All posts by Matt J.

Matt is one of the co-founders behind Local Sounds, a non-profit organization that helps promote, preserve and develop Madison's local music scene. He has played drums for several bands and was formerly on the MAMAs board.

Why are you still trying to get signed?

Why are you still trying to get signed?!The music industry landscape has changed drastically over the past 10-15 years.  It’s pretty much unrecognizable from the music industry that I grew up with through high school.  So why hasn’t the mindset of the musicians changed as fast?  For those seeking a musical path to stardom, it sounds to me that the majority of bands still see getting signed as Nirvana (the point of enlightenment, not Kurt Cobain’s band). Continue reading

The Top 10 Music Industry Blogs You Should be Reading

Top 10 Music Industry BlogsI’ll be the first one to admit, compiling top lists like this is never easy and subject to author bias and reader criticism.  However, I’m still gonna go for it.  And that’s only because I’m putting this disclaimer here and letting you fantastically awesome people tell me what else I might have overlooked or should not have included in the comments on this article.  We good?  Aight, let’s do this. Continue reading

The Madison Artist’s Complete Guide to the MAMAs Red Carpet Experience

MAMAs 2014 Poster (click to view larger)As most of you who live in Madison know, the Madison Area Music Awards, or MAMAs, are held late spring, early summer at the Overture Center.  This year the MAMAs are on Sunday, June 22.  The theater doors open and the Red Carpet Experience kick off at 6:00pm and the curtain rises at 7:00pm.

But Matt, why do we need a “survival handbook” for the MAMAs Red Carpet?

Well, because I said so.  And because there are some new additions to the red carpet this year that will knock your pants off! Continue reading

The Revenue You May Be Missing Out On

Increase your revenue with a real job as a musician, unlike Batman

Earn more revenue than Batman

As a new band starting out, you might immediately think that there are only a couple of ways to earn extra revenue.  Between that and the fact that people around you are telling you to give up the musical dream and get a real job, you might think that music will never be an actual job.  But I have good news for you: music IS a real job, and those people don’t get it. Continue reading