Music Business

10 Reasons No One Listens to Advice

10 Reasons No One Listens to Advice

Musicians are constantly bombarded with advice. Granted, a lot of advice isn’t that helpful, but some could completely change the trajectory of a musician’s career. 


So why do we suck so much at listening to good advice from others? I have 10 reasons I think keeps us from integrating great advice into our careers:

Guest Post: 7 Tips For Getting Hired In A Band

Guest Post: 7 Tips For Getting Hired In A Band

This week I'm excited to have my friend and fellow Nashville musician DJ Phillips write about what he looks for when hiring pro musicians for his cover band, The Downtown Band.

DJ is someone I admire not just for his quick wit, crazy guitar chops and robust business sense, but also for his uncanny ability to hire and retain top level music talent in a town where it's difficult to hire top talent. My first gig with the band was subbing in for their keyboardist who was currently on tour with Brett Eldridge, and most of the musicians in the group are playing or have played with major acts during their careers. With over 100+ top level musicians in rotation, I don't know anyone better at identifying and hiring successful musicians. 

I Never Do This, But. . . 

I Never Do This, But. . . 

A few week’s ago I played keys on an absolutely awesome album with my friend Joe. Joe is part of a duo called “A Thousand Miles” that released a hit music video dedicated to first responders everywhere. They took a huge leap of faith and recorded a full length album at one of the best recording studios in Nashville, and now they’re running a kickstarter campaign to try to fund the album.

3 Tips For Insecure Session Players

3 Tips For Insecure Session Players

As a lot of you know it’s been a busy month here (I’ll be writing a blog about it soon) and one of the things I’ve been struggling with has been feeling insecure. In the last month I’ve played with some incredible players and amazing producers, and I’ve felt a little intimidated by the talent level. 

7 Ways To Get Connected With Your Music Community

7 Ways To Get Connected With Your Music Community

Most of the really successful musicians I know are gifted at making meaningful connections with other musicians. Not only is it fun to hang out with like-minded musicians, it’s vital to long term career stability (if there’s such a thing in the music industry). Here are 7 ways to get plugged into your local music scene: 

5 Ways Fasting Can Improve Your Music Life

5 Ways Fasting Can Improve Your Music Life

For the last four months I’ve been experimenting with fasting, mostly for health reasons. I’ve been trying to fast starting Sunday nights and ending my fast on Tuesday at lunch, and every 3 months I go for a longer 4-5 day fast. As usual, Tim Ferriss turned me on to this in his podcast (click here to listen to it) but I’ve been surprised at some of the benefits for musicians that I didn’t expect. Health benefits aside, here’s my top 5 things fasting does for your music career that nothing else can: