The Lost Art of Artist Development

In the early days of the music industry, artist development was one of the most important activities of a record label, often times allowing an artist to develop their artistry and image behind the scenes for years before finally emerging in the public’s eye. However, the emergence of the internet has almost ended this practice. Instead, artists are now pushed to develop publicly and share everything they do in order to feed the social media beasts. In this episode, Blueprint sits down with friend of the podcast Swamburger of Solillaquists of Sound to speak about his history and present involvement in artist development and why it’s still one of the most important aspects in any industry. Continue reading

My First Headlining Show in New York is Finally Happening

Those who have been following my career for a while have noticed that while I do tour quite a bit, and do really long tours, very rarely do I play New York City. There are many reasons for this. Sometimes it is just a routing issue and we can’t get the tour routed into the city. Other times it is that we can’t find a venue willing to take a chance on the show. But whatever the reason was, this led to a situation where I have never headlined a show in New York City. In fact, I haven’t even played in NYC since 2011 when Adventures in Counter-Culture was released, which was seven years ago. Continue reading

Throwing Quality Live Events

As artists who have both thrown events and been booked to play on events, we’ve been a part of a wide range of shows. From the most organized shows with amazing performances, to the most unorganized shows with terrible performers–we’ve seen it all. And from those experiences, we’ve identified some bulletproof ways to make sure the event you throw is successful on every level. If you’ve been thinking about throwing a live event, this episode will show you how to make sure it’s quality!

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My Return to Touring Starts Today

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Three years ago, when we got into an auto accident that totaled my van and brought us to within inches of losing our lives, things got a little weird for me. As an artist who loved touring and was known for regularly doing extremely long tours, that near-death experience changed me. On one hand, it made me extremely appreciative to be alive to see another day and cherish my time much more. But on the other hand, the entire experience made me realize that I needed to take a break. Continue reading

Blueprint “Don’t Look Back” Music Video

I just dropped a brand new music video for the song “Don’t Look Back” from Two-Headed Monster.  Directed by Visual House Media. Check it out and let me know your thoughts in the comments below:

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The Benefits of Minimalism

During last weeks intro, we briefly spoke about the huge benefits that simplifying your wardrobe can bring to a person’s life. Although that conversation may have appeared to be just about clothing, it was really about the larger topic of minimalism and how it can be applied to our lives. In this episode, we break down the three areas of our lives that we can apply a minimalistic approach and talk about the benefits of each. Let’s go!

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Stop Wasting Time

We all know what it’s like to completely procrastinate on important work until the last minute. And while normal people tend to have specific reasons why they put things off, creative people tend to occupy their time with activities that we tell ourselves are helping us get ready to create, but only waste time. In this episode, we dive into the top time-wasters creative people use as excuses for not getting to work and how to get them out of your way!

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Banning Hip-Hop

One of the most controversial stories involving hip-hop on a global level was the country of China banning hip-hop culture from television and all mainstream outlets. What may seem unthinkable in a country like America has actually happened. Was it the right thing to do? In this episode, Blueprint and Illogic choose opposites sides and debate China’s hip-hop ban.

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Avoiding People Who Aren’t Serious

If there’s one thing you’ll definitely come across on your path to elevate yourself in your career or passion, it’s people who talk a good game, but aren’t really serious about putting in work. At the beginning stages of your career, these people will easily fool you and cause you to waste valuable time that you can’t get back. In this episode, we talk about the ten ways to tell if somebody you’re dealing with isn’t serious and should be avoided.

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The Two-Headed Monster vinyl is here

The last two weeks has been such a blur of traveling to the farthest corners of the country–Florida and Oregon–that I almost forgot to mention that the vinyl LPs for Two-Headed Monster are back from the pressing plant. I picked these up right before I headed to Oregon for my show in Eugene this past weekend but, because I was in such a rush, I didn’t even get to open up any of the boxes. Today, I got to check them out and they look real dope. From the artwork to the clear vinyl, these joints look crispy! Continue reading

How to be a Better Fan

As artists, we’re often asked by our fans what are the most effective ways to support our art. Over the years, we’ve noticed that it isn’t about the big things– like expecting people to buy all of our albums–it’s actually about really small things that most fans might not think are very important. In this episode, we dive into seven small actions fans can make that have a huge impact.

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The Power of Community

I’ve been in Orlando for the last week, staying with my good friends the Solillaquists of Sound. For the last seven years, I’ve been coming down here multiple times a year; either playing a show, hanging with friends, working on some project, or doing what I’m doing this time around–shooting music videos.

Those who know me understand how active I am when it comes to getting things done, and while I can take some of the credit for my work ethic, I can’t take all the credit for what actually gets done. The truth, is that I wouldn’t be able to do nearly as much without the help of the community. Continue reading

Wearing Multiple Hats

Whether you’re trying to or not, there will always be times when you have to take on multiple responsibilities in order to get things done. In this episode, we dive deep into what Blueprint has had to do over the last fifteen years to stay on top of his art and business in a way that is very rare nowadays. We also give you all seven tips that will help you become better at wearing multiple hats. Let’s go!

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