3 Ways To Find Hidden Opportunities In The Music Business

3 Ways To Find Hidden Opportunities In The Music Business

Recently I joined a number of colleagues at a showcase for a hot, up and coming band. I won’t say who it is, but the venue was packed with music industry executives. I can’t help but think about how many of those shows and showcases I’ve been to over the years. How many of those… Continue Reading

9 Surefire Ways To Get Ignored By Record Labels

9 Surefire Ways To Get Ignored By Record Labels

The music industry will never be the same. In 2000 NSYNC sold 2.4 million copies of their album “No Strings Attached” in the first week. Today, artists like Chance The Rapper are headlining festivals and selling out shows – all without the support of a major label. Succeeding in music without a label is possible, but… Continue Reading

Unconventional Innovation Tips From The Inventor Of Auto-Tune

Unconventional Innovation Tips From The Inventor Of Auto-Tune

If you’ve listened to music in the past 20 years you’ve experienced the work of this inventor. If you appreciate low gas prices, you’ve experienced the work of this inventor. And soon, if you experience an irregular heartbeat, you too will experience the work of this inventor. These days, the word innovation has been watered… Continue Reading

23 Toxic Habits That Cause Musicians To Fail

23 Toxic Habits That Cause Musicians To Fail

Life is a series of habits. Most of what you do throughout the day happens semi-unconsciously. Have you ever driven home from a familiar location only to realize that you don’t remember a moment of your drive? That is the result of a habit. Your brain shifts its focus to other matters when you are… Continue Reading

Hack The Media, 3 Proven Tips For Free Music PR

Hack The Media, 3 Proven Tips For Free Music PR

I’m going to let you in on a secret: No, I’m not revealing my deeply help love of ABBA’s greatest hits or my favorite pair of pants. This is about YOU. This is about a fundamental misunderstanding of the way media – specifically blogs – decide how and what they publish. Your parents, teachers and… Continue Reading

How Not To Make The Mistake Of Becoming A “Me-Too” Artist And What Are The Best Types Of Music Artists

How Not To Make The Mistake Of Becoming A “Me-Too” Artist And What Are The Best Types Of Music Artists

I like to think that there are three types of music artists. Journeymen Music Lovers. The first kind are carefree and perform music that makes them happy. They tend to have a small tribe of loyal fans who swear the rest of the world is missing out. They create and perform for the love of music.… Continue Reading

The Cagematch: 21 Ways DIY Musicians And Mainstream Artists Knock Each Other Out

The Cagematch: 21 Ways DIY Musicians And Mainstream Artists Knock Each Other Out

On one side we have the queen DIY musician, Amanda Palmer. Ready to pounce from the other side, we have Taylor Swift, a global music superstar. Who has a better career? Taylor has unequivocally achieved more album sales, ticket sales, merchandise, etc. But who is happier? Who has a nicer life? To some artists, the idea of… Continue Reading

Dominate YouTube Cover Songs With 15 Easy Steps

Dominate YouTube Cover Songs With 15 Easy Steps

Search Pharrell’s song “Happy” and the word “cover” on YouTube and 13 of the first-page results are videos with over 1 Million views! Pentatonix’ version has over 20 Million views! This is how it happens: Fans searching for a popular artist’s song often click a video of a cover version by mistake which causes views to… Continue Reading

Why You Should Forget Touring Clubs Until You’ve Done This…

Why You Should Forget Touring Clubs Until You’ve Done This…

Four guys crammed in a smelly van. Driving three days straight from Indianapolis to San Diego to make the next show. Surviving on tuna straight from a can, and cold, instant oatmeal right out of the packets. This is #tourlife. Romantic to some, horrific to others. Conventional music business advice preaches the discipline of “paying your dues”… Continue Reading

[Infographic] 9 Shocking Music Business Lies

[Infographic] 9 Shocking Music Business Lies

Wow! Where do I start? There are so many misconceptions in the music business (music business lies). That’s why I started this blog! I want to help artists and people looking to get into the industry sift through the crap and focus on what’s important. Lies in the music business. They come from everywhere. From your… Continue Reading