Custom-Tracks got to meet with Jonnie Morgan of the Jonnie Morgan Band and ask him questions regarding how he went from playing at local coffee shops to playing for over 1700 people at the House of Blues.
See what he says about the importance of determination and how to make an impact in the music industry.
tip: No one really knows what they're doing in the beginning. Having someone there to push you and give you that confidence is important.
Keep your love for the craft. It's your passion that will ultimately drive you.
Find a mentor. You don't have to go it alone.
What do you need in order to invest in yourself at the start of your journey?
Get a demo. This shows that you take yourself seriously.
Have a business card. This shows that you take yourself seriously.
tip: Never get caught without your business cards.
tip: Websites give you credibility! Anything that has your content on display is important.
What do you do when no one really cares at first? How do you break through that?
tip: Work hard, book, rehearse, network, and practice
Live for the moments that make it all worth it.
You don't matter. It's what you give to people that matters.
tip: Always remember: music it's not about scale, it's about connection
tip: Big gigs help your resume, but don't get too hung up on them in the beginning.
Make a personal mantra.
Jonnie's thoughts on stage fright.
Be humble. Ask questions. It's okay not to know everything.
tip: Don't be too proud to ask for help. People will help you! They would love to be apart of your journey.
Make performing music a personal practice.
Beware of finding comfort in the cover gig scene.
How to build your personal brand.
How to go from singing covers to playing originals.
tip: Make your covers your own! Make them different. This way, people can hear who you are on a track they already know.
Be well-rehearsed. This builds your confidence.
Put more time into your craft. Make this important to you.
Surround yourself with people who are one level above you.
Thank you to Jonnie Morgan for pushing through doubt and sushi restaurant gigs for ten years to establish himself in the music industry. Find out more about his story and music at jonniemorganband.com.
Have some questions we didn't answer? Feel free to get in touch with us, and we'll do our best to answer them. Until then, Custom-Tracks encourages you to follow Jonnie's footsteps, but feel free to improvise. The journey is yours.