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Caitlyn Smith Visits TuneCore’s Brooklyn Office!

Everyday, TuneCore’s staff members dedicate themselves to making sure our independent artists are getting heard worldwide. While we like to think work is fun all the time, it’s always an extra big blast when TuneCore artists visit any of our offices to answer questions, play some tunes, and mingle over pizza!

Yesterday, the talented country starlet Caitlyn Smith stopped by our Brooklyn office to dazzle the TuneCore crowd. If you don’t already know who Caitlyn Smith is, it’s likely that you’ve heard her songs: she’s written stand-out tunes for massive country stars like Jason Aldean, Rascal Flatts, Kenny Rogers, Dolly Parton, Lady Antebellum and Garth Brooks, (among others). Hailing from Minnesota and now residing in Nashville, Caitlyn has been writing and performing since she was a young teenager. If her charming lyrics don’t get to you first, her undeniable voice certainly will!

(Caitlyn Smith & the TuneCore team)

We got a chance to discuss with Caitlyn her background, influences, and thoughts on recording, touring and more! Check it out:

1. How did you become a professional songwriter?

I started writing songs when I was 8 years old, and began traveling back and forth from Minnesota to Tennessee when I was in high school to co-write with songwriters in the Nashville community. After writing maybe 400 songs, I picked my best ones and made a little 4-song demo. After that I went around and met with every publisher in town and eventually landed a publishing deal with Brett James’ publishing company, Cornman Music Publishing.

2. You’ve written songs for artists such as Cassadee Pope, Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton. What is the difference between writing your own songs and songs for other artists?

First off, it’s an incredible honor when an artist I admire wants to sing something I’ve written. It will never get old! Most of the time I write what’s in the room that day and don’t focus too much on “this is for me” or “this is for such and such artist,” because it can be creatively stifling. Usually I know about halfway through writing the song if it’s a song for me, or a pitch. Then I like to try out the tunes with my band a few times before I decide if it’s right! Kinda like trying on a jeans…they gotta fit perfectly or there’s no use buying them!

3. Who are your top three artists you would choose to write a song for?

I’m such a sucker for female vocalists…Alison Krauss, Kelly Clarkson and I’d kill to write with Taylor Swift someday!

(Caitlyn Smith performing for TuneCore team)

4. As a songwriter, you have written hundreds of songs. How do you choose which songs make your album/keep for yourself?

There are definitely songs that stick out throughout a year of writing and I’m constantly digging back through my catalog to see if I’ve missed anything. I love to take those favorites and try them out on a crowd. Lots of times their favorites are mine, too!

5. How do you balance writing, touring, and recording, as well as your personal life?

Good question! The answer is lots of planning. I’m a schedule freak so I usually sit down on Sunday nights and write out/visualize my upcoming week to make sure there is time for everything. It’s a difficult juggling act and I’m still learning how to balance everything. But I’ll tell you one thing…I’m never bored! Ha!

6. Do you manage your personal TuneCore account? How much are you involved in the business of “Caitlyn Smith”?

I’m extremely involved on the business end and love to know what’s going on at all times. I have a couple people who help me on the admin side, but I like to personally log in every week or so to see how we’re doing!

7. Our trend report sales show every day. Did you make sure you looked at your first day sales? Do you follow along to see the number of streams you have on Spotify?

I did! And yes, I do! I really love knowing where the music is being downloaded from and locate where my fans are in the world!

8. In addition to album sales, can you talk about how an artist can make a living on their publishing rights?

I feel fortunate that I get to see both the artist and songwriter side of things. In both areas, publishing rights are huge. Radio placements, commercials, other sync areas are all helpful on the publishing side.

9. You’ve toured alongside artists like Sheryl Crow and Willie Nelson. How did you end up on the road with such iconic artists? 

I have to pinch myself all the time! It’s such an honor to get to play with my heroes. Getting to tour with these artists depends – I have a phenomenal booking agency that helps, and sometimes it’s being at the right place at the right time. The Willie tour came about after a performance I did at The Bluebird Cafe and was completely unexpected!

(Caitlyn Smith & TuneCore CEO Scott Ackerman)

10. What’s the best and most efficient way to have a recording session?

I’ve finally gotten into a groove with doing sessions pretty quickly/efficiently in Nashville. I usually spend a good amount of time picking the songs and going through how I want each of them to sound. Preparation is key before you go in because you don’t want to waste time. Also, hire an amazing band and a session leader you trust, keep the energy and vibe good…a negative attitude can kill a session!

11. What tips would you give to other indie artists looking to grow their careers?

Write as much as you can, play out as much as you can…practice, practice, practice! Every show/interview/session you do is a learning experience and you grow so much every time you do them! I’m such a huge believer in dreaming big, too! So, make a list of goals. Figure out how a step-by-step plan of how to get there. Remember: you’re in charge and no one cares more about your music/business more than you!

12. What can fans look forward to next, especially with the holiday season arriving?

I’m currently in the middle of the #ChristmasWithCait tour, traveling around playing intimate house concerts for fans around the country. It’s so fun! My hopes and goals for 2015 include touring as much as I can and a new full-length album!

Looking Back At November 2014!

Can you believe that it’s December already? We certainly can’t! Time to put down the last of those Turkey Day leftovers and focus on the busiest music-buying season of the year, as well as getting your 2015 plans in motion.

There’s a lot that went on in November that can help you get your new music out there and connect with your fans (old and new). One of the most important items was announcing iTunes holiday delays and closings. If you want your music live in December, you need to distribute now!

November Spotlight on Artists

Colt FordHundreds of TuneCore Artists released new music in November so that their songs would be available in iTunes and all the other stores in time for the big holiday music-buying frenzy.

Take a listen to the tracks from the November Spotify Playlist selected from our New Music Tuesday releases featuring: Colt Ford (Country) “Crank It Up,” Tiffany Alford (Singer/Songwriter) “Authenticity,” and Tp & Esco (Hip-Hop/Rap) “Man on the Moon.”

Artists on the Charts and in the News

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Sales have exploded for the song “Top of the  World” by Greek Fire and the track is featured on Disney’s Big Hero 6 Trailer.

The new holiday single, Baby It’s Christmas, from Jessie James Decker (star of Eric & Jessie: Game On), hit #1 on iTunes Holiday charts.

The Hip Hop Caucus chose TuneCore to distribute the charity release, HOME (Help Our Mother Earth),” to raise climate change awareness; the compilation features Common, Ne-Yo, Choklate and others.

Blog posts and media coverage, along with TuneCore helping to secure an iTunes placement, helped Stephen the Levite’s new release, Can I Be Honest, land in iTunes Top 20.

Clare Dunn is having great success with her country rocker, Cowboy Side of You,” and recently had a dream come true opening for Bob Seger.

News from TuneCore Music Publishing Administration

God is an AstronautTwin brothers Niels and Torsten Kinsella, along with producerThomas Kinsella and drummer Lloyd Hanney, make up the creative brain trust behind one of the world’s most intense, musically and visually inventive post-rock bands, God is an Astronaut.

TuneCore Music Publishing proudly administers the full catalog from the Glen of the Downs, Ireland instrumental rockers, including their 2005 breakthrough All is Violent, All is Bright and latest release,OriginsRead more news about TuneCore Music Publishing.

November TuneCore Blog Posts You May Have Missed

The Holiday Checklist: 5 Plans for Musicians for the 2014 Holiday Season

To Stream, or Not To Stream – That Is the Question

Interview: Havoc (Mobb Deep) Releases New Album via TuneCore

The State of the Music Industry According to TuneCore Artists

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Interview: Rising MC Canon and RMG CEO Doc Watson

Hailing from Chicago but now calling Atlanta home, Aaron “Canon” McCain is a prominent mover in the Christian hip hop world. Finding religion as a teenager, Canon headed south for college, where he pursued expressing his faith through music with the encouragement from new friend Derek Minor & others in the scene, dropping his first mixtape in 2009. Canon would go on to sign with Reflection Music Group and tour the world with renowned Christian MC Lecrae.

Flash forward to 2014 – Canon is making waves and reaching the Billboard charts with his newest album, Loose Canon, Vol. 2 and enjoying opportunities like freestyling on ESPN’s 1st Take before a big Monday Night Football game!

