Should You DJ for Free? A Pragmatic Guide to Performing

When you're starting out as a musician, it is incredibly tough to figure out when to perform for free. Music is work, and takes time, money, and talent to put together a good set. While on one hand you feel like you should be paid for your art, there are dozens of other similarly talented musicians [...]

By | February 2nd, 2017|Booking/Events, Career Development|0 Comments

White Rabbit’s Brandon Owen on Success, Leadership, Marketing (+More)

Hello my little Pariahs! My apologies for the radio silence. Earlier this month, I spent a week in Los Angeles to celebrate my 21st birthday. I had a lot of fun, partied a bit, and got a chance to play at Space Yacht. I even witnessed the beginnings of the election riots outside of Donald [...]

By | November 26th, 2016|Booking/Events, Career Development, Interview, Marketing, Producer/DJ|0 Comments

Jake Schneider: Bassnectar’s Booking Agent on Management, Identity, and Hustle

It’s not every day that you get to talk to Bassnectar’s booking agent. We sat down with Jake Schneider, an employee-gone-executive at the artist management and booking agency, Madison House. In an industry where some people seem to be a single-sided sheet of paper, Jake is a multifaceted gem of knowledge and intrigue. We go [...]

By | October 10th, 2016|Career Development, Interview|0 Comments

Should Artists Sell Tickets?

Should artists sell tickets? There's been some heat recently on whether performers should help promote the shows they play at. The argument I've heard most often is, "Well, I'm an artist. Selling tickets is the promoter's job. My job is to perform." This is true. Your job is to perform. But, the most effective people [...]

By | October 10th, 2016|Booking/Events, Career Development, Producer/DJ|0 Comments

Trade Your Passion for Discipline

“Work is finding yourself alone at the track when the weather kept everyone else indoors.  Work is pushing through the pain and crappy first drafts and prototypes.  It is ignoring whatever plaudits others are getting, and more importantly, ignoring whatever plaudits you may be getting.  Because there is work to be done.  Work doesn’t want [...]

By | October 6th, 2016|Career Development|0 Comments

Editorial: In Death, Remember To Live

Today, dance music lost a bright, talented young man. Samisoni Koroitamudu, better known as BIG MAKK, died in a crash earlier this morning. The Dim Mak artist's death is sending shockwaves throughout the electronic music community. Death isn't very common in dance music, with most touring artists being under the age of 30. Hell, electronic music [...]

By | August 29th, 2016|Career Development|0 Comments

Should EDM Producers Sell Music?

For most producers: no. Or at least not yet. There always seems to be a huge rush for young producers to make an EP or single for sale. A wave of tunes from apparent nobodies hit Beatport and iTunes every day--and often sit there without a single dime to be made. Here are some reasons on [...]

How to Make Your Hometown Hate You: 7 Behaviors to Avoid on the Rise

When climbing up the ranks in your hometown, there's lots of mistakes that can alienate your city against you. The last thing you need as a budding creative is for your local surroundings to not associate with you. Protect your reputation, and develop good rapport with those around by stopping these 7 bad behaviors. Don't [...]

By | May 27th, 2016|Career Development|0 Comments

The Two Paths to Producer Greatness

[Sky's note: this was an email sent out to our email list a few months ago. Join our list] Is it better to work up to greatness, or to be great to begin with? This past week, I've been spending a lot of time with a good friend, currently attending ICON Collective in Los Angeles. [...]

By | May 22nd, 2016|Career Development|0 Comments