🧔🏻 Lessons from 2018 (biggest year of my life)

Today I want to share some of the lessons I learned over this last year. My successes and failures. I'm not usually this vulnerable, so I hope you'll forgive me, but I want to put myself out there more.  

Here's a breakdown video

Became an entrepreneur through The Triple Threat Artist

- 11 months of success, slow growing
- learned a lot from teaching and through my student

Path of Higher Performance

- health
- time
- energy
- meditation

Ridding myself from Negativity and Complainers

- removing certain friends
- bringing in new positive influences

Became More Practical

- skeptic
- more inlined
- political lessons / lies vs truth

Burned the boats

- dedicated purpose
- no going back

Lessons through failures

- Hit one out of my 3 goals
- Had to address "the Dip"

Importance of Connection and Synergy 

- Makes striving toward my goals more fun
- Sharing my fears and successes

 
Ok, that's enough about me. I would absolutely love to hear what you learned and how you've grown over the last year. Did you kick ass? Did you have trouble meeting your goals? Did you lose focus sometimes like me? Did things come up that you didn't anticipate?

Seriously, send me a note or write the comments below and let me know about your year. I answer all my PM's and DM's and emails. 

Zion

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📫 Facebook Group Weekly Recap - 12/9 thru 12/15

Here is a recap of facebook group information for one or more courses you're a part of. Disclaimer. This recap by no means replaces the information in the Facebook Groups. Always refer to them for the most current and accurate information. We do our best to relay what we think is the most important details, but it's very possible for us to overlook something or make a typo in the process. This is just to be used as a quick reference and outline. Enjoy!


The Triple Threat Artist

  • Zion shared the recap of the week
  • John Agacki joined our tribe, woot woot!
  • Osie shared a success having a song he worked on get on BET
  • Josh shared a great link to a quote by Ira Glass
  • Tobias asked the group about tools for speeding up an audio vocal track after a song has been sped up
  • Juli shared a new mic she just got
  • Office hours were so good this week, great chat on Tuesday. We focused a lot on Tobias's track, discussing, tight production vs human elements. We talked a lot about saturators, vocal processing, melodyne, vocalign, and vocal chain setups.
  • Zion shared some thoughts on how valuable collaborations are
  • Osie shared a track he's looking for topline on
  • Zion shared info about cloud lifters
  • Mikey Meiers shared information creating hooks with guitar parts
  • More steps were taken by students to listen to lectures and apply their new knowledge in exercises and groove making strategies.
  • This next week's office hours will be held on Tuesday at 10am, where we will deconstruct famous production of hit songs, as well as get questions resolved for any production projects students are working on.
  • If you are in the Access Course and have interest in joining the Triple Threat Artist group, please let Zion know, we've got an amazing discount waiting for you.. Now $49/m, with coupon code 49FORLIFE. There's no installment plan, and you can quit anytime!


