Amelie Lucille Pool

“Pool” by Amelie Lucille Immerses You in a Wave of Emotions

Fifteen-year-old indie folk singer-songwriter Amelie Lucille reveals a clear love for classical music. Her compositions display a uniquely powerful voice and deep passion for her musical roots. Amelie’s music, characterized by its confessional and intimate nature, is a captivating blend of expression and artistry. The NYC artist takes us inside her head on her creative process for the release of her latest single, “Pool.”

Amelie Lucille
Amelie Lucille Pool

Amelie Lucille Unveils the Emotional Side of an Old Soul

POETRY DANS LA RUE: Do you have any routines that you follow to stay creative and focused in your art practice?

Amelie Lucille: “Simply put, consistency. I attend a performing arts school. I am consistently surrounded by music and talented musicians. Attending a performing arts school allows me to constantly be working on my craft. It gives me the opportunity to play different instruments and listen to different kinds of music. I think it helps me stay creative, gets my musical juices flowing, and helps me stay focused.”

PDLR: What role does your personal identity play in influencing your artistic style and themes?

Amelie Lucille: “I’m obviously still very young, and it might sound kind of cheesy, but I am still figuring out who I am going to be. I think when it comes to music, I have always been drawn to emotional songs. When I say emotional songs, I mean really depressing, sad songs. I think I have always been in that aesthetic. When I say that, I’m referring to artists such as Phoebe Bridgers, Olivia Rodrigo, Lizzy McAlpine. I like to be in tune with my sad emotions.” 

“I have always been drawn to emotional songs”

PDLR: In what ways do you seek to evolve or grow as an artist, and what strategies have you found effective in managing your art? 

Amelie Lucille: “I am trying to learn to play more instruments. My main instrument is the guitar, but I am trying to learn how to play piano next. I’m learning to like the opportunities I get when it comes to performing live. I’ve found that performing live helps build my fanbase and audience. It encourages me to make new music. I love that I can get out of my comfort zone.”

PDLR: Can you share a particular artist or song that has had a significant impact on your musical journey, and how has it influenced your own music? 

Amelie Lucille: “Yes, my parents have the best taste in music. Growing up, I listened to “Weird Fishes” by Radiohead. The artist who has impacted me the most this year is Adrianne Lenker, the lead singer of Big Thief. She is insanely genius. Adrianne and I have a very similar style of music. I’ve listened to her music for an unhealthy amount of time. I think I definitely draw 100% of my influences from her.”

“I want the audience to be left feeling more”

PDLR: When your fans listen to “Pool,” what is something that you want them to take away from the song or leave with them? 

Amelie Lucille: “If you listen to the lyrics and the overall story you can tell that it’s coming from a narrative perspective and not me just explaining a situation. It’s about someone who is feeling used in a relationship. Towards the end, you start to understand there is more anger coming from the person. I want the audience to be left feeling more. Whether you can relate to it from a personal experience or just feeling moved by the song.”

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Lily Fitts Lovin' Life Music Fest

Lily Fitts Debuts Effortless Set at Lovin’ Life Music Fest

Lily Fitts shared the main stage with role model Noah Kahan at Lovin’ Life Music Fest in Charlotte, NC. The Boston-area folk singer-songwriter encompasses charm and poise, gaining popularity through her captivating covers of Zach Bryan, Noah Kahan, and Dylan Gossett, among others. Her original music combines a hint of country and folk with her signature vocal rasp. Recent singles “Boston to Barcelona,” “Lose You Now,” and “Buying Time” give her momentum going into a busy summer of festivals. Sharing the Lovin’ Life stage with her idols, including Stevie Nicks, marks a significant milestone in her career.

Lily Fitts
Lovin' Life Music Fest

Lovin’ Life Music Fest: First Festival Performance

Lily Fitts demonstrated confidence on the Lovin’ Life main stage as she admitted, “This is my first festival performance. I only recently had my first stage performance with Zach Bryan not too long ago.” Recognizing her talent, Zach Bryan welcomed the young singer-songwriter on stage to perform “Oklahoma City” at his headlining tour last summer in L.A.

