What’s the Thing That Keeps You From Reaching Your Music Career Goals?

Here are some of problems and obsticles :

  • Lack of time
  • Lack of money
  • Lack of confidence
  • Self-sabotage
  • Not setting goals to begin with
  • Not planning well enough
  • Procrastination
  • Having too many goals
  • Not prioritizing my goals
  • Spreading myself too thin
  • Popular trends not going my way
  • Not knowing where to start
  • My day job
  • Not putting what I know into action
  • Perfectionism
  • Fear of failure

How many of these can you relate to? I hope this list makes you realize that you are not alone when it comes to distractions, resistance, and excuses.

The thing is, successful artists deal with these very same hurdles. Musicians who reach higher levels don’t have some secret code and aren’t immune to the everyday obstacles we all encounter.

1) Decide

The first step to reaching any goal is to know where you’re headed. The clearer the target, the more purposeful your actions will be. That’s why the first step to accomplishment is to set a specific, measurable goal (or set of goals). Decide what you want and be crystal clear about what it is.

2) Plan

Once you know exactly what you want, the next step is to craft an action plan that will move you toward it. Take some time to brainstorm on paper. Make lists of the different types of activities you will need to engage in to reach the goal. Who will you need to contact, what do you need to learn, and what tools will help you get there? Work backwards from the goal and determine the specific steps you’ll need to take.

Martin Myers -founder Music Exchange Ryan Haslam and keynote speaker 9 time Grammy winner Bryan Michael Cox both from Atlanta –www.mex15.co.za

3) Start

Now it’s time to dive into the step that holds back most human beings: taking action! Look over your grand plan and ask yourself, “What’s the very first thing I need to do in each category?” Focus only on those initial things and … do them!Don’t worry about the entire project or the immensity of your goal. Just do the little thing that needs to be done today: make a phone call, send an email, design a web page, repair your equipment, or sit down to write a new song (or finish one you started).

4) Continue

Taking those initial actions in the Start phase may actually come easy if you’re exciting about the goal People who succeed muscle through the distractions and “continue” taking action, even when they’re short on time and energy. If your goal is truly important, you will find time to chip away at it and make progress – on a consistent basis.

5) Evaluate

If you get this far, congratulations! You’ve accomplished more than the majority of creative people (as sad as that is to say). You have decided what you want, created an action plan, started taking action, and have continued to work toward it, despite many temptations to do otherwise.

6) Adjust

Once you look at the actions you’ve taken thus far and measured the results look over your plan and tweak it. How you do that is super simple: Do more of what’s working and less of what isn’t working. Also, this is a good time to introduce a new goal or strategy that makes sense based on what you’ve learned from your actions so far.

7) Continue

Once again, consistent action and progress is key.

New Years Eve Party -Cape Town

Food in Cape Town must visit places

Cape Town’s swathe of food hip newcomers and must-visits.

There are few cooler places to visit right now than Cape Town thanks to an amazing grassroots explosion of artisan food places, cool cafes and young designers doing great things. Over two visits I’ve picked my favourite places to eat and drink while avoiding the tourist trap cliches. This is the ‘Mother City‘ as a hot, cutting-edge urban destination that fully earned its title as the 2014 World Design Capital. It is an old-money town renowned for being edgier than Johannesburg, but a place where anything more than a 20-minute drive is too far away, and where locals joke that it’s called the Mother City because everything takes nine months to happen.

Breakfast and coffee
I love Hemelhuijs (71 Waterkant St) for the handmade gold flatware and the best ever porridge of sago melkkos (milk pudding), but then there is also the thick local bread piled with artichoke hearts, smoked trout and hollandaise or chermoula hummus, avocado, rocket, parmesan and onion jam.

Yes, it sounds too good to be true, but Bacon on Bree (217 Bree St) is a cafe entirely dedicated to bacon! Richard Bosman cures and smokes his own (Duroc crossed with Large Whites if you want to get all breedy on me). Here everything is built around this bacon, whether it’s chicken wings with bacon dipping sauce, their obscenely good lard-brushed and smoked paprika-dusted cheese and bacon toastie, or – honestly – one of the greatest bacon sangers in the world.

For more bacon, head to Jason Bakery (185 Bree St) for the bacon croissant, which is basically a rasher that has been baked inside the buttery layers. It’s approximately 37 times more delicious than it sounds, and it sounds pretty good. Great coffee too!

Olympia Bakery (134 Main Rd, Kalk Bay) is a stalwart down in Kalk Bay. It’s a bit of a drive, but worth it if you like a looser, hippy-cum-surfer vibe.

