Producer Royalties: How Should Your Producer Be Paid?

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For some reason, the last week has seen me drafting or negotiating a ton of agreements between Artist and Producer, outlining what percentage of record sales the former will pay the latter. And yes, records do sell sometimes, so this can be important. If your record “goes Adele” and sells 25 million worldwide, you’ll rue the day you coughed an extra percentage point to your producer without reading this first.

For more on whether a producer should receive a percentage of record sales and/or songwriting points (or neither), read my previous blog post on the topic. Once it is determined that they will receive a % of record sales (which is normally the case), the next question is: what amount does that percentage apply to?

New International Touring Tax Will Hurt Canadian Music Scene

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This week my inbox has been abuzz with emails from friends and industry contacts about the recent touring tax implemented by the federal government, and how the changes will impact the Canadian music scene. What Does the Touring Tax Mean? The touring tax requires that any venue with a primary business other than music (i.e food, liquor, etc.), which also books … Read More

Kurt Dahl Moves to Murphy and Company Law

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After three great years at D’Eith and Company Entertainment here in Vancouver, I’m very excited to announce my move to Murphy and Company Law as of September 1, 2013. Whether you are an artist, manager, producer, record label, publisher, booking agent, promoter, or film producer, I have a wealth of experience to help you make the most of your business, … Read More

Cross-Canada tour with Crash Karma

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Another solid cross-Canada opening tour for OBS! We’ve been chosen to open for Crash Karma this fall, which will involve driving four times across this great country, once we hit the road from Vancouver. Dates below. Sept 24 – Peterborough, ON – The Red Dog Sept 25 – Windsor, ON – The Dominion House Sept 26 – London, ON – … Read More

My first custom drum skin!

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After 15+ years of playing music, it’s the little things like this that feel good. In the mail today….my first custom kick drum skin!! the design pays homage to my man Keith Moon’s classic kit from 1967-68, and is courtesy of my friends at Evans Skins and D’Addario Canada. pretty excited and grateful!

It Ain’t Right video released!

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Our second video from this album was just launched, and was just picked up by MuchMusic which is amazing and unexpected. We shot it in one day in sunny Vancouver, near the YVR airport. Much thanks to the amazing and professional crew at Brass Tacks Films, especially Stefan Berrill and Matt Leaf. Crank it up [tubepress video=”Cubsde0kYbw”]

OBS Summer Tour ’13

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My view from the drum stool, opening for Three Days Grace in Regina in August. We played shows with them, Monster Truck, and Theory of a Deadman, then spent a week in a cabin in the middle of the woods in Ontario, writing songs for the next album. Can’t wait to record them and share with you all!  

It Ain’t Right hits #12

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Our second single from the album hit #12 earlier in the month, and has managed to stay in the top 13 for 10 weeks, which we’re told is quite a feat. Everyone on our team is pleasantly surprised, as it was up against some major releases by big acts like Alice In Chains, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden and STP (we love … Read More

One Bad Son Cross-Canada Tour

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The band and I just got back from a cross-Can tour that included our first extensive tour of Ontario, a 55 hour straight drive through the USA, and a nice week off in our hometown of Saskatoon. We made a ton of new fans in the East, and stopped at every rock radio station from Ottawa to Calgary…which was huge … Read More