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5 Tips for Making It on Twitch as a Musician

by Sara Mekinc

5 Tips for Making It on Twitch as a Musician
You’ve probably heard a lot about Twitch streaming video games, but what about using Twitch as a music artist? In terms of views, Twitch has already surpassed many traditional media networks and channels, and could be a new territory for music artists to make it big on. To get you the hottest tips on Twitching as an aspiring musician, we looked into the numbers and into the case of a fierce Dance DJ.
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Alessandra Roncone: “If You Expect Only the Optimal Outcome, You’ll Be Disappointed a Lot”

by Urska Jaksa

Alessandra Roncone: “If You Expect Only the Optimal Outcome, You’ll Be Disappointed a Lot”
The feats of wondrous data analysis we performed for the International Dance Music Awards placed Alessandra Roncone among the Top 5 female Trance artists. To continue our Trance streak (who doesn’t need some uplifting tunes right now?), we sat down with the Italian DJ and producer to look back at the golden age of Trance, when she first got into the genre, see what's changed since, and assess the aftermath of the age of corona.
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2019 Industry Review: Crunching the Numbers Behind the Top 100 in Electronic Music

by Urska Jaksa

2019 Industry Review:  Crunching the Numbers Behind the Top 100 in Electronic Music
Anybody working in the live music industry today will tell you that 2020 came out swinging, with the colossal price tag of the coronavirus pandemic rising steeply every day. As the industry came to a halt following the cancellations of gigs and festivals all over the world, we looked back on the brighter days and crunched the numbers behind the Top 100 DJs across all genres to see who’s behind the mixing board.
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What to Watch Out for When Livestreaming: Techno Star UMEK Shares His Experience

by Daniel Sheppard

What to Watch Out for When Livestreaming: Techno Star UMEK Shares His Experience
With the pandemic shutting down not just live gigs, but also most forms of socializing in the real world, artists all over the world have been forced to adapt to keep the music playing. The livestream scene is a-boomin' like never before, so we turned to acclaimed Techno producer UMEK, who's had to rethink his decades of clubbing experience for a whole new setting, to get some insight into how to get your own virtual shows going.
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Interview With Headhunterz: “Master the Rules – and Then Break Them”

by Sara Mekinc

Interview With Headhunterz: “Master the Rules – and Then Break Them”
When your everyday routine consists of hopping between airplanes, hotels, shows, and gyms, it’s safe to say that you know a little bit about commitment and discipline. Dutch Hardstyle force and recent IDMA winner Headhunterz is also living proof that hard work does pay off in spades. Naturally, we were curious about the man behind the success.
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The Black Dahlia Murder: “Success Doesn't Happen Overnight”

by Urban Klancnik

The Black Dahlia Murder: “Success Doesn't Happen Overnight”
“Use social media, think about what you're doing, don't rush with concerts or releases, go for quality, and be careful who you pick as your band members.” Talking to Trevor Strnad, the frontman of The Black Dahlia Murder, is like tapping into a huge source of musical knowledge. And during the lockdown, is it even possible to spend our time more wisely?
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Tackle Covid-19 Like an IDMA Nominee: Thoughts & Tips for Artists

by Urska Jaksa

Tackle Covid-19 Like an IDMA Nominee: Thoughts & Tips for Artists
For the second consecutive year, Viberate joined forces with the IDMA awards committee to pick the nominees based on their social media and streaming metrics. Besides bringing a fresh breath of objectivity into the world of Electronic accolades, such selection also creates a company of peers who know a thing or two about mastering the digital world. At a time when artists can’t rely on gigs anymore, we turned to them to share their thoughts and advice.
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Spotted: From Venezuela with Love

by Urska Jaksa

Spotted: From Venezuela with Love
The second Viberate contributor to share her top picks and contribution hacks in our “Spotted” column is Anays from Venezuela. Expect Rock vibes, flavored with alternative detours, Spanish guitars, and Pop hits. She’ll also introduce her teammate, just don’t play her any Reggaeton (find the one exception to the rule below). Like most of the world, Anays is reporting from coronavirus-induced quarantine, which is currently planned to end one day before her birthday.
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Whipped Cream: “Get Ready to Be Told ‘No’ a Lot”

by Sara Mekinc

Whipped Cream: “Get Ready to Be Told ‘No’ a Lot”
If there’s anything an aspiring musician can learn from a self-taught Future Bass producer who once had a professional figure skating career, it’s one thing: work hard, and never give up on your goals (OK, two things, our point is learning doesn’t hurt). We turned to the IDMA-nominated Canadian dynamo for advice on pushing through in the industry, managing the mandatory downtime during the COVID-19 pandemic, and finding your own vibe when playing live.
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“If You’re in This Business for Money Instead of Passion, It Will Quickly Become Obvious” – An Exclusive Conversation with Yves V

by Sara Mekinc

 “If You’re in This Business for Money Instead of Passion,  It Will Quickly Become Obvious” – An Exclusive Conversation with Yves V
These days, Yves V is on the #SaveTheSummer mission. The initiative urges festivalgoers and general social media audiences to take the necessary COVID-19 precautions, so that a summer of music, travel, and parties can happen at all. It’s a sensible cause if there ever were one. Before the wide-spread lockdown, we managed to steal Yves away for a couple of minutes to discuss his IDMA nomination, his creative process, and more.
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“Dance Music Can Have a Healing Effect”: Nora En Pure Shares Her Thoughts on Nature, Music, and Success

by Sara Mekinc

“Dance Music Can Have a Healing Effect”: Nora En Pure Shares Her Thoughts on Nature, Music, and Success
Amidst a global health crisis, advising someone to “be positive” can be met with some serious stare-stabbing. If you fall into that pit, be sure to whip out your emergency Nora En Pure playlist and hit play, as its relentless positivity is bound to disperse any thoughts of immediate violence within a 30-foot radius. We caught up with the IDMA-nominated artist before this year’s results were in, and discussed where her penchant for positivity comes from.
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How EXIT Grew to Be One of the Key European Music Festivals

by Sara Mekinc

How EXIT Grew to Be One of the Key European Music Festivals
“So, any of you going to EXIT this year?” is the spring/summer version of the “Whamageddon” game for many Europeans, especially in ex-Yugoslavia. You can try to avoid the question, but frankly, you’re doomed to fail. EXIT is a staple of the European summer festival season, but it grew from very non-mainstream beginnings. Here’s what's happened in 20 years.
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Word of Mouth Is Dead. Long Live Instagram.

by Urban Klancnik

Word of Mouth Is Dead. Long Live Instagram.
Music lovers are always thirsty for new music and new artists. Before social media, they relied on record stores, TV, radio, and even more importantly, on their friends to share their favorites and latest findings. Now everything revolves around social media, and Instagram especially is a gamechanger. So how did the ‘Gram become such a tool for music discovery?
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