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THIRTY YEARS-
ONE WORD

Jeff Touzeau, musician and publicist: As with anything worth pursuing in life, don't
let others impose limitations on you or make you think you are not good enough. You
have every right to write, perform and record the 'perfect album' in your bedroom in
the same way that George Eliot-then a relatively unknown literary figure-had the
right to pen Middlemarch back in 1872. She had a pen, you have a microphone.
Don't listen to the elistists; get to work.

Skipper Wise,
2017

Skipper Wise, recording artist and entrepreneur: Be true
to yourself. You can't control what others think of your music-
everyone has an opinion and you won't please everyone.
Success can't always be measured in dollars (though it is a
nice side effect!) and at the end of the day you have to be
able to look back and say, "Hey, I'm damn proud of what I
created." Don't be afraid to try new things, new directions.
Stick your neck out every now and then. With the passage
of time, I have the luxury of knowing that some of my failures
were as important as my successes.

Sven-Erik Seaholm, singer/songwriter
and producer/engineer: I would offer
the notion that every facet to the act of
making, capturing and presenting music
is an act of service. Even the seemingly
self-serving act of writing about one's
own feelings can be elevated by the
awareness that we are not just singing to
our listeners, but potentially for them.
As producers, we serve the artist. We
assure their comfort and curate their
vision. We reach from within our hardwon experiences to draw out the best
from them. Even the pursuit of excellence,
be it through musical proficiency or
technical skill, assists in highlighting the
importance and nobility of service.
John McVey, recording artist and
engineer: Be happy at every stage of
your career.
I have always tried to do what I
thought was required in the music/
recording industry. Some of it was following presuppositions or bad advice, often
misguided and wrong. Some of it was
in the interest of trying to reach a future
I hadn't thought out very well, putting me
in places I didn't really want to be.
Think about it. We make decisions
every day! What equipment to buy,
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who to do business with, what contracts
to sign or not. We do not always check
in with our hearts. Often we make
decisions based on asking: would this
look good on my resume, is this something I "should" do, is this something
someone else thinks I "should" do, etc.
This can be a wacky industry. Given
the personalities, egos, misinformation,
desperation, and tons of competition, it's
not easy to succeed. Not being afraid to
be yourself, taking your own counsel, and
standing up for what you believe in, will
get you much farther than taking a risky
opportunity, believing something from an
untrustworthy source, or doing something
you hope-but don't actually believe-
will get you somewhere.
Be yourself. Be honest and responsible.
Be happy.
PS: Most of the stars I've met in
the industry are really good people:
gracious, generous, ethical, caring. That
should tell us something.

And finally

Paul Stamler, engineer, musician and
educator: When you asked for the one
bit of advice I'd give to someone starting
out in audio, my instantaneous response
was "Marry a doctor."


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