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Episode #357 – Rupert Neve Passes, Labels De-emphasize Radio Promo, And Producer David Franz

NEWS The audio legend Rupert Neve passes away Record labels de-emphasizing radio promo as music consumption drops GUEST Producer/multi-instrumentalist and educator David Franz Check out Underground Sun Producer/multi-instrumentalist and educator David Franz wrote the very first book on Pro Tools as well as creating online courses for both Berklee Online and Lynda.com.  Besides running his label Underground Sun and EDM artist development and even production company Underground Sol, David is also the content manager for Lynda.com and LinkedIn Learning, where he works with creative professionals to create courses (including yours truly) to create courses on the platform. During the interview we spoke about writing the first book on Pro Tools, doing a deep analysis of John Coltrane, his Airstream trailer-based studio, the technique of melding electronic and live musicians together, recording an album remotely, and much more. On the intro I?ll take a look at the passing of the great Rupert Neve, and how labels are changing their emphasis away from radio promotion. var podscribeEmbedVars = { epGuid: 'https://bobbyoinnercircle.com/?p=2759', rssUrl: 'https://bobbyoinnercircle.com/feed/podcast/', backgroundColor: 'white', font: undefined, fontColor: undefined, speakerFontColor: undefined, height: '600px', showEditButton: false, showSpeakers: true, showTimestamps: true };
2021-02-16
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Episode #356 – Console Designer John Oram, Wallpaper Speakers, And SoundCloud Direct Pay

NEWS SoundCloud may pay institute artist-centric royalties Immersive audio easy with wallpaper speakers GUEST Console designer and "father of British EQ" John Oram John Oram started his career in the music business as the drummer for Mariann Faithful and a fill-in for the Yardbirds. On the side he began working at Vox during its heyday, contributing his expertise to the development of the wha-wha pedal, the fuzz box, the Continental organ, and the Super Beatle amplifier. From there he joined the legendary Trident Studios as design consultant and Chief of Design creating many consoles including the Fleximix, the TSM, and the iconic Series 80. He then founded Reflex Music Technology, inventing electro-acoustic preamps and pickups and supplying OEM products to guitar-makers Martin, Washburn, Charvel, Jackson, Lowden and many more famous guitar names. He then established Oram Pro Audio, where he continues to design and sell analog consoles and rack modules. During the interview we spoke about growing up in the music scene in the UK, working at Vox, the real story behind Trident, the secret to the sound of his EQ, having Covid twice, and much more. On the intro I?ll take a look at Soundcloud going to an artist-centric payment model, and wallpaper loudspeakers. var podscribeEmbedVars = { epGuid: 'https://bobbyoinnercircle.com/?p=2750', rssUrl: 'https://bobbyoinnercircle.com/feed/podcast/', backgroundColor: 'white', font: undefined, fontColor: undefined, speakerFontColor: undefined, height: '600px', showEditButton: false, showSpeakers: true, showTimestamps: true };
2021-02-09
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Episode #355 – Spotify Is Big Brother, Native Instruments Acquired, And Engineer/Podcaster Matt Boudreau

NEWS Spotify's latest patents have it listening to you to suggest music Native Instruments the latest MI company to be acquired GUEST Engineer/podcast Matt Boudreau Listen to Working Class Audio My guest this week is Matt Boudreau, who started as a drummer experiencing 6 figure record deals to eventually settling in behind the glass as a mixer and mastering engineer. Matt has since gone on to launch the hugely popular Working Class Audio podcast with more than 300 episodes under his belt. During our interview we talked about the burden of owning a commercial studio, rebounding from a business loss, template mixing, starting the Working Class Audio podcast, and much more. On the intro I?ll take a look at Spotify monitoring your speech to suggest music, and Native Instruments being acquired. var podscribeEmbedVars = { epGuid: 'https://bobbyoinnercircle.com/?p=2742', rssUrl: 'https://bobbyoinnercircle.com/feed/podcast/', backgroundColor: 'white', font: undefined, fontColor: undefined, speakerFontColor: undefined, height: '600px', showEditButton: false, showSpeakers: true, showTimestamps: true };
2021-02-02
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Episode #354 – Producer/Engineer Mike Cave, MLC For Songwriters, And A LUFS Overview

NEWS How the MLC will collect streaming royalties for songwriters, if you're signed up An overview of LUFS and why it doesn't matter much for music GUEST Producer, mixer and mastering engineer Mike Cave Find out about The Loft Mastering Mike Cave is a multi-Platinum award-winning record producer, mixer and mastering engineer. Over the course of his career, Mike has worked with artists as diverse as Elvis Costello, KRS-One, Lewis Capaldi, Fatboy Slim, Bob Dylan, Gil Scott-Heron, Rufus Wainwright, The Charlatans, Echo & The Bunnymen and many more on a variety of award-winning and record breaking releases. He?s also the owner of Loft Mastering, a high-end mastering facility based in Liverpool. During our interview we talked about getting into mastering, mastering while mixing, becoming a project finisher, his plugin strategy, and much more. On the intro I?ll take a look at how the MLC will affect songwriters, and a LUFS overview. var podscribeEmbedVars = { epGuid: 'https://bobbyoinnercircle.com/?p=2734', rssUrl: 'https://bobbyoinnercircle.com/feed/podcast/', backgroundColor: 'white', font: undefined, fontColor: undefined, speakerFontColor: undefined, height: '600px', showEditButton: false, showSpeakers: true, showTimestamps: true };
2021-01-26
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Episode #353: Elton John Guitarist Davey Johnstone

SONY DSC NEWS Our musical attention span is getting short and what will happen by 2030Taylor Guitars gives the company to its employees GUEST Elton John guitar player and musical director Davey Johnstone Davey Johnstone has played guitar and been the musical director for the Elton John Band since 1972. During that time, Davey has played on all of Elton?s albums and tours. In fact, he recently celebrated his 3,000th show with Elton in 2019. Davey?s also played and recorded with a wide range of artists including Rod Stewart, Stevie Nicks, Meat Loaf and Alice Cooper among many others,  During our interview we talked about the making of Elton?s early albums, what it?s like to play the hits 3,000 times, how his gear has changed through the years, making a pilgrimage to Muscle Shoals, and much more. On the intro I?ll take a look at the average attention span of music listeners and Taylor Guitar being given to its employees. var podscribeEmbedVars = { epGuid: 'https://bobbyoinnercircle.com/?p=2728', rssUrl: 'https://bobbyoinnercircle.com/feed/podcast/', backgroundColor: 'white', font: undefined, fontColor: undefined, speakerFontColor: undefined, height: '600px', showEditButton: false, showSpeakers: true, showTimestamps: true };
2021-01-19
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Episode #352 – Alexandra Bartles And Rick Snoman Of Pro Audio Ears

My guests this week are Alexandra Bartles and Rick Snoman of Pro Audio Ears and Altar Recording Studios, the world?s first boutique recording studio dedicated to Electronic Dance Music.  Alex is a practicing audiologist with over 18 years experience who specializes in tinnitus retraining therapy. She also serves on the AES education and historical committees, and is co-chair of the Electronic Dance Music committee.  Rick is an award winning producer and remixer, who?s worked with Britney Spears, Kylie Minogue and many others. He has his Ph.D in audio technology from Cambridge University, and is the author of the highly regarded Dance Music Manual, a standard textbook in schools around the world. The two have collaborated to create Pro Audio Ears, a unique site designed to help develop the critical listening skills and analytical listening that are essential for an engineer or producer?s success. During our interview we talked about the intricacies of our hearing and ears, some facts about tinnitus that might surprise you, the importance of the kick drum in electronic music and some tricks on how to get the best sound, and much more. On the intro I?ll take a look at the most listened to genres of music, and Gibson?s purchase of Mesa/Boogie. var podscribeEmbedVars = { epGuid: 'https://bobbyoinnercircle.com/?p=2720', rssUrl: 'https://bobbyoinnercircle.com/feed/podcast/', backgroundColor: 'white', font: undefined, fontColor: undefined, speakerFontColor: undefined, height: '600px', showEditButton: false, showSpeakers: true, showTimestamps: true };
2021-01-12
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Episode #351 – Rating Your Musical Taste, Interactive Sheet Music, And Drummer Matt Starr

