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‘I Don’t Want to be the One-Armed Singer.’ Representation and Engagement in the Age of Instagram

I just got back from a couple weeks of traveling.This past week I was in NYC doing some TV interviews about the California 'gig economy' law AB5 which, if unchanged could single handedly crash the California music economy. I've been actively working to get the music industry an e...

So You Want To Kiss Her During a Songwriting or Recording Session

I just got back from a really inspiring songwriting retreat in Mammoth Lakes, California. It was organized by a singer/songwriter friend here in the LA scene. Five of us left the whirlwind of the city and escaped to the mountains. Each morning we went on a hike. Inspiration Quest...

11 Ways To Get Hired For (or Fired From) The 2nd Gig as a Freelance Musician

“From the point of view of the person doing the hiring, it is far better to contract with a competent player who has a great and professional attitude than with a brilliant but irresponsible and egotistical musician who will likely require reigning in and micromanaging. No matt...

7 Music Business Podcasts (and 3 Others) You Should Be Listening To

I love podcasts. More specifically, educational podcasts. Even more specifically, educational podcasts about music, business and thinking differently. Oftentimes, though, I'm at a loss when I'm caught up on a podcast I love or just in the mood for something different. I don't lis...

How To Define Success

Photo by Abbyshoot PhotographyVery often, people like to try to bring me down and diminish my standing based on their metrics of success. Today I popped over to Amazon because a friend told me my book was still the #1 Best Seller in the Performing Arts Industry category (!!) - 6...

Your Local Music Scene Doesn’t Have To Suck

Last night I performed at what's now become ground zero for the LA singer/songwriter scene: Monday Monday.The Monday Monday series at The Hotel Cafe was originally started by singer/songwriter/FOH mixing extraordinaire Joel Eckels at Room 5 in January of 2013 (after filling the p...

Why I Chose This Winner for the Open Mic

Vanessa Wheeler at El Cid | Photo by Hannah Verbeuren Last Monday I judged an open mic contest at El Cid in Silverlake. There were 22 acts who signed up in advance of the night (many curated by El Cid's booker Michael McCarthy). I'd never been to El Cid before and was pleasantly...

When Greeting Fans, Never Say ‘Nice to Meet You’

I just finished playing mediator between two of my good friends. To protect the innocent, let's call them Jeremy and Jamie. Jeremy had shot a video for me and Jamie a couple years back. On shoot day there were about 10 people on set. We all had a long, albeit fun, day and the vid...

What Bands Who Broke Up Made Me Realize

I'm sitting at home listening to bands I love who broke up before the world realized their brilliance. I knew it. The local scene knew it. Some even had major record deals. Some got their album out to the world. And some were 'shelved' until they broke up. See, signing to a major...

11 Mistakes Every Young Band Makes

1) Wait To Be DiscoveredIf you want a career in music you have to MAKE your career in music. You can't wait for 'the powers that be' to come swoop you up and turn you into a star. You must put in the work. No one wants to work with someone with a great recording but absolutely no...

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Allie X on Creating Her Artist Package, Breaking Into LA and Staying Independent

Listen on your favorite podcast platform: Spotify | Apple Podcasts | Stitcher | Acast Today my guest is Allie X. She's a Canadian singer-songwriter and artist who's...
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How Artists Can Get Advances Without Signing To a Label

Listen on your favorite podcast platform: Spotify | Apple Podcasts | Stitcher | Acast Today my guest is John Funge. He's the CEO and co-founder of The Music Fund, a startup company...

How To Get a Record Advance Without a Record Deal

One of the biggest reasons that artists sign with major record labels is for the upfront cash.  The advance is very attractive for artists getting...

Black Postmodern Jukebox Performers Pen Open Letter About Mistreatment

On Thursday, July 16th, in a brave act of solidarity and dissent against their employer, black musicians penned an open letter to the founder...

Repairing Racial Inequities in the Music Industry with Artist Manager Jonathan Azu

Listen on your favorite podcast platform: Spotify | Apple Podcasts | Stitcher | Acast Today's episode was recorded live in Los Angeles in my guest's, Jonathan Azu, backyard. This was the first...