It’s #MusicMonday, and that can only mean one thing – it’s time to get caught up with industry news!
Here’s what caught my attention this week.
▶️ Sweet & Lynch Release New Single, “You’ll Never Be Alone”
A recent string of hard rock releases has me all worked up. With new singles from Extreme and Winger, the only thing that would supercharge my pulse now would be a release from Harem Scarem. They did recently come out with the Mood Swings bundle though… 🤯
In the meantime, a new Sweet & Lynch single will MORE than tide me over.
In case you don’t know, this super duo consists of Stryper singer and guitarist Michael Sweet, and George Lynch of George Lynch fame (I kid – he’s probably most known for his work with Dokken and Lynch Mob… but honestly, supergroup KXM also kicks ass).
As usual, in “You’ll Never Be Alone,” Sweet demonstrates his rare ability as rock’s leading tenor (something he isn’t widely recognized for, if only because of his involvement with a Christian band). Sweet sounds as good as ever here.
Lynch’s guitar work is tight, but the iceberg of his creativity is hidden from plain sight in this single. Here’s hoping the new album, Heart & Sacrifice, rocks even harder. It’s slated for a May 19 release.
▶️ DIY Musician VIP Experience
CD Baby recently announced their DIY Musician VIP Experience, a reimagining of their DIY Musician Conference to be held in Nashville, TN from May 18 to May 20.
Now, I have great memories of going down to Austin in 2019, and I guess I’ve become somewhat of a “routine” guy because Austin in the summer, at least to me, is exhilarating.
Still, we all know that Nashville is the Music City, and it’s a great destination for musicians to visit – especially those who’ve never been!
For this year, CD Baby has settled on a smaller, more intimate gathering (thus the VIP experience), and if I had to speculate, I would say that’s probably because:
- Setting up a big event is a lot of work and is quite costly besides.
- CD Baby would like to dedicate more time and resources to their music distribution services.
- COVID related restrictions. Officially, they’re gone, but unofficially, they’re very pervasive.
As I said, though, that’s just my perspective on the matter, and CD Baby may have entirely different reasons for testing out their smaller, VIP event.
A ticket will get you access to MusicBiz sessions, DIY Musician sessions (including panels, mentoring, and networking), fireside chats with industry pros, showcases, networking, Tom Jackson’s solo artist live makeover, and we assume, much more.
By the way, showcases represent a great opportunity to get your music out there, even land some licensing and placement opportunities. Given the scope of the event, though, we’re not sure how many decision makers will be at the DIY Musician VIP Experience, and we certainly make no guarantees!
Only 300 artists will be able to attend, so if this is a “hell yeah!” for you, get your tickets now.
▶️ The New Music Industry Podcast Interview with Emily White
In case you missed it, episode 287 of The New Music Industry Podcast features a conversation with Emily White, partner at Collective Entertainment and founder of #iVoted Festival.
I know her best for the phrase, “an artist’s email list is their retirement plan.” There aren’t enough emojis in the world to emphasize that point.
Highlights from this episode include:
- Why data collection should be an artist or band’s top priority.
- Why authenticity and self-awareness are key to your success as a musician.
- Why artists should learn to record themselves.
- How to stay on top of business communication.
- How to make a green smoothie (without all the fuss).
- How to meditate (without all the fuss).
- The importance of sleep and the difference it can make, as well as a book recommendation on the topic.
▶️ Are You Committed to Having a Breakthrough in Productivity?
I just created the Productivity, Performance & Profits Breakthroughs Facebook group. I plan to stream and share updates weekly to support the launch of my first premium book, the Productivity, Performance & Profits Blackbook.
If you are committed to having a breakthrough in productivity, I invite you to join. What does it look like to be committed to having a breakthrough in productivity? It means showing up, engaging with the content, reading, watching the streams, leaving constructive comments on what worked for you, what didn’t, and the changes you’re making in your own life to be more productive.
▶️ Best of David Andrew Wiebe
I blog daily on my personal blog. Here are my favorite posts from the past week:
- When They Can’t See the Whole Picture
- The Flawed Thinking in “I Don’t Like the Game Because it’s Hard”
- An Apple Pie with Your Name on it
And that’s what jumped out at us this week, but if there’s anything else you think we should have covered, leave a comment below and let us know!