Dec Cluskey was honoured as one the the top
ten most influential people of the past
forty years in the Music Industry by
Marshall Amplification. He was presented
with a gold plated Marshall Amp covered in
white Connolly leather by Jaguar Cars "
- Could he help your music
Minute With Dec'
is the widest read Music Ezine on the Net and can be
yours each Sunday for FREE....
a quick note to congratulate our 'Serious
Writers Guild' Member, Alvaro Rabaquino for
hitting the Number ONE spot on the chart in
Uruguay, South America and staying there for
THREE weeks! Still there.
The band: BungEe
The toon: 'Suerte En Pila'
The Member: Alvaro Rabaquino
Written, Recorded and Produced by Alvaro.
you an unsigned band looking for
songwriting knowledge, song writing
information, songwriting tips,
songwriting resources? Do you want to
make a Hit Record or maybe some good
demos? Maybe you are in Indi Music or
just writing lyrics. This is the page
for information on marketing music,
music industry, music making, music
making sites, music record sites,
music record deals, music making
There is also info on A & R, on
how to make millions from music,
recording studios, record contracts,
record making. Dec Cluskey will give
you his personal choice of links to
The Bachelors, serious performers
guild, serious writers guild. If you
have the talent he will show you about
how to write a hit song, write a hit
tune, write a number one.
To Know What Others Think?"
We just hit #1 TOP PROGRESSIVE
ARTIST USA TODAY!!!!
:O) I'm so excited, thanks for all of
your help! :O)
show ... was our mission
Special thanks to Dec Cluskey of
the Serious Writers Guild
commission is 'The Magnificent
11' ... starts filming 12th Sept
2011 ... major, major film. I
write the score.
In recent past
I had two Liverpool 08
commissions. First with 200
choir on the history of
Liverpool from year 1004 to
present. Second a major CD Brass
Band album with Fairey Brass
Band with all of my stuff on.
My last 11 years has been f*****
hard, financially I've gone
through it, wife, car, house all
nominated in 2004 for a BACS in
conjunction with BBC Radio 3
listeners, other nominations in
this same category were Sir
Peter Maxwell Davis & Sir
Harrison Birtwistle & Judith
I have 2 co-written songs on her great new album Monsters.
Thanks for all the continued support & advice... Mick Lee.
Hi Dec, PRESS>>>PRESS>>>PRESS>>>
Sunday 1th February 2008
Congratulations to BND roster band Patchwork Grace www.myspace.com/pwg
who picked up 3 top awards at the Marquee club in London on Friday night (08/02/08).
The Pure Rawk awards are fast becoming THE "underground" rock barometer in the UK and Patchwork Grace picked up;
1-Album of the year for "Milk Teeth" Cat No. CDBUT30 Released on BUT! Records 11th Sept 2007
2-Single of the year for "Soap" Digital release only. Published by BND Music/Brian Engel Music
3-AxeHero of the year "Crip" well deserved accolade for a truly "unique and artistically great" young guitarist.
Patchwork Grace's NEW single "The Lovecats" is released tomorrow (Monday 11th Feb 2008) on BUT! Records
Cat No. CDBUT32
The band will be playing a special acoustic INSTORE set at
HMV Listergate Nottingham NG1 7EE UK (tel 01159 502 841)
at 5.30pm GMT
Ian [Serious Writers Guild Member]
Hi Dec, We played The Cavern Club in Liverpool Patchwork Grace were the best thing they'd ever seen!!
Thanks again Dec!
Did the deal with A**** ****** and the B*** *****, so now the original label "********" will take over the management and *** ***** ** (me) will sub publish.
Thanks to your advice got an additional 2% on mechanicals for first album with re-negotiation on all extensions.
When the time is right I hope to give you the biggest "success story" yet for your testimonials.
Just writing to say that the remix of Heaven 17 "Hands Up to Heaven" went to number 42 at the dance airplays charts. The single features a remix I did.
How many guys do you know appear at the Billboard charts?
Again thanks for your advice,
Hi Dec, your 'Serious Writers Guild' has been a real inspiration! I would recommend it to anyone wishing to pursue a career in the music business. I am a professional singer / songwriter aged 25 and have been performing for many years but my career has really taken off!
I have been touring and performing in concerts across Europe including the British Embassy, Berlin, The Schoneberger Rathaus and I recently performed in an open air concert in Leipzig in front of 25,000 people! My music has been released on various cd's across the world including Germany, Spain and Australia.
