Out Now: Our New Course on the Business of Making Uncompromising Art

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There are a million music business courses out there, but we dare you to find another that teaches you how to blow fire in a fan’s face and still get paid for it. In fact, Ben Weinman might argue that’s part of what made his mathcore band The Dillinger Escape Plan so successful for so long: authenticity, risk-taking, an obsessive focus on fans, and an unwavering DIY ethos drawn from his heroes in punk. 

The Business of Uncompromising Art is a course like no other, and it’s available as part of Soundly’s digital library of creative music courses.

In it, Ben divulges what he’s learned, pulling lessons from his storied career with The Dillinger Escape Plan and Suicidal Tendencies, and from a diversity of partners and friends along the way. He’ll elucidate how to attract a passionate fanbase, deliver honest art, and design creative strategies for making money in an industry plagued by old, tired models.

Ben will also explain how he took what many called an “unmarketable” band and transformed it into an iconic act and a profitable economic engine with a rabid fanbase — so successful in fact that major artists and labels now come to him for advice. 

If you’re an artist with big dreams and a heaping dose of curiosity, ready and willing to break down the barriers of what prior generations of musicians told you was possible, this course is definitely for you.

If you’re hoping to turn your art into a fulfilling, sustainable, lifelong career, well, Ben’s been there and done that and has thousands of miles of well-trodden experience to share. Learn how to make a living as a musician without compromising your art, your values, or your integrity.

We encourage you to skip around to the parts of the course that fit your interests most. Here’s what you can expect to learn in the course:

Cut Through the Noise

Learn to stand out from the crowd and grab attention with artistic integrity.

Cultivate a Passionate Fanbase

Explore how Dillinger built a loyal tribe of fans ready to follow them into the fire.

Develop New Ways to Make Money

Generate a plethora of DIY strategies for monetizing the product you’ve built.

Become a Worldbuilder

Build a subculture around your music that inspires audiences with mystique.

Ready to give it a shot?

Preview The Business of Uncompromising Art for free starting today on Soundfly, and subscribe for full access to this and all of our full suite of in-depth, artist-led course content.

Meet Your New Instructor

Guitarist, Composer, Artist Manager & Consultant

Ben Weinman is a songwriter, guitarist, film scorer, and manager best known for founding and playing in mathcore group The Dillinger Escape Plan. Founded in 1996, The Dillinger Escape Plan became legendary for their complex music and wild shows.

Twenty years later as the only original member remaining, Weinman, and The Dillinger Escape Plan, had become known as one of the most influential bands of this era, winning countless awards for their success as innovators and for being predominantly independent throughout the course of their career.

During this time Weinman was named one of SPIN Magazine’s “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time” and one of “The 20 Most Influential Metal Guitarists Of The Modern Era” by VH1. He was also named one of Guitar World Magazine’s 50 fastest guitar players of all time alongside guitar players such as Eddie Van Halen and Les Paul. He has created remixes for numerous artists and has performed and collaborated with artists such as NIN, System Of a Down, Suicidal Tendencies, Soundgarden, and The Prodigy to name a few.

Since Dillinger called it quits in 2017, Ben has scored four motion pictures, written music for HBO, joined the band Suicidal Tendencies and formed a supergroup called Giraffe Tongue Orchestra (with members of Alice In Chains, Mastodon, The Mars Volta, and Zappa Plays Zappa). He’s also a voting member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and has managed and consulted Grammy award-wining artists.

Take a listen to Spotify’s This Is The Dillinger Escape Plan playlist here:

How does a Soundfly course work?

Great question! We offer two ways to experience our courses: on your own with an all-access subscription or with personalized coaching from a Soundfly Mentor.

It costs as little as $19 per month to subscribe to Soundfly. And with your subscription, you’ll get unlimited access to all of the premium course content on Soundfly.com, including this course, to go through at your own pace. This includes all the videos, tutorials, demos, quizzes, activities, downloads, and other materials that make our online courses one of a kind!

But that’s not all, subscribers receive an invite to join our private community Discord, exclusive perks from partner brands, and exclusive access to livestreams, office hours, and contests. Plus, you’ll be entitled to a 25% discount on custom mentorship sessions.

If you’d like personalized guidance, feedback, and support from a professional as you go through the course material, you can do that with one of our incredible Soundfly Mentors. Simply subscribe, and fill out a Mentorship Interest Form (found inside all our courses), or head here to learn more about what custom mentorship entails and to get in touch with us directly.

Are you ready?

Now, let’s get you signed up so you can start learning how to make a living in the music industry without compromising your art from the one and only Ben Weinman.

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