Joining some of her long-time influences for her first festival was an immensely surreal experience for Lily. When asked about her favorite moments, she gushed, “All of the sets I saw at Lovin’ Life were incredible. I was definitely excited to see Stevie Nicks as she is one of my biggest influences, but Post Malone, Noah Kahan, Maggie Rogers, Mt. Joy, The Fray, and Ripe were all so fun and inspiring to watch.

Lily Fitts
Lovin' Life Music Fest

Performing on Sunday ahead of Noah Kahan’s headlining set brought fans in early to see Lily. Kahan’s fans likely know her from her cover songs being shared across TikTok and Instagram, with “Stick Season” being the most prominent. “It’s hard to choose just one favorite Noah Kahan song, but “Stick Season” is the most sentimental because that cover really jump-started everything for me on social media. It gave me the confidence to pursue music full-time. I also love “Homesick,” “No Complaints,” “Glue Myself Shut,” “Growing Sideways,” “Mess,” “The View Between Villages,” and so many more.”

Raw Songwriting and Vocal Talent

Lily draws inspiration from real-life experiences when writing relatable, emotional lyrics for her original music. As for her sonic influences: “I love raw, natural, and acoustic sounds. I try to incorporate that heavily into all of my songs.” During her set, she seamlessly transitioned between songs, sharing a new track with the crowd about her daily struggle with anxiety. “What They Say” takes us inside her head as she expresses there isn’t a quick fix when it comes to mental health. Songs like “Boston to Barcelona” and “Hurts Like Hell” undoubtedly drew music fans into Lily’s set, creating a deeper connection with her audience.

Lovin’ Life Music Fest only kicks off the performances for Lily this summer. She heads out on a mostly sold-out tour across the States with Michael Marcagi on May 13th. “I’m so so excited; I can’t believe it! I’m also playing Summerfest, Bonnaroo, and Sommo Fest! I’m planning to release more new music this summer as well.”

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Elijah Woods

Elijah Woods Chats New EP Ahead of Sold-Out Asia Tour

Toronto-based pop singer-songwriter Elijah Woods recently sent Swifties down a nostalgic rabbit hole with his Taylor-inspired single, “the way that we started (taylor).” His latest EP, silver lining (March 2024), includes three emotionally raw tracks about losing a close friend. Elijah’s gracefully crafted songwriting and infectious melodies capture the hearts of many listeners in the pop music scene. We catch Elijah for a quick Q&A as gears up for his sold-out Asia tour and opening date with Niall Horan in Jakarta, Indonesia.

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Niall Horan

Elijah Woods Q&A

POETRY DANS LA RUE: We’ve been following your music on social media and loved “the way that we started (taylor).” What was it like with the overwhelming reaction to that song? 

Elijah Woods: “Thank you so much! That was a fun one to write. It honestly started as a songwriting exercise, but when I finished the song, it felt too good not to release. I think the social media response gave me the confidence to put it out.”

POETRY DANS LA RUE: Your new EP (silver lining) really showcases your songwriting talent and ability to connect emotionally with listeners. Can you talk about your songwriting process for this EP?

Elijah Woods: “Writing silver lining was pretty cathartic. I was genuinely just trying to process the loss of somebody close to me, and this was me going through those emotions. It’s funny because the songs actually ended up in chronological order of when I wrote them. I didn’t realize that until literally yesterday!

The first song, “second guessing,” highlights my anger and confusion about the situation. Then, “losing a friend” was very much me coming to terms with the fact that this relationship was over, and I needed to find my own closure in that. Lastly, “silver lining” is an internal conversation about how despite everything I’ve been through with this person, I still only see the best in them. Overall, this project put a lot of things into perspective for me, and I hope it does the same for anybody listening.”

Ahead of Asia Tour & Opening for Niall Horan

PDLR: What are you looking forward to most about your tour and opening for Niall Horan?

Elijah Woods: “I’m still in disbelief that this is happening! Getting the opportunity to play in front of that many people and one of my idols at the same time is going to be a massive highlight for me.”

PDLR: Are there future plans for a US tour? Who would you like to open for in the US/CA?

Elijah Woods: “That’s something that’s definitely at the front of my mind. I can’t wait to connect with all of these people who have changed my life. I’d love to go on tour with LANY.”

PDLR: Any advice for young indie artists finding their way in a fast-paced industry?

Elijah Woods: “Make things that fuel you to make other things. The only times I’ve noticed a downfall in my creativity is when I was on a path that didn’t make me happy.”

