TIDAL ! Artists Helping Other Artists to Get PAID for Streaming!

As songwriters and performing artists, what do you think about the new ARTIST OWNED TIDAL Music Streaming service ? Has anyone signed on and tried it or had their music accepted for airplay yet?

“There’s not going to be a massive free tier that dilutes the value of music. We’re not here to wage war, or try and steal subscribers from other streaming services. What we’re here to do is change the conversation about the value of music.” 

I’m very excited about Artists creating a space for other Artists to get airplay and receive payment for their work ! Now my question would be:

Will unknown Indie music have a place on Tidal ? I haven’t investigated yet, but will be soon. Hoping for the best !




Booking Your Band or Solo Act? Do your research first!

Its really hard booking a band . It’s a numbers game. The more calls you make the better your chances. After a while though, you might get so frustrated that you’ll jump at the first time someone shows interest. STOP! Do you have your list of questions handy? Did you research the venue before calling to be sure you’d be a good fit? This may be basic to some of us who’ve been booking for a while, however thanks to the web, there are now sites with reviews that can help you get quick answers in vetting venues.

I liked this article. It speaks for itself and illustrates a few important questions to ask, things to look for, and sites to help you with your research.


Remember to check out the club clientele, ask about the age of the customers. If sharing a gig, be sure to find out the age of the other bands following.

Check the past and present event calendar or videos on the site to see the usual roster. We were booked in a club by the manager who said he listened to our cd. I watched some videos on the site and felt uneasy, but thought “Hey, he heard the cd.” My intuition turned out to be right. We were not expected, nor appreciated. We were asked to finish early,  and a long way from home. Thank goodness all expenses were paid by the venue.

Happy hunting !!



Send MAGONE to Barcelona, Spain thru Reverbnation’s Hard Rock Rising Contest !


PLEASE SHARE & VOTE & SHARE some more , 4 days left, if you haven’t already please VOTE!

Spain is looking’ good! The MAGONE band is ranked 8 out of 89 in the region today THANKS TO YOU ALL,….. but we’re in need of more votes ! If you haven’t voted please DO IT NOW in ONLY 2 CLICKS !!

VOTE FOR MAGONE in the HARD ROCK RISING CONTEST , winner to play in Barcelona , Spain !


Happy Rockin’ New Year 2015 !! Let’s put the solos back in to the songs !


Photo by Michael Rivera Public Image Photography

It’s a new year, a new excitement, new goals, new resolutions, and creative ideas to implement , but we’re still listening to the same ‘ole songs. Are you old enough to remember when you could listen to the first two measures of a song on the radio and you’d know who the band or artist was?

Each act had its own sound, its own energy, its own creative stylized instrumental riffs, think ” Layla! ” Now, most songs on commercial radio (excepting classic rock stations of course) sound like they’re fresh out of a Disney movie, same structure, same voice, same sound, same beat, AND to many musicians dismay, they’ve removed the instrument solos!!

Now as many of us already now, certain musical tones have a certain affect on our brain neurons for good or bad. The sound goes in your ear and stimulates the cilia (tiny hairs) in your cochlea. Each hair is connected to a different emotional response in your nervous system! Think about how different songs arouse different feelings. When you remove instruments and pleasing melodies from the music or song arrangement, well, less positive neural stimulation. Listening to the same elements over and over limits your growth. It’s like a skip in the cd, one song over and over, having one book in your library. There’s no growth, and declining creative musicianship.

” The brain grows in response to musical training in the way a muscle responds to exercise.
Using a PET scanner to monitor changes in neural activity, neuroscientists at McGill University discovered that the part of the brain activated by music is dependent on whether or not the music is pleasant or dissonant. Harmony, melody and rhythm invoke distinct patterns of brain activity. ”

Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/024286_music_brain_the.html#ixzz3NYBNMTc2

Even better, pick up an instrument and learn to play!
“Learning to play a musical instrument can have a beneficial effect on your brain.”

I’m hoping one day soon the musical pendulum will swing back and reintroduce instrumental solos back in to commercial music again. As consumers lets demand it ! Support artists who are implementing instrument solos in their work !

Canada has done away with international musician fee !

Good News for those of us living near the border: WOOOooohooooo! Leave it to ‪#‎Canada‬ to be the first to promote cross ‪#‎border‬ ‪#‎music‬relations ! TU Oooohh, Caaanaadaaaa! 


Thank You Rhonda Cline Canadian citizen and avid music fan for alerting me to this!

Like It Or Not, It’s A Business!

To be a monetarily successful musician you do NOT have to BE a business person, but you do have to understand that it IS a business !

Be on time. Be professional at ALL times in all ways. Have a great work ethic. Be FLEXIBLE.  If you’re doing a work for hire (and I’m talking to producers here as well) you must be a part of the team, open to suggestion. Have a healthy lifestyle to ensure quality work.

Best Wishes For Success!



Is Love All We Creatives Need?

  1. I wanted to share my comment to an article posted about the “meaning of life” in relation to a musicians finding success. The author thought that to say that life is meaningless (in order to free ones mind, think of it as a blank slate to release fears and create) would be useful). I think it can be as well, IF you already have the confidence needed to wield the chalk to fill that slate.

“Using both sides of my brain pretty equally causes me to look at things a bit differently than many. I truly believe that to say Life has no inherent meaning (its a blank slate) can be a depressing thought for some of us, even when we know you didn’t mean it that way. I’ve always been of the non-denominational belief that Love is the basis for our being here.  First, self- love, the kind we’re born with, if nurtured helps create the confidence to :


Make good CHOICES

Organize our TIME well, all of the above listed in the article ,etc.

Once we know how to love and take care of ourselves, we can create with less angst. Then we can turn it outward knowing how to fearlessly market ourselves,and treat/approach others with respect and intelligence i.e. venue owners (that every musician loves to hate), record labels (they all fear), agents & other musicians (Oy ! The anger that so many musicians have).
I’ve noticed one thing in common with most successful musicians; their self-love ( confidence in self). For so many of us (me included, still self analyzing but moving forward) its very difficult to rise and create successfully because we’ve been told growing up that self-love is selfish. We’ve been taught to be afraid and told we weren’t good enough. I think you get my drift.
SO, I see LOVE as the bottom line really important missing link for many of us creatives. The starting point for me would be “Life is Love.” Speaking from decades of experience myself, without it , the other things on the list above are very difficult to achieve. Sounds ethereal but its very real. ” I actually wrote a song about this a while back called “All I Need.”

All I Need


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