SPIDERS, FLIES, & THE IMPORTANCE OF NETWORKING

In the entertainment business, think of yourself as a spider. Your web is your life. It shelters you. If you have a poorly constructed web, when the rain comes, you will be washed out. It feeds you. A spider with no web, catches no flies and thus, will starve to death. Spiders weave their webs…

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Treatment VS Soundproofing

A lot of my musician friends are discovering just how viable it is to produce their own material in the spaces available to them regularly. Under the right circumstances, doing so allows for leaner budgeting, and even a much steadier release cycle. (You can work with and release tunes on, say, a monthly basis, rather…

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The Music Industry’s “Great Lie”

The Music Industry’s GREAT LIE: That YOU need THEM!

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Top 10 Studio Tips I Wish I’d Have Known

These days, from the indie artists to the major labels, recording budgets are shrinking. This does not mean that we no longer need professionally recorded material, we as musicians, have to find ways to get the best sounding recordings, while trimming down the investment. Here is my list of tips for you and your band…

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How To Buy A Microphone For Live Performance

If you’re playing in bars and clubs, there will most likely come a day when you encounter a certain artifact. Some might call this artifact “The Scepter Of Plagues.” Others might name it “The Odiferous Transducer Of Doom.” The rest of us just call it a mic that’s been beaten half-to death, and which has…

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Music, Desire, and the Trap

At my beginning, there was music and desire. That was enough. All I thought about was guitars, bands, writing songs, and performing. Then, other factors crept in, corrupting me and my pure little world. The feelings of self doubt that plague most performers started and stayed with me. My biggest fear was not being good…

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Approaching The Venue That Doesn’t Know You

It’s sort of like looking up a very steep hill – there’s a venue you’re hoping to play at, but they have no idea who you are. How do you get their attention? Having been a venue operator “back in the day,” I’ve received numerous “cold” contacts. Some of them got me to respond positively,…

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Percussive Maintenance

I’ve never had any drum mics that were better than a basically decent transducer being pointed at a great drummer who’d done their homework.

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