Ep. 30: Being of Service in the New Music Landscape with J. Michael Dolan

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J. Michael Dolan is a published, prolific author and blogger, a professional musician, a successful entrepreneur, a veteran of the entertainment industry, and the founder of Music Connection magazine. But what Michael shares on this episode is about the business of happiness, commitment, being of service and navigating the new music industry landscape with these tools in hand. As an artist and entrepreneur, Michael explains the stepping stones throughout his career that led to his success, and the development of his spiritual principles that continue to guide his journey. His insight, wisdom and candor inspires and empowers his clients, his readers, and everyone he meets.

Ep. 28: Make a Goal with Zac Harding

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Zac Harding is a self-professed “engineer rat”, starting from the world-renowned studio once owned by Bruce Swedien in Minneapolis, working with the Replacements and Prince(!!) and making the move to Los Angeles. In fact, his engineer experience helped him land the Director of Marketing position at Songtradr (more on that in the interview!) Zac talks about his transition from the recording studio to marketing, the licensing resources and financial opportunities that Songtradr offers to artists, why this is the best time to be an independent musician, why it’s so important to make goals and what tools and innovations are available to artists to succeed.

Ep. 27: Creating the Path to Success with Hunter Scott

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Hunter Scott, co-founder and Head of Marketing & Publicity at the full service music PR firm LaFamos, knows a thing or two about creating pathways to success. Originally a singer/songwriter and guitarist, he began taking classes at Musicians Institute, won a full scholarship, then returned after a few years to serve on the faculty. His keen insight and creativity in music marketing led him to start his own business (from his kitchen table, no less), successfully navigating the business to a 10-year anniversary and global recognition. Hunter is very well known in the industry, serving on panels and as a featured speaker at music and entertainment conferences worldwide. During this episode, Hunter shares his career trajectory, explains the business of PR, and shares advice for artists looking to raise exposure as well as what it takes to work at at music PR firm.

Ep. 26: Making Opportunities Wherever You Are with Joshua Dekaney

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Joshua Dekaney, currently teaching at the prestigious Setnor School of Music at Syracuse University, is a professional percussionist. His ability to play virtually any type of percussion has sent him to places like Sao Paolo, Brazil, where he headlined the Batuka! International Drum Fest, to performing with several high profile orchestras around the United States, to working with artists like Peter Cetera and Aretha Franklin, and collaborating with diverse performers from marching bands to modern dance troupes. As an educator and professional musician, Josh talks about his education and career trajectory, how to seek out and take advantage of opportunities wherever you are, and the importance of being open to new experiences.

Ep. 24: Music Licensing as a Growth Area with Diana LaPointe

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Diana LaPointe, Senior Director, Music Licensing at Sony Music Entertainment, knows a thing or two about content. She’s watched the explosive growth of content platforms like Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu from the front row, and how the need for music (and music licensing) has transformed the music industry landscape into a growth area. Diana shares her journey from Berklee School of Music to her careers at Warner Music and Sony Music Entertainment, why this is an exciting time to work in the industry, and how she manages the constant demand for music with Sony’s incredible catalog of artists, both established and emerging.

Ep. 22: Creating New Experiences for Artists and Fans with Vicky Wang

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Vicky Wang, Los Angeles Director of Sofar Sounds, loves being part of an innovative music experience for artists and music fans alike.  In this week’s episode, Vicky shares her journey from Texas to Los Angeles and joining Sofar Sounds, first in Chicago and then in Los Angeles. A veteran of pr and marketing, Vicky discusses Sofar Sound’s grassroots campaign of secret gigs and unusual venues as a new platform for up-and-coming artists and a delightfully intimate, one-of-a-kind live experience for true music lovers. Vicky also shares how to apply to be a guest artist, how to be a host for one of these special shows, or how to join the Sofar Sounds team.

Sofar Sounds is already in over 400 cities around the world and shows no signs of slowing down, with its ever-expanding community of fervent music fans who long for the magic of a live event experience – for one night only.

Ep. 21: Making What You Want to Hear Personally With Tribeca-Grand

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Tribeca and Grand Agent, members of the rap group Tribeca-Grand, have a particular goal in mind as they work: to create music that they themselves would want to listen to. That goal has served them extremely well, both as independent artists (Tribeca is an MC, producer, songwriter and author who has worked with KRS-One, Camp Lo and more; Grand Agent has toured worldwide as a hip hop artist and has worked with other artists like Pete Rock and Common) and also their current project, Tribeca-Grand. Their hit singles, Take a Knee and NY-PHI, have been tearing up college rap radio charts and they are about to release their debut album, Sport of the Gods, on April 17th. During our chat, Tribeca and Grand Agent talk about their pasts, their passions as they continue to work on their craft, and their experience and insight on the evolution of music and the biz.

Ep. 20: Music Discovery and Independent Radio with Travis Holcombe

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Travis Holcombe loves discovering new music, which works perfectly with his career as a DJ at KCRW. Spinning underground grooves, lost tracks and quirky-cool mixes from 10PM to midnight on weeknights, Travis entertains and educates a global, enthusiastic audience who stream his show worldwide or find it on the FM dial at 89.9 in Los Angeles. KCRW is world renowned for its eclectic and original music programming and music discovery, as well as serving as a launch pad for innumerable stars, both past, present and future. In this episode, Travis shares the story of his career from Georgia to California, working in independent radio, how to get started as a DJ  and discusses all of the digital platforms and mediums for finding and supporting independent artists and music.

Ep. 18: Do Whatever You Can with Lucy Woodward

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Lucy Woodward is an award-winning singer songwriter who has traveled the world as well as the pop charts with an eclectic, exciting music career. First signed by Tommy Mottola and then Atlantic, she hit the pop charts with her song “Dumb Girls” and penned the top 5 hit “There’s Gotta Be (More to Life)” with Stacie Orrico, winning her 2 BMI awards. She has toured and performed with Pink Martini, Rod Stewart and Snarky Puppy, has sung on albums by Celine Dion and Chaka Khan, just to name a few, and has released several albums herself, the latest “Til They Bang on the Door” released by Ground UP Music/Verve/Universal. Lucy shares her experience of starting out in NYC and being courted by labels, leading to her “pop star” status, and subsequent evolution and growth of her sound and style in the jazz/R&B genres. Lucy continues to light up stages and festivals throughout the world, and discusses her passion and discipline to her craft as a successful music performer.

Ep. 16: Getting the Word Out with Graham Cochrane

 

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Graham Cochrane is a singer/songwriter musician, a mixing and recording engineer, and the Founder/CEO of The Recording Revolution. With a simple blog that started back in the late 2000’s, Graham has produced hundreds of tutorials, products and online courses with one goal – to make producing, mixing and recording accessible to everyone. His business and YouTube channel have grown exponentially, as well as his grateful fan base, with a simple, cost-effective approach to producing the best sound and quality for your music. Graham shares his career journey and all the entrepreneurial and marketing insights he has gained along the way.