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Music Business Dreams

English, Music, 1 seasons, 73 episodes, 2 days 3 hours 59 minutes
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Want to know what it takes to make it in the Music Business? This is the Music Business Dreams Podcast, where we interview artists, managers and other industry professionals to find out how they made their Music Business dreams come true -- and how you can, too. Listen to learn the latest music marketing strategies, and how to build a successful music career.
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066: Becoming a Multi-Platinum Songwriter with Andrea Stolpe

Today's guest is amazing. I'd try to sum her career up myself, but she's already done it so nicely! Andrea Stolpe is a renowned, multi-platinum creative consultant whose methodology for songwriters and music artists has been taught worldwide. A writer with 20+ years of experience in the music industry, Andrea has written for such artists as Faith Hill, Julianne Hough, and Jimmy Wayne. She has turned her experience into award-winning online courses and live events as well as numerous articles, books and resources. Listen in as Andrea talks getting started as a songwriter, how it feels to overcome creative hurdles and more.For more from Andrea, visit her website at http://andreastolpe.com This Episode is brought to you by the Master Music Marketing Community. Our Black Friday sales is running now through November 30th, and everyone who joins this month gets entered for a chance to win 2 private Marketing consultations.The sooner you <a href="h
13/11/20201 hour 38 seconds
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065: Kanye, Taylor Swift and Joe Budden. What Can We Learn?

Lately, there's been a lot of talk about bad record contracts, and who exactly is responsible for them.Kanye west tweeted out his contract in hopes to build leverage in a fight for control of his masters.Taylor Swift launched a petition against Scooter Braun for the same reason.And while not directly related, Joe Budden has been making a lot of noise about his contract at Spotify too.In this episode, I speak candidly about what a recording contract means, and ask a few questions that we should have been asking all along.To learn more about building an audience and leverage for yourself, join the Master Music Marketing community at http://mastermusicmarketing.com
21/09/202025 minutes 9 seconds
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064: Breaking Down Facebook's 'New' Rules About Music

Facebook's statement about music caused quite a stir online. Let's debunk some myths and break down what it really means for independent musicians.Full Article: https://www.nme.com/news/music/facebook-clarifies-rules-on-music-livestreams-ahead-of-new-rules-2752497Statement from Kevin Breuner, Dir of Marketing at CD Baby: https://www.facebook.com/kbreuner/posts/10220636175247894Join the Master Music Marketing Community for less than $100: http://mastermusicmarketing.com
17/09/202012 minutes 19 seconds
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063: Sean Giovanni Talks Storytelling, Livestreaming, and Creativity Under Quarantine

Sean Giovanni is the owner of The Record Shop, a recording studio and creative facility in Nashville, TN. He is a sonic storyteller who is passionate about helping musicians unlock their creativity and use it to make timeless art.We cover a lot in this interview including:Should You go to school for Music Business or Audio?How to create opportunity when there is none.How Sean set himself apart from other Producers and Studio OwnersWhy storytelling is SO important in music.How to get the best Livestream performances.And much much more...Resources Mentioned:Audio MoversDPA D-ViceThis episode is brought to you by The Next Steps, our 8 module group coaching program that teaches you how to market your music the right way.  You'll learn how to make sure your music can compete
29/07/20201 hour 18 minutes 40 seconds
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062: How Live Shows Will Recover from COVID - Jack Forman of BiCoastal Productions

Jack Forman (President of BiCoastal Productions) talks about the economic impact of COVID, how Live Shows can recover, and what his artists are doing to stay engaged.
22/07/202043 minutes 39 seconds
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061: Ask an Entertainment Attorney with Somara Jacques

Somara Jacques, Esq. (@thelattelawyer on IG & Twitter) is an entertainment & entrepreneurial attorney that focuses on empowering artists and entrepreneurs in the entertainment and music industries through legal & industry education.On today's episode, I ask Somara about how she got started in law, becoming an entertainment attorney, and loads of questions about things artists should be looking out for.
15/07/20201 hour 8 minutes 34 seconds
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060: Jason Davis Talks Writing Chart-Topping Hits, Working with Dolly Parton & More

Jason Davis has spent his entire two decade career in the music industry and worked with many worldwide stars, including Boyz ll Men, Sugar Ray, P. Diddy, Alabama, Lonestar, Dolly Parton, among many others. We talk about his start in the industry, advice to newcomers, and everything in-between.For More from Jason, check out his company One One 7.
09/07/202054 minutes 47 seconds
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059: Tiffany VanBoxtel Helps You Train Your Voice and Create More Impactful Performances

Today's guest is Tiffany VanBoxtel. Tiffany is a Vocal Coach and the host of the Star Singer Podcast. Her mission is to help you sing better, gain confidence, and ultimately use your vocal talents to improve the lives of your fans and the people around you.In this interview, Tiffany gives tips on improving your singing voice, as well as how to be more confident as a live performer.For more from Tiffany, visit her website at http://starsinger.co
01/07/202047 minutes 21 seconds
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058: Alissa Faratro on Vocal Production, Working at Spotify Studios and More

Today's guest is Canada-born Singer, Vocal Producer and Engineer Alissa Faratro. Alissa was the only Canadian selected to be a part of Spotify's Equal Studio Residency Program, where she gets to work out of Spotify Studios in LA.Though she's just getting started, Alissal has already worked with industry giants including Simone Torres, Luke McDermott, and Christina Aguilera's Musical Director Rob Lewis!I spoke with Alissa about her start in the industry, being bold enough to go after internships, and her new foray into artist management. You're going to love this interview.For more from Alissa, follow her on  Instagram @AlissaFaratro
24/06/202036 minutes 28 seconds
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Join Me at the 2020 Musician Mastery Summit!

