Category Archives: Quick tip

Quick tip 265 The best tools

J.P.s Quick tipWe read reviews online. We watch videos of the product on YouTube. We read the industry magazines. We talk about it on social media. We relay on other people’s opinions and understandably so, as often buying new tools for musicians can be expensive. But what are the best tools?

The best tools are the ones that help us to create, but gets least on the way of creating. We want all the bells and whistles, we want our new guitar to make a cup of coffee for us. We want the new recording software to be able to reproduce the same results as the legendary Abbey road studios. But what if less is more? What if all we need is a simple setup that allows us to create, not come a thousand page manuals to learn the most basic functions.

J.P.

The author J.P. Kallio is a singer songwriter
To get EIGHT of his songs for free go HERE

Quick tip 264 Surround yourself with talent

J.P.s Quick tipYesterday I got to play a session with some very talented musicians. You know the kind of musicians who make you want to put down your instrument and just listen. Just even thinking about it I’m still buzzing 🙂 I pushed my self harder than I have in a  while, and I am pretty good at pushing my self.

This got me thinking, you should try to surround yourself with musicians better than yourself. Playing with musicians who constantly challenge you is the best way to develop your own skills as a musician. Being the best in your group of musicians might be good for the ego, but to become better musician, you need to put down your ego.

J.P.

The author J.P. Kallio is a singer songwriter
To get EIGHT of his songs for free go HERE

Quick tip 263 But what if?

J.P.s Quick tipWe do what we have been told. We do what we have seen others do. We walk the path that others took many years a go. We follow the old signs. We dream of a success that only very few managed to reach in the past. And those who did, now struggle to hold on to it, because what was then is not relevant anymore.

But what if we take a clean slate? What of we forget everything that was and concentrate on what is, and what might be coming? We sweat over an album, when no one buys them anymore. We work for months, even years, sitting on it, as we hope the big release date will explode us to the stardom. But what if we would break it down? Release one song today, another next month, and another the month after? Would that not make us more relevant today, tomorrow and the day after, than us sitting on an album worth of songs?

But what if we think outside the box of old junk?

J.P.

The author J.P. Kallio is a singer songwriter
To get EIGHT of his songs for free go HERE

Quick tip 262 Don’t let small setbacks deter you

J.P.s Quick tipWe all fall from time to time. Learning, or mastering a new skill is hard. To survive in todays music business you need to learn new skill over and over again every day. It is not the ones who came in guns blazing that will win in the end, it’s the ones who no matter how many time they fall down, still always sick them selves up.

Things will go wrong. You will make mistakes. You will put out work you are not happy with from time to time. Put that is the process of learning. If you think you can perfect your craft in your bedroom, and then just step out into the stardom, you are sorely mistaken. Don’t let small setbacks deter you, get up and keep on going.

J.P.

The author J.P. Kallio is a singer songwriter
To get EIGHT of his songs for free go HERE

Quick tip 261 Don’t get too caught up on originality

J.P.s Quick tipMusic has been around longer than the historians can actually pinpoint. But only in the past century or so have we been able to hear music from different cultures, without leaving our home. But with traveling and mixing of cultures, new musical styles were developed. And now we are so wrapped up in originality, that the need to be different can get on the way of good music.

Let me just spill this out. Everything has been done before, in one form or another. In the past music was based on taking influences from the past and making them more relevant to the current time. So let music evolve naturally, don’t get too caught up in trying to be “original.” Just make music you want to make.

J.P.

The author J.P. Kallio is a singer songwriter
To get EIGHT of his songs for free go HERE

Quick tip 260 Impactful album cover image

J.P.s Quick tipAs the album sales are dropping, as well as downloads, do album covers still mater? Yes they do, in fact they have become maybe even more important in many ways. Also how they need to standout has changed. Now extremely detailed pieces of artwork might not be the best idea, as most people view album artwork in their Spotify or Apple music streams, and often on their mobile phone screens.

I still believe the more personal you make it, the better. Also if you can tell a story in a simple image, that can be very powerful. Just remember even more than before you need to stand out from the crowd. You need to give people reason to click on your album cover in a sea of hundreds, if not even thousands of other album covers. This might just be something that makes or breaks your success in the streaming services.

J.P.

The author J.P. Kallio is a singer songwriter
To get EIGHT of his songs for free go HERE

Quick tip 259 Make the New Year count

J.P.s Quick tipThis is the last one in my series of New Year motivation quick tips. If you followed the past three quick tips, we talked about using new year as a fresh start, we decided to get organised and made a plan. Now lets put it all together and make the new year count.

Too often we make big plans in the new year and by the time we get to March, we have forgotten all about it. Keep that plan visible, make it a screen saver on you mobile phone or computer. Write it down on a good old-fashioned piece of paper and stick it above your work desk. Read through it every Monday and evaluate how you are doing. That is only 52 Mondays to stay focused, and by the end of the year if you stick to it, you will be amazed what you have achieved.

J.P.

The author J.P. Kallio is a singer songwriter
To get EIGHT of his songs for free go HERE

Quick tip 258 Make a plan

J.P.s Quick tipSo we have committed to fresh start and getting organised. Now it is time to make a plan. What is it that you want to achieve in 2016? Be realistic, but at the same time ambitious. Know your limits, and then push them just that little it extra. You can do this!

Write down where you are now in your career, and where you want to be by the end of the year. Then figure out a step by step plan how to get there. If your goal is something you don’t know how to achieve, then that is exactly where you should start. The first step should be to educate your self in the topic. Once again the information age makes all this achievable. Do your research online, ask help from the people who have done something similar in the past. Don’t wait around for the magic ferry to hand it to you. Make a plan and make it happen.

J.P.

The author J.P. Kallio is a singer songwriter
To get EIGHT of his songs for free go HERE

Quick tip 257 Get organised

J.P.s Quick tipIt I so easy to try to do hundred things at the same time, and not really get anything done in the end. Often our workspace ends up being a mess, as much as the work we try to accomplish. So my second tip on how to start your year on a “clean slate” is get organised.

Start by prioritising what you are going to be doing this year. Figure out how much time you will allocate for every individual task. How often are you going to be doing it. Also organise your work space. Have the tools you need to accomplish your job at hand. Get rid off, or store the stuff you are keeping “just in case.” How many broken guitar cables do you keep for the rainy day? Do you still need those spare network cables, when pretty much all data has gone wireless? Get organised, so you can create more efficiently.

J.P.

The author J.P. Kallio is a singer songwriter
To get EIGHT of his songs for free go HERE

Quick tip 256 Fresh start

J.P.s Quick tipNew year is a perfect opportunity to clean the slate of all the crap we ended up carrying with us the year before. Figure out what works, what does not and what you should concentrate your efforts on. I know it is only a one day, but it is also an opportunity for a fresh start, and you should make the best of it.

I’ll give you few examples. As an artist, figure out what social media you spent the most time last year. How did it compare to the others you use. For example, we get very wrapped up in Facebook, spend a lot of time on it, and the engagement on our music page might not be so high. But at the same time if we post a picture on Instagram, it might have much bigger engagement. Maybe that is where you should spend more time this year.

Musically, how many new songs did you write last year? Can you write more this year? How many of the songs got recorded and released? Could you release more this year? Perfection is admirable, but being prolific will get you much more results. Make a fresh start and go out and create more.

J.P.

The author J.P. Kallio is a singer songwriter
To get EIGHT of his songs for free go HERE