I Was Featured on the Self Discovery Wisdom Podcast

I Was Featured on the Self Discovery Wisdom Podcast

I recently had the opportunity to be interviewed by the vivacious Sara Troy (she makes me sound smarter than I am). Please support her. She does amazing work! In this episode of the Self-Discovery Wisdom Podcast, you will discover:

  • The moments that inspired me to get into music
  • My early influences, including the Carpenters, Chicago, “Weird Al” Yankovic, and 80s glam metal
  • Why passion (and suffering) is part and parcel of the artistic life
  • What I learned from my friend and collaborator Patrick Zelinski
  • Why I got into the music business and my desire to help artists
  • How I ended up investing in a music business startup and what happened to it
  • How networking benefited my career BIG TIME
  • Why and how to plant seeds on social media to grow your artistic career
  • How to navigate hardships and disappointment
  • What being a musician coach means to me
  • Why SMART goals aren’t that smart
  • When to press into fear and when to stick to your guns
  • When and when not to explore new musical genres
  • Why even if you do manage to land a record contract, you’re not guaranteed success
  • What successful artists have in common
  • How being pragmatic has served me throughout my career
Admit Your Desires

Admit Your Desires

It can take a long time to understand yourself.

It so often happens that we’re born into situations where embracing our true desires would mean betraying the wishes of loved ones and the values held dearly by them.

Think of the recent satirical biopic – Weird: The Al Yankovic Story. The film is only loosely based on Al’s life story, but it features a trope we all know so well. A young Al discovers his passion for the accordion but must keep it a secret from his father. Of course, he is later discovered, and his father smashes Al’s accordion to pieces.

It’s a trope for a reason. Plenty of people have this experience or something like it.

Ironically, areas where we’re wounded most often hold the key to our desires and identify. We would not be hurt over something that did not matter to us. It’s because it matters so deeply to us that we are so vulnerable to anything opposing or attacking our desires.

The prevailing statement I’ve heard from my friends is “I thought there was something wrong with me.”

I felt the same way. In my 20s, I valued my autonomy and freedom so much that when presented with a possible job opportunity, I would take months thinking about it before ever acting on it. And by that time, it was usually too late.

As it turns out, I’ve always valued autonomy and freedom, to the point where most decisions I make are in total alignment with this value.

When we’re out of alignment with our desires, we only hold ourselves apart from what we want. We may experience a personal hell of sorts, because we try to change, or conform, or become more of what we deem acceptable by family, friends, and society at large, all the while sacrificing the essence of who we are.

You’ve got to admit to your desires. The universe is already moving that way. When you start moving that way, too, you experience flow. So much time spent not getting what we want is simply us holding ourselves apart from what we want, because we’re not willing to admit our desires.

The New Podcast is Here

The New Podcast is Here

Today, we launched episode zero of the new podcast, the Adrenalize Def Leppard Fan Podcast.

Given that it’s “episode zero,” it’s a short and sweet episode, but it does hint at things to come.

No matter how many podcasts you start, though, it seems like it always takes a few episodes to find your footing. This will likely be the case with the new Def Leppard show as well.

Either way, though, I feel like I haven’t had this much fun in a while. And that made me think… maybe that’s what’s been missing from my business efforts. Humor.

Humor is a magical thing. Obviously, we all like to be entertained. We all like to laugh. But humor can do so many other things.

Humor can soften blows. When harsh truths are revealed through humor, they tend not to hurt as much.

Humor can work like a hall pass for parodying what some might consider “sacred.” Just look at “Weird Al” Yankovic. Of course, there are people who don’t like him all that much, but even the artists he’s parodied are generally thrilled to be lambasted by him.

That’s the hope with our new podcast as well. I have a lot of respect for Def Leppard, but I’m probably going to be trying some crazy things. I’m going to be letting loose. And I’m hoping that humor will gloss over anything that might hit listeners the wrong way.

But like I said yesterday, the new podcast and merch line feels like a sandbox in which I can play without restraint. It’s all an experiment anyway. If all goes according to plan, it’s going to take off, but even if it doesn’t, if I have the time of my life doing it, it will be well worth the effort.

Fundamentally, though, I’m doing this to leave Adrenalize in a better state than I found it in. That isn’t to say there’s anything wrong with it. Rather, I want to see it take off as it has never taken off before and support my friends in taking their careers to new heights. To that extent, I believe it will become another great case study I share on Music Entrepreneur HQ.

To top it all off, I am working on some new music for the podcast, some of it ridiculous. I’m having a blast.