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Category: Making Music
Hollywood Venues on the Sunset Strip

Writing Music | Standing Out Above The Crowd

What it’s like as an up-and-comer Many of my peers and I have noticed that growing up with the thirst for writing music comes with many setbacks. Here are some reasons: no one takes you seriously you are writing your own music that no one has heard yet you’re work ethic has room for improvement …

DAW Error Message

Music Production Issues | When Technology Lets You Down

Music Production Has Halted So. You’ve broken the bank to acquire all the gear and software you need for your music production startup. You’ve spent tireless nights learning new tools. You’ve spent emotional and physical energy making music that you believe is worth a damn. But now, Logic Pro X, or your other DAW (digital …

Live Performance by Cut Elements band

Professional Bands Versus Garage Bands

Band Loyalty We all know the story. In high school, buddies get together and rock out, hoping they will one day be rock stars. They practice loud, they stick to what they like to listen to, and they are in it to make it as a band, as friends. This, “leave no man behind” mentality is …

Chris Cornell

Depression In Musicians | Reflecting On Chris Cornell’s Death And The Temperament of Artists

Falling On Black Days As you may have already heard, legendary rocker Chris Cornell is gone. People are grieving everywhere as he was a staple of the 90s rock scene and continued to be an icon as a singer and musician until the day he died. It is noted by medical examiners that he hung himself …

When are we too old school for school?

Too Old School For School

Is it too late for me to become the proud recipient of a piece of paper that tells the world I am in debt?  I would love to be able to get my hands on one, but do I really need one?  Do I want to be that old fella sitting in a classroom filled …

Mitchell Acoustic/Electric Guitar

Don’t Be Your Own Roadblock

Getting out of your own head Making music is such a journey. Like other jobs, it too takes a strong work ethic to maintain consistency with your abilities and then strengthen them, refine them. But to make music, there must be inspiration and the ability to stay out of your own way and let the …

Planet Mischief - Streets of South Central

Music that inspires more music

Walking down the streets of South Central Los Angeles as a kid listening to cuts from Slayer’s Seasons in the Abyss as well as the many different styles of music that roared from cars passing by and hifi stereo systems blasting out the windows of my neighborhood, was and is music that inspires the sound I …

Cultivating Music that Crosses the Lines Between Genres

Making music without boundaries Growing up, I listened to a lot of rock music. I remember saying things like, “a drum machine isn’t a drummer!” Jaime was in a metal band and thought something similar toward keyboards: that they don’t belong in metal. Maybe it comes with maturity, maybe with inspired teaching methods that allow …

Cut Elements band works on an acoustic set at the planet mischief headquarters

Seeking a Music Career | Societal Shaming

Choosing to be a musician Musicians, namely rock musicians, are often associated with a life of partying and no limits. Rock stars are known to trash hotel rooms, drink and get loaded, stay up all hours of the night, and shirk normal day‐to‐day responsibilities. This is true for some, but not for all people who …

Shannon doing sound design with some corn

The Beat of My Own Drum

When you need that extra something Getting into electronic music about 10 years ago opened up all sorts of possibilities in songwriting for me. Taking the mentality of a sound designer, composer and producer instead of just a songwriter takes things to a whole new level. Sometimes it’s easy to feel limited to the instruments that …