Author Archives: Dave Tamkin

THE HORSE LATITUDES

Health  Music

These are all metaphors I’ve used to describe what inevitably happens during any large scale creative undertaking–the making a record, for instance. It’s that barren, dusty, treacherous middle expanse filled with nagging depression and gnawing self-doubt that the Muse or God or Whomever places in our path to test our faith. »

Your First Recording Session

Music

Brandon McHose talks about things to pay attention to while recording an album. Studio musicians, professional musicians, working musicians, song structure. »

Vocal Tip : Instant Fix

Lessons

Cari Cole is a vocal coach and artist development expert who has worked with some of the biggest names in the entertainment business. »

4 Steps to Film and TV Placement

Advertising  Money

By Helen Austin : Place your music on TV and Film. Find the right Publisher to help sell and pitch your music. Always network Sonicbids, Taxi, Broadjam, and YouLicense »

Making Great Impressions

Advertising  Lessons

Once you announce to the world that you are ‘open for business’, like it or not you invite scrutiny by fans, the press, entertainment buyers, other artists and everyone else. The following tips will insure that you develop a strong and positive reputation. »

Surviving and Staying Sane on Tour:

Touring

As a touring band making a name for ourselves across the country, we’ve definitely seen our fair share of ups and downs. Hopefully some of these tips can both spare hardships as well as provide insight on how to survive the road: »

Your Music is Your Product, Believe in It

Music

Derek Sivers, CEO of CDBaby.com said, in so many words, the first thing someone will do after they hear your music or band name is forget who you are. This was both obvious and subtle to me. So many artists today are so worried about “selling out” that they don’t put themselves out there. »

On the Importance of Balance

Health

It’s a lot of hard work, but life doesn’t quite have to be that way. You can have a productive, healthy life and still have time and money to develop your art. I’ve found it very important to work out a good balance through every aspect of your life and art. »

10 Habits to Make Music Your Living

Resources

The following list highlights 10 habits you should develop if you want to make a consistent living from your music. I can honestly say that these habits are the habits of successful musicians I have known and admired: »

How to be Successful as an Independent Musician

Lessons  Music

How to be Successful as an Independent Musician By Nick Venturella Decide what your definition of success is To have any success in music, or anything in life, you have to have an understanding of what success looks like for … »