#100: Roundtable – The 100th Episode Extravaganza!

Break out the champagne and celebrate with the dynamic trio (Chris, Kevin and the Bolt) as they celebrate 100 episodes and 3 years of the DIY Musician Podcast by shooting silly string at each other and making bad jokes.  In this special episode, the podcasters talk about Ping (Apple’s new social network), reflect on the past three years of podcasting magic and share their favorite episodes.  They also offer stories about where they were when the podcast started and where their music and careers are now.  Throughout the podcast, musicians from around the world call in to share their appreciation for the podcasters and their work. Don’t miss this one!

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  • Steve

    Congratulations!!! Woo!

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  • Here is to the next 100 episodes.

  • Congrats on 100!

    By the way, I’m really not antagonistic, merely honest. I may say some things that people don’t like or, sadly in this case hurt someone’s feelings but I will never sugar coat things. Either you want honest opinions or you don’t.

    Most of us, already have far too many people, friends, family, business associates, what-have-you, proclaiming our art is great when in fact, maybe it isn’t so great after all.

    So you say, where’s the harm in asking those who claim to believe in your art to pony up a few bucks up front?

    Think of it this way, suppose you have to get to a gig but don’t have gas money to get there. You see one or more of your loyal fans and say, hey, give me x dollars for gas and I’ll put you on the guest list for tonights show.

    Still don’t see anything wrong? Really?

    In both cases, the only difference between you and the man or woman who approaches you as you come out of a store or mini market asking for spare change, is that you as the artist are promising a return on their investment.

    The problem comes in when you do deliver on that promise. If it meets or exceeds their expectations, you’ve delivered. If it doesn’t, you’ve not only lost a fan but assured that you will likely lose even more simply by word-of-mouth.

    A satisfied customer(fan) may or may not tell anyone about their experience. A dissatisfied one, will tell 10, who will tell 10, who will tell 10 and on and on it goes.

    As indies, none of us have that luxury.

  • Re: Robert

    I never read the afore mentioned comment. So I’ll just wax poetically.

    In a lecture I watched on YouTube, Kurt Vonnegut asked the audience to promise him that they would all write a poem that evening. And not just a good poem, but the best that they could possibly write. He then said that they should destroy it as soon as it was completed.

    His point, as interpreted by me, is that the attempt/process/endeavor of making art is always worthwhile to the person making it and it is not necessary for other people to like or experience it for it to retain value.

    As for the value of art criticism, that is debatable.

    The Bolt

  • Chris erm, The Bolt,

    I agree, critics are of questionable value however, I strongly disagree with your take on making art. The entire purpose of art, all forms of art, is expressing something. Emotion, ideology, politics and
    so on. Without someone else experiencing that creation, that very purpose is left unserved.

    Think about it for a moment. If you wrote that poem and you were the only one ever to read it, how do you know that you have written what you set out to write? Was it really the best you could do? You’d never know because you have no feedback to measure it by without someone else experiencing what you’ve done.

    Art is at it’s core, a symbiotic relationship. The artist creates because that is who he/she is. The person(s) experiencing that art gains either enjoyment, enlightenment or simply depth of thought based on the experience. The artist, gains insight into how his/her art is percieved which in turn, ultimately influences the direction his/her art takes over time.

    Taking your point of view, no art should ever be reproduced. Every work should be a one-off, never fixed in a tangible form because there’s no need for anyone else to ever experience it for it to have value to the artist. If that were true, what would be the point of firing up that amplifier? Why use a drum set or any other loud instrument? Only the artist needs to hear it right?

    Of course not. If no-one hears it, there’s no point playing it. If no-one reads it, there is no point writing it. If no-one see’s a sculpure, painting, woodcarving, artistically designed and built structure and so on, there is no point to it. It, the art, has no value.

    Like it or not, even the most socially inept amongst us, are social creatures. Alone, we degenerate into our base animal natures where only 3 things mean anything at all. Food, Shelter, Procreation. There is no art creation for the hermit. Even cave art was created to be seen by others, not for the person creating the art.

  • happy 100 robert lee king!
    haven’t counted yet but i’m sure you’ve got to be at 100 comments by now.
    sorry it took me some time to reply but i ran out of gas on my way to the library to use a computer and had to beg some fans for an internet connection.

