Musicians, bands, songwriters & fellow music industry colleagues… this blog’s for you
I want to connect with you. I want us to challenge each other to think and rethink about the music business. I want to know what you’re going through to reach your dream/goal of making a living with your music. I hope to help by sharing some of the things I’ve learned (and continue to learn) as I apply my best thinking and best work to world of music. Currently, I’m putting my heart and soul into building solutions for musicians and the music industry at Music Xray.
Until now, May 2013, this blog was a smattering of stuff and then I largely abandoned it as social media grew dominant. I’ve recently decided to revive it and focus more purely on the few things I know a lot about.
In addition to stuff about music, I occasionally go on a rant of some sort or another about something I consider important enough write about. My food and wine musings are those of a non-expert but I’m getting better and I have been around, eaten at some of the world’s best restaurants and I’ve been oddly lucky to have been served by some great private chefs (long stories).
What do I get out of this?
I win when you share my posts with others. There are rewards for entrepreneurs like me to be considered influential thinkers in our fields. I don’t seek anything other than the indirect rewards that come with being recognized for knowing my shit.
I’m pretty analytical. Sometimes it can seem emotionless. It’s not meant to be but I tend to lay things out in a logical, step by step path toward reasonable conclusions. My arguments are here for you to read but also to punch holes in. I don’t always get it right but you can count on me to tell it how I see it. I’m always open (and eager for) a more compelling argument, a better point of view.
We live in an increasingly transparent world and I figure that if you are reading this page of my blog you’re likely trying to figure out what qualifies me to write the things I do. So, here goes…
What qualifies me?
I’ve worked in the music business for almost 20 years and I’ve been an entrepreneur for all but 6 of those years.
As an entrepreneur, I started and had a modest sale of my first company before age 30. As marketing director at the Barcelona Olympic Stadium and arenas, I had the opportunity to work briefly with major acts and their business teams, including Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, Gloria Estefan, Prince, Madonna, U2, Coldplay, Backstreet Boys, Spice Girls, Aerosmith, and many more top names. I also helped bring the MTV Europe Music Awards to bring the event to the city and led the much of the city’s coordination for the international product launches of the Toyota Yaris and the Saab 9-3. Let’s be honest though, Barcelona is a city that sells itself, so any smart hard-working person in this role would have achieved similar results. But the experience and the opportunities formed and shaped my career.
As a musician, I played guitar and sang in various bands and was eventually signed to a label as a solo musician during which time I wrote and performed two hit songs in Catalan before hanging it up and diving headlong into the world of music-tech. Frankly, I just don’t have the chops to be a great musician so switching back to the business side was a better idea. I do have the chops for this.
My companies have been featured in Success Magazine, The New Yorker and other media, been the subject of a very popular case study at Harvard Business School – which is taught at top business schools all over the world, been profiled in a few documentaries, and even written into the screenplays of a couple network television series.
I speak several languages, do business internationally, and occasionally I rant on The Huffington Post.
Most recently, I co-founded and currently serve as CEO of Music Xray, where we are introducing new technologies that help the music industry identify top talent and high potential songs quickly and efficiently while opening the doors of opportunity to millions of musicians. In fact, Music Xray has become the largest online community of music industry professionals in the world.
I live in Barcelona and New York and have a special fondness for my home state of Nebraska.
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