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I Don’t Want to be Interesting

I just got off my Facebook. One of the comments I received said “saw you at Immerse…” (an event I just taught in Nashville) “…very interesting.”

My mind always goes a million ways when I read something like that. I’m glad someone saw me, and I certainly am glad I held their interest. I even appreciate that they found me on Facebook and thought enough of my class to comment!

But I’ve realized, I don’t want to be “interesting,” entertaining, or even fun for singers, bands, and musicians! At least that’s not my #1 priority. What I want to be is eye-opening and inspiring to them so they’ll investigate the principles I teach in my Live Music Methods!

I try not to blow my own horn in these blogs. But at the events where I teach, I constantly have people coming up to me and saying they got my DVDs or invested in a rehearsal day with one of my associates, and that it’s made a huge difference in their live show.

I have never, never (did I say “never?”) seen these principles not work when an artist learns and uses them. They aren’t rocket science. But if you are going to be a success at what you’re called to do in this music business, you need to apply them to your show.

Listen to some artists’ reactions after my class at this Nashville event (and pay special attention to the last artist on the video who toured in Germany):

Anne Rowland’s testimony about my Bootcamp IS why I do this! She is just one of dozens of artists who have come up to me in the last few weeks and said the teaching, the DVDs, the bootcamps…they’ve all been profitable.

When artists study my Live Music Methods and take the time and energy to apply them to their show, the results are: they are more effective, they get more gigs, their message gets across, there’s more excitement around them, there are more people wanting to help them, and they sell more merch.

The Quotes we have on our website aren’t from people we cajole into giving us a comment. Almost every one is unsolicited thanks from artists who have experienced the difference my Live Music Methods can make in a show.

We have a couple of workshops coming up in Nashville: a Bootcamp on October 1 and 2, and an Intensive Workshop on October 8 and 9. I highly recommend you come and learn.

I promise…it will be more than interesting!

Tom Jackson

Tom is uniquely talented and skilled at transforming an artist's live show into a magical experience for the audience; helping artists at every level create a live show that is engaging and memorable, teaching them to exceed their audiences' expectations and to create fans for life. Tom has taught indie and major artists of every genre. He has worked with Taylor Swift, Le Crae, Home Free, The Tenors, Shawn Mendes, The Band Perry, Francesca Battistelli, Jars of Clay, & many more. Tom also teaches at colleges, conferences and events worldwide.

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  1. Hey, Tom. I had lots of friends who attended your workshops at Immerse. The words I kept hearing were: amazing, awesome, mind-blowing and so on. Just wanted you to know that you made a huge impact at the conference. I am truly interested in getting your series when I am ready for the stage. I think you’ve got a great thing going. One of the guys I talked to said that after your worked with one of the bands, you made some slight changes that made ALL the difference. They didn’t look or sounds the same, I was told. Great job and keep doing what you’re doing. I’m sure that person who found you on FB just needed to expand their vocabulary. Perhaps “interesting” means “fabulous” to them! Haha…

  2. What continues to amaze me is many artist can’t figure out why their careers aren’t moving forward in gaining more True Blue Fans; getting more bookings; and selling more merchandise.
    They will invest money in just about everything except learning how to connect with fans while on stage and creating memorable moments for their audiences.
    Tom Jackson’s principals work when perfected, practice, and applied. I highly recommend him and Amy Wolter. Most folks say they can’t afford to attend his workshops or pay for one on one counseling. If you and your band really want to take that next step, find a way to buy his material or attend one of his or Amy’s workshops.
    I have often said, I feel the benefits an artist gains from his services is much more important than the recording a CD.
    Attend his workshops and buy his material. And, NO, I was not paid to say this….thanks.

  3. Hey Tom, interesting is an understatement, if anyone finds these interesting they’re not listening , or they think that they’ve already got it all together.
    We have attended a boot camp and in 2 days I saw transformations in artists presentations that were simple,effective and amazing.
    This was not rocket science,but intelligent observation and instruction
    We are coming back in October to take part in the intensive workshop. There is a big need for this instruction in the music industry, and Tom is it.

  4. A reply to JC: I agree with what you say, but I had the opportunity to see a demonstration.
    At an Indie Connect luncheon Amy Walter (one of Tom’s associates) did an hour-long demonstration of what they do in the workshops. She started by having a member of our group play an original song as he would on stage. She then worked with him, suggesting changes in presentation, guitar strumming, stage movements, mic techniques, etc. He then played the song through using those techniques and the difference in presentation, from just an hour workshop, was amazing.
    From this demonstration it was easy to imagine how your show would be transformed after working for a day or more with a coach like Amy or Tom.
    As a result, I’m a believer.
    – Chip

  5. JC Harris says:

    I have an ongoing interest in your services and read your posts with interest. However, I have not pulled the trigger and I guess it’s because -every- post is almost all a bit too ‘I -will- help you’ but without any specific examples of how you help or what you do. IOW… I think you’d attract more skeptical people such as myself if you actually gave away -something- concrete to demonstrate your bona fides. Do you have anything to prove to a no-name like -me- with all yer famous credits? No. But still… it’s good to have an idea of what to expect and frankly, when I read your materials is almost all ‘It’s great!’ as opposed to being informative.

    Just my 2p


    • JC, let me give you a brief answer about what I do: I do for the live show what the record producer does in the studio for the recording.
      It’s impossible to give you specific details, because it’s different for each artist we work with and for each song the artist does! But, for instance: we help you decide which songs you should do in your show, and in what order, so that you can create the most memorable concert possible for your audience. For many songs in your set list, we rearrange them for a live show. We may extend some parts of the song, and shorten others. We’ll help you decide which songs you should be sitting on a stool for, and which ones you should be behind a mic stand for, and which ones should be done with a mic in your hand. We’ll teach you verbal skills, and show you how to rehearse transitions and allow for spontaneity.
      Some of our past blogs give specific advice for artists, like what a rehearsal should include, or they’ll give you an idea of what Live Music Methods we’ll be teaching at a bootcamp.
      I’d like to keep an open dialogue on this until you get your questions answered! Watch for my blog next Tuesday, and I’ll address this some more. Until then, thanks for your comment! Tom

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