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How To Deal With A Difficult Band Member

This problem sucks! Nobody wants to be in a band where the one guy doesn’t pull his own weight. It’s an uncomfortable feeling and unfair when the leader constantly needs to pacify every situation in order to keep the peace. So what do you do? How do you deal with Johnny Appleseed when his own ego and personal agenda keep him from being loyal to...
 
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Summer is the Time to Read - Book Reviews by Robert Kinsler

With summer in full swing, now is a good chance to spend some quality time reading some great new music books available in stores and online. Title: Guitar Player: The Inside Story of the First Two Decades of the Most Successful Guitar Player Magazine Ever. Authors: Edited by Jim Crockett with Dara Crockett. Publisher: Backbeat Books...
 
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Basic Legal Tips for Record Producers

These days the music business, particularly the pop and urban markets, is producer-driven more so than ever before. Producers not only help capture the sound in the studio and use the available technology to mold it to be as commercially acceptable as possible, but more and more producers are finding and discovering new talent...
 
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Peter Frampton & Cheap Trick at Fantasy Springs Casino Special Events Centre in Indio, CA

As we sat in our seats taking in the recent Peter Frampton / Cheap Trick show at the Fantasy Springs Casino Special Events Centre in Indio, it occurred to me that the Coachella Valley has quite possibly begun to give the mighty metropolis of Los Angeles a run for its money as the Entertainment Epicenter of Southern California. To wit: the biggest, most important rock festival in the business takes place...
 
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Cyber PR Social Media Food Pyramid

This is one of my most popular articles – It is included in my book and with social media growing at such a rapid pace, I decided it was a good idea to revisit my social media food pyramid and update it for 2015. It happens to me all of the time when I teach social media. Faces go blank, frustration begins to settle in and then I hear: “I just don’t have anything interesting to...
 
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Our Obsession With Kid Drummers

There’s something about a mini human playing a drum. It doesn’t matter whether they’re bashing away to Avenged Sevenfold, Offenbach or the Foo Fighters, people really seem to get their kicks watching a kid pick up the sticks (sorry). But what is it about a child hitting a drum kit that is so endlessly fascinating to us? Why does little Avery Molek manage to draw almost 3 and a half million YouTube hits for playing...
 
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Guitarists Have the Best Brain Chemistry and Science Can Prove It

Guitarists have always been known to baffle people. It’s an amazing skill that might seem out of reach to some people (as with any discernible skill sets that many people have). Take Hendrix as the classic example. The man did things with a guitar that seemed impossible, playing with such fiery determination and uninhibited freedom that still blows minds today...
 
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Cognac Blues Fest in Cognac, France

Cognac Blues Passions is easily one of France's most important annual blues events. In many eyes, the premiere event in the country. This year, the 22nd, opened at Jarnac with a storming set from leading young US bluesman Selwyn Birchwood and his band. Birchwood pretty well swept the board back in 2013 at the IBA in Memphis where he picked up the ...
 
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The Vernons Rock The World Bar in Sydney, Australia

Unimaginably seductive vocals, riffs bluesy enough to keep your mind subtly wondering, bass deep enough and hair sexy enough to tear through the entire psyche, and timing on point enough to give the band a solid heartbeat. It’s clear that The Vernons are a band so humbly superior, and so impressively beyond their years, that their second show in Sydney for...
 
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Beth Hart Burns Down the 'Burgh

Beth Hart is one of those gifted singers that draws immediate comparisons to some of the greatest of all time like Janis Joplin and Aretha Franklin. She is a Grammy nominee. And you’ve probably never heard of her. Such is the peril of truly gifted artists in today’s musical landscape. The notoriety she has garnered is from a very specific...
 
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The Music Streaming War and You

Remember Napster? It was such a strange experience when it first came out. You’d spent most of your childhood listening to whatever tacky CDs your parents were into or my grand parents’ much cooler Pink Floyd vinyl collection. But downloading music form the internet? This was a whole new frontier all together. It was all sitting there in a folder on the desktop, hours and hours...
 
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Four Unexpected Benefits of a Professional Song Critique

As a part of my work with new songwriters, I spend a decent amount of time consulting with them about their songs. One thing that I’ve noticed is that there’s a tendency for new songwriters to look at critiques as a direct means of making their critiqued song “better.” However, it’s my belief that even - or especially - if you don’t agree with any or all of the suggestions, there...
 
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How to Give a Good Interview

A music publicist breaks down seven basic tips to help you stay focused and confident and help you learn how to give a good interview to media or radio. how to give a good interviewAs a music publicist, I’ve worked with a lot of bands and musical acts, from many different levels of success. In more than a few cases, I’d say the artist’s interview skills could...
 
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Are Lyrics Getting Dumber or Is It the Audience?

The argument is always the same. As time passes by we’re getting lazier, slower, fatter and more stupid. Our attention spans are shortening and our ability to retain information is dwindling. Everyone wants to point the finger at the media, smart devices and the internet. Are these the demons that are turning our brains to mush? Or could it be something...
 
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Four Reasons Why Every Songwriter Should Visit Nashville

For any songwriter interested in furthering their professional career, the “industry towns” that come to mind are New York, Los Angeles and Nashville. The reason Nashville stands apart in my mind is that while New York and Los Angeles have a high concentration of songwriters, they also happen to have a high concentration of many, many different art ...
 
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