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Is DistroKid’s Mastering Service Worth It? An Honest Review

A mixing engineer once told me that every step of the recording process becomes less important.  And I get his reasoning. The first step of the process, of course, is songwriting. If the song ain’t good, well then nothing else...

“Mother’s Hammer” by ANNABEL LEE is a Genre-Defying Masterpiece

On this International Women’s Day, I’d like to celebrate the achievement of the most inspiring woman I know.  The first time I saw Annabel Lee perform was at an intimate songwriter night in Los Angeles. The room was in disbelief...

Is SubmitHub Good or Bad for Indie Musicians: Interview with the Founder

Jason Grishkoff started a music blog called Indie Shuffle back in 2007, when music blogs were still cool. After a 3-year stint at Google, he was lucky to take the blog full-time in 2013. From 2014 to 2015 digital advertising in the music industry changed rapidly, and a number of bloggers found themselves looking for alternative sources of income. Many gave up to focus on their day jobs, but Jason decided to double-down on his coding abilities and created a website called SubmitHub, where musicians, labels and publicists could submit their songs to blogs like Indie Shuffle. Flash forward to 2022 and nearly 30 million submissions have been submitted through the platform. Jason still runs the operation as the only developer, and the product is constantly evolving to meet the needs of the modern music promotion industry.

Variety Music Editor on the State of Music Journalism

Shirley Halperin is an Executive Editor at Variety, where she spearheads music coverage for the print magazine and Variety.com.

Tunecore is Coming for DistroKid: Full Updated Review

Tunecore just made the biggest update to their service since they launched 16 years ago: Unlimited releases for an annual subscription.

Lucifer Music: Season 5, Episode 11

What was that song from the new season of Lucifer? "High and Mighty" by Annabel Lee. It kicked in, during season 5, episode 11, when Lucifer and Chloe were at the police station talking about the body that Ella has downtown....

You Can Get Your Song In LA Weekly (If You Pay $300)

So this is what music journalism has come to?  I was recently hit up in my Instagram DMs from “Anastasia” whose bio reads: “Influencer Marketer ~GOOGLE NEWS PUBLISHER~ If you want to publish yourself on high rated Google news approved sites...

How I Reclaimed Myself After a Decade Long Relationship Ended

For the first couple months of living on my own, I was very unstable. I was living amongst boxes. I couldn’t unpack my former life into my new one until a friend came over and forced me to. I hadn’t quite learned how to stand on my two feet and hold myself up - on my own. I buried myself in work, in community, in live music and occasional sexual explorations which were fun, but confusing. 
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