I Am Not An Expert.

“Never become so much of an expert that you stop gaining expertise. View life as a continuous learning experience.” – Denis WaitleyBut-Im-not-an-expert-lo

This post was originally supposed to go up months ago, but I let someone convince me not to put it up.  I think it’s time to start a conversation.  Thank you in advance for reading this.

One of the things I strive for on MBWK is a certain (high) level of transparency.  So I believe this needs to be said in plain English – I am NOT an Expert.  Take that how you will, but please understand I am not claiming to be something I am not.  Taking that one step further, MusicBizWizKids will not claim to be something it’s not.

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We will be a destination and a resource for young people who are starting on their path to success and assist in their educating them about the new music industry.

 

 

Yes, this will change and adapt as time goes on, but this site is most likely not for people that have been in the industry for many years.  I do not write for an audience but my own – if others find the information interesting and would like to continue to peruse the site, that is great.  The point I’m trying to get at is one that can be turned into a lesson for MBWK readers – Be honest with yourself at all times and be true to yourself.  Be Yourself.

This is something that unfortunately far too many people forget.  They turn outward- looking at others and asking why others can’t be more like their expectations of them.  These same people don’t realize that not only are their expectations of others getting in the way of moving forwards themselves, but that they have already made one fatal flaw.  By turning outward, instead of inward they ignore the only thing person that really matters!  Themselves.  A lot of the challenges we face in the music industry now are a result of people simply not being themselves.  Or atleast taking a good look at who they are, what they do best, and why they exist on this tiny rock in space we call home.

This leads to another thought that I believe many miss about knowledge.  Some of the most basic concepts (common sense) are the most valuable– to everyone, but especially to those who are just starting out.  Yes, many may want to hear the specifics that will impact exactly what they’re working on now, but in the big picture – the common sense things that people have been hearing for years can oftentimes be the most valuable.  These seemingly generic pieces of wisdom can take on new meaning when put in a different perspective or heard at a different time in your life or finally understood and used to take action and progress.

MusicBizWizKids is about educating people about the music industry, but it is now, was from the beginning, and will always be about more than that.

It is about making an impact and taking a different look at how people have been educated in the past and how they will be educated in the future.  It is about questioning everything.  It is about experimentation, killing the sacred cow that is the status quo.

It is about not asking “What do you want to do or be when you grow up?” but about “Where are you NOW?”  Start here and now- in this moment.  Take action, gain skills and knowledge, and figure it out as you go along.

My name is Glenn MacRae and I am NOT an Expert.

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UK Music Bridges Gap Between Education And Music Biz

“A new virtual academy has been launched to help young people get a job in the music industry.” UK Music Skills Academy is the joint venture baby of UK Music and Creative & Cultural Skills which formed with the goal to connect the music industry and the educator sectors.  The focus is on apprenticeship and collaborative working between educators and execs.  The question now is, why is this not in the U.S.?  Well… Why not?  Could this same idea be applied to the U.S. music industry?  Who are the key players that would be involved if it was brought to the states?  Let us know what you think.

Via MusicWeek.com and uk.music-jobs.com

The UK Music Skills Academy is a new joint venture between UK Music and Creative & Cultural Skills, which aims to increase collaborative working between the music businesses and the education sector for the benefit of young people aspiring to work in the industry.

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The Academy will enable the music industry to engage directly with training providers and will allow music businesses to directly influence the training of their future workforce, creating an easier mechanism for employers looking to take on apprentices.

Through the Academy, hundreds of young people every year will be able to apply for apprenticeships at record labels, recording studios, management groups, promoters, and audio suppliers who have signed up to the initiative.

Companies already on board include Universal Music, Sony Music, Warner Music, Beggars Group, Cherry Red, Live Nation, Britannia Row, Ad Lib and the National Arenas Association.

 

Q-Tip speaks at Red Bull Music Academy

Thanks to Nodfactor for putting us on to this brand new interview/lecture and even much props to Q-Tip and Red Bull Music Academy.

Q-Tip breaks down his early history, working on Tribe’s classic albums, meeting J-Dilla, what a true producer is and current projects.

Definitely worth the time to sit down and watch and learn and TAKE NOTES!

If you are a producer or music head or interested in the music production process this video is a must see and Nodfactor is a must follow!Follow Nodfactor , Q-Tip, and Red Bull Music Academy on twitter.

 

Raphael Saadiq on Pensado’s Place

For those of you who have been sleeping under a rock or are just not familiar with Pensado’s Place, get familiar!… And let me give you a quick update.

Pensado’s Place is the brainchild of platinum mixing engineer Dave Pensado and his manager, Herb Trawick. Dave has mixed chart-toppers for some of the biggest names in the music business, from The Black Eyed Peas to Justin Timberlake. The show features the Grammy award winning mix engineer discussing various facets of sound art production with noted industry figures. The show has been on for almost two years and has over 90 episodes. In the 94th episode, Mr. Pensado interviews singer/songwriter/producer Raphael Saadiq. Even if you are not a recording engineer you will still find tons of valuable info in this documentary. So without further ado, sit back, enjoy and learn!
(Skip to about the 15:00 for the start of the interview)

http://www.raphaelsaadiq.com/

BONUS:
Here’s an interview with the host, Dave Pensado, over at http://theproaudiofiles.com/dave-pensado-interview/

You Have No Competition

I met Mike Falzone and had the privilege of playing along side of him when we formed a very short lived band backing my good friend and amazing artist Johnny Crome. For those of you unfamiliar, Mike Falzone is a comedian, vlogger, musician, songwriter, author, and all around renaissance man. Usually, he can be found traveling the country (in Reddit / Waywire tour buses), shaking hands, kissing babies, and making jokes about interpersonal relationships (It’s way cooler than I made it sound… trust me.)

Anyways, here is a one of his more serious videos that I needed to share.
YOU HAVE NO COMPETION (without further ado, here’s Mike below).

Follow Mike Falzone on twitter.
Check out his youtube channel.
And buy his new book!