My guest this week is drummer Matt Starr, who's worked with Ace Frehley, Joe Lynn Turner, Mr. Big and many others both recording and touring . Matt is also a successful career coach, using his past success and failures as a guide to help musicians getting started or those that are stuck in place. During our interview we talked about going from frontman to sideman, his secret for networking, working with producer Mike Chapman, and much more. On the intro I?ll take a look at rating your musical taste, and the rise of interactive sheet music. var podscribeEmbedVars = { epGuid: 'https://bobbyoinnercircle.com/?p=2712', rssUrl: 'https://bobbyoinnercircle.com/feed/podcast/', backgroundColor: 'white', font: undefined, fontColor: undefined, speakerFontColor: undefined, height: '600px', showEditButton: false, showSpeakers: true, showTimestamps: true };
2021-01-05
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Episode #350 – Annual Music Industry Predictions For 2021

No guest this week, but you'll find plenty to listen to as I give my top predictions for what will happen next year in the music industry. We'll look at a wide variety of topics including: How music venues adapt to the new worldLive streamingThe many facets of the TikTok storyFacebook getting biggerSongwriting changing once againVinyl shortages and what might happenPodcasting petering outSmarter plugins becoming the normand much more. var podscribeEmbedVars = { epGuid: 'https://bobbyoinnercircle.com/?p=2704', rssUrl: 'https://bobbyoinnercircle.com/feed/podcast/', backgroundColor: 'white', font: undefined, fontColor: undefined, speakerFontColor: undefined, height: '600px', showEditButton: false, showSpeakers: true, showTimestamps: true };
2020-12-29
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Episode #349 – 2020 Annual Year End Review

No guest on the podcast this week, but I will be taking my annual look back at how the music world changed in 2020. Even though the pandemic dominated the headlines, there was so much more that happened in the past year. We'll cover: Some of the serious fires that shaped our year and our futureThe booming guitar marketThe ups and downs of Guitar CenterStreaming numbers, platforms, and changesSome lawsuits that could change songwritingIntroduction of new gear and technologyAnd much more. Remember that you can find the podcast at BobbyOInnerCircle.com, or either on iTunes, Stitcher, Mixcloud, Google Podcasts, Google Play, Spotify, Deezer, TunIn Radio, and RadioPublic. Enjoy the show! var podscribeEmbedVars = { epGuid: 'https://bobbyoinnercircle.com/?p=2696', rssUrl: 'https://bobbyoinnercircle.com/feed/podcast/', backgroundColor: 'white', font: undefined, fontColor: undefined, speakerFontColor: undefined, height: '600px', showEditButton: false, showSpeakers: true, showTimestamps: true };
2020-12-22
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Episode #348 – Producer Mark Plati Part 2, Three Types Of Media, And Top 10 Audio Hardware Pieces

NEWS The 3 types of media every artist should knowTop 10 Audio Hardware pieces from this year by GearNews GUEST Producer/Engineer Mark Plati - Part 2 Mark Plati has worked with a wide range of major artists including Prince, David Bowie, Janet Jackson, Talking Heads, Fleetwood Mac, the Bee Gees, The Cure and many others. In Part 1, which was Episode #338, we talked about we talked about working with Prince and Bowie, music for theater, following up on opportunities, and much more.  Today in Part 2 of our interview we talked about all about the technical and philosophical aspects of producing, including producing and engineering at the same time, his approach to different genres of music, being a track ?energy manager,? dealing with a low budget projects, and much more. On the intro I?ll take a look at the 3 different types of media artists need, and the top 1o pieces of audio hardware this year from GearNews. var podscribeEmbedVars = { epGuid: 'https://bobbyoinnercircle.com/?p=2691', rssUrl: 'https://bobbyoinnercircle.com/feed/podcast/', backgroundColor: 'white', font: undefined, fontColor: undefined, speakerFontColor: undefined, height: '600px', showEditButton: false, showSpeakers: true, showTimestamps: true };
2020-12-15
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Episode #347 – Super Hi-Fi CEO Zack Zalon, Apple Music Prices, Production Relief From Congress

NEWS A look at Apple Music prices around the world Production relief from Congress with the HITS bill GUEST Super Hi-Fi CEO Zack Zalon Zack Zalon started his music business career as the general manager of the legendary Troubadour club in Los Angeles. Soon after Zack became president of Virgin Digital, and then managing partner of We See Dragons, an agency designing digital platforms for clients like National Geographic, Comcast, Citibank and more. In 2018 Zack co-founded Super Hi-Fi using technology that allows its A.I.-driven audio platform to intelligently and seamlessly stitch together music and other audio content in digital delivery channels. Current partners include Peloton, iHeart Radio, The Associated Press, and Universal Music Group. During our interview we talked about differentiating between music platforms, using the techniques of radio in streaming, why streaming audio quality doesn?t matter as much as you might think, and much more. On the intro I?ll take a look at Apple Music Prices around the world, and the HITS bill in Congress designed to help music creators. var podscribeEmbedVars = { epGuid: 'https://bobbyoinnercircle.com/?p=2681', rssUrl: 'https://bobbyoinnercircle.com/feed/podcast/', backgroundColor: 'white', font: undefined, fontColor: undefined, speakerFontColor: undefined, height: '600px', showEditButton: false, showSpeakers: true, showTimestamps: true };
2020-12-08
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Episode #346 – Miles Copeland Part 2, AI A&R, and Deep Fake Vocals

NEWS Warner Music uses AI-driven A&R to sign more artists Popular artist vocals and lyrics can now be deep faked GUEST The Police and Sting manager Miles Copeland - Part 2 Miles Copeland formerly managed The Police and created IRS Records. IRS was at the forefront of punk and New Wave as the home for bands like REM, The Bangles, Dead Kennedys, The Go Gos, and many others. He also managed Sting in his solo music and film careers. In Part 1 we talked about Miles growing up in Egypt and Lebanon, getting involved with the upstart punk scene in London, behind the scenes at IRS Records, hearing The Police?s ?Roxanne? for the first time, and much more.  Today in part 2 of our interview we talked about the modest start that The Police got during their first tour of America, bein g a manager and running a label at the same time, the mentality of music execs in the corporate environment, and much more. On the intro I?ll take a look at how how artificial intelligence is used in A&R, and deep fake vocals. var podscribeEmbedVars = { epGuid: 'https://bobbyoinnercircle.com/?p=2673', rssUrl: 'https://bobbyoinnercircle.com/feed/podcast/', backgroundColor: 'white', font: undefined, fontColor: undefined, speakerFontColor: undefined, height: '600px', showEditButton: false, showSpeakers: true, showTimestamps: true };
2020-12-01
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Episode #345 – Police Manager Miles Copeland – Part 1, YouTube Ads, And Thunderbolt 4

