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Musicians Secrets Podcast

Musicians Secrets Podcast

By Alise Koa
You want to be a songwriter, but don't know where to start? I get it... songwriting isn't as easy as it looks. On this podcast I'm picking the brains of the best songwriters around the world. We'll go behind the scenes of their singles, EP's and albums. How they came up with the production, music and of course lyrics. In short, I want to know all their little secrets! 🤔
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Heart VS Mind with Josh Lee Hamilton Eps #38
Hi Ohana,   today I have Australian singer/songwriter Josh Lee Hamilton with me today. We had a chat about how important it is to follow your heart sometimes even though it might be scary or harder than doing the next "right" logical thing. Josh told me his secrets of making good music videos as well. How he makes great-looking videos on a small to no budget.   Of course, we talked behind the scenes of his songs "Heart is ready" and "Seasons". His songwriting process and journey.   Have fun!   Follow Josh on IG @joshleehamilton  Check out Josh's music videos we talked about on YouTube here at Josh Lee Hamilton     Listen to Josh singles "Heart is ready" and "Seasons" on Spotify & iTunes    Follow me on Instagram @alise.koa   Learn more about songwriting at www.alisekoa.com
51:30
April 16, 2021
It's not about being good, it's about being unique with DEVADO Eps #37
Hi Ohana,  today I have singer/songwriter, producer, body percussionist, wife, and mother DEVADO with me. Like me, she's half German/American and has been doing music since she's been a kid. Devado has worked for Disney to play & sing the german characters from the Lion King all the way up to Moana. She's also been on the Voice of Germany in 2015 and has given advice on what those shows are all about and what to look out for when you audition for any TV show. Now Devado has been quite successful getting into production to be able to produce her own songs. But we're not talking about normal production. Devaco has a very unique way of doing that. Her new single "Never Gonna Fit In" is produced with NO INSTRUMENTS!!! It's all body percussion and vocals.   Devado shared a lot of juicy secrets about the music industry and why she thinks it's better to be an independent musician.    Have fun!    Follow Devado on IG @devadomusic   Listen to Devado's music on Spotify & iTunes     Follow me on Instagram @alise.koa   Learn more about songwriting at www.alisekoa.com
50:31
April 12, 2021
Make wrong decisions to learn with Ashton Nicolas Eps #36
Hi Ohana,  today I have the one and only singer/songwriter, producer, and entrepreneur Ashton Nicolas from Oahu, Hawaii with me today! He owns his own company "Creative Natives" to help and support other artists as well with what he got to learn so far in his music business degree. We had a chat about how important networking is and making sure you're spending your time wisely. That going to another country was one of the best decisions he's ever made because he was able to learn and grow as a person. What you listen to, read, watch and surround yourself with will determine who you will become. Ashton said that making "wrong" decisions helps him make the right ones today.   With his new single "Find Me" it's all about good vibes. Ashton took me behind the scenes of his single and gave away his secret of what a good song makes for him.   Have fun!   Follow Ashton on IG @ashtonnicolaslive    Listen to his new single "Find Me" on Spotify & iTunes   Find Creative Natives website here   Follow Creative Natives IG @creativenativeshi     Follow me on Instagram @alise.koa   Learn more about songwriting at www.alisekoa.com
51:05
April 5, 2021
How to capture your energy in a song with Annemarie Quinn Eps #35
Hi Ohana,   today I have the singer/songwriter Annemarie Quinn with me today. She's from the UK but has been living in Malawi, Africa for the last 5 years where she recorded her album "Blue Sky Thinking". With over 40 collaborations with different musicians, Annemarie made it her mission to involve and include as many locals as possible. Annemarie talked about how important collaboration is and that is actually is a sign of strength. She also mentioned how everything is hard work, that nothing just falls into your lap, "You get out what you put in". The hardest thing about recording an album is capturing the energy of the musicians and the song.   Have fun!    Follow Annemarie on IG @annemariequinn  Find out more on her website here.  Listen to Annemarie's new album "Blue Sky Thinking" on Spotify & iTunes    Follow me on Instagram @alise.koa   Learn more about songwriting at www.alisekoa.com
54:46
April 2, 2021
I never regret busking with Ben Camden Eps #34