Come learn from me at Musician Mastery Summit - the #1 online conference to help you thrive in the music industry taking place on June 19-21! I'll be sharing my strategies on Maximizing Music Revenue.  Check out full agenda & get your tickets now: http://kdmr.us/mms2020
17/06/20203 minutes 22 seconds
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Blackout Tuesday #TheShowMustBePaused

The Show Must Be Paused.In response to the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and countless other Black citizens at the hands of police, #TheShowMustBePaused is an initiative created by two Black women in music in observance of the long-standing racism and inequality that exists from the boardroom to the boulevard.Today, KDMR Music joins the Music Industry at large in a day of silence. To listen to the voices of the oppressed, and to come up with ways to be a p
02/06/20204 minutes 48 seconds
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057: SubmitHub Best Practices with Founder Jason Grishkoff

Jason Grishkoff is a music blogger, developer, and the founder of SubmitHub. Before SubmitHub, Jason successfully grew IndieShuffle into one of the premier music blogs on the web. In this episode, Jason walks us through his career, the founding of IndieShuffle and SubmitHub, and best practices for pitching your music using the platform. BONUS: For A Full Video Walkthrough of SubmitHub, Check Out this Video with JasonListen & Subscribe to Music Business Dreams: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Stitcher | Google PlayGot Questions of Your Own? Book Your C
20/05/202049 minutes 4 seconds
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056: How to License Your Music for TV and Film with Anthony Clint Jr.

Music Licensing is one of the most underrated revenue streams in today's industry. Today, I'm talking to Anthony Clint Jr. about his journey in music licensing, and how he's helping many musicians like you on the Road to 10 Placements.Anthony Clint Jr. prides himself on being one of the most versatile and professional producer's in today's industry. He has produced music for Grammy-nominated artists such as Tamar Braxton and Case, as well as various TV shows including Love & Hip Hop, House Hunters, The Kardashians, Catfish, and Emmy Award-winning series Born This Way.Clint is also known as a music licensing specialist coaching and mentoring other producers, artists and songwriters on the process of getting their music placed in TV & film.  Listen & Subscribe to Music Business Dreams: Apple Podcasts | Spotify<st
12/03/202031 minutes 19 seconds
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055: Let's Plan Out Your 2020 Goals

It's the season for New Year's Resolutions, Gym Memberships and Diet Plans. But right now is also the perfect time to decide what you want to make of your music career this year.We've put together a guide to setting and working toward your music business goals... and on today's episode, I'm going to walk you through it step by step. Download your copy at http://kdmr.us/2020Special Thanks to this week's sponsor, Skillshare. Get 2 months of premium for free when you enroll at http://kdmr.us/skillshareWatch This Episode on YouTube: https://youtu.be/LAsFq_axoMIResources Mentioned:Video: How to Pitch Your Songs to User-Generated Spotify Playlists
08/01/202025 minutes 21 seconds
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054: Ari Herstand Talks How to Make it in the New Music Business, Record Labels and More!

3 years ago, Ari Herstand wrote what I call the definitive resource for independent musicians. His book, How to Make It in the New Music Business has been adopted by Music Business colleges across the country, and is #1 on my top 5 list of Music Industry Books.As he prepares to release the second edition next week, he offered us the rare chance to interview him for the latest episode of Music Business Dreams. In this episode, we discuss:How Ari got his start in the Music BusinessWhen Ari realized EVERYTHING he learned in Music Business College was wrongHow Ari's Take became a go-to resource in the Music IndustryHow things have changed since he released his first book in 2016What artists should consider before signing on the dotted lineThe role of Major Labels in 2019And much more....Purchase The Book : https://amzn.to/2oyPYML<p
31/10/201945 minutes 10 seconds
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053: Wendy Day Talks Negotiating Major Deals, Publishing, and Staying Independent

In this episode, Wendy Day gets real about whether or not you should go after a major label deal. We also talk about lessons she's learned negotiating multi-million dollar deals for artists like Eminem, David Banner, No Limit, and Cash Money Records.Follow Wendy on YouTube: http://youtube.com/thisiswendydayJoin the Indie Club on Facebook: http://kdmr.us/indieclubLearn How to Build a Fanbase the Right Way: http://kdmr.us/freetraining
10/10/201957 minutes 2 seconds
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What Happened to the Podcast?

We've been busy performing upgrades to enhance the show. But we'll be back before you know it. In the meantime, you can stay connected with us through all our channels below. Subscribe to our YouTube Channel Join the Indie Club on Facebook Join Our E-mail List
24/08/20192 minutes 43 seconds
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052: Three Years Later! Anniversary Bonus Inside!

Three Years ago today, I started KDMR Music as a little Wordpress Blog. Today, we're a Music Marketing and Consulting Agency with an online presence that reaches over 16,000 independent musicians every single month! Today, I reflect on how we got here, and how far we have to go. I'm also giving back to you guys for our anniversary! From right now until July 7, 2019, enrollment in the Next Steps Group Coaching Program is $100 off. You can get lifetime access for just $97! No coupon code needed. For an extra bonus, stay tuned to the very end to see how you can win free enrollment! Just my way of saying THANK YOU for being a part of our community. Resources Mentioned: Join The Next Steps for $197 just $97! Join The Indie Club on Facebook Subscribe to our YouTube Channel
04/07/201931 minutes 16 seconds
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051: The State of the Industry

This week, we celebrate our 3rd anniversary as a company. The Music Education landscape has changed a lot in these years. Today, we reflect on how far the industry has come, and how far it has to go. Resources Mentioned: The Next Steps - Our Premier Coaching Program. Learn everything you need to take your career to the next level PLUS get live coaching calls from me each month! The Musician Mastery Summit 2019 - Get Access to the Replay Music Industry Blueprint by Rick Barker Indepreneur
01/07/201924 minutes 52 seconds
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Join Me at the 2019 Musician Mastery Summit!