NEWS YouTube can now puts ads on all your videos whether you like it or not Thunderbolt 4 is coming to a computer near you GUEST Police manager and IRS Records founder Miles Copeland Miles Copeland formerly managed The Police and created IRS Records. IRS was at the forefront of punk and New Wave as the home of bands like REM, The Bangles, Dead Kennedys, The Go Gos, and many others. He also managed Sting in his solo music and film careers. The son of one of the founders of the CIA and a mother who had worked for British Intelligence, Miles and his brothers grew up in the Middle East, which greatly influenced his openness to new music. He now owns and operates Copeland International Arts, which features musical styles from all over the world, including Middle Eastern, world music, Irish, tango, flamenco and Polynesian.  In Part 1 of the interview we talked about Miles growing up in Egypt and Lebonen, getting involved with the upstart punk scene in London, behind the scenes at IRS Records, hearing The Police?s ?Roxanne? for the first time, and much more. On the intro I?ll take a look at how YouTube will now include ads on all videos, and the latest Thunderbolt 4 interface. var podscribeEmbedVars = { epGuid: 'https://bobbyoinnercircle.com/?p=2664', rssUrl: 'https://bobbyoinnercircle.com/feed/podcast/', backgroundColor: 'white', font: undefined, fontColor: undefined, speakerFontColor: undefined, height: '600px', showEditButton: false, showSpeakers: true, showTimestamps: true };
2020-11-24
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Episode #344 – Musician Robert Martin, Gamers Avoid Royalties, And Sound Without Speakers Or Headphones

NEWS Labels make Twitch crack down on music infringement Immersive sound without speakers or headphones GUEST Musician, vocalist, and mixer Robert Martin Robert Martin was a long-time member of Frank Zappa?s band, the musical director for Bette Midler, and toured or performed with Paul McCartney, Michael McDonald, Stevie Nicks, Boz Scaggs, Etta James, Patti LaBelle, Bonnie Raitt, Kenny Loggins, and many others. Robert also recorded with Prince, the Moody Blues, Lyle Lovett, Gladys Knight, The O'Jays, Sheila E, The Blues Brothers, and a long list of other artists. He played, mixed and co-produced Wilson Pickett's 1987 Grammy nominated album on Motown, ?American Soul Man,? and composed the music for the television shows Cybill, Baywatch, Martial Law, and three seasons of Lifetime Television?s Intimate Portrait series. Robert also presents live Master Classes with a special focus on the advanced harmony and theory of Frank Zappa. During the interview we shared some Frank Zappa stories, talked about playing on the famed Philadelphia International records, Hammond organs, working with Wilson Pickett, and much more. On the intro I?ll take a look at how gamers have avoided paying royalties, and a device where we can hear without using headphones. var podscribeEmbedVars = { epGuid: 'https://bobbyoinnercircle.com/?p=2655', rssUrl: 'https://bobbyoinnercircle.com/feed/podcast/', backgroundColor: 'white', font: undefined, fontColor: undefined, speakerFontColor: undefined, height: '600px', showEditButton: false, showSpeakers: true, showTimestamps: true };
2020-11-17
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Episode #343 – Engineer John Cuniberti, Drive-In Concert Audio, And Spotify’s New Discovery Mode Tool

NEWS Is Spotify's new Discovery Mode tool pay-to-play? Drive-In Concert audio is actually pretty good GUEST Engineer John Cuniberti Check out his OneMic series on YouTube Engineer John Cuniberti began his music career as the drummer in Eddie Money?s first band, transitioned to mixing monitors for Stevie Wonder, and eventually became chief engineer at San Francisco?s famed Hyde Street Studios. It was there John engineered a long line of seminal records for Bay artists like Joe Satriani and the Dead Kennedy?s, and eventually went on to work on projects for Sammy Hagar, PJ Harvey, the Neville Brothers, and many others. John eventually transitioned into mastering where he?s done award-winning projects for Tracy Chapman, Sound Tribe Sector 9, Thomas Dolby, Aaron Neville, Jesse Colin Young, the Grateful Dead, and many more. He?s also as the inventor of the first commercially available reamping device called Reamp, and is the creator of the OneMic minimalist recording series on YouTube. During the interview we talked about recording during the days of San Francisco punk, making the transition into mastering, coming up with the reamp box, his OneMic series recording a band with just one microphone, and much more. On the intro I?ll take a look at how Spotify?s controversial new Discovery Mode tool, and provide a quick overview of Drive-In Concert audio. var podscribeEmbedVars = { epGuid: 'https://bobbyoinnercircle.com/?p=2648', rssUrl: 'https://bobbyoinnercircle.com/feed/podcast/', backgroundColor: 'white', font: undefined, fontColor: undefined, speakerFontColor: undefined, height: '600px', showEditButton: false, showSpeakers: true, showTimestamps: true };
2020-11-10
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Episode #342 – Mixer Billy Decker, Ripper Sites Coming Down, And Audio Chips About To Get Scarce

NEWS The RIAA is going after 41 YouTube ripper sites A fire at the AKM factory means audio chips are about to get scarce GUEST Nashville mixer Biller Decker Check out his Template Mixing And Mastering book You can also listen to Billy on Inner Circle Podcast #197 Billy Decker has mixed hits for Kenny Chesney, Darius Rucker, Jason Aldean. Jaime Lynne Spears, George Jones and Sam Hunt, among others, that have sold over 25 million albums. Billy is different from most other mixers in that he?s able to mix extremely fast thanks to his templates that outline all the basic parameters of each instrument. To that end, Billy isn?t shy about how he does it and has recently released a book called Template Mixing And Mastering that explains his method. He?s also helped developed the Bus Glue series with Joey Sturgis Tones as well as his Drumshotz library with Drum Forge.  During the interview we talked about why he started using templates, the thinking behind processing different mix elements, his plugins and drum samples, and much more. On the intro I?ll take a look at the RIAA clamping down on ripper sites, and the coming parts shortage as a result of the big AKM audio semiconductor factory fire. var podscribeEmbedVars = { epGuid: 'https://bobbyoinnercircle.com/?p=2635', rssUrl: 'https://bobbyoinnercircle.com/feed/podcast/', backgroundColor: 'white', font: undefined, fontColor: undefined, speakerFontColor: undefined, height: '600px', showEditButton: false, showSpeakers: true, showTimestamps: true };
2020-11-03
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Episode #341 – World Maestro Colin O’Donohoe, Ice Cream Truck Music, And 100th Anniversary Of The Theremin

NEWS The company that monopolizes ice cream truck music The 100th anniversary of the theremin GUEST World Maestro Colin O'Donohoe Colin O?Donohoe has worked as a composer, conductor, band leader, drummer, flautist and audio engineer in the U.S., Japan, South Korea, Mongolia, Brazil and Turkey. In 2010, his Pangean Orchestra united instruments and musicians from around the world and gained international recognition to where he was nicknamed ?World Maestro.? Colin also composes for television and film, with his music being featured on The Dr. Oz Show, Good Morning America, and Access Hollywood. During the interview we talked about learning composition and orchestration as a drummer, joining a Chinese orchestra, his outlook on using indigenous instruments and players, living in Turkey, how he got the nickname ?World Maestro,? and much more. On the intro I?ll take a look at the how ice cream truck music is controlled by a single company, and the 100th anniversary of the theremin. var podscribeEmbedVars = { epGuid: 'https://bobbyoinnercircle.com/?p=2626', rssUrl: 'https://bobbyoinnercircle.com/feed/podcast/', backgroundColor: 'white', font: undefined, fontColor: undefined, speakerFontColor: undefined, height: '600px', showEditButton: false, showSpeakers: true, showTimestamps: true };
2020-10-27
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Episode #340 – Producer Gareth Jones, The Rise Of Fake Artists, And Mixing ITB Acceptance

