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Produce Like a Boss - with Kris Bradley

Produce Like a Boss - with Kris Bradley

Are you a songwriter, artist, or musician? Do you want to be self-sufficient as an independent music creator? That?s exactly where I was not that long ago! That's why I'm passionate about teaching artists how to produce! Whether you want to learn to produce your own songs, or just understand what goes into production so you can communicate your needs to another producer in the studio, my mission is to help you do exactly that! No "techy talk" or gear talk here, just practical, simple solutions to help you execute your vision, as well as mindset tweaks to keep you on track with your career!


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Overcome Resistance & Rejection For Songwriting Success with Lisa McEwen

Learn how to tap into your inner power and regain CONFIDENCE as a songwriter with Lisa McEwen!

Lisa McEwen is a Nashville Published Songwriter and Recording Artist who has written songs for Major and Indie Artists, and Theme songs for various charities, podcasts, & YouTube channels.

Lisa is also the founder of The Successful Songwriter Within, where she teaches songwriters of all levels how to minimize doubt, overcome fear and resistance, and successfully shift into creative alignment as a songwriter.

In this interview, I sit down with my soul sista Lisa McEwen from Music and Mindfulness and we discuss everything from meditation and breathing, to mindfulness, to confidence, to affirmations and crushing anxiety, and how this all helps us to achieve success with our songwriting!

Sign up for Lisa?s FREE 5 Day Heart-Centered Songwriting Challenge here??

Find Lisa online!

Facebook: @lisamcewenmusic

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How to Get Paid to Write Custom Songs with Leo Saunders from Tune River

Custom songwriting businesses are HUGE right now and popping up everywhere!

This simply means that you write a song for somebody for a special occasion.  Could be a birthday, wedding, anniversary, you name it.

I sat down with a new friend of mine Leo Saunders who is the CEO of TuneRiver and talked to him about his custom songwriting company.

In this interview, you?ll learn about how his artists are compensated, how much he pays, and his collaboration process!

Email Leo @:  [email protected] and use ?referred by Kris at PLAB? in the subject line

Get your free trial for over $5,000 worth of pro plugins and sounds here??

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Taking restriction free music to the next level - Interview with Chief of Music Niklas from Epidemic Sound

In today?s episode, I sit down with the chief of music for Epidemic Sound, Niklas Brantberg.

Epidemic Sound, the market-leading platform for restriction-free music, is headquartered in Stockholm, heard around the globe, and on a mission to soundtrack the world.

The company has democratized access to music for storytellers. Its innovative digital rights model paves the way for creators - everyone from YouTubers to small businesses to the world?s largest brands - to use restriction-free music to take their content to the next level, whilst simultaneously supporting the musicians it works with both financially and creatively.

This company is taking the industry by STORM with its innovative (and disruptive) approach to licensing music.

In this discussion, we talk about how the company was founded, how they pay their artists UPFRONT money (before the songs are placed), and how they carefully vet the artists they work with.

Want to learn how to make money with your music?

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(BPB Series #5) Secrets to Selling Your Services Like a Boss

Welcome to part 5, the FINAL episode of the Boss Producer Business Series!!  If you haven?t checked out parts 1-4 please head over to and start at the top!

In today?s episode, I talk about the Secrets to Selling Your Services like a BOSS!   We cover the online marketplaces, to your own network, to setting up a CRM!

If you liked this series, you?re going to LOVE the Boss Producer Bootcamp which begins Sept 7th!

Just click below to reserve your seat!

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(BPB Series #4) Systems That Will Help You Scale

The episode you?re about to listen today is 4 of 5 in a powerful series I?ve put together especially for my aspiring producers called ?Boss Producer Business?.  If you haven?t checked out the first three episodes of this series,  I want you to go and listen to them now.  Just head to

In this series, I?m going to walk you through the steps it takes to go from being an unpaid amateur to a paid professional.

I?m also going to give you a sneak peek into how I run my 6 figure production company at a high level of performance and profitability.

In today?s episode, I talk all about systems that will help you scale!  This includes everything from file and project management, to templates, to hiring a VA!

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(BPB Series #3) Boss Producer Business 101

In this episode, I show you everything you need to set up your production company!  This includes everything from choosing a name, setting on a business entity, taxes, expenses and more.

And don?t worry, I know this stuff can be BAMBOOZLING, so in the spirit of P.LAB, I keep it SIMPLE.

Links mentioned in today's episode:

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(BPB Series #2) Making great music is JUST the beginning

The episode you?re about to listen to today is 2 of 5 in a powerful series I?ve put together especially for my aspiring producers called ?Boss Producer Business?.  If you haven?t checked out the first episode of this series, #54 The Starving Artist Vs. The Boss Producer, I want you to go and listen to that now.  It?s the episode just before this one and I?ll link it below!

