For quality mastering on a tight budget, check out Landr here. Use this link for two free masters to try it out. Highly recommended.
I currently use Pro Tools. Although, if I were starting now I might start with Logic Pro X!
Canon DSLR cameras. I started on the Canon t3i, moved on to the Canon 60D. I now use the Canon 5D mark III.
Final Cut X. Although, starting out I would recommend starting with iMovie, it’s like a super easy version of Final Cut X!
For my cover art, I work with Julie Bailey and I highly recommend her! The best way for artists to reach someone like her for cover art is through email. Julie would love to work with more artists – send her an email: juliebaileygraphics [at] gmail.com.
Start off doing something that you love, because in the beginning you will put in thousands of hours of work, and lose money and sleep doing it. If you really want to succeed, don’t have a plan B. While we’re at it, if you aren’t on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Google+, and/or Tumblr engaging and answering your supporters, you are doing something wrong. When you’re starting off, respond to EVERY comment. Engage. Be genuine. Be who you are, and darn it, do it yourself, and you will have a better chance of succeeding. Don’t allow anyone to take a huge piece of your revenue stream. They didn’t create your brand, they didn’t develop YOUR talent — don’t give them your money. Do it yourself, and you will do better.
If you are interested in the arrangements I do you can contact Tom here – I’ve been working alongside Tom for almost a decade now and couldn’t recommend his work enough.
Yes. The film team I use is amazing, and some of the nicest people on earth. They film for Pentatonix, Lindsey Stirling, Taylor Davis, they’ve worked with John Legend and many others, and I adore them! You can contact them at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
TubeBuddy is a browser extension that I find really helps get a lot of things done really quick! It adds a layer of tools right inside YouTube’s website. Make bulk updates to videos, Cards and Annotations and optimizes your videos with advanced keyword rankings and really just speeds up your workflow! Click here to check it out!
Epoxy It allows me to truly keep up with answering as many of my supporters as possible!
http://www.loudr.fm/ – They were founded by musicians for musicians. Their ethos is in the right place, they save me countless hours, do all my accounting and and collab splits for me and are 100% transparent and have no upfront fees and take half as much as iTunes/Google Play/ Amazon and all the big boys take. You can see their transparent price breakdown here: http://www.loudr.fm/pricing
To legally sync music to your videos or any kind of visual media, you’ll need a sync license. It can be very confusing but the best place to go to get any and all of your answers is right here – wearethehits.com – Larry Mills the CEO does a great job at solving this complex problem. We Are the Hits allows you to create, syndicate, and monetize cover songs – legally!
Yes, I cannot say enough amazing things about Patreon.com – Its something that has honestly changed my life. I no longer have to worry about how I will be able to pay for my team, or my next project, or paying for flights to get to my next collab. Because YOU my amazingly supportive fans have allowed me the luxury to make bigger and better productions because your joining me on my journey. If you thought Kickstarter or Indiegogo was a good idea, Patreon is the answer for artists of ALL kinds.
I use tubularlabs.com for diving into all of my social numbers, everything from responding to comments quicker, to figuring out who to collab with next, and understand how well my marketing pushes are going. And the best thing is IT’S FREE!!
I use a few programs that I highly recommend. For Twitter I recommend the chrome plugin TweetDeck. I would also recommend a website called Epoxy. Epoxy allows you to quickly respond to people on instagram, youtube, facebook and twitter. So far I’ve found it to be incredibly helpful. I also highly encourage anyone who wants to do this for a living to interact with anyone and everyone who reaches out to you on any social media platform.
I have a degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Oregon. Go Ducks!
I follow my #hollensfamily on Twitter, so just mention me @peterhollens and use the hashtag and ask! I will! (But you have to be following me first! 🙂 )
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