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Even Without the Bells and Whistles

In every craft, to be a professional there are fundamentals that need to be learned. And as the live show becomes more and more important to an artist’s career, the fundamentals and tools of performance are becoming more and more important. You need to understand and know how to use those tools to become engaging [...]

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No Such Thing as a Small Stage


Not long ago, I was having lunch with a new acquaintance/friend from Canada who was in Nashville for a couple days. He had seen my work, told me he’d become a fan, and asked me to work with a couple of his artists. At the end of our meeting, he mentioned there were two other [...]

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Psychology and Your Audience


Although a country audience is different than a heavy metal audience, which is different than a hip hop audience, which is different than a neo-classical metal punk fusion audience, which is different than….(you get my drift!), the concepts I teach about the live show are the same for every genre. And those concepts are extremely [...]

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Your Chance to Get Onstage


Here is your opportunity to get onstage in front of the industry: managers, producers, radio promoters, booking agents, A&R, publicists, and more! You’ve been working on your music, woodshedding the fundamentals, practicing and rehearsing your live show. You are Backstage reading, watching, and learning… so let us put YOU and YOUR MUSIC in the SPOTLIGHT! [...]

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Led Zeppelin, Robert Plant, and What You Need to Learn


I recently went to a talent competition and contest. I’d been asked by a manager to check out a new up and coming teenage artist. It was a loooong night. Too long. The talent was all over the map – but no matter what genre or age the artist, each one consistently made the same [...]

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Your Songs SOUND Different – Do they LOOK Different?


As an artist, you know your songs are all different. They have different themes, different rhythms, different tones. They really don’t sound the same at all! I’m guessing they probably have different lyrics, too. Some of them are about a love you lost. Some of them are about something that makes you happy. Some of [...]

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It’s a Mistake if You’re Just Playing Songs


It is a distinct craft and art to create the “hit” song. That’s why the best producers in the world get paid extraordinary sums – to produce those hits for the artist! But even well written songs don’t necessarily become hits. If that were the case, the well crafted, lyrically clever, well arranged, tens of [...]

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Is it Live or Is it Radio?


I doubt that any of you would mistakenly go to a movie theater thinking you were going to see a 30-minute sitcom. You go to the theater expecting something quite different than what you see on prime time TV! Many of you have heard me talk about the qualities of a sitcom for TV: 22 [...]

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Thinking Rehearsal is Over Before it’s Really Over!


I’m often asked what I think the most common mistakes are that artists make in regard to their live show. I wrote about a common mistake last week, which had to do with misunderstanding what spontaneity is. And if Mistaking “Winging It” for Spontaneity is the first mistake musicians make, then the next big mistake [...]

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Mistaking “Winging It” for Spontaneity


There’s a big mistake that most artists make. I constantly run across this attitude all the time: “Dude, I’ve got to be spontaneous… I can’t rehearse my performance!” Oftentimes my reply to them is “Awesome! If you re-e-e-ally want to be spontaneous, then why don’t you make up the song right in front of the [...]

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