A music focused podcast featuring the risky yet rewarding come up stories of all my entrepreneurial friends in the industry. Ranging from artists, managers, A&R's, agents, creatives and all things in between. A chance to sit down with some of the most inspiring people I know - hear their stories and learn some important lessons from the beginning, middle and current parts of their journey.
Loren Wells is an owner and partner at Pierson / Wells. A music, media, and intellectual property law firm. He's an incredible music lawyer with a knowledge and understanding of the entertainment business unlike anyone I've ever met.
Having a good lawyer in entertainment can be the single biggest piece of getting signed, and getting the best record deal possible.
Loren joins me to tell his story and break down the step by step process of exactly that.
4:51 Who Loren is and what he does
8:05 Loren's come up story
43:40 Q&As and practical advice
45:45 How do you get a lawyer on your team?
47:30 What do you do once you start to have success in music?
50:00 How to pick the RIGHT lawyer?
55:29 How to negotiate the right record deal for your project?
57:38 How record deals have evolved in 2020
1:01:15 How to tell when you’ve hit your ceiling and when to bring on help.
1:06:21 Advice to everyone chasing a dream
1:08:40 How to get in touch with Loren
1:09:13 Everyone can succeed // Pay it forward
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Babs Szabo is the co-founder of Emo Nite and Ride or Cry.
She's cool as frick. She's smart as frick. And this is her story.
If you like her story - share it and tell your friends.
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Dan Newman is a three time Emmy award winning director and producer. He’s done everything from documentaries, music videos, world travel films, and more. He's now the creative director for Matchroom Boxing and produces all of their content.
In this episode Dan tells his story from the early days of going to school to be in tech, to pivoting and trying everything under the sun to get into music, to finally finding his perfect groove as a director / producer.
If you like this episode - please do me the biggest favor - share it and subscribe to the podcast! I'm @andrew_ftw and he's @dannewmandp
Finn Mckenty is the creator of The Punk Rock MBA YouTube channel and podcast. In addition he’s the Director of Operations at URM Academy.
He has an incredible work ethic and understanding of business. We talk about what it takes to build a successful YouTube channel, applying yourself to your work, believing in what you do, and having constant patience and perseverance.
We also get into the story of his early days, and talk about what he’s currently up to with his new podcast!
I think you’ll really enjoy this one! If you do, the biggest favor you can do for me is share it! Tell a friend in person, share it on social media, subscribe to the podcast, all of that helps grow this immensely! I’m @andrew_ftw and he’s @finnmckenty.
This is an extremely special one!! Kevion has a podcast of his own (Project Mindset) that this episode originally came out on. I had the chance to come on and ask some questions to help motivate and inspire anyone, at any point in their life, both high and low!
His wisdom, perspective, and story is truly unlike anyone else in the world! He has an incredible way of viewing life and inspiring people to live it to the fullest!
I truly think you're going to love this one! If you do make sure to subscribe to Project Mindset, listen to all of his other episodes and share this one to spread the word! I'm @andrew_ftw and he's @kevion
Alex plays drums in the American rock band, A Day To Remember. He's cool. This is his story.
We talk a lot about his early days. Finding his passion in music, linking with the band and building it to what it is today. We also get into a lot of his personal projects like his brand - Golden Eagle, his podcast - In A Nuttshel (#BringBackTheNutt) and a lot of random hobbies in between.
He has great perspective on reinvesting into businesses, bands, and projects, and shares a ton of wisdom there too.
If you like the episode - you know what to do. Share it!
I'm @andrew_ftw and he's @alexshelnutt
Steph Mirsky was the Creative Director and Marketer of the Vans Warped Tour for the final 5 years of the tour. He’s worked with EMI, APA, Hopeless Records and many others.
He now owns and operates his own digital marketing and creative agency called Minority Co.
