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Episode #035: The Nuts & Bolts of Tour Production, Finances & Live Show Business Pt. 2

Welcome back to the Savvy Musician Show. Today on the podcast we continue with part two of our interview with John B. Webster, an accomplished tour set designer and builder. In this episode, we continue our conversation about the layering effect that you can achieve by systematically introducing light, color, and haze onto the stage. John explains how to increase the theatricality of your productions to ensure an impactful ending to your show. He sheds light on the safety implications of using pyro on stage and cautions us against those elements that are best avoided and those that should be used sparingly. For those who favor a romantic atmosphere, John B gives pointers about the types of objects that effectively create that vibe on stage. We discuss the practicality of using LED technology and then jump to the all-important topic of finances. As any successful entrepreneur would do, he reminds us how crucial it is to stay within the budget and to keep tabs on what you are spending on each effect. We learn how lucrative merchandise sales can be on tour and that it’s never too late to adjust a stage element that isn’t working for you. We talk about the visibility of artists during a show and John B. dishes out some helpful tips in this regard. Tune in to hear it all! 

Key Points From This Episode:

  • How to create a layering effect in your productions
  • Ensuring that your show builds up to a grand finale.
  • How and when to use pyro.
  • Why it is important to always consider safety first!
  • Using candelabras and candles to create mood.
  • Making the most of LED technology.
  • Respecting your budget.
  • Profiting from merchandise sales.
  • Optimizing your visibility on stage.

Tweetables:

“LED technology is the way to go.” — John B. Webster [0:07:49]

“The idea is to go out there, tour, and to make more money, make more connections, get your name out there, make your brand larger than it is.” — John B. Webster [0:11:10]

“Planning is key, it’s the key to all of it.” — John B. Webster [0:15:56]

Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:

John B. Webster — https://johnbwebsterdesign.com/
Leah McHenry — https://leahmusic.net/
Leah on Twitter — https://twitter.com/LEAHthemusic
Savvy Musician Academy Facebook — https://www.facebook.com/onlinemusician/
The Super Fan System Elite Program  http://www.callsma.com/
Shopify —https://www.shopify.com/?ref=savvy-musician-academy

Episode #034: The Nuts & Bolts of Tour Production, Finances & Live Show Business Pt. 1

Today we get a glimpse into the behind-the-scenes functions involved in set and tour production. Having worked with artists such as Joni Mitchell and k.d. Lang, we are fortunate to have John B. Webster, better known simply as John B, with us today. He is going to share a bit about how he managed to land such impressive gigs and his philosophy that keeps all doors open. He touches on the nitty-gritty of set design, including the creative process and the importance of keeping the type of venue in mind. Those on a tighter budget would be delighted by his brilliant tips for introducing striking design elements, all available from your local Home Depot. We further talk about the effects of lighting and color on stage and hash out the difference between a fogger and a hazer. Tune in to find out what else you can do to put up a spectacular show.

Key Points From This Episode:

  • Friends can be valuable contacts.
  • Never burn bridges in relationships.
  • Set design starts with a meeting with the artist.
  • 3D CAD programs can be used to sketch set designs.
  • Design elements must fit different venues.
  • Banners are user-friendly, convertible and inexpensive.
  • Digital printing has made logo printing much cheaper.
  • Use mylar foil and lights to create atmosphere.
  • Colored lights work well on screen door mesh. 
  • Make friends with the light guy at the venue.
  • Uses hazers rather than foggers.
  • Lighting and music must correspond.
  • Identify your primary color lights and communicate it.
  • Create a story with your music.

Tweetables:

“I’ve spent most of life very carefully trying not to burn any bridge whatsoever because you just never know when that’ll lead to a different opportunity for you.” JBW [0:03:48]

“You can’t, in any musical environment, you just about never can have too much haze.” JBW [0:16:26]

Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:

Displays2Go — https://www.displays2go.com/

John B. Webster — https://johnbwebsterdesign.com/

Savvy Musician Academy Facebook — https://www.facebook.com/onlinemusician/

The Super Fan System Elite Program  http://www.callsma.com/

Episode #033: Secrets of Spotify: Case Study On How to Increase Monthly Listeners & Revenue

Today on the show we are joined by Dave Powers from the band MountainCity. Dave and his wife, Tara, formed the band as a folk and country duo a few years ago and have managed to grow their following and revenue impressively since then. In our conversation, Dave shares the ways in which he has approached these tasks on the different online platforms and the strategies that have helped him take the band to where they are today. We discuss a lot about Spotify and how to get onto the important playlists on the streaming platform. Dave even shares some extra special tactics that have helped them get millions of listens and a steady source of passive income. We talk systems and spreadsheets, generosity, guerrilla marketing, and building mutually beneficial relationships in the business. For this and a whole lot more, be sure to join us today!