Hi Ohana,  today I have Australian singer/songwriter Ben Camden with me. He told me how he wrote his single "Salt" by testing it on crows while busking and what benefits came from it. He said that he never regrets busking because he always learns something very valuable from that you can't learn any other way.   We had a chat about how challenging performing is and what he's done to overcome stage fright.   Have fun!    Follow Ben on IG @bencamdenmusic   Listen to Ben's songs on Spotify & iTunes    Follow me on Instagram @alise.koa   Learn more about songwriting at www.alisekoa.com
51:02
March 30, 2021
Take control of your music currier with Reece Ratliff Eps #33
Hi Ohana,  today I have singer/songwriter Reece Ratliff with me today. He took me behind the scenes of his new album "Compass" and showed me what hard work goes into a 12 track album. We all consume music, but do we really know what hard work goes into it? Reece explained the meaning behind his song "DRIVE". That we should enjoy the journey while we can and take controller over our life and especially music carrier. He said the most important thing that his grandfather taught him was humility "You don't write the songs, you just write them down."   Have fun!   Follow Reece on IG @reeceratliffmusic   Listen to his new album "Compass" on Spotify & iTunes  Follow me on Instagram @alise.koa   Learn more about songwriting at www.alisekoa.com
43:59
March 26, 2021
It's all about your mindset not so much your skills with Elise Cabret Eps#32
Hi Ohana,   today I have singer/songwriter and producer Elise Cabret with me today. She's officially my first guest from Australia. Elise shared the very personal story of her struggles with anxiety and depression and how music had a huge role in her healing process. This is why she is so passionate about her new project DAWter where she gets to help others that are struggling to express their feelings and cope with them. We also had a chat about how everything is a process, you don't suddenly wake up a rockstar, you become one! You need to grow into it. Elise said that songwriting is more a mental mindset rather than a skill problem. Before we even start the song we tell ourselves that it's not good enough. She talked about a little trick that she uses, called "the artist and the editor" to overcome self-doubt and writer's block. Seriously there are so many value bombs in here, I'm just scratching the surface.   Elise also took me behind the scenes of her new song "To Your Devices".   Have fun!   Follow Elise Cabret on her mental health journey here:  Here's her website: www.dawter.com.au  Song Starter Kit (free resource) Here's her Instagram: @dawtersongs  Here's her Youtube    Follow Elise Cabret on her music journey here:  Here's her Instagram: @elise_cabret   Here's her Youtube  Here's her Spotify   Firefighter song: “Don’t Call Me a Hero” Words and Music by Don Murdock, Mary-Lynn Neil, & Brian Dolph on Youtube  Follow me on Instagram @alise.koa   Learn more about songwriting at www.alisekoa.com
01:31:16
March 22, 2021
Music is all around us, all we have to do is capture it with Will Bryant Eps #31
Hi Ohana,  today I have singer/songwriter and producer Will Bryant with me. Will take about a few tips that will get you started as a producer and about the different pressures that come with it. He said that music is all around us, in sounds and conversations and that our job as producers and songwriters is to capture them. We had a chat about songwriting being a bit of a messy process, but fun. Will also brought up the point that some people feel like they don't have enough life hardships to write about and we talked about the solution to that problem.  Of course, we also talked about his songwriting process of "Find Me".   Have fun!   Follow Will on IG at @williamedwardbryant    Listen to Will's single "Find Me" here on Spotify & iTunes     Follow me on Instagram @alise.koa   Learn more about songwriting at www.alisekoa.com
59:05
March 19, 2021
The advantage of songwriting with Isaac Tyler Eps #30
Hi Ohana,   today I have singer/songwriter Isaac Tyler with me. He's a good friend of George Holliday which I've had on a couple of episodes back. Together they've worked on "Young & Free" and "All Drained Out" on a converted bus through Europe. T oday I get to hear Isaac's story.  We talked about how powerful songwriting is. How you can take a negative experience and turn it into something positive by writing a song about it! He also shared his secret of not always being to come up with great songs right away. That it takes time and he told me a little trick he likes to use when he gets stuck in a writing session with other musicians. Isaac also gave away what makes a great song and shared his major secret of getting things done.  His biggest advice is "the more you write, the better you get!".  Isaac also took me behind the scenes of the song "All Drained Out" and what the song is really about. You'll never guess, it's quite funny!    Have fun!   Follow Isaac Tyler on IG at @isaactylermusic   Listen to Isaac's songs on Spotify & iTunes.     Listen to George Holliday's episode here. Follow the Musicians Secrets Playlist here.  Follow me on Instagram @alise.koa   Learn more about songwriting at www.alisekoa.com
