Introducing Gigable Music!

IMG_9184Friends, I’m very excited to announce that my company has launched a mobile app that will help you easily discover great songs and bands!

There’s more music being created now than any other time in history and who has the time to search through Spotify? The Gigable Music app will bring the cream of the crop to the surface. Pick a playlist, press play. If the song hits you, there’s a ticket button to go see the band live. The “local playlist” uses gps to determine where you are and automagically builds a playlist based on bands touring near you. Simple and potent. No fluff and no ads! It’s like radio 2.0.

The launch was set for July 1 and we hit the target! The app itself has been months in the making. The concept is something I’ve been experimenting with for years.

There’s several very cool shows we are producing this summer to introduce some of the music we are finding. You can see the schedule on (or in the app after 7/1!)

Anyone who loads the app gets $20 toward a concert, so give it a spin!


Solving Problems Using “Internal” Resources

The paradox for finding the right solution (for any problem) these days is that our instinct is to seek outside resources.  With all the innovation, tools, apps, shortcuts, etc. available to us we look for a quick fix externally, rather than an internal remedy.

The quintessential example is the story about writing in zero gravity. Supposedly, the U.S. spent millions on a pen that would write in space. The Russians used a pencil.

Another example I like to use is The Beatles.  They recorded some of the most timeless music in history with very little technology.  In fact, they trained themselves to “problem solve” using internal methods – getting more creative with existing tools, rather than looking for external shortcuts.

The result of forcing yourself to problem solve “internally” is that you improve common sense, sharpen your creativity (and save lots of money).

The time will come when you’ve exhausted internal resources and common sense and you will need to go externally to get the next level. By maintaining this practice, you will easily spot the problems that really do need external solutions.

May The Fourth Be With You

I woke up thinking about how all water in the ocean is being held down by gravity and how it’s a true miracle we just don’t go shooting off the planet into space.

Life is good.  I appreciate everything and everyone around me.  The more positive I become, the more positive situations occur. The more gratitude and generosity I show, the more goodness comes back to me.

We all know this to be true, but yet act selfishly way too often.

The human condition is quite ironic at times.

The #1 Rule For A Profitable Business

Of the handful of millionaires that I have met as a result of business success, they all had one thing in common… Their business model was extremely “simple.”

By simple, I mean it wasn’t overly complex with lots of variations or product choices. They found maximum value (need) in the market and delivered a high quality solution.

Not only was their product elegant, their operation was efficient and organized. It’s certainly not sexy, but they printed money.

Not to say rocket science can’t be profitable, but most business owners aren’t Elon Musk.

The #1 Rule for a profitable business

Behind the scenes: Gigable Showcase at Woodstock Opera House

We had an amazing night hosting our first show in the Americana series. All three bands knocked it out of the park and the crowd showed lots of love.

The production staff at Woodstock Opera House are top notch and we look forward to working with them on many more shows.

Here’s some behind the scenes footage of sound check and the view from backstage:

Follow me on Periscope and Snapchat?

I’ve been testing out a few of the newer platforms lately to get a better idea of how they might work (or not) for Gigable.

I’ll be doing a “scope” (as the kids call it) on Periscope about various topics. You can follow me @mechlin.

Also, starting snapchating and posting some moments to my story. It’s very cool and fun, even for an old guy.  My kids think it’s hilarious that I’m on Snapchat.

You can follow me by snapping this image:

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Gigable Update November 2015

House Concert Series (1)As I sit down to write this and look through the last set of updates that I wrote.. wow!  So much has happened.

  • Secured initial round of seed funding
  • Signed on several artists to manage regional tours
  • Brought on a new partner and advisory team
  • 50% though development of a new mobile app that I’m insanely excited about
  • Considering the hiring plan for Marketing & Tour Ops

In addition to all this, we are planning a house concert series starting in January 2016.  So far, every house concert we have been involved in has been an amazing experience.  There’s a different vibe when you get a singer-songwriter in the cozy room telling stories about their songs.  There’s a deeper connection with the listener and it has a lasting effect that is different from a regular concert.

The team is very excited to help people “produce” their own house concerts and make it easy.

We are also excited to be working with Fontaine, Kevin Presbrey, Alex Dezen, Hurley Mower, Tyler Barham and potentially Randy Montana!  We’ll be planning shows in the Midwest for these artists and featuring their music on the app.  Also, we’re planning on doing some interviews and studio sessions for our upcoming podcast series.

Who’s gonna do all this work!? Stay tuned.

Dunworth Designs

A good friend of mine, John Mayer has recently launched a new venture called Dunworth Designs. He has partnered with a long-time friend who lives in Wisconsin to create some very unique home decor.

They use reclaimed barn wood and create one-of-a-kind pieces like the one shown here.

Dunworth Designs - Tin Cornice Shelf
Dunworth Designs – Tin Cornice Shelf

This shelf is made using vintage tin ceiling cornice and original antique barn shiplap from southern Wisconsin.

They can also create custom pieces by request.

Best of luck John in your new venture!