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8th of November Blog update

St. Stephens green autumnUps and downs, that’s what my week has been like… But that’s life for you, ups and downs. I must admit though, with age I’ve learned to look at the downs form a little bit different perspective. It is always good to step back from the situation and look at it as a whole picture rather than just the rut you are stuck in . I don’t want to make this blog post about my personal problems, but I want to b honest with you guys as well, so here it goes.

I got a call from my landlord, he has decided he needs to get the market rate rent for our apartment. The rents in Dublin have been going through the roof again, and now we are already twenty percent over what the rents were at the top of the famous boom that brought Ireland to its knees few years back. So a “house hunt” is ahead of us.

On one hand I feel frustrated, as this place has been my home for many years. On the other hand, maybe it is time to embrace the change. I’ve been living in the centre of the city for nearly 18 years, so not having pretty much everything at walking distance is going to be an adjustment ๐Ÿ˜€

At the same time this week has been super productive week for me. I got several new videos up on my YouTube channel, which is going to be getting a lot more love from now on, so subscribe HERE if you like to see what I am up to ๐Ÿ™‚

I also got back into running, I forgot how much of a difference it has on my day ๐Ÿ™‚ The above picture is from St. Stephens green during one of my morning runs, I’m particularly proud of it:-) My only struggle is to hold back. You see few years back I had a stress fracture in my foot and I definitely don’t want it to reappear. Many of you advised me on Twitter and Instagram on my “foot related” questions. Thank you! Ups and downs.

So as you can imagine, week like this might have quite few hidden lessons.

  1. I learned that to be more productive, I need to actually take a break and do some exercise and out doors (rain or shine) is the best option.
  2. I learned countless lessons on video editing, too many to list here ๐Ÿ˜€
  3. I learned how nice guitar Martin HD-28v is, but also how well my Musima stands up beside it. The more expensive option is not always better. It could just be different.
  4. I learned the importance of not worrying about things that are out of your control.
  5. I learned how much I despise financial greed, and would not want to be part of it. Don’t get me wrong, money is important. We all need it to be able to live. But when that greed takes control, usually bad things happen.
  6. I learned that despite my “news” this week, I have so much to be grateful about ๐Ÿ™‚

Now that is some deep and great lessons. And now onto this weeks blog posts.

This weeks song “Deep Down” is, as the tittle hints, a deep one. Read all about it in the link below and grab your self a download copy from my Bandcamp page.

Deep Down

We had a pretty “wild” Halloween here in Dublin. On Monday I shared my thoughts on how we could learn from it:

Alternative to the streets

Staying on the move, when it comes to your music promotion is important:

Quick tip 211 Keep moving

Here’s me talking about last week’s song and performing it live in my home:

Winter Months video and talk

If you commit to sharing something from your heart regularly, it will eventually bear fruit:

Quick tip 212 Commit to something

Here is why I see the modern technology as an important tool, but never the less just a tool:

Modern technology, a tool that helps us create

There was a new Facebook pages update during the week. Check it out here:

Quick tip 213 Facebook page update

Here’s the first Vlog of the week:

Vlog 12 String change

I also thought to share with you the story of my current main Guitar. Read all about it here:

My trusty old Musima

With all that I had going on this week, I was reminded how sometimes work is the best therapy ๐Ÿ˜‰

Quick tip 214 Work through highs and lows

And here’s another vlog. This one is right in the middle of my frustrating part of the week.

Vlog 13 Rainy morning blues

And this Quick tip was inspired by me working through my struggles. What I learned might help you as well.

Quick tip 215 Try to see an opportunity in a setback

And in the last vlog of the week I talked about what my recording process looks like. Check it out here:

Vlog 14 Recording Deep Down

So that’s it. That concludes another busy week. As always I’d like to hear your feedback, but this week especially I’d like to hear your thoughts on the Vlogs. So let me know what you think? And if you like what I do and would like to support me along the way, the best way to do this is through Patreon HERE. Last I’d like to say big thank you to you guys. During a week like the one I had, having you guys to share my writing, thoughts and music with has been a constant focus and a great uplifter. Thank you! And have a great week ๐Ÿ™‚


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

Winter Months video and talk

Here’s a new video and bit of a talk for last week’s song “Winter Months.” I mentioned this before, but I have been doing these kind of videos lately for the people who support me on Patreon. From time to time, I’ll be giving you a little teaser of these on my blog s well, in a hopes that the tease would inspire you to become my next Patron ๐Ÿ˜‰ Which you can do HERE

Anyway… Sales pitch over ๐Ÿ˜‰ Back to the song. If you did not read the song post yet, check it out HERE and if you like it, you can grab your self a delved copy from my Bandcamp page HERE. Let me know what you think.

