Are you a musician with an entrepreneurial spirit?

Whether you’re new to Modacity or already logged an 80 day streak, if you are interested in music, entrepreneurship, and personal effectiveness, you’ll probably love this podcast!

In the following recorded conversation, Modacity CEO/Co-Founder Marc Gelfo discusses the crossroads of music and entrepreneurship with former Boston Brass tuba player Andrew Hitz from The Entrepreneurial Musician.

Marc applied his studies on cognitive science to approach practicing horn more efficiently. And he used this method to make an international career as a symphonic horn player. But after some time, an embouchure change required the next level of practice efficiency. So Marc got to work on a more rigorous system.

He wanted to share this new way to practice music based on science, mindfulness, and peak performance, so other musicians could enjoy the benefits. This ultimately is what inspired him to create the Modacity music practice app!

Subsequently, he joined a startup accelerator in Silicon Valley. In this podcast, Marc discusses how, since then, he has learned the following:

  • Why and how to kill his bad ideas quickly, and how to get good at it
  • The difference between visionaries and integrators
  • Why these two types of people work so well together (and why partnering with someone is a better idea than trying to change your type)
  • The two different kinds of expectations and the four reactions we can have to them.
  • The importance of team as he developed Modacity
  • Why bringing on advisers as teammates can complement your weaknesses (and how to pitch them)
  • Achieving balance in his life

You can also listen to this podcast via SoundCloud, Spotify, iTunes, or Stitcher on The Entrepreneurial Musician 150: A Conversation with Modacity’s Marc Gelfo.

If you have any comments or inquiries, or would like to host Marc on your podcast, reach out to!

Mars Gelfo

Mars Gelfo

Mars has been practicing music for 30+ years. After applying cognitive science & computer science to French horn, Mars became an internationally touring symphony musician. His experience includes teaching and performing with thousands of musicians around the world, including the San Francisco Symphony.