In this series, I?m going to walk you through the steps it takes to go from being an unpaid amateur to a paid professional.

I?m also going to give you a sneak peek into how I run my 6 figure production company at a high level of performance and profitability.

Today?s episode is called ?Making great music is JUST the beginning? because making great music really is the bare minimum to success.   So for my uber-talented ninjas out there, listen up.

Links mentioned in today's episode:

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Check this book, ?How to Be Better At Almost Everything? by Pat Flyn here:

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(BPB Series #1) The Starving Artist Vs. The Boss Producer

The Starving Artist Vs. The Boss Producer

The episode you?re about to listen to today is the 1st in a powerful 5-part series I?ve put together especially for my aspiring producers called ?Boss Producer Business?.

In this series, I?m going to walk you through the steps it takes to go from being an unpaid amateur to a paid professional producer.

I?m also going to give you a sneak peek into how I run my 6 figure production company at a high level of performance and profitability.

In this episode, I talk about the difference between the Starving Artist and the Boss Producer (CEO).  I think the world needs less Starving Artists, and more Boss Producers, so listen to today?s episode to learn about the mindset, habits, and strategies of a Boss Producer!

Links mentioned in today's episode:

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Check this book, ?Do the Work? by Steven Pressfield here:

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What Kind of Producer Are YOU?

What Kind of Producer Are YOU? 

What is a producer anyway?! 

This is a term whose definition has expanded tremendously over the past two decades. As technology has evolved, the roles in a creative team have too!

The days of studio engineers wearing white lab coats and being the only ones allowed to touch the equipment are looooonng gone, and for good.  As the limits on those roles have lifted, the concept of what a producer is and does has become more and more up to the individual.

Does that have you scratching your head about where you fit in?  Don?t worry - we gotchu!

In this episode, Kris breaks down the various types of producers, and helps you identify which role suits you best. Which one sounds like the producer you?re meant to be?

Links mentioned in today?s episode:

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Is music production the right career path for you?

Are you like just about every artist ever?  Do you sometimes wonder why you do this thing, and if it?s really what you want to do for a living? ?

The intersection of Art Ave. and Commerce Dr. is a busy one, and sometimes the signals just aiiiin?t telling us when it?s safe to cross.  ???

Let?s have a chat about it!

In this episode I share an interview I did with Alise Koa from the Musicians Secrets Podcast.  We discuss how to turn music production into a career, as well as how to start thinking like a business owner, so you can make your music more than a side hustle. It can be your FRONT HUSTLE!


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How to Use Tik Tok to Grow Your Brand As a Musicians with Robbin Marx

In today?s episode, I sit down with Tik Tok Expert and Coach, Robbin Marx,  to discuss how you can grow your brand and your business as a musician on Tik Tok!


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Studio Linked Interview with Evin Groves

In this episode, I sit down with the CEO of Studio Linked Evin Groves.  We chat about his journey from music producer to software developer, his new plugin ?STUDIO? by Studio Linked, and we discuss when it?s ok to use melodic loops.

You can find Studio Linked here:

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Student Success Stories with Derick Sebastian

In this episode, I chat with one of my students Derick Sebastian as he shares his journey from performing ukelele extraordinaire, to learning how to produce during the pandemic, which led to getting his music picked up by a major music library and an online business as a session player!

You can find Derick Sebastian here:

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Interview with Legion Gabe - Is Leasing Beats the Wave of the Future?

Gabe Schillinger is a music producer who has worked with some of the biggest names in hip hop like Snoop Dogg, Kendrick Lamar, and Too Short.

His music production business is called Legion Beats, and in addition to that, he also teaches entrepreneurs in music and other industries how to grow and scale their businesses!

In this episode, we discuss Gabe?s transition from the ?industry game? to becoming not a 6, but a 7 figure producer, and it all started with leasing beats!!!

We also talk about the hardships and anxiety that come with being an artist, and how to power through.

Links mentioned in today?s episode:

Slate Digital

Gabe?s Free Training on How He Made 1 Million dollars selling beats!

Kris? interview on Midi Money Podcast

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Student Success Stories with Johnny Walker

Are you having a blast learning all the new skills and making music that sounds pro?  I hope so, cause that?s why we do all this!  But we also want you to be able to turn that into a successful business if that?s what you want  to do!

On today?s episode, I?m excited to share with you a success story with one of our first students. Johnny Walker is now leasing his instrumentals, guitar tracks, and beats online after taking ?From Voice Memo 2 Demo? and ?How to Make Money From Your Home Studio?. 

