Staying Sane In The Music Game

One of the main problems in the music industry is that we who live and work within it, don't readily admit to our ‘madness’, but looking at the path we've chosen - to invest ourselves in this world of slim chances and cut-throat deals - there has to be a little madness, right? “We're not mad,” I hear you all cry, “we're musicians!” But however you cut it, staying sane in such a competitive and ruthless industry is not straightforward. Trust me, I am speaking from experience - I am not ‘sane’ - and almost every artist I have worked with would say the same about themselves. This particular and beautiful form of 'insanity' characterises many music professionals today and, once we admit this to ourselves, we can openly explore the issues and reasons surrounding why and how we are mad! Once we've done that we can begin the journey of learning to manage ourselves within a specific framework that acknowledges and accounts for our eccentricities; building on them and affording us happier and more organised lives amid the inevitable chaos. Or, we could just pretend we're OK, bury our feelings deep and await the inevitable explosion as the pressure of self-loathing and neuroses builds over time in a half-hidden part of our personality that, actually, others can see only too easily. But self-destruction is not a good look! That is the reason for the book 'Staying Sane In The Music Game' and this podcast channel. It’s a way for us to begin having the open and honest conversations we need to reveal a path of radical change and personal growth. My work in the music industry has led me into many dark and tumultuous places and from each one I’ve learnt valuable and enduring insights which I have picked apart carefully and put back together into a guiding framework and structure that you can use, your way, to live your unconventional life without too much trial and error. Musicians and business professionals alike are exposed systematically to extreme behaviours, attitudes and situations all of which will require a tenacious mind and acute awareness to identify, harness and thrive from. This book will give you the mindset and tools to do just that. We will be speaking to high level pros in the music business and musicians to discuss these topics and their journeys. Through these conversations and the tools we can all grow and learn and make ourselves more resilient. Here’s to Staying Sane! This Podcast will discuss all aspects of what that may involve! The Podcast is powered by the book Staying Sane In The Music Game. The BOOK, KINDLE AND AUDIOBOOK is available in all the usual stores now. For more info and all the links go to:

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#16 - Ian Little

Updated about 1 year ago.


After a really successful Season 1, building from zero to hero, we ended up with 10s of 000s of people listening which is incredible!

Then lockdown happened. It hit me hard, of course, being in management I have had to take some serious time to re imagine what everything looks like professionally. Feeling like things are starting to take shape, feeling fresh and ready to go again. Ready to bring another season with a new framing;

As a creative being who has chosen this existence, there are probably several events that you could not plan for which propelled you on the path you are on. Which just goes to show, we are not necessarily in control of very much at all!

This episode's guest is none other than Ian Little. He has produced albums for Duran Duran, Roxy Music and several other Multi Platinum artists. He made millions, lost millions, ended up homeless on the streets of Manhattan, New York battling against winter! He suffered from Hepatitus C before there was any kind of cure AND he has now written his life story down. The main this is he is very much alive at 66, he is smiling and happy and he takes us through his life story and how he managed to cope and survive that crazy journey and keep on going today.

His book will be out towards the end of November
and you will be able to purchase it from:

I am still offering the Lockdown special of the Staying Sane In The Music Game Audiobook absolutely free from the website:

Please spread the word to another muso of your choice and let's keep having these conversations about mental health and going insane and then staying sane!

Many blessings!