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Band Agreements 101

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 ๐Ÿ™‚
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!!!!!

Catchya on the road soon.

Submithub.com YouTube Review

Let me be clear, I am NOT sponsored in ANY way by Submithub.com.

Now that weโ€™ve got that out of the way, what youโ€™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!!!

So, please enjoy the vid.
Like the vid and Subscribe to the channel if you wanna support and want some good knowledge as soon as it comes out.
As with my other videos, if you actually go to the YouTube Page of this video, thereโ€™s a breakdown of it with a timeline/subject list.

I hope to see you on Saturday, April 18th 2020 at 10am (PST) for our live instagram stream, and until I see you on the road….
Stay safe and healthy ๐Ÿ™‚

Fan Q&A Instagram Live April 5th, 2020

On April 5th 2020 at 1:30am in Los Angeles, I got on a Live Instagram Stream with amazing fusion guitarist Daniel Weiss and a bunch of awesome fans who had a lot of questions for us ๐Ÿ™‚

It was a LOT of fun ๐Ÿ™‚
SO much fun that we’re doing (or did) a follow up Q&A with us both on Friday, April 10th, 2020.

So, if you ever wanted to know more about the life of guitarists/musicians on the road and in the studio, this is a sneak peak into that ๐Ÿ™‚

Hope you enjoy!
Stay safe and healthy.

Single review on TheWordIsBond.com

Listen, I was just as surprised as you to hear that my album “Ambient Dreams” is ACTUALLY classified as “Instrumental Hip Hop” genre. Crazy right?
But, hey…call it what you want. As long as you’re enjoying it…that’s why I put it out there ๐Ÿ˜€

So I was on Submithub.com, submitting my single “Floating On Air” to a few curators and outlets.
One of the outlets that approved my submission was the blog TheWordIsBond!

I hope you enjoy the review and the song (and the album) ๐Ÿ˜‰
Here are the links to:

It’s also on Instagram, Facebook, Deezer & TIKTOK!!!!
So feel free to share it on your vids ๐Ÿ™‚

Thanks for caring, thanks for sharing.
See you on the road again soon ๐Ÿ™‚

How To Get Endorsements!

What’s up my locked in friends? ๐Ÿ™‚
I hope you’re all healthy and using this time to catch up on the important things, like Tiger King ๐Ÿ˜›

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.

Let me just give a quick shoutout to Randy Fuchs from Artist Relations.
He got me my first official endorsement with Digitech since I was using their Whammy IV at the time!

Oh…the memories ๐Ÿ™‚

I recently worked with Randy again on connecting me with OWC & IK Multimedia to beef up my computers in the studio and on the road ๐Ÿ™‚

Anyway, enjoy the video, stay home, stay safe.
Like the vid and Subscribe to the channelย if you wanna support and want some good knowledge as soon as it comes out.
As with my other videos, if you actually go to theย YouTube Page of this video, thereโ€™s a breakdown of it with a timeline/subject list.

See ya on the road soon.

Your boy

P.S Thumbnail for YouTube vid shot by @centerstageimages

What Being a Full Time Musician REALLY Looks Like

What’s up guys? ๐Ÿ™‚
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 ๐Ÿ™‚

If you have any questions or comments, please go ahead and let me know on the video page, in the comments section preferably ๐Ÿ™‚
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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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

Your friend

P.S.
In case you missed it. I made a little tutorial for a “Smash Mouth” guitar solo. Check it out ๐Ÿ™‚

Let’s rock YouTube!

Whassssuuuuup? ๐Ÿ™‚

Heyโ€ฆCorona, ya know? 
Well, COVID-19 or not, Iโ€™ve decided to start sharing some experience tips from the music biz & touring world on the wonderful platform we all know and love โ€“ YouTube!

This is the first video of many (thx @Revoldork for the awesome shot on stage)
In it I give 5 tips, things I WISH I knew before I started my current career.
I really hope it helps out a lot of musicians out there and I hope you all Comment, Like & Subscribe.

PLEASEโ€ฆlet me know what YOU want me to talk about or make vids about!
I canโ€™t wait to hear what you guys have in store for me.

Oh, real quick, if you actually go to the YouTube Page of this video, there’s a breakdown of it with a timeline/subject list.

Enjoy the video!!!
And see you again, one day, on the road.
Stay safe and healthy ๐Ÿ™‚

Danimals Planet Podcast

A few months ago we traveled to New Zealand and had the pleasure of playing 3 PACKED TO THE BRIM shows in Gibbston, Taupo & Whitianga with the awesome bands Creedence Clearwater Revisited, Anastacia, George Thorogood & The Destroyers and Billy Idol!

One of the main dudes we clicked with RIGHT away was my new friend Dan Mcguinness (Lead singer and guitarist for CCR).
The dude is H.I.L.A.R.I.O.U.S!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

Anyway, when he asked me to be on his podcast (which was really us just chatting and having fun), I said HELL YEAH! ๐Ÿ™‚

So, here is our conversation about:
* My weekend in Texas
* Being a Carnivore
* Smash Mouth (and it’s awesome members)
* Enrique Iglesias (and his awesome band)
* What your job really is in big productions like Enrique Iglesias and Smash
Mouth.
* What do you do in Brazil & Uruguay when the airlines lose your luggage
etc etc etc.

Enjoy ๐Ÿ™‚

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