Ep. 23: Learn by Doing with Adam Lewis

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Fellow Bostonian Adam Lewis started out with his own record label, running it from his college dorm room while also running his college radio station. So it’s safe to say Adam’s career in music promotion was off to an early and successful start. Adam takes us through his career trajectory on the east coast, from tour manager and promoter to co-founding Planetary Group, a premiere artist development agency serving Boston and Los Angeles for over two decades. Planetary Group has worked with everyone from Portugal the Man and Katy Perry to the Buzzcocks, Merle Haggard and everyone in between. Adam discusses music promotion from past to present, how to start a career in the business, how to hit the ground running and how to learn by doing.

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

www.sofarsounds.com

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

www.sportofthegods.net

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

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 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. 17: All The Moving Parts with Monte Malone

www.anrworldwide.com

Monte Malone is a seasoned player in the music industry with a career that spans decades. He’s been on all sides of the music business, as a touring musician, a roadie, a studio engineer/producer, Art Director of a music magazine, VP/New Media at record label SMC, and now Senior Vice President at A&R Worldwide. He shares stories from behind the scenes, working with all the aspects of marketing, promotion, distribution and more in support of emerging talent and superstars alike, as well as using technology (for better or worse) as a means of promotion and reaching your audience. His experience and insights are invaluable to anyone who is starting out or going for the next level.

Ep. 15: Finding Your Tribe with Alejandro Cohen

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Alejandro Cohen is a well-known creative force in LA’s music and arts community, 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. 14: Sharing Value with Curtiss King

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Curtiss King is a rap artist, an entrepreneur, a beats maker and hip hop producer. He’s produced for Kendrick Lamar and MURS, E-40 and Ab-Soul, done nationwide tours and festivals, and more – but now he’s giving back by inspiring and educating tens of thousands on his YouTube Channel, CurtissKingTV. Curtiss discusses his career start, the obstacles he faced, and the decision to strike out on his own, selling beats and mentoring producers, hip hop artists and musicians starting out in the biz. His popular book, “The Prosperous Hip Hop Producer” is sold on Amazon, and he continues to give back by sharing the lessons he’s learned and motivating everyone he meets.

Ep. 11: From Tours to Soundtracks with Tim Hare

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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

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


thesongwritingschool.com

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.