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    Being an independent musician...

    So I just started a series to talk about whatever people want to know about, and in the first video I'm showing my thoughts of being an independent musician today.

    Might be inspirational or not for you. If you have any ideas or other questions I should talk about, let me know.



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    I'll definitely check this out. I am definitely NOT an independent musician, atr least in anything other than the hobbyist sense, but your perspective shoudl be pretty awesome, Ola.

    By the way, speaking of awesome - your "does every amp sound the same?" video kicked ass, and reminded me that I need more Feared in my life. Awesome, awesome, awesome riffing on that.
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    Awesome video, Ola. I'm not an independent musician (because I've never done music for a living), but I am an independent contractor! Heh heh heh. For me, I think music will always be something I do on the side, but I imagine most people have imagined what it would be like to do it full-time.

    Quote Originally Posted by Drew View Post
    By the way, speaking of awesome - your "does every amp sound the same?" video kicked ass, and reminded me that I need more Feared in my life. Awesome, awesome, awesome riffing on that.
    That video was recommended in my YouTube feed and since I remember everyone always saying "Ola makes every amp sound the same," I watched it. It was a very good video. And I do think that a lot of it had to do with the guitar, pickups, style of playing, and the specific way Ola EQed the amps, as well as the very kinds of amps he picked that made them sound so similar. Obviously if you used wildly different amps, wildly different guitars, and wildly different pickups, they would sound a lot more different, but a lot of people underestimate the power of a guitarist's individual playing style.

    I think your EQ skills are particularly impressive because you always have very very good EQ for both clean and high-gain tones, no matter what.

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    Great, straightforward info!

    Putting in the time and hard work > relying on "talent," whatever that is...

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    You need a more clickbait-y title. Something like "This Is Why You Suck at Making Money As A Musician"
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    Quote Originally Posted by Randy View Post
    You need a more clickbait-y title. Something like "This Is Why You Suck at Making Money As A Musician"


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