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5 Keys to Success as a Completely DIY Recording Artist

The struggle for an independent artist can be grueling, but it can also be fruitful. Seattle rapper Sadistik, 33, whose solo albums have charted on both Billboard and iTunes, has survived the ups and downs of the DIY lifestyle.  In the guest editorial that follows, Sadistik shares his …

Content Editor Kevin Cornell on the Power of Music Distribution with TuneCore

Making music is one thing, but how do you get that music out to prospective fans? Enter TuneCore: a distribution service existing at the intersection of artist education and empowerment. The TuneCore platform acts as a pillar in myriad indie artists’ careers. Artists like Taylor Bennett and …

Library Music Is Changing the Sampling Game In Hip-Hop

There’s no denying hip-hop has changed. It was always changing.  From the moment the craft left that rec room at 1520 Sedgwick, the tenets of the culture have been in flux, but no single innovation proved as revolutionary as sampling. The sampling boom of the late ‘80s, powered by the …