There’s so much valuable information in this episode! Steph has a mind like no other. He’s a wizard when it comes to practical application of digital and festival marketing, organizing and utilizing information, and all things music. He gives a ton of great advice on all of those aspects of the music business.
In addition he has a great personal story. From the early days of growing up in Philly trying to find his path in music. Being part of the LGBT community in a much less understanding generation. And many years of pivots and hard work to get to where he’s at now. I really think you guys will like this one! If you do, you know what to do. Share the podcast on socials and tell a friend about it who would like it. I’m @andrew_ftw and he’s @steph.mirsky
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Jordan Kelsey Knight is an amazing photographer with a story like no other. She's worked with Nicole Richie, House of Harlow 1960, Hoodie Allen, Chase Atlantic, Tonight Alive, and many more. I love her path of stopping at nothing to find her passion in photography. Beyond work, we talk about the importance of taking care of yourself both mentally and physically. She also gives incredible advice to all creatives chasing a similar path.
If you like this episode, help spread the word! Share it, tell a friend, give a handwritten link to a carrier pigeon and send it someone you love. All that stuff helps a ton! I'm @andrew_ftw and she's @jordankelseyknight
Astrus* is an independent artist with a work ethic like no one I've seen before. He started off rapping in Texas at the age of 14 and has evolved his sound into something truly unique. It was an honor to do his first ever interview / podcast. I truly believe he's going to take over. Enjoy!
If you like this episode, please share it with a friend and leave a review! Also - Let me know who you want me to interview next!
I'm @andrew_ftw and he's @astrusss
fats'e youngburial is an incredible artist and close friend. From an extremely young age he's been obsessed with music. We talk about his early days of living in TX and touring in metalcore bands, going to college for music production, getting into rap, and how it all led to his current project. We also get into the inspiration behind his latest album 'charlie' and the insane attention to detail he puts into all of his work. If you like this one, you know what to do - share it! I'm @andrew_ftw and he's @youngburial
Josh Terry manages Mayday Parade, is a co-founder of Sad Summer Festival and owns Workshop Management. This episode is a little different from the others. His story has been told before so we jump straight into the thick of it. He gives advice for all up and coming artists and industry, he talks deeply on why he started Sad Summer with his partners, and speaks on mentors and finding the right ways to get your foot in the door with music. Think y’all are really going to love this one! If you do - you know the drill, share it and leave a good review! I’m @andrew_ftw and he’s @joshterrymgmt
Colin Brittain is an extremely accomplished producer and songwriter. He's worked with A Day To Remember, 5 Seconds Of Summer, Papa Roach, ONE OK ROCK and many others. He's also a songwriter for Warner Chapel Music. We get into his early days of finding and obsessing over music, mastering his craft, and advice to those chasing a similar path. If you like this one, share it!
Raya is the host of ‘Was That Good For You?’ a sex and relationship podcast that I happened to be a guest on! Her story starts far before that with YouTube where she built a huge following and name for herself. She then went on to work with Playboy, and now is focusing 100% on her incredible podcast! I love this episode because her story is one of following your passion, not settling, and becoming the best version of yourself. If you like it too, share it! I’m @andrew_ftw and she’s @rayacarmona
Vivian Wang is the Director of Product and Research at AEG Presents. More importantly than that, she’s the smartest person I know when it comes to numbers, understanding data, and applying it to the music industry. Not only do we tell her story, but we also get into a great discussion about the future of music and what artists can do to provide more value to grow a stronger touring fanbase. If you like this one, you know what to do - share it! I’m @andrew_ftw and she’s @vivianw95070
Luke Wild is an artist with an extremely impressive background in music production. Before starting his solo project he had a very successful career working with producers like Danny Wolf, Hanzo, and Jesse Rutherford. This year he changed it up and started focusing entirely on his solo career. We talk about his early days, the switch of going from producer to artist, and now his latest release ‘Fever Brain’ which by the time you’re listening to this will be out! If you like this episode, subscribe and tell a friend! It helps a ton. I’m @andrew_ftw and he’s @lukecwild
