Why Do (Some) Sound Guys Suck?

Beyond the fact that craptastic and infuriating sound dudes/ dudettes do exist, a question remains. What causes certain audio humans to be so painful to work with?

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Wherein I Reveal the Master Plan Behind My Mission…

We sat in a rustic pub called “The Muddy Rudder” just outside of Portland, Oregon. Sharing a pizza that the bar had provided as compensation for his performance. With a melancholy rasp, he told me about his passion for music, for performing, for traveling. He told me he wished he could do it full-time. He…

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The Secret Key to Successful Crowdfunding

I know how exciting it is to hear a secret, so I’ll get right to the point and then offer some additional insight. The secret to successful crowdfunding is perspective. “What perspective?” You may ask. Well, here’s the key: Crowdfunding is not charity. Crowdfunding is presale. Pretty simple, right? When concept of crowdfunding first circulated…

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Hello Radio: DIY Promotion In 7 Steps

For the first time I’m promoting a record of my own to radio. I wanted to do this because a) it’s a great way to get my music heard and expand my fan base and b) radio airplay can open up touring opportunities in new areas. Being new to DIY radio promotion, I’m learning a…

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What You Can Learn From Taylor Swift (It Might Not Be What You Think)

No, this isn’t going to be some cheesy-as-all-get-out “hold onto your dreams” article. We’ve all heard that a squillion times, and it’s not particularly helpful. (It IS actually relevant, but as practical advice it has limited value.) What we’re going to talk about instead are the “not quite as obvious” lessons that can be learned…

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A Systematic Approach To Booking

I want to thank Chris “Seth” Jackson for teaching me how simplify what used to be a cumbersome topic for me. Most of my notes for this article came from a conversation I had with him. One of the most common topics I get asked questions about is booking. There are a lot of musicians…

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Why Indie Musicians Need To Be Performing Online

Welcome to a guest post provided by the one-an-only Jordan Reyne! When she told me about how she makes a significant portion of her income by performing online, I was overjoyed to have her share that information with you. So without further ado…   If you are reading this you are doubtless someone who makes music.…

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Musical Journey: Black Cherry Perry

Anyone that’s on my email list gets invited to share their musical journey with me. And whenever I read one that is well-written and inspiring I will share it here with you. So welcome to the first installment of Schwilly Family Musical Journeys with Black Cherry Perry!   “I was born near Ottawa, Canada and…

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