Posts Tagged ‘ music

Making Waves in Brazil

I’ve been unbelievably fortunate to get to travel the world with the Clinton Curtis Band, from Santo Domingo to Turkmenistan. This month, we returned from a 3-week romp through Brazil in the midst of World Cup fever, organized by the US Embassy and consulates. The guys at b2 Filmes did a fantastic job with this clip, detailing 4 days in the state of Pernambuco, engaging in concerts and workshops with Brazilian artists such as Maestro Forró in Recife and Projeto Batuque in Garanhuns.

The problem with Brazil, though, is that the more time you spend there, the more time you want to spend…

Congó drummer Sagrilo in Vitória, Brazil

Having People Take You (and Your Music) Seriously

It seems simple, but it’s what we all want, right? Taking your ideas and your skills from the bedroom and releasing them out into the world to be judged can be intimidating, but the rewards are invaluable. Reminding yourself of this fact can help inspire you to push yourself to the next level and can get you through even the crappiest four-hour gig playing to three people in a bar with a drummer who can’t hold it down.


The best way to have others take you seriously is to show them that you take yourself seriously. Investing time in good preparation, putting value in developing your skills, and respecting others’ time demands that others respect you. If, as an artist, you throw together unlistenable voice-memos and email the tunes at 11:00pm the night before a rehearsal, or as a musician, if you listen to those tunes for the first time on the way to the gig, you give others the impression that music is not your priority.

The same principles stand for performing and promoting your music. If, on stage, you come off as disinterested, disconnected, or unprepared, how can you expect an audience to feel engaged? Best to bring a positive energy to the stage and to all of your interactions in networking and promotion. Others will feed off of your energy, and will thus foster a lasting connection with your music.
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