One of the things that makes booking gigs overwhelming to some people is that there are a LOT of variables. That means there’s a lot to learn, a lot to “handle,” and a lot of points in the process where something can potentially go wrong. That’s why, for teaching purposes, I like to use real-world.. read more →

Old Wood Grain Silo, Oconto County, WI.  Photo credit: Oconto County Genealogy website archives.

The Summer NAMM trade show and convention just ended here in Nashville this past weekend.  If you’re not familiar with NAMM, on the whole, it’s a big gathering of music gear manufacturers showing off their latest goodies to dealers and potential consumers.  But more important, it’s a chance for people to get together — in person.. read more →

“Um…I’m not touring. So, I don’t have anything to say.” “You want me to send one HOW often?! What on earth would I write about?!” “I’m not an artist. So, I don’t need a newsletter. Right?” Whenever I start talking to my clients or students about sending a newsletter, I typically get one of two reactions:.. read more →

In my job as a producer, recording/mixing/mastering engineer and “teacher of all things music production,” I get to hear a lot of recordings made by other people.  Many of them are recordings made for commercial use, as either artist/band releases, or for film and TV cues. Problem is, many of them aren’t anywhere near ready.. read more →

14 Jun 2017
June 14, 2017

Goodbye, Glass Ceiling…?

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Broken Glass Ceiling

There has been a lot of talk in our society lately about gender equality and the roles of women and men. As a music producer and engineer, is has been a fascinating experience watching those roles evolve in my industry over the past 35 years. Way Back When When I first started out, there were almost.. read more →

Have you ever wondered why it seems that some musicians have it easy and some seem to struggle? Maybe you’ve even felt a little miffed because you’ve been working at this music thing for a while now and you don’t understand why you’re not doing better. You’ve watched others pass you by – getting better.. read more →

19 Apr 2017
April 19, 2017

The Producer Mindset

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“Hello, what do you do…?” One of the things I find interesting about what I call “self-recording musicians” is how they do (and don’t) introduce themselves and talk about what they do.  Most refer to themselves as some combination of songwriter, composer, musician, performer, or artist. Some of them might refer to themselves as a.. read more →

One of the biggest frustrations that I hear from musicians, singer-songwriters, and other musicpreneurs is that there just isn’t enough time to do everything they need to do. In fact, many of my private coaching clients tell me that they’re overwhelmed—even paralyzed—by all of the non-music tasks required to maintain a successful and profitable music.. read more →