'One Minute With Dec' 12 Dec 2010

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“3 Minutes on the Radio With Dec” –

"My Emails Are Written With Good Humour And Should Be Read With A Smile"

[-The views of any contributor to 'One Minute with Dec' are not necessarily the views of Dec Cluskey-]

"Chastity is curable, if detected early.”


And our new launch? [What a service?]
Plain Text Please [Please listen to this]
Next time you play cards [I didn’t know this]
Subscriber's Section [ The best advice you ever had? ]
The gags: ..... [I LOVE THIS WOMAN]

And our new launch [What a service?]

Well, I am really proud of our new consultation service. My Goodness how I wish that this had been around when I started our band.

I was so lucky that we had stunning advice and mentors around us, seemingly all the time. Every show, every radio programme and then, every TV show, recording session and even every film set.

I do know that many bands stumble along in the dark … hoping to stumble on the method for producing a stunning show presentation .. a stunning gig list .. stunning costumes … do you think they may stumble on all this by accident?

Now there is a unique, one off, innovative consultation service that will cut years off the learning process … and, yes, make serious dosh!

That idea is ready .. now … go to … http://www.makehits.co.uk/consultancypageband.htm

“Hell hath no fury like the lawyer of a woman scorned.”

Plain Text Please [please listen to this]

I get so many Email messages … I would never suggest to any Email writer that they should check out their methods for writing Emails … but here is some good advice when writing to anyone of importance [a record executive]

Have you ever copied some text that was overly-formatted? You know what I mean. It's in italics, underlined, and written in some really strange-looking font that's next to impossible to read. Also, if you attempt to copy something from a web page, it may come out with no blank lines between paragraphs.

When you paste it into your word processor, chances are that it retains all those properties. You could go and try to re-format the text back into something normal, but that can be a pain in the butt.

A better way is to Copy and Paste the text into Notepad and let it remove the formatting automatically. You'll have plain text that can then be pasted into any word processing application.

This will give you the chance to properly format your Email and you will impress that important person. [even impress me? Grin!]

“Hard work pays off in the future. Laziness pays off now.”

Next time you play cards [I didn’t know this]

Each king in a deck of playing cards represents a great king in history:

Spades - King David

Hearts - Charlemagne

Clubs - Alexander, the Great

Diamonds - Julius Caesar

“Borrow money from pessimists - they don't expect it back.”


“Thanks so much for the publishing material.

I have already done your Master Class and The Serious Writers Guild. Definitely worth the money – transformed my music.

I have spent the last 12 months wood shedding on my voice – took more than 3 weeks for me – I was totally clueless on vox. Now adept musicians are liking what I do.

I am now going back through the courses as if from scratch – the new band rolls out this weekend and we start the process.

The Publishing stuff should save me time… Randy”


"A conscience is what hurts when all your other parts feel so good.”

Subscriber's Section [ the best advice you ever had? ]

“Hi Dec

Please help me if you can.. I need help putting together a list

of things I need to ask the label when I visit them next week

in regards to the contract...if you have any suggestions?

Thanks ever so much!



My Reply:

Our rules are "one short reply to ONE question on music FOR NON-MEMBERS, Members of 'The Serious Writers Guild' have unlimited personal access to Dec by direct telephone, Fax and Email, apply at https://secure.mistral.co.uk/makehits/swgappsecure.htm ".

[Any advice given here shall not be deemed as financial or legal advice under any existing or future laws of any country]


<<<<< i need help putting together a list of things i need to ask the label when i visit them next week in regards to the contract>>>>>>>>

It is not you that asks the questions it is them! They are interviewing YOU!

So be Mr. Nice Guy and always remember my advice “I agree in principal with what you are saying but I just need to run it past my ******”. That will gain you respect as a business man and also give you the chance to go back and say: “I thought it was a great deal but **** says ‘no way unless’ … “ you can repeat that procedure as much as you like … until you feel you have the best deal available.

They want to see the man they are signing and they want to hear him in person. As in, how you talk, conduct yourself, your manners, etiquette [and don’t start giggling at this] … your hair, teeth, dress, shoes, tan, nails. Holding your knife and fork? Promoting a single properly today costs $4 Mill. They want to know should they spend that money on you.

You will be dining with the Chairman and his wife shortly … can you handle it? They are always 60 years + and expect impeccable manners and demeanour … Fact!. At the Savoy Hotel, London.

As Jim Rohn wisely said: “If you will change, your life will change for you”

There are only two items of import in a contract

1) How Much?

2) How Long?

All the rest is waffle and legalese. USA contracts are the worst in the world for waffle. In the UK the legal profession bases the contract on ‘plain English’ … that is, actually, a requirement of law. In the USA they take 17 pages to state what can be put in two paragraphs …. My band’s original contract with Decca was a simple three paragraph page.

It is always worth realising that the time to negotiate is when you are at Number Three in the mainstream chart.

Then the negotiation is best left to the best manager around … and YOU choose the manager.

Strictly speaking, this is what ‘learning your business’ is all about … if you are a member of The Serious Writers Guild then all the information is in ‘How to Make A $Million From Your Music’. I sincerely hope you have read, digested and acted on the information. It is far too late realising all this a week before an important meeting.

My best advice to you is to get ‘How To Make A $Million’, the award winning distance learning course and study all the ten releases hard. http://www.makehits.co.ukYou get full access to myself .. Email, phone, Skype

I sincerely hope you have your own Publishing Company in place? And know all about sub publishing and co-publishing? That is where the real money is made.

See http://makehits.co.uk/publishing.htm


Dec [Cluskey] dec@makehits.com

2 Gold discs in 2008! Decca have relaunched their ‘World Of’ series on the back of those hits. Readers Digest are now promoting a triple album set …. Do you think I can help your music career succeed?

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“Artificial intelligence is no match for natural stupidity.”

The gags: ..... [I LOVE THIS WOMAN]

An elderly lady was standing at the railing of the cruise ship holding her hat tight so that it would not blow away in the wind.

A gentleman approached her and said, "Pardon me, madam.. I do not intend to be forward but did you know that your dress Is blowing up in this high wind?"

"Yes, I know," said the lady. "I need both my hands to hold onto this hat."

"But madam, you must know that you are not wearing any panties and your privates are exposed!" said the gentleman in earnest.

The woman looked down, then back up at the man and replied, "Sir, anything you see down there is 75 years old.

I just bought this hat yesterday!"


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  • Enjoy video for a song I co-wrote with extraordinary Dutch singer Jenny Lane.
    I have 2 co-written songs on her great new album Monsters.
    Thanks for all the continued support & advice... Mick Lee.

  • In 2010 film, just budgeted in LA, for full theatrical in the US for $8.7mill with Paul Kay attached.
    Two Liverpool 08 commissions. First with 200 choir Second a major CD Brass Band album with Fairey Brass Band ... Phil Lawrence [UK]

  • I had my first Top Ten Hit in Germany as a songwriter, great things are happening ... I'm on tour all over Europe with the band that I'm producing. We're the official support act for 50 Cent. 15 shows in the greatest countries of Europe. Marcell Brell [Germany]

  • We played The Cavern Club in Liverpool
    Patchwork Grace were the best thing they'd ever seen!!
    Ian - Thanks again Dec! [UK]

  • I was asked to play at the Pepsi Music festival in Buenos Aires. The most important festival held on the whole South American continent. it lasts 10 days every major local star, as well as many international acts like Megadeath, The Wailers, Die Toten Hose, etc. Thanks again Dec ... Emiliano Canal [Argentina]

  • 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. Jason Clarke. [N. Ireland]

  • 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. Together we gathered 1million$. [Israel]

  • 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]

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