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The Dirty Spot #1: The Venetia Fair’s Joe Brown on the ups and downs of pursuing a musician’s career
The Dirty Spot #1: The Venetia Fair’s Joe Brown on the ups and downs of pursuing a musician’s career
Being a smaller band that didn't get the immediate success of the slew of bands that have gained semi-stardom in the scene can be tough.  My bandmates (in the Venetia Fair) and I have seen countless bands with the same cookie-cutter song writing formulas, the same nasally high pitch singing, and the same br00tal frontman jump from local heroes to fan favorites in what seems like seconds, while w
Phil Labonte of All That Remains on the Second Amendment and our right to bear arms
Phil Labonte of All That Remains on the Second Amendment and our right to bear arms
When PHILIP LABONTE, lead singer of ALL THAT REMAINS, wrote an Op-Ed for AP on the right to bear arms, last week’s shooting in Colorado had not yet happened. The Op-Ed was set to run in an upcoming issue. However, in light of the horrific events, Labonte revised his column in order to address last week’s tragedy.  His position h... Read More ...
Musician life coach Dave Sherman on coping skills and perfectionism
A recent issue with a number of my clients lately has been that they seem to be creating their own problems. It occurred to me that it’s kind of a universal theme and that to some extent, we all do it.  So, I’m going to generalize a bit about how sometimes it’s human nature to make life more difficult than it has to be, and then try to tie it in to how musicians do the same thing, only on a much
Musician life coach Dave Sherman: Let’s Start a Movement
I’m a firm believer in synchronicity. When a number of seemingly disparate things happen at the same time it makes me think that it happened for a reason and that they are ultimately connected. Late last week I had this happen and it definitely encouraged me to take this column off the page (um…screen) and into the real world.  Before I get ...

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