hop, and electronic dance music. However, a topliner is slightly different from a traditional songwriter. In topline songwriting, the creation of the melody and lyrics relies on beats. Sometimes it’s based on fully fleshed out productions. In this article, we’ll explain everything you should know about topline songwriting, the way it works, and why you should consider it as a songwriter.

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In terms of making great music, taste and appreciation are essential.

What you listen to doesn’t directly translate into what you’ll create as a musician, however it has a huge impact.

Whether you’re struggling to break via creative blocks in your songwriting, beat making, or music production, there’s a huge opportunity to turn your musical appreciation into creative fuel.

Here is a way that you can use to turn music appreciation into inspiration.

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Creativity is often compared to water well, sometimes it overflows but sometimes it dries up. The same is true in beat making. When beatmakers lose inspiration and feel difficult to come up with something new it’s called a beat block. Beat making is supposed to be fun, so when you find yourself hunched over your DAW without any inspiration coming to mind, it can be demoralizing. You can’t think of a creative way to write something fresh, so you don’t write at all–a vicious cycle starts to form. The good news is that the beat block is totally… beatable. So, if you’re stuck in your home studio seeking inspiration, here are a few tips to overcome the beat block and get you excited about beat making again.

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To make money with music is not easy.

Waiting for one of your tracks to blow up isn’t a great plan, and even if your audience grows you’ll still have to find ways to earn money from them.

We’re not going to sit here and tell you the obvious ways that most musicians earn money with their musical skills.

We all know that teaching, touring or online streaming are all the main starting points to earn money.

Instead of it, we will discuss some of the more unconventional ways to make money with your producing music skills.

Here in this post, we provide you with the way to make money from your music with eight effective and creative ideas. You might not have considered these ideas yet. So, let’s start!

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“Your submission has been rejected due to possible copyright-infringing material.” In case you’ve ever received the above message from your digital distribution provider, you know how dispiriting and confusing it is. The rules of copyright might be confounding – and infringement can have severe consequences. In the latest of a string of high profile cases, all royalties from Ed Sheeran’s monster hit “Shape of You” have been frozen, because of accusations of copying the chorus from Sam Chokri’s 2015 song “Oh Why.” So how do you prevent getting sued or rejected due to copyright infringement? What are the rules? What can you use? Does it matter in case you can prove that you never heard the track in question? In this article we’ll go through every part you want to know the way sample clearance works.

Now, the primary question to ask yourself is: which part of a file am I using – the composition, lyrics, or recording (sampling)?

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Ready to jump into distribution? Here are the steps to follow and master digital distribution.

1. Find The Right Digital Distribution Platform

Ok, so your record is ready. You’ve mixed it and mastered it. Your album art is ready to go. You’re excited to get it out.

Now you might be wondering the way to get your music on platforms like iTunes, Spotify and all the other major stores. The first step is to find out for yourself the right online music distribution platform.

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Music distribution is the connection between your final version of your record and your future fans. Here is a complete guide about music distribution. 

Distribution is a crucial part of music promotion. Brick and mortar music distributors used to be the only way for record labels and independent artists to bring their records to the hands of listeners.

However, digital music distribution has taken the center stage. Digital surpassed sales of physical mediums for the first time in 2015.

As an artist, digital distribution has become a must do activity to reach all your potential fans. Smart distribution grows your visibility. It allows your music to go into as many ears as possible. And it helps you get paid for your music.

So here is a complete guide you need to know about digital music distribution and the way to do it right.

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