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3 Massive Mistakes Songwriters Make

Songwriter in concert

In my recent blog, Frustrated With Your Music Career, I told you I have been connecting with old friends. (More about that in a minute…) Just to remind you what I had said in that article, I gave you four points to get more passionate about your career and less frustrated: What Is This “Vision” […]

4 Steps to a Unique Show

House

When explaining how to create a unique show, I always offer the analogy of building a house. There are 4 steps to making it happen. And for those of you who’ve worked with contractors to build a home recently, who are thinking to yourself right now, “Well, that’s pretty over simplified – 4 steps? What […]

How to Impress Your Audience

Singer showcase

There are right ways to impress your audience. Things you can do to set yourself apart, to let your audience see who you really are, and to capture & engage the people watching you so they’ll never want to miss any of your shows. But few artists know the right ways — because they’re not […]

Media: 6 Uses of this Onstage Tool

Lori Bumgarner using media

This entry is part 5 of 5 in the series Your 5 Onstage Tools

Our society is very visual. We see images and video everywhere we go, whether it’s waiting in a doctor’s office, walking through the airport, or standing in line to get our groceries. And it’s not unusual for media to be of varying quality. From professional videography to YouTube footage filmed on someone’s iPhone – we […]

Frustrated With Your Music Career?

Comfort zone and magic

I’ve been traveling a lot lately — meeting new people, connecting with old friends… seeing artists, industry, management, bands, producers… And on every side of the industry I hear the frustrations so many people are having with their music, their shows, and their careers! Recently, I talked to someone who has been in the industry […]

Is It Possible to Over-Prepare Your Show?

Listening through headphones

I’m not a big fan of early sound checks. Yeah, I know — sometimes it’s necessary. But whenever our band would arrive at a venue 5 hours early, set up, and do our sound check, it seemed like the day would drag on. When it was time for the show, I’d feel uninspired and tired. […]

How Soon Should You Work on Your Show?

Tom working with singer songwriter

I’ve gotten both kinds of calls — the kind where I’m asked to help an artist with their show 1-2 months in advance of a tour or showcase, and the kind where I’m supposed to be the “fix-it” guy working with someone a few days before a big, important show. So when is the best […]

Why You Should Use a Headset

Tom Jackson

This entry is part 4 of 5 in the series Your 5 Onstage Tools

“I can’t do that — it’s goofy, cheesy, hokey. And besides, (insert name here) uses one! I’m original. What would my friends and peers say?” That’s the usual response I get when I ask an artist to consider using a headset for one of their songs. Frankly, I don’t care what artist has used a […]

4 Rules to Follow So You are the Opening Act they Remember

Stacy Stone showcase

In 1991, Pearl Jam opened for the Smashing Pumpkins and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. In Kim Neely’s Pearl Jam book Five Against One, drummer Dave Abbruzzese said, “We’d play for 30 minutes, and it was like the Smashing Pumpkins had to earn their 30 minutes, and the Peppers had to earn theirs. By the […]

How Your Perspective Effects Your Success (or Your Failure)

The Audience

Looking out into your audience, it’s hard to know why they react the way they do — or why they don’t react at all! The reason it’s hard to know is because you’re facing the wrong direction. You’re not sitting in the seats out front like they are. Perspective is everything. And it’s not just […]