Stay In Tune

In Tune Tuning Fork

 They say that one really can’t be successful until they get their mind, body, and spirit “in tune”. What does that mean exactly? If an instrument is not in tune it is displeasing to the ear. Hell, it evokes hostility in Kelly and me. It induces uncomfortable feelings of dis-ease and horror, plugging of the…

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Fearless Production and Marketing

Fearless Production fate loves the fearless

I really want to share something with y’all.  It may sound a bit self-serving but I’m thinking of you (as always) so read through to the end…you’ll get it.  Here’s the deal, I’m super excited today. Kelly Schoenfeld and I were chosen to develop an artist who has really got the gift.  This artist’s vocal…

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Creativity Is NOT a Talent

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My good friend Wade Sutton sent me a link to a video of the amazing John Cleese (from the Monty Python comedic team) giving a speech on creativity.  I was blown away.  The video is 36 minutes but I highly recommend watching it because it’s worth it. I thought an article on some creative exercises…

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Quit Being Derivative

Derivatives Mona Lisa Selfie

I get about 3-8 emails every week where people send me music and ask for advice.  These artists come from many different genres.  I’m generalizing to be sure when I say they mostly suffer from the same issue, they’re derivative. They’re mostly derivative, right? Don’t be derivative. Look, don’t get me wrong, if a derivative…

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Get Comfortable With Uncomfortable

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In our podcast episode entitled “What Is Producing”, Kelly and I discuss the many hats we find ourselves wearing as artist developers.  One hat is that of a psychologist to our artists and writers. Artists are, and should be, constantly uncomfortable. They need guidance, assurance, a friend, a shoulder to cry on, a champion, a…

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12 Thoughts On Un-Professional Songwriters

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By Johnny Dwinell I was having coffee yesterday at The Red Bicycle in Germantown (holy crap their crepes are AH-MAZING) with an artist writer friend.  We got involved in a passionate discussion about song demos and some different perspectives to consider before recording and pitching them. We were discussing what it means and what it…

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4 Career Team Building Tips

Team Together Everyone Achieves More

By Johnny Dwinell I entertain so many conversations from artists and songwriters about how difficult it is to build a team and break into the music business. They go on and on about how much they want it, how much they need it, how they were born to do it, and then, ultimately, how they’re…

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The Impeccable Artist

Impeccable craftsman musical instrument

By Johnny Dwinell Art is a craft and as a craft, I realize that there are 2 kinds of craftsmen.  Some are born with the innate ability to rise above all else with their art; they’re supremely gifted.  Most are born with the love and fascination for a particular art form and choose to follow…

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Your Artistic Journey

Artistic Journey Your Journey Begins Now

  By Johnny Dwinell I’m always thinking about artists.  An artist’s success is quite literally paramount to our success at Daredevil Production, LLC. Last night I was watching Howard Stern’s movie, “Private Parts”, for the umpteenth time but with a whole new set of eyes; artistic eyes. It turns out this movie is an awesome…

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A True Artist

Artist Ghandi Quote Feature Image

By Johnny Dwinell Every day I think that if Daredevil Production, LLC is going to make a dent in the Universe with new music we need more true artists.  Thank God the new music industry is all about true artists!   A true artist cares about the work A true artist is interested in and…

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