I’m presenting at this year’s Musician Mastery Summit this Friday and Saturday, along with Wendy Day, Rick Barker and 19 other Music Industry experts I respect and admire. And the best part is, you can attend from anywhere! Learn more and get your tickets: http://kdmr.us/musicianmasterysummit
20/06/20193 minutes 20 seconds
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050: When Life Gets in the Way

Today, I'm telling the story of KDMR Music like you've never heard it before.
12/06/201923 minutes 7 seconds
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049: 3 Mistakes Most Indie Artists Make

Most indie artists don't know better than to make these 3 mistakes. In this episode, I break down what they are, and what you should be doing instead. Watch the Free Training: How to Turn Strangers into Superfans
05/06/201916 minutes 42 seconds
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048: A Pretty Dope Interview

Last fall, I sat down for an interview with an old friend, Racquell of PrettyDopeRight. We talked about how I got started in music, how I got the internship that launched my career on the business side, how I almost lost that internship, and much more. If you've ever wondered how it is running a business while working full time, and just what that commitment looks like, this is the episode for you. This Week's Featured Song: I Survived a War by Mariami Follow Mariami on Instagram @officialmariami Listen &amp; Subscribe to Music Business Dreams: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Stitcher | Google Play Join The Indie Club - Our Free Networking/Support Community: http://kdmr.us/indiec
29/05/20191 hour 1 minute 42 seconds
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047: The Power of An Engaged Fan Base

In this episode, I break down a few real-world stories so you can see what's possible when you cultivate an engaged fan base. For more about how to build that fanbase and find your superfans, check out our free training at http://kdmr.us/freetraining
22/05/201927 minutes 55 seconds
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046: If I Were an Artist Starting From Scratch

In this quick tip episode, I tell you the 4 things every artist should do FIRST, before trying to market their music to new fans. For more about The Fan Journey, check out my free video training. It will help you understand the things I'm saying a lot more. Want your music featured on the podcast? All you have to do is leave a review on iTunes, and make sure to include the name of your band. I'll pick a new snippet to play each week!
15/05/201925 minutes 36 seconds
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045: Inside a Music Marketing Consultation

In this episode, you get to hear a real consultation, where I help Avie with his Music Marketing Plan. Listen &amp; Subscribe to Music Business Dreams: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Stitcher | Google Play Join The Next Steps Group Coaching Program Here Got Questions of Your Own? Book Your Coaching Call Join The Indie Club - Our Free Networking/Support Community: http://kdmr.us/indieclub Need Help Learning the Music Business? Subscribe to Our YouTube Channel
08/05/20191 hour 3 minutes 17 seconds
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044: How to Choose Creativity with Chara Garmon

Few people know how to spot talent like my good friend, Chara Garmon. Growing up in a musical family, Chara fell in love with the arts at an early age, but lost her fire somewhere down the road. In this episode, I talk with Chara about finding the inspiration to pursue a creative career, her move to New York to earn a Masters Degree in Music Business from NYU, her time spent at Epic and Columbia records, and most importantly, how she found her passion again. Listen &amp; Subscribe to Music Business Dreams: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Stitcher | Google Play Got Questions of Your Own? Book Your Coaching Call Join The Indie Club - Our Free Networking/Support Community: http://kdmr.us/ind
01/05/20191 hour 18 minutes 1 second
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043: Updates and a Special Announcement

I'm back with some very exciting announcements! To join The Next Steps Group Coaching Program, visit http://kdmr.us/nextsteps If you want to join me live at the Triad Music Business Network Meeting, visit get your tickets at https://www.facebook.com/events/1004128913310872/ If you or someone you know would be a great fit for our guest chair, have them fill out the inquiry form at http://kdmr.us/podcastguestform
24/04/201915 minutes 44 seconds
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042: When Life Hands You Lennons

While we continue to handle housekeeping at KDMR Music, we decided to bring you an interview between myself and one of our previous guests, Lennon Cihak. A few months ago, I had the pleasure of appearing on Lennon's podcast &quot;When Life Hands You Lennons.&quot; We had an in depth conversation about my background in music, the importance of growing a fan base from the ground up, and being creative about how you fund your music career. View Full Show Notes on Lennon's Website Listen &amp; Subscribe to Music Business Dreams: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Stitcher | Google Play Got Questions of Your Own? Book Your Coaching Cal
17/04/20191 hour 1 minute 40 seconds
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041: Inside a Facebook Ads Consultation

When Adam reached out to me for his coaching call, he was really frustrated. He had helped his artist partner grow a large audience using Facebook Ads, but they weren't converting into sales or even streams. What could they have been doing wrong? In this episode, you'll get to listen as I help Adam rethink his Facebook Ads strategy and start trending toward success. Listen &amp; Subscribe to Music Business Dreams: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Stitcher | Google Play Got Questions of Your Own? Book Your Coaching Call Join The Indie Club - Our Free Networking/Support Community: http://kdmr.us/indieclub Need Help Learning the Music Business? <a href="http://kdmr
10/04/20191 hour 6 minutes 8 seconds
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040: The Ultimate Live Show Guide

With Festival Season right around the corner, it's time to talk about how you can make the most out of the live performance market.
03/04/201930 minutes 25 seconds
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039: Growing a Career by Helping Others with Aaron Wolf

Aaron Wolf is a music artist and entrepreneur based out of San Diego, CA. His music carries a feel of acoustic, So-Cal inspired vibes and appeals to fans of similar artists like Slightly Stoopid, Nahko, and Jack Johnson. The influence of modern production makes a sound of his own. Aaron uses his music for good and is building a platform which makes it easier for artists like him to grow their careers and help others with music. In this episode, I talk to Aaron about giving back to the musician community with the Musician Mastery Summit, and how it's helped his own career as an artist. Listen &amp; Subscribe to Music Business Dreams: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Stitcher | Google Play Join The Indie Club - Our Free Networking/Support Community: <a href="http://kdmr.us/
27/03/201942 minutes 44 seconds
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038: From Intern to Agency Owner - Digital Marketing with Jazmine Valencia

Jazmine Valencia got her start in the music industry as an intern at the Island Def Jam Music Group. But her story starts long before then. Growing up outside of the United States, Jazmine relocated to Florida from Paris, France to attend a Music Business program for college. Once she got her foot in the door, she never looked back. Jazmine turned her internship opportunity into a number of full time jobs, rising all the way through the ranks to become Director of Digital Marketing at Island Def Jam. Now running an agency of her own full time, Jazmine shares her full story with the Music Business Dreams Podcast. This interview did a lot to inspire me, and I hope it does the same for you. Listen &amp; Subscribe to Music Business Dreams: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Stitcher | Google Play</s
20/03/201942 minutes 57 seconds
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037: How to Track Your Radio Play with Jesper Skibsby