50:46
March 15, 2021
How to write a BANGER melody with Ritho Esp #29
Hi Ohana,  today I have singer/songwriter Ritho with me.  He shared his secrets of writing his melodies. How he used to be really bad at it and then got to master one of the most important skills of songwriting. Ritho said that songwriting is like exercising a muscle. The more you use it, the better you will get! On the production side, he gave away some great advice. Production isn't there to magically make a song sound good but to enhance it and serve the song to the best it can be, especially if it means hardly adding anything production-wise. His rule of thumb is that production "betters" the song around 20%.  Of course, he had a chat about his amazing song "Say You're Mine". He took me behind the scenes and talked me through his songwriting and production process.    Have fun!   Follow Ritho on IG at @ritho_music  Listen to his songs on Spotify & iTunes     For fresh & new music follow the Musicians Secrets Playlist here   Follow me on Instagram @alise.koa   Learn more about songwriting at www.alisekoa.com
40:01
March 12, 2021
Authenticity makes the best song by Purpl Eps #28
Hi Ohana,  today I have the singer/songwriter Purpl with me. We talked about her identity of her name Purpl & why it's important to have a stage name. She told me how songwriting really is a balance between art and science and the talent lies in knowing when to use witch. She talked about some of her struggles when it comes to songwriting and how important it is to believe in yourself and use thoughts tough times to grow.  Purpl opened up about her song FOMO and took me behind the scenes of the process. She said that most musicians think that song just "come" to them when this really is just the exception to the rule and not the norm.    Have fun!   Follow Purpl on IG @purplofficial    Listen to her single FOMO here on Spotify & iTunes       For new and fresh music go follow the Musicians Secrets Playlist here    Follow me on Instagram @alise.koa   Learn more about songwriting at www.alisekoa.com
49:10
March 8, 2021
Don't dilute yourself for other people with Millie Milner Eps #27
Hi Ohana,  today I have queer singer/songwriter Millie Milner from Yorkshire with me today. We talked about busking and how that has helped Millie to get real & authentic feet bad to her performances and original songs. She says "Practicing with an audience is worth 10 practicing on your own". We had a chat about how important it is to be yourself and not dilute yourself for other people's enjoyment. For Millie this meant being a focal point for queer people just like her in her music & lyrics. This gave her the opportunity to talk about her songwriting process of "Troubled Mind" and the story behind it.    Follow Millie Milner on IG @milliemilnermusic   Listen to her songs on Spotify & iTunes here     For fresh & new music follow the Musicians Secrets Playlist here  Follow me on Instagram @alise.koa   Learn more about songwriting at www.alisekoa.com
30:34
March 5, 2021
The inner turmoils of songwriters with Seba Safe Eps#26
Hi Ohana,  today I have the one and only Irish singer/songwriter Seba Safe with me today. We had a chat about what a box of rollies are (it's not Irish kindy, I had to learn the hard way LOL), how he writes songs, and who helped him produce his amazing songs "In Wating" and "I Want". As a songwriter, you need to learn how to "detach" yourself from your songs in order to put out good music. We talked about the struggles of being a songwriter and how to overcome them. That musicians aren't as confident as they seem.    Have fun!    Follow Seba Safe on IG at @seba__safe  Listen to his music on Spotify and iTunes and follow Seba's playlist "Hot Tamales" here   For fresh & new music follow the Musicians Secrets Playlist here  Follow me on Instagram @alise.koa   Learn more about songwriting at www.alisekoa.com
51:06
March 1, 2021
Why ego is your biggest enemy with John Seaton Eps #25
