Give the gift that keeps on giving
turn a hobby ⇢ into a legit career
Get started now!
The course is packed full of career-changing content
Available on any device
"This was a real motivator for me. I have been dabbling in music for over a decade, always wishing it was my career or at least a legitimate enough supplement that I could justify giving more time to it. This course was a good kick in the right direction. Great inspiration to put in the hours and get to work. And lots of helpful information along the way"
- Skylor Brumbeloe
Course quote from Derek:
"This doesn't mean you have to play shows all the time. I only play house shows every other weekend and it pays all my bills, every year."
Get started now!
for over 20 years, i’ve been writing songs, making records, touring, and thinking critically about and developing tools for artists to use to build engage with their audience. i’m a blue collar artist, an accidental entrepreneur, and deep down i'm a wannabe mentor.
whether during my time as a founding member and songwriter in the band caedmon’s call, during my almost 15 year (and currently active) solo career, or as the founder & president of the free music platform noisetrade, i’ve backed into a pretty solid set of best practices, random skills, and tricks of the trade for how to make a good living as a middle class musician.
i wanna tell you everything i know. everything from the basics (and not so basics) of songwriting, demo and full album recording, to touring and playing house shows, and the basics of setting up your business online and beyond, i want to bring all of my experience to bear on helping you build your career.
to be clear, i’m not talking about how to get rich & famous. i’m talking about helping you actually make a living playing music. a sustainable, middle class living.
maybe this is finally the moment to invest in yourself. so, calling all of my middle class musicians out there, or those hoping to be.