John DelVento truly understands the meaning of hard work. His passion and commitment started with 2 hour practices on the euphonium as a child, and he continued that drive to write music for advertising campaigns, video games, award-winning films, popular tv shows, documentaries and more. During this music careers episode, John walks us through his career trajectory and what it takes to be a successful composer, which is really all about being a music entrepreneur, and to practice your craft at every available opportunity. (As proof, John, is still a sought-after euphoniumist, playing venues like Carnegie Hall and other high-profile performances.) John also shares invaluable tips and insight, like how to pitch your music, how (and when) to start your own business, how to find opportunities, what pitfalls to avoid, how to market yourself, and more.
With over a decade of experience in the tech landscape as a software developer and entrepreneur, Jongnic Bontemps has an intimate knowledge of the marriage of music and tech, especially in today’s music industry. Jongnic has made a name for himself as a prolific and sought-after film composer, scoring for features, documentaries, shorts, VR, video games and more. His music is featured in the blockbuster hit movie “Creed II” as well as The New York Times and Tribeca favorite documentary “United Skates,” Sundance selection “Leimert Park,” and others. In this episode, Jongnic walks us through his music career trajectory, from Yale to Silicon Valley, USC’s film scoring program and Sundance Film Music Lab, and also discusses the unique perspective and innovative opportunities his tech and software experience have provided him in his successful career. He shares his valuable insight and experience in film scoring, music production, supporting your art and music entrepreneurship, as well as the importance of creating long-lasting relationships in the music business.
Justin Schmidt is a publicist for Missing Piece Group, an agency that works with artists on a variety of services, including PR/publicity, artist management, digital marketing, and more. As part of his work with musicians, and being a musician/songwriter himself, he shares his perspective of how the story and the ideas the artist puts out there are essential to the connection created between artist and fan. During this episode Justin explains his music career trajectory, his work as a music entrepreneur, and how he now enjoys being a “music connector” with Missing Piece Group.
Dae Bogan describes himself as a “serial entrepreneur” – a description that is very apt and also very nimble, truly an invaluable quality that’s sorely needed to keep up with the twists and turns of the music industry. Dae Bogan walks us through his music career trajectory, starting with childhood as a singer/performer along with his family, managing and promoting artists in his teens, then heading west to the bright lights of Los Angeles to pursue his artistic career. Dae describes his pivot into the business side of music, motivated to be of service to other musicians and artists, and to maximize the opportunities that appeared when the music industry moved towards tech and innovation, in the “wild west” landscape that continues today. If you want to keep up with these uncertain times, do yourself a favor and follow Dae, starting with this interview!
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.
Astrid Baumgardner has dedicated her career to empowering and inspiring musicians (and all creatives!) to be their best selves, not only as artists but as successful entrepreneurs. During this music jobs episode Astrid walks us through her musical beginnings as a talented pianist, pursuing law and working as a lawyer in New York City, what convinced her to become a life coach, and joining the faculty at the prestigious Yale School of Music to work with all music students to create successful post-graduate music careers. Her emphasis of thinking and behaving like an innovator and an entrepreneur is suitable and essential for any artist who is looking to grow beyond the conventional career paths in order to reach untapped markets and new audiences.
**CORRECTION** – During the podcast, it was erroneously stated that Astrid Baumgardner works only with new music composers at the Yale School of Music. Astrid actually works with singers, pianists, guitar players and all of the orchestral musicians at the school, in addition to the composers. We apologize for the error.