Hi Ohana,   today I have singer/songwriter John Seaton with me today. He threw so many value bombs into this episode it's not even funny anymore! Where to start?!? First of all, we talked about what's popular isn't always good and what's good isn't always popular. John and I revealed his secret of how important it is to surrender your ego in order to grow as a musician and especially a songwriter.   John told me about his project 12 producers, 12 songs, 12 months. Why he started the project and how it's made him grow. He also revealed 3 different types of producers he picks for his projects. And much, much more!   Have fun!   Follow John Seaton on IG at @johnseatonmusic    Listen to his music on Spotify & iTunes     Follow the "Musicnas Secrets Playlist" for fresh/new music here     Follow me on Instagram @alise.koa   Learn more about songwriting at www.alisekoa.com
54:42
February 26, 2021
Musicians are healing people one song at a time with Urban Hippie Eps #24
Hi Ohana,  today I have singer/songwriter & producer Urban Hippie with me today. He shared his secret of how he made his own mic out of his 20-year-old computer mic, a Pringles box, and some tights because he had no money when he first started out. We had a chat about the constant struggle of self-doubt and how music is healing people one song at a time! How amazing is that? Urban Hippie told me how being humble and having the mindset of being able to learn from EVERYONE is essential to stay focused and grounded. That using people to where you want to go is never a good idea.   Of course, we had a chat about his current single "Good Vibes Only". The songwriting process behind it and how the production comes into play.   Follow Urban Hippie on IG at @urbanhippiemusic   Listen to his latest single "Good Vibes Only" on Spotify and iTunes   For fresh/new music follow the Musicians Secrets Playlist here   Follow me on Instagram @alise.koa   Learn more at www.alisekoa.com/podcast
55:38
February 22, 2021
How to write authentic lyrics with Garreth Spinn Eps #23
Hi Ohana,  today I have the singer/songwriter & producer Garreth Spinn (g.spinn) with me today.   He told me his story of his best trade ever which involves Harry Potter books and his sister. Why he started producing after he's been writing songs for a while and how important networking is.   We had a chat about actually wanting to be the worst musician in the room and what makes a good song.  Garreth shared with me the number one thing he starts with now when he produces or mixes a song now which might go against most production "tricks", but most importantly we talked about writing about lyrics you're nervous to share and why that's important. In the end, we also talked about how ambient music is used in commercial music without us even noticing and how that can help you in your next songs to level up your songwriting game.    Of course, we talked about the production side of Stop | Stand with Jeremiah Higgens which Garreth produced, and his new single "The Only Thing". If you missed the episode with Jeremiah Higgens you can find it here to catch up here.  Have fun!    Follow Garreth on IG at @gspinn   Listen to his new single "The Only Thing" and his Ambient music on Spotify and iTunes  Find fresh & new music from all independent musicians I've interviewed here at the Musicians Secrets Playlist.    Follow me on Instagram @alise.koa   Learn more about songwriting at www.alisekoa.com
01:05:45
February 19, 2021
The Power of music with NEMG Eps #22
Hi Ohana,  today I have the Christian rap group N.E.M.G. with me today. The trio containing Sean, Greg, and Jamar were just an absolute pleasure to talk to!  They told me what's really important when making music, how powerful music really is, and how God got the three of them together to do amazing things.    Of course, we had a chat about their singles "So Sweet" and "Lord Send Me A Sign". How all three write their verses and how it all comes together. N.E.M.G. shared how their individual talents of freestyling and rapping have crucial parts in making a song in the first place.   Have Fun!   Follow N.E.M.G. on IG at @whatupnemg   Follow their individual IG accounts: Sean @itsastreetboxbeat  Follow their individual IG accounts: Greg @gregorylustermusic  Follow their individual IG accounts: Jamar @everydayjamar   Listen to all their music they've put out so far on Bandcamp   Listen to their recent releases "So Sweet" and "Lord Send Me A Sign" on Spotify and iTunes.   Follow the Musicians Secrets Playlist for fresh & new music here   Follow me on Instagram @alise.koa   Learn more about songwriting at www.alisekoa.com
01:02:31
February 15, 2021
Why are you still listening? with Running On Everything Eps#21
Hi Ohana,  today I have the amazing duo with me, Lila & Gabe from Running On Everything. They both talked to me about how they have used the lockdown to their advantage and what two things they look for when making great music. We had a chat about their song "This One's For You" and their cheeky lyrics behind it.    Have Fun!    Follow Running On Everything on IG @runningoneverything  Their individual accounts of Lila @lai__lasmith and Gabe @gabeglad   Listen to their sassy/amazing music on Spotify and iTunes    If you're looking for fresh new music go and follow the Musicians secrets Playlist here  Follow me on Instagram @alise.koa   Learn more about songwriting at www.alisekoa.com
