Let’s face it…being a musician isn’t easy during a global pandemic. We haven’t been able to play live shows in over a year, so what do we do?
We are creative people. it’s time to get creative and make some extra cash. Here are 6 socially distant side hustles for musicians:
1. Create and Sell Online Music Courses
What are you the most knowledgeable and passionate about? If you’re a musician, it’s likely music. Are you a singer? Teach vocal lessons. Are you a DJ? Teach a mixing course. Are you a music theory expert? Create a course and make a passive income. There are so many great platforms online to create and sell courses.
My favorite platform to learn new skills on is SkillShare. It’s a subscription based platform where you can learn just about anything. You can also create and place your courses on the platform. SkillShare reports that the top teachers can make around $40,000 a year. Not bad for not leaving the house.
Along the same lines as above…freelance as a teacher over Zoom. These are live classes that you can do 1-on-1 or with a group. Teach what you know the best and make some coin!
3. Freelance on Fiverr
You can provide pretty much any service you want on Fiverr. Voiceovers, write a jingle, play a guitar riff for someone’s song, build websites, design a logo…the possibilities are endless. The best part is, you can set your own prices. The market is a bit oversaturated, so you have to know how to market your services.
4. Trade Stocks
The newest trend is screwing Wall Street by making volatile stocks go skyrocketing, like Gamestop, Blackberry, Dogecoin, and AMC. I don’t know anything about how this works, but 10-year-olds are banking off of this…so I’m assuming you can too. Check out this article on ABC News to learn what’s going on there. Also check out the Reddit group that started it all, WallStreetBets. Go ahead. Stick it to the man!
5. Go Live
You are a performer, right? You have a fanbase, right? Set up a weekly gig on Facebook, IG, YouTube, or even TikTok live. You can set-up a virtual tip jar simply by using PayPal or Cashapp. If you have a strong fanbase, this has potential to be quite profitable.
Speak two or more languages fluently? You can make some great money translating documents. One great site to start with is Translator Cafe. Lots of my friends in Montreal and Hong Kong could take advantage of this.
I hope this article was helpful for some of you. If you know of other ways musicians can make money during the pandemic, comment below and share this post if you think it might help someone!
It’s that time of the week! Breaking down 6 of the newest tracks all in one place so you don’t have to go searching!
We’ve got some interesting stuff today, so let’s get weird, nerds.
IU (아이유)- Celebrity
Let’s start off with one all the way from South Korea, K-Pop star IU (아이유) with Celebrity. This is a preview of what to expect on her 5th studio album, which is in the works right now. The video is already at nearly 12 million views on YouTube. With her bright, beautiful vocals, and upbeat electro-pop sound, I can imagine this track will be blaring out of every shop in Gangnam by this weekend.
2 Chainz – Grey Area
I highly recommend taking a hit of acid or some shrooms before watching this video…not that I know what that’s like or anything…
But seriously. Do it.
2 Chainz switches heads with his dog, Trappy and gets belly rubs from an angel around an entire litter of 2 Chainz-headed Trappy’s. Wild stuff, man.
On the music side of it all, this song is a banger. It’s got a dope beat, a great flow, and lyrics that may or may not offend you. Grey Area is the latest single off of his 2020 album So Help Me God.
Rag n’ Bone Man – All You Ever Wanted
Rory Charles Graham , AKA Rag n’ Bone Man has one of the coolest voices I’ve ever heard. His first album, Human was full of soul and beautifully executed. It didn’t sound like anything else out there. Maybe I need to let it grow on me, but All You Ever Wanted just reminds me too much of an Imagine Dragons song.
Lyrically, its nice…but the song itself just isn’t touching me in all the right places. The new single will be on Graham’s upcoming album, Life of Misdirection, which will drop in April.
Eric Church – Heart on Fire
With the first country song to appear on Le Café Music, Eric Church is giving the “Church Choir” exactly what they were hoping for with Heart on Fire. I was skeptical of this one from the opening line :
Roosevelt Road was too rough for my old truck
I couldn’t help but think “Man, not another country song about a truck.” That’s just a bit too cliche. But my feelings changed shortly after and caught myself actually enjoying it. It’s a fun song, Church is a very talented singer, and the lyrics shy away from the cliches after that first line.
