The Occasional Musician
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The Occasional Musician
Various resources for DIY, independent and hobbyist musicians
Curated by Ian Rogers
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Should My Band Be On Spotify?

Should My Band Be On Spotify? | The Occasional Musician | Scoop.it
AKA Good Question. (Part 1 of 2) If there’s one thing people in independent bands seem to love doing it’s getting on the internet and arguing about / reading about the ‘realities of the music busin...
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What We Can Learn From Extreme Metal Parents

What We Can Learn From Extreme Metal Parents | The Occasional Musician | Scoop.it
AKA THE GENERATION GAP IN MUSIC IS DISAPPEARING I started ‘The Occasional Musician’ for a few reasons but chief among them was the fact that popular music scholarship doesn’t always find its way ou...
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The Free Culture VS Digital Distribution Debate: On The Benefits of Ignorance

The Free Culture VS Digital Distribution Debate: On The Benefits of Ignorance | The Occasional Musician | Scoop.it
AKA AVOIDING THE EPIC DISTRACTIONS OF INDUSTRY Part of my job is to keep an eye on what music commentators are arguing about. I have students to consider, many of whom hope to make music a career o...
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Why Kickstarter Is A Good Story

Why Kickstarter Is A Good Story | The Occasional Musician | Scoop.it
AKA WHY THIS IS MORE LIKE THE PRESENT OF MUSIC BUSINESS We’ve seen it all before:  Fan club releases. Album pre-sales. Street teams. Deluxe editions. Crowd-sourcing. But Amanda Palmer just gross...
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It’s Not A Holiday: Travel Versus The Music Tour

It’s Not A Holiday: Travel Versus The Music Tour | The Occasional Musician | Scoop.it
AKA WELCOME TO THE ART OF NOT TRAVELLING AROUND THE WORLD LIKE A GROUP OF ITINERANT BOG-RATS PART 1 OF 2 As I write this I’m on a train somewhere between Siena and Rome. Out the window, the plains ...
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The Coveted Support Band Slot: It Basically Sucks

The Coveted Support Band Slot: It Basically Sucks | The Occasional Musician | Scoop.it
AKA LIVE PERFORMANCE AS LEISURE FOR SOME, WORK FOR OTHERS There’s one prize that seems to cut right through all the social and hobbyist niceties of music-making: supporting touring bands that com...
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The Art of Complaining About A Bad Review: Musicians and Critics

The Art of Complaining About A Bad Review: Musicians and Critics | The Occasional Musician | Scoop.it
AKA YOU PROBABLY SHOULDN’T DO IT! Most of my friends are musicians and I tell them this stuff over and over and it never really seems to sink in. They almost never listen. When the bad review com...
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The Occasional Musician: An Introduction

The Occasional Musician: An Introduction | The Occasional Musician | Scoop.it
AKA WHAT ARE YOU ON ABOUT? If you’re serious about music, there’s no escaping Simon Frith. You can run from academia but can’t hide from Simon. Or Greil Marcus. Or Lester Bangs. These people ...
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