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Taylor Contarino Bare Minimum

Taylor Contarino Shows Her Artistry is More than “Bare Minimum” on Latest Single

Authentic singer and songwriter Taylor Contarino takes on the music industry with her latest release, “Bare Minimum,” out April 19, 2024. The small-town artist moved from South Jersey to Los Angeles and is currently pursuing her education and dreams. She is a lover of all things that revolve around music. Taylor is authentic in showing her vulnerability through her music and who she is as a person. She is an inspiration and the definition of an artist in every way.

Taylor Contarino
Bare Minimum
Photographer credit: Karly Ramnani

Q&A with Taylor Contarino

POETRY DANS LA RUE: How did you first become interested in music, and what inspired you to pursue a career as a musician?

Taylor Contarino: “I had a passion for music from a very young age. My mom would always play Eminem through the ups and downs of life. It provided constant comfort for her through the trials she faced with my father. I’ve had a deep love for music since my childhood and started attending concerts at a young age. During the pandemic, I began using my time to write about music, especially about 90s hip-hop music. I created a hip-hop music blog my freshman year, while living in New York. After creating my blog, I ended up getting more opportunities in music, and eventually, after working with a couple of independent labels and opportunities, I landed at Universal Music Group.”

PDLR: Can you tell us about your songwriting process and where you draw inspiration from for your music?

Taylor Contarino: “My musical process…I love making music! I could cry over how much I love it. It’s literally my outlet. I don’t see it as a thing I have to do but rather as a thing I get to do. Being able to take words and make them sound pretty or using my voice to say how I feel is the greatest thing ever!

Like yesterday, I was freaking out because I’m realizing that I’m graduating college in a month, and I’m going to have to become a big girl, you know, and I’m really scared about that. I’m going to have to be an adult. I’ve started writing how I feel about that. My creative process comes from moments like that, where it’s like I’m in the moment, and my emotionality takes over.

“It’s when I am at my breaking point that my music starts to evolve.”

That’s what I love about music; if I can’t turn to anything else or anyone else, I can always turn to my piano. I can always turn to Logic, like my software. I can always turn to my notes and write down how I’m feeling. It’s like I can turn my heartbreak into healing and my pain into beauty. Yeah, I sound like a poet, but I love that.

I also wrote a poetry book, which I released in the fall. Writing means a lot to me. Being able to express how I feel, letting it resonate with people, and making it sound beautiful means so much to me.”

PDLR: What do you enjoy most about playing in front of an audience?

Taylor Contarino: “Oh, I hate being in front of an audience. I’m crying because I love that you asked me that question, but I hate being in front of an audience. I have to force myself to get in front of an audience. I know that’s so weird, but it’s so scary. I’d rather be sitting in my room making music. But on the contrary, I know that it’s an important part of music. Performing is a part of being an artist. Every single time I perform, I’m getting stronger.

I have this thing where whenever something scares me, I force myself to do it. What’s the alternative? To hide from it my entire life? I’m a firm believer that if something scares you, you have to do it. Every time I get on stage, I’m conquering my fears, and I’m really just taking ownership of my body, words, voice, and the way I feel. I know that the more I perform, the better I’ll get at it. I don’t think practice makes perfect, but I do think practice makes progress.”

“Bare Minimum” Coming Soon

PDLR: Can you talk a little about your upcoming single, “Bare Minimum?”

Taylor Contarino: “Of course, I’m so excited! On April 19th I’m dropping ” Bare Minimum” part one, the single. It’s all part of a story from my last couple of months. The whole EP drops on April 26th, one week later from the release of the single. I purposely made it this way because I wanted part one to be a description of the things that I’ve been going through and the way I have been feeling. Part one, “Bare Minimum,” was written and made to be more emotional. Part two is going to be more of an anthem for healing and moving on, more of a motivating piece of music.

The whole EP intends to tell my lived experience and what I went through over the past couple of months with a relationship I used to be in. I’m really excited about the project and am so excited for the world to hear it. I’m just grateful to God. I can’t believe that I’m really putting an EP out because there was a time when I had given up on music for a long time.”

PDRL: What do you hope listeners take away from your music?

