Advice From The Pros

Ariana Grande & St. Motel Saxophonist, Justin Klunk, Shares His L.A. Journey & Advice on How You Can Find Success in the Music Industry

Justin Klunk has toured with, and recorded for, several major label acts based in L.A. Learn how to network the right way, land auditions, and get your dream tour in the exclusive interview with TMG member Justin Klunk. 

Should I Stay or Should I Go? Rising L.A. Bassist, Tanya O'Callaghan, Shares Advice for Musicians Moving to a Music Market

Tanya tours with Jordan Fisher (Hollywood Records). TMG caught up with Tanya, in between tour dates, to find out how she made the transition from knowing no-one in the U.S. music industry, to touring full-time with one of Pop music's hottest new artist... in less than four years.

Kelsea Ballerini Guitarist, Chris Wrate, Explains How to Land Major Tours in L.A. and Nashville

Chris has worked with Ariana Grande, David Foster, Randy Jackson, Daniel Powter, Colbie Caillat, Charice, and now Kelsea Ballerini. Chris has also appeared on TV shows such as Oprah, American Idol, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Regis & Kelly, The Today Show, Disney Park’s Christmas Parade, and Ellen. caught up with Chris to find out the differences in tour life from the west coast to Nashville, and how to make your way in to that first major audition.

L.A.'s Omer Avni Shares Advice to Aspiring Producers & Session Players

Omer's credits include Jason Derulo, Mary J Blige, Lost in Los Angeles and more. TMG caught up with Omer to find out what it takes to make it as a producer and session player in one of the most expensive, crowded, and competitive cities in the world. 

Top Nashville Session Guitarist, Guthrie Trapp, Shares... How to Stick to Your Roots & Grow in to Success

Guthrie Trapp is one of Nashville’s busiest and most versatile performing and session musicians. In this exclusive interview with, he shares advice to aspiring musicians in Nashville, TN. Guthrie has worked with artists such as Garth Brooks, Alison Krauss, Dolly Parton, Lyle Lovett, Randy Travis, Vince Gill, John Oates, Trisha Yearwood, Delbert McClinton, Tim O'Brien, Travis Tritt, Patty Loveless, George Jones, Jerry Douglas (the list goes on) as well his own band "18 South" and the Guthrie Trapp Trio.

Nobody Cares How Talented You Are- Learn the Tricks Pro Musicians Use to Get Gigs

No matter how talented you are, there will always be someone more talented than you. So how do you stand out? I'm going to share a few suggestions that will help you to set yourself apart from the herd. These tips have nothing to do with your playing, and everything to do with how you approach your 'business', as well as how you look at, and interact with the industry/industry people around you.

David Chua of MAKO Recordings Hollywood Shares Advice on Becoming a Producer

David Chua has worked with Jessie J, One Direction, and Kesha. He also has worked on television projects like Rosewood, and he currently has broken a new artist on to the Billboard charts and BET. TMG caught up with David to learn more about his inspirational story and to snag some key nuggets of advice for those of you interested in becoming music production entrepreneurs. 

Shawn Hook Lead Guitarist, Lonny Eagleton, Explains How You Can Land Endorsement Deals

This past year I’ve been fortunate enough to land a gig playing for a major artist, allowing me to perform on some higher profile shows, such as Jimmy Kimmel Live, the MMVAs, and the Juno Awards. Playing these types of shows has granted me the opportunity to partner with certain gear companies in the form of discounts and tour support. These partnerships are known as “endorsement deals”, and can be very helpful in building your career as well as your presence in the musical community. Lately I’ve had several fellow musicians asking me for advice and insight on endorsements, so I thought I would write this article in the hopes of informing those who may be new to the world of gear endorsements.

KnowYourTone Interviews Pro Guitarist & TMG CEO Derek Williams- How to Achieve Stellar Tone and Land Your Dream Gig

KnowYourTone is a community for guitarists seeking to learn more about gear. They took the time to interview Pro-Guitarist and TMG CEO, Derek Williams, to find out how he achieves his best tone and his advice to aspiring guitarists. 

Nate Morton, Berklee Grad & House Drummer for The Voice... How to Become a Working, Employable, Full-Time Musician

Not only is The Voice one of the Unites States' all time watched and award nominated shows, 31 Emmy nominations and 4 wins, but it is one of the most talent rich entertainment options available for your viewing pleasure. And we're not just talking about the All-Star judge panel, or the up and coming contestant talent. The Voice House Band is one of the tightest, grooviest, and on-point group of pro musicians in the world. was stoked to meet up with Nate Morton, house drummer, at Jim Henson's studio in Hollywood- after a long night of tracking for The Voice's iTunes productions. Nate shared his success story from Berklee to primetime, and priceless advice on how to become a working, employable, full-time musician in a competition saturated industry. 

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