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Cory Wong on Vulfpeck, Freelancing and Band Leading

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Ari Herstand is a Los Angeles based musician, the founder and CEO of Ari’s Take and the author of How to Make It in the New Music Business.
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Cory Wong on Vulfpeck, Freelancing and Band Leading | The New Music Business with Ari Herstand

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Most know this week’s guest, Cory Wong, as the guitar player for Vulfpeck, but he’s also played in Jon Batiste’s band for Stephen Colbert’s late night show as well as Blake Shelton and others. He currently lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

I encourage you to spend time with this episode, especially if you’re a session player, band leader, or studio cat. We talk about payment models, ethics, and etiquette when you’re in the studio. He also shares some interesting stories about playing with Vulfpeck.

7:35 – What it’s been like for Cory not being able to tour or play live
21:37 – Real world value vs. vanity metrics
28:07 – Cory and the Wongnotes
56:10 – What is the etiquette when working with other musicians in the studio or on set?
1:03:52 – How Cory dictates what sessions he takes
1:09:00 – Pay structure for Cory’s hired musicians and Vulfpeck
1:25:00 – What it means to Cory to make it in the new music business

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Ari Herstand
Ari Herstand is a Los Angeles based musician, the founder and CEO of Ari’s Take and the author of How to Make It in the New Music Business.

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