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Don’t Be A Slave For Your Music Business

A while back, I went out to see a hard-working Schwilly Family Band at a venue near my house. They dazzled the crowd with grace and charisma in a way I hadn’t seen before. They get booked a lot, playing about 300 shows a year. They had one of the most diverse and interesting merch…

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The Good News And The Bad News About Being A Musician Today

I’ve got good news and bad news for you. Which do you want first? I hope you said “bad news” because that’s what I’m starting with. It’s a difficult truth that a lot of musicians have a hard time swallowing. But an important part of my job is delivering difficult truth’s and helping musicians move…

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The Number The Knob’s Pointing Toward Doesn’t Matter

“Hey, Man. It’s a touch loud in the house. Can I trade you some amp volume for monitor gain?” “But my amp’s only on, like, two!” Have you been part of a conversation like this? I have. It rarely ends well, because somebody is always frustrated or disappointed at the end. Oftentimes, there are at…

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Communicating With The Sound Engineer (Another Letter)

Dear Musicians, Over the years that I’ve worked with you, many things have become apparent. One of those concepts is that, quite often, you need me to make some sort of change in the middle of a show. Often, that change is necessary to make your life on stage more comfortable, such that you can…

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Unmasking

I seem to be on a bit of a theme lately. The last time around, I talked about how most bands don’t need more or better gear to solve their problems. Mostly, they need to work as a team. That idea closely ties in with equipment used to reproduce the sound of the band and…

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Nurturing Your Creativity.

Ever been in a creative rut? It’s something I struggle with regularly. When I’m in a creative funk, nothing feels right. Everything sucks. I feel like I’m beating my head against a wall…and the Muse is mocking me. I begin to wonder, “what if my best work is behind me?”. Fear creeps in. I feel…

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3 Miracles I Witnessed Because of Music in One Weekend

I have always been attracted to music. Ever since I was a young kid I was fascinated by music, my favorite toy was the fisher price record player. When I was 7 or 8 my dad had to go to Germany for work and one of the healing things that occurred for me was he…

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Which kind of musician are YOU trying to be?

For most of human history, musicians have been community leaders. Creating connections, opening minds, and giving harmony to the voice of the people. People would gather around them and rally behind them. Celebrity is relatively recent. It’s about a lot of people loving you from a distance. It’s a product of large-scale, corporate marketing. The…

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