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The Most Important Thing I’ve Learned: Let Your Dreams Guide You Features Guest Blogs The Most Important Thing I've Learned 

The Most Important Thing I’ve Learned: Let Your Dreams Guide You

This is probably the most important lesson I’ve learned — let your dreams guide you. You have one shot at this thing we call life. That’s it: one shot. If you know what it is you want to do, why you were put on this planet, what moves you — you need to do something about it. Only a small minority of people have this figured out and if you’re one of them, you have a precious gift. And you have to do something about it. Several years ago I…

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The Most Important Thing I’ve Learned: Trust Yourself Features News The Most Important Thing I've Learned 

The Most Important Thing I’ve Learned: Trust Yourself

As anyone who has made a full-length album before will tell you, it’s a HUGE undertaking – emotionally, financially, and in the sheer number of hours required.  I just released my first full-length album Green Hearts at the end of January after raising money through crowdfunding.  In addition to self-releasing it, I’ve been doing my own PR for the release (on top of a demanding day-job).  Suffice it to say it’s been a busy year!  I have learned so much, but the most important thing I’ve learned throughout the entire process…

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The Most Important Thing I’ve Learned: Being Resilient Features Guest Blogs News The Most Important Thing I've Learned 

The Most Important Thing I’ve Learned: Being Resilient

Over the past four years, our band has played some of the largest music festivals in the country, been featured on EMG TV, snagged 14 sponsorships within a few months time, had music on The Today Show, The Food Network, NFL Total Access, & more. One specific thing that has drastically helped our career is our un-compromised resilience. I’ve been playing in bands since I was 14. When I turned 18 I left my life behind and moved to Minnesota to start a new one. I had no connections, and…

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The Most Important Thing I’ve Learned: Emotional Connection (How We Made 125k on Kickstarter) Alternative News Rock The Most Important Thing I've Learned 

The Most Important Thing I’ve Learned: Emotional Connection (How We Made 125k on Kickstarter)

This past year, our band launched a Kickstarter campaign that landed us on their front page and became the highest grossing music campaign of 2016. We asked our fans for $2,016, optimistic that we would surpass this symbolic goal, and ended up with over 125K a few weeks later. It was insane. We live in Nashville and several of our musician friends have asked us why we thought it was so successful. They want us to reverse-engineer the outcome, so they too can achieve mega crowd funding success with their fans. We…

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Music & A Message: Making A Difference Features Guest Blogs 

Music & A Message: Making A Difference

I’ve been listening to music with a message for a long time. It started when I was a little kid in the modern heyday of the message song: the ‘60s. “Meaning” and “music” were synonymous to me sitting on the floor pushing my wooden truck around with songs like Tom Paxton’s “Buy A Gun for Your Son” and Buffalo Springfield’s “For What It’s Worth” serenading me in the background. Paxton sardonically sang, “Let his little mind expand, place a weapon in his hand…” In Tom’s case, and throughout the country, the most powerful weapon was…

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Touring 101: How To Promote Your Show Features Guest Blogs News 

Touring 101: How To Promote Your Show

Hard work, hard work, hard work…….did I say hard work?  Hard work is what it takes to put fans through the door at your show.  But first things first.  Make sure your songs are  as tight as they can be. Rehearse the set so it becomes part of muscle memory…no thought involved so one can just sink their entire heart and soul into the emotion of the song being played.  Remember: it’s a performance that folks are paying for, and there are a million live music choices out there.  So…

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Whose Lyric Is It Anyway? Features Guest Blogs 

Whose Lyric Is It Anyway?

How many of us are mesmerized by our favorite bands lyrics? Certain lyrics can change a persons mood and​ behavior. There are so many die hard fans that live by these lyrics to get through the day or maybe even a bad breakup. I would even go as far to say the lyrics define the artist. The statements we make through music define who we are ​and​ what particular genre we fit into. Now, all this being said​,​ what if ​I​ were to tell you ​that ​95% of artists don’t write their own lyrics? Would this then change…

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Ending Pay To Play In The Local Scene Features Guest Blogs 

Ending Pay To Play In The Local Scene

In the last year and a half, the local Orange County music scene has been engaged in an experiment. That experiment can best be summed up in the words “End Pay to Play.” The Sky Catching Fire has been fortunate to have come together in the right place, at the right time to participate in this endeavor. The results have been promising, thanks to a handful of dedicated people calling themselves Orange County Music League. Orange County Music League was founded in 2013 by John Safari and Kevin Martin, bookers…

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How Losing My Dad Took Me On A New Journey Features Guest Blogs 

How Losing My Dad Took Me On A New Journey

At the age of 14, I began pursuing my passion for music as a professional career. Only one year later, shortly after recording my first EP, that all changed in an instant when my father unexpectedly and suddenly passed away at the too young age of 50. It completely altered the foundation of my life and my family. Our worlds were turned upside down. I needed to step back and take much needed time off to pick up the pieces. It gave me a chance to reflect and pour myself into writing. It…

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Out Of The Box Promotions: Tapping Into The Inner Child To Promote Our Music Features Guest Blogs 

Out Of The Box Promotions: Tapping Into The Inner Child To Promote Our Music

Being a band with a unique sound, we knew we needed an innovative promotion strategy to connect with people and to build our fan base. We had to totally operate outside of the box to reach new fans. Collectively we decided that tapping into the “inner child” would be the best way to organically reach more people. This is something that most artists would never consider doing to promote their music. We innocently started on this mission about a year ago by organizing kickball games during the summer on Sunday…

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