59:36
February 12, 2021
The importance of branding your music right with Bstrok Eps #20
Hi Ohana,  today I have Bstrok aka Bradon Strok with me today. We talked about the importance of branding. That if you don't know why you're doing it or why you're writing music, neither will your fans and that will be reflected in your brand...   Follow Bradon on IG at @bstrokmusic and listen to his music on Spotify & iTunes  Listen to "Know That" on Spotify & iTunes here    Follow the Musicians Secrets Playlist for fresh new music and artists here    Follow me on Instagram @alise.koa   Learn more about songwriting at www.alisekoa.com
31:05
February 7, 2021
How judgment is holding you back as a songwriter with Aurelien (3 South & Banana) Eps #19
Hi Ohana,   today I have Aurelien from 3 South & Banana with me today. We had a great chat about how judgment is holding you back as a songwriter and how to free yourself from that. We talked about how your restraints (not the right equipment, not enough money, no production skills ...) are actually your superpowers! That necessity is the mother of invention!   We had an interesting conversation about what creativity really is and how to free and access it. Basically finding the balance between the art and science behind songwriting.  Of course, we got talking about his album "3 South & Banana" and the writing process behind it. The best part is that Aurelien showed me his live set up when he gets to perform and it blew my mind! I've seen many concerts but this is something I've never seen before!    Have fun! Here's the YouTube link to the episode so you can see Aurelien's set up he talks about at the end of this episode Follow Aurelien on IG @3southandbanana and on YouTube at 3 South & Banana   Check out his music on Spotify and iTunes   If you want to listen to fresh new music follow the Musicians Secrets Playlist here  Follow me on Instagram @alise.koa   Learn more about songwriting at www.alisekoa.com
47:11
February 5, 2021
The danger of going VIRAL with Kinnoha Eps#18
Hi Ohana,  today I have the incredible singer/songwriter Kinnoha with me today!   This episode is a goody. 🤓 We got talking about some great songwriting tricks, the dangers of going VIRAL that no one talks about and how important marketing is when it comes to your music. How crucial it is to ask for help when you get stuck and how to manage your social media. Of course, we got talking about her amazing music "Lemons" and what it took to get it out into the world.    Have fun!   Follow Kinnoha on IG at @kinnoha and feel free to reach out to her for advice and any questions you have.  Find her music "Lemons" on Spotify & iTunes    Follow the Musicians Secrets Playlist for fresh music and artists here Follow me on Instagram @alise.koa   Learn more about songwriting at www.alisekoa.com  
58:17
February 1, 2021
3 Rules to make it as an independent artist with George Holliday Eps #17
Hi Ohana,  today I have the amazing George Holliday with me. He's a producer, songwriter and has played for big artists like JP Cooper and Lionel Richie. But the best part is that he has his own tour bus/studio where he travels all of Europ with and produces songs with other artists at the same time! How cool is that?!?!?! George and I talked about a 3 step progress to being an independent musician. Why storytelling is so important and why your why is crucial to cell and make your music. George spilled some serious secrets in this episode.    Have fun!   Follow George Holliday on IG at @georgejazzmanholliday   Visit his website and see his cool bus here!   Check out George's single "Young & Free" on Spotify & iTunes    Follow me on Instagram @alise.koa   Learn more about songwriting at www.alisekoa.com   Follow the "Musicians Secrets Playlist" here 
44:32
January 29, 2021
Stop overthinking your songs with Andrea Eps #16
Hi Ohana,   today I have the amazing singer/songwriter Andrea with me all the way from Norway. We had a great time talking about her song "Fighting For". How she writes songs, how the production came together and how important is to find the right producer.  We had a great conversation about how important it is to write bad songs. Yes, you heard me right. BAD songs! And that the biggest enemy in music is really YOU!!!   Have fun!   Follow Andrea on IG at @andreaekelimusic  Listen to Andrea's songs "Fighting For" and "Cardiac Surgeon" on Spotify and iTunes  Follow me on Instagram @alise.koa   Learn more about songwriting at www.alisekoa.com   Follow "The Musicians Secrets Playlist" here for fresh music you've never heard before. 
