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Hold That Thought
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February 01, 2018 11:26 AM PST

In this Episode we rapped about Dj’ing, live performances , mental health, social media , brand ambassadors, adding your own creative touch to classic songs, overcoming the typical request, where to find new mixes and music for musicians.

Cutty Jones

Quotes from Cutty Jones

-"It seems like a giant mountain to climb. " In regards to learning a new field.

- "I have always had a hands on approach to it." On performing

- "I definitely hit some road blocks."

- " You would learn something new, and from learning something new you would be discouraged."

- "The bay-area has some fire players."

- "You have every tool in the world to reach your crowd."

-" Girls like hooks and words."

DJ Tools
Dj City
DJ Pool

Music Industry Blog

I love this quote because it is so true. In regards to social media marketing.

" It's ironic that one dj can stay up on top if marketing but a four piece band can't.

Here is my tip: Take two week shifts. Each band member must maintain the social feeds for 2 weeks. That breaks down to every 6 weeks your dreadful service will appear.

Follow us on Twitter at @holdthat77
Drop us a line at cjsevents1@gmail.com

January 18, 2018 05:32 AM PST

In 2017 David Brimer played a total of 103 gigs. This included a tour from Connecticut to Georgia. Four of these shows included successful tributes to the Stones, Hendrix, Petty and the Beatles. He released his first all Jazz album ( Mulberry ) 2 ep's and a single. He wrote a screen play that finished as a finalist in 13 horror screen play contest, wrote a novel and managed to get married all in one year.

In this episode we rapped about all of that and more.

Quotes from David Brimer
" It's what you choose to do with time."
"The creative urge in me is always very strong."
"I would work on 3 or 4 different projects a day by segmenting my day out."
"I am always working on something that pushing me forward."
"Finding gigs involves creativity."
"I started as a flowery writer."
"If I am going to do something, I have to excel at it."
" Once it becomes physical than it becomes real to me."

Idea book ( highly recommend )

Marcel the Drunkard

David Brimer

Ladymoon Beam

Book Recommendation
Love is a Mix Tape

January 09, 2018 07:21 PM PST

In this episode I went over three life hacks that I use to accomplish my New Years Resolutions. Meditation/Mindfulness, Gratitude journal and working out. All three have helped play a major part in my growth and development as a Father, husband, small business owner and paddle board racer.


My podcast on mediation with Kevin Stamper of Restoration Church. https://restoretrinity.sermon.net/listen/main/21038165#.WkwmaBep8fw.facebook

My next guest : David Brimer


December 04, 2017 01:09 PM PST

Welcome everybody to "Hold That Thought " Educational Moment. In this episode we discuss tips that will help you improve as a cover musician. The insight in the podcast has been shared with me from musicians, talent buyers and venue owners. If you have any further insight please feel free to leave us a message.

1- Challenge yourself to get better
2- Diversify
3- Check the ego
4- Keep your setlist on shuffle
5- Have a kick ass demo
6- Bring the energy
7- Keep your business updated
8- Learn how to network
9- Learn how to market
10- Stay up to date on the music business
11- Learn business strategies
12- Find your desired audience
13- Learn how to price your services
14- Create different demos for different clients
15- Get out of town
16- Stay organized

Recommended reading - Bob Lefsetz

Business resources - SBA https://www.sba.gov
SCORE - https://www.score.org

August 20, 2017 10:17 AM PDT

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/

FREQ- https://www.facebook.com/FREQ.Tampa/

July 13, 2017 09:31 AM PDT

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 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

CRISPR - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OltIYd6FCDE

Webiste - https://johncolearyiii.com
Social - https://www.facebook.com/jcoiii

June 01, 2017 09:17 AM PDT

We rapped about: Lyres made from turtle shells, water organs, hymns, primates making music, metaphysics within music and the connection between music and nature.

Quotes :
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.



Kevin Stamper Links

May 18, 2017 09:54 AM PDT

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."

Jon Ditty videos
website - https://jonditty.com

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.

May 16, 2017 11:18 AM PDT

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 cjsevents1@gmail.com or go old school and ring the bell at 813-482-5646

May 04, 2017 07:35 AM PDT

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.

Show notes.
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.” [4] 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

Joel Kachel- http://joelkachel.com
The video we filmed afterwards - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EcQQbaiCCYs
Blueberry Patch - http://blueberrypatch.org

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