RESOURCES FOR MUSICIANS
I want to make it as easy as possible for artists to take their music career to the next level. To do that, they need the best resources and knowledge to help them along the journey. I have compiled a list of the best books, podcasts, videos, and courses that cover topics that are related to a career in in the music industry. These resources will help musicians and bands at any stage of their career.
If you have anything other resources for musicians you think would be beneficial, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, and I will add it to the list! Happy learning~
What Stage are You In?
The Addiction Formula
Book / YouTube
By combining Arrangement, Harmony, Melody, Rhythm, Lyrics and Production in one deviously simple technique it is the first songwriting book that speaks to an all-writing, all-producing DIY generation.
This is a great podcast that invites musicians to take apart their songs and tell the story of their creation piece by piece. You will be able to go deep into the creative process with some of the most successful musicians of this generation. Then take those ideas back to your own productions.
Writing Better Lyrics
This book was written by Pat Pattison, who teaches songwriting at the Berklee School of Music. Many of his students have have won Grammys, such as John Mayer, so he is someone who knows what he is talking about. In this book he gives in depth explanations of how and why certain concepts work, how it makes listener’s feel. This will provide you with a solid blueprint of the tools of songwriting.
Tunesmith: Inside the Art of Songwriting
If you don’t know who Jimmy Webb is, just check out his AllMusic credits list which ranges from Frank Sanatra to Kayne West and Iced Earth.
This book is more than just a how-to book on writing songs. Yes, you get all the nuts and bolts of chords, melodies, but it is so much more than that. You get Jimmy’s insight into the business, you get his stories, you get to experience his heart, his love of the craft, and his humble nature after all he has accomplished. The man is brilliant. It doesn’t matter what stage of the game you’re in, aspiring or otherwise, you will get something from this book.
Excellent podcast that looks at famous songs and analyzes them from artistic and technical standpoints. The host, Kirk, takes a lot of music concepts and makes it easily digestible for his listeners. He has break breakdowns of songs while keeping you interested. You will learn something new on every listen.
The Recording Revolution
The home studio guy himself, Graham Cochrane is the man behind one of the largest Youtube channels dedicated to home recording. If you are just learning the basic and has over 10 years of content for you to sink your teeth into. He has covered most of the topic anyone getting into recorded will ask themselves.
Modern Recording Techniques
This is on its 9th edition so you know it has been around for a while. This covers the tools and day-to-day practices of music recording and production. You will learn the ins and outs of room acoustics and designing a studio. Gain techniques for mic placement and running a session. Get a solid grounding in both theory and industry practice. If you are wanting to get a more in-depth understanding of many of the topics covered in the Youtube recommendations. This would be a good place to start.
Musician on a Mission
Courses / Youtube
This is another channel similar to The Recording Revolution. He covers many of the same topics such as recording on a budget and mixing for self-recording artists.
Produce Like a Pro
This Youtube channel is created by Warren Huart. He genuinely wants to help people make great music in any way that he can. He provides a lot of great content on his Youtube channel and has a lot of free resources on his website www.producelikeapro.com
MIXING / MASTERING
Mixing Secrets for the Small Studio
Mixing Secrets For The Small Studio is a down-to-earth primer for small-studio enthusiasts who want chart-ready sonics in a hurry. This book will lead you step-by-step through the entire mixing process. On the way, you’ll unravel the mysteries of every type of mix processing, from simple EQ and compression through to advanced spectral dynamics and ‘fairy dust’ effects.
The author also hosts over 100 multitrack sessions that you can download and use in conjunction with the book to practice the concepts you learn in the book.
MULTITRACK LIBRARY: http://www.cambridge-mt.com/ms-mtk.htm
Mixing With Your Mind
This book is more about the mindset of mixing. The techniques covered in this book are nothing like the ones found in other books, you won’t find stereotypical charts and comments that you can find in every mixing book, it tackles more the inner self rather than the “press this button or turn this knob”. It makes you think about what you are hearing and interpret it to mix, it’s even almost metaphysical.
Ian Shepherd (Mastering)
He is one the only person that I know of that goes so in-depth into mastering on a podcast. He provides a great resource for people interested in mastering and how to get started mastering your own music if you choose to do so.
This channel is no fluff and gets straight to the point. This guy has an incredible depth of knowledge and shares it in an entertaining yet to the point way. I have heard a few tips and knowledge bombs that I haven’t heard anywhere else except on this channel.
Music Marketing & Promotion
Website / Blog
This is a legit PR company that has a lot great free content for musicians and artists. There blog has a ton of information about setting up a great release strategy and how to use social media. They have a blog and a podcast so you can use however you which to consume the content. Just be sure you take action. =)
Check out there latest blog series where they cover pre-release and post-release strategies here: Musicians Guide to Music Marketing pt.1
Blog / Podcast
This Podcast is sponsored by CD Baby one of the biggest music distributors, but that doesn’t mean this podcast is just a marketing tactic for him. This podcast delivers real value and knowledge for any music looking to learn more about the music business from touring to release strategy and everything in between. This is one of the best podcasts for musicians.
This blog is owned by Brian Hazard, who is a mastering engineer and a recording artist. In this blog, he documents his journey and experiments with promoting his albums through passive means. You can learn about the tools he uses and the strategies he has tried when promoting your music.
This is a podcast dedicated to the music promotion and marketing aspect of the music business. If you want to learn about advertising on Facebook/Instragram, making the most out of your website, and so much more this is the podcast to listen to.
How to Make It in the New Music Business
If you are just getting into learning about the music business and want to know what it takes to make it in this business. This book is a great starting point. He covers many topics such as booking shows, explains royalties, and release strategies..plus a lot more. If you haven’t read any other book about the music business, this would be a great first book.
9 Highly Actionable Ways To Promote Your Music In 2020
NuMusician is a site which helps music artists with reviews and tactics, helping musicians to find all they need and make a living from the music industry. The site is run by Jean Gabriel, a professional musician who has worked as a teacher, in studios and on stage over several years. Whatever your music goals may be, I’d definitely recommend adding the NuMusician blog to your reading list.
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