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ABOUT THE SHOW

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.

Podcasts

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 &...

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Black Postmodern Jukebox Performers Pen Open Letter About Mistreatment

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...

Huge! Musicians (and Freelancers) Can Now Get PPP Loans (with Forgiveness)

Yesterday, the SBA clarified that if you’re self-employed, a freelancer or independent contractor you can get a PPP loan with forgiveness. It was previously thought...

Who in Music Is Supporting the Black Community Right Now

Most music companies around America participated in #TheShowMustBePaused movement and gave their employees the day off to do THE WORK. But some did not.  Last Saturday I attended the Black Lives Matter peaceful protest in Los Angeles. It was very inspiring. For the first hour in Pan Pacific Park right by CBS studios and The Grove (and Canter’s Deli - my favorite), we listened to speeches by black community members. Namely, we heard from family members of people who had been killed by the LAPD and have yet to see justice. We all said their names together over and over again. There were so many names I didn’t know.