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Focus On Your Art 

Focus On Your Art
September 30, 2014

I recently read a post by a musician talking about generating buzz for your band.

I thought the advice given was good, except there was one BIG problem. There was no mention, whatsoever, about the importance of creating great music. Here's an excerpt:

"You need to commit to doing the daily grunt work of promoting, booking, selling, designing posters and merchandise and hopefully still have time for writing and recording your music. And then put this on repeat."

This is the problem with the music industry. People are so busy trying to get famous, the art is an afterthought. "And hopefully still have time for writing and recording your music"??? Are you kidding me?!

Don't get me wrong. Promoting and booking and selling is an important piece to a successful career in music. But, what about the product you are selling? Great marketing of a poor product only makes the product fail faster.

I think what we forget sometimes is that if the product (music) is good enough it will sell itself. If you really want to cut through the noise and get people to notice you, create something that demands attention. Put in the work to make your recordings amazing. Put in hours and hours (try 10,000 maybe?) crafting your songs. 

Do I promote myself? Absolutely. Is marketing a necessity? Yes. And marketing and promotion BEGINS with writing and recording something undeniably spectacular. 


Spotify Playlist: Don't 

Spotify Playlist: Don't 
September 29, 2014 
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Many people ask me who my favorite artists are, and what I like to listen to. So, I have created some Spotify playlists to share, featuring some songs that I like.

"Don't" by Ed Sheeran is at the top of this particular list. I love this song (and this entire album). As I have done for each of these lists, I have included a couple of my original songs that I think are similar. As well as other similar songs from artists I like.

If you think of a song that might fit, feel free to add it! This is a Collaborative Playlist!

Cheers!


Spotify Playlist: My Favorite 

Spotify Playlist: My Favorite
September 25, 2014
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Many people ask me who my favorite artists are, and what I like to listen to. So, I have created some Spotify playlists to share, featuring some songs that I like.

"My Favorite" by Gabe Dixon kicks off this one. Followed by some other similar songs (including a couple of my own). Kinda like Pandora Radio, except there is a real person coming up with the playlist instead of a machine.

This is a Collaborative Playlist, so I hope you will add your favorite songs that are similar to the ones I selected.

Cheers!


Spotify Playlist: Sailboat 

Spotify Playlist: Sailboat 
September 22, 2014 
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Many people ask me who my favorite artists are, and what I like to listen to. So, I thought I would create some Spotify playlists and share them, and include some songs that I like.

This playlist begins with "Sailboat" by Ben Rector and is followed by songs that, in my opinion, are similar. And, of course, you'll find a couple of my original songs on there. Kinda like Pandora Radio, except there is a real person coming up with the playlist instead of a machine.

This is a Collaborative Playlist, so I hope you will add your favorite songs that are similar to the ones I selected.

Cheers!


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