Paul Conroy started in music, managing artists, then doing just about everything behind the scenes having immense success all around. From there he made a huge pivot into action sports, managing pro skaters, then becoming CEO of Dyrdek Enterprises. He’s now created his own company, Impact Real Life which brings communities together by building insanely cool live events. I really loved this one! If you do too, share it. I'm @andrew_ftw and he's @pauljoesphconroy
Jameson Roper manages The Band Camino and is one of the hardest working people I know. He's a unique breed of manager who takes a hands-on approach, going as far as touring with the band, building their production rigs, and much much more. In this episode, we talk about his early beginnings in Nashville, discovering The Band Camino, and the incredible success they've had so far! He also gives some great advice to both artists and aspiring managers looking to make a name for themselves. If you like this one, share it! I'm @andrew_ftw and he's @jamesonroper
Savage Ga$p joins me this week for the first-ever video episode of Where Are All My Friends! He grew up in a small town competitively playing soccer until an injury changed his path. He tells his story starting at the early high school days learning to make music, into some wild stories of meeting some very important friends, all the way up to now, where he's starting to blow up on an entirely new level! If you enjoy this episode, share it! I’m @andrew_ftw and he’s @savagegasp
This week I sit down with the homie KESHORE. He started making music at the age of 15 sneaking away from his parents doing anything he could to record. We talk about his early days, getting out of his hometown, all his inspirations, and what he’s up to now. If you enjoy - share it! I’m @andrew_ftw and he’s @keshore_
Maxx Danziger plays drums in Set It Off and is one of my best friends! This episode was a damn good one. We got to rip some jokes and talk about his early days as well as what he’s up to now. As always, if you like it - share it! I’m @andrew_ftw and he’s @maxxsio
Micah Coley or The Hollywood Mechanic is an extremely accomplished business owner and mechanic amongst many other things. Though this isn’t a typical guest I’d have on the show - there’s an underlying factor that makes him so perfect. His story. He’s got an extremely inspirational one matched with some great advice and perspective you can apply to just about all of life. Share this episode if you like it! I’m @andrew_ftw and he’s @thehollywoodmechanic
Ernie Gilbert is an incredible director and editor. He originally started directing music videos for bands on the east coast, then moved to LA where he started working in television as well as writing and directing short films. This is a great episode for any creative looking to get their start, or looking for a new wave of inspiration. If you like it, let us know! I'm @andrew_ftw and he's @directedbyernie
Frank Lepore is a professional Magic The Gathering player who has made a career out of creating gaming content. We talk about how he started, the challenges he faced, and currently where he sees the industry going. It was fun for me to talk to someone outside of music with an oddly similar path to many artists I've spoken with and learn a little more about an industry I'm very interested in! If you liked it, make sure to follow! I'm @andrew_ftw and find him at twitch.tv/franklepore
Danz (Computer Magic) started her career by creating and writing for her own music blog while living in New York. From there, she started DJing in the city. A few years later, she took a break DJing and started writing her own music. That quickly developed a cult following which pushed her to pursue her own music career.
This was a really fun episode as I didn’t know her story at all before hand. It was a wild ride that led her to success. Hope you enjoy this one, it’s good to be back! As always share it if you liked it. I’m @andrew_ftw and she’s @danz_cm or Computer Magic!
Morgan Freed has one of the craziest stories I've ever heard. We get into the story of his early years, leading to him finding the right circle of friends, taking a huge risk and ultimately creating Emo Nite. From there he was given a platform to create and execute a vision so much bigger than he could imagine. This is a good one! Let us know what you think of it! I'm @andrew_ftw and he's @partywizard.
