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Sunday Replay: Finding Inner Peace; What Would Kevin Do?

The Quinn Spinn Sunday Replay is BACK!

We’ve got some catching up to do, when it comes to giving you bite-sized clips of our Official Podcast to enjoy on demand. We’re confident that the ones we have for you after the jump will be a great place for you to dive in!

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Building a Brand as a DIY Artist

As an independent artist, building a music brand can be a daunting task. You may be wondering how to stand out in a crowded music landscape and make a name for yourself. Fortunately, there are some key steps you can take to build a successful music brand.

Walk through those steps

What It’s Like to Be a Woman in Music

On Monday, March 20, Music on the Move Studios will host its March showcase at The Basement East in Nashville. Hosted by Erin McLendon & The HellCats, this Women’s History Month showcase features performances Erin O’Dowd, Meg Rilley, Noelle McFarland, and Teagan Stewart, as well as pop-up shops from female-owned businesses.

The entire lineup joined The Quinn Spinn for a roundtable discussion about the showcase, and why it’s important for women in music to create their own opportunities. This one’s a deep dive!


Songs You Should Hear: Discovering Faith, Peace, and Power

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Did you know that you can support Underground Music Collective, any time of year? By making a tax-deductible donation to UMC via The Arts & Business Council of Greater Nashville, you ensure that we can keep sharing songs and stories from independent creatives everywhere, for years to come. Click here to get started!

Anyway, onto this week’s Songs You Should Hear…

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Wednesday Wisdom: The Female Pioneers of Hip Hop

By: Sacha Walton, SWI Management Group

It was 1984, and I remember listening to the radio to what we now know as old-school hip hop flooding the airwaves. The days of Beat Street, New York City Breakers, Pumas with the fat shoe laces, DJ battles, UTFO, and The Rapping Duke, while everyone was doing the Wop and singing La-Di-Da-Di. “6 minutes Dougie Fresh You’re On!”  Listening to DJ Red Alert Hot 97 mixtapes, with female duo Frick and Frack.

As we approach the 50th anniversary of hip hop, I can’t help but give a shout-out to the queens of hip hop who blazed the trail for many female rappers for Women’s History Month. 

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LISTEN: Rome & Duddy Keep Things ‘Cactus Cool’

19th Century English writer and philosopher John Ruskin was once quoted as saying, “One can’t be angry when one looks at a penguin.”

That quote has nothing to do with what I’m about to review, other than the fact that I feel the same sense of ease when I’m listening through Rome & Duddy‘s new six-track EP, Cactus Cool.

Check it out!

Beginning Your Music Career? No More Procrastination!

Humans are masters at procrastination, especially when it comes to taking on a difficult task. As we all know, starting a music career – much like any creative endeavor – can be synonymous with the word “difficult.” You’re building a platform from zero, with no clear indication of how long it will take, or what challenges lie on the road ahead. Scary stuff!

Not only is procrastination a great way to not accomplish your goals; it’s harmfulA 2013 study from Psychological Science shows that procrastinators “end up suffering more and performing worse” than their counterparts. Indeed, those same fears that appear in place to protect us are actually hurting us in the long run.

The antidote to those fears – and the key to achieving your creative vision – is simple: Just start. Today, we’re going to take it a step further, and break down the excuses we make that often get in the way.

LISTEN: On ‘Bones,’ Anastasia Elliot Illustrates the Alluring Rush of Toxic Love

Anastasia Elliot‘s forthcoming debut album, La Petite Mort (‘The Little Death’), is described by the purple-haired rock goddess as an exploration of her relationship with the phases of trauma and rebirth that followed her 2013 plane crash.

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