The Access Course 

  • Josh and others added songs for feedback
  • Kathrin asked for reference tracks for the December assignment.
  • Victoria posted the replay of Kelsey Mitchell’s session
  • Tricia asked for volunteers for a show in Santa Monica.
  • Jan posted notes from the Kelsey Mitchell session
  • Jim requested contact information
  • Bev posted information about a Netflix show called The Ranch
  • Tobias posted a pic of himself and Irina at the Berlin SongCon
  • Jim asked people to post how they find and use reference tracks
  • Amber asked for information about the next live event
  • Marty asked about sync licensing companies that are successful, yet have no websites
  • Rick asked for producer suggestions
  • Kathy posted about big news about the course
  • Robin posted a link to Craig Ballantyne’s High-Status Summit: Introvert’s Guide to Networking
  • Dwayne asked about writing a song that leaves you feeling vulnerable.
  • Moana posted about adventures in pitching her song Queendom
  • Danny and others posted successes
  • Halley posted a question about licensing approvals. Tamara gave her a really comprehensive answer in the comments.
  • Susan in looking for a copy of a work for hire agreement that includes a pseudonym clause.
  • Jake announced his new album
  • Nichole shared a video about enthusiasm a la Sterling K Brown
  • CTM shared a video of Nick Phelps and Jacq Babb’s recent placement for Nordstrom Rack
  • Cathy posted a video about changes to the course, and new people coming aboard and the live event.
  • CTM posted info about the Live Event in March, including the discount code good till midnight PST on 12/19/18
  • Tamara posted a video of a panel she was on in LA
  • Emily asked a question about Taxi vs. SongTradr.
  • Minko asked about sending emails this close to Christmas.
  • Amira asked questions about the December assignment and Metadata
  • David shared his Christmas song.
  • Tamara shared a search for a HULU trailer
  • Ian posted the BBC article about the $5M verdict in Blurred Lines trial
  • Serge posted a Broadjam announcement
  • Victoria posted the postponement of the Brittany Whyte/Chop Shop session until January
  • Victoria posted the replay of the Listening session from 12-13-18
  • Zion posted an video about collaborating.
  • Jim is seeking a vocalist.
  • Lori posted a SNL video
  • Meg posted about her new Spotify presence
  • Lori posted that she thought it a good idea to reach out to local filmmakers
  • Cathy posted about the future direction, and another license.
  • Jan sought a reference playlist for the December assignment
  • Zion posted about the March Live Event (See you there, Zion!)
     

 

Huge thanks to Jan Seides for her help in summarizing the Access Course.

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🎩 Live Event in LA for Sync Licensing! (I'll be there and so should you)

Sign up now to a $75 discount (before 12/19). Use the code ACCESS75 at checkout. http://6-figure-songwriting.teachable...

2-DAY LIVE ACCES EVENT!

This video is to give you the push you need to come attend the Live Access Event in LA hosted by Catch the Moon Music, on March 7-8, 2018. Details are below.

PS, if you do decide to attend, come join the Triple Threat social event I'm hosting on Wed (Mar 6th) evening at 6:30. This will be held in the bar area of this hotel here: The Hilton Garden Inn 2005 N Highland Ave Los Angeles, CA 90068 The Triple Threat social is open to everyone that's going to the Access Event. Come join us, we have a blast! There will be door prizes, so you don't want to miss it.

Now go make some awesome music, and let me know if you have any questions!

Zion #:-)

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From the Catch the Moon Music email:

SO, you’ve probably heard the news… WE ARE HOSTING ANOTHER 2-DAY LIVE ACCES EVENT!

We love this community so much and there is no match for the energy and inspiration that is cultivated when we meet together in person. This event will be 2 days of panels with music supervisors, songwriting assignments + the opportunity to submit to real searches, masterclass sessions with the CTM team, the opportunity to connect with other inspiring artists, and more!

We are beyond excited for our next event: SyncKeepers: 2 Day Live Mastermind Event on March 7-8, 2019 in Los Angeles, CA (venue location: TBA)!

And of course we want to give you priority before we announce to the public AND a discount :) You can use the code ACCESS75 at checkout for a $75 discount on your ticket. This discount EXPIRES next Wednesday 12/19 at midnight PST!!

Click this link for more info & to purchase your ticket

And click this link to join the official SyncKeepers event group for future updates and details: https://www.facebook.com/groups/89932...

Woohoo, see you in March!

xx- The Catch the Moon Music Team

PS - don’t forget - discount expires next Wednesday 12/19 at midnight PST.

 

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💰 Affiliate Program Is Here!!! (for members only)

Hey Triple Threats!

Now that you've been in the course and community and have seen the value in all of this first hand, I'd like to give you the opportunity to become an affiliate of mine!

Anyone you sign up and bring in (using the specific link I will send you) will pay you back 25% of their monthly subscription fee. In other words, if a new student signs up using your link signs up at the normal $57/month price, I will pay you $14.25/month for as long as they are in the course! 

That's like paying for your Spotify or Apple Music subscription!