Taylor Contarino: “The only thing I ever wanted was for listeners to be heard, seen, and represented. That’s really all I have ever cared about. If people listen to my music, then that’s great. But for me, no matter what, I was able to use the creation process to heal through experiences the music refers to.

All the music that I make is real. The things that I’m saying actually happened. My mom never let me lie growing up. She always said, ” I would rather you say that you did something crazy than lie to me.” Growing up, if I went to a party, my mom would rather I call her and tell her I did something stupid than lie. My mom was heavy on the “Don’t lie to me,” just tell me how it is and be 100% honest.”

Future Collaborations and Music

PDLR: Are there any future projects or collaborations that you’re excited about?

Taylor Contarino: “Yes, I have so many. I’m so grateful! I’ve been working on so much music recently. I have four songs that I am currently working on and that I can’t wait to share with the world. I have a song called “God’s Business.” It’s a song about finding out that my grandpa has cancer. Sorry, not to get depressing, but we are working through it. There’s another song I’ve been working on with an incredible producer and talented bassist/guitarist called “Deadbeat.” It’s about my drug-addicted father.

Currently, I’m also working on a love song and another song about hating the club. I went two weeks ago, and I wrote a song called “I’m Over the Club.” I realized that I really don’t like going to the club. Why does it have to be so loud? I don’t know when I’m going to release these songs yet, but I’m very excited to share them with everyone.”

PDLR: Do you have any advice for aspiring musicians looking to break into the industry?

Taylor Contarino: “Of course! Don’t give up! If you never give up, you can never lose. My advice to anybody is to just keep going. I wish that I could have told myself this two years ago when I gave up on music; I wish someone were there to tell me not to give up. If you give up, what’s the alternative? What are you going to do? You’re going to be sad, and you’re going to regret it every day. Honestly, that’s how I was feeling. That’s why I continue to make music.

I also had a friend who sent me a long paragraph. Actually it was more like she wrote a book, basically, on why I should continue making music, which is the reason that I started doing it again. I love her, and she’s amazing! Her name is Rachel, and she’s one of my best friends. I am so grateful for her!

I would just tell people to keep going on their dreams because you never know when there’s going to be motion. You never know when you are going to succeed. Even if you don’t have a million streams, you are still a musician because you are making music. Don’t let the numbers, social media, or anyone tell you that you can’t do it. As long as something makes you happy, then keep doing it. Don’t be afraid to say how you feel.”

PDLR: How long have you been releasing music in general and professionally? 

Taylor Contarino: “Since my sophomore year of college, about two years ago. That’s around the time I also gave up on music because I felt like I wasn’t good enough. I felt scared of people reacting to my music and thinking I wasn’t good enough. That’s when I realized that it doesn’t matter if people think I’m good enough as long as I think I am. It’s about how I feel and how I perceive myself.

Once I changed my perspective, I was able to enjoy the artistic, creative process and the healing process. I am open to collaborations and working on art with other people. Everything I do is because of the love I have for the art.”


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Top Festival and Concert Fashion Brands

Festival and concert season is here, and everyone has Eras Tour or local gigs and festivals on their minds. Festival and concert fashion is always fun and exciting but can be overwhelming and expensive at the same time. Here’s a list of the top festival and concert fashion brands to shop for this spring and summer. Find your next music festival outfit from our* guide:

  • Brands from all price ranges
  • Options for men and women
  • Local NC shops
  • Local thrift stores to check out

*In collaboration with Jessica Fowler of Three Region Photography

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Shop NC Thrift Stores: Music Festival Outfit Guide

