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

http://kjlhradio.com

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. 20: Music Discovery and Independent Radio with Travis Holcombe

www.kcrw.com

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 music career trajectory 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. 15: Finding Your Tribe with Alejandro Cohen

dublab.com

Alejandro Cohen is a well-known creative force in LA’s music and arts community, with several music jobs under his belt as a musician, composer, DJ and Executive Director at dublab.com. Dublab began its start in the heart of Los Angeles, as one of the first online stations in 1999 and a fierce supporter of LA arts, music and culture. In addition, Alejandro worked on many bands and projects based in Los Angeles, including Languis, Pharaohs and Psychic Powers. His film music will be featured in the film “The Rise and Fall of the Brown Buffalo,” about countercultural icon Oscar Zeta Acosta, premiering next month on PBS. Ale talks about his personal music journey and the expansion of dublab to affiliate stations around the globe, as well as to terrestrial radio, on the FM dial at 99.1.

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Ep. 10: Investing in Music with Cordell Miles

musicmastersworldwide.com

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 a music job 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. 3: Creating Opportunities in the Industry with Angela Jollivette


moonbabymedia.com

Angela Jollivette, a.k.a. DJ Moonbaby, is the epitome of work ethic and focus when it comes to creating a path in the music industry. She began her music career as one of the top female DJs in Los Angeles, then transitioned to the Recording Academy/The Grammys, setting off a decade career run in the the Gospel Music Category and TV and Film divisions. Now with her own music supervision/production company, Moonbaby Media, she oversees the music for Greenleaf, OWN’s hit gospel TV show, continuing to innovate and provide exposure for up-and-coming hit artists.