Join us as we discuss how he has grown his business from his home studio, using what he learned from Produce Like A Boss!

You can find Johnny on Instagram @johnnywalkeracoustic

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3 Things You Can Do To Start Using Synths Today - (Even if You Don?t Know What You?re Doing) With Dean Palya from Slate Digital

Have you ever been ?in the flow?, spouting ideas in your DAW as fast as you can record them? Feels great, right? But then maybe you heard a sound in your head that would be awesome, and the next thing you know, it?s 45 minutes of messing with your synth later, the flow has slowed to a bare trickle, and your muse has packed up and left for a cooler party somewhere down the street? If that sounds familiar, then you?ve got to hear today?s episode!

Today, I am sooooo excited to have Dean Palya from Slate Digital as my special guest!

He?s going to show off their new, super cool synth, ANA 2 ULTRA. But he?s not just going to make some bleep-bloops and leave us to figure it out on our own!  We?re going to dive into 3 SIMPLE things you can do to start tweaking synths TODAY.  You?ll even learn how you can get ANA 2 Ultra as part of Slate?s All Access Pass FREE for 30 days!!

Dean is the VP of Product at Slate Digital, where he leads the team to create educational content for Slate Academy, Sample packs, Mix Templates, plugins, and more.

Outside of Slate Digital, Dean is also a songwriter and producer. He loves to create tools and products that help producers and songwriters around the world create better music.


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3 Steps to Start Picking Better Sounds for your Productions Today

In this episode, I talk about developing a strategy to be a BOSS ? at sound selection, and how to avoid the ?is this the right snare? What about that one???? rabbit hole!  Having all the hot sounds and plugins is fun, but how do we keep our focus on the music and flow when it comes to the digital playground of sound libraries?

In this episode, you?ll learn my 3 simple steps to set yourself up for sound selection success! ??

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5 Skills You Need to Run a Production Company

In today?s episode, we?re going to talk about what skills you need to run a production company.

A production company is a company that allows you to provide services as a music producer.  This can increase your opportunities and revenue as a musician and can be a GODSEND if you?re tired of being put in a box as an artist! ?

Dive in to hear 5 skills you need to build your production company today!

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By the time you ARRIVE you'll feel like you BELONG- A note from my energy healer

Today I?m sharing some of the wisest words I?ve ever encountered from one of my first energy healers back in the day...  ?By the time you ARRIVE, you'll feel like you BELONG...?

Truer words have never been spoken and it took me years to realize what it actually meant!

In this episode, you?ll learn

Why making dreams big and unachievable pushes them away
When you do the work, opportunities are the results
The difference between a DO-it Dreamer and a Doh-Doh Dreamer
How to get noticed in a noisy market

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Student Success Stories - Dano

In this episode, I chat with one of my amazing students Dano!

Dano shares her journey from classically trained OPERA singer to fronting a rock band, and how she finally broke out of a long hiatus from music after several years.

We also talk music production, how she got started with Produce Like a Boss, as well as some sweet wins she?s gotten since taking From Voice Memo to Demo!

You can find Dano at IG @danoladybegood

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Plant many seeds, but DON'T watch them grow!

One of the most powerful things you can do to increase the odds and promise for your success as a producer is to have multiple irons in the fire. Create multiple streams of income and opportunities for yourself! Don?t ever put all of your eggs in one basket. 

Over the years, this is the most valuable thing I have learned to keep my business healthy and stable.

Here?s my new spin on an old saying? ?Plant Many Seeds, but DON?T watch them grow!? Instead, plant as many seeds as possible, then, trust mother nature. Trust that as you keep hustlin, keep building your opportunities and network, the fruits of your labor will come full circle and you can reap the rewards.

Want to become e a badass producer, songwriter, entrepreneur, and more? Sign up to get on the waitlist for my new course - Home Studio Boss.

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The Slight Edge - Stop Trying to "Make It", Quantum Leaps are BS Part 2

This is Part 2 of the Series: "The Slight Edge - Stop Trying to ?Make It?, Quantum Leaps are BS"

I?m rereading one of my favorite books ?The Slight Edge? right now, which is about how it?s actually the little things we do everyday that contribute to our success, not HUGE quantum leaps. In other words, there?s no overnight success. ???

In this episode, I break down the habits I needed to form to get to the point where I am today, what my daily routine was while building my production business, and then I give some insight into how I operate now to stay on top of two businesses and continue to produce! ?

The music business is growing and changing and there has never been a better time to get in and make money with your music. I am working on a new advanced course for you right now, as well as a mentorship program, and I am soooo excited to share it with you in the coming months. ?

