November 18, 2016

Criticism is critical for any songwriter. Before you get defensive, we're talking about finding the RIGHT kind of criticism – and being able to evaluate what's useful and what's not. Music is a business of opinions, so you're going to be getting a lot of feedback. Here...

November 15, 2016

Landing gigs is hard, especially if you're just starting out. But even seasoned pros can benefit from these tips. If you follow these rules, you'll give every show optimal potential for greatness – and give a boost to your fanbase-growing efforts.

1. Know your market

Kno...

November 8, 2016

Much of this is common sense, but as I look at hundreds of artist profiles all over the web and talk to musicians, there seems to be a big gap between what venues want to see and what musicians are willing to do.

1) Yup, you're going to want to make your press kit on Sh...

November 8, 2016

True story, there is this very talented artist I know, her name is Ashley and she lives in Atlanta. She does some original gigs and some covers.. She was playing on the patio at a local cover gig in Atlanta at a popular trendy Mexican restaurant. I read her Facebook po...

November 8, 2016

 Everyone wants gigs, perhaps now more than ever! And let me be clear, this blog post only relates to cover gigs.

If you want cover gigs, smile! Don't cry in the corner!

Musicians are morose people by nature. I get it, I'm a musician too. Like many of you, my thoughts tu...

October 26, 2016

I'm going to be a hosting a radio show on EnterTalk radio, a leader in music business broadcasting on Tuesday, 11/15/16. Click here to take a look! It's an internet based radio show every week from 4-5pm EST on Tuesdays every week. You'll find it on the "Show" tab on S...

September 19, 2016

I'll probably never again do 2 posts in one day, but I thought the first one just looked lonely all by itself.

I'll keep this short-ish.

My Name is Paul Nikolas and I'm in my early 30's. I'm a classically trained pianist, percussionist, vocalist, guitarist and bassist. I...

September 19, 2016

Welcome to my first blog post! The goal here is to give a little insight into what it is we're doing with ShowSlinger and bring attention to things that we can change in our little corner of the global music industry. So what corner is that? ShowSlinger was built to he...

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