Category Archives: Touring

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 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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There’s Never Going To Be A “Right” Time

Truer words have never been spoken.  That is why I’m using this quote from an interview, I recently watched, as the title of this article.  The quote is from my good friend Nate Compton, front man of ELISIUM, a national touring indie band.  In the interview, which you can watch below, Nate talks about his…

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