Doc Watson, CEO of Reflection Music Group, has chosen TuneCore to distribute singles and albums for his growing label over the years. He’s a great example of a label head who develops strong relationships with his artists and creates a ‘family-style’ atmosphere. Canon and Doc were kind enough to discuss the album, Canon’s background, the Christian hip hop scene and more in an interview below…

Tell us about how your upbringing in Chicago influences your lyrics and style:

Canon: My upbringing in Chicago has a big impact on my style. I grew up in the church and we were surrounded by that specific culture. I played in the praise band and sang in the choir. Being involved in those areas really influenced my music. I remember the cadence changes and the fast and harmonious vocals we would deliver. That was a big deal to me. I remember my brother playing the drums and he would ride the hi-hat and I remember thinking to myself that the speed of which his drumstick rang on that hat is how fast I wanted my rap to sound. The midwest and southern rappers that were out at that time also influenced me. I loved the beats; the southern drawl that they had. It was dope.

How early did you know you wanted to rap? And when was it that you made the decision to merge your faith and your love of hip-hop?

C: I’ve always had a passion for hip hop and rap music in general but I realized when I was around 11 years old that this was something that I wanted to do. However when I was 14 is when I became a believer and stuff got real for me. My faith became real and I knew then that I wanted to do this for the Lord.

You seem to have surrounded yourself with great people. Tell us about your relationships with artists like Lecrae, Derek Minor, Doc Watson, and Reflection Music Group.

C: I am extremely grateful that God has put these dynamic brothers in my life. They have all had a powerful impact on my life and I am extremely thankful to have them as my brothers. Lecrae has imparted so much wisdom on me. As someone who is a veteran I take his influence to heart. I would say the biggest thing that I have learned from him is how to lead and live responsibly as a man of God in this industry.  Derek has challenged me so much especially in the area of being a great artist and a great leader amongst other artists. Doc has kind of taken what both Lecrae and Derek have taught me and has helped me navigate through those areas. He has also helped me maximize my talents, be a responsible godly leader, and a great artist/businessman. RMG as a whole has taught me how to steward my platform well.

Doc, what did you first see in Canon when you two first met?

Doc Watson: Canon was about 19 when I first met him. He was always working and learning his craft. At RMG we are a family, so he fit that perfectly. Since the beginning he has been like a brother and has always pushed himself to get better in production, recording, and fashion.

How would you describe the independent Christian/Gospel hip hop scene as a whole? 

C: In the independent scene, everybody is building up their own resources to change the world. It’s done in a sense where they may co-labor with other individuals or a group. Nobody is signed to any major labels. Reach [Records] is probably the only major label that we may have in the movement. Everybody is primarily independent because the genre itself is independent. It’s not held together by major mainstream sources.
DW: I think it has become more creative and thoughtful of its message. I feel like some in the genre are able to connect with the mainstream a lot better than before. The genre has grown and the music has been improving constantly.

Canon, what does being independent mean to you?

C: It means being able to create a movement and rally resources and people to believe in the vision of your specific message in the movement. It also means to create your own resources as well as live off of your own resources and have people believe in the movement that you have created.


As an independent label manager, how has TuneCore made your life/business easier?

DW: TuneCore is so great from an independent level. It gives us more access to stores, more control of our music, and also more options when it comes to marketing. Obviously it’s great to keep all of our royalties, but the customer service and transparency of TuneCore is what makes it really great. I have never had a problem getting paid, we see trending reports to help with budgeting and forecasting. TuneCore also helps us discover our markets, (which are strongest and which are emerging), per our artist.

What kinds of stories are you sharing on “Loose Canon Vol. 2”?

C: There are so many stories being shared in LCV2. It is a shotgun version of a project. It doesn’t just focus on one theme; I tackle a lot of different issues with hopes to bring a lot of them to light. One of them is the song “Point Of View”: I tell the story of growing up in the hood and people getting at me because I was a silly kid who liked to play and have fun and I didn’t do well in school. I was the one who everybody knew and wanted to be around but struggled with being irresponsible. Back in the day people would look at me and think things like, “There aint no hope for that boy.” In this track I wanted to share that I am someone who’s intelligent and knows a lot about God and how to be a good man. I am more than meets the eye. I also want to show people that I am doing what God has called me to do.

In “Common Sense”, I share the idea that people think that to pursue the American dream is common sense. My challenge is that if we pursued getting all the college degrees and career goals, loading up our 401k’s and have the wife and 2.5 kids with the house and picket fence, what would happen if God calls us to live a life style that is contrary to the American dream? What if He calls us to be cross-cultural missionaries? What if common sense isn’t so common anymore? My goal is not to bash the American dream, but to get people to think that common sense may not be what everyone thinks that it is.

LCV2 debuted at #8 on the Billboard Hip Hop Chart, and #2 on the Gospel Chart! How do you plan on using that momentum to power through the next year?

