So, You Want To Make Some Music?

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Making music can be very therapeutic and enjoyable. The catharsis of creating music can be greatly beneficial in your life, and if you have a passion for music, making sounds that excite and inspire you might be a hobby worth pursuing. 

If you are thinking about getting into creating your own music, either for your own personal pleasure or as a professional sideline, you may be wondering where to start. 

Decide What You Want To Get Out Of It

Do you just want to make music for your own sake? Are you looking to create, record, and perform with other musicians? Or, are you looking at creating your own studio space and creating music that you can share and maybe even earn money from? 

There is no reason why you could not do any of these things if you apply yourself. Decide what you want to get out of your music and pursue that avenue. If you just want to play for your own sake, do it. When it comes to working with others, look online for bands to join. Once you have jammed with the right musicians, you might find a connection. 

Starting up your own studio space at home will involve buying the right equipment. 

Buying The Right Kit

Whatever you decide to do in order to make music, you will need the right equipment. This may mean instruments, amplifiers, or recording software and microphones so that you can turn your spare room into a studio. 

Whether you are reading focusrite 2i2 reviews or looking for opinions on which specific Fender guitar to buy, other people’s experiences with specific musical instruments and equipment can be invaluable when it comes to deciding on your next major purchase. 

Make a shopping list of all of the things that you will need, and then go and read as many reviews of different products as possible. With some purchases being quite expensive, you will want to be sure that you have made the right decision. 

Promoting Yourself

If you have decided to start a band, or are making your own music from home that you would like other people to listen to, you will need to promote yourself. There are plenty of avenues that you can explore when it comes to self-promotion. 

Firstly, get yourself a profile on the major social media sites. Make sure that you create an image that suits your musical brand. Think carefully about what you want people to know and focus on. Secondly, get yourself signed up with as many music promotion sites as possible. Think about using sites like Bandcamp or SoundCloud to promote yourself. 

Share your music online as often as possible. Sites like YouTube can be very helpful, you will need to create some great videos to share. 

Make sure that you are active on all of your profiles. The key to building a name for yourself will be interacting with anyone who pays your music any interest.

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Steampunk Books To Add To Your Reading List

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If you are looking for a new set of books to add to your reading list this year, we want to share a genre with you that you may not have thought about before. Today, we are going to share with you some of the top steampunk books you should read this year to take you away to another world and show you some incredible adventures. 

But, what is steampunk? Well, steampunk is a literary genre that is similar to sci-fi in tone. It is a genre that brings together science fiction alongside 19th century industrial themes. If you have ever seen any steampunk artwork you will notice an emphasis on cogs and machinery, and this is where the industrial inspiration can really be seen. But today we are sharing with you some of the steampunk books you should definitely read. 

Boneshaker –  Cherie Priest 

If you love the zombie genre and you are looking for a new take on it, this is the right book for you. It combines what we know about zombies and pulls it into an alternate version of Seattle. During the Civil War, there are rumours of gold in the frozen Klondike that attracts many towards it. Russians endevour to create a large drill to drill through the ice and find this treasure, anf the titular Boneshaker drill is born. However when using this drill for the first time, gold is not discovered, and instead a torrent of gas is released that turns the population into zombies. 

Against the Day – Thomas Pynchon 

For an introduction to the steampunk genre there is nothing better than Against the Day. This is a book filled with complex themes and beautiful literature that gives you a wonderful entry into this world. It is set at the Chicago World’s Fair in 1893 and follows a team of balloonists who go on all manner of adventures. It is a unique read and one you should consider this year. 

Frankenstein – Mary Shelley

What? You may be wondering. Although the steampunk genre didn’t exist back in the early 1800s, this is a great example of an early work in this world. As we all know, Dr Frankenstein tried to build life from deceased body parts and machinery, and what comes of this is the iconic character we know today. 

Agatha H and the Airship City –  Phil & Kaja Foglio

This couple have created a story that is filled with wonder and awe, and it has a very cyberpunk inspiration throughout. During the industrial revolution there is a lot of conflict, and this story follows 18 years after a group of adventurers called the Heterodyne Boys went missing. We follow a young student called Agatha as she struggles to build anything that works. Over time she adapts and we follow her adventures through a world overrun with mad scientists. 

Lady of Devices – Shelley Adina

Our main character Claire finds herself out on the streets of London after her father gambles his entire estate and loses. Claire however is a nifty woman and soon she uses her knowledge of machbinery and devices to succeed in this underworld life. A new leader emerges known as the Lady of Devices, and soon she realises her talents could be put to amazing use for the greater good… if only she lives that long.

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