I’ve got three awesome links for you guys to check out.
First is a true game changer. Pensado’s Place is a web show featuring platinum mix engineer and his engineer Herb Trawick interviewing some of the greatest engineers, producers, songwriters, and music industry leaders in an hour long web show. Nearly 100 shows deep, there is plenty of knowledge to improve your sonics!
First of all, HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM MBWK!I want to thank everyonethat has visited the site in 2012 and anyone in the future who reads this for making this site what it is. 2013 will many new projects from the MusicBizWizKids family and new exclusive content… We have very big plans to turn this site into THE resource for young people interested in a career in the Music Biz! We will be announcing these additions, changes, and new projects in the coming weeks so STAY TUNED!
Rick Goetz, of MusicThinkTank and MusicianCoaching, writes a truly inspired and informative article that I had to share with my fellow Wiz Kids! In the article, he talks about the misconception about what it truly takes to be successful (perpetuated by media like “Behind The Music.” In short, it takes grit (patience, persistence), solid business knowledge, marketing your personal brand, setting goals, building a community, and networking.
So Without Further ado here is a link Mr. Goetz’s article.
This is part 1 of a 2 part article I wrote strictly based on my professional experience producing and engineering and managing artists. Since 2006, I’ve been involved as a key member in several music groups, labels, and production teams that despite all their potential to achieve greatness, fail and fall apart, often at critical moments.
So without further ado…
1) Unchecked Egos
We all have them, but some people do not know how to keep them in check or simply to check them at the door. Unchecked Egos will tear apart even the closest allies and cause individuals to think they can do better on their own than with the group. Though this is sometimes the case, a great deal of wasted time and energy can be avoided. Recognize the people with potential Ego issues and eliminate them from the group/organization/team/label. Attempt to help them with their Ego issue is not recommended as it can backfire. Death to overinflated egos!
2) Lack of leadership
No organization can succeed without strong leadership – independent music groups and labels are no different. Without a leader, they will undoubtedly fail. Usually, there is one person (or sometimes in the case of larger groups 2 or even 3 people) that are the natural leaders of the group. These individuals are the most reluctant to except their positions as the leader of the group. Oftentimes, this reluctancy comes from their notions about what a leader is – they imagine them dominating the group as a king or controlling every single aspect of the group. This is not what a leader is or does. The very reluctancy to lead can sometimes even be an indication that this very person is the right one to lead. Humbleness and dedication to the rise of the team/company are essential and necessary qualities.
For those of you who have been sleeping under a rock or are just not familiar with Pensado’s Place, get familiar!… And let me give you a quick update.
Pensado’s Place is the brainchild of platinum mixing engineer Dave Pensado and his manager, Herb Trawick. Dave has mixed chart-toppers for some of the biggest names in the music business, from The Black Eyed Peas to Justin Timberlake. The show features the Grammy award winning mix engineer discussing various facets of sound art production with noted industry figures. The show has been on for almost two years and has over 90 episodes. In the 94th episode, Mr. Pensado interviews singer/songwriter/producer Raphael Saadiq. Even if you are not a recording engineer you will still find tons of valuable info in this documentary. So without further ado, sit back, enjoy and learn! (Skip to about the 15:00 for the start of the interview)