Durham Rescue Mission Thrift-3 locations

Gibson Girl Vintage

Goodwill

North Raleigh Christian Ministries Thrift-2 locations

Rumors

Second Chances-Asheville

Salvation Army 

Trunkshow

Shop NC Local Stores: Music Festival Outfit Guide

Edge of Urge-Men’s & Women’s Fashion

Enchanted on Main-Taylor Swift-Inspired Women’s Boutique-2 locations

Flourish Market-Women’s Fashion

Pamut-Women’s Fashion

Raleigh Denim-Men’s & Women’s Fashion

Uniquities-Women’s Fashion

Unlikely Professionals-Men’s Style Fashion

Vert and Vogue-Women’s Fashion

Vestique-Women’s Fashion Boutique-2 locations

$-$$ Top Festival and Concert Fashion Brands

Amazon*-Men’s & Women’s Fashion

American Eagle-Men’s & Women’s Fashion

ASOS-Men’s & Women’s Fashion

Depop-Secondhand social commerce marketplace

Disturbia-Women’s Goth & Grunge Festival Fashion

Doll’s Kill-Women’s festival & costume wear; goth & rave style

Etsy-Customized or handmade items; matching items for parties or groups

Express-Men’s & Women’s Fashion

H&M-Men’s & Women’s Fashion

Levi’s-Men’s & Women’s Fashion

Lulu’s-Women’s Fashion; great dresses for weddings, concerts, or photoshoots

Nasty Gal-Sequins, jeweled, leather, and fringe looks for Eras Tour

Nordstrom Rack-Reduced Price Nordstrom Men’s & Women’s Fashion

Poshmark-Secondhand social commerce marketplace

Pretty Little Thing-UK-based Women’s fast fashion

SHEIN-Men’s & Women’s; thousands of looks for less

Target-Men’s & Women’s Fashion

Urban Outfitters-Men’s & Women’s Fashion

Vestique-Women’s Fashion Boutique; great for Eras Tour & vacation!

Zara-Men’s & Women’s Fashion; also a great line for toddlers & kids

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$$-$$$ Top Festival and Concert Fashion Brands

12th Tribe-Women’s Festival Fashion; great for Eras Tour!

For Love & Lemons-Women’s Festival Fashion, intimates, and swimwear

Free People-Women’s Boho Fashion

Guess-Men’s & Women’s Fashion

Revolve-Men’s (HERE) & Women’s Fashion

Rent the Runway-Rent designer pieces for less; great for weddings!

Spell-Australian Boho

The Kooples-Men’s & Women’s French Fashion

Shoes & Accessories

*A lot of the brands listed above also sell shoes and accessories.

Adidas

Converse

Doc Martens

Matisse Footwear

Nike

Puma

Steve Madden

Target

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The Dream X

The Dream X: Exclusive Interview with the Genre-Bending Artist

Latin American reggaeton rapper The Dream X takes the globe by storm with his infectious singles “Tijuana” and “BLA BLA” ft. Monaleo. The Salt Lake City-based artist sits down to chat about growing up as a classically trained opera singer to blending various genres in his recent project. With over 350,000 streams on “Tijuana” and no stopping in sight, fans of Bad Bunny, Jack Harlow, The Weeknd, or MGK will want to pay attention now.

The Dream X

Q&A with The Dream X

POETRY DANS LA RUE: How long have you been releasing music in general, and professionally?

The Dream X: “I started releasing music in 2020, but more so as a hobby, not necessarily as a professional career. Back then, the releases that I put out were mainly opera. Being classically trained in opera helped with melody building and lyrics. Going into music as a profession has always been a dream, so being able to do it now as an artist feels surreal.”

POETRY DANS LA RUE: After listening to your singles “BLA BLA” and “Tijuana,” I love the contrast between the two with the languages and the styles.

The Dream X: “I wanted to do something different with the two. “BLA BLA” is more culturally significant. I wanted to break the language barrier between these two countries to bring my music to different people. Even if people don’t understand everything, it joins English and Spanish together. We made “BLA BLA” with Monaleo, a hip-hop sensation, so we were very excited to have her featured on the song. She’s definitely a lyrical genius.”

The Dream X on Influences & Dream Collabs

PDLR: What genres or artists do you consider your main influences for songwriting?

The Dream X: “I have a lot of artists that I look up to to create the sound that I have. I love Bad Bunny, The Weeknd, and Post Malone; there are a lot of influences that go into it.”

PDLR: Any artists who are under the radar that inspire you?

The Dream X: “There’s an artist I follow who makes these beautiful beats. I listen to his music, and it makes me feel like I want to make something with the same energy. I work with him as well, so it’s great to feed off of that. His name is Michael Piroli.”

PDLR: Who would be your dream artist to collaborate with?

The Dream X: “I have an entire list of people I’d love to work with! My #1 dream collab would have to be Machine Gun Kelly. The second person would be Feid. Others would, of course, be Bad Bunny and Swae Lee…”

“Drama” Coming Soon

PDLR: Can you talk a little about the next single that is coming out?

