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The New Music Business

Victoria Canal on Releasing Music During COVID and Staying Inspired

Victoria Canal and I discuss how she's been handling quarantine. 2020 was supposed to be her breakout year. She had two massive tours scheduled. She had just finished one supporting the band Tall Heights. Then she leveled up to an even bigger tour supporting Leslie Odom Jr. She also just came out with her EP, 'Victoria,' and as you can imagine, the release strategy changed quite a bit. So we talked about that.

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

The music community got a major win when California governor Gavin Newsom signed AB2257 into law, the bill I and so many others, namely the organization I helped found, Independent Music Professionals United, helped write and get passed to save the California music economy from collapse.

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

Rogét Chahayed is a Grammy-nominated producer and songwriter whose songs have sold over 30 million copies. He's worked with some of the biggest names in the business, including Halsey, Travis Scott, Drake, Miguel, G-Eazy, Ke$ha, Calvin Harris, Carly Rae Jepsen, and more. I talk with him and his manager, Greg Katz, to get the production side as well as the business side.

Emily Kinney on the Art and Business of Acting and Music

Emily Kinney is an actress, musician, and podcast host. Most people know her as an actress who starred in The Walking Dead from 2011-2015, Masters of Sex, The Flash, Arrow, Law & Order: SVU, and many others. She was also in Spring Awakening on Broadway.

Spotify’s Payment Model and Your Release Timeline

In this 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 go into how Spotify’s payment model actually works and if it’s fair or not.

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

Allie X is 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 streams and 1.5 million monthly listeners on Spotify.

How Artists Can Get Advances Without Signing To a Label

John Fung is 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 though labels are typically the ones offering advances to artists. They are innovating and disrupting in the music industry, and John goes over their business model.

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

Jonathan Azu is an artist manager for artists like Cory Henry, Luke James, Emily King, and Michelle Williams among others. He used to be the executive vice president and general manager of Red Light Management. He is also a two-time Billboard magazine 40 Under 40 power player. Over a year ago, he launched his own management company called Culture Collective.

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

Laura Escudé 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. She then went on to tour with artists like Kanye West and Herbie Hancock.

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

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.
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Teespring vs. Printify vs. CustomInk vs. Gooten vs. Printful vs. Teelaunch: Best Print On-Demand Merch Companies for Musicians

Which print on-demand merch company is best for musicians: CustomInk, Gooten, Printful, Printify, Teelaunch, or Teespring?
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Audrey Nuna’s Path to a Major Label Deal with Her Manager/Producer Anwar Sawyer

Anwar and I talk about being a producer/songwriter and writing thousands of songs and even how he got his publishing deal. We also talk about developing Audrey Nuna.

Nu Deco Ensemble Orchestra is Changing the Classical World

This episode is for all of you orchestra nerds out there. I'm guilty of that. I played in an orchestra for most of my life. For those of you who don't know, I'm a trumpet player. I love going to the LA Phil and love orchestra music. It features Nu Deco Ensemble founders Sam Hyken and Jacomo Bairos.

CD Baby, TuneCore, DistroKid, AWAL, UnitedMasters…Who is the Best Digital Distribution Company for Music

This is the most comprehensive and accurate digital distribution review comparison piece on the web. By far. I checked. Who is the best digital distributor? Read on…Amuse vs. AWAL vs. CD Baby vs. DistroKid vs. Ditto Music vs. Fresh Tunes vs. Horus Music vs. Landr vs. Octiive v...

How to Livestream for Musicians with the #1 Musician on Periscope – Clare Means

Clare Means is a Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter. She got her start performing on the Santa Monica Pier. Now she's known for her success on the livestreaming platforms, specifically Twitch, Facebook, YouTube Live, and Periscope. She's actually one of the most watched musicians on Periscope.