And there's no cap on this, with how many people you sign up. So if you want to sign up 10 people, you'd be making $142.50/month. (paid quarterly throughout the year)

Pretty cool, huh!

So if you're interested, the first thing to do is let me (Zion) know in an email. [email protected] I will send you a link that you can use to send your prospective students.

And then let the money start flowin!

Thanks so much for everything you guys bring to this class, the energy, the talent, and the life!

Zion

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🎤 Get Off the Fence!!! (The March Live Access Event Is Going to Be EPIC)

Guys. I'm so freekin excited about this next Live Access event (March 7-8)

Not joking or exaggerating when I say that these events are some of the funnest things I do all year. 

Why? Well, click the video and let me tell you why. Basically, it feeds my soul.

From the connections you'll make, the supervisor and licensing agents you'll meet, hearing what's currently needed, the trends, the encouragement, more know-how, the motivation, the encouragement, the collaborations, the opportunity... etc. 

But you can't get any of this unless you're there!!! So sign up before Wed to get the $75 discount (details below).

One more thing, make sure get to LA the evening before the event, for the Triple Threat Social I'm hosting (March 6th)! Last time we had almost 30 people come out, and it was a blast! Lots of free prizes, and it's a great way to start off the conference in high gear. 

This will be at the Hilton Garden Inn 2005 N Highland Ave Los Angeles, CA 90068.

Can't wait to see you all there!

Zion

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From Catch the Moon Music:

SO, you’ve probably heard the news… WE ARE HOSTING ANOTHER 2-DAY LIVE ACCESS EVENT!

We love this community so much and there is no match for the energy and inspiration that is cultivated when we meet together in person. This event will be 2 days of panels with music supervisors, songwriting assignments + the opportunity to submit to real searches, masterclass sessions with the CTM team, the opportunity to connect with other inspiring artists, and more!

We are beyond excited for our next event: SyncKeepers: 2 Day Live Mastermind Event on March 7-8, 2019 in Los Angeles, CA (venue location: TBA)!

And of course we want to give you priority before we announce to the public AND a discount :) You can use the code ACCESS75 at checkout for a $75 discount on your ticket. This discount EXPIRES next Wednesday 12/19 at midnight PST!!

Click this link for more info & to purchase your ticket: http://6-figure-songwriting.teachable.com/p/live-access-mastermind-2-day-event-los-angeles-march

And click this link to join the official SyncKeepers event group for future updates and details: https://www.facebook.com/groups/899324457124020/

Woohoo, see you in March!

xx- The Catch the Moon Music Team

PS - don’t forget - discount expires next Wednesday 12/19 at midnight PST.

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🧔🏻👩🏽 Why You Should Be Collaborating!

 I know you've probably considered this. Some of you may have already tried to collaborate with someone and hated it. 

It's one of those "easier said than done" things. Collaborations can take work and preparation. Sometimes they're super frustrating, but then other times it's pure magic. 

This video is all about WHY you should be doing them. We will discuss techniques on how to do them at another time. 

If you have any thoughts about this, please leave a comment or shoot me an email, I'd love to hear!

If you don't have anyone to collaborate with, consider joining the Triple Threat Course, which comes with access to a great community of talented songwriters and producers you could connect with!

Happy Producing!

Zion

 

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🥚 Facebook Group Weekly Recap - 12/2 thru 12/8

Here is a recap of facebook group information for one or more courses you're a part of. Disclaimer. This recap by no means replaces the information in the Facebook Groups. Always refer to them for the most current and accurate information. We do our best to relay what we think is the most important details, but it's very possible for us to overlook something or make a typo in the process. This is just to be used as a quick reference and outline. Enjoy!