My Free Series: Start Producing Your Song Today in 3 SIMPLE Steps -

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The Slight Edge - Stop trying to ?Make it?, Quantum Leaps are BS Part 1

In this episode I talk about a few lightbulb moments I?ve had over the years that have had a lasting impact on my life. One of the biggest epiphanies was sparked by reading a book called The Slight Edge, and it taught me that ?quantum leaps are bullsh*t.? ?

We can score the big wins, they are out there. But, after really coming to terms that what it takes to get there is actually the small steps and consistent work we put in everyday, I made some choices and changes and started to get results. I started to make money with my music, and I started my business. ?

The answer to getting those big wins is not ?prepared meets opportunity?.

It?s ?being prepared?. Period. This is how you create opportunity!

My Free Series: Start Producing Your Song Today in 3 SIMPLE Steps

The Slight Edge (Turning Simple Decisions into Massive Success and Happiness) 

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In today?s episode you are going to get a hilarious and wild story about something that I went and challenged myself with a few months ago! ?? This experience was so wacky and funny that I really don?t want to spoil it in the notes here, but what I will say is that I came away from it with a powerful lesson and reminder:

In life, we are going to fall, we are going to fail, we are going to have to face fears and challenges? and no matter the outcome, the real success is SHOWING UP!! Just by showing up in life, following your heart, facing your fears, saying "I can" when you think you can't, and openly experiencing the journey - you?ve won. You've made it. ??

Here is my free S.I.M.P.L.E Training I mentioned in the intro!

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Talk the Talk, Producers Lingo

Have you ever found yourself trying to hang with producers in the studio, feelin? all cool ? like you know what you?re doin, and then all of the sudden you realize everyone around you is talking like they are from another planet? ? Saying words like "comping, flying, overdubs, boomy, airy, ADSR, EQ, sibilance"? Well if you?re anything like me, you know what I'm talking about. ?

In this episode, I go in-depth and break down a ton of terms you will find not only in the studio ?, but in your DAW ? too (Digital Audio Workstation). I even get in there ?? with some very specific examples of EQ ? to show what the sound differences actually sound like!

And of course here is my gift to you, a Quick Guide to Producer?s Lingo, so you can ride off into the sunset of ???Producer Dreamland??? and totally know what's up!

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Student Success Stories - Carmel Helene

Carmel Helene is a total ROCKSTAR! ? Carmel started ?From Voice Memo 2 Demo? less than 8 months ago and has already landed two songs with a major library, AND people are hitting her up left and right for production projects!

Kris and Carmel talk about the ups and downs of trying to learn how to become a producer when you are starting out as a female singer-songwriter not knowing a thing about the production world.

Then, Carmel goes deep into why Kris?s course ?From Voice Memo 2 Demo? has changed the game for her. How she was finally able to learn to do what she has dreamt of doing for so long.

She talks about the freedom and empowerment she feels by having these skills under her belt, how Kris is such a fun and simple yet captivating teacher, and the best part? that it's only just the beginning for her!

FREE WORKSHOP: Songwriters Guide to Producing the S.I.M.P.L.E Way

You can find Carmel on Instagram @carmelhelene and on Facebook at

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How to Build Your First Home Studio

Setting up your first home studio can feel scary and overwhelming? am I right? Well, I?m here to tell you it doesn?t have to be overwhelming OR a multi thousand dollar investment. ??

If you?ve been putting off building your home studio, there really are just a few things you need to get started and never look back! If I can do it with just a few hundred dollars collecting used gear, so can you! These days it?s no longer a luxury to record from home, it?s a necessity.

If you want to maximize your opportunities in the industry you must be able to record yourself.  This isn?t just for my producers out there, this is for my singers, instrumentalists, songwriters, ya?ll, now is the time to become a TRIPLE THREAT! ???

So here is the breakdown:

You?ll need a computer, a microphone, an audio interface, MIDI controller, studio headphones, and ideally some studio monitors as well (aka studio speakers - you can even save this one for later). I go over all of the gear details of what I've used, and what I like, and even direct you to my free home studio starter kit guide in this episode. ?

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Using Boundaries To Create FREEDOM As A Producer And Songwriter

If you?re an artist, I?m going to assume you?ve been hit by a little thing called Blank Page Syndrome. You know, that dreary beginning stages of staring at a blank page before the songwriting begins. The options are limitless. Do you write a love song, or a party song, do you start with a loop, or build a kit, or track guitars first and the list goes on and on ?

The fact that you can start anywhere is honestly too much to handle.  Especially if you have perfectionism lingering around and you want everything to be perfect straight out the gate---which, spoiler alert, isn?t how great art is made.  Have you ever heard the saying the best writers are re-writers?

