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The MakoMusic Discuss page is the place to be if you are interested in what’s going on and what we are planning. Its also a place that we can spill our opinions of music in general.

Albums vs EPs

Posted by on 15/02/2013 in Discuss | 0 comments

Albums vs EPs

So you’ve been writing and performing your latest music for a while now, you have a set list of songs, a decent social network following and are regularly performing gigs at which ever local venue will take you. It seems like a good idea to turn that set list of songs into an album… but is it? With an album comes the extra pressure to deliver and after all the time you’ve spent amassing a small fan base via social networks you find yourself solely posting “New is album sounding great! Can’t wait for you to hear it …eventually!”...

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ReDigi, The Second Hand MP3 Marketplace

Posted by on 24/01/2013 in Discuss | 0 comments

ReDigi, The Second Hand MP3 Marketplace

With today’s average shopper having less disposable income, it’s no surprise that consumers are often found rummaging through retailer’s 2nd hand sections for their monthly entertainment fix. This is evident with the amount of second hand CDs, DVDS, games and even smart phones that you can find when browsing Ebay, or your local CEX and this is soon set to expand into the world of digital downloads with the arrival of ReDigi. ReDigi is a website devoted to selling and buying second hand digital music. Think of it like a digital download...

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Local Fan Base. How do you get yours?

Posted by on 28/11/2012 in Discuss | 1 comment

Local Fan Base. How do you get yours?

Step #1 in DIY music industry success is to create a local fan base. After 12 years of making music, Seattle rapper Macklemore’s debut release “The Heist” was released last month, catapulting him and producer Ryan Lewis into the mainstream. Within hours the album was #1 on the iTunes Album Chart and #2 on US Billboard 200. But even prior to the duo had sold out 18 of 27 shows in a 2011 tour across the US and UK, and all without record label support. Macklemore’s success is due in no small part to the huge fan-base he has amassed over the...

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The Return of Myspace?

Posted by on 15/11/2012 in Discuss | 2 comments

The Return of Myspace?

In a persistent effort to remain relevant, Myspace has recently released a preview of the reboot of its website. Fronted by musician and Myspace investor Justin Timberlake, the video boasts a complete redesign of the website, showcasing itself as a new way for artists to promote themselves and their music online. Once of the biggest websites on the Internet, it’s no secret that Myspace is a shadow of its former self, and with unique visitor figures declining by as many as 10 million a month, it’s certainly hard to see how it can be...

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What’s your plan?

Posted by on 22/06/2012 in Discuss | 0 comments

What’s your plan?

Musicians form bands for many number of reasons. Some people just want to “make it”, others just do it for the craic. No matter if you’ve only just started out or if you’ve been gigging for years, our question to all bands is…   “What’s your plan?”   What is your band’s goal? What do you want to achieve? We get many emails asking us to listen to artist’s music, which we love, but sometimes they don’t tell us what they want from us!? Are they looking to play at the...

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What’s the best band promo you’ve seen?

Posted by on 04/05/2012 in Discuss | 1 comment

What’s the best band promo you’ve seen?

Digital media means bedroom recordings and homemade music videos are more and more common place in the music industry, so artists don’t need a record deal to get people to notice their material. Obviously this is a great thing, but with such a saturated market filled with outstanding talent and ideas, how do you stand out from the crowd? Artist have been force to think outside the box when it comes to promoting their material. Wether that’s something as simple as Radiohead’s “name your own price” digital download...

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How Do You Listen To Your Music?

Posted by on 05/04/2012 in Discuss | 10 comments

How Do You Listen To Your Music?

Over the last 40 years there have been massive leaps forward in the way that music is recorded, distributed, purchased and listened to. Regardless of whatever the latest technology is, some people like going to the shops and buy a physical CD, others prefer instant downloads from iTunes and Amazon. Some people like to stream music for free or subscribe to streaming services like Spotify or LastFM. Others will download music illegally via torrent sites, and I’m sure some people still listen to the radio as well. All of the changes to the...

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Favourite Venues?

Posted by on 03/02/2012 in Discuss | 9 comments

Favourite Venues?

The number of venues (especially decent ones) for unsigned artists to strut their stuff in the northwest is on the decline. Obviously this is by no means a good thing, but it does mean that the few venues that are left should be thriving given our options are limited. However, in the sometime “cliquey” music scene, some gigs can be kept secret to avoid “spoiling”, “over saturation” or some other BS excuse. This is a sure fire recipe for failure and more closures. To give the remaining venues a helping hand,...

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Gigs and Ticket Prices

Posted by on 09/12/2011 in Discuss | 17 comments

Gigs and Ticket Prices

With the recent closure of certain influential venues in Liverpool (highlighted by our good friends at ManGone) and the hot topic of “Pay To Play” being contested by fantastic movements like Stop! Rock & Roll, it’s fair to say that there’s been a lot to say about the music scene in Liverpool and the surrounding areas. With all this in mind we wanted to ask you for some feedback and ideas on how we can improve the operating of our MakoMusic live events, in particular the age old debate of ticket prices. For those of...

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