C: My goals are to use this amazing opportunity that God has given me to put out more great music, make more appearances on tracks, videos, tours etc. The thing that we need to remember is that God opens up these opportunities. I want to submit to what he has for me.

What does the success of LCV2 mean for you and your label?

DW: It’s big for a lot of reasons. Sure the financial side is obvious, but also the momentum is great. Canon has 3 projects that are available, and has released them each one year apart. Each one has sold better than the last, which is great news. Also, we have had a great year as a label with other releases. So this keeps the momentum moving and the growth continuing.

Independent hip hop artists of all styles face struggles. What advice do you have for those looking to break through and take their careers to the next level?

C: I want them to know that it takes a level of commitment and dedication that you haven’t given anywhere else. If you are looking at this as a hobby, then I want to encourage you to think about a different career. This is something that you have to be 100% dedicated to at all times. It takes a lot of time and energy. You need to commit and give everything that you have to it. If you are committed, then stay focused and keep at it.

As someone who is regularly on the lookout for talent, what kind of advice can you offer to aspiring artists?

DW: The first thing, and most importantly, is build your brand. You do this by consistently putting out music and art. Stay creative and get a group of really dope creatives around you to help. Doing things on your own is normal for many artists, but eventually you have to open up and let others into your process. Everything else comes along…but with TuneCore out there, it makes it easy to sell your music. Make sure to stay away from free albums, unless you do it by also selling your  music. Like I said before, TuneCore is great for discovery.


A3C Artist Spotlight: Signif

Milwaukee-born and New York-based Signif took some time to chat with TuneCore as a part of our A3C Artists To Watch Spotlight about her journey, influences, and process. She’ll be recording as a part of our partnership with SAE Institute during A3C’s #TuneCoreStudio Artist & Producer Sessions. Her latest release, Friction(released through TuneCore) is available on iTunes.

Check out Signif’s A3C Artist Profile here for other info & set times.

TuneCore: What hip-hop legends inspired you? 
Signif: A Tribe Called Quest, Mc Lyte, Bahamadia, MC Breed, Tupac, Queen Latifah and a slew of other hip-hop greats inspired me to write.

How do you describe your style? Are you influenced by trends?
I would describe my style as honest but hard-hitting. I stick closely to the roots of hip-hop with more of a boom bap, jazz, and spoken word sound. I’m not heavily influenced by trends at all; as an artist I set my own trends.

What specific challenges do you encounter getting your music heard? How has it changed during your career?
I face the same challenges that most indie DIY artists face while trying to find that path to where you’re able to reach your core audience and build upwards from there. Not having the big machine behind you is always a challenge, and you definitely have to find room to wiggle around the “No’s” and closed doors. The good side to that is you get a chance to fail, try again, and learn the business while trying to figure out the best route.

How does an artist transition from focusing strictly on promo to an artist getting paying gigs?  What cities and venues are great for hip hop? 
For me, the promo is how I was able to get the paying gigs; some artists build a relationship with promoters or other bands for gig opportunities. There are several ways to go about getting paying gigs, but building with your core fans always helps. Every city has a hip-hop scene, but New York has some of the best venues for hip-hop in my opinion.

What do  you have happening at A3C? Do you think festivals are important for hip-hop?
I’m performing at Apache Cafe on October 11th from 9pm -1am with a roster of good emcees. I’m also participating in the ‘A3C Audio Experience’ while at A3C.

I think hip-hop should be incorporated in more musical festivals and events for sure.

Do you have a system of releasing singles in advance of albums? Or do you like to focus on bigger releases? Do you put everything up for sale or do you make it available for free via downloads? 
With every album I release the approach differs depending on the direction of the project as a whole. My latest release, Friction, had a few singles leading up to the release and is for sale, but some of my other albums are donation-based. It also depends on where you purchase the music from as well, if you want it digital or physical copy.

How important are mixtapes for you?
I have yet to release a mixtape. I’d rather use original music, (even if sampled), than use already released tracks. I will always dig the original concept of doing a mixtape with the live DJ aspect.
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What are your writing inspirations? How do you choose producers and studios?
My inspiration comes from just living life; the struggles I face or have dealt with inspire my writings.

The producers I work with actually choose me, and if I can vibe to what they create: it’s on. I’ve been with the same studio and engineer for many years, The Brewery recording studio in Brooklyn, working with Andrew Krivonos.

