I really hope you enjoy the vid. Please feel free to Like, Subscribe and even use my Amazon links to buy shit and get some money in my pockets during this AMAZING Corona outbreak (I make some commission off of it 😋)
On that note, because Texas became such a hot bed for COVID-19 in the last week or so, we had our private event (Smash Mouth gig) canceled…bummer 😷
Anyway, enjoy…spread the word…and I’ll see you on the road 🙂
This video’s all about making your OWN mark on Spotify and YouTube! Indie style! Thanks to Mark Klaver for all the input on how he got 50,000 monthly listeners on Spotify and over 3 Million views on YouTube as an independent artist!
If you follow me on social media, you know I’m CONSTANTLY creating music, coming up with ideas for YouTube and a million other things.
Many times, I get asked “How do you stay so motivated?” So, I just made a video about it to explain my process. It was a fun video to make and I hope you get some motivation from it 🙂
Side note…we just passed the 500 Subs mark (woohoo!!!) and became official Amazon Affiliates. So, if you’re ever wondering how to support me in a way where you don’t have to donate money directly, this is it 🙂
When you click on any of the links in the description (of the video on youtube), even if you don’t buy THAT piece, but you continue on and buy something else, something you were going to buy anyway…I get commission from Amazon. Super simple! So, go support your local musician (that’s me) by clicking on his links 😉
Well..that’s it for now. Really hoping we start performing again soon. I need some live music in my life 🙂
Annnnnd…we’re back! Last week I took a break out of respect for the #BlackLivesMatter message and the protests. I asked my followers and viewers to take a moment and instead of watching a new video by me, educate themselves, as I was trying to do, in the matters brought up by the death of George Floyd (RIP).
But now, we’re back in business! Helping the next generation of musicians make the right choices so they can be…my competition haha.
In this is video I finally talk, in depth, about Band Agreements. I even share this example with you from my past. It’s a free PDF of my band agreement from back in the day with an awesome artists called “Shane” (not me). Me and a few other amazing writers co-wrote 17 songs for Shane’s album, got management, signed the deal… and then ended up nowhere…unfortunately.
But as I mentioned in the video, that…the eventual breaking up of that band/project was also discussed in the agreement, as you can see if you go through it. But, I’m warning you…it’s LONG! The contract, not the video 🙂 Yours doesn’t have to be that long.
Oh…also…amazing bloopers!!!! haha
Anyway, I hope you learn some good stuff from this one. If you wanna support and want some good knowledge as soon as it comes out Like the vid and Subscribe to the channel. Please comment on the video and let me know how I can help you become a better artist and musician.
We’ve got a private Smash Mouth event next month (7/2020). I can’t wait to see everyone and play live again!!!!!
Now that we’ve got that out of the way, what you’ll see in this video is my honest review of a product I sincerely think to be a HUGE asset to artists world wide.
Submithub is a service through which you can submit your music to all these different curators around the world and the internet. * Think Spotify Playlists with hundreds of thousands of listeners. * Think YouTube channels with 28 million subscribers. * Even music bloggers, radio stations (probably indie) and even labels! But, it is so much more than just that.
I take you through my whole process of submitting, getting denied (with feedback) , getting approved and everything that goes with it!
I will be having a Live Instagram Stream with Jason Grishkoff (Founder of Submithub.com) for all your Q&A needs on 4.18.20 on my Instagram. Those attending will get a passcode for FREE credits!!!
What’s up my locked in friends? 🙂 I hope you’re all healthy and using this time to catch up on the important things, like Tiger King 😛
So, in this video, I give you a quick and useful breakdown on how to get endorsements. Everything you need to know about who to ask for them, what they might want in return and how much gear to ask for.
What’s up guys? 🙂 I hope everyone is healthy and being safe. This virus has taken too many lives already, let’s not let it take any more!
Onto a different, more positive topic. As you can see up there, my second video is up and running. Thanks to my friend Orlin Nikolov for the awesome shot on the Enrique Iglesias C Stage in Sofia, Bulgaria.
This one is a little bit of a mind opener into my life and what it takes to be one of the, as my friend Nomad likes to say, “Career Musicians“. Sure, we have a blast and get to experience a lot of very cool stuff, but there’s a lot more to it. This is a short video that I hope you’ll enjoy 🙂
If you have any questions or comments, please go ahead and let me know on the video page, in the comments section preferably 🙂 And of course, I’d love to have you Like the vid and Subscribe to the channel if it suits you. It definitely helps me 🙂
As with my other videos, if you actually go to the YouTube Page of this video, there’s a breakdown of it with a timeline/subject list.
Thank you Stay safe
P.S. In case you missed it. I made a little tutorial for a “Smash Mouth” guitar solo. Check it out 🙂
I’ve never been much of an artist in the sense that I want everyone listening to my music. I quite enjoy playing other peoples music. But, more and more people have been asking to hear my music over the years. I’ve always told them the same thing…”There really isn’t a place to hear it, it’s just for TV and Film licensing opportunities”.
Between them asking and my wife Tricia constantly telling me people would really enjoy it, I figured, why not 😛
Years ago I sold all my songs. Since then (2017), I’ve made, to date 326 new instrumental songs (called cues in TV World). That’s what I do when I’m not on the road hanging with you awesome human beings 🙂 Well, I’ve decided that I will slowly release these tracks on the different media/music forums. So from now on, you will slowly be able to get a taste of what I do. Ambient, Rock, EDM, Urban (Hip Hop/Trap), Folk Acoustic and on and on and on.
My albums will be on Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes, TikTok/Resso, Google Play/YouTube, Amazon, Pandora, Deezer, Tidal, Napster, iHeartRadio, ClaroMusica, Saavn, Anghami, KKBox, MediaNet, Instagram/Facebook, Shazam. Sometimes it takes longer to get them on some of these, so, just be on the lookout if you use a specific forum and I’m not on there yet 😉
This specific album is one I really enjoyed creating. It’s all about vibe, relaxing beats and fun vocal samples I played around with. Oh, I forgot to mention. If you feel inspired by anything and want to create to it…go right ahead. I’d be happy to collaborate if it feels right (firstname.lastname@example.org). Or if you just wanna jam on it and send it to my Insta, I’d love to hear it! I sincerely hope if you like what you hear that you recommend it to friends, post about it and maybe even comment on the forums that allow you to do so.
Anyway, what it all comes down to is…enjoy the music 🙂 And…stay healthy 😉