Heart on Fire dropped today with the news that this song will be featured on his upcoming albums. That’s right, I said albums. Plural.
It will be a three volume set, titled Heart & Soul. This track will be on the album called Heart, which will be released April 16th. The second album of the series, Soul, will be released just one week later. & is going to be released as a 6-track vinyl EP and only available to Church Choir members. That’s pretty dope, Mr. Church.
Now, I’m trying to open my mind to the country genre a bit more these days. Country fans, please help me find the good stuff. Comment with your favorite country song below!
Rebecca Black – Girlfriend
Here’s a nice little redemption story for you. Rebecca Black…the internet sensation in 2011 at the age of 13 for releasing what some people say is “the worst music video ever.”
The song is called Friday. You know the one. If you don’t, here it is. Sorry, Rebecca.
Black was destroyed by the media. She was bullied at school. Kids threw food at her in the cafeteria. She suffered from self-esteem issues and depression. At 19, she was told that no producer or songwriter would ever work with her again.
Kids can be really f****** mean.
Honestly, she didn’t deserve any of that ridicule at 13. You know who deserves all of the ridicule?
“Producers” Clarence Jey and Patrice Wilson. They had to know that song was trash, yet they released it anyway. Wilson, the writer of Friday and co-founder of ARK Music Factory was also the UNCREDITED featured rapper in the song.
Gee, I wonder why he wouldn’t want his name associated with it…
Wilson later opened another label under the name Pato, called Pato’s Music World...which failed miserably.
Hmm…I wonder why he changed his name…
Enough about those frauds. Let’s talk about Rebecca.
Despite the bullying and the depression…Black continued to make music and work on her craft. Her net worth is now estimated at $1.5 million. Suck on that, bullies.
Today, Rebecca Black is back. And it is Friday, but that’s just a coincidence. Here is her new single, Girlfriend.
benny blanco, Marshmallow, & Vance Joy – You
There are some wild-ass music videos being released this week. Here’s another one.
In our only claymation video of the week, the boys are enjoying a little cookout, when a terrifying tree monster comes out and captures mallo and Joy while blanco is flipping burgers. blanco then finds them tied up inside the tree. Instead of killing the monster…he gives it a hug. Tree monster unties the boys and they all proceed to get drunk and become best friends.
What a day.
The song is nice, and I enjoyed hearing Vance Joy for the first time since Riptide in 2013.
The claymation is pretty badass too!
There we have it. Six of the most talked-about releases of the week. I hope you enjoyed my breakdown of these tracks and their videos.
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Every Tuesday, Billboard releases all of their charts. As I am a “citizen of the world,” I will bring you the Billboard Global 200 Top 10 every week. The Global 200 ranks the top songs based on sales and streaming data from 200 territories worldwide. Let’s get to it!
1. Olivia Rodrigo – Drivers License
The former Disney Channel’s High School Musical: The Musical: The Series star debuted her first single last week at number 1. That’s where she’ll stay this week. Since Drivers License was released, it has broken the record for most daily streams on Spotify…twice. The song has reached the top of charts in Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, Netherlands, Norway, the UK, and here in the US.
2. Ariana Grande – 34+35
Nobody can explain this track the way Lewis Capaldi does, so I’ll leave you with this:
Jumping 9 spots from 11 to 2, here’s 34+35:
3. The Weeknd – Blinding Lights
20 weeks on the chart and this song is still up near the top. From the Canadian star’s fourth studio album After Hours, Blinding Lights moves down just one spot to number 3.
4. Bad Bunny and Jhay Cortez – Dákiti
Staying put at number 4 this week, Dákiti reaches its 12th week on the chart. If you don’t speak Spanish, this song is basically about getting drunk, smoking weed, his lady’s butt, and doin’ it.
