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Tips for landing your first gig

As we rock into the post pandemic new world, the time couldn't be more prime for all you fresh to death muso’s to jump onto the scene and land your first gig. The best time is now as the music industry starts to slowly wake from its unscheduled slumber and promoters and venues get to planning their ultimate live music comeback so we’ve dropped a little list of tips to help you get a jump on things.

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Words by Kavina.

How to write a killer artist bio

During this downtime, word of mouth or event networking techniques have been replaced by visibility and web presence. That internet ocean is no joke. But it’s cool we’ve got life jackets a.k.a ‘how to’ articles.

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Words by Kavina.

Night Cat Re-Opening! Islands In The Stream

A charity initiative to keep the Night Cat's door's open and their punters and Musos pumpin'.

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Words by Peta.

How to: The Coolest Artist Merch

Now that a large portion of music-buying has been taken over by streaming, merch sales have made up a massive part of the industry and contributed to direct artist support.

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Words by Kavina.

Is live streaming temporary or here to stay?

While the COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc on the music industry, it’s also seen a number of live streaming performances popping up online. When this is over though, and our lives go back to (somewhat) normal – will musicians and artists continue to live stream?

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Words by Annie-Mei Forster.

List of Live Streaming during COVID-19

Turning to technology has become the most popular way to kill time during self isolation. With this, musicians are finding ways to share the light and still be able to play for an audience by going live on Instagram, Twitter, Twitch and even YouTube to play some tunes and connect with fans.

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Words by Gabrielle Zgrajewski.

Does isolation keep creative juices flowing and how do we do it?

It seems that many artists who have been self-isolating have found other creative ways of keeping themselves occupied. So it begs the question – is isolation conducive for creative juices? Here are some self-isolation ideas to help keep your mind active and your creative juices flowing.

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Words by Annie-Mei Forster.

Interview: Rob Carroll (Good Intent)

Rob's insights to combat the iso-lyfe on the couch and to start your own creative project at home.

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Words by Gav.

BoomChild Whip Together A Phat Loungeroom Banger with ‘Cold Shoulder’

BoomChild have released a new dance-floor banger, and my Tasmanian oak floor boards are here for it.

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Words by Peta.

COVID-19: Things to spark inspiration while social-distancing

The only plus side of some psycho virus out there stopping us all from playing gigs and slamming on the industry we love, is that we’ve been given the ticket to a one-way forced staycation. A journey of artistic discovery, where one slows down in order to keep up and come out the other side. Where finding new ways to be creative will keep you from falling into the decline of insanity.

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Words by Kavina.

More than just the numbers: Real impact of COVID-19 on the Australian Music Industry

A whopping $300 million has been lost in revenue by the Australian music industry. So what’s being done to help the industry bounce back when this is all over and what can we do to support musicians and venue owners?

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Words by Annie-Mei Forster.

Some Tips to Take Care of Your Mental Health During Lockdown

As a creative, self isolation can be a scary thing when gigs are getting taken from under you, and you’re losing income quickly. To keep on top of the current affairs around us, it is really important to take some time for self care and look after your mental health.

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Words by Gabrielle Zgrajewski.

COVID-19: how to communicate your event has been cancelled

While delivering bad news is heartbreaking, for some reason my mind has drifted back to a simpler time when we were faced with the dreaded end of those Blues Clues episodes as a kid. When you know things are winding down and Steve is about to start singing the ‘goodbye song.’ No matter how sad it was, you always left the show feeling upbeat, and hopeful to face another day of solving mysteries with Blue and Steve again tomorrow.

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Words by Kavina.

COVID-19 list of cancelled and postponed events

A list of global and nationwide cancellations for live music events is one we haven’t been the most excited about putting our hands to in these strange and uncertain times. *Cue RiRi’s ‘please don't stop the music’ for dramatic effect while scrolling the most buzzkill list we’ve ever had the displeasure of writing.

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Words by Kavina.

Things to do when you are stuck at home

We understand that after two days of quarantine, you have kind of done all of the things that you needed to do. Well almost everything except your piling dirty laundry and dishes in the kitchen sink (they can wait). So have a list of fun things to do while inside.

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Words by Gabrielle Zgrajewski.

Tips on how to livestream your music during COVID-19

So you got your gig cancelled - that sucks. Many musicians have experienced cancellations and postponements of gigs. The good news is we have something that people didn’t have in decades past during a crisis - the Internet!

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Words by Annie-Mei Forster.

How to collaborate while in lockdown

Keeping busy while in self isolation is at the tops of everyone’s mind, wandering what they will get up to next. For musicians, although a tough time, it can also be a time to reflect and create new music - whether it’s alone or with friends.

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Words by Gabrielle Zgrajewski.

How has COVID-19 affected the Australian music industry?

It’s a difficult time for everyone at the moment but the Australian music industry is rallying together again during the coronavirus crisis.