The Triple Threat Artist

  • Allison shared a new track she's working on with Becca, and looking for feedback.
  • A fun office hours on Tuesday all about tuning vocals using Melodyne. Also Zion gives a really fun fact about deserts that you don't want to miss.
  • Tobias shared a track he's been working on and we all gave feedback on it. Great stuff happening here
  • Katherine Gaeta joined our tribe! Yay!!!
  • Anne Harper joined the tribe too! Woo hoo!!!
  • Jamilla shared a funny news item from the Onion
  • Zion shared the recap from the week before
  • 2nd Office hours were so good this week, involved a deep discussion of how to install your DAW vs sample libraries. Alex shared a sweet-ass cover track he's working on for a pitch.
  • More steps were taken by students to listen to lectures and apply their new knowledge in exercises and groove making strategies.
  • This next week's office hours will be held on Tuesday at 10am, where we will deconstruct famous production of hit songs, as well as get questions resolved for any production projects students are working on.
  • If you are in the Access Course and have interest in joining the Triple Threat Artist group, please let Zion know, we've got an amazing discount waiting for you.. Now $49/m, with coupon code 49FORLIFE. There's no installment plan, and you can quit anytime!


The Access Course 

  • Rebecca is looking for a producer
  • Trevor and others posted songs for feedback
  • Mikey posted a guitar lesson. Thank you Mikey
  • Bev posted a video of a Christmas song
  • Rick posted about overcoming his doubts
  • Mark and others posted success stories
  • Alex invited people to submit songs for feedback on mixing and production
  • Mark posted a list of Top 10 Music Industry podcasts from DIY Musician that includes DKYDJ at #6
  • Meli posted announcement of ISC
  • Victoria posted about the December assignment being up
  • Lori requested a co-writer
  • CTM posted October assignment results
  • CTM also announced other October assignment signings
  • Clara also looking for co-writer for a song about COLOR
  • Matthew posted a video on mixing.
  • Rick requested a playlist for the December assignment
  • Tobias requested information about exclusive deals
  • Jim is looking for a vocalist and/or co-writer
  • Tobias posted about his work on emails.
  • Alex posted feedback on production
  • Tobias posted a video of a free mixing course presented by WAVES
  • Victoria posted a submission opportunity
  • Ben asked about covering Beatles and others. Was advised against because of clearance costs.
  • Tamara posted a video about things not to do in your direct pitching efforts.
  • Juli posted an article about songwriters playing a role in the Music Licensing Collective as established by MMA.
  • Emily annouonced a new aspect of the class where there are Happy Hour Meetups once a month.
  • MaShanda asked about a doc for a One Stop.
  • CTM posted a program guide and expectations guideline for the course. Please read and comment.
  • CTM posted the video replay of Emily’s networking tools session.
  • Paul is looking for string players
  • Lincoln asked for the location of past interviews with Supes, etc. (It’s in the files section under Links for Access Course)
  • Tobias posted a publishing question regarding percentages.
  • Celestialblue asked for Reuben Sears’ email from the live event.
  • Victoria posted Mystery Cover results
  • Jeremy posted a Dream Theater video
  • Ross posted a list of new TV shows coming in 2019
  • Rick requested advice about making a slow emotional song sound “modern”.
  • Celestialblue requested information regarding songs partially recorded internationally.
  • MaShanda asked about finding the teaching module
  • Rick asked a question about sending music to “Artlist”
     

 

Huge thanks to Jan Seides for her help in summarizing the Access Course.

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Weekly Facebook Group Recap - 11/25 thru 12/1

Here is a recap of facebook group information for one or more courses you're a part of. Disclaimer. This recap by no means replaces the information in the Facebook Groups. Always refer to them for the most current and accurate information. We do our best to relay what we think is the most important details, but it's very possible for us to overlook something or make a typo in the process. This is just to be used as a quick reference and outline. Enjoy!


