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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:


Writing Music for Media with Steve Barden

Long time TAXI member Steve Barden is pretty humble and unassuming, but he probably shouldn’t be! He’s racked up a ton of credits and learned a lot about several facets of creating music for media along the way. He’s a multi-instrumentalist who plays guitar, piano, violin, and many other stringed instruments. Those skills have translated into him becoming a production music composer for film, television, commercials and corporate videos. His music can be heard on TV somewhere in the world...


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,...


Engineering Modern Sounds with Ronan Chris Murphy

Have you ever wished that your recordings sounded more like what you hear on the radio? Are your instrument sounds stuck in the ‘70s and ‘80s? We’re going to help you fix that problem on today’s TAXI TV with special guest, Ronan Chris Murphy! There’s been a sea change in the way engineering is approached, and it ain’t your father’s paradigm from decades past. You can update your sound, and the first step is to simply understand what the sea change was, and why it happened! Want to know...


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...


What It Takes to Get Pitched for a TV Commercial

Michael plays the Motown-esque Instrumentals that TAXI's A&R department picked to be contenders for a national TV commercial for an insurance company. Listen to all 11 of the tracks that got forwarded and see what you think!


TAXI Road Rally 2017 - Panel Announcements, Networking Tips (FREE Songwriting Convention)

Michael gives a good first look at what the big panels will be in the main ballroom. He's joined by Briagha McTavish who gives out some great tips for Rally attendees. • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • 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 Convention:...


Ask Michael Anything!

Ask Michael Anything! by TAXI Independent A&R


Picking Music for TAXI's Top Ten Round 2

We had so many songs left over at the end of the prior show that we decided to do a second week of listening and voting.


How Collaborating "Old School" Style on your Tracks Leads to Profits(and Fun)

Richard "Crawdaddy" Dance is a fantastic guitar player who records some killer tracks with some really old school gear, and it sounds incredible. Not only does his music sound great, but his collaborations with other TAXI members show that you can be "old school," and still be very relevant in today's Film and TV music licensing market.


Playing Stadiums with Sean Hurwitz

Michael interviews A-List guitarist Sean Hurwitz about what it takes to land gigs to do stadium level gigs tours and play to tens of thousands of people. We're sorry for the all the video buffering in this episode. It was beyond our control. There was much more ground to cover with Sean, and he's going to come back and join us again soon!


Film and TV Instrumental Cues Reviewed

Michael and the viewing audience audition and review Instrumental Cues. Do you know the difference between an Instrumental Cue and an Instrumental? Watch this to find out!


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