Posts by tze019

The Cost of an E.P. or Album???

Posted by on Jul 30, 2015 in How To's, Intrductions, Recording, Studio Advice | Comments Off

I receive a lot of emails asking about how much it should cost to make an E.P. or an Album, yet most of those emails aren’t ever certain about much more details beyond the question. I recently responded to one of those emails with a pretty simple breakdown of the details needed to figure out the cost, so I thought I’d post it here to help everyone think through the process. Thanks so much for the email, XXXXXXXX. You’re right in thinking that a career in music requires well recorded songs available on iTunes for people to consume. I’ll try to touch on everything a little bit,...

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Teamwork Matters

Posted by on Oct 21, 2014 in Intrductions, Thoughts | Comments Off

Those of you who’ve worked with me in the studio know how passionate I am about the pursuit of music as a career. I believe that not only is it even more attainable through today’s music scene than ever before, but it is sustainable too. With that in mind, I want to write a little today about a key factor in attaining and sustaining that career. “Win as a Team, Lose as a Team” Some of us push forward, solo like Nigel Tufnel on stage with a guitar around his neck, a violin in one hand, and another guitar within kicking distance to strum with his shoe…  It’s...

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A Lesson in Perseverance

Posted by on Jun 26, 2014 in Stories, Studio Advice, Thoughts | Comments Off

Let’s be perfectly frank here; the music business is rough. It is an industry filled with ego, pride, passion, and little patience. Add to all that, most music/artistic types have NO IDEA what it means to “do business,” so frustration and negativity fill every music “scene” in every city. Expectations are high but commitment is low. Resentment grows towards others who have a modicum of success. All in all, this laundry basket needs some fresh air! Success in the music business is defined in many different ways. Today, I’d like to define success as...

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Song Demo Advice

Posted by on Dec 3, 2013 in Intrductions, Marketing, Studio Advice, Thoughts | Comments Off

I read a lot of music blogs, or rather, music production blogs, and I stumbled on a post this morning over at Music Clout by guest poster (and producer) Johnny Dwinell. This one is specifically for songwriters demoing their songs for other artists, and Johnny provided a very candid “producer’s” perspective. 10 Worst Song Demo Mistakes Just incase you didn’t want to surf over there, here’s a quick summary of what he was talking about. Long Intros…. Don’t do it.  The demo isn’t about the intro, it’s about the song, the story, the melody....

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The “Nudge Nudge” to Success

Posted by on Oct 4, 2013 in Thoughts | Comments Off

Most of the songwriters and musicians I have the opportunity to work with dream pretty big about where their music can take them. Some are more grounded, others already think they’re there, yet for the most part I spend my days working with dreams instead of goals. My mother is a recently successful author, getting ready to release her second full length novel called “Terms of Surrender” (check it out at her website When I was younger, though, she was anything but successful.  HOWEVER!!!  On the wall right above eye level at her desk, she had a...

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