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Ari Herstand is the best-selling author of How To Make It in the New Music Business. Forbes calls him “The poster child of DIY music.” In this show, he deconstructs the brightest minds in the music industry, digging deep to find the tools, tactics, and strategies that listeners can use to run successful careers of their own. Ari offers straight talk with no fluff and doesn’t let his guests off easy. If there is a way, Ari will find it.

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How California Musicians Got F’d (and Now Relief) Under AB5

Listen on your favorite podcast platform: Spotify | Apple Podcasts | Stitcher | Acast I don't have a guest today, but I'm going to talk about the new law that was signed, AB2257, in California that amended AB5. AB5 is a California law but has implications all...

Platinum Selling Producer / Songwriter for Drake, Travis Scott, Halsey, Khalid – Rogét Chahayed

Listen on your favorite podcast platform: Spotify | Apple Podcasts | Stitcher | Acast Today's episode was a live podcast episode for Ari's Take Academy students with guests Rogét Chahayed and his manager Greg Katz. Rogét is a Grammy-nominated producer and songwriter whose songs have sold over...

#1 Malaysian Artist Yuna and Her Managers on Being Independent Again

Listen on your favorite podcast platform: Spotify | Apple Podcasts | Stitcher | Acast Today my guests are Malaysian singer Yuna, Ben Willis, and Carlo Fox, the founders of indie-pop!, a management company based out of Los Angeles. This is the first time I've had a conversation...

Emily Kinney on the Art and Business of Acting and Music

Listen on your favorite podcast platform: Spotify | Apple Podcasts | Stitcher | Acast Today my guest is the multi-talented Emily Kinney. Most people know her as an actress. She starred in The Walking Dead from 2011-2015. She's also been on Masters of Sex, The Flash, Arrow,...

Spotify’s Payment Model and Your Release Timeline

Listen on your favorite podcast platform: Spotify | Apple Podcasts | Stitcher | Acast In today’s episode I discuss the controversy surrounding the CEO of Spotify, Daniel Ek’s comment: “you can’t record music once every three to four years and think that’s going to be enough.” I also...

Allie X on Creating Her Artist Package, Breaking Into LA and Staying Independent

Listen on your favorite podcast platform: Spotify | Apple Podcasts | Stitcher | Acast Today my guest is Allie X. She's a Canadian singer-songwriter and artist who's been living in LA for the last few years. She is an incredibly talented artist and has over 100 million...

How Artists Can Get Advances Without Signing To a Label

Listen on your favorite podcast platform: Spotify | Apple Podcasts | Stitcher | Acast Today my guest is John Funge. He's the CEO and co-founder of The Music Fund, a startup company that issues advances to artists for their streaming revenue. They're not a record label even...

Repairing Racial Inequities in the Music Industry with Artist Manager Jonathan Azu

Listen on your favorite podcast platform: Spotify | Apple Podcasts | Stitcher | Acast Today's episode was recorded live in Los Angeles in my guest's, Jonathan Azu, backyard. This was the first in-person interview I've done since the coronavirus shutdown and we've all been locked in quarantine....

Kanye, American Idol, Grammys, Herbie Hancock, Miguel, Cirque du Soleil’s Ableton Programmer on Making It Work

Listen on your favorite podcast platform: Spotify | Apple Podcasts | Stitcher | Acast Today on the show is Laura Escudé. She is a fantastic violinist, producer, and Ableton's first ever official certified trainer. She was hired by Ableton to teach people how to use Ableton Live....

Jamestown Revival’s Bassist on Shady Managers, Thousands of Shows, Playing Conan, Tracking to Tape – Nick Bearden

Listen on your favorite podcast platform: Spotify | Apple Podcasts | Stitcher | Acast I recorded this week's podcast guest Nick Bearden live from his studio, Retro Lab Studios, in Nashville, Tennessee. He's a sideman, bassist, guitar player, producer, and sound engineer. Nick Bearden has played thousands...

TikTok and Instagram Influencers with Ultra Records Marketing Director

https://youtu.be/sjfzfu1E5gM Listen on your favorite podcast platform: Spotify | Apple Podcasts | Stitcher | Acast This week's guest is Bina Fronda. She's the marketing director for Ultra Records. Ultra Records has released artists like Steve Aoki, Alexandra Stan, Alan Walker, Lost Frequencies, and more. This was recorded live...

Manager for JP Saxe, X Ambassadors, Jukebox the Ghost is Persistent

Listen on your favorite podcast platform: Spotify | Apple Podcasts | Stitcher | Acast The episode is with Seth Kallen. He's an artist manager for JP Saxe, X Ambassadors, Jukebox The Ghost, and many others. He talks about how to get opening slots on tours and how...

Making Music During COVID-19: Ari’s Take Academy Roundtable Discussion

Listen on your favorite podcast platform: Spotify | Apple Podcasts | Stitcher | Acast We are in very interesting times. Last week's episode was all about musicians for black lives and what this movement is all about and what we can do as allies. It has been...

