Jeff Lanier, like many of our guests, is a talented musician as well as a producer and engineer, which is exactly the type of guy you want working in the music business. Jeff has seen both sides: the artist side and the label side, the performing side and the recording engineer side, the fan side and the event promoter side. During this music career episode, Jeff walks us through his college experience at Drexel University, working as a consultant at Roadrunner Records, providing career counseling to recent recording engineer grads at SAE Institute, and other music industry careers before joining Chesky Records, a Grammy-award winning independent audiophile label. Jeff shares about using his experience and networking acumen to discover new music, actively contribute to a music business’s success, and to always leave a lasting impression.
Eric “Boots” Greene has been drumming since the age of 2, and has been blessed with the gift of music ever since he can remember. From performing in his family’s church to teaching himself keyboards, instruments and learning “The Wiz” entirely by ear, Boots had a profound talent for music and knew he was meant to perform with fellow greats. A Philly native, he started touring with Jill Scott while still in his teens and continued his career from there, performing with Wiz Khalifa, Pharrell, and Jay-Z. Boots is also a gifted songwriter/producer, producing his own albums as well as for other artists. During this music career episode, Boots shares about the importance of faith, standing in your truth, never resting on your laurels, and to keep looking towards the horizon.
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.
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.