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Why We’re a Duo – News – Spotify for Artists

Why We’re a Duo – News – Spotify for Artists

Lightning Bolt’s Brian Chippendale says being a twosome for more than two decades has many upsides. Though they have the punishing volume of a much larger ensemble, veteran noise-punk band Lightning Bolt have remained a duo for more than 20 years. Over the span of seven albums, bassist Brian Gibson and drummer/vocalist Brian Chippendale have …

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Booking Agent John Chavez on Timing Your Tour Right – News – Spotify for Artists

Booking Agent John Chavez on Timing Your Tour Right – News – Spotify for Artists

The Ground Control partner and agent explains when to get out on the road and what to expect your first time in new places. Touring is a huge focal point of most musicians’ careers for so many reasons. It’s when you develop who you really are as a performer, see who your fans are (and …

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Young Guv on Finding a Home for Your Music – News – Spotify for Artists

Young Guv on Finding a Home for Your Music – News – Spotify for Artists

The multitasking musician offers his unique perspective from all rungs of the music-biz ladder. Ben Cook is hardly the only musician with multiple bands underway at once, but in his case, he’s not merely multitasking—he’s inhabiting several parallel universes simultaneously. In the late ’90s, while still in his teens, he emerged as the lead screamer …

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Master Boot Record on Maintaining Mystique – News – Spotify for Artists

In an age where nearly everyone’s an open book online, keeping an identity under wraps is a statement—and a challenge. MASTER BOOT RECORD, the name in front of a manic mix of symphonic metal crunch and quirky chiptune blips, has racked up hundreds of thousands of streams on Spotify. And MBR did it without its …

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The Power of Visuals – News – Spotify for Artists

Mikael Moore, Managing Director of Janelle Monáe’s imprint/production company Wondaland, discusses the strategy behind building out an artist’s visual world. As Managing Director of Janelle Monáe’s imprint/ production company Wondaland, Mikael Moore approaches the art of image-making as a science. Using the evolution of Monáe’s powerful, multi-layered visual identity as a blueprint, he devised a …

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Ghostly International – News – Spotify for Artists

How the independent label that brought you Matthew Dear and HTRK got its start. In this ongoing series, we take a closer look inside some of the many labels carving their own niche. In the past 20 years, electronic music—particularly American electronic music—has seen its share of ups and downs. Styles, subgenres, even entire scenes …

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Cherry Glazerr’s Clementine Creevy on Rocking a Gear Endorsement – News – Spotify for Artists

How this indie guitarist came to work with Fender. Fronting her band Cherry Glazerr, Clementine Creevy has become an indie heroine by mating ’90s alt-rock sensibilities with a millennial feminist mindset. But there would be no band to begin with if Creevy weren’t first and foremost a musician. That’s what legendary guitar maker Fender seems …

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Where to Start If You’re Just Getting Started – News – Spotify for Artists

Music executive and author David Airaudi demystifies the industry. If you want to know how to navigate the music business, you can’t ask for a better tour guide than David Airaudi. He’s worked on strategy with big names like Kanye West and JAY Z, helped develop the careers of zeitgeist-defining acts like Odd Future and …

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How to Advance Your Show Like a Pro – News – Spotify for Artists

Nailing down the particulars with the venue ahead of time will help ensure a smooth performance. Live shows are a massive symphony of moving parts and external variables, and it’s unwise to leave any of it to chance. The key to a quality, smoothly run gig is a well-executed advance. An advance is a document …

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