Success in Music

Resources and advice to help you achieve success in the music business


This section of the site is intended to provide information, advice and resource details for everyone in the process of, or hoping to start, creating and marketing their music – such as musicians, bands, singers, artist managers, producers and DJs.

Independent artists now find themselves in a better position than ever to take control of their own careers. The pace of development and the increasing accessibility of today’s technology is handing the savvy and determined artist some distinct advantages denied to any previous generation.

Whilst it’s true that the goal of most artists/bands is still to get that coveted record contract with a major/credible label, more and more musicians and songwriters aren’t simply waiting around to be discovered. They’re getting busy putting up websites, creating a buzz, building a following – making the most of being the nimble “little guy” as the larger corporations fight a desperate rearguard action in their efforts to come to terms with the relentless advance of the new, virally-driven channels of music promotion and distribution.

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Not that we’re predicting the demise of the corporate giants any time soon. The recent spate of mergers between the major players may be indicative of the traditional companies’ struggle to adapt to a new business model, but it surely won’t be long before a different, better positioned, set of majors take their place. So, in a few years, or less, we could see the likes of Apple, Microsoft, Sony and perhaps someone like RealNetworks effectively controlling most of the music industry. The good news is that if such a scenario occurs, it will most likely be on the back of a model that rewards artists and the creators of music in a far more egalitarian way than before. Already, a few of the more enlightened record labels are adopting a better, more artist –oriented approach when setting up contracts.

In the meantime, you have a choice. By all means pursue the record contract route, but do it on your own terms and don’t sell yourself short. Alternatively, it’s now perfectly feasible to release your own songs, grow your reputation and fanbase and get yourself into a position where the record labels are chasing you. Then you can decide on your course of action from a position of strength.

Whatever you do, we’re here to help. On these pages you’ll find articles, advice, recommended products and services and free reports from a host of recognised experts. We’ll be adding to this store of resources constantly, so remember to check back often.


Articles, Features and Resources

Home Recording vs. Studio 

This may not simply be a matter of cost. What are the real advantages of the professional studio?

How to Set Up up a Home Studio

How to get started in setting up a home recording studio. What equipment will you need?

Home Recording Studio Basics

More details on the process of recording your music in a home studio

How to Create Backing Tracks (if you don’t play all the instruments…or any!)

Using MIDI and other programs to create backing tracks in a home studio

Music Production and Mixing Tips and Tricks

Tips and techniques to help your recordings sound more professional

Online Recording Studio Options

How you can use online resources to enhance your recordings

How to get your Music Professionally Recorded for Free

Lynn Monk sings the praises of a professional producer

The Easy Way to Learn Guitar

Or how you too can acquire an Open D fetish

Guitar Tuning Tips

David O’Toole advises us to keep it clean and offers other top tuning tips

Ten Chords for Guitar Beginners

The ten chords that all beginners should know. It’s easier if you learn them in the right order!

How to Become a Successful Independent Artist or Songwriter

Success is just a matter of getting your mind right and following these strategies, says our Lynn

How to Create the Perfect Structure for your Song

Because inspiration still needs a framework

A Musician’s Guide to Band Agreements

Think “pre-nup”. It doesn’t mean you’re not in love

Understanding Copyright

Who owns what? And for how long?

Playing Live – The 20 things you need to know

Essential advice for everyone taking it on the road

How to Promote Your Music

Start spreading the news..

Offering Free Downloads Of Your Music

And why it’s a good idea!

Microphone Technique for DJs

Can you talk the talk?