Ep. 38: Giving Value Consistently with Simon Tam

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Simon Tam is a musician of many ideas and very little sleep. He started his first record label at 13, became a band promoter in his teens, and has continued the entrepreneurial hustle ever since. His band The Slants, the world’s first Asian-American dance rock band, has toured and played to massive audiences.  Simon has published several successful books about the music business, and he also founded and hosts a highly-popular daily podcast, “Music Business Hacks: The Daily Habits of the Self-Made Musician.” During this episode Simon talks about his music journey, and how he crafted The Slants to be one of the most sought-after bands in the biz. Simon also shares the secrets of a self-made music thought leader, how to look for opportunities outside the usual platforms/venues, and giving value to people on a consistent basis.

Ep. 37: It’s All About Who You Know with Ant Cee

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Anthony Citrinite, a.k.a. Ant Cee, is a veteran professional drummer who is known far and wide in the music industry. He’s toured around the world, he has been on the Warped Tour and Megadeth’s Gigantour, he’s performed with Katy Perry and Joe Perry at the MTV Video Music Awards, and appeared on major labels. He currently serves as Director of the prestigious Collective School of Music in New York City, and the Founder/Creator of MeetHook app, a platform that connects professionals with their fans, students, and followers through real-time, one-on-one video calls.  In this episode, Ant talks about paying his dues while working his way up as a drummer, the trials and tribulations of touring, the importance of networking and keeping solid relationships in music, and the desire to bring music artists, fans, students and others together while providing another income stream for musicians.

Ep. 36: Collaboration and Paying it Forward with Lolita Ritmanis

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Lolita Ritmanis is an Emmy-award winning composer, with a long and distinguished career writing music for TV and film. She has been nominated 10 times for an Emmy, and won for the Warner Bros. series “Batman Beyond.” Throughout her composing career, she has worked with the greats such as Michael Kamen, Basil Poledouris, and Mark Snow, along with many others, and was mentored by Shirley Walker. As Lolita walks us through her music trajectory, she explains the importance of collaboration, the different aspects of scoring music for film and TV, and her current position as President of the Alliance for Women Film Composers, in support of other female film composers (she was awarded the BMI Champion Award this year in recognition of this work,  along with her colleagues Laura Karpman and Miriam Cutler.) Lolita has also written songs and musicals, and her work has been premiered and performed at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York City, and The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.