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How To Put on a Drive-in Concert

  Last month, we at Ari’s Take had the distinct honor and pleasure of presenting one of Los Angeles’ first (and only) concerts since March!  The concert was the release show for the incomparable Annabel Lee for her new song “Los...

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 and leader of Postmodern Jukebox, Scott Bradlee.  Many posted this letter and subsequent demands to social...

If You Perform Live, You Could Be Missing Out On Lots of Royalties

Photo by Maya DondonyanI just had a meeting with Sentric Music publishing CEO, Chris Meehan. I’m currently working on a admin publishing company comparison between Sentric, Songtrust, CD Baby Pro Publishing and Tunecore Publishing. Chris happened to be in town so we decided to...

Don’t Be This Sound Guy

In the past, I would have told you all about the show I saw last night. From these great bands with a killer horn section, pocket drummer and bassist, angelic singer, yadda yadda yadda. Because the show was great and I’d really love to give props to the bands I saw. But I’m n...

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...

What To Do When Everything At The Show Goes To Shit

I'm still buzzing from my show this past Saturday night. I performed at this new series in LA called The Shine. They've been described 'If TED Talk, Hotel Cafe and The Self-Realization Fellowship had a love child, it would be The Shine.' Pretty darn accurate. The Shine hosts bi-m...

8 Reasons Why Singer/Songwriter Shows Are Boring

Rebecca CrabI just played a new songwriter series billed as #songwritersundays at The Fox and Hounds in Studio City, CA. They have built up quite a supportive crowd of musicians and music lovers for this Sunday series. Without fail, every Sunday the place is packed with an audien...

This Artist Lost 2,000 Potential Fans In Two Hours Because Of This

I just got back from a nice trip to the Midwest for a couple weddings and a camping trip with Dad. It was a nice break from LA and I was reminded what nature looks like when it's not starved for water. While in Madison this past weekend we decided to grab dinner at the beautiful...

11 Reasons Why You’re Failing At Open Mics

Open mics are a great place to gain experience. When you're starting off, you should be playing anywhere and everywhere. Your first 30 or so shows won't be paid. As they shouldn't be. You're most likely not very good yet and don't deserve to be paid for these performances. Open m...

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Platinum Selling Producer / Songwriter for Drake, Travis Scott, Halsey, Khalid – Rogét Chahayed

Listen on your favorite podcast platform: Spotify | Apple Podcasts | Stitcher | Acast Today's episode was a live podcast episode for Ari's Take Academy students with guests Rogét Chahayed and his...

#1 Malaysian Artist Yuna and Her Managers on Being Independent Again

Listen on your favorite podcast platform: Spotify | Apple Podcasts | Stitcher | Acast Today my guests are Malaysian singer Yuna, Ben Willis, and Carlo Fox, the founders of indie-pop!, a management...

How To Put on a Drive-in Concert

  Last month, we at Ari’s Take had the distinct honor and pleasure of presenting one of Los Angeles’ first (and only) concerts since March!  The...

Emily Kinney on the Art and Business of Acting and Music

Listen on your favorite podcast platform: Spotify | Apple Podcasts | Stitcher | Acast Today my guest is the multi-talented Emily Kinney. Most people know her as an actress. She starred in...