Starting today, we are going to make a monthly recap of Millicent's podcast so newcomers can have a good overview of what has been covered so far, people who dropped the podcast at some point have an easier time coming back, and regular listeners have an index to locate their interests in a faster way.
Performance videos are an important part of electronic press kits, and they are also very delicate. Do your video reflect your skill and charisma? Do it show how you engage with your audience, what kind of challenges you can tackle? And a key point, are you able to top your video in every live performance you do?
It might sound a bit unfair (it probably is, given that we are musicians, not models) but, if you are a performer, you cannot escape the visual aspect of it all. You need a good image on and off the stage, and for that, you need a photographer.
How do you make sure you are going to forward with your music while taking care of everything else? Millicent has three tips to help you out.
Copyright is a subject that makes most people hesitate. It looks complicated, it looks bothersome, and sure, it is always better if you count with a lawyer who really knows about the acts and institutions backing it up, just to make sure you've got all your bases covered. However, the basics are not that hard, and knowing them will make a big difference.
Very rarely, if ever, a song is completely made by a single person. In bands, lyrics, chords and melodies come from different members, some times separately, some times during a brainstorming session. Both bands and solo artists ask for advice, second opinions, some feedback to get that spark, and more and more people get involved. How to split shares when the time comes?
Bands are a bit like long-term relationships, and, in that regard, it is essential that you develop communication strategies to overcome disagreements without aggression. In this episode, Millicent uses tools as the Myers–Briggs Type Indicator to help you find some ways to deal with personality clashes and keep your band on rails.
Two heads think better than one, but at the same time, they bring the misunderstandings, disagreements and confrontations to the table, and with those come some negative feelings that can ruin the entire experience. To help with that, Millicent brings in this episode ten rules to address the issues that arise when you work in a band or group.
Are you in a band or group? Do you think it is time to leave and go solo? Or, if you are a solo artist, maybe it is time to return to the band? Interesting questions, no doubt! A look around the scene will show you deep contrast: Destiny’s Child or Beyonce, Pussycat Dolls or Nicole Scherzinger... the outcomes are endless.
These guidelines for business cards are useful for people who wants to create them by themselves as well as for those who plan on hiring a graphic designer. Listen in SoundCloud or iTunes.