The Triple Threat Artist

  • Laura shared a cool video by an artist that builds loops into his live production
  • Allison shared a deal from Izotope for Nectar elements
  • Juli shared a link to a guy that made his own plate reverb
  • Kaeli shared a link to a song she's be working on and wanting some feedback
  • Chelsey asked a question about the assignement sheet that is in the course
  • Zion shared some pictures from Hobbiton in New Zealand
  • More steps were taken by students to listen to lectures and apply their new knowledge in exercises and groove making strategies.
  • There will be two Office Hours this week, to make up for last week! This Tuesday and Friday, you don't want to miss it!
  • If you are in the Access Course and have interest in joining the Triple Threat Artist group, please let Zion know, we've got an amazing discount waiting for you.. Now $49/m, with coupon code 49FORLIFE.


The Access Course 

  • Robin posted about his uncomfortable pay-the-bills job, and the boss that knows about but doesn’t support his musical ambitions. Lots of others responded with similar stories.
  • Lori requested help with motivation
  • Marie and others shared success stories of themselves and others
  • Mikey posted a Songwriting for Guitar lesson, and offered to send others to those who signed up. Thanks, Mikey!
  • Josh is looking for singers
  • Bethany and others posted songs for feedback
  • Victoria posted the replay of the 11/26’s feedback session.
  • Matthew posted a video of what he does (Artist Development) for a living.
  • Cathy posted a message from a very happy and grateful former student.
  • Rick requested advice regarding congestion
  • Mark posted a very useful article about monitoring the play your songs may be getting
  • Eric recommended Real Artists Don’t Starve.
  • Joan asked for and received the dates for the March event.
  • .Amira posted a question about the Super Bowl assignment.
  • Christine posted a question about grouping tracks for stems.
  • Richard required information about the Teachable site where the course is stored.
  • Bev asked for Ann Kline’s contact info (of the Good Doctor)
  • CTM posted Signed Songs and Allmost Made It Songs for the TV Show search
  • CTM posted Fashion Campaign search update
  • Rebecca asked producers to offer opinions about jazz vocal sample libraries
  • Jim is looking for a bass/baritone that can sing dancehall music
  • Gen asked about the animation op from October
  • CTM posted Cathy’s November Class replay
  • Victoria  posted the replay for the 11/29 listening session
  • Tobias posted comments and questions about publishing/registering a song, US vs Germany
  • Tamara posted successful results with TAXI
  • Nicole posted something she made in Studio One
  • Cathy posted a song she mentioned in the Instagram Story Q and A on Friday
  • Cathy reminded people to watch the replays of the sessions they missed.
  • Moana asked if folks would share their split sheets for comparison.
  • Marty asked for Alexandra Patsavas’  contact info
  • Kristina asked for submissions for her Christmas playlist
  • Moana posted her Co-Writing and Song Publishing Split Sheet.
  • Marty posted a video of the Heath High School Memorial Service in Paducah, KY, in which he appears.

 

 

Huge thanks to Jan Seides for her help in summarizing the Access Course.

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Best Collaboration Tool Ever. 🤝

When you collaborate on your mix or your production, or even when you song write, there are times when it's imperative to know what your collaborator is doing when making changes in their DAW.

That's where this plugin comes in, it's called ListenTo, and it's super easy. It's just a quick little plug-in you install on your Master bus that sends the mix to a FTP site where it can be listened to in real time by anyone with the link you give.

I can't tell you how much of a time saver this has been for me.

This plugin can be purchased here https://listento.audiomovers.com (I have no affiliation).

Seriously, if you haven't checked out our Producer Course than you should. I teach lots of other down to earth tricks to get your production clicking and banging!

(Oh and the VI Resonator Guitar used in this tutorial can be found here: http://www.indiginus.com/resonator.html)

Let me know if you have any questions, and happy producing!

Zion ‍

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Side-chaining synths to kicks ⛓

 

The topic of sidechaining or "ducking" came up this week in the class. This is more of an advanced trick for some of you guys, but it worth talking about because it's really not that hard.

The advantage of this is that it brings out the kick drum really nicely in EDM music, or can be used as a "pumping affect", like in Titanium by David Guetta and Sia. 

Happy producing,

Zion

 

 

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