Let me get little bit technical here for a second. I made the extra effort of digging out my Lumix G2 camera for the second angle shots. It’s actually a very nice camera, and I might be using it more in the future. The only problem is that the built-in microphone on the Lumix stinks bad! It actually picks up some internal noise, which sounds like the old video tape recorders… and it’s a digital camera… But the picture quality is great. Having said that, I have been ridiculously impressed with both the camera and the sound quality of the iPhone camera.

And that’s all the technical stuff over and done with. Hit play, check out the song and share it with the world.


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

Sliotar summer tour video

So here is the last video from the Sliotar tour. This is kind of collage of the stuff that most people usually don’t see, the long hours on the road, but also few bits of video from the shows. Apart from the live concert shots, the rest of it was filmed and edited by me. I am a completely an amateur when it comes to filming and editing, so be gentle with me ๐Ÿ˜‰ But I’d still love to hear your feedback as well. Oh yeah, and share it with the world ๐Ÿ™‚


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

12th of July Blog update

cameramanIt’s a cloudy overcast day in Dublin, but still warm. It feels like there is a thunder-storm on the way. But then again, ย that feeling has lingered around for few days now. We have a house quest for the next month and a half, which means I had to pack up my little office, including my recording equipment. I’m glad to do this though. And even though I felt myself resisting the idea first, It will do a world of good to me to work in a different environment for a while. Besides, I like having guests ๐Ÿ™‚

Next week I am heading out with Sliotar to play some shows in Italy and Czech. I’ll be on the road for twelve days, so It will be a nice concentrated tour ๐Ÿ™‚ And I’ll get to see a lot of friends along the way, which I am really looking forward to.

This week was a busy one, and even though I spent Thursday cleaning the house (one of my least favourite past times) and packing away my office, It was a good week. We had a great rehearsal, and managed to film quite few new videos. The sessions in the Porterhouse were great and the shows with Sliotar are in that pre tour mode, where you get to iron out the finer details of the set. I also got to catch with Rory from Melosity and it seems things are moving along nicely there as well. For those of you who contributed to the track we record in Melosity, let me just say it is sounding great ๐Ÿ™‚ We still are in the process of adding all the other instruments in to the track, but we’ll get there.

I learned some interesting lessons this week, some of them will have longer term effect on how I conduct ย my business ๐Ÿ™‚

1. I learned how little importance a unit price has in arts, if you let people help you. This is a big one and I will write about it more in the near future.

2. I learned how resiliently people resist the truth, when they want to find a shortcut. I was guilty of this in the past as well. And if you spell out the truth, not everyone is going to like it.

3. The value of finding out what your customers want by asking them. This was a lesson I learned from Rory, and will be looking into ways to implement it as an artist in the music business.

4. I realised how much I enjoy seeing people take my advice and putting it to good use.

And now off to this weeks posts ๐Ÿ™‚

This weeks song “Alone at last” looks into how so many of us are scared of being alone. Again free download available from Bandcamp. Check it out here:

Alone at last

Last week my Facebook page reached 5000 likes, and I thought to share with you some of my tips on how I did it:

My tips on getting 5000 Facebook likes on your bands page

Concentrating your career in the idea of getting signed, instead of trying to do it your self can seriously slow your success:

Quick tip 131 The misconception of getting signed

The streaming services are here to stay, no doubt about that. Now can we move on? Read more here:

Let the dust settle on the streaming storm

Here are some of my tips about booking shows for beginners:

Quick tip 132 Booking shows for beginners

Music promotion can be time-consuming. Here are my five tips how to simplify things:

Canโ€™t Keep up? 5 Ways to Simplify Your Music promotion

Once you get your first few gigs booked, you’ll soon find out that you need to have the sound engineer on your side. Here’s my tips on how to work with Sound engineer:

Quick tip 133 Working with sound engineer

If you see music as a competition, you have a long and tough road ahead of you:

Camaraderie over competition

Continuing with the tips about your first few shows, here’s a one I come across all the time:

Quick tip 134 Practice your setup

Have you hear of Jem Mitchell? Check him out here:

Share love, music and art part 3

The wonderful SumoMe app introduced a cool new feature that really works. Check it out here:

135 SumoMe Welcome Mat

And here is the first of the videos we filmed this week. Let me know what you think:

โ€œNorthern Boyโ€ live at the rehearsals

So that wraps up another week. Next week as my office is packed up, I’ll be doing most of my writing out of the house, and from Thursday onwards from the road. I’m sure the trip will inspire me to write few more juicy blog posts ๐Ÿ˜‰ Until then, keep rocking, loving, churning and learning.


