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Respecting People’s Time

People often ask what it takes to be a working musician in New York City. How can you as a musician or artist be heard above the static? How can you distinguish yourself so that you are the one that gets remembered, that gets the call for the next gig and the gig after that?
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Respecting People’s Time
There’s nothing more important than showing your coworkers, collaborators and friends that you respect their time. The nature of the music industry usually requires that people invest all of their free time in several projects: if you’re not performing, you’re preparing for a gig. If you’re not creating new music, you’re promoting the music you’ve made. If you’re not booking a gig, you’re working on marketing. The vast majority of musicians need to play with numerous artists and/or work numerous jobs to make ends meet and get to do what they love.

So if you show them that you respect their time, they will respect yours. How can you indicate to people that their time is valuable to you?

Show up on time. If, as a musician, you show up late to a rehearsal, not only do you waste the artist’s time (and possibly money)– you waste the time of every other musician in the band. If, however, others see that you are prompt and efficient, you will stand out and are likely to be on everyone’s list for the next gig.
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“The Daughters” Premiere This Weekend

My good friend Shaina Taub’s musical The Daughters premieres with 3 performances this weekend. I arranged the music that Shaina wrote and will be playing bass and directing the band. I’m thrilled to be part of this exciting original project, featuring gorgeous goddesses wailing out beautiful original music. It also stars (among others) Funky Butter’s own Kate Ferber.

Details are available here on facebook
Tickets are FREE and LIMITED and available by calling 212.998.1849.

I recently returned from a tour of Florida and Alabama with Nicole Hart, who just released her album award-winning album Treasure. The tour culminated with 2 sets at Springing the Blues in Jacksonville, a huge festival that saw 200,000 in attendance over 3 days.

Check us out in Boca Raton, FL, playing a Steve Winwood classic:

Our CD release party is this Saturday, May 9 at Turning Point in Piermont, NY.

Also, this Friday, May 8, I’m playing with Cuban-American rock group Del Exilio at Crash Mansion in NYC.

(More details available at myspace.com/jusfunk.)

I’ve been diggin out some old-school videos of Funky Butter live– here are 2 from our final show in Philadelphia:

“J & The Reminder”, a tune Dallin Applebaum and I co-wrote immediately after the band decided to split. What other band premieres a new song at their last show? Look out for a studio version on her next record.

And “Penitentiary Philosophy”, a tune off Erykah Badu’s Mama’s Gun. This tune was a catalyst and inspiration for much of Funky Butter’s music… it closed our first show and we encored it at our last gig.