With its sexy warehouse interior, great espresso coffee and the steampunk staff, Truth Coffee (36 Buitenkant St) is a good option down in the City Bowl (as the locals call the CBD), as is Tribe 112 (112 Buitengracht St), Tribe Coffee Roasting‘s new BMW bike store and cafe. But my favourite coffee is pulled out in Woodstock either at the Tribe roastery (160 Albert Rd), in the cartoon-graffiti’d courtyard of an old foundry, or at Rosetta Roastery (66 Albert Rd, Woodstock) in the Woodstock Exchange. Here you’ll find familiar premium names like Yirgacheffe as well as pour over coffee, a top-rank espresso, and only minimal snorting if you order hot milk with coffee in it. The presence of a small glass cabinet holding Jason Bakery croissants and their little egg and chorizo tarts is another prime attraction.

Bigger bites
One side of Chefs Warehouse and Canteen (92 Bree St) houses a sleek kitchenware and discerning cookbook shop, while the other side is the new home of Liam Tomlin’s casual modern canteen selling what used to be called “tapas”. These small plates, including potted crab and some legendary housemade pork or duck rillettes, or a double-up warm chocolate brownie with chocolate brownie ice cream to finish, are incredible, but then you’d expect everything to sing here as Tomlin used to run Sydney’s Banc, which gave us such culinary luminaries as Brett Graham Colin Fassnidge and Justin North.

Yard (6 Roodehek St, Gardens), morphs through the day from breakfast cafe, to lunch sandwich and taco spot, then a night time burger and ribs joint. Even if the food here wasn’t so darned tasty, the names describing the times of day and foods on offer – Mucky Mary’s Hubcaps, The Bitches Tits and The Dog’s Bollocks – would earn this spot a place in this guide, but the
no-nonsense truck stop tucker here – think prego rolls and Philly cheesesteak – is as good as it is bad. This place is also so alternative that even the local Roodehek Street lamp post is swathed in a crocheted woollen cosy. Sort of like a tea cosy turned lamp post cosy. Very Suzelle DIY!

With its walls loaded with colourful crockery and the best kitsch kitchen tat, including a faded cutting of Michelle Obama hunkering down to eat here, Karen Dudley’s rather excellent The Kitchen (111 Sir Lowry Rd, Woodstock) offers vibrant salads, jugs of homemade cordial, oh, and their famous Love Sandwich – a roll from the local Woodstock Bakery crammed with fillings such as chicken, pesto and salads.

There’s a lot of buzz about Downtown Ramen (103 Harrington St, Zonnebloem), a stripped-back ramen joint above Lefty’s Dive Bar (see Dinner Date). It offers no more than a couple of pork and vego ramen options with a few stuffed bao and drinks.

Cape Town’s best vegan cafe is Raw ‘N’ Roxy (300 Albert Rd, Woodstock) and is the place to head for green smoothies, kale chips and raw goodness. They even do ‘un-cooking’ classes.

Babylonstoren (R45, Simondium) is a short drive out of town, but visiting the cafe and restaurant in the huge, beautifully envisioned and executed kitchen gardens surrounded by classic white Cape Dutch barns and a soaring greenhouse is worth the effort. This is one of those few places where you can have absolute confidence when you read the words “from our own garden”, whether it’s the fruit in the juices, the herbs and flowers in the cordials or the ingredients in any of three colour-driven plates, such as the green plate that might combine a cold soup of cucumber with dill, fennel, apple, pear, green tomato and kohlrabi. Desserts are less constrained with the garden’s figs served with chocolate and rose ice cream and another platter of mixed fruit dolloped with gorgonzola ice cream. They also make their own biltong, butter and bread, so expect to leave well-ladened – especially if you find the end room with amazing printed hessian tablecloths and cool flatware. A must visit!

Dinner date
While Luke Dale-Robert’s The Test Kitchen (375 Albert Rd, Woodstock) is the only Cape Town spot in the World’s 50 Best Restaurant list, his glass-walled penthouse dining room Pot Luck Club (373-375 Albert Rd, Woodstock) on top of the Old Biscuit Mill is sleeker and, dare I say it, a lot more fun. The food is almost as loud and boisterous, whether the team is playing with Korean flavours (how do smoked pork belly with kimchi apple or doenjang-glazed short ribs sound?) or matching their fried chicken with spicy mayo and pineapple pickle.

