17th May2012

10 Apps Ozzy Ozborne’s bassist uses

by Mrs. Gunn

This is a reblog from Chris “Seth” Jackson’s blog, http://howtorunaband.com/10-iphone-apps-that-ozzy-osbournes-bassist-uses, edited.


10 iPhone Apps that Ozzy Osbourne’s Bassist Uses

This is a guest post by Blasko, Ozzy Osbourne’s bassist and band manager at Mercenary Management.

Blasko's top apps for a band's phoneWith the myriad of apps to choose from these days, which ones are the most useful to the the young musician types? Beats me, but here is my top 10. Oh, and who am I? My name is Blasko. I play bass for Ozzy Osbourne. I manage bands atwww.mercenarymanagement.com. I blog atwww.bloganddestroy.net.

1. Lock Box – My life online has become all about UN and PW’s. On a regular basis I access multiple sites, whether it be Facebook, Amazon, Priceline, etc. and all of which I have different UN and PW’s for. I use Lock Box to keep all my stuff straight. Oh yeah, it’s FREE!

2. Things – I am a student of the GTD process,Whatever ya wanna call it, for me it is imperative to have some sort of “to do list” system. Between management, personal and band responsibilities I use Things to keep my organized. Even though I wish this app was sync-able in the cloud, I do like it’s user friendliness and I also need something that is compatible with my lap top, iPhone and iPad simultaneously.

3. xFeed – RSS readers are essential to my time management. There are so many sites like Blabbermouth, Mashable, Hypebot, etc. that I need to read everyday to stay connected. The xFeed app enables me to skim the headlines without actually having to visit 100 sites a day.

4. Amplitube – For all guitar and bass players I found this app to be essential. In addition to the iRig, you can just plug right in to your iPhone or iPad and jam away. Try out different tones and amp combos, play along to songs, or it’s a great tool for learning new songs. I have our whole live set in iTunes and I use it to warm up for gigs. This will set ya back a few bucks, but totally worth it in my opinion.

5. Instagram – My new favorite social network! Follow me @blasko1313

6. Pandora – This is easy and FREE! Kinda like having your own personal radio station. I also really dig the music discovery element.

7. Facebook / Twitter – These are essentials for bands / musicians. You have to be connected.. BOTTOM LINE! Twitter is easy to get a grasp of and works well in the mobile platform. Facebook is an obvious necessity but I am not totally hyped on their app just yet.

8. Phoster – All bands should get hip to this app. You can make posters for your gigs or events or whatever in seconds.

9. iBooks – I try to read as often as possible and iBooks make’s it easy to breeze through a chapter almost anywhere. My most recent purchases / recommendations – Bringing Metal to the Children by Zakk Wylde, I’m Awesome by Jason Ellis and Why I Failed in the Music Business by Steve Grossman.

10. Pushup Warrior – It can be a challenge to stay in shape on the road and apps have made it much easier. This is a good one that can be done just about anywhere. The pushup is the best exercise and this app makes them fun as well as challenging. Compete with your friends!

Learn more about Blasko at his blog, Blog and Destroy. While you’re at it, check out Mercenary Management.




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