Co-Writing Session

The Pros and Cons of Co-Writing

By Jarrod Dickenson / May 24, 2018 / 0 Comments

Several artists on my email list wanted to learn more about the ins and outs of co-writing. For this post, I tapped my good friend and Decca recording artists, Jarrod Dickenson. Jarrod is a fantastic songwriter in his own right but has plenty of experience co-writing too. Enjoy! – Chris Songwriting is a strange and…

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Shapeshifter Romance: On Being A Married Musician

By Andy Baxter / April 5, 2018 / 1 Comment

Starting with a disclaimer is boring so I’m not going to. We can slog through that in a little while. Instead, how about we begin with a short biography of me, the author of all the sentences you’re looking at? I’m going to imagine that whoever’s reading this has just said something like: “Hey man,…

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How to Avoid this Common Crowdfunding Mistake

By Chris Jacobie / January 29, 2018 / 0 Comments

A few months ago, I sent an email to my subscriber list and I asked them, “What questions do you have with regards to crowdfunding?” One of the questions I received was, “Can you tell me more about the expenses that we can expect after recording. Expenses related to the release, distribution, and promotion of…

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Which Crowdfunding Platform Should You Use?

By Chris Jacobie / January 22, 2018 / 0 Comments

Last May when my client, Nick Dahlquist, came to me and he was stressed out. He was busy wrapping up a semester at school and getting five songs ready to record. On top of that, he was launching his crowdfunding campaign. He sent me a short message that simply asked, “Which Is The Best Platform For…

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How to Crowdfund Successfully

By Chris Jacobie / January 15, 2018 / 0 Comments

When my client, KellyMarie, first came to me, she was really excited about recording her first EP but… …she was a bit nervous because we were a few months out and she only had a third of the money. She wasn’t expecting a big windfall anytime soon. She knew that she would have to raise some…

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How to Fund Your Recording

By Chris Jacobie / January 8, 2018 / 0 Comments

Once you’ve decided on a budget, you’ll likely start thinking of ways to fund your recording project. Here are the pros and cons of each funding option: OWN CAPITAL/SELF-FUNDED Pros: No interest rates means money in your pocket sooner once you recoup. You’ll often get a break on pricing by paying in cash versus credit as…

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How Much Does it Cost to Make a Record?

By Chris Jacobie / January 1, 2018 / 0 Comments

When my clients, Ryvoli, first came to me they were overwhelmed and confused. And why wouldn’t they be? They’d read blogs and online forums that professed that D.I.Y. home recording methods were the way to go. Yet, when they’d tried to record themselves, it was frustrating and fruitless. They’d realized that most of the people on the Internet singing…

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How to Easily Develop a Writing or Practice Routine

By Chris Jacobie / November 27, 2017 / 0 Comments

A few weeks ago, I asked an aspiring singer-songwriter what her biggest challenge is. Her response was one I’ve heard from every musician I know at some point: I just don’t have time to practice or write songs. My plan is to get out of town for 3 months next year and hunker down to…

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The 3 Secrets To Learning Any Instrument In Record Time

By Chris Jacobie / November 20, 2017 / 0 Comments

…even if you don’t have a ton of time to practice If you want to learn a new instrument or take your current instrument up a notch you’ve come to the right place. In this post, I’m going to share with you how I went from struggling to hold a drumstick to competence in only…

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The 10 Book That Changed My Musical Life

By Chris Jacobie / November 13, 2017 / 0 Comments

  A few months ago, JP Ruggieri and I were enjoying a pint of Guinness in an English pub and talking music… During the conversation, we got to talking about books that changed our musical lives. I want to share them with you. I judge a book’s success if a year later I’m still using…

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