Artist Interviews

From heavy-metal bangers to country twangers to EDM mix wizards, The Hub gets up close and personal with musicians from every significant genre. We ask probing questions about their gear, their inspiration, their strategies in carving out a distinctive sound and style. We skip the fluff in seeking their perspectives about what it takes to launch and sustain a life in music. You’ll find interviews with major recording and performing artists and bands as well as profiles of new, emerging acts. Count on The Hub’s exclusive Artist Interviews for the inspiration and gear intelligence you need to make your own musical aspirations a reality.

While My iPhone Gently Weeps: Choosing Guitars and Supporting Tools

While My iPhone Gently Weeps: Choosing Guitars and Supporting Tools

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A group of seasoned musicians weigh in on strategies to find the perfect guitar, amp, or effects and the iOS apps that can help make you a better guitarist.

Music is My Rock: Veterans Share Stories of Musical Inspiration

Music is My Rock: Veterans Share Stories of Musical Inspiration

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This Veterans Day, meet some of the brave military families who send loved ones off to war, and learn about the music that inspires them.

Freedom in Song: Thoughts on the Songwriting Process and Censorship

Freedom in Song: Thoughts on the Songwriting Process and Censorship

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Writing a song is an art form that is considered to be both simple and inscrutable. Anyone who has experienced a truly revelatory emotional moment thanks to a song (or even just had an “ear worm” of a tune stuck in their head for days), knows that songs can be quite powerful. Once you make your vision a reality, how do you get it heard, and what do you if and when people deem it offensive?

Friends in Music Education: Mike Johnston

Friends in Music Education: Mike Johnston

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By Brad Porter

Musician’s Friend reached out to one of our best friends in the music education community, world-renowned drum instructor Mike Johnston. Mike’s website, MikesLessons.com, is leading the way in online drum education content, with Mike’s positive, upbeat personality at its core. His passion for learning the drums, knack for teaching others, and willingness to stay up late teaching himself audio/video techniques after his wife had fallen asleep, have helped him create a unique atmosphere where players of all levels can come together and, as Mike says, “Embrace the Suck,” or rather, celebrate the process of learning the art and craft of drumming.

Dizzy Reed Interview

Artist Interview: Guns N’ Roses’ Dizzy Reed

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Keeper of the keys to the kingdom of hard rock

The Pros and Cons of Managers, PR Agencies, and Roadies

Behind the Curtain: The Pros (and Cons) of Managers, PR Agencies, and Roadies

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Discover the ins and outs of hiring managers, PR people, and roadies from a collection of working musicians who have been there and done that.

Friends of Mine: Connecting with Fans via Social Media

Friends of Mine: Connecting with Fans via Social Media

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Learn to use social media to grow your crowd and connect with fans. Eight pro musicians share their experiences and insight.

How to Record Your Album and Get It Heard

How to Record Your Album and Get It Heard: Five Dos and Don’ts from the Pros

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Sound advice about capturing your music and promoting your records from a slate of pro musicians who have been there and done that.

Working Pro Musicians Offer Their Tips for Making it in Music

Quitting Your Day Job: Working Pro Musicians Offer Their Tips for Making it in Music

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A panel of professional musicians weigh in on what it takes to make the leap from garage jams and bedroom concertos to real venues, playing for real people.

Making Music with iOS Gear

Making Music with iOS Gear: Changing the Shape of Things to Come

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Even though new technology is responsible for so much of how music today is played, recorded, distributed, and even listened to, it can sometimes meet with pockets of resistance. Musicians are artists, and the hallmark of an artist is often his/her open-mindedness. But even artists run the risk of becoming a traditionalist. Some writers wage a war on the nefarious ebook, some painters refuse to even acknowledge software that enables them to work on a computer, and there are musicians who listen with disdain to any electronically synthesized notes. Not all technological advances are for the greater aesthetic good, but many can lift an artist’s work to the next level.

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