Tag: the xx

  • 8 Ways to Perform with a Backing Track (and Still Engage Your Audience)

    8 Ways to Perform with a Backing Track (and Still Engage Your Audience)

    If your onstage MO includes a backing track or other electronic support, follow these steps to still give a live performance your fans will love.

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  • How to Make an Instrumental Track Shine with Vocal Samples

    How to Make an Instrumental Track Shine with Vocal Samples

    + Bridge the worlds of theory, improvisation, and jazzy hip-hop, and improve your piano chops with Grammy-winner Kiefer in his course, Kiefer: Keys, Chords, & Beats. Tons of producers making instrumental electronic music today scour YouTube and other online forums to find “vocal samples” to add to their tracks. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve googled […]

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  • These Four Classic Covers Can Tell Us Everything About What Makes Great Album Art

    These Four Classic Covers Can Tell Us Everything About What Makes Great Album Art

    Four albums top my all-time favorite records list. They’re some of my favorite albums musically, but their impact and significance to me and other listeners run deeper than that. After spending so many cumulative hours engaging deeply with these works, I realized that these four great covers can teach us everything we need to know about […]

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  • The Art of the “Escalating Dance” in Music Videos

    The Art of the “Escalating Dance” in Music Videos

    Tons of things can make a great music video. Epic drama, quirky graphics and animation, innovative camera techniques and coloring, elements of humor and even horror; these have all produced some memorable videos. But I’d like to talk about the most innately human, natural thing music makes us do — dance. However, watching people just dance, […]

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  • How Artists Are Using Pioneering Mobile Apps to Change the Music Game

    How Artists Are Using Pioneering Mobile Apps to Change the Music Game

    In the last few years, many artists have taken their fans on a digital journey towards more immersive experiences by releasing content viewable, listenable, and navigable only in app form. Marketers will say that since 52% of all digital music listening now happens on mobile and tablet, artists should stick to digital forms of disbursement. […]

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  • Laura Moody: “I’m terrified… which is why I’m doing it”

    Laura Moody: “I’m terrified… which is why I’m doing it”

    Laura Moody is a wildly alternative cellist, singer, and performer based in London. As a member of the genre-defying string ensemble, the Elysian Quartet, and a performer for Hot Chip, The xx, Aphex Twin, and more, she has toured extensively, performing the works of both classical and contemporary music in the great halls of Europe […]

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