Key Points From This Episode:

    • A little bit about Dave and his band Mountain City.

 

    • How Dave has approached growing on Spotify.

 

    • Reaching out to people with playlists on the platform.

 

    • Understanding Spotify’s algorithms and how to use them.

 

    • Intentionality and the tracking of your systems.

 

    • Guerrilla marketing and reaching out to strangers.

 

    • Generosity and helping others through your network.

 

    • Doubling down on relationships and solidifying your listens.

 

    • How payment works on streaming platforms.

 

  • And much more!

Tweetables:

“This is something you just chip away at over and over again, you translate your key words into different languages so you can tap into those platforms or a playlist.” — @Mtncitymusic [0:14:01]

“I continue to engage in the process so it’s kind of always building more and more. It really does ebb and flow.” — @Mtncitymusic [0:16:58]

Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:

Leah McHenry — https://leahmusic.net/

Savvy Musician Academy Facebook — https://www.facebook.com/onlinemusician/

The Super Fan System Elite Program  http://www.callsma.com/

MountainCity — https://mountaincitymusic.com/

Jeff Walker — https://jeffwalker.com/

Episode #032: The Art & Science of Stage Design Pt. 2

Hey everyone and welcome back to the Savvy Musician Show! In this episode we dive into Part Two of our conversation with Matty Chirichillo, as he tells us about touring, the music industry, and putting together a great show. Matty is a DJ, Songwriter, Music Producer and Production Manager/Systems Engineer at Pure Joy Productions. After covering some important topics in Part One of our interview with Matty, today we are jumping in and discussing hiring the right people according to your budget, funding your tour, organizing transport, and much more. Matty’s enthusiasm and young expertise is so inspiring and we are sure you will find a few of gems in our conversation that you can apply to your own career. For all this and more be sure to join us!

Key Points From This Episode:

    • Putting together a skeleton crew for a great, low-cost tour.
    • Considering different ways of funding a tour and its expenses.
    • Figuring out salaries and the going rates for different roles.
    • The vehicle, the driver and the laws around these.
    • Hiring a visual artist and the video and projection aspects of a show.
    • Matty’s last little piece of advice to our audience.
    • And much more!

Tweetables:

“You got to have some idea of tickets being sold before you get there and really working on your marketing aspect and doing a real hard marketing push no matter what.” — @MattyChirch [0:06:28.4]

“At the end of the day even though these bands have a lot of big budgets everyone is still trying to save money.” — @MattyChirch [0:08:09.3]

Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:

Matty Chirichilo — https://www.linkedin.com/in/mattchirichillo

Savvy Musician Academy Facebook — https://www.facebook.com/onlinemusician/

The Superfan System Elite Program  http://www.callsma.com/

Episode #031: The Art & Science of Stage Design Pt. 1

Welcome back to the show everyone. Today we are joined by Matty Chirichillo who is here tell us all about how to put together a successful tour and all the different aspects that go into this. Matty has worn a lot of hats at his young age, having toured with the Eagles amongst other big names, travelled the world as a DJ, and worked in studio as a producer and musician. In this first part of the conversation we cover Matty’s early years and how he got into the music industry. Matty then breaks down the logistical aspects of touring and offers tons of great advice for accounting, merchandise, and who to hire. The conversation continues in part two, so stay tuned for that too!

Key Points From This Episode:

    • Some background on Matty, his work and area of expertise.
    • Where to start when planning a first tour.
    • Tour accounting and Matty’s own tips for this endeavor.
    • Tickets, merchandise and logging all these numbers before paying anybody.
    • The different roles and people you need to take along.
  • And much more!

