My Cyber Monday “Sale”

So…it’s Cyber Monday. That’s a thing, apparently. 😉

Here’s the deal. I’m not a “slick” marketer. I’d rather just tell you what I’ve got, and you decide if it’s a good fit for you.

SO…if you’ve never considered my VIP Membership, I think you should try it out.

VIP members (or “Vipers” as I call ‘em) get a 50% discount on all my courses. Year round. No promo codes. No special sales. Just a good ol’ everyday discount.

There are lots of other reasons to join, but that’s the only one I’m telling you about today. 🙂

See if it’s a good fit for you, and if you’re interested, give it a shot for a few months. You just might luuuv it.

Here’s the link:

Joe Gilder
Home Studio Corner

Why You Need to Charge Money

It’s Black Friday here in the US, but I’m not writing to tell you about all the deals you can get. No, I’d rather talk to you about why YOU should be the one making deals, the one charging money for YOUR services.

If you’ve never charged for your work, you are understandably skeptical. I get it. I really do. But please keep reading…I’m not going where you think I’m going.

As funny as this might sound, the main reason to charge for your work isn’t the money. (more…)

Thanksgiving Challenge

I am convinced that gratitude is one of the most powerful concepts in the world.

It solves a multitude of problems.

It cures self-centeredness and self-loathing.

It centers us.

Cynicism breeds more cynicism.

Gratitude breeds more gratitude.

Here’s my challenge for you. Starting today, develop a habit of writing down three things you’re thankful for every day.

Gratitude, just like playing guitar or mixing a song, takes practice.

But it’s worth it.

Happy Thanksgiving.

Joe Gilder
Home Studio Corner

Failure Collection

If you saw the latest episode of GilderCam, you know that I spent two days in the studio this week tracking songs for clients.

We spent a while that first morning dialing in the snare drum tone. We used a combination of dampening and mic placement changes to tame some of the ringing frequencies.

Tim (the drummer) let me listen to a song from a session on which he recently played. The producer kept asking him for a more open-sounding snare drum. They stripped off all the dampening until the drum was ringing like crazy. By itself it sounded like too much, but in the mix it sounded huge and amazing. (more…)

It Doesn’t Work That Way

I received a comment recently that went something like this:

“I’ve been consuming your content for a while now. This article was the final piece of the puzzle for me. Now I can start working on my EP. Thank you!!”

While I am immensely grateful that anyone would take time to read one of my articles or watch one of my videos, I always feel a little icky when I get comments like this.

Here was my response: (more…)

Leggo me Ego

I had a great songwriting session yesterday. I’ve been trying to cowrite more songs lately, and it’s been such a cool experience.

Yesterday’s session was with my buddy Daniel. It was the first time we’d written together. It was so fun to experience how he writes. Daniel has a publishing deal. He’s written hundreds of songs in the last couple years alone.

There are two common (and surprising) themes to all the songs he’s written. (more…)

Structure, Spontaneity, and Decisions

I have a confession.

I hate making decisions.

I love having MADE decisions, but the actual decision-making process wears me out. It’s not so much normal, everyday decisions like “Should I put Sriracha on my eggs today or not?” (By the way the correct answer is “YES ALWAYS.”)

It’s the important decisions, the ones about work and music. You know, decisions about things like how I spend my time at work, how I spend my time NOT at work, how to become a professional model…things like that.

But seriously, it can be a struggle. I’ve gotten better, but the underlying resistance is still alive and well. (more…)

”We just did.”

Inspiration is overrated.

Yesterday morning I walked into the studio and really didn’t feel like writing a song.

But I did.

Why? Because if I wait around until I’m feeling “inspired” to write, I will write approximately two songs per year, and I have to record another EP next month. I can’t wait.

To illustrate, a random story: (more…)