I can’t believe I fit a Ladies Man reference in here. I’m proud of myself. Anyway, bending the rules of reggaetón, here is Dákiti by the Puerto Rican duo.
5. 24kGoldn ft. Iann Dior – Mood
Staying put at number 5, the 20-year-old TikTok sensation 24kGoldn reaches his 20th week on the chart with Mood. After breaking out on TikTok, he had some sound advice for his fellow TikTokers in an interview with the New York Post “Don’t make anything you wouldn’t want to watch yourself.”
6. BTS – Dynamite (방탄소년단)
The K-Pop boy band slides 3 slots to number 6 this week. This is also their 20th week on the chart after their debut at number 1. Dynamite has over 800 million views on YouTube and over 600 million streams on Spotify.
Those numbers don’t surprise me one bit. After living in South Korea for almost three years, I know how loyal Korean pop fans can be.
7. Dua Lipa ft. DaBaby – Levitating
The British vocalist sits at number 7 once again this week with the hit from her second studio album, Future Nostalgia. Warner Music got a huge win by signing Dua Lipa in 2015.
8. SZA – Good Days
SZA will stay at number 8 this week, her 8th week on the chart with Good Days. The American neo soul vocalist announced yesterday that she wants Frank Ocean on the remix for this track.
I think that’s something we can all get behind.
9. The Weeknd – Save Your Tears
Abel reaches the top-10 again this week after jumping from 13 to 9. This is the fourth single from After Hours, and his second on the chart this week. The Weeknd continues his on-going theme throughout his music videos from After Hours by revealing his botox-injected face of nightmares.
10. Justin Bieber – Anyone
The single released by Def Jam Recordings stays in the top-10 for a third week, dropping from number 6. Bieber’s character seems to be evolving from “idiot kid” to an adult with regrets. He recently reflected on the 7-year anniversary of his DUI arrest in Miami in an Instagram post.
You love to see that he’s learned from his mistakes and is trying to move on with his life. I know the feeling…minus the being famous thing.
I hope you enjoyed this breakdown of the Billboard Global 200 Top 10.
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If you are a fan of American Idol, you may know of Jax. She was the 3rd place contestant on season 14 at just 18-years-old. She auditioned with this beautiful rendition of IWant to Hold Your Hand by The Beatles.
After the show aired in 2015, Jax signed with Scott Borchetta’s Big Machine Records. Yes, the same Scott Borchetta and Big Machine Records that feuded with Taylor Swift over ownership of her music…but that’s another story.
Needless to say, that contract didn’t work out and Jax went on to release music as an independent artist. In 2016, she released La La Land, a track undeniably throwing shade at American Idol and its entire process.
It ain’t our call, it’s America’s honey It’s not our decision, but your time is our money We need more energy. We need more ratings Dance for the camera. America’s waiting
Listen to the whole track here:
The insanely popular social app, TikTok launched in September of 2016. Jax joined TikTok, where she has posted parodies of popular songs, like Sia’sChandelier from the Housekeeper’s Perspective.
These parodies brought her 1 million followers and over 15 million likes on her videos. Her fans urged Jax to release some original music…and she did just that. Her track Ring Pop, which she posted on TikTok, caught the attention of executives at Atlantic Records who offered her a deal she couldn’t refuse. Jax posted the news in this video:
Big congrats to Jax! She put herself out there and it paid off.
There’s a lesson to be learned here: KEEP POSTING CONTENT! You never know who’s watching.
Check out Ring Pop by Jax, right here:
Jax, if you happen to see this…I’d love to interview you about your experience!
That’s right…the iconic track from Adele’s 21 album turned 10-years-old today. Someone Like You was the second single to be released on the 2011 album after Rolling in the Deep. This woman only turns out massive hits and her voice will never be matched. Prove me wrong.
When Someone Like You was released, David Letterman was still hosting The Late Show. Watch Adele perform the hit, live on Letterman.
