Brett Wilkins is a cover musician from Largo, Florida. He plays in a Pink Floyd Tribute Band as well, called FREQ.
In this episode we rapped about instant gratification, trying new things, occupational stereotypes, getting to know the staff at each venue, diversifying your setlist, having a confident mentor and banned cover songs.
Quotes from Brett
" I was told that I wasn't destined to do that!" - On playing music full time.
"That's not a real job, but someone writes a check out in your name, that's a job."
"I am a working family man."
" Darkside of the Moon by Pink Floyd, It's the perfect album."
Wilkins Music - https://www.facebook.com/WilkinsMusicFL/
In this episode we discussed music therapy, Alzheimer’s, getting record players into assistant living facilities, playing music at T.E.D X conferences and collaborating and networking with other artist.
Quotes : from John C. O'Leary III
"I just wanted to see if I could make a living from music and find away to combine my passion for music and science together in someway."
"Music is my platform."
"I want to help the families of Alzheimers's patients."
"Emotion is a high component of memory."
"We are Jazz musicians at heart."
"Just like scientist don't take the time to develop stories around their science, artist often don't forget to take the time to develop stories of their work."
"Nobody cares what you are doing, they cate why you are doing it."
Ted X Tampa Bay Talk - https://youtu.be/txaqe-YKLv4
Ted X USF Talk - https://youtu.be/mKOGZ_SmvGI
We rapped about: Lyres made from turtle shells, water organs, hymns, primates making music, metaphysics within music and the connection between music and nature.
On music theory- "It's bigger than us, I can't fully explain it."
"The enlightened changed how we understood nature."
First mention of music is found in the Bible, as Jubal was said to be the father of all who play the lyre and pipe. ( Genesis 4:20-21 )
A lyre is a small U shaped heart with strings fixed to a cross bar.
The Water Organ is the oldest known keyboard to man or ape. The pipe- organ style are powered by blown air. Written records of water organs ( hydraulics ) are found in texts dating back as far as the 3rd century BCE.
The most famous water organ was created by Lucha Clericho from Tivoli ( what is now Italy ) in 1569-72 This organ stood over 20 feet high and was built under a massive arch and situated next to a water fall the fed the organ.
Jon Ditty is a rapper/songwriter/artist/activist from Dunedin, FL, practicing hip-hop for just over a decade. He has released two full-length studio albums, in addition to several recorded collaborations with bands in the Tampa Bay Area. Known for his verbose, zany, acrobatic, & witty lyricism, Jon has become a mainstay personality at Dunedin Brewery, sitting in with bands of varying genres. Having opened up for artists like Sage Francis, Slum Village, The Heavy Pets, and many more, his stage show pushes the boundaries of a typical hip-hop performance, incorporating theatrics and controllerism He is also the founder of the Dunedin Lyricist Society, a freestyle hip-hop open mic, operating since July of 2012.
In this episode we rapped about Millenals, age entitlement, hip-hop, rapping lyrics while running, daily habits, writing, learning to say no, regrouping by creating and collaborating and networking.
Quotes from the show
- "I wrote it from an outside perspective. " On creating "Ode to Mr. Bungle"
- I attribute a number of positive habits from hip-hop."
- Some of my best ideas come when I am driving in the shower or literally about to fall asleep."
- On implementing graphic design and bottle art for the Dunedin Brewery " There is a facet of my job that has this creative outlet."
- "The music has to exist for the lyrics to come out of me."
- " It was something I got into gradually." In regards to hip-hop
- " I have found all the weird rap."
- "It's ok to do something off the beaten path or not something that's straight forward."
Seinfeld Strategy - http://jamesclear.com/stop-procrastinating-seinfeld-strategy
Corrections - I had mentioned Clear Track Studios when I meant to mention Custom Tracks. I receive emails from both so I got a little confused.
Creating A Successful Music Program
These tips have been collected over the years from venue owners, musicians, sound techs, talent buyers and fans. The more of these you can implement into your game plan for your music program the better off your program will be.
If you have any questions regarding any of these tips. Drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org or go old school and ring the bell at 813-482-5646
In this Episode we rapped about touring the country, touring Europe, labels being a funny thing, reaching out to your audience, the difference between playing abroad and in the states and how to adapt to technology and the social cycle.
Quotes from Joel Kachel
- " I like listening to silence. " - about being on the road.
- " My mediation is when I am on the road."
- "Labels are a funny thing. "
- " Every night. If I am not playing shows I am playing open mics." - about touring
- "You're not something that is readily available to everybody." - On getting our of town
- " Trying to reach your audience, that's one of the hardest things to do."