Jesper Skibsby is the founder of WARM, a service that tracks your radio play around the world. He started WARM after serving stints as both a booking agent and artist manager. I talk to Jesper about his start in the industry, his advice for upcoming artists and managers, and how this technology can be helpful for independent artists like you. Listen &amp; Subscribe to Music Business Dreams: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Stitcher | Google Play Join The Indie Club - Our Free Networking/Support Community: http://kdmr.us/indieclub Need Help Learning the Music Business? Subscribe to Our YouTube Channel
13/03/201945 minutes 56 seconds
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036: The Future of Artist Management with Peter Robinson of Olympus Projects

Peter Robinson got his start in Artist Management at 14 years old, when one of his best friends took up beatmaking as a hobby. Through a lot of hard work, he was able to make the venture a success, as Papamitrou became the first producer to Meek Mill's 'Dreamchasers' Label. Since then Peter has continued his mission to turn musicians into entrepreneurs. 2 years ago, he co-founded Olympus Projects, an Artist Management and Consulting Firm. I talk to Peter about how he got started in music, his tips for those looking to walk in his footsteps, networking, and how artists can learn the business. Listen &amp; Subscribe to Music Business Dreams: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Stitcher | Google Play Join The Indie Club - Our Free Networking/Support Community: <a href="http://kdmr.u
06/03/201950 minutes 20 seconds
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035: The Problem with Trying to 'Do All The Things'

Are you feeling overwhelmed with tasks related to your music career? This is what can happen when you try to do too much at once. Check out this episode, as I walk you through the beginning of 2019 at KDMR Music, how I found myself overwhelmed, and what I did to fix it. Listen &amp; Subscribe to Music Business Dreams: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Stitcher | Google Play Join The Indie Club - Our Free Networking/Support Community: http://kdmr.us/indieclub Need Help Learning the Music Business? Subscribe to Our YouTube Channel
27/02/201927 minutes 5 seconds
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034: The Reason Your Facebook Ads Aren't Working

Have you tried running Facebook ads to grow your audience? If you're not careful, you can waste hundreds of dollars on Facebook ads and have nothing to show for it in the end. In this solo episode, I break down the reasons your Facebook Ads aren't as effective as they should be, and how you can fix them. We also talk about the Pledge Music payout scandal, and Soundcloud's announcement that they are offering distribution to iTunes, Spotify and other streamers as part of their premium plan. Listen &amp; Subscribe to Music Business Dreams: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Stitcher | Google Play Join The Indie Club - Our Free Networking/Support Community: http://kdmr.us/indieclub Need Help Learning the Music Business?
20/02/201936 minutes 5 seconds
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033: Learning the Million Dollar Mindset with Dani Felt

Dani Felt is an entrepreneur and entertainment maven. Born in Philadelphia, Felt’s passion for music began at a young age, but her penchant for performing soon gave way to her passion to help artists and creators navigate and thrive in the entertainment industry. Felt’s understanding of both artistry and industry, along with her experience in the music industry and broader entertainment sphere, make her uniquely qualified to help artists and creators turn their dreams into reality. Today, Dani and I talk about how she got started in the music industry. She gives insights from her journey as a singer, author and now Music Business Coach. We talk about the mindset you need to have in order to win in this competitive industry, and much more. Dani is offering Music Business Dreams listeners the chance to save nearly $50 on her signature course, The Artist Plugin program. This program will help you get the jitters out and finally see yourself as a professional musician. It
13/02/201941 minutes 34 seconds
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032 - Giving Women a Voice in the Music Industry with Emily Treadgold

Today on Music Business Dreams, I'm chatting with Emily Treadgold. Emily is a music journalist and the founder of The New Nine - a music blog with an all-woman writing staff. There, her aim is to give a voice to all the &quot;fangirls&quot; of the industry and highlight how women make the music industry world go round. Emily and I speak on her start in the industry, the importance of women's voices in media, the #MeToo and #MuteRKelly movements, and advice for young women in the industry. Listen &amp; Subscribe to Music Business Dreams: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Stitcher | Google Play Join The Indie Club - Our Free Networking/Support Community: http://kdmr.us/indieclub 
06/02/201935 minutes 41 seconds
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031: Starting an Indie Label in 2019 with Shawn Dorsey

After playing in bands all throughout his life, Shawn Dorsey tried to leave the music world behind and settle into a 9 to 5 corporate lifestyle. The good news is he couldn't stay away for long. In 2015, he started Know Hope Records with a longtime friend and bandmate. The label has been signing bands and going strong ever since. Today on Music Business Dreams, I talk to Shawn about his background in music, what it's like to go on tour as a teenager, and his philosophies as a label owner. This was a great interview that you shouldn't miss. Listen &amp; Subscribe to Music Business Dreams: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Stitcher | Google Play Join The Indie Club - Our Free Networking/Support Community: http://kdmr.us/indieclub  <s
30/01/201953 minutes 39 seconds
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030: Writing for Whitney Houston & Fighting for All Songwriters with Tami Latrell

Tami LaTrell is a multi-platinum, GRAMMY-nominated songwriter who’s written for artists such as Whitney Houston, Monica, Keyshia Cole, SWV, Rotimi and Country duo Love and Theft to name a few. She inked her first music publishing deal with EMI Music Publishing in 2002, and is now an established writer with Sony/ATV Music Publishing. Aside from songwriting, she facilitates music publishing and copyright workshops online and at different universities. She’s a Youtube partner with over 650k+ views, and is a Brand Ambassador for Songtrust. In this episode of Music Business Dreams, Tami details her career as a songwriter, including the time one of her songs was sold to Whitney Houston without her knowledge and the process she went through to be properly credited. We talk about publishing deals, the importance of being business minded as a songwriter, and the advocacy work Tami does to ensure the next generation of songwriters is protected. Links Mentioned: <
23/01/20191 hour 9 minutes 16 seconds
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029 - Trevor Perkins talks Getting Started in PR at 13 years old!

