Matthew Mayer is a busy guy – in addition to an MBA, a young family and a successful business career, he is also an award-winning, internationally renowned, Billboard-charting piano artist. Oh yes, and also a podcaster (“Going Solo”,) blogger, and founder of the popular online collective for piano artists, solopiano.com. During this special music careers episode, Matthew shares about his trajectory from piano lessons to business school to working at NBC in LA, discusses his approach to both his music and business careers, how having financial freedom allows him to pursue different avenues for his music, and how changing his perspective from stressful time management to maximizing his energy has helped him to achieve success and “getting it all done.”
In her early 20’s, Lauren Deakin Davies has already experienced success and and acclaim as an award-winning record producer in the UK. Her hit work has already garnered her two “Producer of the Year” awards from NMG and a Breakthrough Studio Engineer award from Pro Sounds. Her production work has been featured on BBC shows and reviewed by the Sunday Times, and her plate is full working with artists from every genre. Starting out as an acoustic songwriter and performer in an all-girl band in her teens, Lauren has experienced both sides of the “studio glass” as an artist and now an engineer, which brings her a unique perspective when working with artists. She has also recently launched her solo music career as Didi, releasing a new EP, “Green” on Spotify, Apple Music and other streaming platforms. In this music careers episode, Lauren shares her musical journey as artist, producer, writer and engineer, and shares her secrets to success and how to get exposure in a competitive music industry landscape.
Danelle Harvey has dealt with major success as well as adversity during her music career. But her courage, integrity, and knowing exactly who she is has propelled her through hardship and lifted her to new heights throughout her journey. Danelle is the epitome of a go-getter, with two(!) law degrees, an indie label, pop stardom, as well as a lifelong career as an entrepreneur and now, a published author. Her book, “Music & Money: A Success Guide for Female Music Creators, Recording Artists, Songwriters and Musicians: How to Start a Music Career and Succeed in Music Business” has been steadily rising in the charts on Amazon (and it’s for men, too!). During the episode Danelle talks about her unique career trajectory and her strategy for success in all areas of life, no matter what the odds.
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.
We’re ending 2017 with a terrific guest, Chase Bradley – a.k.a. Chase Flow. Chase is a rap artist who has toured around the US and beyond with other high-profile artists and groups. Never one to rest on his laurels, he’s also a songwriter, beats maker, producer and film composer, up-ing his music career making music on everything from longtime soap The Young and The Restless to hit movie Ride Along starring Kevin Hart and Ice Cube. Chase talks about his career trajectory from Philly to Los Angeles, building relationships and actively seeking next-level opportunities all along the way.
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Sonnet Simmons is an immensely talented artist, an award-winning singer songwriter, and a keen player in the music industry. From a high-profile start as a featured contestant on ABC’s reality singing competition series Rising Star, Sonnet has performed with Kamasi Washington and Miles Mosley at the Hollywood Bowl, and has had her songs placed in top-tier ad campaigns like Coca Cola and Overstock.com. Now Vice President of Catch the Moon Music, Sonnet shares her journey of discovering her authentic artist within and channeling that success towards ever-higher music career goals in the industry, all while helping fellow indie artists do the same.
Chloe Temtchine, ChloeTemtchine.com
Marvin V. Acuna is a veteran film producer, an experiential marketer, a content creator for TV, film and publications – and he’s just getting started. As co-creator and Executive Producer of Platinum Hit on Bravo, a reality songwriting competition series featuring Jewel and hitmaker Kara DioGuardi, he is no stranger to the music industry and brings a wealth of knowledge and insight about artist management and promotion, and how to build a successful music career. Currently Partner and Manager of Chloe Temtchine Entertainment, Marvin shares his journey from marketing to music and explains innovative methods and practices to getting your music and brand the attention it deserves.