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 →

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 →

14 Feb 2017
February 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 course of the past 35 years. Way Back When When I first started out,.. read more →

30 Jan 2017
January 30, 2017

Creating Pivotal Moments

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I remember getting the phone call from my good friend Sally Fingerett, one of the founding members of The Four Bitchin’ Babes. It was 1999 and I was sitting at my desk looking out my front window as I talked to her. The Babes were coming to Tennessee and they needed someone to fill in.. read more →

It’s that time of year again.  A New Year.  A clean slate. A chance to hit the Reset button and start over.  And yes, a chance to do all the things we meant to do but didn’t get done in the previous year. It’s the time of New Year’s resolutions, setting intentions and goals, and.. read more →

Nancy photobombs a pic of Brandon Jeffries and Fett.   Fett, T. Lin Chase, and Nancy having a laugh at the bookstore table.   Hmmm…do you know who can pull off wearing these shoes?!   Greg Watmore, Fett and Jim Coots   No idea who this is. But we all felt just like him plenty.. read more →

Each year, throngs of upcoming and established artists, songwriters, producers, composers, and musicians attend music conventions and conferences all over the U.S.  These events can be an important part of your music career. They provide you with excellent networking, showcasing, and critique opportunities and they often educate you on current music industry topics and trends… read more →

(This is the second piece in a two-part series about how to get the most out of a music conference. If you haven’t read the first part yet, click here to start at the beginning.) There are many, many wonderful things about music industry conventions and conferences like the TAXI Road Rally, Folk Alliance, or.. read more →