v26-n2 [spring 2014] v26-n1 [winter 2014] v25-n5 [end of year 2013] v25-n4 [fall 2013] v25-n3 [summer 2013]

v26-n2 [spring 2014]

This issue’s Editorial… A Jack Of All Trades The music industry is a scary place. There are no guarantees for your career, no employer to help with health insurance, no stable 9­5, 40 hour a week job to rely on for income. To most, this can be a really scary thing. A lot of people rely on a backup plan – some sort of career they can fall back on if the music business fails for them. Some even just deal with a day job and do music on the side. But it doesn’t necessarily have to be that way. You can make a comfortable living playing music if you know how to hustle and if you’re able to do more than just one thing. A lot of misconception surrounds being in a band and “making it big”. Not only is making it big extremely rare, but for the most part, it doesn’t really last long without any extra musical income or employability. Teaching is a big one for myself and many other professional musicians. This is about as close as you can get to a regular day job playing music. You should, of course, be at least able to read music and convey your ideas. But you can pretty much take what you’re making at your day job and double your hourly rate as a teacher. Look into what other teachers in your area are charging for lessons. Consider this: if you made double the hourly rate, you could work half as much and bring in the same amount of money. Imagine your job only being 20 hours a week instead of 40. Pretty sweet! There are a plethora of other options as well. You can make a little bit of money from monetizing YouTube videos. You can do clinics, write for magazines and create your own products online to sell. Let’s not forget the more traditional sources of income, such as freelance gigging and studio sessions. And these are all just scratching the surface. I encourage you to try many, if not all, of these ideas. I’ve been making 100% of my living from music for over a decade with these methods and more. It’s doable and you can do it too! ALSO IN THIS ISSUE On The Cover: Andy Shoniker by Aaron Edgar Not Quite Snare Solos by Aaron Edgar Drummers Don’t Need Clockmakers by Franck Camus Take Something […]

v26-n1 [winter 2014]

This issue’s Editorial… A New Year, A Marginally New You 2014 is upon us and for the majority of people that means it’s time for New Year’s resolutions. However, for the majority of people those resolutions never really stick. Usually it’s due to setting too lofty or overly ambitious goals. I suggest we all look at smaller, […]

v25-n5 [end of year 2013]

This issue’s Editorial… A Weekend At Montreal Drum Fest   Drum Fest weekend has come and gone, *le sigh*.  For the first time, I got to spend some extended time in Montreal and I had a blast. We had performers that stylistically covered an extremely broad spectrum. One can’t help but walk away completely inspired. […]

v25-n4 [fall 2013]

This issue’s Editorial… How to Make Money from YouTube So, you want to make a cool, easy million bucks and be an online sensation? Well, I can’t help you do that. I can, however, tell you exactly how to start making money from your YouTube account, provided you’re creating your own content and not violating any copyright […]

v25-n3 [summer 2013]

This issue’s Editorial… Get Outta the Basement! A great way to skyrocket your progress as a drummer is to stop woodshedding in the basement and get out there to play with other musicians. After all, the whole purpose is to make music. Playing the drums on your own is only part of the equation. Every […]