Ranked 28 in the world Dale-Roberts’ The Test Kitchen is a relaxed fine diner with a distinctly Southern African feel. Here, he turns ingredients such as locally caught snoek (mackerel) into a curried sauce for tuna with tosazu (Japanese vinegar) jelly and salt-cured apricot, or springbok with black-pudding-stuffed sprouts, carrots and venison jus into another ballsy, but extremely pretty dish.

Dinner at La Colombe (Silvermist Wine Estate, Constantia Main Rd, Constantia Nek) turned out to be one of the most fun nights I’ve ever had in Cape Town with a seven course dego menu that contained no misses. Karoo lamb or a naartjie (think tangerine) puree might wave the flag for local ingredients but you’ll also find French ideas given a modern twist such as a wonderful dish of foie gras with citrus glazed snow crab, butter endive, hazelnut crumble and the light fragrance of jasmine tea. Book an early table to take advantage of the amazing views.

Two Italians, the chef from Livorno, Italy, have opened Pesce Azzuro (113 Roodebloem Rd, Woodstock), a simple and very hard-to-get-into dining room specialising in fish in a very cool area of town. Expect to find everything from local yellowtail or mackerel to kabeljou (cobia) – and pretty much everything else homemade.

Not after any palaver? Then head for the chicken waffles at Lefty’s Dive Bar (105 Harrington St, Zonnebloem), a dude bar full of more than its fair share of retro furniture, ribs, beer, sleeves and beards.

Bar hopping
The Orphanage (227 Bree St), a pioneer of Cape Town’s small bar scene, is all moody interior and antique glass. Downstairs is glossier and louder. In both rooms the cocktails are twists on classics and made with both care and finesse.

It’s not just bacon that has inspired single ingredient places in Cape Town. Mark Mulholland’s passion for gin runs to similar lengths at Mother’s Ruin (219 Bree St). A trained “nose” for the perfume industry he’s now set up this bar and is happy to spend time discussing the different merits of gins from around the world, as well as the slew of premium boutique local offerings that South Africa is now producing. Try the citrus notes of a Woodstock gin and tonic garnished with thyme and Cape gooseberries to have your eyes opened to the elegant potential of the local distillations.

Whether you’re looking for interesting urban work wear, a good coffee or to have your Buell air-cooled cylinders bored and honed by the custom-build motorcycle experts at The House of Machines (84 Shortmarket St), do it early because come nightfall this place becomes a full-on prohibition-style saloon. Quick it won’t be, but the wait is more than worth it as this place has the most intense and interesting bartenders in Cape Town, who you’ll find prowling behind the bar, burning stuff to scent cut-crystal high ball glasses, and muttering about turn of the century recipes – last century that is.

Aces ’n’ Spades (62 Hout St) is another seedy-chic spot, but with a rock bar dive feel. They have a good range of brown liquors and beer, plus occasional open mic nights, regular rock karaoke and a “howl at the moon” crowd enjoying about the best soundtrack for loud drinking that you could imagine.

Day tripper
As a wine region, Constantia is stupidly close to the city centre, as if Toorak or Rose Bay had their own vineyards. Given that Constantia is the requisite 20-minute drive from the city, it’s a definite must-do for an afternoon or day trip. Just ignore the bigger wineries in favour of the smaller players.

By the gates of the monstrous Groot Constantia “wine experience” is the tiny High Constantia (Groot Constantia Rd), where you can taste clean citrusy methode champenoise sparklings and excellent petit verdot on a vine-shrouded balcony overlooking the local nunnery. A much better choice! The other two wineries you must visit here are at opposite ends of both style and age.

There have been vines at Klein Constantia (Klein Constantia Rd) since 1685 with their most famous drop, a wonderful dessert wine, rivalling Yquem and Tokay varietals for the attention of European kings and emperors. New winemaker, Matthew Day, is making some other exceptional wines here using the post-phylloxera vines as well as bringing a more complex and elegant style to their revered sweet Vin de Constance. On the other hand Beau Constantia (Constantia Main Rd, Glen Alpine) feels like an uber-cool 21st century jetset spy pad in stone and wood as well as boasting some of the best views, great wine blends, and a really good – and this may come as a surprise, given the dinky size of this modern cellar door – pop-up sushi bar! This makes it the perfect last stop as you’ll want to linger and then stick around for dinner.

If you’re looking to eat in the middle of the day take a picnic and spread the rug overlooking Eagles’ Nest (Constantia Main Rd) or stop for a crisp glass of wine and a charcuterie or cheese board looking down over rows and rows of vines at Glen Constantia (Constantia Main Rd). After this you won’t care when you get back to Cape Town and all the power goes out because of load-shedding.

