Ep. 44: Focus On Writing with Jeff Weiss

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passionoftheweiss.com

Jeff Weiss, writer and journalist, loves LA. He writes for national publications but has always been a strong advocate of LA’s underground hip hop scene and independent music. His online magazine Passion of the Weiss is considered to be the preeminent (and usually the first) source of coverage for up-and-coming artists. In addition to co-authoring the book “2Pac vs. Biggie: An Illustrated History of Rap’s Biggest Battle,” he runs an independent record label, POW Recordings, and is about to launch The LAnd Magazine, a Los Angeles-based publication “for locals, by locals.” In this music careers episode, Jeff talks about his writing trajectory, the evolution of the media landscape (and how to survive it,) surrounding yourself with people whom you respect and admire, and focusing on your craft, no matter what.

Ep. 43: Preparing You For a Music Industry Career with Sarah Clayman and Kevin Nixon

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dime-detroit.com

Kevin Nixon and Sarah Clayman are music industry veterans who have dedicated their careers to give back to the next generation of music industry stars. They developed DIME, a music institute with locations in Detroit, MI and Denver, CO (as well as online,) with a focus on modern music education and degree programs for music students who want a long-term career in the music biz. During this episode, both Sarah and Kevin discuss their significant music career trajectories: Kevin, a incredibly talented and experienced musician/songwriter, worked with top-charting bands as well as managing and producing several other top acts, and Sarah, who got her chops working on tours for Prince and Michael Jackson and was snapped up by Sony Music UK as International Promotions Manager. Both Kevin and Sarah explain how they prepare their students for every aspect of a music career, and how to find a career in modern music that will be sustainable as well as successful.

Ep. 42: Applying Musical Talent to a Successful Career with Brad Segal

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finetunemusic.com

Brad Segal, founder of Fine Tune Music, is a working musician in every sense of the word. A classical pianist, he studied at the world-famous Julliard School before making his way to the ad agencies of New York City, composing jingles and programming music with computers (before the advent of digital-audio workstations.) During this music careers episode, Brad walks us through his many evolutions in the music business, working steadily as a music editor and composer before starting his own firm, Fine Tune Music. Brad shares his insights for breaking into the music scoring biz, where music licensing could be headed with streaming platforms, and the many lessons he has learned along the way.

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

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http://missingpiecegroup.com

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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http://rollingstone.com

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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http://daeboganmusic.com

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

http://musicbusinesshacks.com

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.