45:44
January 25, 2021
How to prepare for studio time with Elijah Rosario Eps #15
Hi Ohana,  I have special guest singer/songwriter Elijah Rosario with me today. Today we had a chat about what to look out for when you're in the studio recording and what you should do beforehand to prepare once you're spending your time and money in the music studio.  We also had a cheeky little discussion about the "Spotify sweep" that wiped out and deleted catalogs from over 20.000 independent artists worldwide!    Have fun!   Follow Elijah on IG @iamesix   and listen to his amazing music on Spotify & iTunes here:  Listen to the Musicians Secrets Playlist here Follow me on Instagram @alise.koa   Learn more about songwriting at www.alisekoa.com
40:05
January 22, 2021
How to process your emotions through songwriting with Shoshanna Eps #14
Hi Ohana,  today I have singer/songwriter Shoshanna with me today. We talked about how important your environment is when first getting into music (or period). How connecting with other musicians is vital for your own music and what big part lyrics and mental health have on us. Shoshanna touched on some important fears she had when she first put out music and how being herself helped her overcome them, but most importantly how there's room for anyone who's passionate about songwriting and music.    Have fun!  Follow Shoshanna on IG @shoshanna.music   Find out more about therapeutic creative writing here   Listen to Shoshanna's singles "Unapologetic" and "Home Sick" on Spotify and iTunes. Follow me on Instagram @alise.koa   Learn more about songwriting at www.alisekoa.com   Follow the Musicians Secrets Playlist to find fresh new music and artists here
01:08:39
January 18, 2021
How to unlock your full potential as a songwriter with London Mckoy Eps #13
Hi Ohana,   today I have London Mckoy with me today. We had a great chat about her new singles "Sometimes" and "Sail Away". London revealed some interesting secrets about songwriting. How to unlock your full potential as a songwriter. That music for the most part is a mental game, rather than a talent or production problem. She revealed how therapy has helped her overcome mental blocks and how that has helped her write better songs and become a better musician and person.    Have fun!   Follow London on Instagram here @londonmckoy  and her DJ duo @thedondadas  Don't forget to listen to London Mckoy's new singles "Sometimes" and "Sail Away" on Spotify and iTunes.   Follow me on Instagram @alise.koa   Learn more about songwriting at www.alisekoa.com
47:39
January 15, 2021
How to network to grow as an artist with Emily Parish Eps #12
Hi Ohana,   today's guest is singer/songwriter Emily Parish. We got talking about how important networking is with other musicians, producers, and songwriters and how it makes you grow as an artist. What attributes to look for in a producer and how important it is to own your own music.   Of course, we talked about her album "How I Feel Now". What inspired the album and how she "found" her sound.    Have Fun!   Follow Emily on Instagram here and Twitter @em_parish   And don't forget to listen to her new album "How I Feel Now"  on Spotify & iTunes. Follow me on Instagram @alise.koa   Learn more about songwriting at  www.alisekoa.com
55:17
January 11, 2021
How to write songs when you don't play any instruments with Thalena Eps#11
Hi Ohana,  today I have my good friend Thalena with me.  We had a chat about getting out of your comfort zone to grow, what to do when you don't feel good enough to make music and how to write songs even if you don't play any instruments.   Have fun!   Follow Thalena on Instagram @__thalena__  and YouTube (Thalena)  Follow me on Instagram @alise.koa   Learn more about songwriting at www.alisekoa.com
47:07
January 8, 2021
Pros & Cons of being a solo artist with Via Barcelonia & Alise Koa Eps #10
Hi Ohana,   my today's guest is Via Barcelonia. They are a duo from Canada. Taylor is the producer and drummer of the band and Andrew is in charge of the guitar, loops, and key parts. Both write amazing, uplifting, catchy lyrics with a beat that will get you dancing. In this interview, I got to learn the pros and cons of being a solo artist and/or band member.  How they teamed up together and made things work despite their challenges of being on the other side of the country. This duo is just inspiring.   Have fun!   P.s. we might have had some time/date miscommunication for the interview. Yaaayyy for time differences 😂 You'll find out the full story of what happened in the interview   Check out their new album "WONDERLAND" on all streaming platforms such as Spotify and iTunes.    Follow them on Instagram at @viabarcelonia  and their separate accounts  @taylor_mcknight  @andrewallenlive    Follow me on Instagram @alise.koa   Learn more about songwriting at www.alisekoa.com
33:05
January 5, 2021
How to write music for TV & Reiki with Sazrah Eps #9
