Google Apps MotherF#@$%, do you speak it? – Part 1

Unless you’re very rich, or very lucky, as the leader of your band, you’ll also be the manager, secretary, booking agent, and public relations contact. You might also be writing songs, writing lyrics, and communicating with your fans on a regular basis. That’s a lot of jobs, and that’s a lot of work! I get asked all the time – “Fang, how do you do it?” Thankfully, there’s an easy (and free) answer: (more…)

Your Music as a Business at Tax Time

“Apart from death and taxes, the other thing certain in this life is that I’ll never be a fashion icon.”   – Iron Maiden Lead Singer Bruce Dickinson

A bit of humor as we dive into the timely topic of taxes. April 15th is looming on the calendar, and since I’m a deadline driven type (for better or worse!) the conversation is just beginning with our own tax consultant.
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Why You Should Keep Licensing and Royalty Management In-House

With all the discussion about tackling the music business on your own and choosing not to get signed by the existing industry, it’s hard to keep the two separate.  There is plenty of overlap in several subjects that pertain to both the mainstream and independent industries.  The one thing that most people say you should leave to the mainstream is your royalties and licensing. I personally would beg to differ (cue the critics!). (more…)

Do you look like a band?

Picture your favorite five bands at the heyday of their popularity. Now, for the sake of argument, let’s put them all in a big bowl, cover the bowl, and have the giant robot from Queen’s News of the World album shake them all up. Could you have a friend who knows nothing about any of the bands in question put the bands back together, just based on what they look like? (more…)

SXSW: The Ultimate Guide to Representing your Band and Brand

It’s almost March, and if you’re in the music industry, you know what time it is: South by Southwest (SXSW) time!  As many bands make the annual trek to Austin to either perform or promote, we thought it would be a good idea to put together a guide that covers some important things to remember when representing yourself, your band, your business and your music to fans and industry professionals, at SXSW or any music event.  These opportunities are about making a good impression and educating yourself, not getting discovered and signed! (more…)