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

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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.
Jamestown Revival's Bassist on Shady Managers, Playing Thousands of Shows, Conan - Nick Bearden

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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 of shows with Jamestown Revival, but we go heavy on the business side of managers, where he shares a story on one of the shadiest managers I’ve ever heard of. We also discuss how freelancers operate.


Quick links:
3:15 – Nick Bearden, Jamestown Revival, and his instruments
8:05 – How not to do business in the music industry + sync licensing boom of 2009
18:45 – Tour managing
22:05 – Shady managers and getting ripped off
31:48 – How to know when someone is ripping you off
34:07 – How Nick finds gigs as a freelancer and who he’s performing with
39:41 – The story of meeting and working with Jamestown Revival
1:12:58 – The music industry is always paying attention, whether you realize it or not
1:18:38 – Jamestown Revival’s experience being signed to a major label
1:28:05 – Nick’s advice for freelance musicians who want to be a “session cat” and touring musician
1:33:50 – How Nick defines making it in the new music business

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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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