Netflix recently released the biopic ‘The Dirt’ which follows the story of Motley Crue. Critics seemed to hate it while fans and lovers of rock music in general seem to love it. I’m with the band on this one – to hell with the critics! The movie wasn’t made for them anyway.
It shows the ups and downs of the music industry during its time. It shows the parties, the drugs, the business end of things, the good and bad sides.
But it also shows the lifestyle. And while partying, drinking, using drugs, and sleeping with groupies is fun and all, it has a downside. Which is addictio...
I know I’ve been gone from this blog for nearly a year, and if you are a regular viewer I deeply apologize.
I had a whirlwind of events happening in my personal life that made it difficult for me to continue. Without getting into all those nasty details, it wasn’t pretty. But I’m extremely excited to be back at it!
In the past couple months I also started to venture into a new career. From October until March I was a full time day trader. I have investing experience and wanted to get back into it. For whatever reason, I grew kind of tired of the music industry. Protage w...
I’m not sure why some people think that professionalism goes out the window when working in music, but it’s not true.
I have turned down bands, job offers, venues wanting me to book shows, all because I saw a lack of professionalism.
It’s important. Don’t lie to yourself and think otherwise.
Being a professional isn’t about being nice or yessing everyone to death. It’s about being organized and having a clear goal in mind when you present yourself, or your band, or your venue, or whatever. It’s highly annoying when I am dealing with a venue or promoter or band that doesn’t u...
You’re constantly around people. You’re constantly shaking hands with people. You’re constantly in new places, with different pollens, with different environments.
Your body isn’t going to be used to this, unless you tour 10 months out of the year and chances are you don’t.
Before you leave and hit the road make sure you have allergy medicine. Get antibiotics if you think it will be necessary. Make sure all of your medical needs are taken care of. Make sure your tour manager is aware of any medic...
Booking agents (good booking agents) can be a musician’s best friend.
They book you or your band on shows, tours, festivals, whatever. They make sure your rider is met, your needs are followed, and set financial agreements for your band to play.
A good booking agent can be the difference between your band being heard by multiple people at shows and you playing to bar staff. Of course the promoter plays a huge role in that as well but the booking agent picks the promoter you deal with. Picking the right promoter is an essential part of the process to ensure you are playing to...
I have a show coming up on June 25th. For this shows online promotion I decided to do something I hadn’t done in a while, which was to get a promo video made. Videos do better in means of digital promotion because it is a more visually exciting experience than just a flyer.
With this video I wanted to try a new approached I was told to take by my personal chef, who also works for an advertisement company.
That tip was to ditch the idea of ONLY advertising to music genres and paint a picture of the type of person who was listening to my genre.