Category Archives: Art

Rainy Day

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Is it just me, or are rainy, foggy days actually pretty enjoyable? There’s just something beautiful about the fog, I love the overall dreamy feel it gives you.

Do you like rainy days? Why, or why not?

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Gaining 1000 Fans In 50 Days: UPDATE

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Howdy folks! I’ve been working on connecting with more people via SoundCloud! Check out my last post to see the challenge I set out to complete which will hopefully help me gain 1000 new fans in 50 days, and 17,300 in a year. It can work for you too.

So far I’ve sent out about 70 genuine messages and listened to tons of tracks from great artists on SoundCloud. My goal is to connect with these artists and give them feedback on their music.

So far, the response has been quite good, I’ve increased my followers on SoundCloud by about 30.

I’ve been getting a lot of plays and comments on my SoundCloud page as well, which is really awesome!

Keep checking back to find out more about how this venture is going!

Brandon

Gaining 1000 New Fans In 50 Days

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Howdy all you crazy diamonds! Hope everyone’s doing great. Besides listening to excessive amounts of Pink Floyd, recently I’ve been working on this cool project that will help me grow my fan base as a musician, and it can help you too!

Over the next several blog posts, I’ll be sharing my progress and giving you all helpful tips, so be sure to subscribe to my blog and check back frequently!

I encourage you to join in on this challenge with me, and let me know how you’re doing and if you need any tips.

Here’s the basic run down of what my goals are:

-1000 SoundCloud Followers
(currently 161)

-1000 Twitter Followers
(currently 503)

-At least 500 plays on each of my SoundCloud tracks

I plan to have this all hopefully completed by July 1st 2012.

What I plan to do to achieve this goal:

-Connect with 20 new SoundCloud users each day, listen to one or two of their tracks, post a genuine comment and send them a private message introducing myself.

The key here is that these must be genuine messages and comments, no spamming.

-Follow 10 new twitter users who I believe would be interested in my music each day, and message each one who follows back, introducing myself.

I encourage you to join in on this challenge with me, even if it takes you longer or shorter than July 1st. It’ll be a fun experience as we grow our fan bases and strive to achieve success. Happy dream chasing!

My SoundCloud: SatellitesAndStars On SoundCloud

A Treat For You All!

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Hey everybody, check out this really great song I found while surfing around on the Ultimate Guitar forums. It’s really stunning and beautiful. Love it!

It’s done by two artists who call themselves Ditty and Mark. Here’s a short snapshot of their bio:

All music & lyrics written by Aditi Veena & Mark Aranha

♡ Ditty has curly hair, a pretty voice and collects matchboxes
★ Mark has a talent for tongue tricks, loves guitars, and can cook a mean steak ♫ Together, they make music

We would love it if you could share the music, tell us what you think or contact us to donate matchboxes!

Keep an eye on Ditty and Mark, I expect to hear great things from them!

Stop And Smell The Roses

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As an artist/musician, it’s easy to get caught up and pour hours into a project. While this is good, it’s important to remember a few things.

First off, why did you start making music or art? Chances are it was because you enjoyed it. If you’re feeling overly stressed out, you’re probably not having a great time. It’s okay to be stressed out, but if it reaches the point where you can’t express yourself efficiently, it’s a problem.

A good thing to do is take a break and go back to the basics. In the middle of recording an album or working on a new art collection, go ahead and write a few songs/make a few pieces just for fun. Make a few pieces that have nothing to do with the project you’re working on.

This will help you rediscover the fun side to your work and also help you relearn any basic skills you may have forgotten or haven’t used in a while.

Happy creating, and HAVE FUN! 🙂

Rejection

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Whether you’re an artist or not, you’ll have to face rejection eventually in your life. The important thing to remember is that rejection doesn’t mean the end of the road. The Beatles were rejected by just about every record label they went to at first.

Imagine if they had given up on the first try.

You may be rejected once, but who knows? Maybe a bigger, better opportunity will arise! Keep your head up!

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Drive: Update

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Over the past several weeks, I’ve been busy recording a brand new album entitled Drive.

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The album’s lyrics and musical theme deal with corruption, insanity and violence. It’s got a heavier rock sound and is influenced heavily by the Foo Fighters.

I’m currently working on some weber artwork for the album, so I’ll share those with you all, maybe even ask you to help me choose the best one!

Thanks for your help!

P.S. In terms of a release date, I’m looking at late March, early April.

What Makes Great Album Art #1

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Over the next few blog posts, I’m going to be sharing some album art which I find very effective, and why.

Remember, these rules don’t necessarily have to be followed, but they provide some good guidelines. Remember, sometimes the greatest artwork is the one that breaks all these rules.

Rule #1. Today I’ll be focusing on album art which displays a basic “snapshot” of the album’s lyrical and musical theme. This is done by basically converting the lyrics and melodies into “picture” form and giving the listener a rough feel of what they’ll be hearing.

Here’s some art which I feel accomplishes this:

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Green Day’s cover shows that American Idiot is a very “political” album, possibly speaking against war, judging by the grenade.

Eminem’s album cover shows the rapper walking alone, which draws from the metaphor that he’s on the road to recovery. The album’s music and lyrics give that feeling as well.

Three Days Grace’s album signifies being different, by showing the single stockman figure with an “X” while the others all have check marks. The album’s music and lyrics definitely have strong hints of individualism and downright alienation.

Check back over the next few days for some more pointers and great album art!