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.

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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How To Start Over When Your Band Breaks Up

Dealing with a breakup of any relationship is hard.  But when that relationship involves 5 other people who once held your hopes and dreams in their hands, it can be uniquely difficult! For many musicians in my circle, the break up of a band they’ve invested a lot of time, money and energy into has…

Dealing with Musician Burnout

From my experience, burnout is without a doubt one of the key reasons musicians stop pursuing their dreams.  It’s a condition I have seen all too often in my peers and it’s also something I have experienced myself. As musicians, we’re faced with navigating an extremely tough industry and constantly figuring out how to be…

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Personal Branding and Mindset with Andy Dowling

LISTEN NOW: https://www.andysocial.net/episode-158-monica-strut/ I recently had a chat to Andy Dowling of the Andy Social Podcast and the band, Lord, covering quite a number of topics from personal branding, the way the modern music industry works, fears bands often have about putting themselves out there, being an entrepreneur and carving your own path in the music…