AI Takeover?! Y’all Need to Chill Out

AI Takeover?! Y’all Need to Chill Out

One of David’s recent live streams on productivity and AI pushed some buttons, leading some viewers to leave some aggressive (and mostly irrelevant) comments about his stream.

In this video, David shares why everyone needs to take a chill pill.


00:00 – The book is about productivity
00:18 – Should I talk about Artificial Intelligence in my book?
00:40 – 18 ways artists and creatives can use AI to increase their productivity
00:59 – Sensationalist headlines
01:20 – Facts, stats, and figures concerning AI and productivity
02:40 – Programming?
02:54 – Assassination of character


Seriously. Y’all need to chill. I recently went live to read a chapter from my latest book, the Productivity, Performance & Profits Blackbook.

Let’s keep in mind. The first word in the title is “productivity.” I don’t know how you could have possibly missed this. The book is about productivity.

As I was beginning work on the book, I realized pretty quickly, “Hey, AI is kind of popping up and it’s becoming a big thing right now. It would be pretty silly of me not to cover productivity and AI in a book about productivity.” Wouldn’t you think?

I could turn a blind eye and not mention it, or I could write badly about a brand-new topic. Which would you have chosen?

Looking at the chapter in question, it’s primarily about 18 ways creatives can increase their productivity using AI. It’s theoretical. I asked ChatGPT what it thought, and it gave me 18 points. I expanded on those 18 points in the book. It was an experiment.

Now, I get it. My video totally had a sensationalist headline. But you try being a YouTuber for five to 10 years, pumping out hundreds of videos and only getting a few likes, a few views, a few comments. No one cares about what you’re doing. You try that. See if you can get any views on your videos without being sensationalist.

So, we had some questions about facts, stats, and figures. And it’s not that interesting yet. That’s not surprising, because we haven’t seen the full extent of how AI is going to be implemented as well as the specific ways in which it’s going to be applied towards creating a more productive workforce.

But the thing is… I was able to find a bunch of stats in short order with a five-second Google search. Look, I’m a consultant man. If you’re going to hire me for $150 an hour, don’t make me do Google searches. I would advise you to make better use of my time.

But let me share with you what I found, just in case.

64% of businesses expect AI to increase productivity.

“Expect to.” That doesn’t mean it will.

A quarter of companies are adopting AI because of labor shortages.

Hmm… interesting. It seems like maybe if people were willing to work, so many companies wouldn’t have to turn to AI.

Chinese companies have had the highest adoption rate of AI.

77% of people are convinced that AI will cause job less in the next year.

77% of people are convinced of a lot of things that don’t necessarily come true all the time.

15% of the global workforce could be displaced because of AI.

“Could be” is the operative term here.

Over 60% of business owners believe AI will increase productivity.

Again, “Believe.” “Believe” doesn’t mean it will, but that’s the way people are looking at it. People are entitled to their opinions.

Another thing that came up in the comments was something about LLM and programming.

Look, I don’t claim to know anything about this. My work will require that I learn about it, so I’m going to be learning about it. But I never mentioned anything about programming. It does not come up in my book.

Lastly, the whole point about the assassination of character…

Look, man, we’re all doing the best we can. If you’ve got something to say about the topic, why not leave me alone? Stop watching my stuff and go make your own video, bro. Seriously.

Okay, thanks for watching my rant. Have a great day.

The Yin and Yang of a Music Career: Be a Good Hang

The Yin and Yang of a Music Career: Be a Good Hang

What did David learn about the yin and yang of a music career from Derek Sivers? Watch the latest video to find out.


In my 2009 interview with Derek Sivers, he kind of talked about the yin and yang of a music career.

If you’re just getting started and you’re not good at what you do just yet, he suggests you should spend plenty of time in the shed getting better at your craft.

Then, when you’re ready, start getting yourself out there. Make as many contacts and friends as you possibly can. It’s not about networking per se. It’s about getting out there and meeting people.