Sweet dreams
Set in expansive lush gardens right in the lee of Table Mountain and built around an old homestead, The Vineyard (Colinton Rd, Newlands) is a wonderful and quite luxurious oasis. It’s also one of my favourite hotels in the world for both this, and the excellent “don’t worry, we’ll sort that” service. Plus the Newlands location makes it close to the cricket and rugby grounds. It’s also perfectly positioned between the Constantia Wine Farms and Woodstock. Yes, in true Cape Town style nothing is more than 20 minutes away!

Cape Town favourites
Simple pleasures at these local Cape Town institutions will always keep you coming back for more.

  • Giovanni’s Deliworld (103 Main Rd, Green Point) is a great place to shoot the breeze with locals and grab a coffee. There’s also a good deli counter and alimentary round the back.
  • Foresters Arms (52 Newlands Ave, Newlands) is a sprawling pub that looks like it’s straight out of the English home-counties with its mock Tudor exterior, woody interior and open fireplaces. It’s the place to come for a beer before the cricket or rugby at either of two famous local Newlands stadia
  • Sweet, spicy Cape Malay dishes such as bobotie and curry are famous across South Africa, and the colourfully-painted streets of the suburb of Bo-Kaap are its home. Also check out the very old fashioned Atlas Trading Co. (94 Wale St, Schotsche Kloof) for all manner of local spice mixes.
  • Nothing beats calamari on the deck at sunset at Chapmans Peak Hotel (Chapmans Peak Dr, Hout Bay). Ocean views west and a simple menu where oysters, calamari and fries are the go-tos.

Selection of photos from MYERS FAMILY 2015 a great year and most important my daughter Casey turned 15

a Selection of pics from the Myers family for 2015 -Thank you for a great year especially my wife and daughter who support me unconditionally and my friends who always see a positive outcome. -THANK YOU

Selection of photos from 2015 -what a great year and most important my daughter Casey turned 15

a Selection of pics from the Myers family for 2015

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Selection of photos from 2015 -what a great year and most important my daughter Casey turned 15

a Selection of pics from the Myers family for 2015

tags Music Exchange ,Martin Myers ,Razia Myers ,Cape Town ,Heart 104.9fm, All Blacks ,Richie McCaw ,Sipho Hotstix Mabuse ,Bryan Michael Cox ,Brandon Bakshi ,BMI London , Siphokazi Jonas ]

Star Wars: The Force Awakens has officially set the SA Box Office alight by becoming the all-time biggest December opening (Wed 16 – Sun 20) in SA history.

By grossing R16 443 117.00 and being experienced by over 223 000 fans, Star Wars: The Force Awakens has officially set the local Box Office alight by becoming the all-time biggest December opening (Wed 16 – Sun 20) in South African history.

This follows the film’s record-breaking Wednesday opening, after grossing R4 726 865.00 on 16 December.

About the film:

Lucasfilm and visionary director J.J. Abrams join forces to take you back again to a galaxy far, far away as Star Wars returns to the big screen with Star Wars: The Force Awakens.The film stars Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew and Max Von Sydow. Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams and Bryan Burk are producing with Tommy Harper and Jason McGatlin serving as executive producers. The screenplay is written by Lawrence Kasdan & J.J. Abrams and Michael Arndt. Star Wars: The Force Awakensis now playing across South African cinemas in all formats.

Follow the action on social media #TheForceAwakensSA

May the Force be with you all.

A throw back from September MUSIC EXCHANGE 2015

A wonderful wine tasting venue in heart of waterfront -Cellar in the City

A friend has opened a wonderful wine tasting venue in the heart of the waterfront

Cellar in the city opened for trading on Saturday at the Watershed in the Waterfront.

Its is at entrance 3 next to the Titanic exhibition.

We are open from 10 am to 7pm everyday.

Do go and visit and sample and buy an array of wines from W Cape vineyards.

The future the Big get bigger -think Star Wars

10 million people want Adele tickets and “Star Wars” grosses $238 million in a weekend. What does this tell us? PEOPLE WANT TO BELONG!

Welcome to the teens. The media doesn’t label them that, but they should start. It’s not the aughts, the era where the public gradually adopted broadband and pirated movies and music, rather the teens are about a plethora of information, a cornucopia of entertainment options at your fingertips, a tsunami of info so overpowering the only thing to do is to keep shooting pics for Instagram, to try and hold on to your identity.

But that paradigm doesn’t work. Social media is riddled with burning towers. Once people realize no one is really interested in their mundane lives, not even their shenanigans, they return to being observers, only they don’t know where to direct their eyeballs!

