3 Ways Artists Are Getting Their Songs On Spotify Playlists

May 16, 2017

by Cari Cole

So what’s the real deal with Spotify playlists? Is it luck? Payola? Connections? Right now, for a fleeting moment, it’s the latter. You are introduced to somebody at Spotify, who curates playlists, who falls in love with your music, puts you on one and BAM. You start blowing up.

I was recently listening to my Discover Weekly, which Spotify ... Continue


5 Musician Mis-steps That Could Cost You Dearly

Jul 11, 2016 | 1 Comment

By Cari Cole

1. Producing Yourself

Okay, I’m just going to say it. No one, no matter how freaking good you are, no one should produce, mix and master themselves. Having no outside perspective will easily kill your chances. Unless you are a proven genius, and even then… smart folks collaborate with the right people.

2. Thinking A ... Continue


Getting Big Vocals On Your Next Record

May 16, 2016 | 1 Comment

by Cari Cole

 

 

So you want your vocals to make a big impression on your next record, but not sure your voice can deliver, or exactly how to do that? Or you can belt it out, but you don’t have folks praising your voice the way you secretly wish for?

Or maybe you get great praise, but secretly you know you could ... 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


Prince: The Genius, Virtuoso, Sex Symbol & Philanthropist Who Changed the World

Apr 26, 2016 | 2 Comments

by Cari Cole

 

 

Devastating. It’s devastating to lose a musician we all know and love that created the soundtrack for our lives… It’s like losing a part of ourselves, access to the secret chamber in our private lives … where we bare our souls.

Especially when that someone lived so fiercely, and by doing so, allowed the same in us ~ ... Continue


3 Components of Songs that Crush the Competition

Feb 09, 2016

by Cari Cole

 

 

Everyone can write a song. But what makes a song land in our solar plexus and stick there ….on repeat, or even .…constant loop??

It’s more than clever lyrics and beats, although the accoutrements of the right production are paramount. But a great production without a great melody or lyric fall short in the long run. As artists, ... Continue


A New Trend in Music Videos: Using Star Power for Social Statements

Dec 08, 2015 | 11 Comments

by Cari Cole

Music reflects life. And at certain times in our world’s history, music comes to the fore expressing opinions and bringing to light important social topics as we move through them. As social movements for peace and justice rise up, once again, music is bringing the messages of the people to the fore. This time the social focus is ... Continue


7 Steps to Signature Songwriting: Songs That Break the Mold

Nov 11, 2015 | 1 Comment

by Cari Cole

As an artist, a songwriter, or a music producer writing for/with an artist, it’s important to note that in order to break an artist, a song that makes a serious impact is required material. The kind that break the mold. Because in order to introduce a new artist to the public, you’ve got to carve an indelible signature ... Continue