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What do I need to know about streaming?

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What do I need to know about streaming?

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Streaming. It’s the most divisive concept in the modern music industry. In one corner, you have the haters, like Metallica manager Peter Mensch (who declared YouTube “the Devil”), Taylor Swift (who attacked Apple Music for expecting musicians to finance its three-month trial) and Thom Yorke (who dismissed Spotify as “the last desperate fart of a dying corpse”). In the other corner, you’ve got the musicians who insist that streaming has given them a platform, scored them advertising tie-ins and helped them bypass the machinations of the old-school industry. Just ask Psy, who would probably still be doing his Gangnam Style…

History of Hybrid Drums

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History of Hybrid Drums

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New Wave, synthpop, hip-hop, house, electro, pop… The late ’70s and early ’80s produced swathes of classic music. Music technology, recording processes, the microchip and the synth all gave rise to new music – and new ways of approaching it. However, it was also an unnerving time for drummers, as while the acoustic drum kit…

12 ways to make your band win at social media

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12 ways to make your band win at social media

If you’re serious about a career in music, you ignore social media at your peril. Get your online presence right and it can rocket-fuel your ascent, build a loyal fanbase, sell out your gigs and have the industry beating down your door. Get it wrong, though, and you’ll be left shouting into the void, wasting…

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Echoes in Time: The History of BOSS Delay Pedals

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Echoes in Time: The History of BOSS Delay Pedals

Spanning the last four decades, BOSS has created well over 100 different types of effects pedals, and each one delivers both colorful sounds and colorful looks. Among them are everyday guitar staples like overdrive, distortion, and reverb, as well as unique effects like Slow Gear and Slicer, just to name a few. And, of course,…

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Should you self-release your new album?

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Should you self-release your new album?

Back in the old days, it was pretty straightforward. As a new artist, the only way to get heard beyond your postcode was to sign with a record label. To achieve this meant knocking on a thousand doors, blanket-bombing A&R men with your demo and wallpapering your rehearsal room with rejection letters. And then maybe…

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Jack Garratt on becoming a one-man band with Roland SPD-SX

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Jack Garratt on becoming a one-man band with Roland SPD-SX

Drums. Keys. Guitar. Bass. Vocals. Live, Jack Garratt does the lot, and as the Brit Award-winning artist reveals in this video interview, it’s all thanks to the unit he calls “the brain”: his Roland SPD-SX Sampling Pad. “I got my hands on one and I went a bit crazy with it, tried to find a…

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What Roland Drum Gear is being played on the Adele tour?

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What Roland Drum Gear is being played on the Adele tour?

Session work doesn’t get any bigger than this. Last month, Roland bagged an Access All Areas pass for Adele’s Manchester Arena shows, and met the crack US rhythm section tasked with recreating the hits from her 17-million-selling third album, 25. Now, in this exclusive video interview, percussionist Aaron Draper and drummer Derrick Wright walk us…

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Demystifying the Magic of Tape Echo

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Demystifying the Magic of Tape Echo

As a music lover, you have no doubt heard the magic of Tape Echo. It has been an effect used by guitar icons such as Jimmy Page, Robert Fripp, Brian May and Bob Marley to name a few. The sound of Tape Echo has a distinct warmth and saturation like no other effect – an…

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Mystery Jets on being inspired by the BOSS RC-300

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Mystery Jets on being inspired by the BOSS RC-300

These days, we all know that looping is a great tool for live performance. But it’s far more than that. Right now, some of the scene’s best songwriters are using loop pedals to spark their most adventurous material. As Blaine Harrison of Mystery Jets reveals in this video tutorial, it was his decision to pick…

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What Roland Drum Gear is being played on the Ellie Goulding tour?

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What Roland Drum Gear is being played on the Ellie Goulding tour?

If you saw Ellie Goulding’s Delirium World Tour as it hit Britain last month, you’d have been struck by how the live sound caught the vibe of last year’s acclaimed album. For that, credit goes to drummer and musical director, Joe Clegg, who made it his mission to nail every nuance of Delirium – then…

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Bluetooth could change the way you play piano

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Bluetooth could change the way you play piano

You’ve heard of Bluetooth: the technology that allows short-distance wireless data exchange without a spaghetti junction. You’ve probably already used it for hands-free calls or on your wireless keyboard. But what you might not realise is how Bluetooth could change the way you play piano – because there’s never been a digital model on the…

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