Dawn Jones had a burgeoning career as a talented violinist, songwriter, session player and performer, and was convinced she was destined for Nashville to pursue a country music career. However, she felt called to go a different direction, one that meant starting her own business from scratch and supporting other artists with her music PR firm, PRESSED PR. During this music careers episode, Dawn chats about her roots in country music, getting a music business degree at Fort Lewis College, and her first steps as young music biz entrepreneur. Dawn also discusses the vital importance of stories in music, how to make a lasting impression, the best way to leverage music PR, and more.
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.
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.