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At some point in time, we all have heard the phrase “Never judge a book by its cover”, whilst the statement is true, it particularly doesn’t clasp the essence of an appealing album cover. It’s true that it’s your music that counts more, but who’s going to purchase your next release if it is not even delightful to one’s eye?
Album cover presents you with a wonderful opportunity to immediately resonate your vision/genre with your potential audience. Often they act as the first point of contact between your fans/listeners and your next album. Whether you’re releasing your next album on Songdew or getting featured on a podcast, you need to have a perfect album art cover for your next release. Imagine this, would you buy a pale looking sad-faced cover or a cover with a plethora of creatives divulged on it? If you’re anything serious about shaping your music career for long-term success then you will probably choose the second one.
Now, that you have made up your mind to forge a captivating yet expressive album art, you must be intrigued about the next steps. Right? To help you with this, we have garnered a comprehensive guide for making a perfect album art, that’s surely going to perfectly sync with your music.
Time to define who you really are as a musician
Before starting out, it’s imperative to ask yourself questions like- Who are you? Who is your target audience? You need to recognize your target audience and give them what complements them the best. While you may have an aim to make your creation heard by the millions, it’s still more practical to define a niche and then design an album art accordingly. For instance, many celebrated bands amongst millennials became popular by staying true to their niche. They knew what their audience wants from them.
Find something unique to put out there
Don’t forget that you’re competing with a thousand other artists out there. You need to make sure that your idea stands out, and helps create your own identity. Brainstorm with your friends, band or anyone, to come up with a perfect idea to put out there. This will also save your time while sending briefs off to the artist or the album cover designer.
Shape a great album cover with your face
According to a study, an album art with a human face tends to get more engagement than anything else. Your band face will create an aura on intimacy between you and your fans. People will feel more connected by looking at someone’s eye, and it can also reflect your personality as a musician, and what inspires you the most. Look at pop idols like Justin Bieber, or MJ, both mostly exhibited their own face, rather than an acrylic design. For instance, The Beatles used their faces in its iconic ‘I want to hold your hand’ album.
Take some inspiration from others
Don’t worry if you’re struggling to come up with something fresh, there are always other artists out there, to infix some creative sense. Take creative lessons from the other artist or bands that you look up to, and try to blend their theme with your creatives. Also, don’t try to blatantly copy someone else’s hard work.
Play with colours
Make use of more vibrant colours, and colours which would define the essence of your album. Studies suggest that choosing the right colour helps sell more, and attracts more customers. Once, Beatles decide to experiment with the colour white, and painted their album with white on it. And as you might have guessed, it became a marketing strategy to reckon with.
Once, you follow all the above steps, your album art will be ready to captivate your fans. So, what are you waiting for, it’s time to rock the stage!
Women have made their way from Earth to the Moon while some have even shaken the land we live upon with a shine in their eyes and guitars in their hand. Let us take this opportunity to introduce 5 female guitarist from India that will leave you in awe.
1. Mohini Dey
From Zakir Hussain to AR Rahman, Mohini Dey is a brilliant guitarist that has gathered opportunities to work with them all. She's a bass guitarist and holds this passion since she was 11. Her music has influences from guitarists like Victor Wooten, Jaco Pastorius, Abraham Laboriel, Mark King and many more. She is indeed an incredible artist!
The 27 year old charming guitarist is exploring her musical talent more and more. Her flawless and sonorous acoustic/ jazz compositions are mostly about love and ambitions. Her songs are mostly influenced by Norah Jones and carry the grittiness as that of Carole King. She's a full time musician and has given her best to every track she came up with. Appreciable!
3. Aditi Veena/ Ditty
New Delhi based Aditi Veena is another guitarist that has been showcasing her talent wandering and playing on the streets of Nepal. She has been constantly shuttling between her home and Sri Lanka. She released her debut EP 'Mumblings’ in the year 2014 while her solo album 'Poetry Ceylon’ is all set to be released in November. It says the stories around the Island and other experiences.
4. Bianca Love
This 21 year old talented lady was born and brought up in a city that anybody would kill to live in. However, she moved from New Orleans to Mumbai in 2011. She continued with her composing task that she was working on for her debut EP 'Shady Sunrise’ which got released last year in India. Her music constantly switches from one genre to other, while her billowy voice wins hearts.
5. Shreya Bhattacharya
With the formation of her jazz/ neo soul band Beer Puppets, she has interpreted tunes by artist's like Robert Glasper and Gretchen Parlato in just one year. She has learnt music from the Swarnabhoomi Academy Of Music. She along with her band members- Avishek Dey and Srinjay Banerjee are breathing new life into the jazz scene in India. Afterall, not everyone dares to attempt the formidable version “Spain” by Chick Korea.
So, that's the end of the list. We hope you enjoyed it. Do share your views with us in the comments. Stay musical!
QR Codes could be the future of Indie Music Sales. It’s fast, easy and convenient. A person can scan a code on their phones, click on the song they want to download and pay via e-wallet within a minute.