  • Re: Robert

    I understand there is a great value in sharing art with the world and I did not say this wasn’t important, but I also believe the artistic process is therapeutic by itself. This is why I have never shown my high school journals to anyone. Sure, I was attempting to write poetry and expel demons at the same time. This was helpful to me, but laughable and un-marketable to others.

    What I’m getting at, I guess, is that indie artists should be encouraged despite being flawed; because art is a good force in the world. Artists should not be told that they will become rich and famous based on their talents, but instead understand that by honing their skills and improving their marketing efforts they can create a supportive community around their music that will give back to them.

    The Bolt

  • merely antagonistic,

    Too funny! Thanks, made my day!

    The Bolt,

    I never kept a journal so I have no point of reference to look to
    there but, I do write something every day. It might be a song, some
    code, another short story or even a page or two on my current novel.
    Even so, I don’t write from some angst ridden need to dispell my
    personal demons, I write because words fill up my mind and have to
    go somewhere to free up space:)

    On indie artists, well said, though I think indies would be better
    served spending their 100,000 hours at practise rather than worrying
    over earning back for their efforts. I think this is the main thing
    most indies have forgotten, earning a few bucks now does not mean
    making more later. And like it or not, the old adage “It takes money, to make money” is still true, even for indies.

  • The Bolt, on a side note, it looks like you’re flipping the bird in that picture.
    Another aside, isn’t it odd, that pantaloons (long shorts) are back in fashion. LOL

  • Congrats on #100 guys!

  • I know it. It does kinda look like I’m flipping the bird (sigh).

    Re: Pantaloons

    I prefer to call them cut-offs.


    C. Bolton

  • Hello all (RLK included…are you like “Murry the K” now? The Fifth Beatle or foruth CDBDIYP guy???),

    Thanks for including “Bolton Gets a Theme Song” as one of the top five episodes! It’s funny, I didn’t realize that the lyric “THE BOLT” would stick as your name Chris…even RLK who basically said I had no right to create your theme song today refers to you as THE BOLT…I guess I’m just a visionary…look for Chris and Kevin theme songs in 2011…

    On a side note my top five are (no order):

    #082: Brian Mazzaferi – I Fight Dragons
    #096: Jack Conte – Pomplamoose and the Video Song
    #055: David Nevue – Building a Music Career Online
    #094: Martin Atkins – Tour Smart!
    #007 : Jonathan Coulton – Turning 1 song a week into 1,000â€ēs of new fans!

    In my humble opinion, I believe that listening to these five episodes over and over will give you more bang for your music career than most music marketing books, courses and consulting sessions ever will. These episode give you more useful information FOR FREE, than almost anything else I have heard in my 30+ years as a FULL TIME gigging and recording artist.

    Yep, you heard it right 30+ years!

    I did about 10 years playing all in kinds of touring cover bands from Country, Rock, Disco (YIKES!) and Pop…usually gigging anywhere from 2-6 nights a week, getting paid!

    I spent the next 10 years (the 90’s) in harder rock and alternative bands trying to get a record deal (still playing 2-6 nights a week) doing a mix of originals and covers, still getting paid!

    The last 10 years I have devoted to original kids and family music…finally finding my niche. Released 10 CDs, toured 49 states and still doing 150-300 shows a year, getting paid a lot!

    And yet with all this “experience” I am still learning from Kevin, Chris and THE BOLT.

    Great work guys, from 1 to 100 I celebrate your entire catalog!

    Mr. Billy

    PS- if you want to hear my non-kids music (alt rock pop I did in the 90’s look up Billy Zack on CD Baby), ROCK ON!

  • Congrats you guys, that is a big shiny number. I look forward to hearing what you put out in future episodes!

  • Hi Guys,

    Just wanted to let you know that I just finished uploading a new single to CD Baby. As you know there are a number of other places I could have submitted my music to, but I chose CD Baby in part because of the podcast. Keep up the good work!

  • Congrats on reaching 100, guys. You have the best DIY musician podcast out there. You’re still crushing your competition. 🙂 I’ve listened to about 50 podcasts so far (sorta slacked off for a while), but rather than listen to them in order, I’m starting to listen from the newest backwards, as internet trends change so fast and older strategies become obsolete. BTW, you guys should do a round table podcast even when you don’t have a specific previous podcast to talk about. You guys have a good sense of humor, so it’s fun to just listen even when you’re not getting down to business. Keep it up!

  • I love you guys, in a totally hetero, non-creepy way. Thank you for all your effort and light-heartedness, news and resources and all that.