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Band Life Passion & Self Hate

Do You Need an End Game?

I quit my job in March of 2015 and started working for myself as a freelance marketing consultant. That’s relevant to my overall point, but so are the events leading up to that decision. I’ve been a “top performer” at every place I’ve worked, but not out of ambition. Just because I find most jobs […]

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Band Life

Quick Thoughts on Crowdfunded Album Production

The interverse is abuzz again over Amanda Palmer after she revealed that her famously raising over $1m on Kickstarter left her broke. She logically claims that the whole campaign was a loss-leader just to get the album done and help her move onto her next thing. Never you mind the fact that she got 12x […]

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Band Life Guitar Store Gospel Silly

Band Auditions: Rarely Done Right, Usually Hilarious

I once auditioned a singer, and it didn’t go well at all. He needed to be picked up from a bus stop, which is fine but I don’t live near a bus stop. That should’ve been a sign1 that holding regular practices would be rough, especially since the busses don’t run late by us. We […]

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Band Life Guitar Store Gospel Silly

What if Bands Traded Musicians Like Sports Teams?

It’s officially the offseason for basketball and football here in the States.  And it’s the time of year where baseball teams start talking about acquiring someone to push for a title.  Basically, there’s a whole lot of sportball dorks going on and on about what-if stories to make their favorite team better. There are 24-7 […]

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Band Life Guitar Store Gospel Passion & Self Hate

Songwriting in Bands – How it Really Works

Not too long ago, my musical compadre made the acquaintance of a drummer and bassist that were seeking a complete band.  This was a perfect scenario as we were after their services as well and they seemed to be realistic and open-minded fellows.  (not once did they talk about being pros, or touring, or making […]

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Band Life Guitar Store Gospel Passion & Self Hate

Who is Your Audience?

My [super expensive] guitar cable gives me a woody. Just waiting to finalize my pedal needs and I’m making sure my whole signal chain is [super expensive guitar cable]. Having [fancy amp builder guy] wire my new … combo with [super expensive cables] too. If you’re going to spend a couple grand on a guitar, […]

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Band Life Guitar Store Gospel Passion & Self Hate

WYBS II – Personalities Kill Bands

This is a continuation of the “Why Your Band Sucks” series, chronicling common reasons bands fail and what to do about them.  Click here for part 1. By rough count, Lennon & McCartney wrote 203 Beatles songs.  With just over 140 of them being one of the two artists by themselves.  There’s no doubt that […]

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Band Life Live Music

Club Owners vs Bands

The other day, several of the folks at Reddit had an aneurism over this post.  The major issue is a long standing point of contention in the music world.  The idea of club owners taking advantage of musicians. Generally this is “pay to play” or maybe unpaid gigs.  Generally the club puts zero effort into […]

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Band Life Guitar Store Gospel Passion & Self Hate

Why Your Band Sucks – Part 1

Preface/edit: Got a lot of feedback about this and wanted to point out that I’m not advocating pay-to-play as a good system.  It’s terrible.  And I’m writing from the band perspective, I don’t own a club.  I’ve been subjected to this system many times and hate it. But, it’s the reality so many bands face. […]