Anna Of The North: Nurturing Quiet Dreams into Something Beautiful

Sometimes the softest, quietest of dreams can transform into the most promising realities. And in an age where success is often measured by relentless comparison and tireless hustle, it can be refreshing to find a story of success that is built on lifting people up, maintaining a humble perspective, and treating yourself with care. Such a story can be found in the artistic journey of Norwegian-born singer-songwriter Anna Lotterud—better known by her stage name Anna of the North.

Anna was

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The Musician’s Guide: The Truth About Hiring A Publicist

All musicians wish that they had more ears listening to their records, and if you want to take serious steps towards growing your band’s audience, a publicist might be exactly what you need. But before you blow your band’s whole budget on a PR campaign, take a moment to understand exactly what a publicist can do for you and when it’s right to hire one. You may still have some work to do before you’re ready to reach out to … Read the rest

Gimme Some Sugar: Alex G

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Etienne Charles and his Latest LP, Carnival: The Sound of a People

For his latest LP Carnival: The Sound of a People, Etienne Charles goes to the direct source of his sound to explore the invigorating sounds of the Trinidad Carnival. One of the most compelling and exciting young jazz artists ushering the genre into groundbreaking territory is trumpeter/bandleader Charles. Born in Trinidad and having graduated from Florida State University's and Juilliard University's jazz programs, respectively, he is Associate Professor of Jazz Trumpet at Michigan State Unive...

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Jamie Colder, Musician

So as a musician where do you think the industry is going right now?
There’s more authenticity and less about the “image”. It’s about expressing yourself genuinely and making music that is organic and reflects our values. My band has rejected a bunch of labels because we’re trying to build our success by ourselves and want to have real cult fans, not just one off listeners.

What’s the hardest thing about being a musician today?
Probably the vast amount of …
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