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A Case Study in Live Performance (Part 2)

If you haven’t read the first part of this two-part article, please do so by clicking HERE. Now it is time to get into what happened the night of the show…both the great and the not-so-great. I was driving to the venue in Ohio and had just pulled off an exit when it began snowing…HARD.…

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The 2X/ 4X Guideline

Inevitably, as you try to make money playing live, you will run into the question of what might be a reasonable amount of money for your act to bring in per night. (This question is also tied to what rooms you can expect to work in.) Now, of course, there are no hard and fast…

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Three Reasons Why I’ll Tell You NOT To Pursue A Record Deal

I really don’t think you should get a record deal. Wait – let me rephrase that. I really don’t think you should spend time, effort, money, and emotional stamina to get a record deal. I played music myself, once, and hungered after a contract. I never got one, and I’m actually pretty okay with that.…

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My Presentation at the Utah Music Festival Workshop

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A Case Study in Live Performance (Part 1)

I’m going to say something that is going to upset a lot of musicians. I totally understand why you feel the way you do when you complain about fans at shows constantly having their phones out and taking pictures or videos of the performance instead of just watching it without using mobile devices. But with…

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Posting Covers On YouTube Is A Waste Of Your Time

A lot of music biz teachers will tell you that you should commit time to releasing cover songs on YouTube because you’ll get all kinds of organic growth and attention. I’m not saying that they’re are lying to you. But I will tell you that they’re not giving you the whole story. In fact, as…

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The Art Of Not Quitting

It’s easy to be hardcore when you’re a young musician. I remember those days well. You’re willing to play any gig at any time, drive as far and in whatever weather as needed, compromise your own comfort and income, drive a beater, live on ramen noodles and cheap beer, and to do anything else required…

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Sounding “Good” Everywhere

I got into this business thinking I would be an engineer in a studio. That’s not how it worked out. Live-sound got a hold of me, and that was pretty much it. Even so, I do some occasional studio-style mixing, and I think I’m starting to get the hang of it. One of the major…

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