Trevor Exter is creating the Play It Like It's Music podcast
1
patron
$18
per month
If you’re reading this then you’re probably a listener. (Haven’t heard the show yet? Start here.

First off: Thank you so much for listening! It was a risk to start making the show and we are so happy that you like it.

What is this?
It is a podcast where professional musicians talk shop and craft. Since we have yet to find the show we really want to hear, this is our attempt at making one.

Why are we making it?
For people who play, produce or even just fantasize about music, the question persists long into our careers: how do I become the best musician possible? Since professionals and fans are equally mystified by the mechanisms and spirits at play in music, they should have a channel where active players from different scenes share thoughts and experiences with each other.

“Play It Like It’s Music” is one such channel made by, for, and about working players.

We know we need it. Maybe you do as well.

It’s not centered around one genre. It’s not about gear. It’s not trying to sell you anything. We are only here to connect around our daily pursuit of musical excellence, which means something different to everybody.

The host is just one guy and he does his thing: makes records, plays a few weddings, subs a little on Broadway, does the occasional jingle session, plays on the road sometimes. It’s all great and he meets all these great people while doing it. Stars and non-stars alike.

This is a way to preserve some of the fun on tape and share it with the community. Because musicians meeting each other is fun. So is working together, swapping stories about how we got here, survival tales, inspiration, sorrows, trade secrets, lessons learned and a few laughs.

We’re all out here. Eventually we’d like to talk to you too.


You may have some questions:

"What is Patreon?"
Patreon is the place where you show your financial support for this project. It is safe and it is exciting. It will make you feel good and keep the show going.

"Why should I support the show?"
You should only support the show if you feel it is worth supporting. As with most musical experiences, you get to be the judge. But since it takes considerable resources to produce it, your contributions are the best way to acknowledge that it benefits you.

"How much money do you need from the listeners?"
In one sense, you can treat our Patreon like the tip jar at the local club. The host will buy himself a sandwich on the way back from each interview.

But if you really like the show, then please give us a bit more so that it can grow. Here are some of the ways we want to expand:

  • Release episodes more frequently. How about twice a week? 3x? There are plenty of players out there, but to do this will take substantial listener support.
  • Hire a professional producer and editor to improve the quality of the show.
  • Travel to visit musicians in other places. You know you’re everywhere. We want to talk to you on your own turf.  Philly, NoLa, Chicago, Prague, LA, Rio, Nashville, London, Trenton... there's no end.
  • Live events.  How about recording an interview with a great local player, on stage in your town?
  • Other things. Lots of other potential things, but let's start with the above.

"Can’t you run ads to get this money?"
We maybe could. But do you want to deal with ads? Do you enjoy listening to them? We're not against having ads on the show, but if we start taking ads then we’ll have to tailor the content in order to please the advertisers. For now we’d rather keep our focus on serving hardworking musicians’ interests, many of which have been sidelined (to say the least) by the prevalence of the ad model. If you agree with us on this, then you must chip in.

"How much time goes into producing each episode?"
More than you think, and more than might seem reasonable. We want to make it as good as possible, so we spend the time. It’s not like making a record, but it’s pretty intense to put a new one up every week.

"What are you gonna give me in return?"
Mostly just the satisfaction of being involved.  But also VIP treatment at live events, special access and bonus content.  You can't buy your way onto the show, but you can get closer to the action.

Thank you SO MUCH for your participation and support.
We love you,
Trevor (and all the guests)
Tiers
"Looky-loo" ($1 per episode)
$4 or more per month
Register your interest.  Help cover the logistical requirements of the show.  Listen, be thanked and know that you are loved from a distance.
"My buddy wants to manage you" ($2 per episode)
$8 or more per month
Thanks for sharing.  We have a forum here on the site where you can weigh in with your thoughts, connect with the community and interact with the team.
"No seriously, what you are doing is awesome and necessary."
$20 or more per month
We think so too, and we rely on your participation.  Because when you head downtown to see someone play, you might throw a fiver in the tip bucket.  This is that level: each one of these episodes might be worth this amount if it makes you feel more connected to the player.  If you agree, select this tier.  We will also send you a handwritten Thank You note, and you get access to the forum.
Goals
$18 of $100 per month
"First callback."

