Staying creative and nurturing a music community is part of life on the road for Crystal and Pete Damore of Ordinary Elephant. This is their second appearance on the podcast, which was a great opportunity to talk about their recent Kickstarter campaign, their new album Honest, and more.
In addition to finding out what they’ve been up to since our last talk, I also discuss the following with Crystal and Pete.
- The evolution of their life on the road
- The development of the upcoming Ordinary Elephant tour
- Their criteria for attending a conference
- How Crystal and Pete handle (or avoid) periods of writer’s block
- The benefits of writer’s groups and songwriting workshops
- How to build a community around your music
3 Key Points
- Create a lifestyle (and tour) that works for you.
- Give yourself the time you need to be creative and don’t feel guilty about it.
- Take the time to build and nurture your community.
“Even if it doesn’t always feel like we’re writing [a great song], it keeps those mental muscles going. It keeps you in a habit.” – Pete Damore
“The mentality of you have to be busy to be productive – it’s not true.” – Crystal Damore
“As long as you keep learning, that’s a good way to fight becoming stagnant.” – Pete Damore
“Your email list is the only sure way that you know you’ll reach people.” – Crystal Damore
Mentioned in this Episode
- Ordinary Elephant
- Unstarving Musician Patreon page
- Elyza Gilkyson
- Becky Warren
- Heather Pierson Acoustic Trio
- AmericanaFest Nashville
Patreon is a bit like Kickstarter, but instead of culminating in one large project, it’s a way of crowdfunding ongoing creative endeavors. Patreon also serves as a community site where supporters can communicate and discuss new creations.
- The Unstarving Musician’s Guide to Getting Paid Gigs, by Robonzo
- BandZoogle – The all-in-one platform that makes it easy to build a beautiful website for your music
- The Musician’s Profit Path: The 5-Stage Blueprint To Create Massive Growth In Your Fan Base and Sustainable Income For Your Music Career, by Bree Noble
- No Booker, No Bouncer, No Bartender: How I Made $25K On A 2-Month House Concert Tour, by Shannon Curtis
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