Gone are the days of acoustic guitars and piano accompaniments. Now its all synthesizers, auto tuning and electric drum kits. For some, this is seen as a nightmare, a disaster to music as we know it. Others say it’s the best thing that could happen to the industry, it’s ‘Modern’. Personally, I have no extremist opinion of such a movement. Yeah, songs all sound the same now, and mainstream music is nothing more than electronics, but think about music as a whole. Many experience individuals with a fair amount of free time can now produce music of arguably a better standard than industry professionals. This may sound like a petty claim, but this means the music industry in its entirety is now in the hands of people at home, with nothing more than a computer.
If you are playing live shows at your local pub, even at an open mic event you can still be making a bit of money with your MUSIC and claiming music royalties. By joining the PRS in the UK you can claim for each performance in a venue that is registered with a PRS music license. There is a PRS license sticker in the window of these places and ask the manager if they are licensed. Most of the time they have to be – even sandwich shops and hairdressers have to have licenses to play Bella Ciao Remix in public. Which has it’s pros and cons I know, but as a musician you can take a share of the moneys allocated by registering your tracks/setlist even if it was a small gig with very few audience members.
Punk rock fans know that Big Apple is the place to be if you are looking for live music in New York. It has the earliest documented punk rock scene in the country, thanks to iconic clubs like Max’s Kansas City and CBGB. Artists like the Ramones, Hardcore punk, heavy metal, and indie rock also thrive in this city. The Strokes and Yeah Yeah Yeahs are just two of today’s popular bands that came from NYC. You will also find many undiscovered artists with similar sounds.
The second factor is regarding the kind of music – piano, jazz, pop, corporate, rap etc. Music for web page should be compatible with the website and the products or services offered. Remember that what is music for some could represent noise for others. So be a little bit choose when selecting background music for your site. Evaluate what your audience would want to listen to. Also determine whether you want the music to change with the pages or remain same for all the pages.
Many of today’s new bands are creating fantastic music in their own homes using the best high-quality home recording software. Bedroom recording studios are popping up all over the world and the talent is growing. With this unprecedented growth in talent there has also been growth in some serious competition within the industry. So, how does a new, unsigned band get noticed? And how does it make money?
All music is a series of notes or chords repeated over and over (and in the case of modern music, over and over and over). So just find a pattern that makes you happy or makes sense to you, and put it together.
And rockabilly set the stage for countless bands and an incredibly wide variety of music that came after it. It’s where The Beatles and hundreds of other bands learned how to play music. It’s where modern rock and roll performers learned how to act on stage. It’s where we come from musically. That’s why we need to remember it. That’s why it needs to be kept alive. That’s why it still matters. And that’s why I love rockabilly music.