Do you avoid explicit lyrics or write/perform whatever you write?
I don’t avoid them I just don’t write explicit lyrics. Some of my tracks hit so hard that people ask me for clean versions not knowing the track is already clean. I’m not against using explicit lyrics and artists should definitely express themselves how they see fit. I just never had to express myself in an explicit manner for people to get it, and I write and perform what moves me.

How do you participate in the business side of the music – distribution, hiring a PR agency, etc… or do you have a label or manager do that for you?
I’m hands on with everything, from shipping merch to setting up meetings. It’s the DIY way for now. We have a few outside sources we go to when needed, but it’s just us for now – no labels or mangers are involved.

What do you see for yourself in the next few years?
In the next few years I’m looking to expand my brand Intelligent Dummies and tour more in other countries.

If you couldn’t rap, would you still try to be involved in music as a career?
If I didn’t emcee I would probably be involved in one way or another. I help out a lot with the pictures/visuals and the business side of my music as well.

What is the most important piece of advice you can offer to an aspiring hip-hop artist/independent musician?
The most important advice I can offer to an aspiring artist is to figure out your niche before you dive in, and make sure to keep your focus on building your own brand and reaching your core audience. But there is no one way to get the job done, do what feels right to you.

#TCVideoFridays – August 16th 2013

Join us in starting the weekend early with our weekly roundup of music videos from TuneCore Artists.  Come on, wouldn’t you rather check these out than work?  We thought so.

Hoodie Allen, “High Again”

Caylin Walsingham, “Guy I Don’t Know”

Massad, “Girl Next Door”

Dan Bull, “Kicky Kicky Flow (feat. The Yogscast)”

Ours, “Devil”

Venrez, “Unforeseen”

Rawsrvnt & Lil Raskull, “Head Up High (feat. The Freshmen)”

Bijou Bijou, “Time for Loving”

Matt Moody, “Tennessee Fields”

Rob Walker, “Where Would You Go?”

Do you have a video of a song you distributed through TuneCore? Tag us on Twitter (@TuneCore) and use the hashtag #TCVideoFridays with a link to your video.

Ron Pope: Finding Success in Independence

TuneCore Artist Ron Pope has seen incredible success since grabbing the steering wheel and leaving his major label in favor of independence.  He’s had over 1.5 million digital downloads of his TuneCore-distributed songs, and tickets to his live shows are going quickly (case in point: his upcoming show at New York City’s Irving Plaza sold out well in advance). We were lucky enough to speak with Pope about where he started, where he sees himself now in the music industry, and how TuneCore is a part of his team…

Let’s start out with a general question – How did you get started in music?

I’ve always made music; I was that obnoxious kid at the front of the school choir when I seven. I didn’t really consider the idea that I might be able to be a professional musician until I got to college. While at NYU, I joined a songwriting circle, and the other writers in that group really encouraged me to go for it.

You were signed to a major label and are now an independent artist.  Can you tell us a little about your experiences with each?

My experience with a major label was almost universally negative, so I don’t have much to say about it. I think that major labels absolutely can do incredible things for people, but when I was signed, I didn’t get any assistance from the label. You sign with a big label to get access to major media; I didn’t get that, so I asked to be released. The benefit of being an independent artist is that there’s no buffer between me and my fans. If it seems like the fans are ready for another album or another tour, then that’s what I go out and do. I don’t have to ask anyone for money or permission because there are no executives taking all the money I bring in and dictating my next move. That’s a really nice situation to be in.

How did your new single “Lick My Wounds” come about?

I was in Mexico and part of the hook popped into my head. I couldn’t figure out what to do next, so I came back to New York and sat down with Kyle McCammon (who is the Musical Director in my touring band and one of my new album’s co-producers) and we hashed the rest of it out. For about a month, it was just this hook that I couldn’t get out of my head. I figured that was a good sign.

Is this a preview of what’s to come on your next album?

My new record is a concept album, and the concept is incredibly straight forward. It follows two people through a relationship, from the first moment they see each other all the way through the last moment. ‘Lick My Wounds’ captures their very first meeting; it’s the first track on the album.

What kind of team do you think an artist needs to be successful? Has your team evolved over the years?

I think it depends on the artist. In the modern music industry, it’s important to create something substantial on your own before you go looking for help, so that’s always my advice to people starting out. You need to make some noise on your own before seeking out a manager, trying to get a deal, hiring a publicist, etc. My team has evolved substantially over the years to accommodate the changes in my business.