Tweetables:

“It’s super important of really being kind and never burning bridges wherever you go because if you are really serious about touring, you will see all these people again.” — @MattyChirch [0:07:57.9]

“One of the biggest ways to create revenue for yourself as an artist these days is from the live touring.” — @MattyChirch [0:11:31.8]

Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:

Matty Chirichilo — https://www.linkedin.com/in/mattchirichillo

Savvy Musician Academy Facebook — https://www.facebook.com/onlinemusician/

The Superfan System Elite Program  http://www.callsma.com/

Airtable — https://airtable.com/invite/r/77zW2eU1

Episode #030: From $0 to $20k Per Month in Music Sales Without Touring

Welcome back to the Savvy Musician Show. Today on the podcast we are going to be talking about using Facebook as a platform and the strategies Leah has used that have led to some amazing results lately. Since implementing these strategies, Leah has gone from zero dollars, zero fan base, no knowledge about business or the music industry whatsoever, all the way to making $20,000 a month in music sales. Inside this episode, we will go over exactly how Leah did this, especially as a recording artist who doesn’t tour, which is absolutely unheard of! Stay tuned as we go over how to build your culture, why you cannot ignore Facebook as a platform, and how to micro-niche down to let your brand stand out. So to jump into the savvy side of Facebook, stay tuned to today’s episode!

Key Points From This Episode:

  • The reason behind why Leah chose not to go on tour.
  • What motivated Leah to become a savvy musician.
  • Understanding that there is no cheap trick or tactic to success.
  • Why it is important to build a culture around your music.
  • Micro-niching down in order to stand out in a saturated industry.
  • Importance of having a congruent brand across all platforms.
  • Why knowing your audience is a precursor to your marketing strategies.
  • And much more!

Tweetables:

“Facebook has absolutely changed everything I was doing.” — @LEAHthemusic [0:04:19.1]

“You need to build a culture around your music using Facebook.” — @LEAHthemusic [0:06:38.1]

Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:

Savvy Musician Academy Facebook — https://www.facebook.com/onlinemusician/

The Superfan System Elite Program  http://www.callsma.com/

Episode #029: Behind the Scenes of a Profitable Tour with Martjin Westerholt

Welcome back, everybody! On the show today we have Martijn Westerholt from the symphonic metal band, Delain. Martijn is here to tell us all about his experiences as a successful full time touring musician over the last two decades. We chat about his early career and former bands before discussing the set up with Delain. From there Martijn unpacks what goes into a tour for him and the band and what the process looks like from start to finish. Through the interview, our guest is kind enough to offer advice to those only starting out on this type of venture and then compare it with the more seasoned set up that he has with his work currently. Martijn offers great advice on staging a spectacle, conquering new markets and the value of having a strong team to work with. He also gets into some financial advice and the best use of earnings when trying to build a future as a touring band. For a great conversation with an experienced professional, be sure to listen in!

Key Points From This Episode:

  • A little about Martijn and his current band Delain.
  • The songwriting process for Delain.
  • Some of the accomplishments of which Martijn is most proud.
  • Planning for the future and focussing on building support.
  • Thinking about the idea of conquering countries and picking the right markets.
  • The importance of spectacle and putting on a great show.
  • Presenting yourself appropriately on stage in accordance with the music.
  • The order in which Martijn goes about planning a tour.
  • Why you should find good people to sell merch and work the sound desk.
  • Where to invest your earnings when you are starting out.
  • Maximizing profit from live shows and cutting costs.
  • Doubling down and selling more merchandise.
  • And much more!

Tweetables:

“You have limited resources at your disposal, so you should make every shot count and I think it’s very important that you reached the right people.” — @delainmusic [0:06:46.8]

“You have to think about the market you’re targeting so I’m not talking about the people, I’m also talking about the countries.” — @delainmusic [0:07:26.4]

Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:

Savvy Musician Academy Facebook — https://www.facebook.com/onlinemusician/

The Superfan System Elite Program  http://www.callsma.com/

Martijn Westerholt — https://www.discogs.com/artist/254736-Martijn-Westerholt

Within Temptation — https://www.withintemptationrecordings.com

Delain — http://www.delain.nl

Episode #028: How to Quit Your Day Job and Play Music Full-Time Pt. 2

Welcome back to the Savvy Musician Show and the second part of our conversation with Daniel Coates about going full time with your music career. Daniel travels and performs around the world as Suntara and in this segment we will continue our foray into how he made this a viable and profitable venture. We chat about capturing live shows on video and how Daniel uses this footage, and we get into taking a leap of faith to find your audience. Daniel also expresses his gratitude for his family who are always on the road with him before we think about the exponential growth of musicians following their dreams and finding their own magical way in the world. For all of this and much more, be sure to tune in!

Key Points From This Episode:

  • The volunteer who films all of Daniel’s shows for his promotional use.
  • Taking the risk before you can see the whole path.
  • Daniel’s target audience and hitting it out of the gate.
  • Building an audience out of a look alike profile.
  • Daniel’s family’s involvement and the inspiration and motivation they give him.
  • The ripple effect of following your dreams.
  • Reconciling the calling for spiritual music and the business and marketing side of things.
  • Using your own micro-niche and building events and experiences out of that.
  • The power of retargeting and following up on interest.
  • And much more!