IA Native, Trevor Perkins stepped into the music scene at thirteen years old with the creation of online magazine, Music Update Central. With the magazine, he has created a platform for musicians of all genres to be showcases across the globe to MUC's readers. Now 17, the young entrepreneur hosts his own podcast called The Female Diary, launched his own publicity firm called Longarrow Publicity, and additionally hosts concerts across Iowa with unsigned artists of all genres. Today on Music Business Dreams, we talk getting started in music at such a young age, the challenges of PR, and Trevor's plans for the future. Listen &amp; Subscribe to Music Business Dreams: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Stitcher | Google Play Join The Indie Club - Our Free Networking/Support Community
16/01/201936 minutes 51 seconds
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028: Tatiana Owens - Artist Development, Moving to New York & Backing Up Stevie Wonder

Tatiana Owens is an incredible singer-songwriter based in New York City. Her songs have been featured on CBS, MTV, VH1 Logo, Lifetime, CMT, BET, USA Network, The CW Network, The Paramount Network and Showtime. Originally from Toledo, OH; Tatiana got her start on the stage. When she was discovered at a local talent competition, she rose up the circuit and eventually found her current management team. After graduating from High School, Tatiana moved to New York City and began an intense artist development process. The process is clearly working, as her music has been licensed on a number of TV shows, and she's performed live with greats including Stevie Wonder. Today on Music Business Dreams, I talk to Tatiana about her start in music, her plans for the future, and the advice she has for every aspiring artist out there. For more from Tatiana: Official Website <a href="https://www.facebook
09/01/201941 minutes 50 seconds
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027: Getting Your Finances in Order with Alec Robinette

As we kick off 2019, it's important that we do the important things first. While it seems glamorous to spend money keeping up appearances, if you can't manage your finances responsibly, you'll never be able to pursue music as a full time career. Today on Music Business Dreams, I'm talking to Alec Robinette, a Certified Financial Planner. Alec believes that when artists prosper, they can deliver more of their message to the world. So, he founded Elemental Financial to empower musicians to take ownership of their wealth potential through financial planning, coaching and investment advice. Alec and I discuss the importance of budgeting, best practices for investing, and why he's made it his mission to give Indie Artists sound Financial advice. Listen &amp; Subscribe to Music Business Dreams: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Stitcher | <a href="h
02/01/201953 minutes 11 seconds
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New Year, New Podcast?

Recapping some of the successes of 2018, and letting you know what's changing in 2019. This Episode is Brought to You by The Next Steps - Our Group Coaching Program The Next Steps is a group coaching program that shows you how to turn your passion for music into a profitable business. When you join the program, you'll gain access to over 40 individual lessons that take place over 8 weeks. PLUS, you'll get to join a live Q&amp;A call each week where you can ask questions and get feedback on the progress you've made. You'll leave the program with new knowledge, new fans, and a new outlook that will drive exponential growth for your career in 2019. There are only 10 spots available, so join us today! Listen &amp; Subscribe to Music Busine
30/12/201810 minutes 32 seconds
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026: The Best Advice Of 2018

We've gotten a lot of great advice this year, so I wanted to use the last episode of the year to reflect on some of the best tidbits and prepare for 2019. This Episode is Brought to You by The Next Steps - Our Group Coaching Program The Next Steps is a group coaching program that shows you how to turn your passion for music into a profitable business. When you join the program, you'll gain access to over 40 individual lessons that take place over 8 weeks. PLUS, you'll get to join a live Q&amp;A call each week where you can ask questions and get feedback on the progress you've made. You'll leave the program with new knowledge, new fans, and a new outlook that will drive exponential growth for your career in 2019. There are only 10 spots available, so join us today
26/12/201823 minutes 5 seconds
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025: Is Music The Right Career for You? An Honest Conversation with KAIN

Building a career in Music is one of the most rewarding things you can do with your life. You'll write songs that touch the hearts of thousands. You'll play live shows and see people have a great time rocking to music you wrote in your bedroom. You may even make millions of dollars and tour the globe, all because of a chord progression you were fiddling around with in your car. But what if you don't go from starving artist to superstar overnight? What if the No's come faster than the Yes'? What if success takes you 5, 10, or even 15 years? Are you prepared for everything it takes to build a successful career? This week I'm talking to one of my best friends (and my management client) Kain, about his journey as an independent hip hop artist. Kain has shared the stage with artists including Cyhi The Prynce, Big Sean and BIG KRIT... but it wasn't always sunshine and roses. Quay and I get real about navigating the ups and downs of an independent music career. Have yo
19/12/201859 minutes 10 seconds
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Quick Question: Do Spotify Streaming Numbers Matter?

This debate is getting really heated, so I wanted to clear the air. You shouldn't be getting super worked up about your Spotify numbers. As an independent musician, you should be making money in other ways. Vanity metrics don't matter. Getting to live the life of your dreams does. Keep pushing.
14/12/20186 minutes 40 seconds
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024: Knowing Your Worth & Embracing Your Value with Patrice K. Cokley

Patrice K. Cokley is an artist manager, brand strategist, marketing consultant and college professor. She owns The Bassline Group, a talent management company where she develops and manages the careers of music creatives and professionals. She holds both a BA and MBA in Marketing, teaches Music Business &amp; Marketing at SAE Institute Chicago, and is a brand ambassador for Lugz footwear. She is also the Product &amp; Education Specialist for TuneRegistry, a music rights administration platform, and is in the process of starting a small record label with 2 business partners. In her spare time, Patrice is educating and encouraging others to pursue their dreams through her video series, written blogs, speaking engagements, and one-on-one consultations. Patrice and I spoke about music marketing, the mistakes most artists make when getting started, and the value of knowing your worth. We also spoke about TuneRegistry and the great value it provides for artists. <str
12/12/201853 minutes 56 seconds
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023: SEO For Musicians | How to Use SEO to Increase Your Web Traffic with Akilah Thompkins Robinson

