January 24, 2018

This was originally a comment I left in one of the songwriting groups but I thought I'd turn it into a quick blog.

Ok, after reading at least 1,345,677,853,576,643 comments in these groups I am going to explode if I don't say this lol.

I keep hearing a lot of people in the songwriting groups referring to pop music in a very negative way. It's as if they are stripping any amount of musical credibility from the whole genre.

This is both funny and kinda stupid.

I see these "real musicians", "music purists" and various other categories of songwriter saying things like "a strong and catchy chorus only applied to pop music", "verse/chorus/verse/chorus/bridge/chorus/chorus structure only applies to pop music", "length of song only matters if you're writing pop music".

I say ....... What in the world....

Pop music is only called Pop music because is appeals to mass/wide audiences and is POPular. It sells to very large groups of people.

What songwriter with their head on straight wants to write a no...

January 23, 2018

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January 22, 2018


I am approached by upcoming, as well as very experienced and established, music producers/engineers on almost a daily basis and 9 times out of 10 the question is asked 

"How do I get a producer or engineer to pay me to work on their material?".

They have tried everything from annoying them to death with "hey check out my latest mix" to working for free and everything in between. It's obvious THAT DOESN'T WORK but seems obviously not obvious to so many people.

I've been in the music business a long time and I started out with the same obstacles and questions you may have. I learned the hard way. 

It's my hope and mission that YOU don't have to learn the hard way.

You probably Google nonstop forums,groups and other places you can "promote" your producing or mixing services. So, you've probably joined a million Facebook groups, Reddit subs and music sites. It's likely you don't even know all of them you've joined. 

Your purpose is probably two-fold;

One, to promote yourself.
Two; to learn some...

January 21, 2018

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January 20, 2018

I'll cut right to the chase. Your song will have a far greater chance at success if you hire a professional music producer to produce it like a hit record. If you are unable to do that, are stubborn or just a hermit who never leaves your home you can do it at home.

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January 18, 2018

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January 18, 2018

This is a question I received today.

             "I tend to write very linear, with the same beat and bassline all the way through. Then I add dynamics on top of that. What tips do you have when it comes to finding and writing a hook?

Hi, I can give you a bit of helpful advice regarding your question but first... That is one creepy video lol. Anyway, if you can write more than one song then you have what it takes to write a great chorus/hook for one. 

Try this to get you out of the linear rut. 

Just write two different songs about the same subject. Heck, use the same words, key and tempo but make them completely different from each other. Then pick the verse from one and the chorus from the other. 

Then a great song usually needs a great bridge. So, guess how to get started writing killer bridges.... Yup... Three songs lol.

It works. You won't have to do that very long before it "clicks" and you are on your way to writing with great arrangement and structure. Hope this helps.  

As always, I'...

January 18, 2018

From time to time I find myself working in my studio in Memphis, Tn and while doing what I do everyday (producing, recording and writing music for clients and myself) I think "hey, I should blog this little tip when I get a chance. It may help somebody". 

Well, instead of waiting until I have time to make an in-depth post I decided to do these little quick but valuable Quick Tips whenever I have the thought.

Today's Tip...
When a melody, lyric idea or rythm idea pops in your head record it into your cellphone RIGHT THEN no matter what your doing or where you are. Those snippets can later become your first or next charting single. If you forget it then it could become someone else's next single. 

Leave a comment if you like this post or hate it. Either way it's all good! I'm happy to try to answer any questions you have.  

January 11, 2018

Musicians, Singers, Songwriters and Producers:

Aren't you tired of just blending in?

Oh, "My band, my music, my album is unique. There's nothing else like it" , you say?

I say BULL. That is a big stinky pile of BULL POOP.

If that were true you would stand out and be successful.

Hey, it's probably not your fault that you don't stand out and that your music gets no sales or attention.

I have found that 9 times out of 10 it is because you don't know how to produce your music.

You probably thought going to a nice popular studio, paying by the hour and having a pro record you would give you a commercially viable recording, meaning a recording that would kick doors open for you and sell.

THAT does not work at all.

Firstly, the studio equipment is a very small factor in a hit record. Do you need good gear? Of course, but it is literally one tenth of what you need.

Secondly, the guy pushing all of those buttons on all of that shiny studio gear is most likely not qualified to "produce" a pro record....

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