Where do you see independent artists in the current music industry model?

I imagine myself at the moment as a part of the emerging middle class in the music industry. Twenty years ago, there were the ‘haves’ and the ‘have nots.’ You either had a major label deal, with money to record in a big studio, access to producers, worldwide distribution, a substantial budget to promote your album and tour, access to major media, etc, or you were struggling on your own, trying to get your music to a place where you could get a deal so that you could have access to those things. The spot where I exist within the music industry feels very new; I’d imagine that as time goes on, there will be more artists like me, who make waves on their own without any intervention from the conventional music industry machine.

Where do think the music industry is headed?

If I was smart enough to figure that out, I wouldn’t be working in the music industry. Seriously though, I’d say this; all I know for sure is that the music industry is changing. We’re in a state of constant flux; so the future of the music industry is change. Artists and companies who are prepared to evolve will survive, and others will disappear.

You’ve been a TuneCore Artist since 2008. Thanks for being part of the community!  Can you talk about how TuneCore is part of your team?

Without TuneCore, my project wouldn’t exist in the way it does now. TuneCore allowed me to distribute my music all over the world while I was still developing a fan base. As small pockets of fans developed in different areas of the world, those fans were able to access my music, purchase it, and support my project. Also, by connecting me with platforms like Spotify, where people have shared and streamed my music tens of millions of times, TuneCore has helped with my growth in a variety of countries.

How actively do you manage your TuneCore account?  For example, do you use the daily iTunes trend reports to gauge the results of marketing efforts or help plan your tours?

I check TuneCore a great deal and my team utilizes the information provided for all sorts of things.

Switching gears to touring…how do you book gigs in other cities/countries?

I have a U.S. booking agent and an agent who books me outside of the U.S.

How have you grown your audiences? (Especially interested in how you’ve grown them abroad)

I’ve released a great deal of music since 2004; hundreds of songs plus many albums and EPs. I think part of what has helped with the growth of my audience is that I have a lot of content and it is of a consistent quality. If a new fan found me today and he was super engaged with the music, he could listen to new recordings for something like fifteen hours. Beyond that, I’ve been touring pretty aggressively for a number of years. Each time we visit a city, we put on the best show we can, and when we return, the audience has grown, as a rule. With the live show, I’d say it’s important to distinguish yourself from everyone else. There are a lot of people who are doing something like what you do, so how are you going to convince people that it’s better to watch you than that other guy?

Do you connect with other musicians on the road? If so, what have you learned from them?

It’s tough to connect with other musicians while you’re touring, because there’s constant motion involved in the process. At festivals, it’s always fun to be around a bunch of friends (new and old) to catch up and get to see each other’s sets. In Germany, backstage at a festival, I bumped into an old friend who I hadn’t seen in ages; that was a blast. I try to pick up little things from every good show I see. At festivals, I think everyone is a little more on point than usual, because they know other musicians are there watching them. The biggest thing I’ve learned on the road is to try not to sweat the small stuff. High strung people go crazy on tour; you never meet a touring musician who’s in his sixties and is high strung. You need to go with the flow out there, because stuff is going to go wrong every day.

You’ve seen incredible (and well deserved) success as an independent artist.  What are the top 3 tips you’d give an independent artist looking to grow his/her career?

1. Do something good. Start by creating the best music you can or the rest of your efforts are wasted.

2. Be willing to accept constructive criticism. Find people you trust who are willing to tell you when you suck or when you’ve done something good, and then listen to them.

3. Work hard, every day. If you’ve made this your job, treat it like a job. If it isn’t your job yet but you’d like it to be, treat it like a job and hopefully it’ll happen for you. There’s always going to be someone who’s younger, better looking, a better singer, a better writer, a better player, etc etc etc, but there’s no one who has the intrinsic ability to work harder than you. Make up for whatever you lack with extra hustle.

To wrap things up… We’re excited to be part of your Irving Plaza show on August 10th!  What can fans expect?

This show is very different from my usual sets. I’ll play some songs all by myself (which I hardly ever do), then, I’m playing with The District (the other band I’m in) for a while to premier some new tunes we wrote together. We haven’t played together in over three years, so that will be very special. Next, I’ll be playing with my touring band, and finally, we’ll all play together with some special guests. It’s going to be a big night and I’m incredibly excited.

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