We'll know we've got liftoff.  That the door is open, that the outreach, development time and vision we've already put in is worth something to you.
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If you’re reading this then you’re probably a listener. (Haven’t heard the show yet? Start here.

First off: Thank you so much for listening! It was a risk to start making the show and we are so happy that you like it.

What is this?
It is a podcast where professional musicians talk shop and craft. Since we have yet to find the show we really want to hear, this is our attempt at making one.

Why are we making it?
For people who play, produce or even just fantasize about music, the question persists long into our careers: how do I become the best musician possible? Since professionals and fans are equally mystified by the mechanisms and spirits at play in music, they should have a channel where active players from different scenes share thoughts and experiences with each other.

“Play It Like It’s Music” is one such channel made by, for, and about working players.

We know we need it. Maybe you do as well.

It’s not centered around one genre. It’s not about gear. It’s not trying to sell you anything. We are only here to connect around our daily pursuit of musical excellence, which means something different to everybody.

The host is just one guy and he does his thing: makes records, plays a few weddings, subs a little on Broadway, does the occasional jingle session, plays on the road sometimes. It’s all great and he meets all these great people while doing it. Stars and non-stars alike.

This is a way to preserve some of the fun on tape and share it with the community. Because musicians meeting each other is fun. So is working together, swapping stories about how we got here, survival tales, inspiration, sorrows, trade secrets, lessons learned and a few laughs.

We’re all out here. Eventually we’d like to talk to you too.


You may have some questions:

"What is Patreon?"
Patreon is the place where you show your financial support for this project. It is safe and it is exciting. It will make you feel good and keep the show going.

"Why should I support the show?"
You should only support the show if you feel it is worth supporting. As with most musical experiences, you get to be the judge. But since it takes considerable resources to produce it, your contributions are the best way to acknowledge that it benefits you.

"How much money do you need from the listeners?"
In one sense, you can treat our Patreon like the tip jar at the local club. The host will buy himself a sandwich on the way back from each interview.

But if you really like the show, then please give us a bit more so that it can grow. Here are some of the ways we want to expand:

  • Release episodes more frequently. How about twice a week? 3x? There are plenty of players out there, but to do this will take substantial listener support.
  • Hire a professional producer and editor to improve the quality of the show.
  • Travel to visit musicians in other places. You know you’re everywhere. We want to talk to you on your own turf.  Philly, NoLa, Chicago, Prague, LA, Rio, Nashville, London, Trenton... there's no end.
  • Live events.  How about recording an interview with a great local player, on stage in your town?
  • Other things. Lots of other potential things, but let's start with the above.

"Can’t you run ads to get this money?"
We maybe could. But do you want to deal with ads? Do you enjoy listening to them? We're not against having ads on the show, but if we start taking ads then we’ll have to tailor the content in order to please the advertisers. For now we’d rather keep our focus on serving hardworking musicians’ interests, many of which have been sidelined (to say the least) by the prevalence of the ad model. If you agree with us on this, then you must chip in.

"How much time goes into producing each episode?"
More than you think, and more than might seem reasonable. We want to make it as good as possible, so we spend the time. It’s not like making a record, but it’s pretty intense to put a new one up every week.

"What are you gonna give me in return?"
Mostly just the satisfaction of being involved.  But also VIP treatment at live events, special access and bonus content.  You can't buy your way onto the show, but you can get closer to the action.

Thank you SO MUCH for your participation and support.
We love you,
Trevor (and all the guests)

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Tiers
"Looky-loo" ($1 per episode)
$4 or more per month
Register your interest.  Help cover the logistical requirements of the show.  Listen, be thanked and know that you are loved from a distance.
"My buddy wants to manage you" ($2 per episode)
$8 or more per month
Thanks for sharing.  We have a forum here on the site where you can weigh in with your thoughts, connect with the community and interact with the team.
"No seriously, what you are doing is awesome and necessary."
$20 or more per month
We think so too, and we rely on your participation.  Because when you head downtown to see someone play, you might throw a fiver in the tip bucket.  This is that level: each one of these episodes might be worth this amount if it makes you feel more connected to the player.  If you agree, select this tier.  We will also send you a handwritten Thank You note, and you get access to the forum.