23 episodes

The Hexagon Podcast is about six aspects of being a singer-songwriter. You can learn more about the podcast and host by listening Episode 0, or visiting hexagonpodcast.com.

You can learn more about Jesse at his website, jessecorrell.com.

Each episode, Jesse will meet with a fellow singer-songwriter to discuss the Six Aspects of Being a Singer-Songwriter...so we may discuss things like:

Writing
What is your process?
How do you stay organized?
Do you immediately copyright everything?
Do you co-write?
Do you write out lead sheets for your songs?

Performance
Solo shows versus band gigs
Performance tech--loop pedals, tracks, gear, etc.
How do you book your shows?
How do you find the right venues?
Have you done any regional/national tours?
Describe your most difficult show?
What is your anxiety level before a typical show?
What is your best strategy for merch after the show?

Recording
Record yourself or go to the studio?
Do you try to capture your raw sound, or perfect it with studio techniques?
Do you record a demo for every song?
What can you do for yourself...and when is it time to hire someone else for the rest?
Do you release physical recordings (i.e. CDs or vinyl) or just digital?

Business
Are you a member of a Performing Rights Organization (PRO, i.e. ASCAP, BMI, SESAC)?
Do you know who your audience is? How did you develop that awareness?
How do you know what to demand regarding pay when you play shows?
How do you keep your audience engaged?
Do you file taxes as a musician?
How do you know where to put your energy when it comes to social media?
How do you find new streams of income?

Growth
How do you stay informed about musical trends?
How do you find new gear?
Where do you find new music?
How do you learn new covers?
Are there techniques you've learned that took your playing, singing, or writing to a new level?

Life
How do you do all of the above and still have energy left over?
What kind of toll does that take on your relationships?
How do you define success?
How long have you given yourself to "make it"?
If you weren't a singer-songwriter, what else would you be pursuing?

The Hexagon: A Podcast For Singer-Songwriters Jesse Correll

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The Hexagon Podcast is about six aspects of being a singer-songwriter. You can learn more about the podcast and host by listening Episode 0, or visiting hexagonpodcast.com.

You can learn more about Jesse at his website, jessecorrell.com.

Each episode, Jesse will meet with a fellow singer-songwriter to discuss the Six Aspects of Being a Singer-Songwriter...so we may discuss things like:

Writing
What is your process?
How do you stay organized?
Do you immediately copyright everything?
Do you co-write?
Do you write out lead sheets for your songs?

Performance
Solo shows versus band gigs
Performance tech--loop pedals, tracks, gear, etc.
How do you book your shows?
How do you find the right venues?
Have you done any regional/national tours?
Describe your most difficult show?
What is your anxiety level before a typical show?
What is your best strategy for merch after the show?

Recording
Record yourself or go to the studio?
Do you try to capture your raw sound, or perfect it with studio techniques?
Do you record a demo for every song?
What can you do for yourself...and when is it time to hire someone else for the rest?
Do you release physical recordings (i.e. CDs or vinyl) or just digital?

Business
Are you a member of a Performing Rights Organization (PRO, i.e. ASCAP, BMI, SESAC)?
Do you know who your audience is? How did you develop that awareness?
How do you know what to demand regarding pay when you play shows?
How do you keep your audience engaged?
Do you file taxes as a musician?
How do you know where to put your energy when it comes to social media?
How do you find new streams of income?

Growth
How do you stay informed about musical trends?
How do you find new gear?
Where do you find new music?
How do you learn new covers?
Are there techniques you've learned that took your playing, singing, or writing to a new level?

Life
How do you do all of the above and still have energy left over?
What kind of toll does that take on your relationships?
How do you define success?
How long have you given yourself to "make it"?
If you weren't a singer-songwriter, what else would you be pursuing?

    Mindy Smith

    Mindy Smith

    My guest this month is, the one-and-only, Mindy Smith.  She came by recently to talk through living an artist's life as a singer-songwriter.  We talk about her early days in Nashville, playing shows when sick, confidence and being open in the writing and recording process, finding compatible co-writers, and many other topics. I hope you enjoy!

    • 49 min
    Jake McMullen

    Jake McMullen

    My guest this month is Jake McMullen.  We talk about his recording and songwriting process, his focus on art above all else, and how covering a Robyn song gave him exposure.  We talk about this and many more things.  I hope you enjoy.

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Wilson Harwood

    Wilson Harwood

    My guest this month is Wilson Harwood, singer-songwriter/producer/videographer/banjo player--and all around nice guy.  We talk about how he recorded and produced his latest record "Rooted In You" himself.  He also shares about starting a new production company, the side-hustles of a musician, his practice of using a Passion Planner, and meditation.  We talk about this and many more things.  I hope you enjoy.

    • 1 hr 44 min
    Shannon LaBrie

    Shannon LaBrie

    My guest this month is Shannon LaBrie, Americana Soul singer-songwriter.  We talk about how she's had songs on hold for many major artists, and has been courted by major labels.  She talks about how ultimately while in those holding patterns, she learned she had to get down and do the work for herself--choosing to be an artist over being a writer.  We talk about this and many more things.  I hope you enjoy.

