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Which Adult Contemporary Songs Work in a Feature Film? [You Vote!]

Watch This Episode on YouTube: Check out the Forwards Blog: There’s no better way to sharpen your own writing and production skills than trying to pick what made the grade and what didn’t for a really high-bar request for music! Do you think you can pick which songs our A&R Team thought were good enough that they should be considered for a $10,000 placement in a Big Budget Feature Film? ------------------------------------ Learn More About...


Recording, Mixing, & Engineering Tips with Ronan Chris Murphy

Watch This Episode on YouTube: Ronan's Recording Boot Camp: Modern Recording Techniques book: We’re extremely excited to have one of our favorite guests Ronan Chris Murphy back in the office for a brand new episode of TAXI TV! We’ll be taking a deep dive into everything you need to know about Engineering and Production––so come with your learning cap on! Want to know more about Ronan? As a producer, engineer and/or...


Advanced Music Licensing with Jeff Freundlich

Watch This Episode on YouTube: I’m beyond excited to have one of my favorite people from the Film/TV Music Licensing world join me on the upcoming episode of TAXI TV. He’s incredibly smart, extremely hard working, highly successful, and on top of all that, he’s a great guy! His energy and intellect are contagious, and he doesn’t dish up B.S. He’s a straight-shooter of the very best kind. I’ve wanted to have him on the show for the last 8 years, and I’m...


TAXI 101 for New Members [Part 2]

Watch the Episode on YouTube: ------------------------------------ Buy "Shortcuts to Hit Songwriting": Buy "Shortcuts to Songwriting for Film & TV": Learn More About TAXI: Rub Elbows with Music Industry Pros at Our FREE Yearly Convention: View Our Current Music Industry Opportunities: Connect with Fellow Songwriters on the TAXI Forum:...


Writing Country & Pop Hits with Ralph Murphy [2018 Trends]

Watch the Episode on YouTube: Get Ralph's Book, "Murphy’s Laws of Songwriting" here: ---------------------------------- Ralph Murphy has long been a favorite speaker, teacher, and mentor at the TAXI Road Rally. His insight into what makes a song a hit song is a deep dive into the art, craft, and maybe even a little bit of science thrown in for good measure. His decades of experience, research, and love of passing on what he’s learned...


TAXI 101 for New Members

Watch this Episode on YouTube: We love to see our members succeed using TAXI, so we like to give new members sort of a Quick Start Guide to make sure they get the most out their memberships! We know people don’t like to read, so our Quick Start Guide comes in the form of a fast-paced, informal video hangout on TAXI TV. We’ll turn you on to on some tips that could literally mean the difference between success and failure in the music industry! If that sounds...


Your Questions About the Music Industry & TAXI Answered [AMA]

Watch this Episode on YouTube: Problem: Michael always feels badly when he sees questions flying by in the live show chat room and he doesn’t answer them if they aren’t relevant to the topic for that day’s show! Solution: Every so often, Michael does a show that’s dedicated to answering any and all questions about the music industry, TAXI, the screening process, film/TV music, building a career, avoiding procrastination, and just about any other topic you can...


Successful TAXI Member Shares Tips & Strategy [with Bob Mete]

Watch This Episode on YouTube: We’re really excited that one of our successful members let us know he’s going to be in Los Angeles and available for a “pop-up,” special edition of TAXI TV, today! Long-time member, Bob Mete is going to join me for this special WEDNESDAY edition of the show, and I’ll be asking him questions that will help viewers learn how to best use TAXI, and what he’s done that has helped him become successful! Bob is a Composer, Producer and...


The 7 Deadly Sins That Cause Musicians to Fail

Watch the Episode on YouTube: For the last 42 years, I’ve been heartbroken by watching musicians fail to achieve their dream of succeeding in the music business. My crusade to help each and every musician succeed is never-ending, and I’m always adding new failure-causing "sins" to my list. If you've been dreaming of a music business career for more than a decade, and you don't have one yet, please join me for this pivotal episode of TAXI TV. This is the one...


How to Write Contemporary Songs with Robin Frederick [Song Reviews]

Get Robin's Books: "Shortcuts to Hit Songwriting": "Shortcuts for Songwriting with Film & TV": ____________________________ Want to know if your song is contemporary or dated? Would you like to know how to fix it, if need be? Truth be told, we've had a number of people tell us that we spend too much time on each song during past episodes. While Robin and I are trying to give you guys as much information as possible, the viewing audience is...


