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piece of music forwarded by TAXI, and then I
kept taking the very same tracks and pitching
them over and over without paying any attention to any comments from the screeners-and I
got 65 rejections, 65 "returns" after that. And
just kept pitching the same tracks to all these
different listings [TAXI terminology for opportunities or requests], because I was completely
clueless. And finally I came here to the Road
Rally, and I went to one of those goal-coaching
things for like a half hour. And the lady said,
"Fill in the forms and write to the listings." As
soon as I wrote to the listings instead of pitching
my old material to the wrong requests over and
over, and I worked on making my recordings
sound better-which took some time-I started
getting Forwards and deals, and all that. So get
on TAXI's Forum (forums.taxi.com) if you'd like
to get some help and learn how to do that stuff
more quickly.
That's kind of my path. It takes a lot of time.
But what I also wanted to stress is that some of
you are technical and some of you might not be,
but it's just like cooking-you all can do it. You
don't have to buy a bunch of gear. You can even
go on Craigslist, and buy a used Macintosh that
already has Logic on it. You can get it for $500!
You don't need a lot of extra gear. Just whatever
you get, just play around. Make mistakes, see if
you can break it, play around with the loops,
drag a loop in and pull up one of those plugins-an EQ or something, or a
compressor-and just see if you can make the
sound change, or the panning. See what
happens-see if you can totally mess it up. Just
experiment, burn your cookies, and try to have
fun. Because this stuff takes a lot of time, right?
So the only way to really have fun is to have little
successes along the way. And the best way to
have successes is to break a big problem down
into little tiny chunks. If you have some
challenge like, "Oh, I want to record piano, but
what is MIDI? How do I do this?" Just break that
into three separate things and then just spend a
day or a week on just one of them, and then
you'll be more likely to have some success and it
becomes more fun. Like, "Hey, I had a success
today, because I got the keyboard to make a note
in a recording application." And that's really a
big deal. Just make things simpler and simpler,
because once you do a few things, you'll find
that you'll start running really fast and you'll
have to slow down. Make big problems into
small problems.
And the other thing we do with the music stuff
is, we're alone a lot and it gets really isolating. So
when you talk to people here-or even next year
when you come, or you're on TAXI's Forum-
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Panelist Patty Boss (right) gives some advice and encouraging words to a young fan after the panel concluded.

start asking people, "Hey, what recording application do you have?" even if you don't use it.
Maybe you have a Macintosh and you have
GarageBand on it but have never even touched
it, never opened it, use that as a totally legit
application. There are free ones out there; there
are free recording software applications for PC
and for Mac. Ask each other, "Hey, what applica-

"Some of you are technical and some
of you might not be, but it's just like
cooking-you all can do it."
-Patty Boss

tion are you using?" You know, "It's called DAW,
a Digital Audio Workstation," which is almost
an old-fashioned term, because before all the
sounds had to be in these boxes-keyboards
and outboard gear-and now it's kind of all in
the computer. So it's not always a workstation.
You hear people say DAW. It really just means is
software.
Man... all these years I thought they were saying
DOG. What kind of dog do you use? [laughter]
So ask each other, "Hey, what app are you using?"
They might say, "I'm using Pro Tools," and you'd be
like, "Will you be my audio buddy? I want you all to
ask each other and find an audio buddy. So in the
middle of the night and you email or Facebook
your friend... "I know this person; we kind of
agreed to be audio buddies. I know they have Pro
Tools. I can't figure out this thing in Pro Tools."
What we really need is we need somebody we can
reach out to and say, "Hey, Dude, show me how to
do this," because I think that's what will really help.
Find a buddy that has the same application that
you do and talk to each other.

What I'm hearing amongst all of you guys on the
panel is: "Don't be afraid to fail. Fail fast. The more
often you fail, the faster you're going to succeed."
And by removing the limitations of not being able
to produce or not being able to engineer your own
stuff-am I crazy in thinking-it allows you to
write different types of music than what you've
been limited to previously, and all of a sudden
you're free, you're out of that prison. You can do
anything you want to do. Maybe you've always
been a singer/songwriter, because that's all you
could be. Maybe all you could do is get a
guitar/vocal sound in GarageBand, but now...
after busting out of production prison... now you
could do EDM or Hip-Hop, or Chillwave, or whatever
you damn well please!
That's why I wanted these folks on this panel...
because they've done exactly that! So, should we
open this up to some audience questions?
Audience Member: Thank you for this. I feel
like I'm in a prison, because of production. After
you get an audio buddy, then what do you do? I
sit there and stare at the computer.
Elizabeth: So, what I did first of all when I
graduated college, I didn't have any recording
equipment. But I was super-blessed because my
professor was able to give me a list of what we
used in the studio. It wasn't a huge thing, but I
think you need to make a budget that says,
"What am I going to spend on this upgrade in
my life?" Actually, my husband sent me a list
this morning of what equipment we got that
first time and how much it was, and it was just
shy of $4,000. If you're interested, get with me
afterwards; I can show you those exact things.
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