Stop Playing It So Damned Safe! and Other Wisdom from Alice Cooper

Besides the whole “Lumineers and Mumford and Sons are not Rock.  Stop calling them that.”  The last 20 seconds is really the most valuable part of the whole video.

I don’t understand why everybody is so afraid to be in a rock band. ‘I don’t want to offend anybody.’

More concisely: Stop Playing It So Damned Safe!

Alice Cooper’s curmudgeonly opinion of Mumford and Sons, Lumineers, etc


For all his talk about the audacious rebellion inherent to rock and roll, he’s awful whiny about people who do it different than him. That said, his impromptu folk song at 1:30 is pretty great…


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.


The Rise of The Bedroom Producer

Very fascinating documentary- Check it out!
Proof that it’s not the Tools but the man behind the machines that makes the musical MAGIC!

Rise of the Bedroom Producer is a short documentary that to try to explore the impact of the high number of new producers getting involved in the British dance music scene.

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3 Must Read Links for any Producer or Engineer (Aspiring or not)

Good Morning MBWK!

I’ve got three awesome links for you guys to check out.

First is a true game changer.  Pensado’s Place is a web show featuring platinum mix engineer and his engineer Herb Trawick interviewing some of the greatest engineers, producers, songwriters, and music industry leaders in an hour long web show.  Nearly 100 shows deep, there is plenty of knowledge to improve your sonics!

Check out Pensado’s Place in the latest episode below (featuring MixedByAli ) .

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Happy New Year from MBWK, Future Plans, and Closing thoughts

First of all, HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM MBWK!I want to thank everyone that has visited the site in 2012 and anyone in the future who reads this for making this site what it is.   2013 will many new projects from the MusicBizWizKids family and new exclusive content…  We have very big plans to turn this site into THE resource for young people interested in a career in the Music Biz!  We will be announcing these additions, changes, and new projects in the coming weeks so STAY TUNED!

Until next time,

Share Knowledge. Spread Love. Make Music.

MBWK 2012 Wrap-up

15125014-funny-2013-new-year-s-eve-background-illustration2012 was start of MusicBizWizKids, or as I like to call it – MBWK! So enjoy this look back at some of the posts from this year.

How It All Started

Why Mark Twain Matters

The Pressure to Succeed

How To Build Your Network Part 1 (Part 2) (Part 3)

David Foster’s Priceless Advice for Songwriters

Advice from David Dr. Ford

Must Watch TV: Inventing David Geffen

Why Zig Ziglar Matters Rip 1926-2012

Drumma Boy Interview

Why Most Indie Music Groups and Labels Fail (Part 1) (Part 2)

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)

Here’s an interview with the host, Dave Pensado, over at