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The Busy Creator Podcast with Prescott Perez-Fox

The Busy Creator Podcast is a discussion program where creative professionals from across the spectrum share tools, techniques, and habits they use in their practice. Listeners are introduced to strategies and pro tips to be their most creative, productive selves.

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Jan 19, 2015

The Busy Creator 41 w/guest Joaquin Cotler

Joaquin Cotler (@ShinyIslands) is a musician based in Brooklyn, NY. In the ten years since finished his degree in music, he’s discovered the many strange sides of being a working musician, from recording and gigging with bands, to writing and performing solo, to teaching and conducting workshops.

This conversation covers the music industry, the struggle of working musicians, how YouTube is changing the game, and how musicians across the spectrum learn, perform, and produce music.

Catch up with Joaquin via his website, Check out our episode below, as well as some of his tracks embedded after the jump.


Show Notes & Links



  • Diversify as much as possible; don’t rely on one source of income or type of practice (gigging vs. recording)
  • Learn to speak “Pro Toolsese” with the studio engineers; acquire as much technical prowess as possible
  • Best way to record drums is in a natural room sound. Create a room-within-a-room, and them mic that
  • Connect your social media accounts 
  • DON’T conduct your job interviews by asking candidates to record themselves on YouTube
  • Change your routine and creative


  • Be reliable. Deliver the goods, consistently.
  • Practice on your own. All the time.
  • Wake up early. Drink coffee.
  • Backup your phone; download your recordings and whatnot

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