Tweetables:

“We started it out with a certain amount of savings and it wasn’t enough but then we manifested some money, it just came from an unexpected source and things just opened up as we went along.” — @suntaramusic [0:03:12.3]

“People think that kids get in the way off you living the dreams but they actually make you do it, they make you do it.” — @suntaramusic [0:11:39.1]

Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:

Savvy Musician Academy Facebook — https://www.facebook.com/onlinemusician/

The Superfan System Elite Program  http://www.callsma.com/

Daniel Coates — http://www.suntaramusic.com/about/

Suntara on Facebook — https://www.facebook.com/suntaramusic/

Eventbrite — https://www.eventbrite.com/

Episode #027: How to Quit Your Day Job and Play Music Full-Time Pt. 1.

In this episode of the Savvy Musician Show we are joined by Daniel Coates from our very own Savvy Community. Daniel is a great example of someone who has taken some of the lessons we teach at the academy and applied them to making a living from what he loves, his music. Daniel is here to tell us all about how he did this and the unique way in which he applied these lessons to his own model and ambitions. We chat about the time leading up to his full time career switch and how he then managed to make the change to an international touring musician. Daniel explains his live shows and the marketing strategy that goes into planning these. He also gets into life on the road with his family and how he has built this into his career. For an inspiring conversation with someone who has successfully created a viable music career, be sure sure to tune in!

Key Points From This Episode:

  • A little bit of Daniel’s backstory and how he made the switch to full-time musician.
  • The defining moment that forced Daniel to make his own way.
  • Daniel’s advice to someone trying make a living from their art.
  • Some information on Daniel’s live show and what it involves.
  • Daniel’s basic marketing strategy for getting people to attend his events.
  • The things Daniel tweaked to start making a profit from his music.
  • Touring with family and making that work on the road.
  • And much more!

Tweetables:

“It eventually arrived and it arrived largely because of the information that you put together for us, that’s a huge part of it.” — @suntaramusic [0:08:46.2]

“I went to Portugal and I lost money and I went to Italy and I lost money because I did, I made some mistakes and I didn’t have enough events and I wasn’t doing this day workshop.” —  @suntaramusic [0:19:43.2]

Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:

Savvy Musician Academy Facebook — https://www.facebook.com/onlinemusician/

The Superfan System Elite Program  http://www.callsma.com/

Daniel Coates — http://www.suntaramusic.com/about/

Suntara Music — http://www.suntaramusic.com/

Suntara on Facebook — https://www.facebook.com/suntaramusic/

Eventbrite — https://www.eventbrite.com/

Episode #026: What Is Windowing and Should You Try It?

In this episode of the Savvy Musician Show Leah will be talking about windowing and its usefulness as a launch strategy. First off, Leah unpacks exactly what windowing is and how it has traditionally been used in the film industry to try and maximize revenue for films across platforms. She then looks at who in the music industry the strategy might be applicable to and why you would actually consider employing it in the first place. From there she unpacks some of the fundamental pros and cons of windowing and how to navigate these for best results. The last part of the episode is spent examining Leah’s own experiences with this strategy, in her current album launch cycle. For a great and informative exploration of the idea and its utility, be sure to tune in!

Key Points From This Episode:

  • What is windowing? And looking how it has been used in the film industry.
  • Who can successfully use windowing as a strategy?
  • Basic pros and cons of windowing your album launch.
  • The importance of communication and framing your choices to your fans.
  • Considering piracy and losing revenue across platforms.
  • Setting expectations and preparing for the unexpected.
  • Leah’s own experiences with windowing in her current launch cycle.
  • Why Leah has now chosen the accelerated windowing strategy for herself.
  • Hitting six figures for the launch and revenue goals for the rest of the year.
  • Exposure over windowing in building a following.
  • Leah’s challenge to those looking to build a bigger audience.
  • And much more!

Tweetables:

“All my marketing strategies for my album are encompassed in what I can do online and how I can promote my fan base year round and then I create assets and my albums are assets and these assets are what I market every single day.” — @LEAHthemusic [0:01:38.6]

“By controlling the experience, you’re controlling where and how people can access that media.” — @LEAHthemusic [0:04:11.3]

Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:

Savvy Musician Academy Facebook — https://www.facebook.com/onlinemusician/

The Superfan System Elite Program  http://www.callsma.com/