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June 13, 2018 12:11 PM PDT

In this episode my good friend Jamie Salvatore explains the benefits about getting out of town. I also include two ways to help book out of town gigs.

The first is by doing a dry run in the city you are looking to play in. This can be easily accomplished by networking with other musicians at open-mics. The second is by cold-calling venues.

Quotes : " The real voyage of discovery consist not in seeing new landscapes but inn having new eyes." - Marcel Proust

May 26, 2018 07:37 AM PDT

In this Episode we go over some ideas on how to monetize exposure gigs.

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May 26, 2018 07:35 AM PDT

In this Episode we go over some ideas on how to monetize exposure gigs.

Want to share your input send a message on Twitter at @Holdthat77

April 24, 2018 06:08 PM PDT

In this episode we rapped about teaching, comfort zones, reinventing yourself, being in the moment, self talk, Neal Peart and Jacob Blazer.

"The Kids need me at my best."

" That was hard to figure out, because I don't come from that school of thought."

" If you can be in the moment that's when I think audiences pay attention." In regards to playing cover shows.

" I try to embody that on the stage and in the classroom." In regards to being in the moment.

" Be open to something else happening."

" Never write a setlist, be open to the possibilities of what each show could be."

" This is your 5th year, you have the routine down."

" For me, it's teaching the kids. Making my community, my state, a more compassionate artistic place. A place where kids feel comfortable in their own skin."

Lyrics from "Light of Day."

" I know I can't say just how many days you've got, but I know you've still got today....
So be thankful for the light of the day.

Favorite saying
Dumpster Fire

Kevin Brawley

Teacher Talk: Reinvent Your Routine

Twenty Three Over Four



March 15, 2018 11:59 AM PDT

In this episode we discuss " The Idea Book" by Fredrik Haren. Inside this amazing book is a story of how the Police of Chief was able top solve a crucial problem by doing the exact opposite. I have utilized this exercise to generate ideas for my music production company.

Feel free to reach out to us on Twitter @Holdthat77 - https://twitter.com

The Idea Book

March 02, 2018 11:23 AM PST

In this episode with Forrest we rapped about his latest album, which is titled " The Temporary Nature of Things." Visually appealing album artwork, comparing and contrasting Tampa/Nashville's music scene, touring, venue owners and the marriage of music and art.

Quotes from Forrest

"Now I can do what I like, I work 20 hours a week."

"I don't believe you have to move to Nashville if you want to make it."

"Freedom is really making it in my world."

"You are either building yourself up or beating yourself up."

Album Artwork : Palmer Holmes and Sammie Yun

Forrest Hoffar

website - http://www.forresthoffar.com
Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/forresthoffar/
Youtube - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jt_097Cr_P8&feature=youtu.be

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.

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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

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