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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1 | 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 (um, that’s me), this show is designed to be a resource for bands to up-skill, empower…

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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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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…

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