NEWS The rise of fake artists in streaming Even old analog engineers are now okay with mixing in-the-box GUEST Producer/engineer Gareth Jones My guest this week is producer/ engineer Gareth Jones, who?s a pioneer in the use of cutting edge digital equipment, sampling technology, and synthesizers.  Gareth produced five albums for techno innovators Depeche Mode and six albums for synth-pop superstars Erasure, and many more.  As the mixer of John Foxx?s seminal album Metamatic, he realized that an artist could truly define his sound with electronics. Then, as the co-producer of many of Depeche Mode?s greatest works, he helped to create experimental music with global chart appeal. Trained at the BBC, Gareth got his start recording the best of London 1980?s new wave and industrial artists before he moved to Berlin to work at the legendary Hansa Studios. During the interview we talked about taking advantage of unforeseen opportunities, his love of modular synthesis, life on the bleeding edge of technology, the appeal Logic Pro, and much more. On the intro I?ll take a look at the rise of fake artists, and why even die-hard analog engineers are okay mixing in the box today. var podscribeEmbedVars = { epGuid: 'https://bobbyoinnercircle.com/?p=2618', rssUrl: 'https://bobbyoinnercircle.com/feed/podcast/', backgroundColor: 'white', font: undefined, fontColor: undefined, speakerFontColor: undefined, height: '600px', showEditButton: false, showSpeakers: true, showTimestamps: true };
2020-10-20
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Episode #339 – Studio Designer Carl Tatz, Reimagining The Album, And The Prophet 5 Reissued

NEWS The album is being reinvented for the streaming eraThe legendary Prophet 5 synthesizer is being reissued GUEST Studio designer and Phantom Focus developer Carl TatzHear more from Carl on Episode #17 Carl Tatz has gone from being a studio owner in Nashville to designing studios, mixing rooms and listening rooms for some of the biggest clients in the world. He then took that to another level by  developing his own technology and products. Carl wanted to take monitoring to another more precise level and developed his Phantom Focus technology, which incorporates dual subwoofers and meticulous setup using a client?s existing monitors. The result is smooth pinpoint accuracy seldom heard in rooms without this optimization. Along the way he incorporate his own products into the mix, which includes monitors, subwoofers, amplifiers, monitor stands, workstations and even a specialized eChair that helps keep the listener locked into the sweet spot.  During the interview we talked about the beginnings of Phantom Focus, the little known Allison Effect, some practical room tips for setting up a subwoofer and your monitors, and much more. On the intro I?ll take a look at how the album may be taking a new shape, and the reintroduction of the Prophet 5 synthesizer. var embedVars = { epGuid: 'https://bobbyoinnercircle.com/?p=2610', rssUrl: 'https://bobbyoinnercircle.com/feed/podcast/', backgroundColor: 'white', font: undefined, fontColor: undefined, speakerFontColor: undefined, height: '600px', showEditButton: false, showSpeakers: true, showTimestamps: true };
2020-10-13
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Episode #338 – An Internet Minute, Recycled Plastics For Acoustics, And Producer Mark Plati

NEWS A look at what happens on the Internet in a minute in 2020Acoustic materials made from recycled plastic bottles GUEST Producer Mark Plati - Part 1 Mark Plati has worked with a wide range of major artists including Prince, David Bowie, Janet Jackson, Talking Heads, Fleetwood Mac, the Bee Gees, The Cure and many others. Mark was initiated into the New York City music scene working under the tutelage of dance music legend Arthur Baker in New York City in the late 80?s. In 1991 he began a ten-year association with minimalist composer Philip Glass? New York City recording complex, The Looking Glass. There he produced, engineered, mixed, or performed on albums by Bowie, The Cure, Hooverphonic, Alisha?s Attic, Duncan Sheik, Dave Navarro, as well as Glass himself.  In 1996 Mark co-produced David Bowie?s Earthling album, which marked the beginning of a period where he produced, recorded, mixed, or performed on most of Bowie?s musical output until 2003, even serving a 3 year stint as David?s musical director on tour. Since then he?s been working with a number of artists in Paris as well as becoming involved in musical theater.  During the interview we talked about working with Prince and Bowie, music for theater, following up on opportunities, and much more. On the intro I?ll take a look at the amount of data that flows on the Internet in a single minute in 2020, and using recycled plastic bottles as an acoustic material. var embedVars = { epGuid: 'https://bobbyoinnercircle.com/?p=2602', rssUrl: 'https://bobbyoinnercircle.com/feed/podcast/', backgroundColor: 'white', font: undefined, fontColor: undefined, speakerFontColor: undefined, height: '600px', showEditButton: false, showSpeakers: true, showTimestamps: true };
2020-10-06
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Episode #337 – Neighboring Rights Royalties, Gibson Aging Technology, And Producer/Soma Breath Founder Niraj Naik

NEWS Neighboring rights and what it means to an artistGibson's latest guitar aging technology GUEST Music producer and Soma Breath founder Niraj Naik Niraj Naik is a music producer and self-described renegade pharmacist from the U.K and founder of SOMA Breath, one of the fastest growing wellness movements fusing ancient techniques with modern science.  Niraj is also the founder of Breathe In Beats, a music collective renowned for their legendary conscious music festivals. These dance music festivals combine live and electronic music along with his famous breathing techniques for reaching new states of consciousness.  Niraj is also producer of the soundtrack for the famous Wim Hof Method and produces music for many of the worlds top therapists and wellness centers. During the interview we talked about why traditional western medicines don?t always work, the link between musicians and autoimmune issues, how musicians can better handle stress,  and much more. On the intro I?ll take a look at the mysterious royalty stream known as neighboring rights, and Gibson?s new guitar aging technology. var embedVars = { epGuid: 'https://bobbyoinnercircle.com/?p=2594', rssUrl: 'https://bobbyoinnercircle.com/feed/podcast/', backgroundColor: 'white', fontColor: undefined, speakerFontColor: undefined, height: '600px', showEditButton: false, showSpeakers: true, showTimestamps: true };
2020-09-29
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Episode #336 – Engineer/Producer J.J. Blair, Music Piracy Evolving, And Sony De-Emphasizing Electronics

NEWS Music piracy is evolving, or so an industry association wants you to believeSony is de-emphasizing electronics GUEST Engineer, producer and musician J.J. Blair Musician, engineer and producer J.J. Blair has a long list of engineering credits including Joe Bonamassa, Kelly Clarkson, Jeff Beck, the Black Eyed Peas, Keith Urban, Weezer, and many more. He?s also produced and mixed the Grammy winning record "Press On," by June Carter Cash, engineered on the Grammy winning and #1 Billboard Hot 100 record "Great American Song Book vol. 3," by Rod Stewart, as well as engineering on P. Diddy's #1 hit "All About the Benjamins.? J.J. is one of the most talented  engineers that I?ve personally worked with, able to hear things that most people miss. He?s also an avid gear aficionado with a collection of both music and audio gear that most people can just dream about. During the interview we talked about working in the studio during the pandemic, simplicity when recording, his placement of favorite microphones, a great Johnny Cash story, and much more. On the intro I?ll take a look at how music piracy has evolved, and how Sony is de-emphasizing it?s electronics business. var embedVars = { epGuid: 'https://bobbyoinnercircle.com/?p=2584', rssUrl: 'https://bobbyoinnercircle.com/feed/podcast/', backgroundColor: 'white', fontColor: undefined, speakerFontColor: undefined, height: '600px', showEditButton: false, showSpeakers: true, showTimestamps: true };
2020-09-22
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Episode #335 – The 2020 Social Universe, Guitars Selling Again, And Songwriter Andrea Stolpe