Recently named one of the 25 Best Marketing Influencers You Should Follow and one of the Top E-Commerce Marketing Podcasts, Akilah Thompkins-Robinson is an online retail and SEO strategist who specializes in helping entrepreneurs get traffic and sales to their website. After 15 years in IT and working with online businesses for over 10 years, Akilah discovered businesses needed more than just a pretty website–they need online marketing, branding, and help getting traffic to convert sales. Akilah’s company Online Boutique Source formed in 2013 to help small business get big results online. Since inception, Online Boutique Source has expanding to a blog, podcast, and membership program and has helped 1000s of entrepreneurs to grow their online footprint. Today on Music Business Dreams, Akilah shifts her focus from online fashion retailers to musicians, and gives us her keys to optimizing your music website for search e
05/12/201849 minutes 38 seconds
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022: Networking, Hustle & Growth with Famous Factory Co-Founder Rey Clemons

Today on Music Business Dreams, I'm talking to Rey Clemons. Rey is the co-founder of The Famous Factory alongside partner Lynn Banks (of Icon Island). Together, their aim is to help artists grow through the power of digital marketing. I spoke with Rey about his start in the business, the services his new company provides, and his vision for the future of the music business. For more info: The Famous Factory Official Website Icon Island Subscribe to Music Business Dreams: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Stitcher | Google Play Join The Indie Club - Our Private Networking/Support Community: http://kdmr.us/indieclub</strong
28/11/201833 minutes 47 seconds
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021: Maximizing Your Opportunity with Bianca Moore, the Digital Queen B

Bianca Moore got her start as an New Media intern for the Universal/Motown/Republic Group. From there, she rose in the ranks all the way to the role of Digital Marketing Manager. Along the way, she created or assisted on campaigns for a number of artists including Lil Wayne, Nelly and Kelly Rowland. Now, Bianca is known as the Digital Queen B. Through her coaching and consulting programs, she guides independent artists through the world of Digital Marketing and helps them connect with their audiences to create major career success. Today on Music Business Dreams, Bianca talks about breaking into the very competitive Major Label job market, standing out as an intern, and how artists can capitalize on the opportunities that have come with the social media and Spotify era. Follow Bianca on Instagram @TheDigitalQueenB Subscribe to Music Business Dreams: <a href="http://kdmr.us/mbditu
21/11/20181 hour 9 minutes 34 seconds
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020: From the Justus League to Golden Era with Finian St. Omer (fka CHAUNDON)

After making a name for himself on the underground rap scene, Finian St. Omer II (formerly known as Chaundon) has proven his place in the rap game with 6 mixtapes, 2 EP's, &amp; 3 full length LPs. Fin has even taken his career off the microphone and carved out lanes as a DJ, a Merchandiser, and even the star of his own cooking show on YouTube. Today on Music Business Dreams, Fin talks growing up in the Bronx, how he ended up in North Carolina and became part of the Justus League with Little Brother and others; and just how he has maintained his independence and creative freedom nearly 20 years later. Connect with Finian St. Omer: Twitter | Instagram | Official Website | Golden Era Music Website Subscribe to Music Business Dreams: <a href="http://kdmr.us/
14/11/20181 hour 10 minutes 18 seconds
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019: Protecting Your Rights with Entertainment Attorney Stephanie Hay

Stephanie K. Hay is the owner and principal attorney of The Hay Law Group, P.L.L.C.  In addition to the practice of law, she is an Adjunct Professor in the Commercial Music Business Program at Houston Community College, where she teaches Music Publishing, Survey of the Music Business and Legal Aspects of Entertainment Law. Today on Music Business Dreams, Stephanie details how she got her start in Entertainment Law, things to look out for when signing agreements, and how to get all the royalties you're entitled to from your music. Resources Mentioned: Music Money and Success by Jeff &amp; Todd Brabec (Purchase) All You Need to Know About The Music Business by Donald Passman (Purchase) Connect with Stephanie K. Hay: <a href="https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6Xvs
07/11/201856 minutes 51 seconds
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018: Branding Yourself as an Artist with ‘Brandman’ Sean Taylor

Effective branding is critical to the success of all aspiring musicians. There's no one better to explain the concept of branding than the man himself, &quot;Brandman&quot; Sean Taylor. Sean Taylor is a Digital Marketer and founder of the Adventure ATL Music Festival. But he's best known as &quot;Brandman&quot;, an online persona under which he gives marketing and branding advice to aspiring musicians. With over 40,000 YouTube Subscribers and over 3 million video views, it's safe to say Sean has become a go-to resource for those interested in building successful music careers. Today on Music Business Dreams, Sean talks about how he got started in Music, the keys to building an effective brand, and the strategies that can launch an artist's career into the stratosphere. After you listen, you'll have much more clarity about the direction you need to take in order to find success. Connect with Brandman Sean: Y
31/10/201851 minutes 53 seconds
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017: Passion, Pain & Persistence - A Conversation with pat junior

Imagine doing amazingly well at your job for months. Then one day, your boss calls you into the office and tells you that it will be your last day. The company had to move in another direction. Imagine that happening to you 3 more times in the next 5 years. That's the push jump-started the full time career of today's guest. pat junior (stylized with no capitals intentionally) is a creative polymath, and a great person in general. Whether he's writing raps, producing instrumentals or working on his latest venture, sound design; he's always finding ways to push the envelope and leave the art in a better place. pat and I spoke for over an hour about the challenges of full time artistry, the search for consistent income, the importance of branding and pursuing work you're passionate about. This is one of my favorite interviews so far, and one I know will inspire you as well. Subscribe to the Podcast: iTunes
24/10/20181 hour 20 minutes 18 seconds
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016: Your Questions, Answered. Music Marketing, Touring and the Music Modernization Act.

