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Spring 2022: BandLab Album Picks

Some tunes are in order for those balmy Spring afternoons 🍃 We’ve discovered some serious talent here in the lab and can’t wait for you to give these four BandLab albums a listen. If they’re not in your playlists yet, they will be soon.  Vent Sessions: The Lost Tapes Vol.… Read more

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10 things to know about the 64th GRAMMY Awards

The GRAMMY Awards. Arguably one of the biggest nights in music, where today’s most talented musicians put on show-stopping performances and take home gilded gramophones.  This year is a little different, with concerns related to the Omicron variant in Los Angeles putting a temporary spoke in the wheel. Otherwise, the… Read more

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6 songs where women have rewritten negative clichés

Happy Women’s History Month! This is a time to acknowledge the contributions and change effected by women throughout history. And while we can always grow, learn, and do better, let’s celebrate all that has come before us, and all we hope to accomplish. In the music industry, we’ve seen our… Read more

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5 Ways To Overcome (Song)writer’s Block

Ah, writer’s block - the enemy of all songwriters, professional or bedroom. Luckily we’ve got some tips to help you get out of a rut, and back into the groove. Have fun with a new instrument If you’re used to writing songs with your guitar, try putting it down for… Read more

Behind the Loops: Lex Luger
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Behind the Loops: Lex Luger

Lex Luger’s musical beginnings started at church. He would go from a church drummer to becoming a founding member of the hip hop production team 808 Mafia. Lex Luger would go on to produce for headline acts such as Wacka Flocka Flame, Kanye West, Gucci Mane, Meek Mill and many… Read more

Behind the Loops: Thomas Gold BandLab Sounds
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Behind the Loops: Thomas Gold

Thomas Gold is a Berlin-based, German DJ and producer with a career spanning hundreds of dance-floor-destroying anthems, and he’s released on some of the world’s biggest dance labels. His remix work has seen him work with pop superstars like Adele, Lady Gaga, Madonna and gain track support from the biggest… Read more

UK DJ Asian Hawk BandLab
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Behind the Loops: Asian Hawk

A silky smooth voice combined with competition-grade turntable skills makes Oliver Love, AKA Asian Hawk a truly unique live performer. Combining the live raw energy of DJing with finger drumming, scratch cuts and vocals, his music performances always deliver. So, we were super excited when Asian Hawk agreed to get… Read more

The origins of freestyle rap
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The origins and evolution of freestyle rap

In his 2003 book, There's A God On The Mic, Kool Moe Dee wrote: ‘There are two types of freestyle. There's an old-school freestyle that basically rhymes that you've written that may not have anything to do with any subject or that goes all over the place. Then there's freestyle… Read more

Behind the Loops: Malcolm Joseph
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Behind the Loops: Malcolm Joseph

A live bass player, studio owner, band member, teacher and session player, Malcolm Joseph has seen all the shifts in the music industry throughout his 40-year career. From UK pop-stardom with his band 7th-Heaven in the 80s to mastering the skills of the studio and becoming the first choice bassist… Read more

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How To Make Money From Music

As a modern musician, working out how to make money from music will always be on your mind. This post isn’t intended as a roadmap to major-label deals, gleaming limousines and rivers of champagne (although there’s nothing wrong with aiming high). It’s about finding ways for working musicians to stay… Read more

Behind the Loops: Youngr
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Behind the Loops: Youngr

A literal one-man show and music making machine, Youngr became a YouTube sensation with his incredible one-take, technology-fuelled live show. Based in London, the multi-instrumentalist producer has gone on to perform at huge global festivals and racked up millions of streams on his tracks. Today, Youngr has his very own… Read more

Behind the Loops: Arabian Prince
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Behind the Loops: Arabian Prince

Arabian Prince is one of the founding member of the legendary group, N.W.A, alongside Dr. Dre, Eazy-E, Ice Cube. DJ Yella and MC Ren. He then went solo producing his own music as both Arabian Prince and Professor X, as well as working as a producer for other artists and… Read more