Ep. 35: Connecting Music and Community with Nautica de la Cruz

http://kjlhradio.com

Nautica de la Cruz has built a decades-long stellar music radio career and formidable reputation in Los Angeles radio. Her grit and determination kept her going after 14 rejections to land her first radio internship in college (while putting herself through school,) and she has never looked back. Nautica has been a radio host/personality at some of the most popular radio stations in Los Angeles, including Power 106, KDAY, and 100.3 the Beat before landing at the iconic radio station KJLH, owned by legend Stevie Wonder. She has worked with Steve Harvey, Doctor Dre and Ed Lover of Yo! MTV Raps fame, has interviewed stars and luminaries like Beyonce, Janet Jackson and President Barack Obama, and continues to connect with the community and music fans during her weekday morning show. During this music jobs episode, Nautica walks us through her early days growing up in New York, the challenges faced as a woman in radio, and how she continues to grow and evolve in the music industry.

Ep. 23: Learn by Doing with Adam Lewis

planetarygroup.com

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. 20: Music Discovery and Independent Radio with Travis Holcombe

www.kcrw.com

Travis Holcombe loves discovering new music, which works perfectly with his career as a DJ at KCRW. Spinning underground grooves, lost tracks and quirky-cool mixes from 10PM to midnight on weeknights, Travis entertains and educates a global, enthusiastic audience who stream his show worldwide or find it on the FM dial at 89.9 in Los Angeles. KCRW is world renowned for its eclectic and original music programming and music discovery, as well as serving as a launch pad for innumerable stars, both past, present and future. In this episode, Travis shares the story of his music career trajectory from Georgia to California, working in independent radio, how to get started as a DJ and discusses all of the digital platforms and mediums for finding and supporting independent artists and music.

Ep. 15: Finding Your Tribe with Alejandro Cohen

dublab.com

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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