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Playing w/ Mr. Buffett

Playing w/ Mr. Buffett

Not only did we have the best gig ever for a week on St. Barth’s but on the last night Jimmy Buffett sits in for a song and ends up hanging with the band for the entire last set. He was so fun to play with and easy going. Sometimes you couldn’t hear the band because the crowd was singing too loud! YouTube

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Phil’s Minute

Phil’s Minute

I’ve been rattling off  quick video blogs for Nimbit’s newsletter. Each one seems to be getting closer to 60 seconds but I haven’t hit that yet. It’s a great place for me to share my thoughts about real direct-to-fan practices. I’m trying to share things I’ve put into practice myself at shows! Check them out here:...

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Thibaud: Live@Toad

Thibaud: Live@Toad

Sure, the video shoot was in 2004 and I finally posted some of my favorites from the DVD “Live At Toad.”  Every time I watch these I’m reminded of what a great band this was and how well the music gelled. And Tom Dube did a killer job of recording… All added to my youtube channel.

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D2F-U Part 2: D2F a new release

The D2F-U skill sets are all focused on creating an ongoing cycle of giving your fans reasons to engage and reasons to buy. Whether you engage the fan or get a direct sale first, it really doesn’t matter. Once you create a direct sale, it takes only a few simple D2F-U skills to create a life long relationship that you own! Finding the balance, and maintaining a regular cycle of engagement and reasons to buy, builds fan loyalty and grows...

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D2F-U Part One: The Direct Picture

I’ve finally started getting my rants organized into blog form! With a little help from Scott Feldman in Marketing, I hope to get a series of articles up at Nimbit. Here’s a taste: Since you haven’t heard this enough times, I’m going to say it again: the key to a successful release is constantly engaging your fans and creating reasons to buy. A new body of work (DVD or an album) is the most common motivator to get an artist...

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The PRO-IP Act of 2008

The Copyright Alliance and A2IM (the U.S. independent music label trade organization) have informed me of this welcome invitation from the Obama Administration to share my thoughts on my rights as a creator. So I sent this out today. As a business owner, musician, manager and creator, it is extremely important that the US lead the world in finding a solution to protecting the rights of intellectual property holders especially in the music...

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The Music Biz

The Music Biz

If look at today’s music business landscape as if a nuclear bomb was dropped on the comfortable little monopoly that dominated the last half of the century, the present unfocused scramble for domination starts to make sense. We are presently in the part of the mushroom cloud where every aspect of the business is rolling over and over itself. When the explosion subsides, nothing about the music “business” will be the same....

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