Finding Your Hidden Musical Triggers – How To Overcome Writer’s Block

One of the most powerful things we experience in life is being in the zone. Everything you do is right, everything you say is right, and every note comes out like mimosas at a Sunday brunch (Oh, I’m just getting one drink – said no middle-aged woman ever.) I’ve written a lot of music. Some good, some bad. Some amazing, …

How To Be Yourself In The Music Industry

People are so weird. Last week, I was at this amazing barbecue restaurant and the table next me to opens up their bags, pulls out some ribs, and asks the waiter: “Uh excuse me, can we get some plates? We brought our own food.” WHY WOULD YOU BRING YOUR OWN FOOD TO A RESTAURANT After I wondered how this person exists …

Interview with Kate Schutt – Jazz Artist and Entrepreneur

Kate Schutt is truly remarkable, both as a musician and as a person. Multi-talented might not be enough to describe Kate Schutt. She’s a musical triple threat: guitar-wonder, singer-songwriter, and producer-arranger. She’s also an over-achiever: a lifelong athlete, Schutt played Division 1 Women’s Ice Hockey and Lacrosse at Harvard, while graduating Magna Cum Laude in English Literature. While there, she attended …

How Musicians Can Get Higher Pay For Live Shows

I think musicians, more than any other profession, have this masochistic pleasure to accept shit pay for their talents. In fact, most are BEGGING to play for free. They say things like “It’s just the way it is” or “I’ve gotta pay my dues” or “I just do it for the music, man”. No one ever say these things again …

How To Increase And Automate Your Gigs

It seems as if everyone has a top ten list on how to do something these days. Top ten ways to write a country song, top ten ways to break into the music industry, or top ten life hacks on how to eat a cupcake. “Hey everyone did you know if you cut the bottom of a cupcake and stack it on …

The Myth Of The Overnight Success

“To the extent that we believe we can skip steps, avoid the process, magically gain power through political connections or easy formulas, or depend on our natural talents, we move against this grain and reverse our natural powers. We become slaves to time – as it passes, we grow weaker, less capable, trapped in some dead end career. We become …

Why It’s Hard To Accomplish Our Goals (and how to improve this)

I know what you’re thinking. Another how-to article/something to do with 2016 resolutions. And everyone has already posted their goals on Facebook (especially soccer moms, ugh) about how they want to “just have fun this year”, or lose 10 pounds, or stop being weird to everyone. These are lame goals. I chose not to post around New Year’s Eve for …

Artist Spotlight: Christina Knaus

Hustle and Conquer The World. That’s the name of the game for everyone here at HTBAMS. If you notice something, we do things differently here. (By the way, listen to that song that’s above me if you haven’t yet. What I find interesting is the unique melody choice: super bold and I love it. KILLER voice – complete control of …