This 2017 is without a doubt a year chock full of possibilities, and as we all know the challenges of the breaking into the music business, the hustle is always real. So, if you are a seasoned musician or just starting out, here's a short list of ideas to help keep you on track.Read More
Every year there are endless lists to help you start the year off right. Today I’ve compiled a very short, but extremely helpful list to get you through the hassle of finalizing your next masterpiece.Read More
Our generation has been mislead into thinking that we can get away with mediocre performances. Just because technology has advanced this far, that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t strive to be the best version of ourselves.Read More
That’s right I said it. Everyone and their cousin is trying to become a mix engineer. Yes, mixing is an art, but mixing can easily become the most time consuming part of the recording process, second only to pre-production (which if you aren’t already doing that, you should be).Read More
Everything from Hip Hop, Pop, Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock/Indie. I've been blessed with an abundance of work, new projects, and collaborations. There's nothing more fulfilling for me to be able to work on the projects that inspire me and collaborating with minds that challenge me.Read More
A couple of months ago I had the opportunity to work with an incredible artist on her latest Youtube cover of James Bay's "Let it Go". It had been a bit of a process to get through all of the logistics, but when we finally came in and recorded it, the outcome was phenomenal.Read More
A lot has been going on in the past week! I had the opportunity to produce and engineer for a very talented local band called Restless Like Me. We started working on one of their songs off the next album. The current talk is 10-12 songs, but for now we are just taking it one song at a time.Read More
It has been an incredible week and for the first time ever I have the chance to share it with you all. I did a short video to show you all what my week was like inside and outside the studio.Read More
It isn't every day that you get to celebrate another year of life, much less the BIG 25, the quarter of a century!!! I am very happy and feel very blessed to have made it this far. There have been many challenges and great opportunities but above all I can say that I have been able to accomplish a lot more than I ever thought. This birthday marks a life changing event! I hope to be wiser, healthier, smarter and just be the best that I can possibly be, not just for myself, but for the little family that I have begun. With all this being said, I would like to thank all of you for taking the time to read this, for supporting me along the way with my career and to ask you to continue to do this for all of us young but ambitious artists. Thank you again for being along for the ride!
If you would like to fuel my caffeine addiction, feel free to click the donate button below! Or above.. doesn't matter! Happy birthday to me.
This story first appeared in Trust Me, I’m a Scientist, June 3, 2013.
When I ran into producer/engineer Scott Solter at a mutual client’s show a couple of weeks back, he relayed some advice that he’d been giving young bands recently. He’s already one of my favorite guys working today, profiled byDaniel Shuman in the December 2012 issue of Scientist. And his was among the best tips I’d heard in a long time:
“If you want to be like your heroes,” he said, don’t copy their sound or their gear but, “emulate their process.”Read More
Building a fanbase is more important than maintaining your relationship with your fans.
A large majority of artists don’t actually have fans. They have friends and family that go to their shows.Read More
There isn’t an easy way to say this, but most artists and songwriters have a hard time taking constructive criticism. If you are looking to get noticed in the music industry, there’s a few simple things that will help push you forward enough to get noticed.Read More
One of the things I’ve been trying to do on a regular basis is finish up a bunch of editing for a sample pack I’m putting together. I’ve been recording for a long time and I have a bunch of things in old sessions just laying around and in conjunction to that I’m creating new sounds to go along with the things I’ve already recorded. I haven’t decided if I’ll blend them together to create something totally new or just to put them out as is…
That brings me to the next topic of having a lot of things going on. I’ve found it to be very difficult to make ends meet in the music industry if you are focused only on one income stream. If you are just starting out and playing shows every weekend or every other weekend, most likely the gigs aren’t paid and if they are they might not pay well. I’m not saying this is going to be every case, but having more than one project is better than focusing on just one thing. I guess I’ve found that it improves your odds substantially.
There are some people that are fortunate enough to be employed full time as a runner or assistant at a studio, or have a nice gig running sound for a venue or a church, and over all it’s a great gig. It helps keep your chops up and helps you focus in on your craft. It also doesn’t pay very well (depending on where you live, etc.) and it takes up a whole lot of your time. It’s also contract based, and what that means is that they’ll pay you in cash or check weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly. They’ll also give you a 1099 form to fill out and at the end of the year they’ll claim it on their taxes as a work for hire.
All that means is that you’re stuck saving money for taxes and saving up to get insurance and all that good stuff. Since it’s a work for hire you also don’t get any royalties or anything like that. You might also be fortunate enough to fill out a W4 like with any other employer but that’s rare because it means that under the right circumstances the government has your back in case your employer is shady. If you managed to get a W4, my hat is off to you if you’re working over 30 hours a week.
Anyway, here’s a short clip of me ranting on the subject.
Please share this with your friends and shoot me some comments below. I’d also love to hear what you guys are working on! Send me your demos and I’ll critique them.
We all want to voice our opinions, but in my particular case, I want to enable other people to learn about the music industry in a first person kind of way.
I’ve been fortunate enough to take a small step on the bottom of the industry food chain, and I’ve managed to make this a viable career. This isn’t going to be a blog about what artists are trending, and what music you should listen to. This is going to be a one on one, first person, studio tour and day-to-day account of what goes on in my life and maybe you can pick up on a few things along the way.
On today’s very short episode, I interviewed Amadeus from the band XXII. I invited him to sit in on a mixing session with me at the Beacon Hill Recording Studios, and in between letting my ears rest for a couple minutes and my 3rd cup of coffee, we had a chat about the importance of learning your craft and getting to know the music industry. The interview was cut short because I ran out of storage space on my recorder, but the next couple of episodes will be a bit more elaborate and under 15 minutes, I promise.
I know you all are crazy busy and there’s no need to be taking up an entire hour of your day.
The interview was actually about 45 minutes and I was planning on releasing it in 3 parts. Much to our surprise the recorder only recorded about 9 minutes of your chat…So, I’m now going to have to get a hold of him again and re-do our interview so we can elaborate a bit more.
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I actually use the same recorder for pre-production. It’s a TASCAM DR-07 if you are interested in looking it up. I take it with me EVERYWHERE. It’s mostly to record songwriting sessions, and to remember ideas we put out when were getting ready for recording sessions. Many times, when I’m working with a new artist they’ll show me their 3 or 4 best songs and we choose the best one for the single. Its convenient because I can listen back to all of the songs when I’m on the go or I’ll can import the file to Pro Tools, chop it up and figure out the parts if I wanted to add anything. Maybe I can add one of those in here for another episode? Shoot me some comments, and let me know what you would want to hear on the next episode.