Rumor has it, Adele has a new album coming out in February. Her good friend, Alan Carr stated “I’ve actually heard some tracks on it. Oh my God, it’s amazing – so amazing” in a recent article in Grazia UK. This, according to Jem Aswad of Variety.
I think we can all agree, we need more heartwrenching music from Adele in 2021. Let’s hope the rumors are true…I need something new to make me sob.
What is your favorite Adele song? Tell us in the comments!
Happy Friday, music fans. We’ve got 9 new releases to talk about, so get your coffee and your headphones ready…it’s an interesting mix. Let’s get to it!
Billie Eilish & Rosalía – Lo Vas A Olvidar
Billie Eilish en español? Si. This long-awaited collaboration is finally here, and I’m kind of digging it. Lo Vas A Olvidar translates to “Will you let it go.” The Billie and Rosalía superfans likely won’t let this one go anytime soon (see what I did there?) The song is set to be featured in an upcoming episode of the HBO series Euphoria. I’ve never seen the show, but if you watch it…listen for this tune. The song is hauntingly beautiful and their voices blend perfectly together. Billie’s Spanish is surprisingly spot-on, too. The ladies actually had a bit of help from Billie’s family with the final line:
Love cannot be measured in a steady step One day I’m a god and the next I can break You say it to me like it’s something I have any choice in If I wasn’t important, then why would you waste all your poison?
This will be one for the Breakup playlists, for sure.
Have a listen and let me know what you think!
Fat Joe, DJ Khaled, Amorphous – Sunshine (The Light)
Not gonna lie…I did not have high expectations for this one. But the story of how this track was created is great, and the song is kind of catchy.
Amorphous is the real story here. The 22-year-old DJ, Jamir Reece Davis went viral as the MC Hammer appointed “Thanksgiving DJ” with his mashup of Rihanna’s Kiss It Better, and the Luther Vandross classic Never Too Much. The mashup got picked up for Fat Joe’s newest track, and Davis got official clearance from Rhianna to use her vocals in the track. Crazy how things can turn around so fast when you put yourself out there for the world to see.
In much stranger news: Fat Joe and DJ Khaled started a joint OnlyFans profile. For only $20 a month, you can see whatever the hell that’s all about.
This track is a vibe, for sure. Makes me want to buy a silk shirt and some Cuban cigars.
Let’s get to it…but look out for the horrible acting at the beginning of the video…
Lil Huddy – 21st Century Vampire
I don’t have much to say about this one. This was the first thing I said out lout after I listened to the song:
If you like it, that’s fine. I’ll only judge you a little.
Jason Derulo – Lifestyle (featuring Adam Levine)
I don’t have a whole lot to say about this one either. It’s your basic, somewhat catchy commercial pop song that will be played to death by top 40 radio stations across the country. I will say this, though…Jason Derulo is a goddamn entertainer, which is refreshing to see.
Lil Wayne – Ain’t Got Time
This one cracks me all the way up. Just two days after Trump pardoned Wayne for his crimes, he releases a song that seemingly references those exact crimes.
Full of vanilla, flyin’ over chocolate mountains I stare at the Pacific while I’m smokin’ on a kilometer The feds, they hot on us, one hundred on the thermometer They raided my private plane, I went got one that’s more privater
When police searched Lil Wayne’s private plane back in December 2019, they found him to be carrying a gun and bullets. He was facing up to 10 years in prison until he was pardoned.
This track is a banger, though…despite the hilarity of the timing of its release. Check it out and let me know what you think.
Silk City – New Love (Featuring Ellie Goulding)
Welcome back, Silk City. The Diplo and Mark Ronson duo bang out a new club anthem with Ellie Goulding. This is Silk City’s first release since 2018 when they teamed up with Dua Lipa on Electricity. It’s a shame clubs aren’t open. We’ll have to wait until this virus goes away. In the meantime, put your headphones on and flick the lights on and off. Close enough, right?
Can you spot Diplo and Ronson in the video?
Busta Rhymes – Czar (Remix) featuring CJ and M.O.P.