Barry Tomes of Gotham records has backed me all the way and I am now signed up with my full album ready for release...I would also like to mention good friend and lyricist Liz Houghton for many years of support..... Thanks again Dec! Amanda Greenwood
Recently I have finished a score for an independent movie called “Treehouse”. I am now composing tracks for various music libraries for licencing and am also discussing publishing the MUNKIE catalogue with various publishers.
I am now working on the third MUNKIE album currently titled “Dark Corners”, having received several unsigned internet awards for tracks on the second “Chemical Process”.
This is Yosi & Ofir Nafkar from israel member of The Serious Writer Guild Membership No NET0778030W
We wrote music for an Australian Movie By Kerry Bowden. She is a great woman who helps children in need. The movie and the music had a great success and Together we gathered 1 million $.
So, we already made a million from our music. Now we are working on our music to gain another million –
Hi Dec , some good news regarding my girlfriend Erin's songs, 3 are being used on a new
American TV show. Anyway thanks again for your invaluable support, knowing your there makes this leap into the publishing world feel a lot safer ... Roger O'Donnell [The Cure]
It's been a while that I had time to write to you - but things have been busy. Perfect proof that YOUR way to do business is right - we are one of 10 bands selected for the finals in a competition to play "Download" this year, great publicity - "Rock Hard" in Germany love our CD as well and we have our
biggest gig in April which will be packed because of the increase in the mailing list.
Thanks for your continued advice!
- you're the man!! It was four years
ago that I came across your website -
and what a rollercoaster of a ride
it's been ever since! Nothing had
prepared me for what you had in store!
With your advice and continual support
you have helped me build a business
which is currently going ballistic!
I've pulled in £38,000...
in the last two weeks alone!!
I think it's time I planned
another trip down to Eastbourne... can
we go back to that yummy pasta joint?
for everything... you're a true pal
:o) - Alex H.
our 'Serious Writers Guild' Member,
Alvaro Rabaquino for hitting the
Number ONE spot on the chart.
royalty check from two kid's TV
songs I've got out with the BBC
Am about to buy a new house.
We've found a place we love.
Your original ten month course
inspired me to make great career
"She won the vote with the
largest number ever! She was
interviewed live by Ros Kwame
after the result was announced and
her details and website will be
featured on his site all week.
Getting played on daytime Radio 1.
Thanks again Dec and God bless.
"Currently signed as an
artist to Perseverance Records,
a dance label based in the
a different story...success in
"Just been invited to
a party at the Ghost bar Palms
Hotel in Vegas.
From a workaholic
production tech to the
managing director of
'Nightfire', hob nobbing
around the world, written
about in international
magazines, and with an
extensive entry in 'Who's Who'
ALL IN JUST 3 YEARS !!!!!!
Thanks again, Dec, for all
your honest help on the way,
it was, and still is,
invaluable - Ian
"Hello Dec, Mark
here, just got picked up by
Clear Channel and are
hosting the Django fest here
in Detroit on Jan 17th. I
will send you a link as soon
as I get it.
Lemmon' releasing first
single on Jan 23rd....just
watch it. 'What In The
World' - Magic Number
mentioned I was thinking
about doing a bit of
gigging last year? I
want to gig just for the
fun of it. Well this is
my story. I've visited
Brighton a couple of
times last year catching
up with friends. While I
was out and about I
thought I would apply
one of the tips from
'How to Make Million'
from your music.
Low and behold I got an
Email from one of the
biggest and most famous
clubs in Brighton asking
me if I can play later
on this month! All from
applying one technique
you teach us in your
course - Amazing!!!
Be well, John Seiffer"
I've enjoyed all of
your material so far,
I had an extremely
semester at school
(University of Central
winning first prize in
a big concerto
competition. I did win
a solo performance
with the symphony -
now I just have to
pick out which
concerto play! I am a
bit tempted to write
my own concerto...
My first premiere (a
should come in the
next few months! I've
been reading every
word and will continue
to do so...
"Dec, I also
have to say thank
you to you as I have
just purchased my
a quick note to
for hitting the
Number ONE spot on
the chart in
staying there for
THREE weeks! Still
The toon: 'Suerte
The Member: Alvaro
and Produced by
name) has just
placed 5 songs
UK. They are a
place with the
writers and they
informed and are
pack has been
are happy for
these songs to
go on the debut
album for their
of the Devil's
Strange - New
the 14 yrs
drive a BMW
got a contract for six dance
tracks from Singapore....can I run
the details past you, Dec?"
