6 Signs You Will Succeed In Music

Aug 16, 2016

      By Cari Cole         Mastering the music machine is no easy feat. It’s wracked with riddles, potholes and --- a plethora of snake-charmers and charlatans along the way. Rick Barker (Taylor Swift’s ex-manager) just called out a guy acting as if he worked for Warner when upon further examination, he has a record as a sex offender - and he was dialoging ... Continue


The Misplaced Musician: Don’t Miss Your Calling

Aug 09, 2016

    By Cari Cole   Every day, amidst the hustle and bustle of the music industry, I come across handfuls of super talented artists --- who should be out there more than they are. It’s painful actually. It reminds me of my career, and oh, how I wish I knew then what I know now.   But I realize that they just haven’t found their ... Continue


4 Things About the Music Business That Will Change Everything

Aug 03, 2016

By Cari Cole     The music industry has, and still does, operate mostly behind closed doors. Perhaps from not wanting to reveal their secrets or new strategies to competitors, or being just too darn busy carving a path for their artists, the companies with success keep a tight lid on it. Artists, industry and music lovers grab the after facts as it ... Continue


The Musicians Troublesome Trifecta: Solving Modern Music Dilemmas

Jul 27, 2016

By Cari Cole     Musicians and music artists are a unique breed. Besides being creative right brainiacs with bigger brains than regular folk (that’s what they say), musicians live lives pretty much solely of passion -- and a big tolerance for the salty atmosphere they usually get tossed around in. From desensitized club owners or booking agents who make money from their ... Continue


How to Get the Attention of Music’s Tastemakers

Jul 19, 2016

  By Cari Cole   You’re a serious, hard-working independent artist committed to making music that matters. And you’re tired of not being able to get the attention you need. You may be experienced, with albums under your belt and a busy tour schedule—but unable to break through to the next level—wondering, Can I keep doing this? Or maybe you’re emerging, and heavily ... Continue


5 Musician Mis-steps That Could Cost You Dearly

Jul 11, 2016

   By Cari Cole  

1.  Producing Yourself

Okay, I’m just going to say it. No one, no matter how freaking good you are, no one should produce, mix and master themselves. Having no outside perspective will easily kill your chances. Unless you are a proven genius, and even then… smart folks collaborate with the right people.

2.  Thinking A & R is a ... Continue


Music Business Shop Talk: 5 Ways to Rise Up and Reap

Jul 05, 2016

    by Cari Cole       Now that artist’s careers are not reliant upon getting a record deal, the market is saturated ~ perhaps over saturated. And if you frequent Spotify playlists like I do, then you know that there is no shortage of incredibly talented new artists. However, when it comes to breaking through to the big time, clearly, talent is not all ... Continue


Musicians: Are You Getting Ripped Off?

Jun 28, 2016

    by Cari Cole     It’s not easy being a music artist. You run the risk of being misdirected, controlled, lied to, manipulated, ripped off, stolen from and used. It’s always been the case. You also run the risk of being praised, celebrated, richly remunerated and honored. But because artists are particularly vulnerable to praise, it’s easy to mistake one for the other. ... Continue


Singers & Songwriters: How to Win Over Your Audience At Every Performance

Jun 22, 2016

    by Cari Cole     Every performer has good days and bad days. It’s par for the course. However, the goal of any superstar or rising star, is that even on bad days, you still can rock the stage. And that’s a tall order when your voice punks out on you, or you’ve got personal stuff to deal with, or maybe your label ... Continue


Vocal Arranging: 5 Steps to Kickass Vocals on Your Next Record

Jun 15, 2016

    by Cari Cole     Vocal arranging? Not surprising if you haven’t heard of it (unless you’re a Cari Cole convert ;)). I hadn’t heard of it until I was in the business for quite awhile, and then realized I was one already (a vocal arranger that is) ;). A vocal arranger decides how the artist will sing a song. It might be ... Continue