Category Archive: Wisdom

Apple and Personality-Based Marketing/Publicity in the Music Space

Posted on | February 26, 2015 | Comments Off on Apple and Personality-Based Marketing/Publicity in the Music Space

I was on Facebook earlier today and came across the comment below from Tim Quirk. It’s apparently about Apple’s new streaming music service, which is slated to launch later this year. Tim’s a musician and has also spent time working at Rhapsody and Google Music, amongst other places. WHO’s telling you to listen is far, […]

Going to SXSW? 8 Quick Tips

Posted on | March 14, 2011 | 1 Comment

I’ve been to every SXSW since 1995. Sadly, my streak ends this year. Since I can’t be there, I thought I’d share a few things I’ve learned through the years with those of you lucky enough to be going. If you’re playing down there, I assume you’ve already gotten some extra day party shows booked, […]

Seth Godin on the perils of the Magic Lottery Ticket

Posted on | June 13, 2010 | 1 Comment

Over on his blog, Seth Godin just made this post about the perils of spending all your time looking for a magic lottery ticket. More than most people, Seth has the ability to really distill things down to the essence. He had a post a while back called Barry Bonds. It’s a favorite of mine, […]

In school, if you’re right 60% of the time you’re a failure. In the music business, if you’re right 60% of the time, you’re a genius (unless you’re starting an indie label).

Posted on | January 17, 2009 | Comments Off on In school, if you’re right 60% of the time you’re a failure. In the music business, if you’re right 60% of the time, you’re a genius (unless you’re starting an indie label).

This entry is part 10 of 10 in the series Navigating Fog: Thoughts on the Music Business

Part 10 of 10 in the series Navigating Fog: Thoughts on the Music Business It’s true. Picking winners in the music business is a lot like hitting major league pitching: Most people strike out a lot. For every band on a major label that succeeds, a far greater number fail. This means that the A […]

Usually, being an asshole does not help you

Posted on | January 2, 2009 | Comments Off on Usually, being an asshole does not help you

This entry is part 9 of 10 in the series Navigating Fog: Thoughts on the Music Business

Part 9 of 10 in the series Navigating Fog: Thoughts on the Music Business On the surface, this seems obvious. But if you take some time to think about it, it gets more complicated. There are many levels to being an asshole. Some are very obvious and easy to spot. Others aren’t so obvious. Why? […]

Sometimes it helps to be enigmatic

Posted on | December 16, 2008 | Comments Off on Sometimes it helps to be enigmatic

This entry is part 8 of 10 in the series Navigating Fog: Thoughts on the Music Business

Part 8 of 10 in the series Navigating Fog: Thoughts on the Music Business While it seems like the straight line is the most effective way to achieve your goal, this is not always the case. Sometimes, it is better to keep people wondering a little bit about who you are and what you’re intentions […]

If you want to be a rock star be prepared to persevere: in most cases the four year minimum applies.

Posted on | December 13, 2008 | Comments Off on If you want to be a rock star be prepared to persevere: in most cases the four year minimum applies.

I know this is a bold statement. And let me be honest, it’s not really based on any empirical evidence, just my observation of a lot of rock bands. Nevertheless, I stand very firmly by this statement. Of the bands and solo artists I’ve seen achieve success in the music biz game (e.g., get a […]

If you make music, know what kind of flower you’re growing. If you sell music, know what kind of flower you’re selling.

Posted on | December 13, 2008 | Comments Off on If you make music, know what kind of flower you’re growing. If you sell music, know what kind of flower you’re selling.

This entry is part 7 of 10 in the series Navigating Fog: Thoughts on the Music Business

Part 7 of 10 in the series Navigating Fog: Thoughts on the Music Business One of the hardest things to do as a musician is to see yourself and your music as strangers see it. (Let’s face it, your friends love you. So they’re inclined to support you no matter what. It’s great to have […]

Most people make less money playing music than you would think, but some make a lot

Posted on | December 10, 2008 | 1 Comment

This entry is part 5 of 10 in the series Navigating Fog: Thoughts on the Music Business

Part 5 of 10 in the series Navigating Fog: Thoughts on the Music Business Statistics tabulated by SoundScan, an independent research firm that monitors U.S. record sales, confirm the [recording] industry’s predicament. Of the 6,188 albums released [in 2000], only 50 sold more than a million copies. Sixty-five sold 500,000 units and 356 sold 100,000 […]

Business or Art Project? You make the call.

Posted on | December 10, 2008 | Comments Off on Business or Art Project? You make the call.

This entry is part 6 of 10 in the series Navigating Fog: Thoughts on the Music Business

Part 6 of 10 in the series Navigating Fog: Thoughts on the Music Business This is a critical call to make, especially early on when you’re likely to be spending your own money. Unfortunately, most people never think very consciously about it. To a certain extent, this is understandable, because art and commerce are always […]

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