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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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Teespring vs. Printify vs. CustomInk vs. Gooten vs. Printful vs. Teelaunch: Best Print On-Demand Merch Companies for Musicians

Which print on-demand merch company is best for musicians: CustomInk, Gooten, Printful, Printify, Teelaunch, or Teespring?
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Audrey Nuna’s Path to a Major Label Deal with Her Manager/Producer Anwar Sawyer

Anwar and I talk about being a producer/songwriter and writing thousands of songs and even how he got his publishing deal. We also talk about developing Audrey Nuna.

Nu Deco Ensemble Orchestra is Changing the Classical World

This episode is for all of you orchestra nerds out there. I'm guilty of that. I played in an orchestra for most of my life. For those of you who don't know, I'm a trumpet player. I love going to the LA Phil and love orchestra music. It features Nu Deco Ensemble founders Sam Hyken and Jacomo Bairos.

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

Clare Means is a Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter. She got her start performing on the Santa Monica Pier. Now she's known for her success on the livestreaming platforms, specifically Twitch, Facebook, YouTube Live, and Periscope. She's actually one of the most watched musicians on Periscope.