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My Taxi Story

Posted: Sun Feb 24, 2019 1:13 pm
by johnlewitt
Success is something that can be measured in many ways. A lot of times people equate their success with Taxi as, “I got a forward! I signed a song to a library! My song was just used in a TV show!” That’s great, but that’s not the only way Taxi can help you. Here’s my story.

I went to my first Rally in 2013. At the time I think I’d had a couple forwards and had signed one song to a library, though I could be wrong about the timing - it was a long time ago. After going to that Rally, I knew I would be back the next year. You see, Taxi gathers together a community of like minded musicians and puts them in a situation where they can thrive - I think this is the best thing they do! I’ve learned so much at the Rally over the years about songwriting, gear, plugins, performing, mixing, mastering, and the ins and outs of the industry (basically anything anyone could want to know). This event alone is enough to join Taxi. But let’s talk about tangible success.

1) I have dozens and dozens of songs in a handful of music libraries that I consider my go to libraries, ones that I can pitch to and trust that they will then go out and try to get me placements (I have songs in many other libraries that I think are gathering dust, but you live and learn). And guess what? These libraries all go to the Rally, maybe not every year, but that is where I first heard about them and then met them. And when it came time to pitch to them. it was my Taxi Rally friends that pointed me in the right direction.

2) I have met many collaborators through the Rally and the Forum and have had several successes of varying levels with many of them. And regardless of the outcome of our labours I have usually come away with a new musical friend. My most successful collaboration has been with Jeff Allen. We’ve collaborated on so many songs that are now signed and out there working for us (one of our songs has been used 9 times in the past 5 months on the Y&R!). We also co-wrote and performed two songs on my most recent album and they have been getting some good airplay across Canada the past few months (the other day a station In Quebec played one of them 3 times in a day). Another successful collaboration I have is with Tom Hoy. We’ve written several songs together, signed a couple to a great library and one of those tunes is the most successful song on my current album. It’s in rotation on a bunch of radio stations and has been put on a bunch of cool Spotify playlists (as well as being my second most streamed song on Spotify, soon to be number one). Guess what? I wouldn’t know these guys if it weren’t for Taxi. And these are just two examples of many!

3) So if you’ve got this far you’ll realize that I am someone who licences stuff to Film and TV while also releasing music under their own name. Back in the fall I released an album I was really proud of called ‘All Good Things’ (BTW check out the title track, that’s Richard Dance on lead guitar - if it weren’t for Taxi I would never have met this amazing guitarist). It was good enough that I wanted to promote it to the best of my efforts. That meant putting together a band to do so. So who did I ask? My Toronto Taxi Rally Friends! It’s a group of people who have all been to a Rally and we try and get together quarterly to discuss where we are at. So Bamtone became my drummer. You might know him from all of his vocal work, but he is an absolutely incredible drummer. Then David Hayes slotted in on bass duties - he’s a lead guitarist and did me the favour of switching over to bass! Earlier this month we played the legendary Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto (previous performers there include the Rolling Stones, The Police, The Talking Heads, The Tragically Hip, the list goes on and on). And guess what? I wouldn’t know these guys if it weren’t for Taxi.

4) Finally, I have made so many great friends who I’ve meet at the Rally. There are a bunch that I don’t collaborate with, but we share information and can ask each other’s opinions on songs, mixes and business decisions 365 days a year. And I truly look forward to seeing them at the Rally each year and catching up. This is a network of people that did not exist for me before joining Taxi.

If I hadn't gone to the Rally I wouldn't be where I am today and it's a story I wanted to share with you all.

Re: My Taxi Story

Posted: Sun Feb 24, 2019 2:00 pm
by funsongs
Good read & report; congrats, John.
(John plays a mean accordion, too, folks... just in case.) :? :)

Re: My Taxi Story

Posted: Mon Feb 25, 2019 8:02 am
by songmaster
Thanks for sharing your story John. It is a great example of how Taxi is bringing people together who ordinarily would never have met. They say it takes a village, who knew you could fit a whole village in a Taxi :) It's been so great to work with you.


Re: My Taxi Story

Posted: Wed Feb 27, 2019 1:20 pm
by edmondredd
Thanks for sharing John. great insights and extremely nicely put!

Re: My Taxi Story

Posted: Wed Feb 27, 2019 4:07 pm
by cassmcentee
Inspiring Words!
Congrats John!

Re: My Taxi Story

Posted: Wed Feb 27, 2019 4:19 pm
by Casey H
Nice, John! :mrgreen:

I'm proud to say I am one of your collab-ers. And you ALWAYS pitch in and give feedback, much appreciated! :mrgreen:

See ya in November!!! (Bring your "inside voice") :P


Re: My Taxi Story

Posted: Fri Mar 01, 2019 11:47 am
by LamarPecorino
Thanks for sharing your Taxi story, John. Very inspiring. Congratulation on all of your successes!

Re: My Taxi Story

Posted: Fri Mar 01, 2019 11:55 am
by Kolstad
Well done, dude!

Re: My Taxi Story

Posted: Fri Mar 01, 2019 7:56 pm
by ResonantTone
Thanks for sharing your awesome story and giving some additional perspective on success! The more I hang out on these forums, the more it seems like Taxi really is like a family. Pretty excited to continue to meet all the awesome people around here and hopefully get out to the Road Rally this November!


Re: My Taxi Story

Posted: Mon Mar 04, 2019 4:57 pm
by DannyWeber
Congrats on all your successes! Sounds like your on the right path, John.. thanks for sharing!