NEWS The social media universe in 2020Guitars are selling better than ever during the pandemic GUEST Songwriter/educator Andrea Stolpe Andrea Stolpe has written songs for Faith Hill, Julianne Hough, Daniel Lee Martin, Jimmy Wayne, and others. She?s also worked as a staff writer for EMI, Almo-Irving, and Universal Music Publishing. Andrea teaches songwriting at the University of California?s Thornton School of Music, and is the author and instructor of Berklee College of Music?s online course ?Commercial Songwriting Techniques.? Her book, Popular Lyric Writing: 10 Steps to Effective Storytelling, offers songwriters a practical approach to lyric writing according to each writer?s unique voice, and the ability to finish songs with greater ease and consistency. She also offers songwriting retreats both online and in person. During the interview we talked about what it means to be a staff writer, the songwriter as producer, if lyrics or music should come first, placeholder lyrics, and much more. On the intro I?ll take a look at the social media universe in 2020 and guitar sales peaking during the pandemic. var embedVars = { epGuid: 'https://bobbyoinnercircle.com/?p=2575', rssUrl: 'https://bobbyoinnercircle.com/feed/podcast/', backgroundColor: 'white', fontColor: undefined, speakerFontColor: undefined, height: '600px', showEditButton: false, showSpeakers: true, showTimestamps: true };
2020-09-15
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Episode #334 – Producer/Plugin Developer Dan Korneff, 50% Visa Increase, And An Immersive Audio Format War

NEWS You won't see too many mid-level foreign artists touring after a 50% visa price increaseGet ready for the immersive audio wars as Sony 360 Reality Audio is released GUEST Producer/mixer/engineer and plugin developer Dan Korneff Producer, mixer and engineer Dan Korneff has not only worked with prominent names like Breaking Benjamin, Paramore, Papa Roach, Lamb of God and My Chemical Romance, but has developed some of the coolest audio plugins available. Dan not only knows how to expertly use his audio gear, but he also knows what makes it all tick inside as well, being very hands-on when it comes to modifying consoles, vintage outboard gear and microphones. That led Dan to create his first plugin called the Pawn Shop Comp, which is like a combination of vintage tube and FET compressors blended together to create something really unique. His latest plugin is the Talkback Limiter that faithfully emulates the sound of the famed SSL talkback mic circuit made famous by Phil Collins, but with a lot more versatility. During the interview we talked about initially getting into DIY gear, the idea behind Dan?s plugins, using a console for mixing, having a studio dog, his favorite mixing and production tricks, and much more. On the intro I?ll take a look at it?s about to get expensive for foreign musicians to tour the States, and the the new immersive audio format war. var embedVars = { epGuid: 'https://bobbyoinnercircle.com/?p=2568', rssUrl: 'https://bobbyoinnercircle.com/feed/podcast/', backgroundColor: 'white', fontColor: undefined, speakerFontColor: undefined, height: '600px', showEditButton: false, showSpeakers: true, showTimestamps: true };
2020-09-08
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Episode #333 – UK Musicians Leaving The Business, Horn Players At RiskDuring The Pandemic, And Music Exec Anthony Martini

NEWS 64% of UK musicians are considering leaving the music business Horn players at risk during the pandemic GUEST Royalty Exchange partner and music exec Anthony Martini Anthony Martini got his start as a rap/metal vocalists before finding his way into other parts of the music business. During his management career, he worked with acts such as Lamb Of God, Fall Out Boy, Train and Sia before he discovered the then-unknown rapper Tyga. Anthony then founded the independent record label Commission, where he signed artists like Lil Dicky, MadeinTYO, and IDK, who generated billions of streams and chart-topping singles. Along the way he was named as a Billboard Hip-Hop power player in 2019. Anthony is now a partner at Royalty Exchange, the online marketplace for buying and selling royalties, where he drives their artist relations and deal-making. During the interview we talked about getting into management, starting an indie record label, how artists and investors are vetted at Royalty Exchange, a look at the virtual realm of the music business, and much more. On the intro I?ll take a look at musicians in the UK thinking about calling it quits, and the perils of being a horn and wind player during the pandemic. var embedVars = { epGuid: 'https://bobbyoinnercircle.com/?p=2552', rssUrl: 'https://bobbyoinnercircle.com/feed/podcast/', backgroundColor: 'white', fontColor: undefined, speakerFontColor: undefined, height: '600px', showEditButton: false, showSpeakers: true, showTimestamps: true };
2020-09-01
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Episode #332 – Songwriters Not Free To Experiment, NAMM Cancelled, And Producer/Engineer Sean Giovanni

NEWS 2 unique plagiarism cases about copying yourself, and freedom to experimentWinter NAMM 2021 has been cancelled, but that might not be so bad GUEST Producer/engineer/entrepreneur Sean Giovanni Sean Giovanni is a producer, engineer and owner of The Record Shop Studio in Nashville. He has worked with clients in the studio ranging from Tim McGraw, Big and Rich, Zakk Wylde, The Wallflowers, Juicy J, and Lil Jon. Sean is also passionate about helping creatives build a sustainable business around their art and achieving their goals. Beyond his work at The Record Shop, he is also the co-founder of Mind Map, an online training course designed to help artists find their own unique intersection of art and commerce to fuel longevity in their career.  During the interview we talked about working through your problems when the worst happens, developing a client base, taking advantage of opportunities, how mentors are more accessible than you think, and much more. On the intro I?ll take a look at a couple of new plagiarism lawsuits that you won?t believe, and the winter NAMM Show has been cancelled. var embedVars = { epGuid: 'https://bobbyoinnercircle.com/?p=2544', rssUrl: 'https://bobbyoinnercircle.com/feed/podcast/', backgroundColor: 'white', fontColor: undefined, speakerFontColor: undefined, height: '600px', showEditButton: false, showSpeakers: true, showTimestamps: true };
2020-08-25
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Episode #331 – Stairway To Heaven Lawsuit, Rickenbacker Dumps Guitar Center, And AmplifyX Founder Adam Cowherd

NEWS The "Stairway To Heaven" plagiarism lawsuit is going to the Supreme CourtRickenbacker dumps Guitar Center and Musician's Friend GUEST AmplifyX founder Adam Cowherd Adam Cowherd is the founder of AmplifyX, a company that bridges the financial gap between musicians and fans by letting supporters invest in artists like startups. When his work with Ernst & Young in the financial sector landed Adam in Los Angeles, it wasn?t long before he started seeing gaps in the music industry landscape. Chief among them was the need for a new approach to royalties, one that could keep up with the rapid pace of innovation in the music business as a whole ? and let an increasingly conscious public connect with the artists they love through direct investments. The AmplifyX model allows upcoming and established artists to retain control of their own intellectual property and career decisions while collecting up to 90% of royalties ? as opposed to the current industry standard cuts, often totaling less than 20%. During the interview we talked about how the company takes advantage of new investment rules, the financial literacy of Gen-Z, how music is similar to real estate, and much more. On the intro I?ll take a look at the Stairway To Heaven plagiarism suit going to the Supreme Court, and Rickenbacker no longer accepting orders from Guitar Center. var embedVars = { epGuid: 'https://bobbyoinnercircle.com/?p=2532', rssUrl: 'https://bobbyoinnercircle.com/feed/podcast/', backgroundColor: 'white', height: '600px', showEditButton: false, showSpeakers: true };
2020-08-18
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Episode #330 – Dewey Bunnell From America, No Artist Pay For Airplay, And New Acoustic Advances

NEWS Bipartisan Congressional support for not paying artists for radio airplaySeveral new acoustic advances to be aware of GUEST America co-founder Dewey Bunnell Dewey Bunnell, is a founding member and half of the band with a lot of big hits that you probably know well - America.  Dewey?s best known compositions include ?Horse With No Name,? ?Ventura Highway,? ?Tin Man? and ?The Border,? among many others. During this long interview we talked about the origins of the band, keeping a touring band together for a long period of time, working with members of the Wrecking Crew, working with George Martin, and much more. On the intro I?ll take a look at how musicians will continue not being paid for radio play, and some new advancements in acoustics. var embedVars = { epId: 49637215, backgroundColor: 'white', height: '600px', showEditButton: false, showSpeakers: true };
2020-08-11
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Episode #329 – Music Videos Coming To Facebook, Capturing The Sounds Of Mars, And Songwriter/Entrepreneur Adam McInnis