- "It's the world we live in, you have to adapt." - about social media and technology.
The little one is in the background for the first 15 min, sorry but this episode was to good to discard.
Correction : The science jargon I badly messed up on, goes like this.
“The Equal Odds Rule says that the average publication of any particular scientist does not haveany statistically different chance of having more of an impact than any other scientist’s average publication.”  In other words, any given scientist is equally likely to create a gamechangingpiece of work as they are to create something average that is quickly forgotten.
Here is the version I re-wrote for the music business : A comparable rule in the industry would be: the average release of an album from a musician does not have a statistically different chance of having more of an impact than any other average album release. In other words, any given musician is equally likely to create a gamechanging piece of work as they are to create something average that is quickly forgotten. If you want to create a masterpiece then you have to be willing to create a
In this episode we rapped about plagiarism versus Influence, copyright, copyleft , originality in the eyes of the supreme court, intellectual property, contracts, shady booking agents and venue owners, integration clauses and setting standards for musicians.
Quotes from the show
On the topic of plagiarism - “ On the copyright law there has to be some originality to what you create in order for it to be subject to protection.”
“ The Supreme Court has given the definition of “original” very broad broad implications.”
“Copyright applies to the phone book the same was it would apply to the lyrics of a song.”
“Good Musicians borrow, great musicians steal.” This quote has been believed to be derived by Miles Davis, T.S Elliot, Pablo Picaso and Stravinsky
And my favorite quote of the show. This was Jerrod’s reply to a question about musicians having to pay to play. “ Pay to Play - Ouch!”
Notes and what I learned on this amazing episode.
-Copyright act was established in 1976
-Copyright clause is part of the constitution
-Copyleft - when you create something you want to share for the simplicity of having your music or art be seen or heard.
-My thoughts on copy left were for original bands trying to get their music out to the masses and was not geared towards songs created for the intention of commercial monetization such as synchronized licensing.
-You can measure show outcomes but the inconsistency between venues makes this task much more difficult than a normal business because of all the variables that take place.
-A simple text message serves as a contract
-Artist can be held responsible for ditching a gig, if the contracted was breached the owner can sue for consequential damages
-Contracts fail to properly discuss expectations - how do we bridge the gap and fix this problem ?
-Integration clause - is a clause in a written contract that declares that contract to be the complete and final agreement between the parties.
-Setting standards for musicians
How to Make it in the New Music Business by Ari Herstand
Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulations - http://www.myfloridalicense.com/dbpr/
They oversee Talent Buyers
In our first educational moment we discuss how to not overwhelm the talent buyer, appropriate amount of time before replying, reading the band submission page before hand, knowing what to include in your email, getting used to being rejected, tracking your data, reviewing your content before hitting send and realizing that their are different courses for different horses.
We rapped about life on the road from PA to FL, we also conversed about unplugging & detaching from the social cycle, out to lunch with the industry, headspace and hotel rooms, learning from your competition, opening up to new ideas, Jacob & The Good People, It's a sonic thing - one man bands, The Mudd Shark Story at Edgewater Hotel and the best small music town on the east coast Columbia, S.C
Quotes - "It's a sonic thing." in regards to original bands versus solo projects.
On meditation and clearing the head.
"Put myself in a headspace, where I don't allow anything in. I look at it like closing doors, like in a hotel room. Where you can kind of walk by all the problems you store in the hotel room and not allowing them in."
"Find out one thing from your competition."
" If you want to grow you have to make time."
"Is Nirvana and Nirvana unplugged the same thing?"
We rapped about Community Radio, Musicians Wanted, The Mix Tape Series, Working on the News, Getting your Start in Radio and The Godless Petition by Lorenzo Milam.
Quotes from the Show
RJ: “Everyone can come together on music”
RJ : In regards to the news “And thats why I love doing my type of show because you get to step outside that.”
RJ’s & Wife about The Mix Tape Series : “I explained it to my wife, Man that’s the most hipster idea I have ever heard in my life.”
Me : In regards to WMNF 88.5 “Tune in so you can get legit news.”
RJ did not want to pay an astronomical about of money to attend Full Sail so he started volunteering at WMNF 88.5 which abled him to learn how to run sound, produce, engineer and host. Lesson learned, if you want it bad enough you will find the resource.
Lorenzo Milam - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lorenzo_Milam
The Godless Petition - petitionhttp://www.ralphmag.org/orderpetition.html
The Mix Tape Series - https://www.facebook.com/The-Mix-Tape-Series-1739406982978710/