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ASCAP and music licensing.........

In Miami I'm not considered a professional.........

In Miami I'm not considered a professional because I have not produced a star and i don't have any Grammys. My definition of professional is how you conduct yourself not how many awards you have (and I'm pretty sure Websters dictionary is more in agreement with my definition).

The only thing Indaba has done.......

Has been to give me access to a fresh remixer: Jerry from the Dallas Texas area who has been bringing some old tracks to life. Thanks Jerry and welcome aboard. Thank God I'm finally working with a pro electronic producer/remixer.

I find it so sad that today's kids............................................

Pay hundreds and sometimes thousands of dollars to go see a dj play mp3s. Many will now grow up thinking that music is made from turntables, not musical instruments and the knowledge to master the instrument that took years for real musicians like Eddie Van Halen, Neal Peart, Joe Satriani, Herbie Hancock and many other musicians to learn.

if all those that had knowledge held on to it, that knowledge would die with them


Blanket License........

Royalties and getting paid............


I'll probably be the only person to read this as I write it.......

It is so sad to see talent go wasted, unexposed and under appreciated. In my years professionally producing music I've run into a handful of truly talented singers, that as of now have done nothing but waste away. Part of it comes from the lack of education they have from the music business/industry. It is a business and is in it to make money, not long term friendships. Time is not on the side of the singer and it amazes me that when presented a real opportunity how many singers walk away from it (and there are fewer opportunities as each day passes). If it has even has an inkling of common sense to it, singers, give it a try, if it didn't work out you lost nothing that you would've already lost anyways (time). Of course if it stinks run away from it. If what is presented has the potential to elevate you to another level, take the chance. Most talent will sit in their homes watching American Idol wishing it could be them without doing anything to get there. Don't let this be you.

Information songwriters should know about copyrights

Works Published Before 1923

Maximum Copyright Protection of 75 years has Expired Works are in the Public Domain

Works Published 1923 thru 1978

Maximum Copyright Protection of 95 Years from Year Published 1923 and Later Works Begin Entry to Public Domain on 1/1/2019

Works Published After 1978

Life of the Longest Surviving Author plus 70 years Earliest Possible PD date is 1/1/2049

The story of how I came to have 1 of my best friends

In 1995 I was selling some misc studio gear and got a call from what would later become my best friendĀ  William Dumas . He came over to look at it, bought it and took it home. A few days later he called me back and told me it wasn't what he wanted and would I take it back, I told him yes. When he came over to return it we got to talking about music, he's a guitarist. As a guitar lover I asked him if he would record some guitar for an album project I was working on, he did (and also did some amazing artwork for my album). He has been and is the best guitarist I know. Bill went on to work for my family and has practically become a member of the family. Since 1995 we've done some recording projects whenever possible, when I've traveled Bill has driven 8 hours round trip to meetup and have lunch with us. If he hadn't returned the gear he bought we wouldn't have had the chance to talk music and would've gone our separate ways.