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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 […]

The 1 Thing a CD Can Never Contain

Solo singer full of emotion

Performing artists still have it… that 1 thing. Something a CD can’t contain. It can’t be duplicated, digitized, or downloaded. And you can only get it if you’re in the same room. The Booming Concert Industry Catching up on my reading on a recent long flight, I grabbed an article that caught my eye in […]

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 […]

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 […]

3 Ways to Get a Fresh Start

Nashville Performance Bootcamp 2014

We just had an awesome Bootcamp here in Nashville; one of our best, if not the best ever. Great speakers, great talent, great teaching & a fun time had by all! I walked away being freshly challenged in my own pursuits. I was reminded of something a musical mentor said to me when I had […]

Get Creative Before the Show

Get Creative

Most people think planning their live show will make it less creative or even make it boring. They’re “artists,” after all, and real artists are spontaneous, instinctive, organic, led by the Spirit… you name it. Really, it’s what I call “winging it.” Unfortunately for most musicians, planning and preparation means to: learn the songs in […]

#1 Reason to Get Out of Music

Lang working with a singer songwriter

I know you’ve heard it before — I’ve heard it as long as I’ve been alive: you can’t expect “things worth having” to happen immediately. So, no disrespect meant to anyone here, but if you don’t want to invest in your future music success by being committed to work on it… then get out. Saving […]

Why Knowing Your Audience is Crucial to Planning Your Success

Audience at festival

What are you focused on? I mean with your music. On songwriting? On how well you play your instrument? On booking shows, getting a manager, or handling your social media? Most of you know my main focus is on the live show. That’s because I believe it’s where an artist gets the most satisfaction, fulfills […]