Johnny Minardi is Senior Director of A&R at Elektra Music Group, Fueled By Ramen and Roadrunner. In addition he’s one of my closest friends and my mentor in music. This episode was a special one. We go from the early days of him starting a label in Chicago, to some unexpected failures, successes and all things in-between. Then leading to an incredible come up story of him working his ass off and accomplishing some unbelievably cool career milestones. If you like this episode let us know and share it! I’m @andrew_ftw and he’s @johnnyminardi
This week I sit down with my dear friend guardin!
He originally started by making beats and reading poetry. Shortly after he started releasing music with lyrics and a very unique style which started blowing up! He’s now toured with some incredible artists like - Oliver Francis, Wicca Phase Springs Eternal, gnash, Mallrat, shinigami, familypet, 93feetofsmoke and more!
My favorite part of it - this is just the beginning for him! Give it a listen and let us know what you think! I’m @andrew_ftw and he’s @guardin.
Ray Harkins is the host of 100 Words Or Less: The Podcast, the vocalist of Taken, and a producer manager at Tandem Management. He's got such a good story and SO much wisdom on both the podcasting and the music side of things. He sets a great example of doing things for the right reasons. If you like the episode, let us know! He's @xpurposex and I'm @andrew_ftw.
Ryan Scott Graham plays Bass in State Champs, has a solo project called Speak Low If You Speak Love, and recently started a vintage resale project called The Gallery Grail. He has an incredible story along with some great advice for anyone serious about starting or building a creative endeavor. Share it and let us know if you like the episode. I’m @andrew_ftw and he’s @ryanscottgraham.
Ben Farber works at Warner Records in streaming and has an amazing podcast called How The Fuck Do I?!
This episode has SO many gems of knowledge for anyone looking to get a start in music, or as an artist looking to grow your following on streaming platforms! He’s also a partner in an online skate shop called Chérie (@mydearcherie)
As always if you like it, let us know! I'm @andrew_ftw and he's @blfarber + @howthefuckdoipodcast
Jay Vee is an incredible producer (nothing, nowhere / guccihighwaters / shinigami), artist, and DJ! He's accomplished a ton at the age of 20 and has so much further to go. I particularly loved this episode because of his humble yet inspiring view on the music industry, hard work and passion. Hope you enjoy it as well! If you do, share it and let us know! @andrew_ftw & @jayxvee_
Adam Elmakias joins me for the fifth episode of the podcast! He’s an insanely accomplished photographer who has worked with Diplo, Major Lazer, Lindsey Stirling and A Day To Remember just to name a few! It was a perfect mix of come up story, friendship banter, and inspiration. Hope you enjoy! If you do, share it and let us know! I’m @andrew_ftw and he’s @elmakias.
I’m joined by my close friend R I L E Y for this week’s episode! Riley went from tour managing huge artists like - Capital Cities, blackbear, and Smokepurpp to then pursuing his own artist career.
As an artist, he’s gone on to tour with Yung Pinch, Chase Atlantic, Boogie and more. He’s a damn good dude with a damn good story. If you enjoyed it, let us know! I’m @andrew_ftw and he’s @rileym4a
This week’s episode is with Joshua Moore from We Came As Romans! We talk about the band, writing the albums, the come up story, and unfortunately some tragic loss as well. Past that I learn about what he’s up to now, creating some amazing new ventures while also working on the future of the band. If you like this episode, let us know! I’m @andrew_ftw and he’s @awesomejoshua.
This week I sit down with the LEGEND Scooter (Scott Nebb)! He’s done so much in music it’s unbelievable. Currently he’s managing AND tour managing Jake Miller. We got to talk about his start in NJ booking local shows all the way to the come up of Jake Miller hitting some serious success, them both moving out to LA and touring the world! Hit Scooter and I up on social media and let us know what you thought of the episode! @ScottNebb & @andrew_ftw
shinigami joins me for the first episode of Where Are All My Friends to tell his incredible artist story. He started making music at a super young age, and has since gone through a crazy journey of all sorts of genres melding together to create and influence the sound he has today. If you like the episode, share it on social media and tag us: @andrew_ftw & @shinigami. Thanks for listening!