Periphery’s Matt Halpern Thinks Your Garage Sucks

I think we can all agree that a garage isn’t where you want to be. It’s cold, probably damp, and the acoustics are shitty. Apple is lying to you. No one wants to be a garage band.


Matt Halpern may play drums for Periphery, and he may be very good at doing so, but he’s also an entrepreneur. Like, a good one. He probably has a coffee mug that says “world’s greatest boss” or an apron that reads “small business owners do it from the bottom.” You know Bandhappy, the service that lets your favorite musicians give you music lessons online or on the road? He founded that. People still high five him about it.

Now Matt has teamed up with Creative Live to bring you a three day course, The Working Musician Playbook, on taking your unknown band and building it into a behemoth of marketability.

Drawing on his own successful experience with the award-winning band Periphery, Matt will walk you through the everything you need to know about breaking into the industry, improving your technical skills, and making the right moves to ensure long-term success. You’ll learn how to get your foot in the door, build a sustainable career as a working musician, and keep growing your career from there. From finding the right management, agent, and label to building relationships with sponsors and key industry players, you’ll learn it all from one of this generation’s most respected minds in the business.

By the end of this class, you’ll have a comprehensive, actionable playbook for breaking into the music industry and putting in the right work.

Sound like something you might be interested in? Well then you can go register for the free online class here, or purchase anytime access if you’d like.  The course is scheduled for 9:00am – 4:00pm PST, April 9th – 11th.

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Chris Alfano has written about music and toured in bands since print magazines and were popular. Once in high-school he hacked a friend's QBasic stick figure fighting game to add a chiptune metal soundtrack. Random attractive people still give him high-fives about that.

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  • Anyone ever read The Manual (How to Have a
    Number One the Easy Way) the book KLF put out?
    I still need to get around to it…

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