Any musical act can benefit from having their QR Codes on display. Here are 5 ways a musician can use QR Codes to sell their music:Print them behind TicketsTickets for each gig can have a QR code printed to the back of them. Every member of the audience already has a link to your music in their person. This makes it easier for the consumer and they can use the code at their own convenience.Standees/Stage PosterMain posters and standees are great eye-catching places for your QR codes to be displayed. The more an idea crosses the audience’ mind, the more likely they are to make a purchase.MerchandiseMerch stalls sell a lot of band branded items, from T Shirts to Coffee Mugs. Each of these items can carry a QR Code on them, that way, they take a link to your songs home with them. If that seems like too much, you can always print them on the price and brand tags on them.Visiting CardA band should always have a QR Code their product (in this case songs) on their business cards. Anyone you work with, must have a ready access to your best work.Promotional PostersYour promotional poster even before the gigs should have these codes, so that anyone who wants to know what they’re getting into before getting into one of your gigs has the chance, and has a larger chance to spread the word and increase sales.Table Tent CardsTable Tent Cards in restaurants/ pubs/ lounges is a great way not only to sell music but also brand the place. Let everyone at the venue know who is performing and give them instant access to the music.
Hip Hop is ruling the heart of India these days. It has gained popularity to pop culture and it's craze is just increasing with each passing day. Be it partying or fitness centres, you can hear this genre being played quite everywhere on every occasion. With the evolution of Hip Hop music, some stars have risen too! No no, not the extra- terrestrial ones. We’re about to fill you in with the names of some very talented Hip Hop singers that are revolutionising Hip Hop one track at a time.
1. Stevie B
Stevie B is the stage name for New Delhi based rapper Sahil Agarwal. He entered the world of rapping at a tender age of 15, and has been uplifting people with his laudable and touching lyrics. He has already made his Bollywood debut with the movie Fugly. His thunderous voice along with conventional moves will keep you hooked.
Check out our fav track – Path Of Success
Samar Ajaj aka Samzz is a commendable rapper currently based in Canada. He has pursued a degree in music and he mostly talks about his life journey through his music. Its not just the lyrics that stand out in his tracks. His music is unlike anything we have heard before in this genre. The track Henessy Dreams is a must add to your playlist. You won’t be able to listen to it just once.
A regular name in the scene, Raahi is one of the most promising rappers I‘ve heard in some time. A Lyricist, composer and performer, Raahi hails from Chandigarh. His undying passion for Hip hop has made him try different things at a very small age. From newspaper features to performances with mainstream rappers, Raahi is doing everything right to take India by storm.
Check out his track ‘My Hip Hop Odessey’ and get insight his world and love for Hip Hop.
PS – While you’re at it, check out his other tracks too. Trust us, you wont regret it.
While Hip Hop has always stood for rebellion and having a point of view. It had been reduced to random dance songs in India (thanks to Bollywood). Soumya Tewari is an artist who embodies the spirit of the culture. His tracks are centred around the government and its hollow policies, which makes him different from the crowd. He smashes it all on the face of the diplomat's, making him a hatke rising star.
His track ‘Dhongi Sarkaar’ will change your opinion about what is happening
Fury is an officially inducted rap pioneer by Hip Hop Culture Awards. With a long achievement list, he has made his life revolve around music for over a decade now. His album named The last dance LP was even nominated for a Swedish Grammy. With a long journey in Hip hop, Fury has all the fire that a DJ needs.
Manas is a rapper hailing from Nagpur. He believes in setting a new trend in the world of Hip hop. Faster than the speed of light, this guy goes upto 340 words in a minute. His songs are full of ear pleasing and impactful sounds, which will give you pleasurable 4 minutes in the evening.
So, these are the rising stars of hip hop that you shouldn't miss listening to. Check out their music, hear their stories, hum to their tunes and get a little deeper in the rap scene.
Deepak Kumar, better known by his stage name 'Dee Coy’ is a singer, composer and producer that is giving major rap goals to Indie music. He hails from Delhi- the heart of India. He has been involved in rapping since 2011, but it was 2013 when he began working professionally. He has worked with DJ Sumit Sethi, Jasmine Sandlas, Varun Sharma, Nizami Bandhus and many more. He prefers original, Bollywood and covers when it comes to playing music. His chosen genre is pop and hip hop, which you can clearly notice in his recently released rap 'Welcome Me Well’.
It's a fully energetic and dynamic track which will keep you hooked till the end. Whenever you feel low or want to rock the show, this rap is all you need to listen to. It begins with a very different and indescribable sound which you'll figure out yourself, once you listen to this track- it's awesome! The next part of the track is it's lyrics which has been clearly pronounced by Dee Coy in his penetrative and rich voice. His voice ripples with warmth and confidence, and is gruff. The track also makes use of a few abusive words, but not in a serious manner. He has penned down all his emotions very wisely and wildly. The lyrics are invoking and concatenate the revulsion shown by people with the unbreakable confidence. That's one more reason why you can listen to this track while you feel frantic. The track has a brisk and stately tempo which will cheer you up and it's distinct and strident timbre will invigorate you. The inciting track has a riveting background music and each beat and thump is clearly noticeable. There are guitars and a bunch of electronica used in creating such marvellous rhythms. Mark my words- you're going to love it absolutely. Listen to it and don't forget to spread the music ahead. After all, you all should welcome it well!