NEWS Official music videos coming to Facebook with the industry's blessingDPA gear is going to Mars on the latest Rover GUEST Singer/songwriter, mentor and entrepreneur Adam McInnis Adam McInnis is a singer/songwriter most known for his work on tv and film as well as for collaborating with the top DJ?s of EDM.  He has interests in 3 publishing companies, a recording studio in Austin, a skin care line, and a yearly songwriter camp in Costa Rica called Neverland Retreats. Adam's online platform called The Billboard 500 Club, where he gives out mentoring information and advice regarding the music industry, has also gained a vast following. During the interview we talked about how social media can bring an artist a false sense of worth, how to land an investor and how much money to ask for, why hip hop artists understand the new music business better than almost anyone else, the ?oooh ? factor, and much more. On the intro I?ll take a look at how official music videos are finally on Facebook, and capturing the sound of the red planet. var embedVars = { epId: 48539770, backgroundColor: 'white', height: '600px', showEditButton: false, showSpeakers: true };
2020-08-04
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Episode #328 – Gen-Z Influencing Listening, The 5 Mix Elements, And Composer David O

NEWS Gen-Z's taste in music is different and it's influencing other generationsThe 5 Mix Element Rule GUEST Musical theater composer/arranger and musical director David O David O's work as a composer is enhanced by his unique skills as a multi-faceted music-theatre artist, pianist, conductor, arranger, vocal coach, and sometimes actor. He has received numerous awards and accolades over the years for his work, including Ovation Awards, LA Weekly and LA Drama Critics Circle Awards, Backstage West Garland Awards, and was the 2012 recipient of the LA Drama Critics Circle Joel Hirschhorn Award for Excellence in Musical Theatre. David?s musical compositions span a broad range of styles and genres, and have been featured in the theatre, in concert halls, and in film and television. He is also committed to the education of young people, continuing the traditions of music and music-theatre for the next generations. In addition to his work in the classroom, the rehearsal room, and on stage, David  is a well-respected vocal and performance coach, specializing in working with actor/singers of all ages and all skill levels on musical theatre performance, including audition preparation, vocal technique, and unlocking the emotional truth of songs in order to create cathartic musical theatre performances.  During the interview we talked about how being an actor helps in theater music direction, working as a musician on a cruise ship, whether or not the character knows if they are singing, and much more. On the intro I?ll take a look at the ways Gen-Z is changing our listening habits, and the 5 mix elements that every musician should know. var embedVars = { epId: 48489617, backgroundColor: 'white', height: '600px', showSpeakers: true };
2020-07-28
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Episode #327 – UK Gives Music Venus Aid, Red Bull Studios Close, And Austrian Audio CEO Martin Seidl

NEWS The UK Government passed an aid package for venues and cultural institutionsRed Bull has closed it's 11 studios around the world GUEST Austrian Audio CEO Martin Seidl Martin Seidl spearheaded the drive to start Austrian Audio from the ashes of AKG after Harmon decided to close the company 3 years ago. In what might be an unprecedented move, Martin managed to keep the core of AKG together to start the new company and keep it operating for several years even before its first products were released. Those new products include microphones and headphones that are getting rave reviews both for their vintage sound and forward-thinking innovations. During the interview we talked about the path to releasing new products, developing a new microphone capsule, the ability to pan frequencies with a feature of the new OC818 microphone, selling the company?s experience to other companies, the famous AKG anechoic chamber, and much more. On the intro I?ll take a look at the unprecedented aid that the UK government will provide live venues in Britain, and Red Bull closing its music studios worldwide. var embedVars = { epId: 48342964, backgroundColor: 'white', height: '600px', showSpeakers: true };
2020-07-21
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Episode #326 – Nielsen Mid-Year Music Report, Korg And Roland Get Fined, And Sweetwater’s Chuck Surack

NEWS Nielsen's mid-year recorded music report has some interesting data pointsKorg and Roland get big fines in the UK GUEST Sweetwater Sound's founder and CEO Chuck Surack Chuck Surack supplemented his playing career as a sax and keyboard player with a makeshift recording studio in the back of a his Volkswagen bus. That mobile studio was the departure point for what was to become the largest online music retailer in the world - Sweetwater Sound. The company now ships over 3,300 guitars, 830 keyboards, 460 drum kits, and 5,300 microphones every week from its facility in Fort Wayne, Indiana.  As successful as Sweetwater is, what you probably don?t know is that Chuck also owns a dozen other business in the area, including a luxury car dealership SweetCars, private charter business companies Sweet Aviation and Sweet Helicopters, and optical retailer Longe Optical, in many cases rescuing the business from bankruptcy to save local jobs. During the interview we talked about the surprising history of Sweetwater, the musical instrument business before and after the coronavirus, how the company finds high quality employees, the big difference between buying from Sweetwater or Amazon, and much more. On the intro I?ll take the latest look at recorded music sales in Nielsen?s half-year report, and why both Korg and Roland got slapped with huge fines in the UK for their business practices. var embedVars = { epId: 47575511, backgroundColor: 'white', height: '600px', showSpeakers: true };
2020-07-14
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Episode #325 – Deezer Coming On Strong, My Top 10 DAWs, And Tour Manager Felicity Hall

NEWS Streaming service Deezer making movesMy top 10 DAWs GUEST Tour manager Felicity Hall Felicity Hall has been a tour manager for the last 10 years in a male dominated world. During that time she?s worked with Snarky Puppy, Bokante, Delain, Public Service Broadcasting, and a whole lot more. Felicity has also been running an online series about managing life on the road on Crowdcast called Tour Management 101. During the interview we talked about dealing with sexism on the road, working through supposedly impossible scenarios, the difficulties in keeping people happy on tour, the differences between rock and jazz tours, and much more. On the intro I?ll take a look at some of the latest moves from the Deezer music streaming service, and my top 10 DAWs.On the intro I?ll take a look at some breakthroughs in online concerts, and some things we don?t miss about the studios of old. var embedVars = { epId: 45123437, backgroundColor: 'white', height: '600px', showSpeakers: true };
2020-07-07
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Episode #324 – Save Home Studios In Nashville With Lij Shaw

GUEST: Lij ShawSign the petition at SaveHomeStudios.comIf you live in Nashville, send an email directly to the city council at balancenashville.org Imagine that it was illegal for you to record anyone except yourself in your home studio. Imagine that you weren?t allowed to have students over to your house for lessons. Image that it was illegal to go to the home of the hairstylist down the street to get your hair cut. There actually is a pace where that?s really happening and believe it or not that place is Nashville. Yes, the Music City isn?t being being to kind to music made in home studios these days thanks to a 10 year old ordinance that forbids anyone from operating a business from their homes. Leading the charge to change this law is Lij Shaw, who not only operates a home studio where he makes his living from, but is also the host of the popular Recording Studio Rockstars podcast.  Along the way Lij has recorded Grammy Award-winning performers such as John Oates, Jack White, Wilco, Adele, and the Zac Brown Band, and the Grammy-winner for Best Roots album in 2015 was mixed in his Toy Box studio. Lij told me the story of what he?s being going through for the past 5 years battling with the city. var embedVars = { epId: 45079962, backgroundColor: 'white', height: '600px', showSpeakers: true };
2020-06-30
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Episode #323 – Online Concerts, Things We Don’t Miss About Analog Studios, And Studio Designer John Brandt

