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Why Cold Pitch Emails Are The Bane Of Your Marketing & Don’t Work At All

I’ve got some tough love to give you. Being good at relationship building is about being genuine and not ruining connection opportunities. Here’s the hard truth: cold email pitches are absolute shit. If you’ve sent one in the past week (or even the past year), stop it. Right now! Are you frustrated with trying to …

Dance To The Tune Of Your Super Fans With Carlos Castillo

“I’m just a music super fan who likes to dress up in silly clothes and dance.” That’s not only a great line from my good buddy, fellow musician coach, platform leader and hero, it’s who he is. It’s who Carlos Castillo is that makes him a dynamic leader in the music space. There are a …

Success In Music & Business Is In The Knowing Relationship

Success In Music & Business Is In The Knowing Relationship

The music industry is just like any business. It’s relationship driven. Go to Hollywood and the people who continue to grow and land new opportunities are the ones utilizing their relationship connections. The tech world is the same. So are most business industries. The knowing is where the secret sauce of success is. Why then …

Why Culture Determines Your Growth & Success

Why Culture Determines Your Growth & Success

  There are so many areas in our world that we blame our culture on. The perpetual violence in the US, especially in places where children or minorities are the victims, leads to division among our own people. When we look deeper into the causes of these problems, a destructive culture is at the root. …

If The Internet Broke Today Would You Survive?

Previously I talked about the cattle herding going on in the digital space of online marketing. The cattle drive is an analogy of following trends that internet marketing (so-called) experts are purposing on everyone who spends their energy online trying to grow their business. Projects are endless in number. The pursuit of metrics through numbers …

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Warning Signs You May Be Taking Yourself Too Seriously

Sometimes the best way to see problems with yourself is to watch someone else act exactly like you do. The behaviors of other people doing just what you do should cause you to pause, reflect, and go “Don’t I do the exact same thing? Oh, that’s gotta change!” I say this because I’m guilty of …

Why Friends Can Ask For Gold But Strangers Can’t

Why Friends Can Ask For Gold But Strangers Can’t

 “Check out my new song!”  How many times have I read that line? Too many. And the people asking me to do this are complete strangers. Why should I? I sound like a jerk, don’t I? Forgive me. But here’s something you need to consider before you post a “Check out my (whatever you want …

Michael Brandvold On The DIY Artist Route Podcast

Michael Brandvold On The DIY Artist Route Podcast

I was captivated by the title “Michael Brandvold shares 25 lessons he learned working with KISS.” Reading his short Ebook (free on his website) and then hearing his Music Biz Weekly podcast, I was intrigued. “I have to have this guy on the DIY Artist Route Podcast,” I said to myself. Here we are. Michael …

Why We’re Already In The Zombie Apocalypse

Why We’re Already In The Zombie Apocalypse

You have a band and a fan base that is supportive of your music. Excellent. But you hear news and industry reports that music sales are down, that music streaming is rising and that more and more people are consuming music yet not buying it. We’re already living in the zombie apocalypse. The Walking Dead …

Bird Thomas On The DIY Artist Route Podcast

Bird Thomas On The DIY Artist Route Podcast

The DIY Artist Route Podcast continues on in 2016 and I’m so excited to present this conversation with you. Bird Thomas is one of my dearest friends who also embodies strengths that I am inspired by regarding connecting with people. To put it simply, Bird is a very uncommon person. You can generally tell when …