This week's episode of Music Business Dreams is long overdue. I'm answering questions from around the web about how you can make real progress in your career. The Music Modernization Act was signed by President Trump last week, so I answer some questions to add clarification to our previous video on the subject. I also answer your questions about Music Marketing, Touring and more. Questions answered include: Is The Music Modernization Act bad for streaming companies? How does the Music Modernization Act apply to artists outside the US? How to carve out a unique brand voice as an artist. How do you book shows for an artist when you don't live in the same city? If you have questions of your own, you can ask them inside the Indie Club, our free networking and artist support community on Facebook. For one-on-one support, you can now <a hre
17/10/201839 minutes 10 seconds
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015: How to Avoid Scams in the Music Industry (Solo Episode)

We've all seen the movies. Some kid dreams of being a star, then a sleazeball con artist slick talks their way into a management contract. They take all the money and the artist can barely keep a roof over their head. Nowadays, the scams aren’t always as obvious… unless you know how to spot the warning signs. Today, in a special solo episode of Music Business Dreams, I break down some of the top scams in today’s music business. I also tell you why you need to change your mindset for success. There are no shortcuts in this business, and anyone who tells you otherwise is probably trying to scam you. Subscribe to the Podcast: iTunes | Spotify | Stitcher | Google Play Links Mentioned: Purchase The
10/10/201826 minutes 39 seconds
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014: The Responsibility of Artist Management with Sam Fisher

Sam Fisher is an artist manager at Deep South Entertainment, where he represents a host of artists including rising star Branan Murphy. But that's not where his story begins. Sam has been around the business since he was young, as his mother and father were both musicians. Since he was young, he had dreams of rocking out on stage. Sam finally got to see a glimpse of that dream when he was tapped to be the front man for Weekend Excursion. With the band, he toured all across the country, sold over 30,000 albums independently, and even had his music placed on TV shows like Dawson's Creek. When the band's run ended in 2007, Sam decided to try his hand in artist management. Because of his relentlessness and the passion he has for his clients, he's been wildly successful. Combined, his artists have sold over 500,000 albums and have been streamed nearly 75 million times.  Today on Music Business Dreams, Sam recounts his experiences in the industry, gives advice to aspiring ar
03/10/20181 hour 6 minutes 5 seconds
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013: Fighting for the Underdog with Michael Stover

Michael Stover started his journalism career as a junior in High School, posting review after review of his favorite underground hip hop on a small WordPress blog. His passion for giving a platform to artists who would otherwise be overlooked has helped him secure writing credits on Vibe, Rapzilla, Blavity and more. Now, as the Managing Editor of DeadEndHipHop.com and Editor at Taste Creators, he’s in a position to help more artists than ever before. On today’s episode of Music Business Dreams, I talk to Sto about his passion for Hip Hop writing, his desire to see artists win, and actionable tips for artists and writers alike. Pay close attention for your chance to win a free 1-hour strategy call with yours truly! Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Stitcher | Google Play Links/Resources Mentioned: Join the Indie Club on Facebook: http://kdmr.us/indieclub Subscribe to our YouTube Channel: http://kdmr.us/youtube Follow us on al
26/09/201857 minutes 36 seconds
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012: Building an Empire Through Education with JFilt

JFilt is a music producer, sound designer, author and entrepreneur based in Atlanta, GA. Growing up in the church, he has been around music for as long as he can remember. After moving to Atlanta to explore the music scene, JFilt discovered a talent and passion for teaching. He turned this passion into VerySickBeats, a YouTube Channel dedicated to helping others learn how to make better beats and put out positive energy into the world. Today on Music Business Dreams, JFilt discusses his background, how he discovered his love for teaching, tips on how to land on Spotify Playlists and much more. Subscribe: iTunes | Spotify | Stitcher | Google Play Follow JFILT: Twitter | Instagram<
19/09/201853 minutes 40 seconds
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011: Harnessing the Power of Paid Traffic with Jens The Guru

Jens &quot;The Guru&quot; Elmera is an online marketing and advertising expert with over 10 years of experience in the Music Industry. His mastery of Facebook, Google and Instagram's advertising platforms has helped him craft hugely successful campaigns for artists including Haley Smalls and SumYunGhai. He has even been called upon by major labels to help craft marketing campaigns for their artists as well. In today's episode of Music Business Dreams, Jens tells us why every artist should be using Facebook and Instagram ads to drive traffic to their content. He explains how to get started with your first paid traffic campaigns, and dispels a number of myths along the way. You can follow Jens on Instagram at @JensTheGuru Subscribe to Music Business Dreams: iTunes Stitcher <a href="http://kdmr.us/mbdgo
12/09/201840 minutes 8 seconds
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010: Getting Press For Your Music with Lennon Cihak

Lennon Cihak has written for EDM.com, Digital Music News, EARMILK, Noiseporn, and Magnetic Magazine. So believe me, he knows a thing or two about getting press for musicians. On this episode, Lennon breaks down all the tips for getting your music featured. For more from Lennon, follow him on Twitter @LennonCihak and visit his blog at http://www.lennoncihak.com To download the Perfect Pitch Template for Free, visit http://kdmr.us/perfectpitch
05/09/201838 minutes 39 seconds
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009: Being the Artist's Advocate with Artist Manager Mike Luna

A $1,000 dollar investment got Mike Luna into the Music Business back in 2011, and he hasn't looked back since. As the manager of acts like Xavier Omar, Swade and pat junior, Mike has seen his artists reach Billboard Charts, Spotify Playlists and even Video Game Soundtracks. Listen to his tips for success on today's Music Business Dreams. Follow Mike on Twitter: http://twitter.com/lunamike Follow Mike on Instagram: http://instagram.com/lunamike Learn more about Mike's company MOON Artists and Apply for the Internship: http://moonartists.com
29/08/20181 hour 2 minutes 32 seconds
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008: Consistency is Key: An Interview with Jett I Masstyr

Jett I Masstyr is a Houston based hip hop producer. He's worked with various indie artists in the southern and west coast regions while dropping a steady flow of themed based instrumental projects. Jett I's sound is soulful, dynamic, rich, and draws inspiration from sampled based 90's hip hop. On this episode of Music Business Dreams, Jett I talks about how he got started in music, the differences between producing for artists and producing instrumental projects, streaming vs downloads, and how he's building momentum by consistently releasing projects. Subscribe to the Music Business Dreams Podcast: iTunes Stitcher Google Play Spotify Links Mentioned: Jett I. Masstyr on Bandcamp <a href=
22/08/201853 minutes 3 seconds
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007: How to Rock Your Email List with Cheryl B. Engelhardt

