What you don’t do is as important as what you do

This picture was taken when Bruce performed for President Clinton at the President’s Cup Gala. Early on in my professional relationship with Bruce Hornsby, an opportunity came across my desk for him to appear on a national television show. I was excited. It seemed like a great opportunity for him to be seen by millions […]

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The best advice I ever heard

Some of the best advice I ever received was from a songwriter named Terry Anderson.  Terry has written several songs that reached the Billboard charts including the Dan Baird hit “I Love You Period.” Sadly, one of the best bands I ever played in only lasted about 6 months.  The band was called The Hot […]

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What matters in booking?

Let’s take a moment to touch on some of the best methods to go about booking the right venues: “Hello Mr. Venue Owner. I was calling to see if you’ve listened to our demo yet. We spent a lot of money at the best studio in town using the best producer in town. He really […]

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One of my earliest mistakes

My first club show. I had “made it.” It was December 1989. I was in an ‘80s hair band that had been around a little less than a year. We had mostly played skating rinks and pool parties for our friends. To date we had no real club gigs to speak of… until now. The […]

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Hiring a band and producer

If you’re a solo artist and interested in putting a full band behind your recording, the process of finding those musicians can be tough. I suggest one of two solutions: Find an existing local band that you like. You like their sound and instrument tones. Ideally, you like them as people, too, so you can […]

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Make a (practical) recording

  This was my first “real” recording. It went certified Aluminum Foil, but it got us gas money from city to city. The method by which you record, the amount of money you spend, and the choice to have a producer largely depends on the stage of your career. Is this your first recording? Don’t […]

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5 common myths in recording

When making your first, second, or even third independently released recording, there are some common myths I’d like to dispel. Myth #1: “People will care about my recording.” Unfortunately just because you record music, doesn’t mean people are going to automatically care. First, it has to be music that moves them. But how do you […]

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Merchandise is your friend

I can’t tell you how many local band shows I’ve gone to where not a single piece of merchandise is available. Shocking. But don’t be fooled into thinking that just because you put your precious name on a T-shirt, people will buy it. Just like your music, it has to be great. In regard to […]

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Do we need a lawyer?

Maybe. It just depends on where you are in your career. When you are just starting out, you probably don’t need a lawyer. But once your business starts to become more established and more deals start crossing your plate, you will absolutely want to get a good attorney involved. They can be expensive, but the […]

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Demystifying the press kit

The first thing you need to include in your press kit is a photo of yourself on a railroad track. In front of a brick wall will do equally as well, though. I’m kidding. There are several things to consider in a good press kit. For those of you wondering, you do not need a […]

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