White Musicians for Black Lives

Listen on your favorite podcast platform: Spotify | Apple Podcasts | Stitcher | Acast My thoughts on what this moment and movement surrounding Black Lives Matter, #DefundThePolice and the death of George Floyd requires of white people. Namely musicians. Resources mentioned: Who...

Kevin Garrett on Writing for Beyonce and Recording as an Independent Artist

Listen on your favorite podcast platform: Spotify | Apple Podcasts | Stitcher | Acast My guest today is singer-songwriter Kevin Garrett. He is an extremely talented R&B, Neo-soul, and soul songwriter. It was such a treat to speak with him. Famously, he's Grammy-nominated for writing Beyonce's track...

Red Light Manager on When and How to Get Management with Andrew Leib

Listen on your favorite podcast platform: Spotify | Apple Podcasts | Stitcher | Acast Welcome to the New Music Business podcast. Today's guest is my good friend, Andrew Leib. He's an artist manager at Red Light Management. He's worked on the teams of Robert Randolph and the...

Oprah’s Drummer Madame Gandhi on Feminism, Activism, Music Video Budgets as an Indie Artist

Listen on your favorite podcast platform: Spotify | Apple Podcasts | Stitcher | Acast Today's guest is with Madame Gandhi (birth name Kiran Gandhi). She's an incredibly inspiring person, an activist, and feminist. She started her career drumming for M.I.A., Thievery Corporation, and recently embarked on Oprah...

Sexual Harassment, Sexism and Life as a Female DJ in a Male Dominated Field with Dani Deahl

Listen on your favorite podcast platform: Spotify | Apple Podcasts | Stitcher | Acast Today's guest is Dani Deahl. She's the music and technology writer for The Verge. In addition to being a journalist, she's a DJ and the Vice President of the Recording Academy, Chicago Division. Dani...

Zaytoven, ‘Godfather of Trap’ on Production in the Age of Coronavirus

Listen on your favorite podcast platform: Spotify | Apple Podcasts | Stitcher | Acast This episode is with superstar Grammy-winning producer and "Godfather of Trap," Zaytoven. He is one of the most influential producers in hip-hop right now. He's a Grammy winner and has worked with artists...

100 Million Streams Doesn’t Come Without Some Pain – Lucidious

Listen on your favorite podcast platform: Spotify | Apple Podcasts | Stitcher | Acast Today's guest is Lucidious, a hip-hop artist originally from Virginia now living in Los Angeles. I’ve covered him in the book and on the website quite a bit. He has an interesting story...

Patreon CEO on the Problems (and Solutions) of Digital Art

Listen on your favorite podcast platform: Spotify | Apple Podcasts | Stitcher | Acast Patreon co-founder and CEO, Pomplamoose and Scary Pockets co-founder, Jack Conte, believes in digital art. He believes in artists and he believes in fans to support artists. So much so that his company...

Hip Hop Artist with Over 1,000 TV, Film and Video Game Placements with Vo Williams

Listen on your favorite podcast platform: Spotify | Apple Podcasts | Stitcher | Acast Today's episode features Vo Williams, an incredibly successful hip-hop artist based in Los Angeles. Vo is originally from Sarasota, Florida and has been very successful in getting his music synced in film, commercials,...

Austin Powers Music Supervisor and KCRW DJ Chris Douridas

Listen on your favorite podcast platform: Spotify | Apple Podcasts | Stitcher | Acast You probably know Chris Douridas from Los Angeles' iconic, trend-setting radio station KCRW. He was the host of Morning Becomes Eclectic in the '90s. He has been at the station for about 30...

Lauv’s 4 Billion Streams, Top 40 Hit, Without a Label

Listen on your favorite podcast platform: Spotify | Apple Podcasts | Stitcher | Acast This episode comes to you from Foundation Management's offices in Brooklyn, New York, which is Lauv's management company. I sat down with Emma MacDonald, Lauv's label manager. Lauv is an independent artist, and...

Andy Grammer on Songwriting, Fear and Persistence

Listen on your favorite podcast platform: Spotify | Apple Podcasts | Stitcher | Acast Welcome to episode number one of the New Music Business podcast! This interview with Andy Grammer was recorded live during my book signing event at Barnes &...

Euphoria Music Supervisor Jen Malone Gives a Sh*t

Listen on your favorite podcast platform: Spotify | Apple Podcasts | Stitcher | Acast Today's episode is with superstar music supervisor Jen Malone. She has placed music and worked on Euphoria, Atlanta, Creed 2, The Resident, Boomerang, Baskets, Shelter, Lady Dynamite,...

Welcome to The New Music Business with Ari Herstand

Listen on your favorite podcast platform: Spotify | Apple Podcasts | Stitcher | Acast Welcome to the New Music Business Podcast! This is my first podcast I've ever hosted and I'm excited that you've decided to join me here. I have...

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One of the biggest reasons that artists sign with major record labels is for the upfront cash.  The advance is very attractive for artists getting...

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On Thursday, July 16th, in a brave act of solidarity and dissent against their employer, black musicians penned an open letter to the founder...

This Music Company Doesn’t Care About Black Lives

#BlackOutTuesday and #TheShowMustBePaused day (started by two black female executives) encouraged everyone in the music industry to take the day off from the normal...