    • 1 hr 33 min
    Sarah Clanton

    Sarah Clanton

    http://www.hexagonpodcast.com/episode/18-sarah-clanton
     
    Find out more about Sarah Clanton:
    http://sarahclanton.com/
    https://www.patreon.com/SarahClanton
    https://www.facebook.com/SarahClantonMusic/
    https://www.instagram.com/sarahcello/
    http://twitter.com/sarahcellomusic
    https://www.youtube.com/user/cellotreearts
     
    Songs of Sarah’s Featured:
    Hot To Touch  - from Middle Tree Studio Live EP
    Sweet Carolina - from Sarah Clanton EP
    Stormy Baby - from Middle Tree Studio Live EP
    Tequila - from Sarah Clanton EP
     
    How She Chose Cello in 5th Grade
     
    How attending The Swannanoa Gathering - Contemporary Folk Week kicked off her songwriting and confidence writing songs on the cello.
    https://www.swangathering.com/catalog/cf/contemporary-folk-week.html
     
    Her journey with anxiety, how she learned to negotiate it by pushing through the nerves (repetition) and embracing her uniqueness—because “being human is weird”.
     
    She signed a publishing deal with Writer’s Den this year.
     
    When she first moved to Nashville, Sarah felt pretty blocked creatively.  A friend of hers, who goes by Danielle Ate The Sandwich, introduced her to the idea of trying to write an album in 24 hours.  She wrote 8 songs her first attempt in 2016.  Just write in the moment, use the first ideas because they’re often the coolest…the time for editing comes later. She’s gotten pretty serious about co-writing since moving to Nashville, discovering that she can write 8 songs in a night.
    http://danielleatethesandwich.com/
     
    She teaches cello to people from 5 years old to 75.
     
    She told me about her experiences with Folk Alliance International and Southeastern Regional Folk Alliance (SERFA).  She mentions her work with Kari Estrin.
    http://www.folk.org/
    http://www.serfa.org/
     
    She currently working on a new record—writing more than she ever has.  Living in Nashville has afforded her the opportunity to play with the best players.  She spoke about her work with Tom Shinness who was a mentor for her (he passed away earlier this year).  His passing was a reminder to her to truly live, and make time for what you love.
     
    She spoke a bit about her experience with Patreon.  She describes the difference between a project-based site like Kickstarter, and an ongoing system for patrons to support your creative process in general.  As far as exclusives—figure out what your specific audience wants most.
     
     
     
    All incidental music by host and creator, Jesse Correll.
    www.jessecorrell.com
     
    Support The Hexagon—help me keep this thing going.
    www.patreon.com/JesseCorrell
     

    • 1 hr 29 min
    Whit Hill

    Whit Hill

    Find out more about Whit at her website: http://whithill.com
    She mentions early days singing back-up with Dick Siegel.  She also talks about her transition from being a dancer and choreographer (which she still does) into a singer-songwriter.
    Songwriting is Whit’s favorite thing—she’d rather do that than anything else.  She says its like fishing…some days you drop a line in and see if anything is biting…and if it’s not, don’t take it too seriously…just come back tomorrow.  She also talks about her process of putting things aside (sometimes for months or even years) and picking it back up later, and all of the sudden the missing piece is there.
    Whit talks about how Wilhagen’s was one of the ways she plugged in to the local songwriting scene early on.
    https://www.facebook.com/Wilhagans-111596205547631/
    Whit talks about a former dance student who came back into her life years later as a singer-songwriter, Dana Falconberry.  Watch Dana’s Tiny Desk Concert on NPR here:
    http://www.npr.org/event/music/201517132/dana-falconberry-tiny-desk-concert
    What does it mean to be a successful singer-songwriter?
    Whit talks about her history with the Kerrville Folk Festival, each May in Kerrville, TX.  She won the New Folk competition in 2012.  She talks about the process of submitting, playing, and now supporting new finalists.
    http://www.kerrville-music.com/
    She talks about her approach to coaching other songwriters.  She also isolates a few key tenets for her in songwriting.  We discuss how critiques are crucial in getting even simple feedback — does this make sense to the audience?  Or offering a small tweak that could open a song up.
    Where does Whit learn about songwriting now?
    We discuss Object Writing.  Whit likes to begin a cowrite session with a object writing exercise.  It opens everyone up, and can spark interesting creativity.
    Whit's memoir “Not About Madonna” is in part about, yes, that Madonna.  We talk about her early friendship with Madonna, and her process of writing the memoir.
    To learn more about Whit as a songwriting coach, you can reach out to her at whithill@gmail.com.
     
    http://www.hexagonpodcast.com/episode/episode-17-whit-hill

    • 1 hr 42 min

Customer Reviews

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9 Ratings

9 Ratings

Daemeoncatz ,

Great motivation

- I’m a fiction and non-fiction author, but it is so great and helpful to hear how others are working with their art,which in this case is music. Good framework for all the important parts of the creative life! And the music is just fun to hear!

Shracdef ,

Inspiring!

As a singer-songwriter who has no clue what he's doing in any area besides songwriting, I need the wisdom of others, and that's what I found in the Hexagon Podcast. Besides just being fun to listen to, the Hexagon offers first-hand views from different singer-songwriters about specific methods they use to get ahead in business, performance, recording, and life in general. If you're one of those musicians who feels like everyone has it all together but you, you NEED to listen to this podcast! I don't have it together as much as the people being interviewed in each episode, but having listened to their stories, I now have a few tricks up my sleeve, and will undoubtedly benefit from the wisdom gleaned from the experience of others. This is inspiration at its finest.

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