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 →

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 →

Mastering your homegrown tracks for film and TV use is a different process from mastering them for other purposes like publisher pitching, artist release for CD or streaming, or radio airplay.  When mastering (whether doing it yourself, or hiring a professional mastering engineer to do it for you), here are four things you’ll want to.. read more →

Over the last few months, I’ve had several conversations with different clients that went something like this: CLIENT:  I tried contacting them [i.e. a publisher / venue / manager / music supervisor / other industry VIP], and I NEVER heard back from them! Not ONE word! ME:  How did you contact them? CLIENT:  I emailed.. read more →