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How to Ruin a Song Pitch

Four Things that Could Be Secretly Sinking You

 

1. Talking Yourself Down

A lot of writers are humble, quiet, and avoid the limelight. Some aren’t very good with people skills or networking (one reason some have become writers in the first place).… [more]

Show Etiquette

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 5 Tips To Instantly Make You More Professional

If you’re an artist/writer, doing shows is a given – even if you’re simply a writer with no designs on a record deal, performing out at least sometimes is a given. It’s a great way to meet potential co-writers and friends, and a great way to gauge audience reaction to your songs.… [more]

The Gordon Ramsay Secret to Songwriting

Gordon Ramsay

 

Gordon Ramsay is a pro at what he does – he has an extremely high bar, he knows his craft inside and out, and he does not put up with people who don’t take the art seriously. He’s famous for colorfully flipping out on TV, of course, but I’ve never seen him do it unnecessarily.… [more]

Pioneers Wanted

Why Sticking to the Middle of the Pack Could Be Holding You Back

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As humans, we have a herd mentality, and with good reason. Speaking from an evolutionary perspective, a single human is liable to wander off and never come back – perhaps getting killed by predators or the harsh elements.… [more]

The Nashville Handshake

When I was new to town, and passing out my cards like floss at a dentist’s office, one guy in particular stuck out to me. I had just watched him perform and really admired his writing, so I struck up a conversation.… [more]

Three Ways You Can Get Organized To Help Your Songwriting

Your eyes are glazing over at this title. I can see it. Organization? Pffft. That’s not art. That’s not important. But believe me, it is. It’s not the “fun” part of being a songwriter, but if you want to be a professional, it’s absolutely essential.… [more]

Love You, Baby, Like A Wrecking Ball

Four Reasons the Development Boom Could Kill Music City

There is no place like Nashville in the world. That’s why I love it here. There’s an eclectic mix of history, culture, and music – even Music Row is unique in it’s own right.… [more]

5 Myths About Nashville

That's Not How This Works

1. You Can Make it In 6 Months

This one is pretty insidious, because there have been people that somehow were able to defy the odds and walk into town right into a record deal (or publishing deal). However, it’s incredibly rare – like hitting the lottery and getting eaten by a great white shark the same day. … [more]

How To Be a Better Co-writer

If you’re in Nashville, it’s pretty rare to not co-write at all – odds are, you’re going to be doing at least a little of it. Here are some ways you can improve your skills as a co-writer (and believe me, it is a skill)!… [more]

Critiquing the Critiques

The most surefire way to know if a song is ready is to get the opinions of some industry pros – or at the very least, someone you respect. You can completely skip this process, of course – but if you do, you may find that you spend thousands on a killer demo of a song that could have been a lot better.… [more]

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