What Would John Doe Do? – Do I Need a “Team” to Succeed?
Jun12

What Would John Doe Do? – Do I Need a “Team” to Succeed?

A Question from Chris Castle John, I was a Nashville staff-writer from the age of fifteen until I turned twenty-two. Over the course of those seven long years, I cultivated a great distaste and distrust for the corporate music business- and I’ve managed to avoid it ever since. I personally handle all booking, album production, publishing, copyright administration, royalty collection, radio promotion, publicity, social networking,...

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What Would John Doe Do? – Should I Keep My Manager?
Jan17

What Would John Doe Do? – Should I Keep My Manager?

Editor’s Note: John Doe’s new album KEEPER is now available. Click here to check it out. A Question about Management Hi John, I have a question about whether I’m better off having a manager or not early in my music career. I have a manager now and my friends tell me I’m lucky to have one since I’m not really making much money at this stage. He is a fan of my music and volunteered to be my manager. The thing is, I...

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What Would John Doe Do? – Music Publishing
Oct13

What Would John Doe Do? – Music Publishing

Editor’s Note: John Doe’s new album KEEPER is now available. Click here to check it out. Question from Chris in Austin, TX Hello Mr. Doe, Recently I have been involved in extensive songwriting with my chums, and the notion of publishing has come up repeatedly. Here are my questions: Is it worth the effort to wrestle through the stacks of paperwork required to maintain complete control over your works, or is it viable to give a...

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What Would John Doe Do? – Should I Quit My Day Job?
Aug30

What Would John Doe Do? – Should I Quit My Day Job?

Editor’s Note: John Doe’s new album KEEPER is now available. Click here to check it out. A Question from Pete in Raleigh Hey John, I’m an aspiring musician who has been playing for more than 10 years and been in a couple of bands. I’m in the process of recording a solo record, but I also have a full time job that would make it difficult to hit the road in earnest once it’s complete. I’ve been trying to at least...

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What Would John Doe Do? – Firing Our Bass Player
Aug02

What Would John Doe Do? – Firing Our Bass Player

A Question from Chris in Chicago: Mr. Doe, My bandmates and I are struggling to decide if we should replace our bass player and would like to get your opinion on our situation. I was recently approached by a well known and very talented bass player in our area who expressed interest in playing with us “if we ever had an opening”. Our existing bass player is a capable player and good guy but clearly doesn’t have the...

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What Would John Doe Do? – Singing Technique Tips
Jun07

What Would John Doe Do? – Singing Technique Tips

A Question from Jon Hey there John! I’ve been a huge fan of X, the Knitters, and all of your solo work for a long time. You always sound great live when you’re singing even when you’re moving around. I’ve been having trouble with getting volume out of the mic, and I was wondering how you get your sound. So what, are you yelling your head off? Do you have an amazing sound guy that tours with you? Were your vocal...

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