What Do AI Music Generators Mean For Artists?

To kick off the new “Mailbag” podcast, I got a question that lead me to make a [hilarious] version of one of my album songs using an AI Music generator called Suno. Using Suno lead to more than a few episodes that left me feeling generally positive (with some HUGE caveats) about what AI might mean for artists...

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A New Way To Use The Music Machine

I've never been so excited to miss a goal...

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I Finally Have Proof!

For the last couple of years I’ve simply had to ASSUME that I can become a great singer/songwriter. I believe in lifelong improvement and growth so why not? But still, this is a conceptual belief. I’ve had no results based evidence that I can become as good as I aspire to be. Until yesterday when...

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3 to 5 Songs In An Hour?

Here’s what happened when I started Splurging lyrics...

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This Stops You Finishing Music

Why can finishing music be so difficult?

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You COULD Solve ANY Problem In Your Music!

Yes, believe it or not, you COULD. And when you believe you could? That's when you start solving problems!

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Is My Music a Pipe Dream? (Who Am I Kidding?)

You don't have to believe in yourself when you believe in growth...

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Why I MUST Start Splurging Lyrics

87 songs in, and I'm still not Splurging lyrics? What's going on? And why must I get this sorted pronto?

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This Victorian Novelist Is Helping Me Release My Albums

How might a famous Victorian novelist release an album?

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Every Result Serves Your Process (And Progress)

I often get particular feedback about my first album (completed as part of The Album podcast) compared to my second album. While I agree with the feedback about the result, when you take into account the context for me as a developing artist, it makes little sense.

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Now THIS Is A Crisis

I said I was "in crisis" last time... But that was nothing compared to what's happened this week.

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CRISIS!

The last few days of attempting to finish my album have been challenging. Time for a crisis meeting...

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Obstacles ARE The Way (Not In The Way)

Many musicians consider obstacles a "reason not to do it"... But this is the wrong way around. Almost any obstacle is a "reason to do it"...

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Lesson 5: The Final Piece of the Puzzle

In this "Album Alchemy" mini-course so far, I've shared 4 steps to making more quality music in the next 3 months than you usually do in 1 year.Today, I'll give you the final (crucial) piece of the puzzle.

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Lesson 4: The Hard Way vs The Easy Way

👇 The first clue...No matter how hard I tried, I could NEVER hit my personal deadlines. I could when someone else was waiting...But not if I was the only one waiting!

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Lesson 3: The 4 Whys

"I'm making this album to get loads of record sales, press and gigs." ☝️ that was why I made my second album in 2008. This goal led to the worst album I ever made. Why? Apart from the fact that it ignores the most important reasons for making an album...

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Lesson 2: Urgent = REAL

What seems more achievable? “You must complete a quality album in 3 months.” OR “I’m challenging you to do 50 sessions in the next 25 days.” The second is a target you can focus on because...

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FREE Mini-Course: Album Alchemy

This weekend, we are already one quarter through 2024...How much music have you made so far? If your answer is less than: "What I'd hoped for at the start of the year, Mike!"...here's a treat for you.

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Finish Your Album to GROW

If I had to choose just one single reason I make albums, there's no competition:I make albums to GROW. So finishing my album is the ideal opportunity to turbo charge this growth...

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The Agonising Story of the WORST Album I Ever Made

The album I'm finishing right now is the 7th in my career. (It's the 3rd I'm finishing alongside this podcast.) And so far, I do not doubt that my 2nd album (made in 2008) was the worst by far, in almost every way. Even though, on the surface, it might seem that conditions were IDEAL for it to be my best...

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Why Did I Fall Off?

Oh dear. I didn't work on my album for 13 days! This is an ideal opportunity to learn something...

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A Release Is An Extension Of Your Art

"I know I must do this marketing stuff; it's a necessary evil." Everything around releasing your music (marketing, promotion, etc.) is NOT a necessary "evil". It is a necessary step in the creative process. But not one you want to bring into the studio. Or one you want to view as being different from your music. If that sounds contradictory listen to this episode...

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Releasing Music is a Chicken-Or-Egg Puzzle

"Why would I bother releasing my music if no one's there to hear it?" This is a classic case of "chicken-or-eggitis"...

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Wings Not Chains!

If you know you can't meet a personal deadline ahead of time, do you force it "because you said you would," or is there a better option?

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Your Gift

Even if you're not a singer/songwriter - listen to this one. It explodes one of the most dangerous myths that is rife among musicians.

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