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Today’s guest is Grant McFarland. His band, Galactic Empire, moved from obscurity to stardom almost instantly. They did not have a fan base or a significant internet presence—they had never even released an album. They covered the main Star Wars theme and released a music video alongside it. In 24 hours that video was viewed over 2 million times, leading to more than 2,000 sales of Galactic Empire’s rendition of the Star Wars theme, in less than 7 days.
Rick Barker loves developing artists and watching them grow. A skill that served him well managing Taylor Swift’s career in the early days of Big Machine Records. Rick talks about growing up poor and stepping down as Taylor’s manager just as he was about to make more money than he ever had.
Over the last 20 years, Jeb Hart has spent 25,000 hours teaching people how to play the guitar. Jeb’s teaching methods are precise. He can take a noob guitarist and turn them into a proficient player in six months. In today’s episode, I ask Jeb how he does it. We also discuss his brand new course.
Danika Holmes has played over 400 shows since she decided to pursue music full time in 2010. The path that took here there is rarely traveled–abandoning her Ph.D., only a dissertation short of becoming “Dr. Holmes.” Don’t let Danika’s “luck” fool you into thinking she’s had it easy. It was only through taking consistent action that she was able to go from dropping out of college to a full-time musician.
The old system doesn’t work and that’s awesome! We should be ecstatic because we don’t have to sell out just to get signed. For better or worse–we have freedom to be creative.
Problem is, it’s hard to see creative destruction as “good” when you’re in the thick of it. We have a habit of looking at the old definition of success as the defacto, standard. When it’s collapsing, instead of looking for answers, we think about how sucky the situation is and, out of frustration, throw our hands up in the air. We keep the same old habits and miss all the opportunities. Shameful…
What is a Practicing Mind? It’s learning and achieving through intention and repetition. And musicians have it in spades…sometimes. By the time Tom Sterner was twenty three he had worked with some of the largest orchestras in the world. He knows what he is talking about when it comes to practice and patience. But it wasn’t always like that…
In part two of our discussion, Tommy and I spend a lot of time talking about indecision. The topic hit home for me because it’s easy to worry about making the wrong move out of fear about what might happen. There’s a ton to talk about and I do not want to spoil anything. I will save everything else for the interview.
Tommy Darker sheds some light on what it means to be a Musicpreneur, the price to pay for a music career and why it’s totally worth it. Freedom, fear and the future of music!
We all want to inspire more people. The more people we can inspire and the more lives we can impact, the more fans we will create. When you think about it, the life of any successful musician, athlete, artist, entertainer, entrepreneur, etc. had an impact on many people.
Kobra Paige is a phenomenal musician, vocalist, and songwriter–but she didn’t get there overnight. Starting out as a spectator in a Judas Priest concert, she spent years writing songs and continues to pursue music at all costs.