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Planning ahead when designing a website for your music

Hiring A Designer For Your Music Website: Plan Ahead!

by Ross Barber

If you’re looking to work with a designer on developing a website for your music, it’s important to make sure you’re prepared. As someone who has worked with numerous musicians on their websites, there’s a common theme that runs throughout all of the projects that have run smoothly – and that is advance preparation. I always try to work out all of the details before beginning a project so that there can be a quick and efficient turnaround, but what can you do before contacting a designer to help make the process an enjoyable and productive experience?

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GoIndie - The advantages of being an independent musician

#GoIndie: What Does Independence Mean to Musicians?

by Ross Barber

Welcome to the beginning of the #GoIndie series, which aims to explore the benefits and challenges of being an independent artist. I wanted to create this series to give musicians an opportunity to express in their own words exactly what being an independent artist means to them. I think it’s valuable and useful to hear from working artists themselves as it helps to give us a further insight and different perspective into what it’s REALLY like to be writing, recording, touring and promoting music independently.

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Wordpress Plugins for Musicians

Essential WordPress Plugins for Musicians (Part II)

by Ross Barber

WordPress has been my favourite platform for musician websites for quite a while now. One of the main reasons for this is how easy it is to extend and enhance your website by using plugins. In the first part of this series, I mentioned some of my favourite plugins for band and musician websites; here are a few more that I use regularly and recommend.

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Album Review: Tom Levin – Them Feet

by Ross Barber

Tom Levin’s fifth album Them Feet blends Swedish indie-pop, Americana and even hip hop to create a record which is compelling, accessible and varied. Sweden’s pop music is famous across the world (yes, thank you, ABBA!) and the indie-pop scene there is arguably one of the best in the world. Evidently some of this pop sensibility has rubbed off on Levin, as he’s written an album full of indie-pop gems, which pull influences from many other genres, combining them brilliantly.

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Voice in the Attic

Single Review: Voice In The Attic – Tear

by Ross Barber

Tear is the latest single from songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and former opera singer BC Bogey, who performs under the name Voice In The Attic. Bogey’s career has taken an interesting path, and as a result, he has a great deal of varied musical experiences under his belt. During his teens, he was the lead singer of a metal band, and at the age of 23, he studied at the Robert Schumann Hochschule in Dusseldorf, Germany. Despite many believing that he would have a successful career in Opera, Bogey wanted to follow a different path.

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Presenting… James Blake

by Ross Barber

How the Mercury Prize winner is maximizing the Internet to introduce himself to the world When the 2013 Barclaycard Mercury Prize winner was announced on October 31, everyone from netizens to the people on the streets all have one question in mind: Who in the world is James Blake?

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