Mastering Music & Life with Tony Mantz

Recently I had the privilege of chatting to Tony ‘Jack the Bear’ Mantz, a legendary Melbourne-based mastering engineer and spokesperson for mental health within the music industry. This is one of the most real and raw interviews I’ve probably ever done to date.  Personal development is one of my biggest passions and we touch on…

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How to Shred the Rest of 2019

It’s mid-way through the year and if your band isn’t where you thought you’d be, I got you. There’s still 6 months left to the year and the perfect time to start planning for the rest of the year and into early next year. Whether you want to rapidly raise your band’s profile to start…

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There’s No Such Thing As Competition

A few years ago I wanted to book an overseas tour. My band Vanity Riots already had the connections to tour the Philippines but we thought, “Hey, let’s do Indonesia as well. We know heavy music is big there (our old guitarist was from Jakarta) and it can be this kind of mini tour of…

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Being in a Band Podcast – Ep1

Welcome to the Being in a Band Podcast! Being in a Band is a podcast for savvy musicians who want to learn more about music business, marketing, strategy, mindset and all things, well, being in a band. Hosted by digital marketer, music journo and musician, Monica Strut, this show is designed to be a resource…

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The Magic Formula to Success

Figuring out the difference between someone who is successful and someone who isn’t – not just in music but anything – is probably my mission. Understanding success and defining what the ‘X-factor’ actually is has always been interesting to me. But as I watch more bands I’m close to starting to have the success they dreamed of for years, I’ve become even more infatuated with the concept of success and whatever that means to the individual experiencing it.

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8 Hacks to Make Your Day Job Work (When All You Want to do is Play Music)

I’m writing this on a Monday and like many of you, I have returned to my full-time day job wondering where the fuck the weekend went and why my office has run out of coffee at this most pivotal time of the week. At best, working your ‘dayjob’ is never going to be as enjoyable…

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