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:
- 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?
- 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?
- 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?
- 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?
- 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?
- 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?