Concert Promotion - Artist Management - Tour Management

May 1, 2019

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...

April 30, 2019

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...

July 29, 2018

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...

July 23, 2018

I’ve only toured three times in my career. 

Every time I got sick at some point. 

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...

July 16, 2018

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...

July 9, 2018

Most music in general follows a rule of 4. 4 beats per measure, 4 measures before a tempo or beat change. 

Think of it like this – 

1 2 3 4 // 1 2 3 4 // 1 2 3 4 // 1 2 3 4 // 22 33 22 33 // 22 33 22 33…

EDM typically seems to follow this same rule but they do mix in the rule of 3. 

Heavy metal follows the rule of 3. 

Think of it like this – 

1 2 3 // 1 2 3 // 1 2 3 // 111 222 333 // 1 2 3…

It is rare that other genres will mix in the rule of 3 seeing as it changes the entire structure of a song. EDM can do this because they mix so many different songs while they perform. In this w...

July 2, 2018

15 years ago today I was hit by a dump truck while crossing the street. It resulted in the amputation of both of my legs. 

I spent three months in the hospital before I was released. 

There are many memories I have of being in that hospital. One in particular relates to music. 

I had to get skin graphs on my back. Between the truck and the actual amputations my legs had very little skin left on them. So skin was taken from my back and sides of my torso. 

The bandages would have to be changed regularly and the wounds had to be cleaned once every two weeks. Both processes were ext...

June 25, 2018

The heavy metal community lost one of its hero’s this past week, Vinnie Paul of Pantera and HELLYEAH. 

The cause of death has not been determined at this point. 

Our heart’s go out to Paul’s friends and family. Pantera was a pivotal band in heavy metal, one that has influenced modern musicians just as much as Metallica, Slayer, Anthrax, Megadeth, or Testament. 

Vinnie joins his brother “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott in the next realm and we can only hope that they are jamming ‘Cowboys From Hell’ as we speak. 

June 18, 2018

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.

Typically I would simply promote...

June 11, 2018

In 2013 Tim Lambesis was arrested for essentially hiring a hitman to murder his wife. He served just over two years after suing the detention center for medical negligence. 

On June 7th, 2018, As I Lay Dying released their new music video entitled My Own Grave

The metal community has been up in arms ever since. 

There is two points of view on As I Lay Dying as of now – 

  1. Fuck them. Their vocalist was willing to murder his wife, leaving his kids motherless. They do not deserve a single ounce of press nor do they deserve to play in front of any crowd. 

  2. The music is alway...

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