Are You Failing or Conceited?

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A reporter came and asked Thomas Edison, “How many times are you going to fail at creating the light bulb?” Mr. Edison replied, “Son, I haven’t failed! I’ve simply discovered another way not to invent the light bulb!” Are You Failing or Conceited? “Failure is really a matter of conceit. People don’t work hard because,…

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Are You A Sellout?

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By Johnny Dwinell What is the tribal dynamic that we encounter when other artists and purists admire a great artist (and for that matter great art) upon discovery and reject them (or at least get sour) after the work ascends into the stratosphere of pop culture and begins making pant-loads of money? Should You Sellout?…

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What Is The Best Predictor Of Success?

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By Johnny Dwinell   Answer:  True Grit For months now I have been telling y’all that you should be reading the Lefsetz Letter.  Bottom line, if you’re in the music business, Bob Lefsetz always provides and intelligent perspective for indie artists backed up by real data.  I REALLY want to share this blog that Lefsetz…

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How To Successfully Produce Yourself

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By Johnny Dwinell Ok, ready for the answer?? YOU DON’T. At least most of you don’t and shouldn’t. Why would you produce yourself? Money? Huh? I mean would you home school yourself for college to save money and claim you’re an economics major? Then go forth unto the economics world with a “home spun” degree…

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Professional Artists Don’t…

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By Johnny Dwinell Professionals Artists Don’t – Talk about being professional because they are. Professionals Artists Don’t – Procrastinate Professionals Artists Don’t – Let life get in the way of their mission Professionals Artists Don’t – Make excuses as to why they can’t be professional. Professionals Artists Don’t – Have to win every creative debate/argument,…

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20 Worst Indie Artist Mistakes

20 Worst Indie Artist Mistakes

By Johnny Dwinell In my job, I get to speak with many indie artists who are at different points in their journey.  They consistently make these common major mistakes.  Changing your approach will change your career.  I made this personal to drive the message home   Here are the 20 worst indie artist mistakes! Your…

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5 Simple Music Marketing Tactics

Music Marketing Tactics

By Johnny Dwinell  In my last blog I really dug into the difference between distribution and marketing because I have had way too many conversations with artists who feel they are marketing their music by having it on iTunes, Spotify, Pandora, their website, etc.   Once again, that is electronic distribution; that is definitely NOT marketing. …

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How to Avoid Artistically Starving to Death

Artistically Starving To Death

I have amazing conversations with artists and songwriters every day; I love my job.  Some of those conversations are with beginners, some with intermediate artists, and some are with professional indie artists whose careers are well on their way.  I have to say with the exception of the pro artists, the beginners and intermediates suffer…

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What if the Label Says YES?

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So Kelly and I are at a private party with Anthony Orio & friends and we end up in a conversation over beers and cigars about artist development and the damage that happens when artists and/or songwriters get their lucky break too early.  What if you get the opportunity of a lifetime to take a…

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6 Songwriter Business Strategies

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By Johnny Dwinell “When the game is over, the king and the pawn go into the same box.” – Italian Proverb This can mean a lot of different things to a lot of different people. To me, in a way, it means that life is just a game and we are all relatively equal players…

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