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When his father noticed his son’s abilities, he gave him the Stevie Ray Vaughan album "Texas Flood" and told him, "If you're going to play guitar, play it like that” after listening to the album that, that is what JL wanted to do with his life and has stuck with guitar ever since. At one time he considered being a professional golfer when younger and also studied mechanical engineering a little bit in college. But always knew that he was a performer. It's one of those things he just knew he was born to do.

When you are in charge of a group of people, there are several responsibilities that fall on your shoulders. If you've never been in a management position or haven't had any business training, this can be a challenging endeavor. The truth is that it's really not all that difficult, as long as you know what to do. The most successful leaders in any capacity practice certain fundamentals that have proven to be repeatedly effective. It may seem like a lot to remember, but you'll find that the majority of the responsibility as a leader will involve troubleshooting and problem solving. This is the real world, and that's the reality. You'll have much more success dealing with all of the variables that come into play if you first commit to having the basics covered

You get a call or text that you’re needed to fill in with a band you’ve never played with before. Naturally, you try to get all the information you’ll need; compensation, songs, style, time and place. You may even get a rehearsal with the group. Despite all your efforts to prepare, you can’t avoid some unexpected twists. Here’s five common surprises that happen when you are subbing on a gig.

It's tempting, especially as a new band, to say yes to every show you're offered. You want to take advantage of every opportunity you get to make a mark in your local scene. But even groups just starting out can't or shouldn't accept every gig they're extended. Sometimes a show can actually be detrimental to your efforts.

Try to avoid these deadly mistakes. Your fans will apprceiate it

Some people are born with an innate sense of confidence that they carry with them through life. For others, confidence is trait that has to be won in battle. Among all of the talent that exists in the world and the unfortunate realities of the music industry, it's easy for somebody who doesn't have innate confidence to feel intimidated. Below are six tips on what to do when your confidence starts to falter, and what you can do to improve the confidence you already have.

Too many people fail to see the bigger picture of life as a musician and the miserable state of the industry. If you are one of these people and catch yourself feeling in some way cheerful, stop right away and follow this simple 12 step plan to guarantee your return to a completely horrid existence on this miserable rock. Warning: Contains strong language. If you don’t like that, then you should probably still read on anyway as it will just give you more reasons to be pissed off.

Never leave promotion to the other guy. Depending on your point of view don't count on the label, band or publicist to do their jobs. Do it yourself or it may not get done. Know your niche market(s) or hire/befriend someone who does.Always think of the fans first when making Decisions. Start early. Pre-promote. It allows time for viral buzz (aka free promotion) to build and ensures you’ll get you a larger share of a discretionary spending.Take the time and spend the money to get a great publicist to get free media.

The key to singing high notes (once diaphragmatic support is established) this to concentrate first time support then on vowel placement. Each vowel has a specific resting place in the throat. A “pocket” so to speak. It is important to find these pockets with the least amount of pressure or strain. You will find that once you experience what I like to refer to as the amphitheaters in the back of your throat that it’s not about a note value at all. It’s about support and placement.

In The Biz:

Improving a career in music is easily attainable using simple concepts in your everyday affairs. When these three concepts here are used your ability to get jobs will improve a lot. You will come across as a professional and put people at ease when a task is given to you. Remember, the most important part is implementing these tips into your everyday life.

Before the internet, you would have to cold-call places out of the phone book and hit the pavement in whatever weather to gain new prospects. Or even mail out mass quantities of post cards in order to get your brand in front of the masses. Now that we have the ability to reach online, one flyer posted on a social media website like Facebook or Instagram can reach a town's worth of people. This makes networking a whole lot easier than it once was.

The dream goal of most musicians is to get an illustrious record deal from a major recording label. But what most don't know is that record deals come in a range options and can often be confusing for neophyte artist (and some legends who should know better!!).In order to forge through the music business, knowing the types of agreements, some legal terms and insider jargon, will certainly be a great asset when the opportunity for that recording contracting is on the table.

A raving, loyal fan base, premium high priced gigs and worldwide recognition. Isn't that what all bands and musicians hope and pray for? Of course it is. If they're honest... But these are just some of the surface rewards of what an effective band promotions campaign can do for you. The deeper satisfaction of knowing you can be a full time musician without having to slave away at a 9-5 is where the REAL satisfaction comes from.

It kinda sucks, and I've even been guilty of this sin as well, but when most musicians and music business "experts" discuss how to market a band, they tend to turn into corporate slinging business monsters. I'm sure you've heard it before - and probably more than once or twice from me - you've got to treat your music like a business. It's the only way you'll find any success in the incredibly competitive music industry. The bottom line is that although this can sometimes take the fun out of being a musician, it's 100% bang-on true. But... the good news is the methods you use to market your music don't necessarily have to be boring and they're certainly not difficult to put into action.



 

 
 
 
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