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Top 10 ways to help musicians without spending a dime

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Help me!Of course we need money, but if you don’t have a lot of it you still can help us tremendously. Lately I saw a lot of people unaware of how they could help musicians without putting money on the table. Never assume we get plenty of help: most of the time we get none and end up juggling with tasks, running in every direction and forced to drop lots of stunning projects because of a cruel lack of time. But, with a little help from you, we could easily gain a lot of time. Here are 10 ideas how to help a musician, even if you’re completely broke.

The Radiohead complex

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RadioheadYou probably know that I am writing a lot these days. The cool thing with long writings is that you have to tidy up your thoughts and make them (at least look) coherent. It involves digging into my past and understanding whatever positions I could have taken in the last 15 years to properly connect the dots between my ideas. And this is the point where I am supposed to give you the lecture about me changing over the years and being a better person and artist. Guess what? I’m not going to give you this lecture at all.

Music can’t be free

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Everything free for you!When I released Introducing Pierre-Arnaud Dablemont for free in July last year, I already knew a free strategy wouldn’t last forever, even if I secretly hoped people would be generous enough to allow me to make the second album free too. Although everyone praised the release, my secret dream didn’t happen, so back to the plan A. The free strategy had a primary goal: gaining traction in a complicated market. But recording an album, as romantic as it seems, always ends up in the same way: paying the bills.

Thinking out of the box: notes before recording Beethoven

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think out of the boxI’m super excited. In 2 weeks, I’m going to finally hit the studio to record the first volume of Beethoven – Evolutions. Last time I was in a studio for recording sessions was for this album in December 2011. Yes, that was a long time ago for someone who particularly loves studio work and its atmosphere. What am I thinking about a few days before flying to the studio? Keep reading to discover it.

The #hashtag power

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HashtagI launched at the beginning of this year the #LvBFact hashtag: Everyday at 4pm GMT I tweet about Ludwig van Beethoven. Having a Beethoven album on its way, I’ve read quite a lot about the composer over the last months and I wanted to share the information with more people than the people I speak to everyday.

Step Into The Digital Era And Stop Buying CDs: The user’s perspective

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Usb Flash DrivesThird and penultimate post of our series about downloadable music products. This one is about you, about me and about everyone consuming recorded music. We saw in our last episodes that digital downloads have a lot of pros: from an environmental perspective but also from the artist’s point of view. But what if you’re not an artist and you absolutely don’t care about environmental issues? Keep reading, it has some pretty awesome advantages for you too.

Publishing a book: true need or fancy caprice?

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bookWhen I announced last week I was writing a book, I heard some voices telling me “why a book? Can’t you publish it on your blog?”. The answer is no. Or “Why writing anything about that?” There are lots of good reasons for this. Music is, like other arts, about reflection and time. I noticed we rarely talk about this interesting part of our work and want to share it. Also, I have always secretly wanted to write a book.

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