The Modern Recordist Podcast EP: 053 – One year of The Modern Recordist (Part 2) – Overcome your challenges, coming up as a songwriter, and life as a modern recordist with Paul Sikes

The Modern Recordist Podcast episode 053 with Paul Sikes

Friends and Modern Recordists! This completes one full and killer year of The Modern Recordist podcast. I, your humble host Jon Stinson, am so incredibly grateful to all of you who joined me in this first year of my journey into podcasting, became dedicated listeners, shared the message of The Modern Recorist around, and encouraged me all along the way.

It’s been an incredibly empowering journey, and as I type this I have a great sense of personal accomplishment, and pride in this tribe. This podcast has become a very important and meaningful project to me on many levels, and you play a big part in that.

Throughout the first year of The Modern Recordist, I received emails and Facebook messages, and some of you even stopped me on the street to tell me that you’ve been enjoying the show, and getting a lot out of it. I can’t express how encouraging and rewarding that is to me.

It’s been a crazy journey of learning in public, overcoming my own Impostor Syndrome, and pushing through challenges when I didn’t think I’d be able to get the show out without missing a week (and I almost did here at the end a couple times).

Thank you for allowing me the platform to share my passions with you, learn with you, and caring about all of this. Wow, it’s been fun!

And we’re not gonna let up! I’m looking forward to an even bigger second year. Let’s keep on recording! Here’s to more :-)

The last three weeks have been back-to-back episodes of the Producer’s Notes – the solo episodes where there’s no guest. This week is kind of a hybrid episode, where I spend the first few minutes hangin solo, and then we bring on a guest.

And this particular guest has special significance to The Modern Recordist, and special significance to our little “one year of podcasting” celebration. We brought back on songwriter, artist, and producer Paul Sikes, who was our inagural guest that helped us launch The Modern Recordist.

On this episode, I spend the first few minutes reflecting more on what I’ve learned in the first year of podcasting, and share some thoughts on overcoming challenges.

One of the key ways to overcome any challenge is to keep your resistance at bay-that part of your mind that seeks to self-sabotage. “The Resistance” is something Steven Pressfield talks about in his book “The War Of Art” which happened to be the most recommended book in the first year of this podcast.

I don’t have anything to do with “The War Of Art” and I don’t know Steven Pressfield (hopefully one day I’ll have him on the show). I’m just a big fan of this book, and the breakthrough I experienced in mindset by reading it.

If you have not yet read “The War Of Art” go ahead and grab it right now. I would be so grateful if you would use my Amazon affiliate link to purchase the book, as that would directly support this podcast, while also equipping you with a powerful and inexpensive songwriting and creativity tool. Win. Win. Win.

Click or tap here to purchase “The War Of Art” on Amazon (affiliate link)

In the second part of the show, I bring on guest Paul Sikes, and we talk about life as a modern recordist, coming up as a songwriter, reflecting on our individual growth over the last year, what it’s taken to realize our successes, and so much more.

Click or tap play and listen now!

Also, make sure you follow up and connect with Paul Sikes around the internet:


Paul Sikes on iTunes

Paul Sikes on Facebook

Instagram: @paul_sikes

Twitter: @paulsikes

We’re going to be taking just a little time off from producing new episodes, BUT! make sure you stay tuned, because we will be recycling some previous episodes with past guests. It’s a great opportunity to catch something you may have missed, or pick up something new from an episode that you’ve already heard.

About The Modern Recordist

The Modern Recordist is a podcast devoted to the exploration and continual discussion around designing and living your life as an extraordinary artistic visionary. Each week I venture on this journey, either in a casual hang out with a guest, or by diving into a specific topic for a few minutes in more of a monologue-structured format.

Hear stories and learn from the most innovative, inspired, and talented songwriters and artists in the music scene. Spark your creative genius with actionable advice and takeaways. Become inspired and move to action as you design and live your life as an extraordinary artistic visionary.

More Free Stuff

After you’ve listened to the episode posted above in it’s entirety, take a few minutes to poke around my site here. There’s plenty of valuable things to soak in, such as previous episodes of The Modern Recordist podcast, and even my free resource on simple tips for recording drums:

Recording Drums 101: A Home Studio Recording Guide For Pro Sounding Drums

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Let’s all join together in this growing tribe we have going here, and make a big boom at the beginning of the year. Let’s set ourselves up to have a big show this year, getting more great guests to come on the show.

Here’s how you can support The Modern Recordist in doing that:

First – Get subscribed and stay subscribed. Jump over to iTunes, search for The Modern Recordist, and hit that subscribe button.

Second – Jump over to iTunes and leave a rating and review. Good and honest ratings and reviews communicate the value to new listeners as they find this podcast in the iTunes directories.

Third – Share this podcast with a few friends. If you’ve gotten something out of this podcast, and know some friends who would also get something out of listening to this podcast, go ahead and drop a link in an email or text and tell them about it.

That’s it for this week. There’s more for you next week. In the meantime, go live your life of an extraordinary artistic visionary, and create something impactful the world!


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