This is called decision fatigue. By having too many options we often get overwhelmed and are therefore not able to gain clarity on our main objective. It's said the average person makes 35,000 decisions every day! ?

Today I?m going to share how having (and using!) boundaries will actually create freedom (yes, freedom) as a producer ? ? I also mentioned some a-m-a-z-i-n-g resources from Slate Digital and my FREE S.I.M.P.L.E method for learning how to produce.

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The Godfather of Sync & Underscore Gabriel Candiani

In today?s episode I sit down with my mentor, the man I have to thank for leveling up MY production chops, the GODFATHER of Sync & Underscore with over 6,000 placements... Gabriel Candiani.

I know you?ve heard me brag about him before, and I?m not even kidding when I say this guy personally showed me the ROPES when it comes to production music for Sync.

Gabriel isn't just my mentor, he's literally family.  I can safely say this is my FAVORITE podcast I've recorded so far.  Prepare yourself for some chuckles, mic drops, and golden nuggets. 

You?re going to learn...

what Gabriel?s TOP generating genre is in Film/TV ?? how he broke into the world of sync ?? the importance of building relationships in the industry ? what really defines a producer ??

Ready to learn how to produce MONEY making songs for SYNC?  Click here to get started.

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5 Steps To Start Charging As A Producer

Have you ever had someone approach you and ask you to sing on a track, do a mix, or produce their song? You might be familiar with the excitement that comes with it until they ask the dreaded question, ?What do you charge??.

And then you?re TORN, because you LOVE making music and helping people ? but on the other hand? time ain?t cheap y?all! ????

Maybe you haven?t charged anyone for your service before, and then you?re expected to pull a number out of a hat that?s fair, but also values your skills, and? now you?re uncertain. And that makes clients uncertain about you.

But that?s not going to be you! ? Whether you?re ready to start charging, you?ve been in business for a while, or you?re just honing your skills for the moment, you can learn the things you need to know to create the most success for your business! ?

Get the scoop right here in this week?s podcast and don?t be caught off guard when it?s time to shine!

Want more info on how to make money from your home studio?? Click here!

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New Year, New Music Industry, New Ways For You To Make Money!

Happy New Year friends, and welcome to 2021! ?

After the hot dumpster fire that was 2020, I think we can all agree, this year we?ve gotta come back stronger, more determined, and with more ? FIYA ? than ever!

Just like it?s a new year, there?s TONS of new ways to make money in the music industry. With a little digging, you can uncover so many streams of income it?ll make your head spin! ?  And take it from me, I?ve been doing this for a while; I started as a session singer, then a topliner, then when I got my producing chops up, I was making demos for songwriters, producing full songs for clients, and people were paying me left and right for it all!

But these aren?t the only ways! In fact, that?s just scratching the surface ?

In today?s podcast, I talk about what it takes to make a living from your passion for music, and all the wonderful ways you can do it!!!

And as promised, here's that link for anyone who wants to start making money from their home studio!

Sign up for the Slate Digital Bundle and get your first 6 months for $9.99 !

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The Difference Between "Shortcuts" and "Fast Tracks"

Recently I caught myself saying the words ?take this short cut? while putting together a training and almost spit my coffee out on my keyboard because, if you know me at all, I don?t believe in shortcuts.  In fact, I even have an episode on this podcast called ?There are no shortcuts!? (Go check it out if you haven?t! ?)

So of course I got to thinking about what I actually meant to say instead of ?shortcut?, and I came up with the term ?fast track?: now you?re probably thinking, ?Kris what?s the difference? They?re pretty much the same thing!? ?

Well here it is: shortcuts are for lazy, hopeful people ?, and fast tracks are for the go-getters and action-takers ? ?

The people looking for shortcuts are looking for quantum leaps, but the people looking for fast tracks are just trying to cut out all the noise and useless info they don?t need. They are efficient.

Don?t buy it yet? Listen to my explanation in this week?s episode ?

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How To ROCK Your Email List With Cheryl Engelhardt

If you're treating your music like a business, you HAVE to have an email list.  I wish I knew this years ago, but I?m glad I?m catching up with the times now!

Email is an amazing way to communicate with your community and provide value?.AND if you take care of your people, they will take care of you!  Did you know that if you have an engaged email list, you?re set up to make $1 per person (or MORE) on that list per month? That means 1000 fans = $1000, 2,000 fans, = $2,000 and so on!!

Cue Cheryl Engelhardt: she's an independent composer/songwriter/performer with a background in science ?, which led to her testing hundreds of emails and comparing the data, so that YOU don't have to!

