I teach all over the world, and besides coming home with 100s of CDs, I constantly get asked to watch the artist perform at the event where I am. But I can’t.
For example, New Music Seminar (where in 1984 I saw Madonna, They Might Be Giants, and Shawn Colvin) has about 1500 artists attending. I see 2 or 3 of those bands. At Canadian Music Week, because of meetings and teaching schedule, I might get out to see 2 or 3 of the 600 artists who are there.
But I figured out a way to solve the problem so I can see and hear more artists! If you want me to see you perform, come to my Bootcamp. Perform for me and a few other industry people. Let me see what you’ve really got!
Can I be bold? We get dozens of questions a week – how do I construct a set list, how can I be more confident onstage, how do I create the moments you’re talking about on your DVDs, how do I make music my career? You need to come to the Bootcamp and get those questions answered.
Our workshop alumni have gone on to open for major tours like Winter Jam (audiences of 10,000 a night), received standing ovations on European tours, signed to record labels, and recorded with Grammy winning producers!
You found it important enough to record a CD, create a website, and buy equipment – you need to invest in this part of your career, too.
In this New Music industry, your live show is critical to your success. At the New Music Seminar in New York City, I was on a panel with Little Steven (Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band), Just Blaze (record producer), and Billboard editor Bill Werde.
Our panel discussed the live performance and differentiating yourself from others. Just Blaze said “if you don’t have a tight stage show…you might as well give it up!” Watch this video and listen to Little Steven’s thoughts about the prioritization of the live show, and how Bill Werde says it all comes back to “differentiation:”
Tom Silverman (New Music Seminar and TommY BoY: Everlast, Queen Latifah, De La Soul), said “As the music business shifts importance from records to live shows, Tom Jackson’s no-nonsense, spot-on live performance advice is no longer optional…it is mandatory. Seeing a performance from the point of view of a non-fan with the objective of turning them into real fans is the genius of Tom Jackson.”
If you come to the Bootcamp and feel like we haven’t exceeded your expectations, I’ll give your money back.
I don’t need you to be there for me – I have enough work around the world to keep me busy. But I want to help you. So come and show me whatcha got!