The Dream X: “I’ve been working on a lot of music. The song that we are planning to release next is called “Drama.” It’s also very different from the previous two; it’s partially in Spanish with more English. I combine four different genres on this track. It’s a mix of pop, moombahton, reggaeton, and rap. It’s set to release this month.”

PDLR: What advice do you have for young indie artists or artists who are just starting their journey?

The Dream X: “Don’t give up because many people will discourage you. People will tell you you’re losing money and pouring money into it, and that it won’t pay off, etc. Which is true, but it’s worth it in the end. Dream big, work hard, and make it happen. If it’s your dream and what you want, go for it. You’ve only got one life. It’s up to you if you’re going to leave a legacy or leave a mark on this world.”

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Creative Workspace

How To Design An Idea-Flowing Creative Workspace

When you don’t have the right atmosphere, sitting down and focusing on your craft or being creative can be challenging. Many musicians, writers, artists, photographers, and content creators flourish in the ideal creative workspace and environment. We aren’t talking about a traditional office space or workplace culture, but rather your in-home space or home studio where you create.

Turn your creative workspace or home studio into the ultimate mood board, and the ideas will jump out in front of you. Here are a few tips on how to make your space perfect for you.

Creative Workspace Home Studio

1 // Curate Your Creative Workspace

Fill your space with art, music, and decor that inspires you. This doesn’t have to be expensive to make it motivating. You can use instruments you have, printed photos in black & white, magazines, old albums, vintage tees, antique finds, etc. Include albums or pictures of artists that inspire you (it could be musical artists, writers, poets, artwork, etc.). When you feel stuck, turn to one of those items for ideas.

2 // Start a Collection

A collection of artwork, books, albums, posters, etc., can bring feelings of nostalgia and take you back to when you first discovered it. Sometimes, it’s as simple as reading album notes, lyrics, or a favorite line in a book to spark your creative flow. Collecting also allows you to reflect on the past and see how much you have grown personally or in your career.

3 // Consider What Your Idols/Role Models Would Do

What would Prince do to set the mood and get in the zone of songwriting? How does Taylor Swift craft her most intricate lyrics? What do they surround themselves with? Who do they turn to for support and collaboration?

Picture the image of Prince at Paisley Park or Taylor Swift at Long Pond Studios. If music isn’t your trade, consider these same questions from the viewpoint of your favorite author or creator.

Creative Workspace Home Studio

4 // Create A Mood Board

This can be as simple as creating a mood board on Pinterest or Canva and taping it to your wall. You can have a collage of photos around where you do your writing and brainstorming. Change your mood board with the seasons or new projects that take you to different feelings.

5 // Opt for Multiple Sitting Areas

You can have a desk for a laptop and computers, but consider different seating arrangements for reflecting, recording, filming, and relaxing. Your creative workspace doesn’t always mean sitting down and working in the traditional sense; allow yourself to explore your space and have aspects that encourage you to do so (i.e., the collection, photos, magazines, books, etc.).

6 // Invest Time

Invest a little time daily in your creative workspace, even if you explore ideas and recharge. Investing time in your space and craft doesn’t always resemble writing, playing, singing, creating, or editing. It can be researching your favorite artists, gathering new insights and perspectives, journaling, or enjoying coffee.

Investing time in your audience also plays a part in this; you can do a fun Q&A or try a new style of social media post. The more time you invest in your workspace doing creative things outside of your craft, the more the creative juices will flow during crunch time. For example, I listen to music, decorate, organize albums, and play with my son in my workspace, so I already have intentions and spark when it’s time to work.

Creative Workspace Home Studio

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Instagram Tips for Artists Instagram Tips for Creators

Five Quick & Easy Instagram Tips for Artists and Creators

Whether you’re an emerging artist in the music industry, a social media creator, or launching a small business, these five quick Instagram tips for artists and creators will help you build your brand and reach your audience.

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1 // Use a Business or Creator Account

While there are slight differences between these two types of accounts on Instagram, both allow you to access Instagram Insights. On Instagram Insights, you can track your analytics by posts, reels, and stories. You will have access to data such as accounts reached (followers vs non-followers) and how they came across your post or reel (hashtags, home, explore, other).

A Business Account is often recommended for small businesses, personal brands, and any account where you may be offering a service or product.