She's brilliant, and such a vibrant character! Her story is both inspiring and EYE opening ??

She ALSO has a 5-day Challenge that starts December 1st, but if you're listening later, don't worry! You can take her FREE training here! 

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Making Music Production Less Scary with Steven Slate, Co-Founder Of The Legendary Slate Digital!

In this episode, I sit down with Steven Slate, who co-founded Slate Digital: a GIANT in the audio world, with plugins, sample packs, gear, classes, and so much more! I use their plugins ALL THE TIME, and you might have seen the Slate VMS-1 in some of my videos; it's one of my favorite mics!

So needless to say, when Slate reached out to me and told me they loved what I was teaching,  I was DYING with excitement!  I may be fangirling a little bit as well ;)

As it turns out, Steven and I have a common goal: we both want to make it as easy as possible for songwriters to make music on their own terms...AND less scary!

Steven does this by creating the best plugins, equipment, samples, etc. he can and making it affordable, and I do this by teaching people how to use those tools to make the music that's in their hearts!

Two different approaches with the same end goal: to get YOU to be your own producer!

So if you?re ready to learn how to produce your own music I have EXCELLENT news!

My course ?From Voice Memo 2 Demo? is NOW OPEN FOR ENROLLMENT!

Not only that, I have partnered with Slate Digital to give you a FREE 3 month trial of the ALL ACCESS PASS, which is over $5,000 worth of plugins and sounds, wowza!

Click here to get started!!

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If You Set The Intention, The Path Will Unfold

Have you ever caught yourself ?white-knuckling? your way through life trying to make things happen a certain way? ?

Don?t worry, we?ve all been there. Especially in the music biz.

I used to think the only way for me to ?make it? was to get a major pub deal or record deal, and if I wasn?t ?Beyonce Big? then I had failed. Boy was I wrong! Do you know how much money is floating around for creatives to make money outside of the ?music industry??

Truth is, I just wanted to make a great living with my music, and I wanted to make an impact.  And once I realized that I didn?t need to define the how or what was going to get me there, I discovered a whole new world...

And that world was music production and custom songwriting. What started off as a necessity because I couldn?t afford to hire producers soon became an obsession and a passion ?

Learning how to produce opened doors I could have never imagined. It created opportunities I could have only dreamed of. I just think to myself now, imagine if I would have INSISTED that a ?record deal? or ?pub deal? would be my ONLY path to success. CRAZY.

We?ve all heard the saying, ?you make plans, and God laughs??  I imagine him saying something like ?those are your dreams?! That?s cute kid?.hold my beer? ? ?

Once I learned how to produce, here?s just a few things that happened:

I started producing my own demos, which led to getting songs cut with artists. One I got pretty good at that, other songwriters started hiring me to do their demos so they could pitch their songs to other artists I was able to turn this "demo business" into a full time income. I even had several publishing companies in Nashville who used me as their resident "track girl" I started doing remote session work as a vocalist and a songwriter. This was additional income to the demo work and became even more profitable Artists started asking me to produce their albums I started getting film/TV placements I grew my business to six figures

Now I?m helping other artist/songwriters learn how to produce and record so they can do the same!

In this episode I tell you a little bit more about my back story, what prompted my decision to go full time with my music, and how learning to produce has changed my life.

P.S. If you're interested in learning to produce your own music, check out this FREE training! ?  

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An Interview With Former Manager For Taylor Swift: Rick Barker

I?m SO excited to bring on the new guest in this episode!!! ?

This is a personal friend of mine, and an absolute GENIUS in the music industry when it comes to marketing yourself, growing a fan base, and presenting your best self to the world. He?s the former manager of Taylor Swift (? ),  the host of the podcast Music Industry Blueprint, a co-author of the book $150,000 Music Degree, and a consultant on growing artist fan bases. Basically, if you want to know how to get your music HEARD, Rick Barker is your guy! ?

Chatting with Rick is always a treat, because he drops truth bombs EVERYWHERE! ?? In this episode we talk about having the right mentality, the right and wrong ways to engage your fans, and what it takes to get noticed in the modern music scene.

With 25 years of experience in the ? business, he?s just about seen it all, so let?s all learn a thing or two from my brilliant friend, Rick Barker!

Want to get a FREE training with Rick? Sign up for a LIVE session with the legend himself, where he will teach you 5 Keys To Breakthrough with Your Music, So You can Finally Get Paid! 

And of course, you can learn how to produce your own music in this FREE workshop!

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An Interview With Sync Warrior Mike Genato

Today I'm bringing you inside the mind of a dear friend of mine, who happens to be an absolute badass producer in the sync world: Mike Genato!