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

“Northern Boy” live at the rehearsals

It is a great feeling when after weeks of rehearsing you start to hear the set come together. This week we all could hear the sounds we had been working towards for months now and we had the video camera rolling, so we decided to make the most of it. This is the first video of a quite few we filmed during the week, and Iโ€™ll be posting these as I get them edited.

Northern Boy is a track from my first solo album and you can read more about the track it self HERE. Itโ€™s been a favourite of ours for a long time, and still puts me on a good mood when I sing it ๐Ÿ™‚ This video really is starting to give you an idea what the live shows will sound like. So let us know what you think of it in the comments below, and feel free to share it with the world.


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

14th of June Blog update

street artHalf way through June, it really seems like time does move faster when you are having fun ๐Ÿ˜€ This has been a week of getting focused and making some decisions that I’ve been putting off for a while. The acoustic versions of the songs for the new album are now all up on my blog, but with all of the developments with Melosity, rehearsals and few other things I have in the plans, the final recordings for the album are running late. So I decided to let the album take its time. Even though I work well with pressures of self set deadlines, that only works when it comes to me. But this time I wanted to include more people, a lot more people. So a bit of flexibility was required ๐Ÿ˜‰ As a result, the new release date is, when ever all of us are ready ๐Ÿ˜€

But that does not mean I’ll be slowing down. Next week I’ll be posting a new song from the next patch of songs ๐Ÿ˜‰ So upwards and onwards.

So let’s get in to this week’s blog posts. It was a busy week in the blogging front as well.

This weeks song “Let Me” is taking a little bit different approach to song writing, and I know this one will not be everyone’s cup of tea. Find out for your self here:

Let Me

On Monday I had to get something off my chest. Ironically I found out during the week that one of my regular music shops is being bought out…

Letter to my local music store

Here’s a new Twitter feature I have been having fun with:

Quick tip 111 Twitter Quotes

Are you an artist? Would you like me to post some of it on my website:

Sharing the art

Find out about the power of content marketing:

Quick tip 112 Content Marketing

The launch of Apple Music was announced during the week. It already seems to have won over both lovers and haters:

Apple Music

It is important to be able to diversify in today’s music business:

Quick tip 113 Diversify

Here are some of my productivity tips on boosting your creativity:

How to boost your creativity

Focus on the right stuff:

Quick tip 114 Focus on the right thing

This last quick tipย of the week sums up what most of your promotion efforts come down to:

Quick tip 115 Help others

And last but not least, we have new rehearsal video. This is a song I am really enjoying singing lately:

Call off the angels rehearsal video

That wraps up another week. As always I’d love to hear your feedback and suggestions. But for now, keep it real ๐Ÿ˜‰


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

Call off the angels rehearsal video

This is definitely one of my favourite songs to sing at the moment, but due to the quiet nature of it, it does not always work in a noisy pub. You can find the songs blog post HERE. This was recorded few weeks back in our rehearsals and I think you can hear the sounds we have been chasing starting to develop ๐Ÿ™‚

Once again I need to remind you that this is just a rehearsal video, filmed with an iPhone, nothing fancier than that. I’d love to make a little bit more professional videos, but we are missing the budget and / or a partner in crime passionate short film maker, who shares their vision with me. We’ll hopefully get there someday. But for now, this will have to do ๐Ÿ˜‰

Let me know what you think of the video, your input is always valuable to me ๐Ÿ™‚ Also I don’t say this often enough, I love what Barra and Brian do with my songs, and I can’t thank them enough to have faith in me.

Now do me a big favour and share the video far and wide ๐Ÿ™‚ It is you people who can help me to spread the word. And thanks for watching.


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

31st of May Blog update

BusybloggerI’m starting to feel like I am in need of some serious dose of vitamin D. Summer is definitely well behind the schedule here in Dublin, and I for one am in serious need of some warm sunshine ๐Ÿ˜€ But we struggle along, coffee helps.

I don’t know really what else to tell you about this week. It’s been a busy one, bit like the past year and a bit. But I feel it’s time to get my focus… bit more focused again. Three sessions, three Sliotar shows, recording, writing and keeping my blog busy certainly does keep me out of trouble ๐Ÿ˜‰ So let’s get straight in to this weeks posts.

This weeks song was another deep one, but also a reminder to make the best with what ever time we have. Check it out here:

The Edge of the time

Flexibility is a quality I have noticed the best musicians are good at. Read all about it here:

The importance of flexibility in the music business

Lets face it, most of us donโ€™t have the money to fork out for two weeks of studio time to record an album:

Quick tip 101 Budget recording

Accept the fact something you create is artistic expression, even if you do not see your self as an artist:

Art is not just for the artist to create

I did a few social media productivity Quick tips this week. Here is the first one:

Quick tip 102 Be on Facebook all the time

If we focus on our behaviours, instead of just goals, we have much better chance to succeed:

Focus on your behaviours instead of your goals

The second social media productivity quick tip was about scheduling Twitter posts:

Quick tip 103 Be on Twitter all the time

Here is one of the most important questions you need to ask in your career:

What is the point of this?

