Ep. 41: Your Story in the Ideas You Put Out There with Justin Schmidt

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Justin Schmidt is a publicist for Missing Piece Group, an agency that works with artists on a variety of services, including PR/publicity, artist management, digital marketing, and more. As part of his work with musicians, and being a musician/songwriter himself, he shares his perspective of how the story and the ideas the artist puts out there are essential to the connection created between artist and fan. During this episode Justin explains his music career trajectory, his work as a music entrepreneur, and how he now enjoys being a “music connector” with Missing Piece Group.

Ep. 40: Be Your Own Vehicle for Your Voice with Brittany Spanos

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Brittany Spanos, writer for Rolling Stone magazine, was inspired by the movie “Almost Famous” when she was young, so clearly it’s no surprise that her music career trajectory led her to one of the most iconic music magazines in the world. Brittany’s interest in music writing and music history led her to NYU, where she studied music and journalism and interned at Allure magazine and the Village Voice. During the episode, Brittany talks more about her writing career, including working at the Village Voice, the freelance hustle, her articles for Spin, Vulture, Rookie, and many more, as well as her insights on the media industry landscape.  Brittany also discusses the current outlook for music and how it’s reaching new platforms and audiences outside of the mainstream.

 

Ep. 39: Serial Music Entrepreneurship and Innovation with Dae Bogan

 

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Dae Bogan describes himself as a “serial entrepreneur” – a description that is very apt and also very nimble, truly an invaluable quality that’s sorely needed to keep up with the twists and turns of the music industry. Dae Bogan walks us through his music career trajectory, starting with childhood as a singer/performer along with his family, managing and promoting artists in his teens, then heading west to the bright lights of Los Angeles to pursue his artistic career. Dae describes his pivot into the business side of music, motivated to be of service to other musicians and artists, and to maximize the opportunities that appeared when the music industry moved towards tech and innovation, in the “wild west” landscape that continues today.  If you want to keep up with these uncertain times, do yourself a favor and follow Dae, starting with this interview!

 

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 music jobs 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 music careers 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 career 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.

Ep. 35: Connecting Music and Community with Nautica de la Cruz

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Nautica de la Cruz has built a decades-long stellar music radio career and formidable reputation in Los Angeles radio. Her grit and determination kept her going after 14 rejections to land her first radio internship in college (while putting herself through school,) and she has never looked back. Nautica has been a radio host/personality at some of the most popular radio stations in Los Angeles, including Power 106, KDAY, and 100.3 the Beat before landing at the iconic radio station KJLH, owned by legend Stevie Wonder. She has worked with Steve Harvey, Doctor Dre and Ed Lover of Yo! MTV Raps fame, has interviewed stars and luminaries like Beyonce, Janet Jackson and President Barack Obama, and continues to connect with the community and music fans during her weekday morning show. During this music jobs episode, Nautica walks us through her early days growing up in New York, the challenges faced as a woman in radio, and how she continues to grow and evolve in the music industry.

Ep. 34: Creating New Communities and Venues for Live Performance with James Beshara

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James Beshara, Global Head of Airbnb Concerts and an electronic music artist, understands the intimate connection that is forged between musician and fan. As a product designer and entrepreneur, James previously co-founded Tilt.com, a social payment, crowd-funding app, which many artists and music fans used to fund concerts in new locations or add additional tour dates to an artist’s calendar. James observed the demand for more intimate live experiences and followed that trajectory to Airbnb Concerts,  Airbnb’s newest and fastest growing experience category.  This exciting new performance platform allows musicians and enthusiasts to directly connect and enjoy live music in unconventional spaces. In this music jobs episode, James discusses his career trajectory from non-profit to Silicon Valley, and how up-and-coming artists now have an amazing opportunity for new fans, exposure and more.

Ep. 33: Exploring Tech, Business, Creativity and Disruption with Gigi Johnson

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Dr. Gigi Johnson, Inaugural Director of UCLA’s Center for Music Innovation, has taken an unconventional route when it comes to a career in music.  A gifted singer and creative, she has performed and released music all while pursuing a film production degree at USC, an MBA, a PhD in education change/media studies, starting her own business (the Maremel Institute) and having 9 different careers in banking, media, marketing and education, among others. During this episode Gigi walks us through each career decision and trajectory, how each business skill set has contributed to the next as well as overall personal and creative development, and shares insights and well-honed wisdom about technology’s impact on creation, content and beyond.

Ep. 32: Applying Business Sense to a Music Career with Scott Hawksworth

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Scott Hawksworth has always loved music, but he made the “practical” choice to get a business degree in college. After working at several businesses, he realized he missed his creative calling; utilizing all of his business experience, he decided to pursue a music career by creating an online business for producers and musicians. AudioSkills.com is now a burgeoning community with a popular podcast, YouTube channel and robust membership offering courses, tools, resources and more to producers, podcasters, and musicians who want to learn more about mixing, mastering and recording. Scott shares how each career choice he made has only helped to serve his online music business and to create a prosperous, forward-thinking and evolving enterprise.