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In a previous post I wrote this monster list of the "63 Attributes of a thinking musician". You can check it out here. The point of that post was so you can learn what it takes to become a true thinking musician. But that list is a monster to memorize so I had to condense […] Read More

Musician trying to find a job

"Hey, what's wrong Jumbo stop being a baby?" Toe said. "Shut up man, I'm just being expressive dude. Leave me alone." Jumbo replied. "If you don't tell me what's going on I'm not gonna treat you to the "Burrito mansion" up on Pico Ave. Spill it bro!" Toe said. "I want that burrito monster supreme. […] Read More

The biggest marketing mistake your band is making.

  Text message: Singer: Hey, I got some tickets for you to sell for the House of Blues gig. How many do you want? Guitarist: Uh, I dunno, maybe 5. Singer: Are you sure? We may need to sell way more to get more heads in the door. Guitarist: Maybe a couple more then. Singer: […] Read More

How Independent artists can make a killing at shows

"Tim, how much cash did we make on merch?" I asked. "Oh about $450." Tim responded. "Awesome, so how do we split it between the band? I blurted. "Uh, not today dude, we gotta save for mixing and mastering the album." Tim said. Just on a side note, the album in question as of today […] Read More

Attributes of a thinking musician

The way we think, behave, feel, act, talk, believe and value will affect the way we approach our music career. At this age and time that I write this, musicians need a new way of thinking. 100 years from now musicians should be able to apply for jobs at a music company just like applying […] Read More

The answer to why you keep getting that $50 gig.

Rachel: "Hi, Roland my name is Rachel and I'm a pop singer and I'm looking for a bass player for an upcoming gig at the House of Blues in Hollywood. You were highly recommended by your friend Jeremy. Are you interested? Roland: "Hi, nice to meet you Rachel. Sounds like fun, House of Blues is […] Read More

How to be better at managing your gig Money than MC Hammer.

Pay yourself first! Those were the words that stuck out to me from some financial guru, I didn't get it. Rushing to church one sunny Sunday afternoon, I was the music director and I was late. I know, I know, typical right? Don't worry if you're not a churchy person this is not a churchy […] Read More

Learn from one of the wealthiest musicians on the freaking planet!!

In our economy they're two types of people. You are either an: Employee or Employer Buyer or Seller Worker or Boss Consumer or Producer Copier or Creator Member or Leader Musician or Music Director Performer or Composer Customer or Investor Spender or Saver At the end of the day our happiness can be fulfilled whether we're […] Read More

Broke Musician Tips

It's Friday, payday, playday. Finally I can buy that dope Boss Limited Enhancer and effects pedal for my bass. Guitar Center here we come baby. I struck a sweet deal with the sales rep and he gave me 10% off. Not bad eh? Over the weekend I spent hours experimenting with the zillion of effects […] Read More

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If this is your first time reading this than you're probably pretty confused with the plot. If that's the case than click here to catch up. Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 I would like to recap the: 10 Critical factors for an amazing crew. Respect. Empower your crew. Always learn and discover […] Read More