NEWS Yes, online concerts can pay off big-timeThe reasons why we don't miss the studios of old GUEST Studio designer John Brandt John Brandt has owned studios and built custom audio equipment in both the UK and Nashville before delving deeper into the world of studio design.  John?s company JHBrandt Acoustic Designs now provides design and consulting services to music studios, commercial video and cinema facilities, home recording studios, home theaters, presentation and conference rooms, performance and entertainment spaces, educational facilities, and industrial acoustic applications all over the world. John also freely shares advice on most of the popular online audio forums and has numerous helpful articles on his website. During the interview we talked about how much the science of acoustics has changed, his approach to different types of design jobs, the pros and cons of mass loaded vinyl, the latest in acoustic treatment, and much more. John also took me through a model of the ideal studio design, which was a real eye opener. On the intro I?ll take a look at some breakthroughs in online concerts, and some things we don?t miss about the studios of old. var embedVars = { epId: 44810352, backgroundColor: 'white', height: '600px', showSpeakers: true };
2020-06-23
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Episode #322 – New Grammy Rule Book, Orchestra Social Distancing, And Producer Kyle Hunter

NEWS The Recording Academy has released a new rule book for the GrammysOrchestras try to make a comeback after COVID GUEST Producer Kyle HunterFind out more at RhythmCouture.com Kyle Hunter started producing music for artists, but soon learned about the world of sync licensing and custom music. He also co-founded RhythmCouture, which now counts Forever 21, Vans, Calvin Klein, The NY Times and many more major brands among their clients. The company also has a large music library representing a wide range of genres and styles featuring affordable prices for content creators in almost any situation. During the interview we talked about making the transition from producing artists to custom production, balancing being creative while overseeing a business, dealing with fast turnaround times, the latest music trends, and much more. On the intro I?ll take a look at the new Grammy rule book, and how orchestras are dealing with social distancing. var embedVars = { epId: 44408657, backgroundColor: 'white', height: '600px', showSpeakers: true };
2020-06-16
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Episode #321 – TikTok And Kids, Mic Custom Shop, Gibson Sells Stanton, And Mixer/Producer David Cole

NEWS Kids are watching TikTok almost as much as YouTubeTelefunken has opened a mic custom shopGibson sells iconic manufacturer Stanton to InMusic GUEST Mixer and producer David Cole - find out more at themixguy.com David Cole started his career as a staff engineer at the famous Capitol Studios in Hollywood, learned the lost art of vinyl disk mastering there, and worked his way up to staff producer at Capitol and MCA Records before going freelance. David?s had a lot of great studio experiences including engineering and co-producing for Bob Seger?s huge hit Like A Rock as well as most of the albums he?s made afterwards. His long credit list also includes albums with Melissa Etheridge, Steve Miller, Richard Marx, NSYNC, Poco, Kenny Rodgers Josh Groban and Michael Bolton, as well as movies including A Mighty Wind, Best In Show, Waiting for Guffman, among others. During the interview we talked about recording with Bob Seger, David?s philosophy on mastering, working on music for movies, plugin overload, and much more. On the intro I?ll take a look at the rise of TikTok among kids, Telfunken?s custom mic shop, and Gibson selling Stanton. var embedVars = { epId: 43910443, backgroundColor: 'white', height: '550px', showSpeakers: true };
2020-06-09
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Episode #320 – Charts Vs. Listeners, Studios Reopening, And CD Baby’s Kevin Breuner

NEWS Why the charts and what people actually listen to don't always matchA look at the Recording Academy P&E Wing recommendations for reopening studios. GUEST CD Baby VP of Marketing Kevin Breuner My guest on the podcast this week is Kevin Breuner, who?s the SVP of Marketing for CD Baby, the host of their DIY Musician Podcast, and author of a host of helpful articles on the company?s DIY Musician blog. Kevin has spent over 20 years working in the music business, both as an artist and an industry professional. After college, he joined the Atlanta-based band Smalltown Poets who later signed a recording contract with a major label under the EMI umbrella. Their self-titled debut album sold over 200,000 copies, landing a Grammy nomination plus multiple Dove Award nominations. He's also been with CD Baby for 14 years, and knows the company and the state of music distribution extremely well. During the interview we talked about the value of thinking about marketing early in the recording process, closing down the CD Baby store, helping artists reach more fans, the value of releasing albums, the streaming music experience, and much more. On the intro I?ll take a look at why the charts and real listening doesn?t always line up, and the Record Academy P&E Wing studio reopening recommendations. var embedVars = { epId: 43331118, backgroundColor: 'white', height: '550px', showSpeakers: true };
2020-06-02
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Episode #319 – Gaming Spotify, Touch-Enabled Laptop, And Bassist Stu Hamm

Stu Hamm is one of the world?s premier bass players and clinicians. His unique and innovative two-handed tapping technique proves that even the bass can be a solo instrument in the hands of a virtuoso player. Stu has recorded and toured with a who?s who of guitar heros, including Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, Frank Gambale, Carl Verheyen and Michael Schenker. He?s appeared on a slew of magazine covers, released 8 solo albums, has a number of signature basses, and has a number of instructional videos. During the interview we traded Frank Zappa stories, spoke about how Stu adapted his style from traditional walking bass, how he incorporated tapping into his technique, pain management from playing, and much more. On the intro I?ll take a look at a company trying to game Spotify, and some new touch-enabled features that might come to the MacBook Pro. var embedVars = { epId: 41739800, backgroundColor: 'white', height: '550px', showSpeakers: true };
2020-05-26
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Episode #318 – First Socially-Distanced Concert, Slick Quarantine Band Videos, And Zack O’Malley Greenburg

Zack O?Malley Greenburg is a senior editor of media & entertainment at Forbes and author of four excellent music oriented business books. His latest, A-List Angels, is how a band of actors, artists and athletes cashed in on the latest tech boom and changed the face of Silicon Valley. His previous books include 3 Kings, about Diddy, Dr. Dre and Jay-Z and hip-hop?s multibillion dollar rise, Michael Jackson Inc., and the Jay-Z biography Empire State Of Mind. Zack?s work has also appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Vanity Fair, Vibe, Billboard,Sports Illustrated, McSweeney's and the Library of Congress, and he's been a source for BBC, NPR, MTV and 60 Minutes, and a speaker at SXSW, CES, TEDx, Princeton and Harvard. During the interview we spoke about the similarities between media business moguls, how certain entertainment celebrities got involved with tech, Zack?s approach to interviewing famous people, and much more. On the intro I?ll take a look at the first socially distant concert, and how those quarantine band videos are created.
2020-05-19
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Episode #317 – Demystifying Streaming Royalties, Inside Gear Reviews, And Agent Jack Forman

Jack Forman is a senior vice-president at BiCoastal Productions, the New York City-based concerts and theatrical booking agency.  Originally spearheading the agency?s coverage of the Western United States, Jack now oversees the core agency staff and global touring strategy. Jack provides an agent?s perspective of working with an artist, as well as recommendations for touring artists and bands during this time of uncertainty. During the interview we spoke about marketing a tour, online concerts, the inner workings of an agency, some of the problems facing venues post-COVID, and much more On the intro I?ll try to demystify streaming royalties, and give some perspective on gear reviews and what to look for.
2020-05-12
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Episode #316 – YouTube Views Increase And So Does Music Gear Sales, And Music Exec Camille Barbone

Camille Barbone has done just about every behind-the-scenes job in the music business you can think of.  From working as a label executive for Columbia and EMI, to managing Madonna, to owning the famous Longview Farm and Gotham Sound studios, to producing major concerts and tours and more, Camille has a wide range of experience that has served her well in every position. She has also provided marketing consultation to major record labels and publishers, and handled music events and promotions for companies such as Dunkin Donuts, Jaguar Motor Cars, Boys & Girls Club of American, BASF and others.  Camille holds both a degree in psychology and an MBA, which coupled with her extensive entertainment industry experience became the foundation for her current coaching and consulting business. During the interview we spoke about her favorite label job, what?s it?s like to own a world-class studio, how a degree in psychology help her deal with people in the music business, and much more. On the intro I?ll take a look at YouTube music video views and what it means, and at how music and audio gear sales are soaring.
2020-05-05
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Episode #315 – Musician Relief Funds, Fender Stops Using Ash, And Composer Joe Renzetti

