Quit Being Derivative

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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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I was reading a Bob Lefsetz blog post called “Myths” the other day and it got me thinking (btw, you should subscribe and be reading Lefsetz too) Bob’s a little negative sometimes but there is good, ACCURATE information in there. It’s free, we can never have enough education). Here are 6 additional myths I thought I…

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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

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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

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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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What Are You Doing?

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By Johnny Dwinell The last weekly article I wrote entitled 10 Reasons Not To Give Up  received a ton of response.  There was a particular reaction that was inspiring to me.  First, I thought I’d share the email with you and then we can dive into my thoughts for this week. I would love for…

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10 Reasons Not To Give Up

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By Johnny Dwinell Did you ever notice how we only see success as success?  When we are first exposed to someone successful we initially only think about their success, right? We covet a little bit. We become envious. Unless we are exposed to all the details of a personal success story, we don’t see (and…

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