And he says that you’ve got to be a good hang because there’s a lot of well-publicized jerks out there. You may think you can behave that way and make it to the big time, and it usually doesn’t work that way. So, you want to be a good hang

Every Album You Make Can Be a NICHE Unto Itself

Every Album You Make Can Be a NICHE Unto Itself

Have you ever been told to focus on a specific genre as an artist? Have you been told NOT to color outside the lines? In this video, David shares an approach to releasing different styles of music that has a prove track record of working.


When I interviewed Derek Sivers in 2009, he said something interesting about albums that I’m not sure I even caught the first time, and that is this.

In the 60s, 70s, and 80s, artists like David Bowie and Paul Simon had very sharply defined focuses. Each album represented an idea. Whether it was experimental music or gospel music.

So, those of you who are having trouble defining your brand. One of the things you should be looking at is what is your niche for every album that you put out.

Each album can be a creation and a niche unto itself. And that way it’s way more fun and you get to express yourself creatively and musically in a variety of ways.

So, if you enjoyed this tip, make sure to check out my new book, Productivity, Performance & Profits Blackbook.

Don’t You Have ANY Original Thoughts?

Don’t You Have ANY Original Thoughts?

Sometimes, it can be easy to mistake thorough investigation with being “book smart.” In this video, David shares his process for creating content and why it is often rich with examples, stats, quotes, stories, and case studies.


In writing blog posts and scripting podcast episodes, I will sometimes reference relevant quotes or statistics or case studies that either complement or supplement the post in some way.

What’s interesting is sometimes people have come to me and gone, “Dude, like, don’t you have any of your own beliefs You’re always quoting other people and telling other people’s stories.”

And the funny part about that is I’m usually stating exactly what I think, and then supplementing it with references that prove my point.

Most people seem to love it that I provide links to additional resources and tools that help them in their music career.

And if you’re the kind of person that loves additional tools, resources, references, case studies, statistics that are going to help you create the life you love through music, then I think you’ll resonate with me just fine.

How to Achieve Artistic Freedom by Living BELOW Your Means

How to Achieve Artistic Freedom by Living BELOW Your Means

What can CD Baby founder Derek Sivers teach us about being frugal? How did he manage his finances? What was his mentality around income? In this video, David recounts what Sivers shared with him.


In 2009, I got to interview the founder of CD Baby, Derek Sivers. At 22, Derek quit his job, became a musician, and never looked back.

Now, I asked him how it is that he was able to do this, and what he told me was that he lived within his means. Many of us will interpret that to mean we should spend every dollar we make, whether we know it or not.

That’s how we think about living within one’s means, and that’s not how it works at all.

Derek said he didn’t get a car, he always took the subway, and he never went out to eat unless someone was treating him.

This is a commonality among many successful people I know, that they live below their means.

When you’ve got a year’s worth, or maybe even two year’s worth of expenses saved up, you don’t have to say “Yes” to projects that you don’t want to take on anymore. It’s a form of freedom you can’t earn any other way.

So, if you enjoyed this insight and you’d like more like it, check out my new book, Productivity, Performance & Profits Blackbook.

Tommy Tallarico’s BIG Gambit: How He Got Into The Music Industry

Tommy Tallarico’s BIG Gambit: How He Got Into The Music Industry

What can we learn from North America’s most prolific video game composer, Tommy Tallarico and the risks that he took to get where he’s at today? In this video, David recounts the story exactly as Tallarico shared it with him.


In 2007, I got to interview North America’s most prolific video game composer, Tommy Tallarico.

As the story goes, he was 21, living in Massachusetts with his parents. The only thing he knew was that he wanted to be part of the music industry, but he wasn’t even sure in what capacity.

One thing he had figured out was that if you’re going to do music, you need to be in L.A. So, he left his parents crying on the doorstep and left for L.A., and he lived under a pier for two weeks.

But on his first day, he found a job at Guitar Center selling keyboards. He wore a TurboGrafx-16 shirt to work. That’s a video game console, and it was brand new at the time.

So, in walks a producer from Virgin, sees the T-shirt, goes over and talks to Tommy, and asks him whether he wants a job on the spot. And he’s been in the video game industry ever since.

So, the question is, when’s the last time you’ve taken a big risk like that? And what are you willing to do to create the music career of your dreams?