[****** ******** Productions -
member The Serious Writers Guild]
looking forward to getting 'The
MASTER Class' very soon. Still so
much to learn from the 1st course!
Kind regards Sean G Clarke [Member
- The Serious Writers Guild -UK]
from nowhere your organization is
now a household name in the world.
In fact your success story has
inspired me a lot." [THEOPHILUS
ANKAMAH A- ASHANTI- GHANA]
to see that I can do some catch up
work in the archive section of
your site. www.makehits.com/archive.htm
Great idea! PS Have recently
started my own Ltd. media company.
Partly due to your "How to
start your publishing
business..." and all the
other encouraging words....
THANKS!!!!!" Kindest regards
Dean Adams - [Member The Serious
Writers Guild Master Class - UK]
enjoyed the songwriters course, it
made a difference to me on so many
levels. Thank you. Just started
gigging and love every minute of
it. Though I wish I'd done it
years ago, I know deep down I'd
never have handled it as I am
now." [Kathy Boocock Serious
Writers Guild Member - UK]
feels so great about doing
business with you is that it is
personable. I'm not just doing
business with a good company. I'm
doing business with Dec Cluskey,
colleague, friend, mentor, and
entertainer!" [JOHN SEIFER
Serious Writers Guild Member - UK]
I'm online, may I give you my
personal thanks for all you are
doing for me , through the
information being sent on a
monthly basis (Serious Writers
Guild) . I appreciate the honesty
in your approach. I value very
highly your willingness, as
someone who has had a history of
success, to dedicate so much time
to help others, and to be
approachable - oh how we need much
more of this in the music
industry. Keep doing what you are
doing. It is certainly
life-changing stuff. I've had my
fair share of high points and
disappointments within my music
making. Your material has provided
answer after answer as to why I'm
not where I could be in this
sophisticated business. Thank you,
thank you and thank you again.
Best wishes and God bless"
[Ken Burton Serious Writers Guild
Member - UK]
Boss at work - 4,500 audience going
wild in Bournemouth
I got 'Kavana' to sit down and
fill out the forms for his PPL
royalties like you advised. You
made me a lot of money from PPL in
the past and now his first cheque
was £20,000. Thank you Dec"
[Rosemarie - just back from L.A.]
for the program, you know it's
good, I know it's good, but I have
to thank you for putting so much
effort into it's production. If a
guy like you at the top is
prepared to give so much then that
is where I want to be." [Dan
Hall - Serious Writers Guild
band 'Glass' has just secured
another 3 date support with All
About Eve following a successful
slot with them on their last tour.
We have also been offered paid
session work on a bizarre local
poet's album - I took the
opportunity of offering the
resources of my home studio and
engineering and production
services. I wonder where I got all
that from??. To top it all an
Australian author and good friend
has asked me to create music for a
project in Oz which could involve
living down under while being well
paid to develop the musical side
of a fascinating arts
project." [Dave Menzies -
Serious Writers Guild Member]
group O2 (like oxygen) won the
FONAM contest in September 2002
(the month I got involved in your
program)" [Alvaro Fabian
Rabaquino - Serious Writers Guild
Member - Uruguay]
else on the internet/in the world
can one undergo such courses..it's
more or less like going to
e-school...I know your programme
has changed my life and my
music...I guess this puts a smile
in your face..and besides this is
no booboo..it is the truth..Dec
you are the GREATEST teacher I
have ever come across..and I want
you to know that I will NEVER let
you down..you deserve the credits.
Dec," [Balogun - Serious
Writers Guild - Nigeria]
Boss - Dec - in action!
Video I did with 'Busted' was on
'Top of the Pops' this week...Wow!
They are at Number Two, they could
be Number One"
John Dartnell [Serious Writers
This is our
29th New Country on board:
- This is when he joined first -
then he got to Number One in
"I actually haven't had a
chance to thank you for all the
your program is making in my music
and most importantly in myself.
Words are just no enough.
the way the course is great and I
am now beginning to understand
even at this early stage why I
haven't made a fortune out of
music. I look forward to polishing
my Aston Martin in the not too
"I've just signed a deal
with StreetJam Management. Their
singer, Charlotte, recorded a
song of mine & has signed to
BMG. They love the song &
want more for her album! I also
have a track on the new Bandit
MIDEM sampler. And it's not just
the music.....I was dancing with
the lovely Alesha from Misteeq
at the Jazz Cafe last night. Not
bad for a 44 year old geezer!