With over 20 years in the industry, Mike has been a record producer, composer, and sound designer, to audio creative director, music supervisor, music editor and record label owner.

With clients ranging from Lexus, Infiniti, Nissan, Nike, Adidas, and Mountain Dew; to HBO, SYFY, MTV, Netflix, Disney and BET; Mike has been CRUSHING it in the sync world since 1998.

Today, Mike splits his time running an original music and licensing boutique called RVRSPLAY, and working as a music editor for Netflix. He is also an educator, helping the next generation of producers and composers navigate the world of sync music.

Learn how to produce your own music with this FREE workshop!

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How To STOP Caring What Other Producers Think

I've had so many people in my life, even some producer friends, EVEN BOYFRIENDS say I'd never be a "real" producer. They told me to just stick to what I was good at, songwriting.

If I had listened to them, if I had given in and believed them, I would never have had the confidence to put my own music out there and see what I could be for myself!

The truth is, we have to stop letting other people?s opinions define us.

Most of the time, these producers aren't really talking about you, they're projecting their own insecurities on you to feel better about themselves. So don't take it personally, and most importantly, KEEP WORKING!

In this episode I talk about how you can push through the fear of caring what these other ?producers? think!

You can do it, and I believe in you ?

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Why Your Talent Is Holding You Back From Going Pro From Your Home Studio

As musicians, we often think that the path to success is simple; we just have to be better than the other person, better than the other people in line, and better then the rest of the choices, and we'll make it. But the truth, though it's uncomfortable, is that the less-talented guitar player is going to get hired for the session sometimes, and the less-talented vocalist will get that cut.

The thing that separates you from the crowd isn't always going to be talent. Being good at your craft is a prerequisite nowadays, and the way to get ahead is to put yourself out there effectively, and take control of the business that is YOU. 

The people hiring musicians for remote session don't want an artist who needs their hand held to send them .wav files, and they won't sign a contract with someone who doesn't know what a PRO is. They're going to choose the musician who has their act together!

To be successful musicians, we need to OWN our business, and treat it like one! Learn what's going on behind the scenes, market yourself effectively, and know how the industry works. Sometimes we think having talent is enough, but talent is just a stepladder on the mountain of success. 

Learn how to produce your own music in this FREE workshop! --->>>

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That Time I Got Asked To Play SXSW For A Song I Wrote Called ?My Tortilla?

It starts like any other story: Girl meets boy. Girl writes song about tortillas. Girl gets invited to perform at a huge music festival. Right?? ?  Ok so maybe it's not the most relatable story for you now, but the thing is that could be. I never thought a song about any kind of food would land me in one of the most prestigious music festivals in the world, South By Southwest. 

But it didn't happen because I fit in with all the other musicians attending and performing at the festival, it was because I STOOD OUT.  Take a listen to the journey of a song from creation to success, and you'll see why they say ?the riches are in the niches!? ? ?

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Sometimes You're The Rubber Band

Hey producers and producers-in-the-making,

You ever feel like you?re frustrated with where you?re at, maybe even a little stuck? Perhaps you?re a busy body (like me) but lately you feel like you?ve been standing still, even though you?re busier than ever!  Even though we've all been reassured that feeling stuck is normal, it's more than that: it's part of the process to get from where you are to where you want to be. 

Maybe I can reframe things for you: instead of being stuck, you might just be the rubber band in a slingshot, feeling like you're going nowhere, or maybe even backward, but if you stick with it, BAM! Like a slingshot, you'll shoot forward as a result. 

You might be in a place where all you need is a little push or something to set you up to launch. 

Check out this free resource, and see if it can help you get moving again!

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Why Writer's Block Is Bull$h!t

We've all been there; we've all had days where the creativity fountain seems to stop flowing, and good ideas avoid us like the plague. But what if this was something you could control? Is it possible to keep the fountain on all the time? 

Pro songwriters know that inspiration is the result of action; not the other way around. When you start working on something without knowing where it's heading, ideas start to pop up and say "Hey! Try me!". If you never look for them, you'll never find them! 

One great way to get moving and start hunting down a song is to start with pre-production. Create an outline or a blueprint for yourself, select some sounds, get the vibe going. The rest will follow.

DON'T sit around waiting for that magical feeling, go out and get it!

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Is Using Loops Cheating?

In this episode, I share my take on using pre-made loops in your own original music.

Since the evolution of hip hop, producers have been taking pre-recorded music and ?sampling? it to make new music.  Anything from taking the original sample of the music and adding drums and bass, to ?flipping? it and completely repurposing it to something unrecognizable.

