303 – Luke O’Kelley: Building an Airgigs Presence, Valuing Relationships Over Platforms, The Mind Game of Tracking
Based in Athens, GA, Luke O’Kelley has quietly built a long resume or live work and a large portfolio of session work ranging across pop, rock, country, and folk/singer/songwriter genres. His transition from marketing work to full time music coincided with joining Airgigs, which has been integral in Luke’s remote recording income. Artists he’s played with include Matt Papa, The Welcome Home, Son and Thief, The Tuten Brothers, Zach Seabaugh, Grant Cowan, Oak House, Andrew Brantley, and more.
In this episode, Luke talks about:
- What makes the Athens music scene special
- Avoiding imposter syndrome, but also avoiding truly getting in over your head
- How setting a low session rate might attract more clients, but more low quality clients
- Luke’s article on getting more remote session work
- Aaron Sterling’s dirty secret
- Valuing personal relationships over digital contacts
- Not psyching yourself out when tracking
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