things i guess i am learning….

anyone else experience this kind of stuff?

so after a few months off i am back playing out and it is different….

the response is pretty good and i like what i am doing but finding my style is getting very loud, bold and expressive…i pretty much attack every part of my music…i am currently in a constant battle with mic stands…i attack the mic and the damn stands keep getting in the bloody way…..grrrrrr

same with vocal, lyrics and guitar playing very loud, aggressive and strong…not to everyone’s taste, which is fine…that’s my artist vision…even with quiet and sweet songs….grrrrr….Read More »

Reality Check: Gadgets and Social Media Will Kill Your Craft, Productivity and Creativity

Take Away — You have to be alone for long periods of time to be productive.  Gadgets and social media NEVER want you to be alone.  EVER!

My experience is that productive work demands endless hours of hard, problem-solving work — alone.   Everyday of the week.   See this extended post here.  The more hours I put in the more product I turn out.  The more product I turn out the better my chances of producing something really good.

Time is finite and instantly perishable.  Once gone it’s lost forever.  So productivity always demands trade-offs.  Read More »

Lot’s of Good Biz and Artistic Advice: Hard-Headed Reality Check

GLENN BRANCA (composer)

‘how bad do you want to do this?’  ‘How much do you need this?’  ‘Is this the thing that dominates your life?’  ‘Are you willing to sacrifice absolutely everything in your life?’  And when I say ‘everything,’ I mean absolutely everything for this one thing that you want to do.  And I think that most people don’t.  I think that there’s a lot of people that THINK that they want to do something but they don’t realize just what you have to do in order to be able to do it.Read More »

Music Biz Contracts – Beware

This oft-referenced article is from the early ’90s, and originally appeared in Maximum Rock ‘n’ Roll magazine. While some of the information and figures listed here are dated, it is still a useful and informative article. And no, we don’t know how to reach Steve Albini.
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Interview: Today’s Tuff Music Environment – You MUST Market Yourself (long but worth it)

Today’s Volatile Music Biz (excerpted)

I spoke to Adam Gold from American Songwriter recently for a piece he was working on about the changing music business and best practices for success.

Mike King: This is a long answer. I think there are really so many paths and so many options for musicians now to get their music heard. That’s both a blessing and a curse. I think

  • the key is to think about this from a consumer, or fan standpoint
  • For consumers, there has never been a better time to listen to music. It’s everywhere. The floodgates are open, and if I want to check out practically anything I can do so in a matter of seconds.

I think the tricky thing, and something that a lot of folks are trying to figure out, is curation.

Although larger gatekeeper-based vehicles still do have an effect at exposing folks to music, like commercial radio exposing folks to pop musicI think that for the most part consumers are moving towards niches, and are finding new music through trusted sources within these niches.Read More »

Finding Your “Hit Zone” (and why it matters)

Putting three elements together, you see that finding your Hit Zone is about progressing through the songwriting, production and image phases of your development (which together constitute your “brand”) while focusing on those elements that are Authentic, Unique and Sellable.  By doing so, you will maximize your chance of success, and hopefully avoid wasted time and money pursuing creative paths that will not lead you where you want to go.

Finding Your “Hit Zone” (and why it matters) (full article)

Yes, your Hit Zone is that important…if you haven’t found it, you’re just flailing around and wasting your time.

So what is the Hit Zone?Read More »