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.
Danelle Harvey has dealt with major success as well as adversity during her music career. But her courage, integrity, and knowing exactly who she is has propelled her through hardship and lifted her to new heights throughout her journey. Danelle is the epitome of a go-getter, with two(!) law degrees, an indie label, pop stardom, as well as a lifelong career as an entrepreneur and now, a published author. Her book, “Music & Money: A Success Guide for Female Music Creators, Recording Artists, Songwriters and Musicians: How to Start a Music Career and Succeed in Music Business” has been steadily rising in the charts on Amazon (and it’s for men, too!). During the episode Danelle talks about her unique career trajectory and her strategy for success in all areas of life, no matter what the odds.
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.
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.
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.
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 music industry 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.
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 music industry 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.
Naima Cochrane, currently part of the management team for John Legend, is a music marketing veteran. She’s worked at Bad Boy Records, Columbia, Epic, and Arista, and brings a wealth of knowledge about marketing, promotion, the music industry landscape, evolving trends and more. She’s also the creator of Music Sermon, (a Twitter sensation with a cult following,) which educates, celebrates and supports “the under-appreciated and often overlooked artists, songs, and sub-genres of Urban music.” Naima shares her inspiration, her keen insights and knowledge of the music biz for music career newbies and veterans alike, and what the future may possibly hold for music.
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.
Excited to kick off 2018 with Kat Leon and Nick Perez, from the band Holy Wars. Former members of the band Sad Robot and quickly becoming favorites of the indie scene (named on Huffington Post’s Best of Music List in 2017,) Kat and Nick share about their careers in music and the evolution of their sound. When personal tragedy threatened to sideline their momentum, the band experienced rebirth and resolve which pushed them towards a new path of imagery, sound and focus, and continues to gain fervent fans all along the way.