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Tobin Bawinkel has been playing music for over 25 years and has written and released over a hundred songs through his tenure playing music with his bands Flatfoot 56 and 6’10. Since he started with his first band, Flatfoot 56 in 2000, he has embarked on a tireless schedule of touring throughout North America, Japan, Canada, the UK, Europe, and Russia. His experiences range from playing in dive bars, squats, house shows, and coffee shops, to performing to packed halls in Moscow, Berlin, Chicago, LA and Tokyo.

Bawinkel has also spent time running song writing workshops for afterschool programs in his hometown of Chicago. His experiences in training and educating both young and old artists alike, make for a well-rounded perspective on the craft of lyric and song-writing. Between being the primary songwriter for both of his musical projects and also handling the financial and business side of both Flatfoot 56 and 6’10, Tobin has gained extensive insights on the process of taking a band from the early stages of creation to becoming seasoned veterans.            

  • "The services offered from Tobin were a real game changer in reference to the making of the new blamed record. he surpassed my expectations in how much he engaged on every level from song writing to the various band personalities."

    Bryan Gray, The Blamed

  • "Tobin was a God send who opened his heart and door at the right time. I was aimlessly wandering in my music career before knowing him. I’m glad to have guidance from someone who has been there and done it and is still doing it. I don’t know where I’d be without his encouragement!!"

    Suri, Singer/songwriter

  • "Working with Tobin has helped me in so many ways. His energy, passion, & knowledge set a strong foundation for me to achieve my goals and to achieve them well."


    Erin, Singer/songwriter

  • "Tobin’s stories, insight and desire to serve have been instrumental in helping to shape my own visions as a musician. He not only shares his victories but also his past failures for the purpose of guiding us away from making similar mistakes. With an unrivaled passion for music, he is not only an excellent mentor but also a friend"

     Ingo Weigold


Not sure what package is right for you? Tobin offers a free consultation phone call.


Vision casting & songwriting basics, touring basics or musicbusiness basics.



  • Two (2) one-hour sessions 

One of the following:

  • Vision Casting & Songwriting Basics
  • Touring Basics
  • Music Business Basics


Hone your writers style andvoice. Cover song writing basics & instrumentation.



  • Three (3) one-hour sessions
  • Song writing basics
  • Creative instrumentation ideas
  • Voice/Style development


Identifying your strongest selling points as an artist or group.



  •  Three (3) one-hour sessions
  • Identify core strengths
  • Develop social media presence
  • Target and identify target audience


A three-month extensive music development & band  strategy mentoring option



  • Three (3) month commitment
  • Two (2) sessions per month
  • Develop business strategies
  • Develop live show presentation
  • Songwriting
  • General business & tour booking
  • Much more!


album producer


I will work with you on a particular album project and lend my incite into helping you hone what you want out of the release. The production of an album is always a big task that can be daunting. I have worked with many producers, and engineers and have learned great things through my experiences with them.

Speaking Engagements


I have been invited to speak at multiple events and classes on the music business and band Life. These are always a great experience that i enjoy doing.    


Have you ever thought about sponsoring a band as they work toward their musical dream? Bands are often more of a success when the community around them encourages their vision!