Thanks a £million Dec.
Mick Lee. [Serious Writers
boss, with his pal Chaz Smash from
know you know you are good, but it
doesn't hurt to say that this
stuff has been amazing - Thank
you" [Dan Hall - Serious
Writers Guild Member]
" 'Harry Potter 2' is on
general release in November and
John shoots the new Robbie
Williams video for 'Escapology'
Dartnell's success story
YOU FOR EVERYTHING, your course,
your Emails, your time on the
phone, all your tips and advice.
Bless You And thanks now for the
opportunity to collaborate with
other members, Best Wishes and
Kind Regards, to You & Sandie"
Zak [Serious Writers guild member]
"Recently finished the last
installment of "The Serious
Writers Guild" and now I
realize how little I know about
the music INDUSTRY, although I
feel I've learned a hell of a lot
from the course.."Gary
Mounteney [Serious Writers Guild
Member no. STR0566030W] [Germany]
Dec I'm only on Grade 1 of your
course and am already getting
results. I've just signed a
publishing agreement for three
songs with an American company and
another publisher is pitching me a
Thanks for the practical advice
and guidance. And it's a big
support to know that members can
call and speak to you if they need
help. Quite a service!" Anna
Foster (Serious Writers Guild
"Hi Dec, First of all a big
thank you for your advice on my
contract with the independent
dance label I'm about to
Writers Guild Member]
is Yosi Nafkar ---- my brother
& me feel very good about the
program we have massive progress
in our image our attitude &
feel more confidence in our
success. We are waiting with
excitement to the 3 release (we
feel we are ready for it)"
Yosi Nafkar [Serious Writers Guild
Member - Israel]
"I'm doing a shoot for GQ
magazine this Friday...cr*p money
but isn't this everyone's dream?
Also - catch the 'Busted' video on
MTV...yep! That's me! Should be at
Number One in a few
weeks."John Dartnell [Serious
Writers Guild Member - UK]
Boss - delivering a gag to his pals,
including Prince Philip [left]
joined very soon after I found you
on the Net. I am so glad I found
you and I even borrowed the money
so I could come along. My old
grandma taught me that you have to
Speculate To Accumulate and my
goodness was she right. Thank you
for all your hard work and
dedication in helping those of us
out here who have had no-one to
guide us through the maze of the
music industry. You are greatly
Just wanted to congratulate you
on being awarded the gold plated
Marshall Stack in recognition of
all your hard work in the music
industry.. What a wonderful way to
acknowledge your talent and you
must be so proud.. A well deserved
award - well done." [Sharon
Ward - Serious Writers Guild
Member Number: NET0766030W ] [UK]
"I hear that Boniface is
supporting 'Destiny`s Child'- must
be very rewarding for you seeing
as you prophesied his rise to fame
You will see the letter from
Peter Boniface to me on our
Member's Success Stories page
this is what he wrote:
"In June I presented his
songs to major Record companies
and they all gave him an offer
Today ‘B’ has a £½Million
contract with Sony plus a
Publishing Contract for another 6
figure sum"Peter Boniface
[Member No.: STR0540030W]
looking forward to day when I'll
pay you a visit in the UK....and I
know it's very soon..just to say
thank you." [Balogun 'Kay
"Take Care Dec for YOU are
'damn' important too Ok?"
[Member Bob Daulby]
Dec, I'm enjoying your 'One
minute' With Dec' series...it's
fab. I've learned a lot from it.
You sure know your stuff.
I'm being produced by Joel
diamond who had 12 Hit Albums with
Englebert and recently had 2 Top
Ten Hits in the UK with singer
called 'Kaci' with the David
Cassidy Hit 'I think I Love
You'...and a song called
By the way, I've just been
Number 5 in the Album
Charts!" [Rosemarie [Las
"Joan [Joan Martin] had a
great article written about her in
'Sound on Sound' magazine this
We've since had approaches from
all over the world from producers
and writers (mainly US, Northern
Europe & Asia Pacific) who
want to work with her.
And she has just been invited
to perform as guest artiste at the
Singapore 2003 National New Year
Countdown Celebrations. Flying her
out, hotel and a fee! You'd be
proud! Oh, and she'll be singing
live to 100,000 people."
