Nashville Session Players on YOUR Song?

Howdy.

I want to tell you about a side project I’ve been slowly growing over the last few years. I don’t write about it a lot here. I’ve mostly only shared it with my VIP members, but I wanted to make sure you knew about it. I’ll get to that in a second.

How much do you think about your home studio in terms of VALUE?

Does your studio provide real, tangible, make-them-pull-out-their-wallet-and-give-you-money value? If not (or if you’re not sure), you need to make VALUE the focus of everything you do this year in your studio. (more…)

Time for Your One-Hour Challenge

I’m a big fan of challenges.

I like to back myself into a creative corner and see what happens. It’s exhilarating and frustrating at the same time. And also eye-opening.

When you only work on music when things are safe and comfortable, you never have much of a reason to push yourself.

Challenges are eye-opening because they reveal surprises (both good and bad) in your skills and workflow as a musician and/or audio engineer.

It’s difficult to explain. You have to experience it for yourself. (more…)

Jeremy Casella Kickstarter

I want to tell you about my friend Jeremy Casella.

If you’ve followed me for a while, you may already know Jeremy. We mixed one of his songs called “On the Evening Train” in Dueling Mixes a few years ago. (If you join Dueling Mixes, you’ll have access to ALL the songs we’ve mixed over the years, including this one.) I also interviewed Jeremy about his album Death in Reverse on my podcast a while back. (It’s one of my all-time favorite albums.) (more…)

Great Advice + Random Announcement

I’ve got a random announcement, but first a story…

I spoke at an event a couple years ago. One of the other speakers gave an epic rant that stuck with me. I’ll summarize it for you.

Imagine you’re in the studio recording the next Jimi Hendrix. As he’s warming up on guitar, you can tell he’s about to record something epic, something heroic. What you don’t know is that he’s going to fall over dead after playing one take.

I hope you don’t ruin it. (more…)

Best Advice for 2018

This is the kind of advice you won’t like to hear.

Or maybe you’ll be okay with hearing it, but when you actually put it into practice, you’ll hate it.

Why? Because it WORKS. More on that in a second.

It’s been an odd beginning of the year for me. Normally I take the last two weeks of the year off, but this time I took off the last week of December and the first week of January. While I would normally hit the ground running in January, setting goals and making big plans, this year I’ve been chilling. Playing MarioKart. Watching movies. Shooting Owen with a Nerf gun.

As the week draws to a close, and as I get ready to dive back into work, I’m starting to think about my plan for the month…and the year. (more…)

Apprenticeship

Apprenticeships used to be the JAM.

“Hey Pa, I want to be a blacksmith.”

“Okay, John Boy. Head down to the Blacksmith and be his apprentice.”

BOOM. (more…)

My 3 Words for 2018

There’s something fun I’m trying for 2018, but first we need to address the giant elephant in the room.

I failed.

Remember how I set a goal to release four EP’s in 2017? I didn’t make it. I only released three — Someone to Blame, Rain, and Fighter. (Click here to listen to all of ‘em.)

The truth is I let the holidays sneak up on me. We also moved into a new house in November, so life was crazy, and I didn’t plan accordingly.

But was it really a failure? Of course not. Do I wish I had released all four EP’s? Yes. Did I miss the goal? Yes. But I released way more music than 99% of musicians out there. So that’s still a win. (more…)

Making Money With Music in 2018

I hope you had a Merry Christmas yesterday. Now let’s think about the upcoming New Year.

Here’s an email a client sent to me recently:

“Other than YouTube/iTunes is there any other way an artist can put out their music so that the public can get it. As we know iTunes is letting monthly subscribers download any and all new music so that the artist is not getting their fair share of the money. This is why the rapper Jay Z did what he did. So do you know of any other way if you can help me greatly appreciate it thank you.”

He’s asking an honest question, a question so many people are asking, but it’s the wrong question. As I typed up my reply, I knew I wanted to share it with you. Open your mind to the possibility of changing the way you think about how musicians make money. It could open up some awesome doors for you in 2018. (more…)