Transgender, gender nonconforming and intersex people are not sexual deviants. The rest of the population does not need protection from them. This line of thinking creates unnecessary fear at the thought of encountering a transgender or gender nonconforming person in a public restroom.
Dani Oliva is an artist advocate, speaker and attorney focused on helping talented creators thrive in the music business. Follow him @olivaesq http://www.olivaesq.com.
As a band manager and musician, I am always looking out for quality music gear. I've got the inside scoop of some of the best portable and playable gear available this year. Excited? You know I am. Whether innovative or just plain fun, here's a look at my personal picks.
01/05/2016 12:05 EST
Plug Yourself! Photo Credit: Crystal Morris 1. BE CREATIVELY CONSISTENT How do you plug yourself on social media? Create
02/20/2015 12:19 EST
I remember the exact moment rock music died (for me): Nov. 14, 2004. The Distillers, fronted by Brody Dalle, were on the bill for Holiday Havoc festival in Los Angeles. I was in LA that day, but was obligated to attend the American Music Awards so I missed Holiday Havoc, and instead watched Anna Nicole Smith slur "Do you like muh boddd--ehhhyyy?" at a teleprompter.
02/21/2014 05:56 EST
NAMM, short for the National Association of Music Merchants, is a not-for-profit association that promotes and strengthens the $17 billion global music products industry. This is Part 2 of a feature on innovative music products and the best gigs at NAMM 2014.
02/11/2014 05:41 EST
NAMM, short for the National Association of Music Merchants, is a not-for-profit association that promotes and strengthens the $17 billion global music products industry. Every January, NAMM organizes a trade show that features innovative music products, recording technology, and sound/lighting technology. Here are my top picks.
01/29/2014 05:18 EST
In 1990, Guns 'N' Roses had an issue with their drummer Steven Adler. Adler's live performance was impaired. Adler contended that it was due to an opiate-blocking drug, Slash thought Adler couldn't kick it anymore. Either way, Guns 'N' Roses wanted Adler out and had no way to expel him from the band.
11/28/2013 05:14 EST
Warpaint are on the verge of releasing new material and it's worth getting excited about. You may have heard of the all-female quartet through their former ties to Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante, or actress/drummer Shannyn Sossamon; good attracts good, and the foursome stand on their own.
10/23/2013 05:23 EDT
I'm weary of the so-called 'Supergroup'. They're frequently overrated and tend to under-deliver. But, when I heard Meghan Toohey, Nicole Fiorentino and Patty Schemel were playing together, my dormant 90s soul lit up. In come The Cold and Lovely. Their EP, Ellis Bell, features 6 slick alt-pop tracks mixed and mastered by Dave Cooley.
09/10/2013 06:03 EDT
To the untrained eye, social media numbers are important. However, if you delve, you'll notice inconsistencies. For example, a band may have a ton of "followers", but few likes on their photos. Alternately, a band may have lots of Soundcloud plays on a particular song, but few comments. Do not let buying popularity become the new form of radio DJ payola.
08/29/2013 05:25 EDT
Photo Credit: Helen C. Perez; Instagram: @grloftroyoriginal Yes, I can officially say i'm an electronic music fan. Electric
07/02/2013 11:59 EDT
Performing live is difficult for most musicians. Successfully conveying emotion to a crowd takes practice. Even professional musicians make mistakes. One great gig can be the difference between fame and obscurity, so don't sabotage your debut before you even arrive. Follow these tips to avoid shooting yourself in the foot onstage.
06/05/2013 12:24 EDT
You start with one person. And if you can get one person to really like you and your band, I mean <em>gushhhh</em> over you like a 13-year-old over One Direction, then, one fan will become two, two will become three, three will become four. So chill out, take off the sunglasses, and hang with your fans.
05/13/2013 12:21 EDT
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