Peter Martin [Serious Writers
Guild Master Class Member] [ex
of all, Dec, another big Thank You
for your advice on my indie dance
By the way, I am deeply
disappointed by the legal services
offered by both BASCA and the
Musicians’ Union, as all they do
is pass on your contract to a
solicitor who is then supposed to
call you. After 9 weeks of waiting
for the BASCA solicitor’s call I
have given up on them. I don’t
want to knock BASCA entirely here,
but all they seem to be interested
in is to crack open the booze
and/or go to the pub.
Again Thank you" [Ralf
Gerhart [Serious Writers Guild
"Yeah, man. Life is just
dandy-oh thanks to you.
Just moved last week to Berlin
where all the action is. Working
for two studios in town. Everyone
wants a song from me. My first
(get this) POP MUSICAL opens next
week in Hamburg. Music all by me.
Do I get money every time the show
is performed? Of course I do.
All in all, life is good. I´ll
fill you in better when I have
time to breathe. Must dash.
Ta ta and guten Tag " Ian
Wood [Serious Writers Guild
Member: NET0477030W] [Germany]
you so much for the prompt and
detailed response. Words can't
describe how good it is to have a
contact on the end of the phone
willing to take time with
us." [Steven Welshe [ARTWILD]
(Serious Writers Guild Member)]
"Hi. Thank you very much
for providing your materials in an
accessible format! You are the
only provider of such materials
that is willing to do this. Once
again, thank you very much! "
Cameron Strife (Serious Writers
Guild Member) [Scotland]
read about this kind of thing in
your Probationer lesson only last
night. I will be responsible for
the complete soundtrack of a
modestly budgeted ENTERTAINMENT
project! The soundtrack will be
completely original, mostly
classical with a couple love
songs, some other contemporary and
ethnic music. " [Edison
Baptisite -Serious Writers Guild
Member No. NET0787030W] [Trinidad
"While I'm writing I would
also like to take this opportunity
to thank you for the effect that
being a member of the Guild has
had on me as a musician. Suffice
to say that, coupled with the
support of a good, good woman, it
has been the most inspirational
thing that has happened to me in
the last 20 years. " Terry
Gordon [Serious Writers Guild
Member No. NET0732030W] [UK]
you're well - I'm also script
doctoring a West End show this
weekend and starting a new TV
script on Monday for shooting
later on in the month! Was there
ever a time when we complained
about having too little
[John Byrne - Serious Performers
Guild Member No. STA044099P]
Dec I am just writing to say thank
you. I must say sincerely that my
whole view to my music has really
changed a lot both business and
creativity wise. I just cant stop
saying thank you - thank you very
much. Thank you once more" [Balogun'kaykay'Kolade"
member no. NET064330W NIGERIA,
"Our Vicci Esselle recorded
a track for the next 'Ministry'
album on Thursday. Check her out
at the Gloucester Festival for The
Queen's Jubilee on Monday 3rd
June" [Vicci Esselle -
Serious Writers Guild Managing
of all, thank you very much for
the free gift. I downloaded it and
found it to be awesome with tons
of useful, real-world information
that does not mince words. I
sincerely believe you are a very
remarkable man. Once again, thank
you very much." [Mark
Powell, Eminence, KY., USA ]
"Just to say a big
'thank you' for all your help and
encouragement. You are like a
breath of fresh air. I am no
longer going round in circles - I
am calm and hopeful and enjoying
every minute of the course. Thank
you Dec. Thank you for being
prepared to share your wealth of
experience with us. Saved by the
wise words of Dec contained in my
course. Also saved me money - now
that can't be bad." [Sharon
- Serious Writers Guild Member No.
You are one in a million,
Beecher, CEO Rollercoaster
"I've learned more about
pop music in 6 weeks of listening
to the charts than I had in the
previous 10 years, and I've built
up more contacts and a better
understanding of how the music
industry works than I had
regarding the film post-production
industry, where I had been working
in for the previous 7 years! I've
started taking proper piano
lessons and studying theory - that
I'd put off for years. My hands
are playing different notes when I
hit the keyboard. I know it's
early day yet, but things just
feel like they are moving. I'm
even finding parking spaces more
easily! THANK YOU!! You are an
Oldroyd - Serious Writers Guild
Member No. NET0770030W]
again for your time last night
Dec. As always I really appreciate
it. And hey I must be moving
forward as I didn't feel depressed
after I came off the phone with
you! Either you were being soft on
me, or I'm starting to get the
hang of things."
[John Seifer - Serious Writers
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