Marketable Business Skills I’ve Learned as a Musician


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Originally posted on August 5th, 2015.

Thinking about the years I’ve spent talking with promoters, booking/promoting shows in and out of state for my band and others, putting out small releases for my band and my friends’ bands on my own label, I realize that my little bit of experience can make for a pretty decent resume in the business world. In fact, many of the things on my resume—the same one I used to get my current job at a small marketing firm—are things I learned doing DIY music business.

Here’s a few of those marketable business skills, and some I’ve learned since…

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4 Conference Resources for Boosting Work-From-Home Productivity


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Originally posted on July 30th, 2015.

In this modern age, working from home is a more desirable and practical option for the average business person. If you’re an entrepreneur, working with other people and clients can be difficult if they are out of your state or country. Luckily, those before us have dealt with the same problems and have come up with several great resources and products that will help you along the way. Here are some efficient and practical conference resources to boost your work-from-home productivity.

Read about these resources over at Small Business Bonfire!

What Going to College Taught Me About Being a Musician


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Originally posted on June 17th, 2015.

It’s known that a lot of musicians skip out on college. They view it as a waste of time, since their primary focus is getting their music career off the ground. Of course, an actual “career” in music (or really any art) isn’t ever guaranteed. The fact is that a lot of successful musicians have degrees. Heck, even Fat Mike has a Bachelor’s degree in Social Science. I would definitely say that going to college taught me how to learn in general and gave me some of the skills I’ve expanded on as a musician. Now I’m more proficient in my hobby and passion as a musician. Here’s a few things my college experience taught me…

Find out what college taught me about being a musician at Pyragraph’s site!

Your Cheapest Options: Where to Sleep on Tour


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Originally published on June 10th, 2015

The thing that makes touring so exciting is the new local adventures you have in each town. Since you’re only there for a short amount of time and are generally spending time with people who live there (bands, promoters, showgoers), it’s not a touristy experience as much as it is an everyday experience of life in that place. This includes going to local bars and restaurants, parks in walking distance of venues, malls, and movie theaters—you know, things you’d do if you lived there.

Of course, something that’s not so common to those living there is finding random floors to sleep on every night. And frankly, that can be really stressful and ruin your stay. From touring over the past few years, I’ve come up with a good set of options and tips for finding a place to stay on the road.

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Album Review: As Friends Rust – “Greatest Hits?”


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Originally published on June 6th, 2015.

You know those bands that did enough to have a small fan base, but weren’t around long enough to have the lasting impact of their peers? That’s As Friends Rust. An often-overlooked facet of the Floridian hardcore scene, the band displayed a huge amount of variety in their short, six (if that) year span. They stylistically have been compared to Avail, Samiam, and even Stretch Armstrong (though they were even heavier than that at times). The band reunited for a string of shows in 2008, and this year they reunited once again for a one-off show in Brooklyn and an appearance at Groezrock overseas. Shield Recordings released Greatest Hits? in April, celebrating the best songs from the eleven releases As Friends Rust put out from ’96-’02. The compilation itself is now available for you to grab.

Read the rest at Dying Scene!

Top 4 Ways to Prevent Common DIY Touring Disasters


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Every band I know that’s been on a DIY tour has some crazy story about a show, a drive, or a place they stayed where things went awry, and they had to quickly figure a way out of it before they got themselves hurt. I’ve definitely had my own share of van breakdowns, sketchy houses and venues, and encounters with crazy, sometimes dangerous people on the road. I’m still learning about how to avoid those situations altogether, but here are four tips I’ve received from other bands and lessons my own personal experience has taught me about avoiding disasters while on tour.

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10 Punk Songs to Get You Through Your Week


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Originally published on May 27th, 2015.

Ever wonder what the folks who run Dying Scene have been listening to lately? We’re going to pretend you said “yes” to that question and feature a curated playlist from a different DS editor each week with the intent of exposing you to some new kickass punk bands. This week we’re featuring Dying Scene feature writer, Rob Lanterman.

See what I was listening to that week at Dying Scene!

Album Review: Unwed – Raise the Kids


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Originally published on April 26th, 2015.

Sure, Hot Water Music’s members have been a part of a ton of other bands. But regardless, when it was announced that Jason Black would be in a band with members of Gay for Johnny Depp and the fantastic Small Brown Bike, who wasn’t the least bit curious? Besides, Hot Water Music, in their own right, is one of the most creative punk rock bands to exist right now. With such prolific minds working on the same project, it was hard to know what to expect.

Unwed’s new album, Raise The Kids, to me at least, sounds like a combination of all of its members’ other bands… But in a really awesome way – it’s as if they took all of the signature musical styles that made those bands who they are and put them together to form something totally different. For instance, the driving rock parts are more reminiscent of Hot Water Music (circa 2002-2004) and the heavy, down-tempo parts are very reminiscent of any of the older Small Brown Bike albums. And the guitars are very reminiscent of Gay For Johnny Depp. However what really sets this band apart is the vocalist Neltie and the way her vocals are mixed on record (they actually sound like Gay For Johnny Depp’s vocals but even creepier…). The record would not carry the overall, darker tone it does if she was not a part of it.

Read the rest of my review at Dying Scene!

EP Review: The Flatliners – “Resuscitation of the Year”


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Originally Published on March 16th, 2015.

If you’re not aware of Canada’s The Flatliners, you’re missing out. They are one of the best punk rock bands to come out of North America in the last fifteen years. 2013’s Dead Language was (in my opinion) a masterpiece, and I always wondered why the record’s opening track “Resuscitation of the Year” wasn’t a single. Well, recently Fat and the band announced they would be releasing it as such, on a 7” which contains a Dead Language B-side on the other side entitled “Fangs.”

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Album Review: The Hotelier – “It Never Goes Out” (Reissue)


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Originally published on March 13th, 2015.

Massachusetts’s The Hotelier made quite the splash in our scene with the release of their 2014 album, Home, Like No Place is There. It’s been a long time since a band has seemingly come out of nowhere and written an album that resonates with so many people across the board of punk, emo, and indie music. There’s a history to the band a lot of people don’t know however: Before the release of HLNPIT, they spelled their name like you would think they would (“The Hotel Year”) and released a fantastic debut album called It Never Goes Out, earning for themselves a cult following and setting the stage for word-of-mouth and online shares which helped to make HLNPIT such a success, which I’m sure surprised the band’s fans as much as them. Tiny Engines recently announced the physical re-release of It Never Goes Out, marking the first time the record has ever been released in any sort of physical format.

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