This month’s post is originally written by bassist Brandon Shaw. I have seen it floating around on social media a few times and he took the words right out of my mouth. When someone brings up the topic of “networking” I shudder. When someone asks me interrogative questions with the sole purpose of furthering their career, or how I can help them get “connected with so and so” I feel slightly sleezy and like I should go take a shower. I will let Brandon elaborate on what I’m talking about. This information isn’t just limited to the music industry, and I think people of every profession can learn something from this. Without further ado, here is Brandon’s original post in its entirety…
I hate that word. I hate it. It conjures up images of douchebags and stacks of business cards from people you barely know. Instagram feeds of self-gloating “Today’s Office” selfies. Half-assed declarations of “we should play together” when you really just want them to call you for gigs.
I’m speaking, of course, about my least favorite word: Networking.
Continue reading Why Musicians Should Stop Networking!
Most musicians don’t start being the side man for a legendary icon in the music world or playing in a multi-platinum selling band right away, so you have to start somewhere. That place is usually in a van, driving all over, playing for no one, moving your own gear, making no money. However, you don’t have to start at ground zero. You can skip ahead a little bit if you have the right information. This post should help with gaining a bit of that knowledge. You don’t have to pay an agent right away. Do the booking yourself and save a little bit of money (and use it on gas or tolls). Continue reading DIY Tour Booking Tips
You have raised the funds needed to make an album. Then you released it out into the world. Now you need to have a release show to celebrate all of your hard work and perform the music live. This post will give you some tips and other useful pointers to have a release show that is not only successful, but also keeps the momentum of your album moving forward!
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Last month my blog post was about what I did leading up to making my album. This month I will let you know what is in the works after having completed it. I’ll talk about some commonly forgotten about steps as well as things to think about with the new advancements in digital and social media. Continue reading Tips to Successfully Release Your Album (Without A Label)!
This month’s post will help set you up for success with regard to running a crowdfunding campaign. I will offer my helpful hints and tips that I used to run mine, and you can use them for yours. My medium was music and making an album, but this information can be used in so many other fields as well. It is based less on the music I created, but more on the planning, preparation and attention to detail. This would fall under the blanket of marketing. Knowing that the research into this topic can get extensive, and people can get a degree in this field, I will try to keep my information concise and this blog as short as possible, without skipping any steps.
Continue reading How I Ran a Successful Crowdfunding Campaign (and you can too)!
Throughout your music career and in life you will be forced to deal with multiple emotions. Hopefully most of those are positive ones. However, the ones that will be the hardest will be the negative ones. You are human and you are not alone. There are ways to deal with these temporary hurdles and ways to come out the other side stronger and able to take on more as you move forward in life. This month’s post is going to help you recognize some of the ways humans deal with stress and other taxing feelings, while also managing your emotions to stay focused on your career.
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This post is mainly for drummers, but can pertain to any musician looking to expand their sonic abilities with electronics. It also features input from my friend and great drummer Zach Danziger, who uses electronics in his set up almost daily. This should help you sort out if this is something you should pursue and give a little clarity to your options.
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The dictionary defines etiquette as the rules indicating the proper and polite way to behave. The more complete definition is the conduct or procedure required by good breeding or prescribed by authority to be observed in social or official life. I am going to refer to how etiquette impacts the musician on the job (or gig). These are gentle reminders of how you should be conducting yourself as well as other things to think about. Continue reading Gig Etiquette Reminders!
With some of my students graduating college heading out into “real life”, and others graduating high school heading to college in the fall, it made me think about things I wish I had known ahead of time. Below are some tips that I either figured out during my college career or after I graduated that would have saved a bunch of time if I had known about them in advance. Continue reading 10 Things I Wish I Knew Before Attending Music School
Have you ever felt like there are musicians that have endless amounts of vocabulary and material to play with and you’re stuck with the same handful of “licks” that you repeat over and over again? I used to feel that way until I looked at improvising differently. This post is going to give you some fresh ways to enhance your creativity, while making your approach a lot more simple. Continue reading Improvise With Endless Material