Author Archives: Dave Tamkin

LESS IS MORE – Creating Your Web Presence


He (Craig Buhler) told me it flows around the philosophy that “LESS is MORE!” and not complicating what should be simple. Something I have used from that day forward. It became a “Lotus Notes” catch phrase in my programming career, and soon was used in many Banking campaigns in Southern California, where banks were trying to win you over with all of the sorted crap they could muster and throw at you, to entice you to their ranks as a new customer. »



Head Above Music would like to wish everyone a very Happy New Year. A special thanks to all the artists who contributed in the last two months, 82 articles in all. There is nothing like being able to turn to … »

2010 — The New Year / New You!!!


Lists, lists, lists . . . and daily habits ” Being great at what you do is about taking action, doing your work and “creating” your career, not waiting for someone else to make things happen or just reacting to what comes towards you”. »

Be Committed!…You’ll Never Be Famous If You Don’t Show Up!

Health  Money

So, how does your average musical genius go from penniless Pop Tart-eater to Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous? How do you move on up from mom’s garage to a deluxe apartment in the sky? What’s your first baby step on the Yellow Brick Road to fame and fortune? That’s simple…be committed! »

Money Saving Travel Tips for Touring Musicians


I use and to save money on the road. There are some inside tricks which you can google to find out. Here’s an example of what’s out there if you search around: I also like, a website which lists successful bids on priceline, by area, so you can get an idea of what hotels are actually going for on priceline. On average I pay about 50 a night (after tax) for a 2.5/3 star, and have gotten some awesome extended stay hotels for 35 a night, with a kitchen and full suite. »

Let The Music Be Your Guide

Music  Touring

“Let The Music Be Your Guide” By the gang at Errorcraft Records So you’re wandering around your place, looking at all the instruments scattered here and there, checking your band’s sites and thinking to yourself, “This is getting silly, where … »

No Such Thing as a Face For Radio

Marketing  Music

No Such Thing as a Face For Radio by Jefferson Montoya There was a time when a musician could remain unseen and still promote their sound. The music spoke for, and sold, itself. That was the time of radio and … »

My Songs, My Recording Process


I start composing by assembling the piano part which usually remains even after the song is over. I am trying to be as minimal as possible in frames of my musical style. »

Place Your Music Around the World

Music  Resources

OurStage offers artists the free opportunity to have their music heard around the world and connections with major industry players. Think of the EPK as a different cut of your OurStage profile, a souped up resume of your artistry that includes all your tracks, videos, reviews, a calendar of your upcoming gigs, and more. Best of all, once you complete your OurStage profile, most of the work to create your EPK will already been done for you. No other site has come close to offering you so much for so little. »

Marketing During the Holiday Season


As you sit by the stack of holiday greeting cards waiting to be filled out and mailed, have you ever thought about including your music in them? This is a great way of advertising your music as well as making a great gift for those who have supported you throughout the year. »