Finding a team
A career as a musician in the Music Industry. Which Skills do you need? 3

contribution by Jonathan G. Shaw

indexA successful career for a musician in the music industries depends on many factors. These include how professional you are, how you deal with life and its challenges, the way you talk about and express your ideas, constantly educating yourself and forgetting about how famous you could get. Here are some things to consider in getting your career on track. Read Part 1 about Professionalism and Part 2 about Life Skills first

Starting a band: PART 2

by Russel Hlongwane & Marlyn Ntsele

Make sure you read PART 1 first:

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If the direction of the band is to play covers and you have established your genre, the next step is to list the ‘’hits’’ of the genre. This list will determine which songs the bands will perform. The songs will have to fit your target market and maybe you will play different songs at different types of parties. Of coverbands it is often expected that they can play 3 sets of 45 minutes. This means you have to firstly spend lots of time rehearsing your repertoire. Remember, a cover version is merely a new recording or performance of a contemporary or previously recorded piece of work done by someone else other than the original artist. If this interests you, we recommend you do some research into the world of tribute bands or musical impersonators. What these bands do is remake a particular artist’s body of work. Some artists would see the process all the way to the album cover. Two such artists who have done this well is Led Zepagain (original band is Led Zeppelin) and rap artist Elzhi having a go at Nas’- Illmatic album.

Starting a band: PART 1

By Russel Hlongwane & Marlyn Ntsele

starting a bandStarting a band costs lots of time and it helps if you know from the outset where you are headed and how you will get there. Before taking the initiative to start a band, you should ask yourself a tricky question. Is a band really the best way for you?

The DJ - A Snapshot

Hey DJ, bring that back…..hey DJ, turn it up……..hey DJ play that song!

by Russel Hlongwane

These requests sound all too familiar to the DJ, maybe a little too familiar. And ‘’WHY’’ you may ask, well because he/ she is the life of the party.

The acronym DJ actually stands for Disc Jockey. In essence, the DJ sets the pace for the party; he/ she guides the party and most importantly purveys the flavor to the dance floor. You dare not confine the DJ to only the club scene. He could also be the radio DJ. As time passed, DJ’s put out mixtapes of their mixes to circulate and gain popularity and this ultimately create a demand. To really understand the importance of DJing, one needs to look no further than hip hop’s origin. Kool Herc (who is said to have invented hip hop and now hailed as hip hop’s godfather) was a DJ. And this importance is not only understood by hip hop fans but house music, which almost cannot exist without the DJ understands the DJ’s role all too well.


Music management contracts under the magnifying glas

Yes, horror stories about unfortunate artists being ripped off by their malicious manager exist. And no, not all of them are made up. But not every management contract is a deal with the devil. Like in every good partnership, everything depends on a good foundation. Make sure you start off with a clear, transparent agreement, covering the upcoming bumps in the road.



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