How Songwriters Become TV Composers With Steve Barden

Get Steve's Book: Are you a songwriter who’d like to create music for TV and Film, but you don’t know where to start? Do you think the word “composer” means you have to know write charts and program orchestral music? Would you like to find out how TAXI members are making tens of thousands of dollars a year extra income, when they have day jobs, families, and all kinds of “adult responsibilities?” Would you like to know the secret to making a six-figure income from...


TAXI CEO Michael Laskow Interviewed by TAXI Member

TAXI Member Craig Robart will be interviewing Michael in a no holds barred session on TAXI TV Today. Craig will be asking questions that he and many other TAXI Members would love to know the answers to. We look forward to seeing our boss squirm in the hot seat ;) and so should you! Watch Last Week's Episode: Learn More About TAXI: Rub Elbows with Music Industry Pros at Our FREE Yearly Convention: View Our Current...


Q&A with TAXI A&R Team Member Brooke Ferri [Song Reviews]

NOTE: We removed 2 song reviews because of Copyright claims! Brooke Ferri is one of the most highly regarded and often-complimented members of the TAXI A&R Team. She gets a lot of “fan mail” from our members, and she’s highly esteemed by industry colleagues and the TAXI staff as well. We’re very excited to have her join us to answer our questions, your questions, and give some feedback on viewer music as well! Watch This Episode on YouTube: Learn More About...


How to Interpret TAXI's Music Industry Opportunities

If you ever get frustrated by not quite knowing how to interpret TAXI’s Industry Listings, don’t miss today’s episode of TAXI TV! Michael’s going to go through a bunch of examples, and think them through out loud so you can learn the “art and science” of reading the tea leaves. Want to hit the bullseye more often? Want to get more music sent to the people who requested it and sign more deals? Don’t miss this episode! ________________ Watch Last Week's Episode:


Reach Your 2018 Music Goals [Stop Procrastinating!]

Welcome to 2018! We’ve all made New Year’s resolutions like this: “I’m going to get serious and start writing and recording more music this year.” Seems simple enough… Yet 99% of the people who make that resolution probably won’t stick with it! Why? Procrastination! Personally, I’m a world-class expert on the subject of procrastination. I’d much rather sit on the couch watching TV than doing work. I’m lazy at my core, and I can find a million reasons to put off anything that even resembles...


What Genre Is This? Knowing How to Pitch Your Music

Michael listens to viewer submissions as we determine "What's the genre?" This episode is really helpful for learning how to pitch your songs better!


How to Get 300 Tracks Signed in One Year

TAXI Members, and mother-son duo, Marcus Cohen and Sherry Marcus Milano, aka, We Will Write You a Song, have had 300 of their songs and tracks signed to a bunch of film/TV Music publishers during the year between the 2016 and 2017 Road Rallies. Yes, you read that correctly. That's almost a song per day!! Want to know how they did that? That's exactly what we'll be uncovering, and so much more on today's TAXI TV at 4pm Pacific time!


Writing Lyrics for Film & TV - Song Reviews with Robin Frederick

Songwriters sometimes overlook the most obvious “job” that a song is supposed to do – keep listeners engaged! One of the most powerful tools a songwriter can use to accomplish that goal is emotion. For records, the song’s “emotion quotient” keeps listeners from skipping to the next song or station. In the context of Film, TV, and Advertising placements, songs play a critical role in supporting the emotion of the scene! Emotion is communicated by your choice of chords, melodies, rhythms,...


Music Publishing and Promotion with Bobby Borg and Michael Eames [Q&A]

Wow, what a show this is! Super informative on so many levels. The peeps who watched the live show LOVED it, and so will you! Want to know how you get paid when your music is on the Internet? Want to know how to market yourself as an artist or composer? Those and many, many more questions are answered in this power-packed episode with Michael Eames and Bobby Borg - BOTH world-class experts! • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Get Your...


Pro Mixing Tutorial at Westlake's CRē•8 Music Academy

Doug Fenske, Director of Education at Cre8 Music Academy joins Michael to give an excellent mixing tutorial at Westlake Studios in Hollywood. The advice Doug gives is world-class! • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Get Your Music to Record Labels, Music Supervisors, and Music Libraries: See what the Music Industry is looking for today: Rub elbows with Music Industry Execs at this FREE...