Hired Musician - A Guide to Getting and Keeping Gigs
Co-authors Mat Maxwell and Seth Costner have distilled their years of experience into a comprehensive guide that's as informative as it is engaging. Raw, real, and written for aspiring and established musicians alike, "Hired Musician" is your roadmap to getting and keeping gigs.

Customer Reviews


“I continually manage to be inspired by Mat Maxwell. What an incredible book!.”


"Hired Musician" is a game-changer for anyone dreaming of a career in music. As an aspiring professional musician myself, I can't recommend this book enough. It's packed with practical advice, insider tips, and real-world strategies that are invaluable for navigating the complex music industry landscape. From honing your craft to building your brand and landing gigs, this book covers it all with clarity and depth. What sets it apart is the author's firsthand experience and genuine passion for helping others succeed. Each chapter is like a roadmap, guiding you through every step of the journey with actionable insights and inspiring anecdotes. Whether you're a solo artist, a band member, or a session musician, "Hired Musician" equips you with the knowledge and skills needed to thrive in this competitive field. It's not just a book; it's a mentor, a motivator, and a companion on your quest for musical greatness. After reading "Hired Musician," I feel more confident, informed, and empowered to pursue my musical dreams. If you're serious about turning your passion for music into a profession, do yourself a favor and dive into this treasure trove of wisdom. Trust me, you won't regret it. Thank you to the authors for sharing their expertise and insights so generously. This book deserves a spot on every aspiring musician's shelf! Five stars all the way!"

About Mat Maxwell

Bass Player/Author

Mat Maxwell is an American musician with almost two decades of studio and touring experience, specializing in the electric bass. He has played this instrument with some of music’s biggest names, performing all over the world. Mat is also the author of “Hired Musician: A Guide to Getting and Keeping Gigs,” a book offering insights on navigating the modern music industry. Beyond his touring and session work, Mat also enjoys teaching lessons and hosting clinics… a good cigar and tasty beverages.

Photo Credit: David Bergman

About Seth Costner


Seth Costner hails from Gadsden, Alabama and has lived in Nashville, Tennessee since 2003. A graduate of Belmont University’s School of Music, he has worked as a full-time musician and side man for over 15 years. Chris Young, Luke Combs, Kane Brown, Lauren Alaina, Lindsay Ell, The Swon Brothers, Caylee Hammack and The Drifters are just some of the artists he’s had the opportunity to work for. While primarily a keys player, he has also toured as an electric guitarist and utility player (acoustic guitar, mandolin, ganjo, harmonica and more). He has released original music, and played on or contributed as a songwriter to projects for artists including The Swon Brothers, JessLee, Tasji Bachman and more. He enjoys watching Super Mario Bros. speedruns on YouTube, and being first in line to try the latest limited run Zaxby’s food items.