Why you (& all artists) need to use LinkedIn

Why you (& all artists) need to use LinkedIn

I was initially reluctant to create a LinkedIn account. Why would I want to share my resume with the world? Besides, I was working at an investment bank at the time which didn’t love us posting things about work on social media. But after I left my job & started a...
My top 5 vintage jazz albums about America for your July 4th playlists

My top 5 vintage jazz albums about America for your July 4th playlists

Happy (almost) Fourth of July! Let’s take a moment to appreciate the rich musical heritage of America. These are my 5 favorite vintage jazz albums about America to add to your playlist: 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐅𝐫𝐞𝐞𝐝𝐨𝐦 𝐒𝐮𝐢𝐭𝐞 (1958) By Sonny Rollins This album is a direct response to...
Focus on these 5 metrics on Spotify for Artists

Focus on these 5 metrics on Spotify for Artists

I started and run a record label, which means I listen to a lot of music. I also look at a lot of numbers. I’m talking about streaming and sales analytics. There is SO much data, it’s hard to know what actually matters. I left investment banking to focus...
Focus on these 5 metrics on Spotify for Artists

Why I Don’t Charge Artists to Produce Music

Artists ask me all the time: “How much do you charge to produce music?” Nothing. I’ve produced 100+ projects. I’ve never charged an artist a production fee. And I often lose money (and time!) Here’s why.   Making music brings me joy...
Manifest Abundance drops TODAY!

Manifest Abundance drops TODAY!

What does the voice in your head sound like? If it’s like mine, it’s often critical & prodding: “Kabir, your scrambled eggs are terrible.” “Kabir, your chord substitutions are insipid.” “Kabir, you can do better.”...
Focus on these 5 metrics on Spotify for Artists

On celebrity phone usage

Could you ditch your phone? Some of the biggest music celebrities have done just that. Justin Bieber opts for an iPad & checks in every morning with his management company to see what’s cooking. He tries to reduce the number of folks who can contact him. Ed...
Focus on these 5 metrics on Spotify for Artists

Do music videos still matter?

Do music videos still matter? I mean… can you remember the last one you watched in its entirety? It’s been a while for me. And I’m in the music biz. But the videos still matter especially in certain genres like Latin. Check out this graph on...
WTF is a WTF album?

WTF is a WTF album?

WTF is a WTF album? Rolling Stone recently described my meditation album with Lil Jon as a “WTF album.” Or in military parlance, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot. So what exactly does that mean? It’s when an artist makes something just because. Known for...
Guitar Spring: Music For a New Season

Guitar Spring: Music For a New Season

I had some time on my hands. Many folks did during the 2020 pandemic. Some who were fortunate to socially distance at home were able to spend time exploring curiosities and long-held interests. I’ve always enjoyed classical guitar music. I decided to finally get a...
On Senator Joe Lieberman

On Senator Joe Lieberman

I’m processing the sudden loss of Senator Joe Lieberman. He was a vice presidential nominee, public servant, diplomat, author, maverick … and recording artist! 🎙 Here’s the backstory: I met Joe Lieberman in an elevator bank in a Senate office building. I was a...