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


Singers: 5 Ways to Build A Killer Daily Regimen and Outfox Procrastination

Oct 17, 2017

 

By Cari Cole

So did you know that when Lady Gaga was preparing for her Oscar performance a few years back, that she worked with a vocal coach for 6 months every single day?

Now you’re probably saying, I wish I could afford that! Oh, the privilege of having money.

But — I bet even if you did have the money, ... 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


Songwriting Shop Talk: A Song Has 15 Seconds To Impact and Impress

Jan 23, 2017 | 1 Comment

 

 

By Cari Cole

 

 

People ask me all of the time, “what’s the most important thing in knocking down those doors or making your career rock? There’s so many things to focus on, what’s the most important?

Is it social media? A strong live show? A great brand? A great album? Do you need an album?

Well, ya kind of need ... Continue


Why Songwriting and Record Making Should Not Be A Solo Journey

Sep 20, 2016

By Cari Cole

 

 

DIY has been a good thing for the music industry. It has allowed artists to release their own music and get out there direct to fans. But there is a huge downside. And that is, that the material going out is half baked and not worked on enough to get to great. There is a sea of independent ... Continue


Songwriting Shop Talk: Writing Songs That Will Get You Discovered

Sep 13, 2016 | 2 Comments

 

 

By Cari Cole

 

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Yeah, right. If everyone had their finger on how to write songs that will get you discovered, everyone would be a songwriting rock star. However, there is a lot that you can do to tip the scales in your favor, and I’m going to do my best to lay it out for you not from theory, but ... 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


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