Mike is a songwriter, performer and composer. He's on the blog to talk about building a career in music and earning money as a musician. I think it's fascinating to hear from someone who has experienced both the 'old' industry and the digital age.
Lindsey is an artist development and business consultant. She has a wealth of knowledge, having worked with signed and unsigned musicians. I spoke with Lindsey about her full-time music career, and how YOU can get there too.
Life as a Full-Time Musician: Q&A with Lindsey Kirkendall
If procrastination were my profession, I'd be a billionaire. I don't want this to be the case, so I'm taking time management seriously.
I struggle to implement most time management tips I read about. I don't like routine. @mojosarmy put it perfectly in a Twitter chat: "I hate being micromanaged, even if I'm the one doing the micromanaging!"
Six Productivity Hacks... For People Who Suck at Time Management!
In the US, the music industry thrives in Nashville and LA. In the UK, it's London (and to a lesser extent, Brighton and Bristol.) Although vibrant music scenes exist outside these cities, it can be argued you're at a disadvantage being based elsewhere.
Five Ways to Grow Your Music Career... Even if You Don't Live in London, LA or Nashville
I have always worked as a lyricist (writing lyrics for other songwriters) but until recently, I also had another business. In April, I made the decision to close the second business. This was mainly because I wasn’t happy anymore. I also wanted to focus more time on my music related work.
Since making this decision, I’ve experienced severe self-doubt.
The inspiration for this article came from Rorie Kelly’s (@roriekelly) 2016 post on what musicians can learn from Pokémon Go. I’ve never played Pokémon Go. For me, a game is for relaxing at home in your pyjamas. I don’t see the point – not if it involves actually going outside!
This is why I love Sims FreePlay. Like Pokémon Go, it’s a mobile app. The aim is to put your sims through hard labour to build a town – completing quests and enjoying their relationship drama along the way.
Five Ways Creatives Can Learn From The Sims FreePlay...
There is something we can all agree on. Copyright law - and knowing how to protect your work - gives many musicians a headache! But it’s okay…
I am swooping in (wearing my proverbial cape with an S on the front.) But I can’t take much credit. The wealth of knowledge in this article comes from my two expert guests. I spoke to lawyer and musician Michael McLaughlin (@halfdogmusic), and indie biz coach Don Harrison (@realDCHarrison.)