Category Archives: Excerpts and Advice

Email of the day from a musician…

Below is an actual email I received from a musician today.  I couldn’t resist but to reply. I’ll let y’all know when/if the cassette package arrives.  I’ll post it here. ———— From: Patrick Sent: Wednesday, January 21, 2015 5:57 PM To: Dave Rose Subject: song subs on cassette tape? Hey there A&R are you accepting […]

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Artists I have learned from….

In my book I share what I have learned from some of the artists I have worked with, or do work with.  They’ve all taught me some amazing lessons about the music business…. and about life. Bruce Hornsby:   Allison Moorer:   Parmalee:   Vienna Teng:   Michael Sweet (as a 2008 member of Boston): […]

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6 Female Artists Who Will Shake the Music Scene in 2014

If we’re still living in a man’s world, the music industry is certainly on a different planet. Women have infiltrated the music scene for years with powerful voices and remarkable hair. However, I expect 2014 to be bigger and better than ever before with this incredible group of female artists who are stepping onto the […]

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An Erudite Client – Bruce Hornsby

Bruce Hornsby & the Noisemakers are coming to the North Carolina Museum of Art on August 3. In honor of this upcoming event, I thought I would post an excerpt from my book. 10 Things I learned from Bruce Hornsby – (in no particular order) 1.          There are ways to acknowledge your accomplishments in a […]

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5 Tips on Emailing a Music Professional

Yesterday I received 563 emails.  I would assume more well known people in the industry get far more, but that’s  still about 35 emails for each hour I’m awake.  So basically, if you’re a band trying to get the attention of a music industry professional, you just need to know that what you write in […]

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My favorite Super Bowl commercials from the past…

The idea behind a successful Super Bowl commercial is similar to that of a a great album – To create something so unique and brilliant that people will just have to tell others about it.  Advertising agencies that create Super Bowl commercials are as concerned, if not more so, with the aftermath as they are […]

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Five Greatest Music Fails

The web is crawling with musicians trying to make themselves known and get noticed… the web is also crawling with the videos they hoped no one would ever see. After toiling for hours through off-pitch opera singers and awkward middle school bands, I’ve compiled a list of five of the most embarrassing, cringe-worthy, laugh out […]

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Ten Artists to Watch For in 2013

As 2012 comes to a close, we happily leave behind “Call Me Maybe” and desperately hope for new tunes to run through our head all day. These 10 musical artists are relatively new to the music world, but are beginning to make quite an impact. Judging by the sound of this bunch, 2013 is going […]

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5 viral videos of 2012

Videos are the number one way fans find new music. If you don’t believe you need a good video to promote your music, you probably also think Myspace is still the best way to get discovered. Your video does not need to be expensive.  There are a million different ways to make a great video. […]

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Everyone is smarter than you…

I have made many mistakes during my career in the music business.  And they are indeed numerous.  I often realize these mistakes in the least likely of places, at the most odd times. But something I learned early on is that everyone is smarter than me, at something.  No matter what business you are in, […]

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