Ari Herstand is a DIY musician who has played over seven hundred shows around the country, has performed on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, has charted in the top 10 on iTunes and has had his music featured in countless TV shows, commercials and films. He currently fronts the funk band Brassroots District. In 2012, Herstand launched the music business advice blog Ari's Take (www.aristake.com), which was nominated by L.A. Weekly as one of the best music blogs of Los Angeles.
An indispensable and comprehensive manual on how to navigate the
modern music business.
Ari is at the front of the front. He gets it. I've read a hundred how-to-make-it-in-the-music-biz books, and this one is today's definitive, comprehensive manual.--Jack Conte, CEO of Patreon
Ari understands this space. He gives a tremendous amount of information. Anyone wanting to make music for a living should read this, period.--Peter Hollens, 1 billion YouTube/Facebook video views
Ari Herstand is a leader in the DIY music movement and has written the perfect recipe for success.--Patti Silverman, SF MusicTech Summit, SXSW
Incredibly valuable. Not just for musicians, but for entrepreneurs and anyone else wanting to succeed in the music business. Ari has written the ultimate guide on how to make it in the music business. Incredibly detailed yet fun to read, this is the book that generations of musicians will rely on to build their careers.--Philip Kaplan, founder and CEO of DistroKid
No one has ever laid out a roadmap to a successful music career in today's world as Ari has in his book. Covering things like proper etiquette when emailing promoters to getting your songs placed in film and TV, Ari expedites the sometimes tedious process of learning what it takes to be a professional musician. If you want to take your career seriously, read this book.--Andrew Leib, Red Light Management
The best 'how to' book of its kind. As a working artist himself, Herstand knows of what he speaks.... The book crackles with the actual experience of being a working artist. Highly recommended.
The one book I wish I had when I started doing music four years ago. It's the new bible for musicians.--Gospel Lee, Billboard charting hip-hop artist
There are a lot of books that attempt to describe how to make and do 'it' in the music business. What sets Ari apart is his not only his insatiable curiosity, research and conclusions but also the fact that he is a musician that has actually done the very 'it' he writes about. Reading Ari's book teaches you what the music industry actually is, not what others think it should be.--Jeff Price, Founder of Tunecore, Audiam
There is a great divide between what the young musician thinks being a rock star is and what actually working as a musician entails. Ari fills in the blanks with his lighthearted yet blunt demeanor. He's the informed older brother most of us never got in this crazy, confusing industry.--Andy Grammer, chart-topping singer/songwriter
This is the single best book on the current music business. An absolute must-read for every musician.--Derek Sivers, Sivers.org, founder of CD Baby