Ep. 27: Creating the Path to Success with Hunter Scott

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Hunter Scott, co-founder and Head of Marketing & Publicity at the full service music PR firm LaFamos, knows a thing or two about creating pathways to success. Originally a singer/songwriter and guitarist, he began taking classes at Musicians Institute, won a full scholarship, then returned after a few years to serve on the faculty. His keen insight and creativity in music marketing led him to start his own business (from his kitchen table, no less), successfully navigating the business to a 10-year anniversary and global recognition. Hunter is very well known in the industry, serving on panels and as a featured speaker at music and entertainment conferences worldwide. During this music jobs episode, Hunter shares his career trajectory, explains the business of PR, and shares advice for artists looking to raise exposure as well as what it takes to work at at music PR firm.

Ep. 24: Music Licensing as a Growth Area with Diana LaPointe

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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.

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. 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 on this music job episode, 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 looking for that next music job 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, with several music jobs under his belt 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 music 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 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.

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 a music job 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.