Ep. 13: Finding Your Vision with Kat Leon and Nick Perez

Excited to kick off 2018 with Kat Leon and Nick Perez, from the band Holy Wars. Former members of the band Sad Robot and quickly becoming favorites of the indie scene (named on Huffington Post’s Best of Music List in 2017,) Kat and Nick share about their careers in music and the evolution of their sound. When personal tragedy threatened to sideline their momentum, the band experienced rebirth and resolve which pushed them towards a new path of imagery, sound and focus, and continues to gain fervent fans all along the way.

Ep. 12: Be Open to Opportunities with Chase Bradley

We’re ending 2017 with a terrific guest, Chase Bradley – a.k.a. Chase Flow. Chase is a rap artist who has toured around the US and beyond with other high-profile artists and groups. Never one to rest on his laurels, he’s also songwriter, beats maker, producer and film composer, making music on everything from longtime soap The Young and The Restless to hit movie Ride Along starring Kevin Hart and Ice Cube. Chase talks about his career trajectory from Philly to Los Angeles, building relationships and actively seeking next-level opportunities all along the way. (Shameless Plug Alert!! you can also check out our collaboration, “Valentineo”, off my EP Pick Me, here)

Ep. 11: From Tours to Soundtracks with Tim Hare

Tim Hare, Director of Operations at Alibi Music Library, has had several career journeys in music, and he’s just warming up. After playing in the local Boston scene with bands Baby Strange, Aloud, and The Painted Lights at the ripe old age of 19, he toured the UK for a few years before returning to the US and attending Berklee College of Music. Post-graduation, he worked for Warner Music Group doing VIP Concierge tours with Wiz Khalifa, Smashing Pumpkins, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, and Mac Miller, then moved to LA, working in production and day to day management for Mick Jones of Foreigner. Now working at Alibi Library and a freelance composer, his music has appeared in promos for ABC and CBS shows, as well as the short film ‘Charlie’. He talks shop about playing, touring, creating, working for rock stars,  how to network, getting your foot in the door and getting yourself out there, no matter what. 

Ep. 10: Investing in Music with Cordell Miles

Cordell Miles, Owner of Music Masters Worldwide independent music store near Chicago, has been immersed in music from day one. Born in Kentucky, he moved out to SoCal at a young age and quickly found his calling as a DJ and Rap MC. He also familiarized himself with mixing and recording as well as a stint in A&R, but returned to the midwest uncertain about pursuing a future in the industry. Once there, he decided to combine his extensive back catalog and love of all music genres with his business and marketing acumen when opportunity came knocking in the form of an independent, well-loved neighborhood record store. The rest is history.

Cordell shares his unique insights of the industry from Cali and beyond, as well as why the world still needs vinyl, cassette, CD or 8-track in a world of streaming and digital download.

Ep. 9: It All Comes Full Circle with Rich Renken

Rich Renken is a Product Manager for Gibson and a Recording and Mixing Engineer, and that’s just a drop in the bucket for a guy who has spent a lifetime in music. Starting out at a young age playing bass and mixing live sound (self taught), he played in several bands before coming out to LA to be discovered. After enrolling in Dick Grove School of Music for bass and engineering, he worked as a luthier, building bespoke electric guitars with the renowned James Tyler for rock stars around town. He worked on mixing and recording projects with everyone from Def Leppard to James Brown, formed close bonds with producer/engineers like Bryan Carlstrom (Alice in Chains, Offspring) and was asked to join Line 6 as a Product Manager/Artist Relations, helping to create and promote some of their best selling products. He’s learned a lot over his years in the industry, and believes that everything leads to something – and with relationships in music, things come around full circle.

Ep. 8: Ask the Right Questions, Tell Your Story with Louis Tanguay

Louis Tanguay is the founder/creator of Section 3 Music Magazine, one of the first global online music publication brands. He interviewed rock bands and celebrities like Faith No More, Weezer, Method Man, Gwen Stefani, and more. In this episode, Louis shares his experience of moving to Los Angeles to work at entertainment industry giants like Universal, and his decision to evolve his independent streak by founding Circle Marketing, a full service marketing agency and one of several successful business ventures he has created. Louis also shares invaluable marketing and advertising insights for indie artists, like how to target and go after your audience, the best use of Facebook ads, what it takes to create your brand and the best way to tell your story.

Ep. 7: A Career in Choreo and Music Movement with Gee Scott

Gee Scott is a dancer and choreographer who started his career while still in high school, dancing with Mariah Carey at the American Music Awards. From there, he has worked and performed with Britney Spears, Kelly Rowland, Fifth Harmony and Beyonce, as well as other superstar artists. He has trained and taught at all the prestigious dance studios in Los Angeles, and was a close mentee of MaDonna Grimes, an international dance and fitness star considered the Queen of Dance, Fitness and HipHop. In this episode, Gee shares insights and anecdotes of performing onstage with music stars to audiences of millions, and using his gifts and talents to inspire and empower individuals to find their artistic expression through movement.

Super Special Quickie: L.Ariel’s Tips, Tricks and Treats!

Hey everyone, here’s a super quickie special from yours truly, in which I share some tools and resources (a lot of them free!) that I’ve picked up along the way during my journey as an indie artist/DIY singer/songwriter/producer. Find out where you can take free online classes on almost any topic for 30 days, where you can learn all about creating a successful YouTube channel, how to take the next steps in marketing and selling your product (that’s you!), helpful classes, books, videos and more. Oh and Happy Halloween!!!

**Please note: I did not receive any sort of endorsement or sponsorship for any of these products/tools mentioned, nor is this any formal endorsement or guarantee – this is just my opinion and suggestions!**

Ep. 6: Bringing Out the Best of Who You Are with Rob Seals

Rob Seals is a songwriter, producer and educator, working with an impressive roster of artists and producers that goes back decades. Starting with his first record, produced by John Alagia, producer of John Mayer, Jason Mraz, Ben Folds, Edwin McCain and more, Rob wrote and produced songs that were featured on hit TV shows, feature and documentary films and radio. In 2009 along with his wife Ashley, he founded The Songwriting School of Los Angeles, an internationally-renowned school that attracts Grammy winners, rock stars, absolute beginners and all types of artists from around the globe to tap into the joy of creating and writing music. Rob takes us through his story of music and shares his vision of coaching and encouraging artists to discover their truth, and to bring out the best of who they are.

Ep. 5: Find Your Path, Create a Movement with Larissa Lam

Larissa Lam is a twenty-year veteran of the music industry and is a successful singer and songwriter of dance pop music. Her latest single, “I Feel Alive,” won the Hollywood in Media Award and the Akademia Music Award for best song. Her fourth solo album “Love and Discovery” is now a movement for empowerment and mental health, starting the #IFeelAlive campaign with PSA’s for Suicide Prevention Month, sharing mental health resources and more. She’s performed across the country, has had songs placed in TV, movies and video games, and has also released a documentary with her husband, Finding Cleveland, about Chinese immigrants during Mississippi’s segregation and Chinese Exclusion Act era. Larissa shares her unique experience as an Asian American in the music business and best practices of how to get a head start in high school, college and more.