Top 8 Tips to Make An Exceptional Record

Oct 24, 2017

 

By Cari Cole

Record making is an art, a science, a process, an alchemical experience. It should not be thrown together, recorded in a rush, and your vocals should not be recorded all in one day. It won’t help.

Even more, the song selection is critical to the success of the record. Whatever you think you can hide in production, ... Continue


Songwriting Shop Talk: How to Get Your Message in Your Songs and Make a Greater Impact

Aug 15, 2017

By Cari Cole

What do Grammy winners Sam Smith and Adele have in common? Whether you like them or not, they garner gazillions in record sales, multiple Grammy awards (industry praise) and both have a strong, clear, meaningful and raw emotional message. In Adele’s case, record exec’s are still scratching their heads over how she managed to sell 30 million records ... Continue


Your Vocal Potential: Are You Living Up to It?

May 24, 2016

 

 

by Cari Cole

 

 

 

People, and most often –other musicians, sometimes poke fun at singers for being protective (or fussy) about their voices. Okay, then — go on. You get up and sing without making a fool of yourself. Ha.

Singing is demanding. It’s not an instrument you can press down on a key or a fret, and the same note comes out ... Continue


You’re Only One Song Away

May 10, 2016 | 1 Comment

by Cari Cole

 

 

So you may have heard it said (or not), but the truth about your success in music is only one song away. All you really need is that one song to make your mark.

And sadly, it’s so easy to get lost in the chatter out there and think that marketing and branding are the key to ... Continue


The Recording Litmus Test: Are You Ready for the Studio?

Apr 18, 2016

By Cari Cole

 

More records are made today than ever before. With the ease of technology, all you need (technically) is an iPad and plugins. For musicians and music makers that has improved creativity, artistic control and a shot to run up against the big boys.

But the tricky thing is… it’s deceptively easy to record an album or single. But that ... Continue


Lock Yourself in a Room and Don’t Come Out Until You Have a Record

Mar 22, 2016

by Cari Cole

Into It. Over It. in a recent interview “I did the whole ‘lock yourself in a cabin’ thing, and it worked.”

In a recent interview with Mashable, the Chicago-based singer-songwriter said that for his third studio album, he and drummer and writing partner Josh Sparks holed up in a cabin in Vermont for a month to write. ... Continue


10 Ways to Keep Your Voice From Quitting On You, Right Now

Mar 09, 2016 | 2 Comments

by Cari Cole

You’ve got a great gig or an important recording session. You’ve warmed up, downed a boatload of water, stocked up on 5 kinds of throat spray, gargled with salt water and honey a million times (and mistakenly swallowed some .. gross.) You’ve stayed home while you’re friends were out having fun, abstained from alcohol and pizza, crossed your ... Continue


The Recovery Room: How To Get Over A Failed Album (Or Studio Experience)

Jun 02, 2015

by Cari Cole

 

Just reading that headline makes my head hurt. I know, I’ve been there many times before. And most likely so have you. It’s par for the course in making records. But learning from experience and an objective perspective can save you from making other unknown mistakes and gain clarity for your next project.

No one ... Continue


Setting The Bar Higher: 5 Steps To Make Your Music ‘Industry Ready’

May 27, 2015

by Cari Cole

 

 

 

There’s a problem in the independent world of record making. It’s too easy to make an album. As a result, many more albums are being made without the time, team and resources to go the distance. And the lives of countless records that could have made it, are cut short. I mean on an artistic ... Continue