Here are some of my tried and tested ways of getting radio play:

Quick tip 104 Radio

The last social media Quick tip of the week talked about the importance of being present:

Quick tip 105 Be present

And last but not least here is our latest rehearsal video:

Life of Crime rehearsal video

So that concludes another busy week ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you so much for taking the time to read my blog, and making May the busiest month on my blog so far! You guys rock ๐Ÿ™‚


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

10th of May Blog update

big40I know I’ve been giving out about this for a while now, but come on weather! Get it together! Living on an island on the edge of Atlantic kind of guarantees that you can not make picnic plans the day before ๐Ÿ˜€ I am officially ready for the summer, bring it on.

I’ve had a good week, apart from having a mini midlife crisis ๐Ÿ˜€ But friend of mine Des, who plays the drums in Sliotar put it nicely in to perspective and apparently with the current life expectancy I am seven years early to be having a midlife crisis. Nice one Des! But I had some lovely sessions in the Porterhouse and by the way, if you happen to be in Dublin anytime, I play an acoustic session (which is a mixture of traditional Irish music and my songs) in The Porterhouse with few friends Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday starting from 5pm, so that is the easiest way to find me ๐Ÿ˜€ I’m also there with Sliotar during the weekends, but that is upstairs on the stage.

Also we had a wonderful rehearsals on Wednesday. One of those ones when you listen back to it and you can hear something great growing out of the music organically. The weather also allowed me enough sunshine to clean my balcony, where I am hoping to do fair bit of my blog postings from this summer ๐Ÿ™‚

But let’s get in to this weeks blog posts:

This week’ song is my way explaining why I do what I do, and I think many artists can relate to it:

So I Sing

Monday’s blog post was about passion, one of the ingredients that are vital for a great art:


This weeks Quick tips were looking in to some things to consider and prepare before going in to a recording studio:

Quick tip 86 Pre-production

Here’s another sneak in to what we have been up to in our rehearsals:

Read Between the Lines rehearsal video

It is vital to make sure your instruments (including your vocal chords) are in the best possible shape before you go to studio:

Quick tip 87 Prepare your instruments for the studio

Ever sat at the bar, talked about “taking over the world”, but nothing came out of it. It’s time to stop talking and get things done:

Stop talking about things and get it done

Here’s a Quick tip about few ways you can go about your recording process. It will save you time and money to know this stuff before you go to studio:

Quick tip 88 Recording process

You can never beat the major labels at their game, but you can beat them at your game:

Lonely soldier

It still gets me how many musicians struggle to play to a click track:

Quick tip 89 Click track

One thing the professionals in the music business hate more than anything is people wasting their time:

Quick tip 90 Punctuality

And last, but not least here is why I was having a mini midlife crisis during the week ๐Ÿ˜‰

Heading for the big 40

And there we go. I’ll probably will be out celebrating my birthday (I’ll be starting day early), or waking up one year older. But let me just say this: in the past year and five months I’ve shared with you guys 464 blog posts and 71 songs so far. It has been nothing short of a magical journey and I have no plans of slowingย anytime soon. I want you guys to know that every time you visit to my website, every time you listen to my songs, or watch the videos, it all means a world to me. You guys are the definition of my success (I’ll be talking about tis more next week) and I thank you for that ๐Ÿ™‚ Have a great day!


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

Read Between the Lines rehearsal video

Read Between The Lines rehearsal imageI think it’s time for another rehearsal video ๐Ÿ™‚ This time it is a video of us playing a song that was the tittle track from my second album “Read Between the Lines”. Once again, it is a work in progress, nothing fancy, just an iPhone filming us running through the track during our rehearsals last week. But it does capture little bit of that sound scape we have been working on.

For those of you following my songs and blogs for a while now, you might remember this was an important song for me talking about the experience of growing up with dyslexia. For those of you who have not heard this song before, you can read all about it HERE.

Brian and Barra have been working hard with me on the songs and I cannot thank them enough. Soon enough we are hoping to put the hard work in to good use and go out in the world to play some live shows. But more on that as things develop ๐Ÿ˜‰

And as always, I have no budgets, or record labels promoting these videos, except you guys ๐Ÿ™‚ So do me a favour and hit those shares below, post this video on your Facebook, Twitter or any other social media you prefer to use, or if you have a blog post it and send me the link and I will share it with the rest of our wonderful community ๐Ÿ™‚ You guys rock!


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