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Publisher's Summary

A game changing approach for any musicians career.

Damian Keyes has written the ultimate guide for musicians to enhance and take control of their music careers! This audiobook is packed full of ideas, tips and stories, alongside a defining 30 Day Challenge, to help you reach your full potential.

Stop Selling Music: Career Changing Lessons For Musicians shows you how to build a career you are proud of with foundations that will last a lifetime, whether your goals are to make a living from session playing, songwriting, touring the world or selling out stadiums!

In this ground-breaking audiobook reflecting today's music industry, Keyes talks about thinking big but implementing the "1% percent strategies" allowing musicians to focus on a mindset and plan that achieves success, again and again. Damian employs his signature no nonsense approach, observations and analogies to teach you:

  • How to maximise your practising
  • How to rehearse like a pro
  • The art of performing
  • Life on tour
  • The do’s and don’t’s of your equipment
  • Setting yourself up to succeed
  • Marketing yourself to get noticed
  • Money and knowing your worth
  • How to self manage your career 
  • Freedom to do what you want musically

As well as many life lessons, handy hints and a 30 day challenge Damian sets you to make sure you are ready to smash your music career!

©2019 Damian Keyes (P)2019 Damian Keyes

Critic Reviews

"Damian is quite simply the best music business teacher in the world!" (Jeff Arnos - CEO of Made Black Records)

"Damian has spent 20 years listening, teaching and employing musicians meaning he is in tune with them and what they need to do to win. He is the musician's whisperer" (David Baker - author of The Noise Breaker)

"Stop Selling Music by Damian Keyes will build many musicians careers!" (Scott Jones - EMusician magazine) 

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this Book was a Big Game changer for me.

This book made me take a real hard look at my self as a Musician (Get your self something called a career in the music industry it ant for the weak) this book has all the tools to win in the music game with effort and hard work and a willingness to open your self to the new concepts that are outlined in the book and apply them with everyday Practice you will win Step by step This is not a bull shit fly by night type of book it shows in a concise and practical way on how to build your self in the new landscape of the music business of today Thank you, Mr. Keyes, for showing me the way! Qmaxx420 The Banddroidz

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knocked it out the ball park.

found Damian Keyes on youtube. hooked since day one. his experience and knowledge is obvious. Im on the 3rd listen and will probably go through it 10 to 15 xs so i can embody the body of knowledge provided.

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I absolutely recommend this for musicians and songwriter of all levels!

Damian Keyes is a freaken rockstar! He shares all his experience with us and does it with pleasure. It was extremely pleasant to hear and had me laughing my ass off at times. Absolutely a must listen to for all that partake in the music business.

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Do yourself a favor and get this book!

Tons of valuable infornation in this book! I purchased the audio book and it was as and entertaining as watching Damien's youtube videos! I learned a lot, took a ton of notes, and will be making my band mates get this book. Damien, I love what you're doing man, keep it up!

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Probably a good read for someone under 25

There are a few gems of wisdom in this book, and I don’t want to detract from the genuine effort and good faith that was put into writing it... but telling the reader to shower regularly seems like a really low bar. I felt like half of the book was a Childhood 101 course in common sense. If you’re a gigging musician and you’ve made it that far, you probably don’t need to read the book - find the Cliff Notes, or better yet, go live your adventure.

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this book is Amazing. has helped my @tryton3_music

A must read for all musicians . the book has helped my @tryton3_music grow so much. thank Damian.

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  • 01-22-21

Glad I bought this book.

Ever since coming across Damian Keyes on youtube I have been hooked on his videos and advice. I have structured my plans as a musician purely on his youtube videos. This book did not dissapoint, it was written by a true lover of music who understands the heart of a musician. Listen closely to the advice in this book and follow the instructions as closely as you can. Quick and easy read. Although this book is tailored for bands, I still got a lot from it as a Grime MC.

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  • 10-28-20

Excellent book

I recently found Damian Keyes online looking for information about releasing music. The main takeaway I got from this book is to be disciplined in everything you do. The author has an infectious enthusiasm for all things musician. This book is useful even for people like me who have been playing music for nearly forty years. Top marks.

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  • Ryan Phillips
  • 04-24-20

Good, but mostly obvious advice.

If you want to succeed at anything you need to take it seriously, and adapt with the times. That's this book in a nutshell to me. I found it a good listen, and the advice on practising was solid, but a little opinionated based on the writers genre, and labouring of the same points became repetitive. If you're a musician starting out, or someone in need of direction with your music this book could be helpful for you. I wanted more depth and detail on how to stop selling music, and the business aspect that has brought the author his success, not telling me not to moan or be ungrateful about what rider I receive as support act. That's just my opinion.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-14-20

Definitely worth a read/listen!

After watching many videos regarding the music industry and how to progress as a musician on Damian’s YouTube channel, I was looking forward to listening to this audio book. The book itself has a tonne of really great information along with suggested methods of how to apply it to either yourself or your band (if you are apart of one). I specifically enjoyed the 30 day challenge where Damian lists off 30 different things you can do to kick start the road to success. I really enjoyed the book, it discusses a lot of subjects that nearly every artist overlooks whilst still offering practical solutions and habits to fall into. PS. Damian, I don’t think you’re a nob head :)

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  • 12-15-19

Practical and detailed

Enjoyable read. Does not overlook fundamentals like keeping time, being on time and being dependable. For this the book is detailed.

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  • james moriarty
  • 11-02-19

Worth a listen even if you’re not a professional musician

I brought this as someone who likes to make music in their spare time and although a lot of the book is directed at professional musicians it is interesting to hear about. A lot of the pointers can also be used in whatever job or creative aspect you are involved with. Good stuff!

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  • M. Pearsall
  • 10-25-19

Really good advice

There is a lot of good advice and wisdom in this book. I especially like his anecdotes about the snoring guitarist and the drummer in the bath...I couldn't keep myself from laughing really loud on the train home from work, at that part.

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  • 09-17-20

Must Have

Very great advice and creative ideas to get the ball rolling as a musician or band

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  • 09-01-20

Excellent, informative and direct

A really enjoyable, no nonsense look at the 21st century music industry with plenty of good advice for upcoming and more established artists. Not entirely sure anyone rocking late 90’s designer stubble is in a position to criticise anyone else’s facial hair, however...