13 Weeks at a Time

A year is 52 weeks. 52 divided by 4 is 13.

You can divide one year evenly into four 13-week chunks.

Today, April 2, marks the beginning of the second 13-week chunk for 2018, and I’m PUMPED.

I’ve set four 13-week goals. I’m going to spend the next 4 weeks going after those goals HARD. I’ll write them down every day, track my progress every day, and review them weekly. Then I’ll start over on July 2nd and do it again. (more…)

Sometimes You Mess Up

I’m typing this while watching the Foo Fighters: Back & Forth documentary. I’m a sucker for anything Foo Fighters.

I didn’t know a lot about the history of the band. Hiring and firing band members. Messy stuff.

It struck me that so many people will forego their dreams to avoid uncomfortable situations like firing a drummer. They throw out the baby with the bathwater. They give up all the upside to avoid any potential downside. (more…)

Work It On Out

When you work out a lot, it’s pretty common to get little injuries along the way. Tight elbow. Stiff neck. Sore hip. It’s all par for the course.

One thing I’ve noticed…when I’m sore and stiff, I almost always feel better if I go ahead and work out. It helps me loosen up. Sure, I could skip a day or two, do some stretches and roll around on a racquetball, but that stuff doesn’t seem to help as much as actually going into the gym and doing a workout. (more…)

My Top 2 Mixing Tips

If you’re new to mixing, I want to make sure I’ve got you covered.

There are a million things to remember when it comes to mixing your song after it’s recorded, but here are my top two tips, what I consider the two most important things to get right. (more…)

Everything Within Reach

I love all aspects of the production process. Songwriting, production, recording, mixing, mastering…love it.

But if I had to pick my favorite part of the process, I think it would be overdubs. I LOVE tracking with a bunch of musicians, laying a foundation for the song, but the next series of overdub sessions are the most fun for me. (more…)

Before you release that music…

A couple weeks ago, while I was doing an episode of Ask Joe, I came across this question: I just released some music. How do I get more people interested in it?

Such a good question. We spend so much time writing, recording, and mixing music that we don’t think about what to do once that music is OUT there. (more…)

You’ll Get Nothin’ and Like It

I sat down to write a song for my upcoming EP the other day. Put it on the calendar and everything. The day before I had written a pretty cool song, so I was confident I would have a repeat performance.

I gave myself an hour. That’s usually all I need.

60 minutes later? Nothing. No song. Four lines on a page, and I had jammed out to a metronome playing 130 bpm for the entire hour.

I had nothing to show for it. (more…)

The Fireplace Problem

Too many people want a shortcut. An easy button.

As someone who loves efficiency and keyboard shortcuts, I get it. Why use six moves when you can accomplish the task in two?

But this is something entirely different.

Have you ever looked at a fireplace and said, “First give me some heat, then I’ll throw on some logs!” (Read that in a Tony Robbins book recently.)

Of course not. It’s ridiculous. (more…)