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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.

Jan 19, 2018

Last weekend I sent an email to my listener's list asking what topics they'd like to hear discussed on the podcast. Thank you to all who replied! Among those who chimed in was San Francisco Bay Area blues-rocker Mike Osborn. We did a little back and forth via email, and I ended up inviting Mike to join me on the podcast for a listener questions episode. He kindly obliged.

Here are some of the topics and questions that listeners sent in, which also happen to be the ones Mike and I discussed in this episode.

  • What's with the large demand for tribute bands?
  • What's the proper etiquette for jams?
  • Who to approach and how to approach organizers of municipal events and festivals
  • Yes or no to backing tracks at live gigs?
  • Setting up gear checklists for gigs
  • Carrying extra gear for band mates

Here are a few takeaways that are summed up by the fact that we musicians sometimes lose sight of  a few facts. I'm no exception.