Caleb J. Murphy

Caleb Murphy
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Songwriter, Composer and Guitar Expert

Caleb J. Murphy is a songwriter, composer, and multi-instrumentalist based in Austin, Tx. He’s been playing guitar since 2002, writing songs since 2005, and producing music shortly after that. After getting a few (unofficial) basic guitar lessons from his brother, he taught himself guitar the rest of the way. Since then, he tries out any instrument he can get his hands on, like piano, banjo, ukulele, and cheap keyboards from the 90s.

When he sits down with a guitar, he rarely has a pick, instead opting to play songs with his fingers (whether strummed or plucked). His guitar playing is heavily influenced by Nick Drake, Kings Of Convenience, and Jack Johnson.

He likes to share what he learns with other musicians, whether it’s from personal experience or through deep research. He’s written for CD Baby, Sonicbids, Bandzoogle, Consequence Of Sound, and Tunedly, among others. He’s also gotten the chance to interview super talented artists like Ray LaMontagne, Josh Groban, and Shakey Graves.

In an attempt to help other musicians succeed, he founded and currently runs the blog Musician With A Day Job. There he writes about anything that would be helpful to the musician with limited time, resources, and/or money. Through MWADJ, he also released an online course called The Successful Part-Time Musician, where he talks about defining success for yourself, tips on staying focused and motivated, and practical ways to make better music.

As an introvert, he spends most of his music time in the studio, writing and recording tracks for his albums and for licensing in commercial videos. He’s currently in love with Reaper (DAW) and his microphones include an Audio-Technica AT2035 and an ElectroVoice ND257 (which he found at a thrift store for under $10).

Caleb loves hanging out with his wife and kids, chilling with friends, bingeing Netflix, and reading a good book.