So... is it actually better to make your own sounds from scratch, so that you can be truly original? Not necessarily!

Most people don't care if you make your own sounds and loops, they just care about one thing: does it sound good? 

Loops are a tool, and you should use them when it sounds right to do so. No one is looking over your shoulder to say "You didn't make this yourself, you're a fraud!" because loops are, quite literally, made for YOU to use! No one expects you to be an expert in Latin percussion technique and play your own Bossa Nova rhythms, so take that groove, write a song, fill in the rest, and be proud that you made something uniquely YOU.

Links mentioned in show:

The Right Way to use royalty-free loops on splice-

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Fall In Love With Your Voice-The Difference Between the "It Factor" and a Demo Singer

This episode is for the singers out there.

Do you ever wonder what gives an artist that ?star power??  What distinguishes a great vocal from a good vocal?  What?s the difference between the demo singer and the artist?

In this episode, I talk about falling in love with the voice you've got... and what exactly that means! Sometimes the work calls for a solo artist, and other times it calls for a demo singer; there's nothing wrong with either! But do you know how to fill those shoes? 

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How This Artist Started Making Money 3 Months Into Learning Music Production

We've all heard the stories about how hard it is to make money as a musician; living in cars, working in restaurants while your songwriting dreams sit on a shelf. Well here's some good news: your story can be different.

In this episode, I interview one of my students from the course, Eryn Michel. 

Using the newfound skills she gained from the Voice Memo 2 Demo online course, she was able to hone her craft, discover new opportunities, and MONETIZE in 3 months! 

Listen to Eryn talk about her life before, when she served in the Army and worked in politics, as she describes the journey of finding her passion in music. From that passion she found the class to help her - a class aimed at helping songwriters learn production - and before she had even finished the course, she was making her own demos, producing for her friends, and earning money! 

The crazy dream that had once seemed so far out of reach came easily to her once she found the right instruction for her. Can it happen to you too?

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How to achieve Success with Your Music (Michael Walker Interview)

In this episode I interview Michael Walker from Modern Musician, and host of the annual ?Success with Music Conference?.

Michael shares his story on how he and his band went from living in their cars, to touring with their favorite band and playing selling 24,000 albums in 6 months and reaching #2 on the iTunes Alternative Charts!

Michael also takes us behind the scenes of his company Modern Musician where he?s helping tons of artists create a lasting career in the music industry by providing them with the proper tools they need to succeed.

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Rock Your Next Release

Are you an artist getting ready to release your music into the world and not sure where to start when planning your release?

In this episode, I interview Bree Noble from Female Entrepreneur Musician.

We talk about strategy and the long game of releasing an album, or series of singles.

Here?s the link to the LIVE training we?ll be doing this Wednesday, May 6 @ 6 PM Central/ 7 PM Eastern / 4 PM Pacific.

There are 8 big pieces of the puzzle or focus areas that determine whether a release will be successful or not. In this workshop, we'll go deep into each focus area. Bree will also show you how the pieces fit together within the Rock Your Next Release framework.

Join us for the workshop to learn:

 The 3 big mistakes you're probably making when releasing music (and how to fix them)  The one component you MUST have to ensure that you don't miss out on crucial promotional and income opportunities How to use the Rock Your Next Release framework to make a BIG splash with your next release without feeling overwhelmed

And Bree will be available to answer questions that come up throughout the workshop so be sure to attend live.

Register at

Let?s get a plan in place so you can make a HUGE splash with your next release!

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There Are No Short Cuts

In this episode I cover:

the correlation between work & luck some myths about how success comes about how to prepare for the life you want the magic secret to success (spoiler alert: there isn?t one!)

Here's the book I'm raving about :

"Do the Work"- Steven Pressfield

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Why I Don't Do "Hourly" Rates in the Studio

This episode is all about why I don?t charge by the hour. I go on a bit of a rant keeping it 100% real. I talked about:

-specific situations in the industry where hourly rates aren?t actually cheaper for the consumer

-why time spent does not always equate to the value of service provided

-when it MIGHT be acceptable to charge hourly

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Are You Ready to Go Pro From Your Home Studio?

If you?re ready to start making money from your home studio there is no better time than now.  Right now we?re in the middle of a global pandemic.  People are losing their jobs left and right, including the gigging musicians and my heart aches for them.  

But you know who?s still surviving?  Studio musicians that can engineer themselves.  

If you can record yourself, you can make a living.  If I can do it, you can do it!

In this episode I cover:

the mindset change I had to have after moving to Nashville thinking a major publishing deal was the only marker of success
some myths that may be stopping you from getting started
how to get out of your own way and start making MONEY

The Links mentioned in this episode:

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