Yes, THAT Busta Rhymes. It must be 90’s rapper week. Extinction Level Event 2: The Wrath of God is Busta’s first album in 11 years. Busta fortifies his status amongst hip-hop royalty in this record.
So far, shawties throw they bra And I need the lighter to light the perfect cigar Brand new jet (Jet), brand new car (Car) Leader of the new shit (Brra), brand new Czar (Czar)
According to the comments section on YouTube, this is exactly what hip-hop needs right now. I’ll admit…this track is FIRE. Well done, old man!
What do you think of the hip-hop legend’s newest release?
Madison Beer – Boyshit
First of all, let me say one thing about Madison Beer:
Thanks. I had to get that out of the way.
Madison’s newest song is about “knowing your worth and taking back your power” in a relationship that’s gone wrong. She says the video is “a nod to dealing with toxic masculinity.” Boyshit basically means bullshit, if I’m understanding that correctly.
Another one for the breakup playlist. Enjoy!
Weezer – All My Favorite Songs
Off of their upcoming album, Ok Human, All My Favorite Songs is one I’m sure we can all relate to at some point in our lives. It’s about how things that once gave pleasure are now depressing and everything sucks.
All my favorite songs are slow and sad All my favorite people make me mad, so mad Everything that feels so good is bad, bad, bad All my favorite songs are slow and sad I don’t know what’s wrong with me (Ooh, ooh, ooh) I don’t know what’s wrong with me (Ooh, ooh, ooh)
Been there, bruh.
Rivers Cuomo, Weezer frontman sounds great. I’m looking forward to hearing the rest of the album. I was a big fan of Weezer growing up. Don’t let me down, gentlemen.
That’s it for this week’s New Music Friday. I’ll be doing this every Friday, so for the newest tracks…subscribe! Let me know which one is your favorite in the comments!
Hey everyone! Thanks for checking out Le Café Music. My name is Ryan Dawley and I am the “author.”
I’ll tell you, Snoop.
I am a 36-year-old kid from Erie, PA. I graduated from Gannon University with a BA in Theatre and Communication Arts way back in 2007, and I have been performing professionally ever since.
My first gig was a touring children’s musical in Pittsburgh called I Love Gas. Yes, you read that right. I was the swing for the 3 male roles in the educational musical about natural gas safety. I got paid $100 a show to make 3 fart noises with my mouth in a microphone backstage.
After that, I moved to New York in and immediately had my bank information stolen, along with all of the money in my account (Welcome to New York), so I started selling comedy tickets in Times Square for the New York Comedy Club. Yeah…I was one of those “Hey, do you like comedy?” guys everyone hates.
Needless to say, I didn’t make a whole lot of money.
Within a couple of months, I got my first gig and was off to a crappy little town in Indiana to do Pirates of Penzance and Cats in a barn at an Amish resort for $100 a week. It could only go uphill from there.
I went on to perform in shows in Nashville and the DC area for a couple of years before moving back to New York to work a “survival” job as a barista at Starbucks on 54th and Broadway for $10 an hour. With rent in Harlem at around $900 a month for a bedroom in a 3 bedroom apartment…my bank account was suffering again. Seems to be a theme in New York.
While sitting in my apartment and submitting for every musical theatre gig possible, I came across an interesting one. “Resident Actor in South Korea.” I though “Huh…that would be different.” Not anticipating a response, I submitted my audition materials.
10 minutes later, I got an email from Cameron at Gyeonggi English Village in Paju, South Korea, asking to do a Skype interview/audition. It went well, and I was put on the waiting list for the next available job. 10 minutes later, I got the life-changing email from Cam saying the job is mine and to start the visa process.
I waited 3 months to get my visa, then I was off to South Korea. I didn’t know anyone. I didn’t speak Korean. I was terrified.
It was the best thing to ever happen to me. I loved my colleagues. I loved everything about Korea…the food, the culture, the women. I was home. I performed in several lead roles in original ESL musicals for young Korean kids, and I even wrote the script for one of them.
After 1 year in Paju, I headed back to New York for a 3rd time. That didn’t last long. I missed Asia too much.