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Words by Annie-Mei Forster.

How to earn money without playing gigs during COVID-19

During this hard and stressful time for all, now is definitely not the time to lose hope in making music a career. Although, it may not seem like there is a possible end in sight, here are some tips to get some cash flow during the gig drought.

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Words by Gabrielle Zgrajewski.

How to write a music artist press release

Generally, with the release of new music, a music video, tour or a launch party, you want to gain some traction and buzz. Follow our five simple steps, and you can learn how to write a press release to send to radios, magazines, reviewers and your mailing list, to ensure you inform people and create some hype.

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Words by Emilia Schnall.

DJ How to: making a killer demo mixtape

There comes a time in every DJs life when they are going to utter the words, “you should check out my mixtape”. We’ve perused a very chill, one million inspirational articles out there breaking down the intricate art of the DJ mixtape.

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Words by Kavina.

The best tools to self-manage yourself as an artist

The first rule of independent artist management-life is to manage your music like you don’t need no manager. Here’s our take on the best tools to help you on your independent artist journey.

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Words by Kavina.

How to set yourself up as a busker

Buskers can be memorable for several reasons, although sometimes not for the right ones, and many musicians have got their big break busking.

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Words by Annie-Mei Forster.

Five ways for musicians to find more inspiration

If you’re a budding musician, you probably attempt to write music. How many pieces of paper have you scrunched up and put in the bin? How many times have you scribbled out lyrics because you thought they were terrible? We’ve compiled some tips and tricks that you can use when you are stuck for ideas or have doubts about your ability.

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Words by Annie-Mei Forster.

My experience as a DJ - Kavina's story

Starting out as a DJ can be a scary thought, but here is our advice to successfully jumpstart your career.

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Words by Kavina.

2020 Live Music Trends

Now that we’ve arrived semi safely in the future, things are looking appropriately ‘lit’ for live music in 2020. Here are some of our favourite trends in live music for the new decade .

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Words by Kavina.

How the Australian music industry has united to help fight the bushfires

While bushfires are still raging across the country, the Australian music industry has already planned events to help those affected.

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Words by Annie-Mei Forster.

What dropping lockout laws in Sydney mean for venue owners

Following the announcement in November last year that the government is to reverse the laws – the question now is how Sydney can regain its place on the global stage as the vibrant nightlife city it once was?

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Words by Annie-Mei Forster.

Bushfire Relief Events and Fundraisers That You Need To Know About

Over the next couple of weeks, some incredible initiatives in the music industry are combatting the Australian fire crisis - here's all you need to know.

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Words by Peta.

Introducing… Manorism

They won our competition to play a NYE set at the biggest Summer festival in Victoria, time to get the download on the latest edition to the BTV lineup - Manorism.

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Words by Peta.

Muso First: The Mamas ‘Dancefloor’ Release and 2020 Tour

Big announcement folks; ultra sass queens, The Mamas, are giving you a serving of your favourite, hearty meal - new music - with a deathly sweet night cap - a multi state tour.

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Words by Peta.

Have the chance to play at Torchfest - Listen Up's inaugural mental health festival.

In the spirit of our partnership with Listen Up, Muso has been given a slot on the Glimmer stage to showcase one of our phenomenal musicians, along with their very own 'Torch Song'.

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Words by Alan.

HANNAH KATE 'SOURDOUGH'

We reviewed Hannah Kate's latest single, Sourdough.

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Words by Peta.

Velvet Bloom - DM me

We reviewed the new single from Velvet Bloom - DM me.

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Words by Peta.

HOW TO NAIL YOUR MUSO PROFILE.

Advice on making the perfect Muso artist profile

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Words by Alan.

How Cover Gigs Can Fuel Your Original Music Career

Learn why cover gigs can be the fuel that feeds your original music aspirations.

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Words by Nik.

Locker Room Talk with The Moving Stills

We caught up with central coast lads, The Moving Stills, after their beach stage set in Cronulla at Australian Music Week a couple of weeks ago.

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Words by Peta.

'Man Hater' - YARA's Debut Release Is Our Gift On International Women's Day

Melbourne soul queen YARA releases her debut single 'Man Hater' on International Womens' Day for a reason.

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Words by Peta.

We Reviewed Mona Bays New Tune - Death Alley Ghost

Another release from the north-eastern Melbourne outfit, Death Alley Ghost is a testament to the growth and progression of Mona Bay’s garage rock etiquette.

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Words by Peta.

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A deep dive into Telescreen's debut EP, Growing Pains.

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Words by Peta.

Ten Tips From Artist Manager, Lauren Mikkor.

10 tips from Lauren Mikkor, manager of Running Touch, George Alice, Adult Art Club and Xavier Mayne.

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Words by Lauren.

Marketing Yourself As An Artist

Emilia Schnall's tips to marketing yourself.

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Words by Emilia.