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 →

19 Aug 2016
August 19, 2016

It’s ALL About The Vocal!

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On my weekly live group Q&A call with my Mixing Mastery students last night, we got into a discussion about “what’s the most important thing in a mix.” There were various answers, like getting the balance of all the parts right, or making sure that the volume levels are consistent and competitive, or making sure all.. read more →

01 Aug 2016
August 1, 2016

Mixing Parts Instead Of Tracks

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One of the things I notice about amateur vs. pro mixes is that often, the amateur ones sound like they were done seat-of-the-pants, without much cohesiveness.  They lack focus and continuity, and things just seem to be arbitrarily placed, rather than having a purpose or intent behind them.  If you’ve read my Fett’s Mixing Roadmap book.. read more →

In the last few weeks, I’ve spoken to some frustrated musicians. Each one is a singer/songwriter who is very talented. They’ve released CDs, played at prestigious festivals, received awards – and yet? They’re still having trouble getting gigs. What gives?! I mean, at some point it’s supposed to get easier, right? Well, yes. And no… read more →