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What’s better? Today’s music or classic oldies?

Many musicians think much of the current music they hear today pales in comparison to what they heard at some point before. We had an office in Hollywood from 1969 to 1995 and I spoke to thousands of players in person over those 26 years.  Here's what many said:...

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Where are the booking agents today?

We still get inquiries from bands asking if we are a booking agency.   We get our job openings directly from bands seeking new members, but we have never actually booked bands in our 50 year history.  Are there less booking agents today than before?  Maybe not for the...

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Memories of Darryl Dragon, the Captain & Tennille

With the recent passing of Darryl Dragon, I'd like to relate a few memories I have of Darryl before his fame as The Captain, half of the duo The Captain and Tennille who had a couple monster hits in the 1970's.  Darryl first came into our office around 1970 looking...

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Will Greta Van Fleet spark a rock revival?

Greta Van Fleet has been selling out concerts in North America and Europe and finally released their full length album, after two previous EP's.  They've all been hitting the charts at #1.  When was the last time a new young rock band was able to accomplish this?  And...

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Is band rehearsal effective online?

Online auditioning, jamming, and rehearsing has been a reality for awhile, but how effective is it?  How many musicians have actually rehearsed using this method?  Does it work, and if so, why isn't everyone doing it?  It's not like Skype, where you can only hear one...

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Bands and venues must promote together

I have a few observations about some conflicts between musicians and club owners which should not exist. We all know there are a lot of free and low paying gigs out there, but it has nothing to do with whether the economy is good or bad. The problem is that too many...

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Famous names who used us to find musicians

This is not really a newsletter, it's merely a response to a question we've been asked many times over the past four decades:  "What famous people have used Musicians Contact to locate or hire musicians?"  The answer is on our web site although some have never seen...

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Can rise of music fests help club attendance?

I constantly read articles stating that since musicians are making so much less money from their recorded music these days, more and more of them are forced to take to the road and play live. This scenario applies to older established acts as well as fresh upcoming...

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Could holograms replace live music acts?

A guy walked into our old office on Sunset Boulevard about 25 years ago and told me "live music in clubs will soon be dead".  At the time, musicians already had new alcohol and anti-smoking laws to contend with, as well as karaoke, DJs, and TV screens, so I asked why...

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What instrument is most in demand now?

The following info is based on incoming gigs we have received over the past four decades. For many years the answer was: Keyboards. A lot of bands couldn't find work unless they had a keyboard player, and keyboards were usually the most costly instrument, hence less...

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