My buddy, Sam was living in Hong Kong at the time…so I booked a flight, packed my suitcases again and moved to Hong Kong to teach Drama classes to Kindergarteners. Hong Kong is now a second home to me. I have some incredible, life-long friends there and the city is just incredible.
After 6 months of teaching, I was offered gig at a LATT Children’s Theatre in Seoul, South Korea to perform in bi-lingual children’s musicals. Time to go back to the land of kimchi. I spent another full year in Seoul where I got to tour around the entire country and make cute little Korean kids laugh every day. I’d do it again in a heartbeat.
Next stop: Hong Kong, round 2. Teaching Secondary Drama and Language Arts at Lam Tai Fai College for another incredible year. Along with teaching, I started branching out into performing as well. I joined the Hong Kong Singers, where I was on the Board of Directors and performed lead roles in I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change and Assassins.
I did some voiceover work for a popular toy company and joined a band, Jack Rabbit Slim. We’d play for free drinks at a great little bar called The Wanch once a month. I don’t remember most of those nights. One of those gigs changed my career direction completely. Joe, a guitarist and band leader working with El-Live Productions saw videos of me singing with JRS and sent them to G, the CEO. 2 days later, I was offered a job as a lead singer in party bands in 5-Star Hotels all over Asia. Perfect timing, as my teaching contract was expiring in a few weeks.
For the next 2 years, I worked with El-Live, performing in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam, the Grand Hyatt Seoul (Korea again!), Hilton Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia,) Grand Hyatt Singapore (where I met my wifey,) and the Grand Hyatt Beijing.
After 2 great years with El-Live, I accepted a 6 month contract to sing with Randy the Funky Pilgrim on the Carnival Freedom. One contract was enough, as I found out I get seasick way too easily.
After the cruise, I freelanced as a vocalist in Dubai (Rock Bottom Tecom,) Jakarta, Indonesia (Shangri-La Jakarta,) the Maldives (Four Seasons Resort,) Abu Dhabi (Rock Bottom Abu Dhabi,) and Shenyang, China (Dr. Mia night club.) I had a crazy 5 years of traveling the world, drinking way too much, and singing. Life was incredible.
After Shenyang, it was time to marry the woman of my dreams with 2 weddings in Erie and Singapore, and a trip to Rome. You can check that out here if you’d like:
After the wedding(s), the plan was to take a job in Phuket, Thailand and save money before moving to France to be with her. I took a job as the Senior Entertainment Specialist and lead singer of the in-house band at Blue Tree Phuket.
While there, I started my own entertainment company, Coverseas Productions. We link international bands with 5-Star Hotels and private events all over the world. Unfortunately, for both of these jobs…COVID-19 came along. I was stranded in Phuket for 3 months. Just me, my pup Mickey who I rescued in Thailand, and my buddy Paul, who was stuck there as well. When the land boarders opened up, we hitched a 16 hour ride to Bangkok where Mickey and I finally flew home.
That leads me to present day: Stuck in Erie, PA while my wife is still in France and we likely won’t see each other any time soon.
Since I’ve been home, I started working as an A&R at Estabrook Road Records where I recruit unsigned artists for the label and for artist development (www.estabrookroad.com) I am also working as a mentor with Musician Guidance at http://www.musicianguidance.com alongside some insanely talented people in the music industry.
That’s it. That’s me. I hope that didn’t bore you! I’ll start writing about music tomorrow, I promise.
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Hi everyone, and welcome to Le Café Music! This blog will include coffee, music reviews, artist interviews, music news, unsigned artist discovery, stories from the road, and anything else related to music.
The title “Le Café Music” is quite simple, really. It comes from my passion for discovering new cafes, coffee, and music.
My name is Ryan Dawley and I’ll be the captain of this shrimp boat. In my next post, I’ll tell you a little bit about myself before we get into the music.
We’re going to have a good time here, and I encourage you all to get in on the conversation by subscribing and commenting on the posts. Let’s get weird, nerds!