Sometimes, it might seem like building a music career is all about the hustle. But sometimes, you just need to let the opportunities come to you.

In this episode of The New Music Industry Podcast, I interview award-winning Canadian singer-songwriter Troy Kokol, who shares his journey as a songwriter and how he’s been able to make songwriting his full-time gig.

Podcast Highlights:

  • 00:34 – Who is Troy Kokol?
  • 03:00 – Revenue streams you can create with songwriting
  • 05:10 – How do you get into writing songs for others?
  • 07:36 – When opportunities come to you (and not the other way around)
  • 10:16 – Do you have a team helping you?
  • 11:51 – How to write hits and become a professional songwriter
  • 17:52 – Being prolific vs. being perfectionist
  • 19:58 – Is writer’s block real?
  • 22:56 – Getting passed analysis paralysis and staying true to yourself
  • 24:07 – What are your thoughts on the Calgary music scene?
  • 28:05 – Grants and funding for musicians
  • 29:31 – What is Calgary Songsmiths?
  • 33:21 – Concluding thoughts


Coming soon.

David Andrew Wiebe

Founder & CEO at The Music Entrepreneur HQ
David Andrew Wiebe has built an extensive career in songwriting, live performance, recording, session playing, production work, investing, and music instruction. In addition to helping musicians unlock their full potential, he also continues to maintain a performance schedule with Long Jon Lev and Adrenalize. If you'd like to be notified whenever the blog is updated, click here to subscribe.
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