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Finding Your Magic Onstage

Before I was a Live Music Producer, I worked in a recording studio for six years.  Every kind of artist came into the studio.  Each of them was unique and intent on making a great, original record.  But, I noticed that conceptually, (and paradoxically), all great records were the same.  They had great songs, great […]

Onstage Challenges for Singer/Songwriters

Singer/songwriters have their own set of challenges when it comes to their live show. They are usually stuck behind a microphone and an instrument, and if they’re not in a duo, they have no one to interact with onstage. If you’re a singer/songwriter, you know what I’m talking about. Despite these challenges, there are performance techniques […]

Taking Control of the Stage – Beginning with Confidence

This year I’ve been traveling all across the US and Canada and have talked with many artists.  Some of them invited me to see their shows, so when time allowed, I did. If these artists were confident, I’d be impressed.  Well-l-l… don’t get me wrong… they were all good!  But I didn’t see anyone take control […]

Would You Like Fries With That?

I really want you all to succeed!  I want to help you to the best of my ability.  As they say in the south, “I’m not the sharpest tool in the shed.”….but, one thing I do have, it’s perspective on the live show.  I’ve worked with probably between three and four hundred artists during my […]

Give Your Audience What They Came For

I want to give my audience what they came for! As musicians, we assume the audience is there to hear some good music.  We have some great music and songs for them and some cool lyrical things going on.  In one song there’s an awesome bass lick, and in another song the lead guitar is stellar. […]

Your Success is Important to Me!

As we say here in the south, “I’m not the sharpest tool in the shed”.  But, one thing I have is perspective.   I’ve worked with hundreds of artists over the years and taught at workshops around the world.   My expertise is the live show.  I’ve seen the struggles artists have with their careers […]

Is Your Show a Sitcom or a Movie?

Some of you may have heard me talk about the difference between your record and your live show being like the difference between a sitcom and a movie.   I’d like to expand on that concept. I have recently been at workshops with about 100 artists and bands.  Most of the artists and bands are good. […]

You and Your Music Should Be Unique!

You are an original. Admit it, you are! There is no one like you, and you want people to know that. As an artist it is key to your long lasting success to be able to communicate that. Your recordings, show, website – everything needs to reflect that. So how do you do it from onstage?

More Than a Set List

Most artists call it their set list.  And for most artists it involves putting your songs in some kind of order – fast, fast, slow, fast, slow, etc… But, that’s not the best way to do it if you want to have a successful live show every time you perform! To me, it’s not the […]

Applause Cycles: Build the Momentum, Don’t Kill It

If you knew there was something you could do from the stage to help build momentum in the room, would you do it? I’m guessing you would. And if I told you there was something you might be doing from stage that was killing the momentum every time, would you stop doing it? Of course! […]