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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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Listen on your favorite podcast platform: Spotify | Apple Podcasts | Stitcher | Acast Today's guests are Sam Hyken and Jacomo Bairos of the Nu Deco Ensemble...
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CD Baby, Tunecore, DistroKid, AWAL, UnitedMasters…Who is the Best Digital Distribution Company for Music

This is the most comprehensive and accurate digital distribution review comparison piece on the web. By far. I checked. Who is the best digital distributor? Read on…Amuse vs. AWAL vs. CD Baby vs. DistroKid vs. Ditto Music vs. Fresh Tunes vs. Horus Music vs. Landr vs. Octiive v...

How to Livestream for Musicians with the #1 Musician on Periscope – Clare Means

Listen on your favorite podcast platform: Spotify | Apple Podcasts | Stitcher | Acast Today's guest is Clare Means. She's a Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter. She got her start performing on the Santa...

If Spotify Won’t Pay More, They Should Give Us More Data

I’ll say it. And I’m going to get shit for it.  The comment from the CEO of Spotify, Daniel Ek, “you can’t record music every...

Paradigm Fired Them So They Started a New Booking Agency With an Impressive Roster

Listen on your favorite podcast platform: Spotify | Apple Podcasts | Stitcher | Acast Today on the show is Marshall Betts. He is an agent formerly of Paradigm, but after Paradigm dissolved...