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The Unstarving Musician

The Unstarving Musician’s Podcast features interviews with indie music artists an industry pros who share their experience and expertise on songwriting, recording, touring, getting gigs, marketing, and much more. It’s all intended to help indie artists to more of what they love–make music.

May 27, 2020

Dean Johanesen first appeared on the podcast almost 100 episodes ago. Dean is a regular performer, so this pandemic has hit him quite hard. Adjusting to the new normal, he pivoted into live stream performances, and I even caught a recent one on StageIt. As his hometown of Sarasota FL begins to reopen, we talk about the hard decision to return to gigging.

We have a conversation about how songwriting and idea tracking has evolved over the years, how he leverages technology, what you can do to improve a live stream performance and how to create memorable shows for your audience.

Episode Highlights

We start by talking about whether his songwriting process has evolved since last we spoke (06:50) and go on to discuss:

  • (11:00) Using Google Docs to capture lyric and chord charts
  • (17:55) Live streaming shows during isolation
  • (26:50) The pros and cons of Stageit vs. Facebook live
  • (36:35) Tips to improve your live stream quality
  • (39:33) Using Reverb Nation
  • (51:05) Returning to live music in uncertain times
  • (55:55) Creating visually memorable shows

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