So here’s the truth. I have learned a lot in the past 2 weeks and it’s not all so easy to swallow. The biggest thing is a variation on the old adage “if you want something done right, you’ve got to do it yourself.” As I was running the sound board, setting up my keyboard […]
As I sit in the green room before my Manchester, UK show, listening to a cool acoustic guitar/girl rock duo cover Sara Bareilles’ “Love Song”, I’m coming up with all sorts of topics to write about so stay tuned, as I’ve got tons of train rides and airplanes to write….. The Ins and Outs of […]
Perhaps this section should go first, but I rambled on about CDs and websites and made the assumption that anyone who considers him or herself in this music business is already ahead of this part, so I’ll be brief. The gist: make a great friggin’ record and make it (and anywhere you promote it) look […]
As I started to mention before, connections are critical to a career in music. And the best connections for me have turned out to be my ex-boss (who introduced me to my new boss at the jingle house), my mother’s chiropractor’s son (who hired me to write music for his websites), the intern (who introduced […]
I used to think that NYC musicians are doomed to playing in clubs that pay $1 per person after the first $50 is collected if you brought more than 40 people. WHAT DOES THAT EVEN MEAN????? Luckily, I have learned that there are gigs out there that pay you decently in exchange for your performance. Simple as that. Some of these gigs are in unexpected places: house parties in peoples’ private homes, ski resorts’ après ski, summer camps, high schools, colleges, restaurants, museums, to name a few. It takes a lot of legwork and a good phone plan but the money is out there, right next to the eager listeners.
I am a control freak. Type A personality. Pisces. Left-handed. Female. You get the point. There’s very little room to wiggle in my daily-budget-excel-spreadsheet, color-coordinated calendar and perfectly stacked bookshelves containing mostly last years’ musician’s atlases, DIY novels (is there even such thing?) and booking resources. So when it comes to my internet, the one […]
As a touring musician, there’s only one thing better than connecting with an audience of thousands of people…. doing it again. And what I’ve come to realize is that it’s not the number of people that matters, but that connection. With all that said, I have come to find a nice little niche of music venues where the audience is primed for connectivity . . . living rooms and backyards.