This personal story from music consultant Wade Sutton reaffirms what you know but may need to hear again: working in music can be a real and gratifying job. Read More.
In this post, we highlight five career killing execution mistakes musicians make when trying to get to the next level. What an unfortunate waste! As Ralph S. Larsen, CEO of Johnson & Johnson, said, “The best-thought-out plans in the world are worthless if you can’t pull them off.” Read more.
Most people play things way more safe than they realize. The only way you’ll know how fast you can drive a car is to accelerate until you lose control and crash. Anything less, even if you back off just before losing control, isn’t your top speed. Like a car, the only way you’ll know how much you can accomplish in your music career is to reach the point of failure. Read more.
The new definition of artist development hinges on emerging artists consciously establishing a career plan and then implementing that plan over time in order to accomplish a series of ever more ambitious goals. To learn more and get practical advice, I spoke with Catherine “SupaCat” Enny, CEO and founder of Guerrilla Management. Catherine established her management credentials when a then-unknown band she produced and managed named Kyuss broke out on the strength of her production and business acumen. Read more.
Your fans are living vicariously through you. All of your successes are their successes. If you keep talking about all your music career failures, they’re not going to be so excited to be your fans as they already have enough failures going on in their own lives and don’t need any of yours. I lost a few early connections because I revealed too much struggle and not enough inspiring drive.
Hypebot.com recently posted about a panel from TAXI’s 2012 Road Rally titled, “Are You Leaving Money on the Table?” Disc Makers’ CEO Tony van Veen was on the panel, along with Michael Laskow (TAXI), Dave Cool (Bandzoogle), Lauren Danzy (SoundExchange) and Gooding (Indie Artist/Songwriter). Read more.
Music success doesn’t come easy, but the truth is we often get in our own way – don’t fall prey to these music career killers! Read more.
As an indie musician with multiple careers in music to juggle, there have been many times when I’ve caught myself in the "Predictable Paycheck Predicament," or PPP. It’s the one where I’m jealous of my roommate as she leaves the apartment at her regular time to go to her regular job to get her regular paycheck. Read more.
Be great and be honest with the connection that you’re making. You’ve got to hustle and make your own destiny. But my biggest piece of advice is, team up with someone passionate to work with you. And that doesn’t mean someone from the music business. When you look at a lot of people I’ve worked with and look at who their managers are, they started as enthusiastic young people who didn’t have training in the music business… Read more…