The Hexagon Podcast is about six aspects of being a singer-songwriter.  You can learn more about the podcast and host by listening to, or reading about, Episode 0 here.

You can learn more about Jesse at his website, here.

Each episode, I'll discuss the Six Aspects of Being a Singer-Songwriter with my guest...so we may discuss things like:


Writing

  • What is your process?
  • How do you stay organized?
  • Do you immediately copyright everything?
  • Do you co-write?
  • Do you write out lead sheets for your songs?

 


Performance

  • Solo shows versus band gigs
  • Performance tech--loop pedals, tracks, gear, etc.
  • How do you book your shows?
  • How do you find the right venues?
  • Have you done any regional/national tours?
  • Describe your most difficult show?
  • What is your anxiety level before a typical show?
  • What is your best strategy for merch after the show?

Recording

  • Record yourself or go to the studio?
  • Do you try to capture your raw sound, or perfect it with studio techniques?
  • Do you record a demo for every song?
  • What can you do for yourself...and when is it time to hire someone else for the rest?
  • Do you release physical recordings (i.e. CDs or vinyl) or just digital?

Business

  • Are you a member of a Performing Rights Organization (PRO, i.e. ASCAP, BMI, SESAC)?
  • Do you know who your audience is?  How did you develop that awareness?
  • How do you know what to demand regarding pay when you play shows?
  • How do you keep your audience engaged?
  • Do you file taxes as a musician?
  • How do you know where to put your energy when it comes to social media?
  • How do you find new streams of income?

Growth

  • How do you stay informed about musical trends?
  • How do you find new gear?
  • Where do you find new music?
  • How do you learn new covers?
  • Are there techniques you've learned that took your playing, singing, or writing to a new level?

Life

  • How do you do all of the above and still have energy left over?
  • What kind of toll does that take on your relationships?
  • How do you define success?
  • How long have you given yourself to "make it"?
  • If you weren't a singer-songwriter, what else would you be pursuing?