Monday, October 31, 2005 

Do you need a record deal?

I spent the last several days with Daylle Deanna Schwartz, author of I Don't Need A Record Deal! She lectured on how artists can take charge of their own music career. They don't need to rely on a record deal, especially a bad one. They can empower themselves and make money in music.

Here are a few important points that were covered:

*Always remember you are a product because this is a business.
*Do a marketing plan. Read books on this subject.
*Create loyal fans.
*Always have an entertainment attorney review ALL contracts.
*Be driven to succeed.
*Believe in yourself.
*Have patience.
*Have a GREAT demo.

I highly suggest getting her book, I Don't Need A Record Deal!, as soon as possible. You will gain some valuable insight.

Rock on,
Madalyn Sklar
~providing one-on-one indie music consulting & coaching~

Friday, October 28, 2005 

Web site to check out...

I found this interesting web site. Check it out and tell me what you think.

Songwriters Showcases of America

The SSA is a music event production organization that produces quality events from large city music festivals to small intimate concerts. The national artists roster comprises of mostly independent artist of all styles of music.

Rock on,
Madalyn Sklar
~providing one-on-one indie music consulting & coaching~

Wednesday, October 19, 2005 

Something to think about today...

"When you know clearly what you want, you'll wake up every morning excited about life." -- Mark Victor Hansen

Do you wake up every morning excited about life? I do. It's because I love what I do! I talk to so many people who are not happy with their life. They feel stuck. They feel lost. They just want to move along and be happy. Well there is only one person who can do anything about your happiness and that is you.

Smile. It's one thing you can do right now that will make you feel good.

If you are unhappy with something in your life, do something about it. Stop saying "I can't".

"I can" find happiness and peace in my life.
"I can" sell more CDs.
"I can" write more songs.
"I can".

Rock on,
Madalyn Sklar
~providing one-on-one indie music consulting & coaching~

Tuesday, October 11, 2005 

Are you using

Okay I have to say I'm a big fan of Why? Because it's a super easy way to reach new fans with your music. I've heard success stories of bands increasing their fan base, selling more CDs and getting new people out to their shows just by spending time at myspace.

Go to and check it out. Click on "music" and have fun. If you don't have a page, click on the "artist signup" page.

Rock on,
Madalyn Sklar
~providing one-on-one indie music consulting & coaching~

Saturday, October 01, 2005 

Check this out...

Moonlight Mastering

We at have been using the services of Nancy Matter at Moonlight Mastering for a long time. Her work is impeccable and we highly recommend her.

Here is some info:

Moonlight Mastering's Nancy Matter
Nancy has been awarded numerous gold and platinum records and is affiliated with the Recording Academy, The Audio Engineering Society, Society of Professional Audio Services (SPARS), Berklee College of Music,, Inside Connection and ROTTW Magazine of Malaysia. In 2003 she was successful in her campaign to get mastering engineers included within the Album of the Year category to receive a Grammy for their work.

Some of Nancy's recent projects and artists she has worked with are: The Late Ray Charles, Peter Gabriel, Duran Duran, Slash, Chris Hardwick, Chad Smith, Glenn Hughes, Ann Nesby, Café Tacuba, Frank Emilio Flynn, Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong, Love Me Butch, Transfer, Ty Herndon and 145th Street. Some soundtracks include: Once Upon A Time in Mexico, Spy Kids 3, Bend It Like Beckham, Backdraft, A River Runs Through It, A Walk in the Clouds, Riding Giants, Melinda & Melinda, Eurotrip and Naked Lunch.

Rock on,
Madalyn Sklar
~providing one-on-one indie music consulting & coaching~



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