Hi Ohana,   I'm kicking off the new year with the one and only amazing singer/songwriter and producer Sazrah! She's a female producer that has produced many songs for other artists and how now started to release music under her own name such as "Some Kinda Way" ft with Simpol Tinz and an entire reiki-attuned album.  If that's not enough she's also written songs for TV which has landed her on many shows such as "Keeping up with the Kardashians".  In this episode, we got to talk a lot about the healing power of music, the production side of things, her fears, and how to get your music on TV shows.    Have fun!   Follow Sazrah on IG: @sazrahproducer  and DM her to be featured on her Spotify playlist "Rising Stars Collection" and follow the playlist here You can find everything on Sazrah's Website here Listen to Sazrah's single "Some Kinda Way" on Spotify & iTunes.  Follow me on Instagram @alise.koa   Learn more about songwriting at www.alisekoa.com
01:03:14
January 2, 2021
How to get started as a producer with Jeremiah Higgins Eps #8
Hi Ohana,   my guest today is Jeremiah Higgins from Chicago, USA. He's a singer/songwriter, producer, father of two beautiful daughters a dog owner, and a music teacher. There's not a lot he can't do! We got talking about a lot of things, where we got talking about music theory. Do you need it or not and if so, why? Jeremiah told me that everyone has the ability to write at least one great song. We also got talking about producing. What things he does to keep him learning and progressing. What to do when you're just getting started as a producer and where to find producers.    Have fun!   Check out Jeremiah on Instagram here @jeremiah_higgins  and on his website: www.jhigginsmusic.live    Listen to his song Stop | Stand on Spotify & iTunes Check out my Instagram at @alise.koa   If you want to learn more about songwriting click here www.alisekoa.com
59:17
January 2, 2021
How to overcome insecurities with Max Alexander Eps #7
Hi Ohana,   today I have singer-songwriter Max Alexander with me. We talked about the challenges of live gigs, guitar pedals, overcoming insecurities when singing, and much much more. He also shared a story of what to absolutely avoid before going into a recording studio.   Have fun!   Follow Max Alexander:   Instagram: @maxalexandermusic  Facebook: @maxalexandermusic  YouTube: Max Alexander  Listen to Max Alexander's song "Stay where you are" on Spotify & iTunes Follow me on Instagram @alise.koa   And if you want to learn more about songwriting you can go to  www.alisekoa.com
58:29
December 25, 2020
How to write great lyrics with Linn Cervell Eps #6
Hi Ohana,  my today's guest is Linn Cervell! She's a singer-songwriter from Stockholm, Schweden. Her EP "Blue Moon" is a spacy, fun, and upbeat collaboration with her producer Olivia. Linn's lyrics bring complex ideas straight to the point in her playful way. Taking life no too seriously and getting everyone to laugh is something that makes her unique and amazing!    In this episode, we went behind the scenes of her songs and got to uncover some incredible secrets!    Have Fun!    Follow Linn on IG: @linnosaurie  Listen to Linn's album "Blue Moon" on Spotify & iTunes Follow me on IG: @alise.koa  Learn more about songwriting at  www.alisekoa.com
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December 21, 2020
How to overcome anxiety with Sophie Lou Eps #5
Hi Ohana,   we all know this feeling nowadays. We feel this at work when scrolling through social media, with our friends, family, and sometimes even when we're alone... Everything has to be faster, better and has no room for error. How on earth are we support to manage it all? This answer is we don't!!! Stop running faster than you can. Take off the pressure! Easier said than done, I know.  Take it from someone who has overcome depression; you can beat this! You have the power. I got to talk to Sophie Lou about how music has helped her stay sain and as she likes to put it "Keep her anxiety on a leash"    I hope this episode will help you as much as it helped me.   As always,   HAVE FUN!!!   Follow Sophie:  IG, FB, and all other socials at @sophieloulife  Follow Sophie on YouTube here Don't forget to check out Sophie's Album "SoulSearch"  on Spotify & iTunes Learn more about songwriting at  www.alisekoa.com   Follow me on Instagram at @alise.koa  Musicians Secrets Podcast on all podcast platforms available!   Listen to the podcast on Spotify here
51:46
December 18, 2020
How to get your music heard on Spotify with Maya Lakhani Eps#4
Hi Ohana,   this episode with Maya Lakhani is a real treat! Not only did she reveal her secrets on how she got her song "The Line" on a bunch of different Spotify playlists, which got her thousands of streams. She also talked about how she wrote and produced the entire song in her room! Turns out you don't need a fancy music studio to make your music. You too can make it from home!    Have fun!   Follow Maya on Instagram and Twitter: @mayalakhani_  Follow on Instagram here Follow on Facebook here Follow on YouTube here Listen to Maya's single "The Line" on Spotify & iTunes   Learn more about songwriting at www.alisekoa.com