When media was scarce, when there were only a few options, when there were so few choices that those which were anointed were ridiculed by a small cadre of black-clad naysayers, you felt you were part of a cohesive society. Now no one knows what’s going on. Disinformation and falsehood rule the land. You can no longer feel the pulse, never mind be on it.

And then come the unicorns.

A tech unicorn is a nascent company worth a billion dollars.

An entertainment unicorn is an album/film/book that exceeds all previous sales/acceptance records, that towers so high we can barely see the top. We’re wowed by its stature and influence. And although these unicorns are good, that’s not the story, the story is their success.

No one’s talking about the music on “25.” And eventually there were positive reviews of “Star Wars,” but they were dwarfed by the hype, the lineups and the toys and the…

This is the future. The big will get bigger and everything else will be plowed under. This is what the public wants, something they can talk about, analyze, own and feel involved with. Turns out owning your own plot of land on the fringes is anathema to the human condition.

Of course we want to dig down deep into our personal interests. But don’t confuse that with what we desire to consume as a community. Only a few people want to be alone, the rest want to belong. And in an era of chaos and cacophony, that’s so hard to do.

Let’s say you’re a music fan. Where do you start? Of course there are aficionados, who know a lot, but they don’t know everything. The EDM fan knows nothing about country, or hip-hop or… Used to be an industry insider knew every record in release, now no one does, there are just too many. There are too many playlists, too much hype, no wonder we gravitate to that which is anointed. Adele is a star whose album got no negative reviews. Let’s start there.

Like with “Star Wars.” Every weekend more movies open than anyone can see. Sure, “Star Wars” is a classic saga, but the reason this one is so big is because it’s easier to point to one flick than to try to personally make sense of the chaos!

Kind of like the 400 odd TV shows. Do you think that will continue? No, we’ll see shrinkage, we’re at peak TV, and it won’t be long before a show is so successful it towers over everything else. Kind of like the Super Bowl, people aren’t interested in the game as much as the MANIA!

So don’t overanalyze the elements. To go deep into Adele and “Star Wars” is to miss the point. It’s not that either is so much better, so much more desirable, it’s just that they’re exponents of the modern era.

We will have more unicorns. This is what the baby boomers and gen-x’ers in control don’t understand. Google is a paragon. As is Amazon. No one can compete. The “New York Times” will own the news, it already does, it’s the only outlet with boots on the ground everywhere. If you double down and play the long game, YOU WIN!

This is what Spotify has done. All the criticism from the unwashed is it’s losing money. But the truth is it’s establishing a beachhead, which it turns out even Apple can’t overcome.

We don’t want choice. Talk to a salesman. Show the customer more than two items and he gets confused and walks out. But in the internet era, oftentimes only one choice is sufficient. You go where your friends are. Remember all those nitwits talking about the survival of BlackBerry? Turns out they didn’t ask the public. Everybody wants to go where everybody else does.

Like the Adele show. Or “Star Wars.”

Forget about scalping, that’s not the story. The story is demand outstrips supply. This ain’t the seventies, when “Star Wars” opened in limited release. “Star Wars” is EVERYWHERE, just like “25.”

And chances are, if you’re not everywhere, you’ve been marginalized, you don’t count.

That’s what they don’t want you to know, all the people selling false hope, that there are fewer winners than ever before. Someone will succeed, but you’d be better off playing the lottery. It’s like the country at large, with income inequality, statistics tell us there’s greater upward mobility in Europe, but the poor in America vote for lower taxes because they believe they’re going to get rich.

The “Long Tail” was a fraud. Millions of tracks on Spotify have never been played. There’s so much information that your missive is buried. Now, a song can truly be a hit but not become one. Because the gatekeepers, who were supposed to be eviscerated by the internet, decided against it. And the money men…without a push, you’re destined for the scrapheap.

Not that you can’t listen to Adele’s record and enjoy it. Not that you can’t go to “Star Wars” and emerge with a smile on your face. But know that this is your role, you’re a consumer, at the end of the food chain, all that hogwash about being a creator is just that. You can build it, but no one will come. And no one wants to live in a vacuum.

So welcome to the new world. Where big is bigger than ever before. And where you’ve got to be good to get a chance, but you don’t have to be the best of all time. You just have to get everybody on your team, from the investors to the marketers to the media. You’re not saving the music business, or the movie business, YOU’RE SAVING SOCIETY!

Come on, you’ve got an opinion on “Star Wars.” You want to see Adele so you don’t feel left out.

No one wants to feel left out.


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