Want to learn how to rock your email list? If so, this is the episode for you. This week, we spoke to Cheryl B. Engelhardt, a full time musician and artist coach based in New York City. Cheryl has a ton of experience in the music industry. From touring internationally, crafting music and jingles for ad agencies, to licensing her own original music for television and film, Cheryl has seen it all. What's perhaps the most impressive feat is Cheryl's mastery of E-mail Marketing as the primary driver of her career. Cheryl has been able to make over $40,000 from her e-mail list -- all with less than 2,000 subscribers! In this interview, Cheryl talks about her background, how she got started in the business and, of course, her tips for building a successful e-mail list of your own. Listen to Episode 007 of the Music Business Dreams Podcast: iTunes <a href="http://kdmr.us/mb
15/08/201852 minutes 27 seconds
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006: Don't Be Afraid to Shoot Your Shot - with Brian 'Mix Engineer' Kidd

Brian 'Mix Engineer' Kidd is -- well -- a Mix Engineer. After hearing about Little Brother online, he decided to move from Hampton, VA to the Raleigh, NC area so he could be a part of the action. His dream got even closer to reality when rapper K-Hill took him under his wing and helped him get started as a mix engineer. Since then, Brian has worked with artists like Chase N. Cashe, K-Hill, Jered Sanders and Pat Junior. Check out this interview where Brian and I talk about how to become a mix engineer, tips for success and more! This interview covers: How Brian got started How Brian connected with rapper K-Hill, Chase N. Cashe and others Why it is important to hire a Mix Engineer His approach to Mixing &amp; Mastering The Top 5 Plugins for Mixing &amp; Mastering and much, much more...
08/08/201847 minutes 24 seconds
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005: How Stlndrms Used Live Streaming to Level Up His Music Career

Chris Wilkes (aka STLNDRMS) has been making beats since the early 2000’s. Early in his career, he saw great success by building a name for himself in Japan. He scored a small record deal and even landed 2 video game soundtracks! However, his return to the states wasn’t as glorious as he may have hoped. The setbacks caused him to leave music alone for nearly 5 years. As a way to share his latest creations with his friends, Stlndrms started a Facebook Live show called BEATS + CHILL. Soon, he was averaging over 50,000 views per month and 185,000 monthly listeners on the streaming platforms. He’s used his platform to launch multiple income streams including digital products, live events and brand partnerships. This interview covers: How stlndrms got started His livestreaming equipment setup Livestreaming vs Native content on social media The benefits of consistently showing up online How to balance family life with a full t
01/08/201854 minutes 30 seconds
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004: From Internet Producer to Universal Records & Beyond with Koncept Beats

Today on the podcast, we're talking to Bryant Walker AKA Koncept Beats. Koncept got his start leasing beats on Soundclick and was one of the early successes of the &quot;internet producer&quot; era. Making over $30k per year while studying at college full time, he was able to carve out an amazing life for himself even before being approached by Universal Records for a publishing deal. Nowadays, Bryant runs 9th Avenue Media, a full service marketing and production agency that brings creative content to small business owners of all types. By using his creative expertise, he helps businesses get the results they need quickly. Listen to Bryant as he shares his story and provides insight to all of us pursuing creative careers. For more insights, you can follow Bryant on Instagram @BryantEWalker
25/07/20181 hour 5 minutes 24 seconds
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003: Headlining Shows and Raising Over $10,000 on Kickstarter with NANCE

For Episode 3 of the Music Business Dreams Podcast, we spoke to NANCE, a rapper from Raleigh, NC. NANCE is a great example of what it means to really brand yourself as an artist. By being authentic and putting a lot of thought into his social media strategy, NANCE has built quite the grassroots movement to propel his music forward. Last year, he successfully raised over $10,000 via Kickstarter to fund his debut album, No Excuses. I spoke to NANCE over the phone about how he got started in music, the keys to building an effective brand, how he started headlining his own shows, and just how he got his fans to contribute over $10,000 to his Kickstarter campaign. This is an interview you don't want to miss. Follow NANCE on Social Media: http://Facebook.com/NanceMusic http://Instagram.com/Nance http://twitter.com/nanceraps
18/07/201838 minutes 21 seconds
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002: Building A Brand on YouTube with Sarah, The Illstrumentalist

2 years ago, Sarah The Illstrumentalist started regularly uploading beatmaking videos to YouTube. Since then, she's amassed over 8,000 subscribers and landed partnerships with brands like Melodics, Roland, Teenage Engineering and more! In Episode 2 of the Music Business Dreams Podcast, I talk with Sarah about how she got started in music, strategies for success on YouTube, and her newly launched brand No Quantize. Listen to the episode, and leave your thoughts below.
11/07/201848 minutes 13 seconds
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001: Be Ready for Anything: A Conversation with Aimee Flint - Director of Operations for The Foreign Exchange

Aimee Flint is a bad-ass. With over 10 years under her belt as the Director of Operations for Grammy-nominated duo The Foreign Exchange, she knows a thing or two about challenging times. Listen her story of strength, perseverance and truly being up for ANY challenge. In this episode, Aimee talks about how she got her start in the industry, the moment Phonte offered her a job with the group, and the challenges that come with her role. We talked about keeping a label steady throughout all the turmoil the industry has been through, and how to keep a fan-base engaged with creative strategies the big labels aren't thinking about. Keep up with Aimee and The Foreign Exchange: http://theforeignexchangemusic.com Aimee on Instagram Links Mentioned: The Music Marketing Guidebook: http://musicmarketingguidebook.com The Indie Club on Facebook: http://kdmr.us/indieclub
04/07/201855 minutes 53 seconds
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Music Business Dreams - Podcast Trailer

Welcome to the Music Business Dreams Podcast! Here's a quick preview of what the podcast is all about. Be sure to subscribe and come back for our world premiere on July 4, 2018!
23/06/20181 minute 7 seconds