Ep. 21: Making What You Want to Hear Personally With Tribeca-Grand

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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. 18: Do Whatever You Can with Lucy Woodward

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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.

Ep. 17: All The Moving Parts with Monte Malone

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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. 13: Finding Your Vision with Kat Leon and Nick Perez

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Excited to kick off 2018 with┬áKat 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.

Ep. 10: Investing in Music with Cordell Miles

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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. 9: It All Comes Full Circle with Rich Renken

Rich Renken is a Product Manager for Gibson and a Recording and Mixing Engineer, and that’s just a drop in the bucket for a guy who has spent a lifetime in music. Starting out at a young age playing bass and mixing live sound (self taught), he played in several bands before coming out to LA to be discovered. After enrolling in Dick Grove School of Music for bass and engineering, he worked as a luthier, building bespoke electric guitars with the renowned James Tyler for rock stars around town. He worked on mixing and recording projects with everyone from Def Leppard to James Brown, formed close bonds with┬áproducer/engineers like Bryan Carlstrom (Alice in Chains, Offspring) and was asked to join Line 6 as a Product Manager/Artist Relations, helping to create and promote some of their best selling products. He’s learned a lot over his years in the industry, and believes that everything leads to something – and with relationships in music, things come around full circle.

Ep. 8: Ask the Right Questions, Tell Your Story with Louis Tanguay

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Louis Tanguay is the founder/creator of Section 3 Music Magazine, one of the first global online music publication brands. He interviewed rock bands and celebrities like Faith No More, Weezer, Method Man, Gwen Stefani, and more. In this episode, Louis shares his experience of moving to Los Angeles to work at entertainment industry giants like Universal, and his decision to evolve his independent streak by founding Circle Marketing, a full service marketing agency and one of several successful business ventures he has created. Louis also shares invaluable marketing and advertising insights for indie artists, like how to target and go after your audience, the best use of Facebook ads, what it takes to create your brand and the best way to tell your story.

Ep. 7: A Career in Choreo and Music Movement with Gee Scott

Gee Scott is a dancer and choreographer who started his career while still in high school, dancing with Mariah Carey at the American Music Awards. From there, he has worked and performed with Britney Spears, Kelly Rowland, Fifth Harmony and Beyonce, as well as other superstar artists. He has trained and taught at all the prestigious dance studios in Los Angeles, and was a close mentee of MaDonna Grimes, an international dance and fitness star considered the Queen of Dance, Fitness and HipHop. In this episode, Gee shares insights and anecdotes of performing onstage with music stars to audiences of millions, and using his gifts and talents to inspire and empower individuals to find their artistic expression through movement.