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… Continue reading Quick Thoughts on Crowdfunded Album Production

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… Continue reading Band Auditions: Rarely Done Right, Usually Hilarious

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… Continue reading What if Bands Traded Musicians Like Sports Teams?

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… Continue reading Songwriting in Bands – How it Really Works

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,… Continue reading Who is Your Audience?

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… Continue reading Club Owners vs Bands