My guest on this episode is Joe Renzetti, who started in the studio band of the Cameo Parkway label in Philadelphia playing on hits like ?Let?s Twist Again,? ?South Street,? Palisades Park,? and ?Limbo Rock.? He then moved to New York where he worked as an arranger on huge hits like ?Sunny? by Bobby Hebb and Barry Manilow?s breakout hit ?Mandy.? After a move West, Joe immediately found success in Hollywood, winning an Academy Award for The Buddy Holly Story, and scoring a wide variety of films and television shows. He won accolades for his scores on horror films like Dead & Buried, Poltergeist III, and Child?s Play, and many others. During the interview we spoke about being in the Wrecking Crew of Philadelphia, recording in mono, arrangers as mixers, making the transition from session musician to composer, and much more. On the intro I?ll take a look at new government funding to help musicians and artists, and Fender no longer using ash in its guitars.
2020-04-28
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Episode #314 – 5 Ways To Make Money On YouTube, Recordings In The National Registry, And Wellness Coach Katie Zaccardi

My guest today is Katie Zaccardi who?s a songwriter, artist, music industry professional, and certified yoga instructor. Through her work in both music and wellness along with her own experience with a generalized anxiety disorder, Katie discovered the urgent need for conversation surrounding mental health and self care within the music industry. Through her Out To Be Coaching platform, Katie  supports artists and professionals with a personalized approach centered on cultivating positive actions and attitudes. Her Out To Be Podcast invites listeners to engage with insightful dialogue on all things wellness and their relation to working in music. During the interview we spoke about how imbalances in the body can contribute to anxiety, foods that cause inflammation, dealing with burnout when there?s no end in sight, some signs of depression and anxiety that you might be missing, and much more. On the intro I?ll take a look at the 5 ways to make money from YouTube, and the latest recordings entered into the National Registry. On the intro I?ll take a look at the 5 ways to make money from YouTube, and the latest recordings entered into the National Registry.
2020-04-21
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Episode #313 – Creativity And Age, AI In The Studio, And MIDI 2.0 With Brett Porter

Brett Porter is one of the lead engineers in the development of the MIDI 2.0 spec. Brett has a big background in electronic music, but he?s also developed software products for the pro audio, broadcast, and musical instrument industries as part of the Art+Logic development team. Musicians have been connecting electronic music gear together using MIDI since 1983, and but it hasn?t been updated since then. The new MIDI 2.0 spec brings everything into the 21st century, making MIDI faster and more expressive, but also adding new concepts and acronyms that we'll all need to learn. As a member of the group that developed MIDI 2.0, Brett is one of the first people to start building MIDI 2.0 software. As a composer who's used MIDI since the 80s, Brett is also well-suited to show musicians what they'll need to know about it as new gear starts entering the market. During the interview we spoke about how Brett got into coding, why it took 35 years to get to MIDI 2.0, the advantages of MIDI 2.0, a look at future MI technologies, and much more. On the intro I?ll take a look at if creativity declines with age, and how artificial intelligence might someday make our studio creativity better.
2020-04-14
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Episode #312 – Releasing Music In Isolation, New Bass String Technology, And Lawyer/Drummer Kurt Dahl

This week's guest is Kurt Dahl, who's not only a successful entertainment attorney but is a busy drummer as well. His band One Bad Son has toured North America with Def Leopard, Judas Priest and even opened for the Rolling Stones. While working as a musician, Kurt decided that he could help his band more by getting educated in the music business, and that became a law degree and a second career. Kurt has also written articles for a host of magazines like Canadian Musician, Canadian Lawyer, DRUM Magazine, SOCAN Magazine and dozens of other industry publications, as well as made TV appearances, an interview on NPR, and lectured at universities and conferences across the country. During the interview we spoke about how Kurt can still do his attorney job while being on tour, what it?s like to represent yourself in a negotiation, his article on the legalities of tribute bands, the worst mistakes an artist can make, and much more. On the intro I?ll take a look at the new release schedule, and a new string technology to keep basses in tune.
2020-04-07
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Podcast #311 – Musician’s Union Lawsuit, UPS Backup, And Studio Guitarist Ira Ingber

My guest today is Ira Ingber, who?s a long time Los Angeles studio musician, composer and producer. Through the years Ira has had multiple major label record deals and toured and recorded with top Southern California singer/songwriters like J.D. Souther, Jennifer Warnes and Bonnie Riatt. Ira was also asked to form a band for Bob Dylan that led him to record two Dylan albums and tour with the legend. He?s also composed and performed on numerous original scores and songs for film, television and commercials. During the interview we spoke about growing up in the heart of the Hollywood music scene, some excellent stories about playing with Bob Dylan, studio guitar rigs through the decades, and much more. On the intro I?ll take a look at what's behind the lawsuit against the Musician?s Union pension fund, and protecting your home studio with a UPS backup.
2020-03-31
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Episode #310 – Downturn In Streaming Numbers, Smart Monitor Future, And NinjaTune/Coldcut Co-Founder Matt Black

This week's guest is Matt Black who's the co-founder of the leading indie record label Ninja Tune and electronic music pioneer duo Coldcut. Coldcut has remixed and created productions for the likes of James Brown, Queen Latifah, Eurythmics, INXS, Blondie, and many others, while Ninja Tune has been visionary with it?s selection of artists emphasizing interactive technology and innovative uses of software. Matt is also one of the creators of the VJamm software used in Coldcut live shows. This led to designing the widely acclaimed app Ninja Jamm, and now the new Jamm Pro, which features multitrack recording, inter-app audio, built-in sub-bass module, smart pitch bends, and much more. During the interview we spoke about the Ninja Tune philosophy, the string of DJ  products that Matt has developed, the 25 year evolution of Jamm Pro and much more. On the intro I?ll take a look at the downturn in streaming numbers, and the future of smart monitor speakers. [photo: Oz Owen]
2020-03-24
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Episode #309 – Imposed Downtime, M.I. Trade Wars, And Artist Branding With Laura Bull

This week's guest is Laura Bull, who spent ten years with Sony Music Entertainment where she became one of the company's youngest executives at the age of twenty-eight. During her tenure, she spearheaded development and marketing for globally recognized artists including Carrie Underwood, Brad Paisley, and Johnny Cash among hundreds of other artists from Arista, RCA, Columbia, Epic, and Monument records. Laura is an expert who specializes in transforming people into viable brands by by teaching what it takes to become a powerful ?influencer." Her book ?From Individual To Empire? is a guide to building an authentic and powerful brand. During the interview we spoke about artist branding, the differences between marketing and branding, the ?it factor? of an artist, working through a regime change at a label, and much more. On the intro I?ll take a look at taking advantage of imposed downtown we?re facing, and the musical instrument industry shaking off the trade war.
2020-03-17
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Episode #308 – Streaming Network Payouts, Liquid Distortion, And Drummer/Producer Tony Braunagel

My guest this week is Tony Braunagel, who's been the drummer for a wide variety of artists including Bonnie Raitt, Robert Cray, Rickie Lee Jones, and Taj Mahal, among others. It was with Taj that Tony gained a named for himself as a producer, working on the Grammy-award winning ?Shoutin? in Key? album that also won a prestigious W. C. Handy award. Since then he?s become a respected producer in the blues genre besides being a much in-demand drummer and clinician. During the interview we spoke about Tony growing up in Texas but getting his break in the UK, discovering blues early in life, producing from behind the drum kit, and much more. On the intro I?ll take a look at what streaming networks are currently paying, and the distortion pedal who?s sound is based on the type of liquid you pour inside it.
2020-03-10
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