This might sound crazy but…
I truly believe that in this day and age, having a home studio is just as important as having strings on your guitar.
And I think the pandemic showed us that working from home is no longer a luxury, it’s a necessity.
Which is why right now is the best time ever to build your home studio and start your production company.
1) A Financially Smart Move for Music Producers
Starting your production company is now more cost effective than ever before.
If you have a laptop, you could build a functioning home studio for under $1000 and be production-ready in a weekend!
I love the saying “use what you got until what you got pays for what you want”
Case in point: My first home studio consisted of a used interface ($300), a used mic ($200), and a wonky used...
I got kicked out of the house when I was 15 years old.
I’ve been on my own ever since, always struggling, always hustling, and always living in survival mode.
I’ve lived with friends’ parents, on people’s couches, and even in my car at one point.
I was always that friend that my more successful friends always had to pick up the tab for if we went out to dinner.
I always had “hand-me-down”... well… everything…
…from furniture, to clothes, to makeup, you name it.
And I wouldn’t even think of buying myself anything new until the duct tape that held the old thing together was falling apart.
Still, my big “why” in wanting to build a successful career as a musician was so much more than just wanting financial freedom. I wanted to be a 6-figure...
Check out this video of us producing a sync ready track in 1 hour!
While a lot of talented people want to get their music into Film & TV, believe it or not, a lot of them are wasting their time!
What often happens is they invest in a course that teaches them how to get their music into film/tv or they spend a whole lot of time and effort trying to get a library to return their emails or a music supervisor to listen to their ONE song.
Here’s the thing though. It takes so much more than ONE song, or heck, even FIVE songs, to truly break into the exciting world of SYNC. This is a career, and it takes an investment of time as well as a LARGE catalog to break into the biz.
To make the most of the sync opportunities out there, you’ll have a much better chance at that if you produce your own music (and can make necessary edits requested by the client). At bare minimum, you should at least be able to record yourself to a degree that enables you to collaborate...
Alas! The Holidays are upon us!
Have you thought of a gift to give your loved ones yet?
I personally prefer hand-made, custom gifts. They just seem much more thoughtful and memorable, don't you think so?
Have you heard of Custom Songs?
Songfinch is a business where buyers, looking to gift a top-notch custom-written song to a loved one, submit their request on their website alongside their preferred genre, the mood, and occasion for the song.
Not only do they cater to their thoughtful customers, but they also provide hundreds of jobs for songwriters, artists, and producers all over the world!
On our latest podcast and YouTube episode, I sat down with Jake Tuton, Director of Artist Talent at Songfinch.
I asked Jake how Songfinch vet their artists. Is there any golden set of standards that we should know about?
Here are the 3 main key points that Songfinch looks for in an artist:
1. Can you write songs? Are you someone who can write songs based on the information...
Have you ever seen the meme of the iceberg poking out of the ocean and it says something like “what people see” and then you look below the surface where its roots obviously stretch miles & miles into the depths of the ocean and it shows “the years of hard work underneath?” I love that because it really is so true!
At some point, we have all wished for immediate gratification or a shortcut in life. A quantum leap. The truth is, it never comes. And every moment wishing for it, searching for it, or asking for “that break” is energy wasted that could have been put into doing the work!
Every success you see in somebody else, even if it appears to be overnight, has come as a result of a thousand little steps, not some overnight miracle.
And it’s funny because I’ve been on both sides of the fence.
I have been the inquisitive, young, hungry, energetic, ambitious, and determined student asking the mentor “but c’mon, like...
Alright y'all, I’m so pumped for this because the blog you’re about to read today is part two of five in a powerful new series I’ve put together especially for my aspiring producers called “Boss Producer Business.” If you haven’t checked out the 1st blog of this series, “The Starving Artist Vs. The Boss Producer,” I want you to go and read that now! I’ll link it below!
In this series, I’m going to walk you through the steps it takes to go from being an unpaid amateur to a paid professional. I’m also going to give you a sneak peek into how I run my six-figure production company at a high level of performance & profitability.
I want you to get the absolute MOST you can out of this series, so I created a handout for you to help you implement everything I’m covering! Also, if you make it to the end of this series I will have an entire workbook chock full of goodies, recaps, and worksheets for...
I've had so many people in my life, along with some producer friends, EVEN BOYFRIENDS, tell me I'd never been a "real" producer. They told me to just stick to what I was good at, songwriting. Had I listened to them, if I had given in and believed them, I would never have had the confidence to put my own music out there and see what I could truly be! The truth is we have to stop letting other peoples’ opinions define us. Most of the time these people, these producers, aren't really talking about you, they're projecting their own insecurities on you to feel better about themselves. So don't take it personally and most importantly KEEP WORKING!
In this blog, I want to talk about how you can push through the fear of caring what these other ‘producers’ think!
You can do it, I believe in you!
The other day I got a DM from a fellow up-and-coming female producer. My heart ached as I read her words as they echoed my own from not long ago. She told me she wanted to be a...
We've all been there, we've all had days where the creativity fountain just seems to stop flowing & good ideas avoid us like the plague. But what if this was something you could control?! What if it was possible to keep the fountain on all the time?!
Professional songwriters know that inspiration is the result of action; not the other way around. When you start working on something without knowing where it's heading, ideas start to pop up & say "Hey! Try me!" But If you never look for them, you'll never find them!
One great way to get moving & start hunting down a song is to start with pre-production. Create an outline or a blueprint for yourself, select some sounds, get the vibe going, outline the story you want to tell, & the beats you want to hit. The rest will follow. DO NOT sit around waiting for that magical feeling, go out & get it yourself!
I know for some of you that may be a little easier said than done but if you want to learn how I start making my...