A Creator Account is often recommended for artists, social media influencers, content creators, public figures, and photographers, although personal preferences may differ.

2 // Use Instagram Insights

Once you choose a Business or Creator Account, you can access Instagram Insights and a Professional Dashboard. This will allow you to track when your audience is most active, what time of the day is best to post, and what content your audience engages with the most.

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3 // Use Niche-Specific Hashtags

Finding your niche on a social media platform is one of the most important things for social media use. Once you find your niche, you will want to use niche-specific hashtags so your audience can easily find your posts. Examples of niche-specific hashtags include #musicblog #musicdiscovery #vinylcommunity #indiepopartist #ukhiphopartist #folksingersongwriter

4 // Engage in Niche Content

You will want to engage in other content from creators and artists within your niche and community. Share other artists’ posts, music, and reels, and like or comment on their content. If you see something trending in your niche, join the conversation or put your spin on it. Keep building relationships within your niche (other artists, creators, bloggers, music industry professionals, small business owners, etc.).

5 // Collaborate Within Your Niche

Continue to form connections with the community within your niche and collaborate with someone who may allow you to expand your audience. The collaborators could be bloggers, media outlets, or other artists (potentially those with a bigger following than you to expose you to a new audience).

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Music Lovers Holiday Gift Guide

Popular Deals: Music Lovers Holiday Gift Guide

If you’re searching for the perfect gift for your music-loving friends and family members, we’ve compiled a quick list of the hottest deals for the holiday season. Scroll through top deals from Amazon, Target, Walmart, and record stores in our Music Lovers Holiday Gift Guide. Sales start now until the end of December, so stay tuned for price updates and new offers.

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Diving At Dawn

Diving At Dawn Shares Unreleased Song from 25 Years Ago

Diving At Dawn I Can't Love You Anymore

Indie folk artist Pete Hobbs of Diving At Dawn finds redemption in releasing a single dating 25 years back. Diving At Dawn’s latest single, “I Can’t Love You Anymore,” brings back a history of turmoil for Hobbs. The London-based singer was the frontman of the band User at the time this song came to life. The three-piece power pop band had the opportunity to record “I Can’t Love You Anymore” with The Stones Roses producer Paul Schroeder. Shortly after, a record deal came to fruition, and Abbey Roads Studios was booked. Unfortunately for User, everything came crashing down in a dramatic stream of events that prevented the band from being signed and recording.

Hobbs went on to find success with The Boy Least Likely To, an English indie pop duo formed in 2002. The group has been supported by BBC Radio and Pitchfork. Their songs were also featured in films and tv shows like Easy A and Grey’s Anatomy.

With his solo project, Diving At Dawn, Hobbs revamped “I Can’t Love You Anymore” from its original power pop state to a more intimate folk ballad. Sometimes, songs have a way of coming full circle, and this one took a little reminder from Pete’s mom to inspire a journey back in time.

“It’s very strange to go back and inhabit something you created 25 years ago; much more
emotional than I had anticipated. It’s almost impossible not to look back and wonder what my younger self, who had his whole career ahead of him…would
think of how it all unfolded. It’s a beautiful full-circle moment for me.”

“I Can’t Love You Anymore” Song Review

“I Can’t Love You Anymore” encapsulates the backstory of a song that has taken the toll of time. It is a timeless tale of love, rejection, and a broken heart that resonates with those young and old. The song initially captivates with its melodic feel and almost seems to have been in the world this whole time. “I Can’t Love You Anymore” brings familiar feelings of longing for something you missed but couldn’t quite recall what it was. The folk ballad style of the latest version suits Diving At Dawn’s quintessential melancholic soundscapes.

Through the push and pull of the end of a relationship, the song embodies dispair, loneliness, and glimmers of hope. Diving At Dawn brings instant emotional connection with vulnerable vocals and sorrowful lyrics. “And I know I’m never gonna see you again, and the way I’m feeling now I’m better off dead, I know I’m only happy when I’m falling apart…” Hobbs transitions into a much more uplifting chorus of realizing all will be okay and he will prevail.

If you’re a fan of Beck, Van Halen, Wings, or similar artists, be sure to press play on “I Can’t Love You Anymore” from Diving At Dawn. Other recommended tracks include “Playing Your Records,” as previously featured on our blog, and “Lying By Myself.”

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