Five steps to Spotify success for artists

You don’t need us to tell you that the music industry has been going through some drastic changes in the past few years. As a recording studio, we’ve not only noticed an aesthetic shift – in terms of which sounds and genres are most prevalent – but also a shift in the methods of distribution and marketing favoured by artists of all stripes. In 2018, releasing physical media is not the best way of getting music heard, generating income, or growing audiences. Instead, digital marketplaces are now more lucrative: according to a report by industry trade group IFPI, music streaming overtook physical sales as the biggest revenue source for the first time ever, with paid subscription streaming seeing a revenue growth of 45% since the previous year.

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Making the most of your guitar tone

Last week on the Kore Studios blog we looked at the anatomy and acoustics of the bass drum, offering our tips on achieving a more consistent and robust sound. Now, we’ll be expanding beyond this low-end sound into higher frequencies, leaving the earthy thump of the bass drum and venturing into the kaleidoscopic tones of the guitar. We’ll be sharing some of our tips for making the most out of your guitar tone and achieving a sound that does your playing justice.

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Making the most of your bass drum

Many drummers have a love-hate relationship with their bass drums. They pack a hefty punch, working to beef up the low-end of a song and define its rhythmic structure throughout. However, they can often be volatile pieces of kit, in large part due to their dominating resonance and size. You’ve probably been there: after hours spent fine-tuning your drum kit you finally start playing, only to put foot to pedal and get an overpowering ‘thud’ in return. Often a dry and muddy sound, with excessive top-end noise that gives the drum a tonal quality and unwanted overtones.

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Why your band could benefit from a producer

When a new band is getting to grips with the music industry it can be tempting to go it alone, recording and releasing all of their music without the involvement of producers and labels. Without the equipment and facilities needed to give your music the professional treatment, many artists are happy to express themselves using a small and inexpensive recording setup and then release their home recordings through streaming sites. That’s the “indie” way!

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Studio Recording vs Live Performance: The Key Differences

As a musician, the chances are you already have a few gigs under your belt. You may have adapted to the pressures of performing on stage. You might be able to power through a setlist without even flinching, just trusting your abilities to guide you through the whole performance. And that’s great – playing music live is hard work and you should always look to develop this aspect of your music career. However, when it comes down to recording music in the studio, artists and bands need to adopt an approach distinct from that adopted on-stage. In this post, we’ll be looking at the main differences between these two approaches to music.

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