Rock Star Rewind: Applying Action to Ideas (December 2019)


Heading into Our New Season…

—I was proud of us for stepping out there and trying someone and something new, and even prouder that we are supporting a local up and coming photographer. (Thanks @cha2times !)

—I think I am starting to feel myself in this new role as a leader in our industry and not as much as an interloper as I once felt. I mean, we are walking the talk, while so many other people talk about what works and what doesn’t—to make strides in this Wild West that is the music biz—we are actually testing and applying action to ideas.

Here's a look at our latest Gab & Jam.

What Happened?

—Having said that, we are extremely happy to see that seeds we planted three years ago bloomed into something lovely—see our Sweetwater Sound’s InSync Customer Studio Spotlight. However, even with all your support, our proposal for South By Southwest—"5 Secret Weapons Of The D.I.Y. Rock Star: How to Kill It in the New Music Biz ( http://bit.ly/PickPanelSXSW ) —did not make the stage this year. What this has reminded us, though, is that it’s all the moves we’re making that has made the difference for us up to now and that, going forward, it will be no different. After all, the reason we have started ANY of this is because we wanted to get our musical art/image/creativity out to people who might enjoy it. Opportunities seemed far and few through other people, but we still want to share, so that means that we’ll keep sharing (as we always have).

In fact, now that the delicious distraction of a South By Southwest Panel is behind us for this year, the more we can re-target our focus to getting back on our blogging/vlogging/podcasting rhythm and schedule. A surprising favorite of you all has been this one:

Tips for Coping When Your Songs are Rejected

Here's our first ever Music Biz Growth Hacks post.

What Now?

After re-jiggering our goals and expectations for November, we have decided to clear the decks, so that we can do a better job with Blog-vember 2019. –As you might remember, last year, we achieved 83% of our posting goals were met (with the blog posts lagging behind the videos and podcast episodes). While this was head and shoulders better than the year before, it was plan to meet that MF-er of a goal! –Our plan is the have a stronger plan in place to meet the challenge of 3 posts a day, so that we can end the month, we can get ALL 90 posts will be live. We are older and wiser than last year, so we think we can do it. And we’ve gotten one good day—today—under our belts. We got this. Don’t forget to follow along, if you need tips to help move your D.I.Y. Rock Star lifestyle/empire in the right direction.

Thanks for 7k+ podcast downloads!

As always, we are thrilled to have you with us. We celebrated hitting 300 members in our Funky Happy People Facebook group, we celebrated 3,000 subscribers on YouTube, and almost 8k downloads for our Gab & Jam podcast. We couldn’t be happier. What’s better is knowing that you’re along for the ride.

Here’s what we've been up to THIS month:

PARTNERSHIPS:

1. Finally got that sweet Sweetwater Sound newsletter feature! http://bit.ly/sweetfeature

2. Also, we hit 3k YouTube subscribers!

3. Made it to 300 members in our Funky Happy People Facebook group!

BLOG POSTS:

  1. 5+1 Ways to Stay Creative http://bit.ly/5tipsbloomingpost

  2. 5+1 Ways to Find Your Creative, Musical Voice http://bit.ly/findvoiceblog

  3. Tips for Managing Your Time (for the D.I.Y. Rock Star) –Blog-vember Day 1 http://bit.ly/Ep75BV2019blog1

  4. Tips for Managing Your Time (for the D.I.Y. Rock Star) –Blog-vember Day 1 http://bit.ly/Ep75BV2019blog1

  5. Tips for Dressing (for the D.I.Y. Rock Star) http://bit.ly/Ep76BV2019blog2

VIDEOS:

  1. London Shopping Haul 2019 http://bit.ly/londonshophaul

  2. Digitech RP360XP Guitar Multi-Effects Pedal Unboxing http://bit.ly/digitechguitpdl

  3. urBeats Earbuds Unboxing http://bit.ly/urbeats3unboxing

GAB & JAM:

London Shopping Haul 2019

SONG CLIPS:

39. “Neo Dream Zone” http://bit.ly/neodreamzone

40. “Strutting Bass Groove” http://bit.ly/struttingbass

41. “Strutting Guitar Groove” http://bit.ly/struttingguitargrv

42. “Banjo-ing Flow” http://bit.ly/banjoingflow

43. “Funkin’ Bass Groove, Dude” http://bit.ly/funkbassgroovedude

SONGS TO SOUNDCLOUD:

35. “Agitating the Power” http://bit.ly/agitatingtonywebb

36. “Clinging to Goldfish” http://bit.ly/clgoldfish

37. “Glad” http://bit.ly/gladthanku

38. “Zandalee’s Journey” http://bit.ly/zsjourneysc

38. “Special” http://bit.ly/specialemtrm

UPCOMING:

(HERE'S HOW WE PLAN: Weekly Blogging Planning Method)

—Well, that’s it. That’s all.

What have you taken time out of your business plans to conquer?

What has been your Mount Everest?

We’d love to hear about it.

Share it with us in the comments.


Until next we meet, here’s wishing you love, peace, and chicken grease!

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