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December 14, 2020
Thank you 2020 Eps #3
We can all agree on 2020 has been pretty interesting,  but there is still a lot we can be grateful for.  This will change your life. :D  Have fun 
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December 12, 2020
Songwriting tips with Martha Eps #2
In this video, you'll learn what to do when you get stuck in your songwriting process. My guest Martha has been #1 on the singer/songwriter charts in the UK with the single "Her Name's December". So she knows a thing or two about the songwriting process. In my podcast "Musicians Secrets" she's spilling all the tea behind her EP "Lunar Eyes". You can follow Martha @marthamusicuk  Follow on Instagram here Follow on Facebook here  Follow on YouTube here  Remember to listen to her music on all streaming platforms. Spotify: Lunar Eyes by Martha here iTunes: Lunar Eyes by Martha click here Follow Lewis Howes Podcast here  Do you want to learn more about songwriting?   Learn more here in my online class "Musicians Secrets": www.alisekoa.com 
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December 11, 2020
How to write songs & challenges that come with it | Sohaib & Alise Koa Eps #1
Hi guys,    Sohaib is a singer/songwriter/guitarist based in England.  He's a dear friend of mine and knows a little something about the songwriting process. Today we talked about the challenges that come with it and explained what songwriting means to him.    Have fun!    Follow Sohaib on IG at @sabeykaces   Listen to Sohaibs song "Insomniac's Lullaby" here Follow me on IG at @alise.koa   To learn more about songwriting click here: www.alisekoa.com
01:12:43
December 10, 2020
Episode #12: Music heals!
Aloha, here are a few tips that helped me get through my depression. As promised here are the links: MusiCares: https://www.grammy.com/musicares Musicians on call: https://musiciansoncall.manheadmerch.com/
29:49
October 7, 2019
Episode #11: How music healed my depression!
Aloha, I'm just honing in on my first important step of being successful, which is your mind set. I'll show you how important it is, why I'm so passionate about music & how it saved my life. Some juicy stuff happening in this episode. Mahalo, Alise Koa 
29:59
October 5, 2019
Episode #10: Branding is not what you think it is
Aloha, your brand has never been more important than nowadays. It's not just about your logo, website or social media accounts anymore.  You want to know what the branding ninja Minling says? Then listen to this episode. I promise it's not what you think it is! Mahalo, Alise Koa 
29:56
October 4, 2019
Episode #9: the 4 secret of successfully building a business online
Aloha,  this is the 4 secret of successfully building a business online. If you want the FREE BOOK I was talking about in this podcast click the link below:   https://dotcomsecrets.com/go?cf_affiliate_id=1745853&affiliate_id=1745853 Mahalo, Alise Koa 
29:57
October 3, 2019
Episode #8: This is part 2 to yesterdays podcast
Aloha, welcome and thank you for being here. Yesterday I left you guys on quite the cliff hanger so this is the explanation.  Mahalo, Alise Koa 
29:30
October 2, 2019
Episode #7: the 3rd secret to making money as a music business
Aloha,  keep listening if you want to  find out the 3rd secret to making money as a music business
29:15
October 1, 2019
Episode #6: secret number 2 for your successful music business
Aloha,  today you're finally finding out secret number 2 for your successful music business.
26:16
September 28, 2019
Episode #5: The power of your mind
Aloha, the power of your mind is just amazing. I'll tell you how Thomas Edison became a genius. And how this is your first crucial step for your business.  
26:16
September 27, 2019
Episode #4: What do musicians and doctors have in common?
Aloha, this episode is about the foundation and rules of a business and money.
22:01
September 26, 2019
Episode #3: 2 things I learned that changed my life as a musician forever!
Aloha, this episode is amazing, because I'm revealing how I found out 2 major "secrets" that changed my life as a musician.  This started my journey to figuring out how to make money. 
25:47
September 24, 2019
Episode #2 10 steps to overcome FEAR.
Aloha guys, this is me being as real with you as I can possible be. I'm literally telling you what I'm most afraid of by doing this podcast and 10 steps how I've overcome them.
28:47
September 23, 2019
Episode #1 my origin story
Follow me on my journey from knowing NOTHING about music to being MOST IMPROVED STUDENT OF THE YEAR at my university (let's be honest, there was a lot to improve on!). 
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July 4, 2019