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A music business podcast for artists and managers that are looking for a how-to resource.

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#78: Broadening Your Revenue Streams w/Kaily Nash, Manager for A$AP Ferg and Lous and The Yakuza
#78: Broadening Your Revenue Streams w/Kaily Nash, Manager for A$AP Ferg and Lous and The Yakuza
"How important is taking time to map things out weeks, months, or even years in advance? This week's guest was Sr. Artist Manager at Roc Nation Kaily Nash. In this episode, we talked about how Kaily started working in the advertising business before making the move to the music business and helping Tyga run his brand before joining Roc Nation. From there we dug into how artists should be thinking and planning to have a long career and the current factors they should be focusing on in order to achieve their goals. A great chat with lots of gems! If you’re interested in being part of the conversation, join us each week at 11 am est/8 am pst on Twitter Spaces! More Studio Talk: Monday Morning Manager Newsletter Blog Instagram Youtube Twitter
01:17:06
July 25, 2022
#77: Strategizing Growth in Music w/Tamir Schlanger, Manager: Kaytranada, Pomo, Sango + More
#77: Strategizing Growth in Music w/Tamir Schlanger, Manager: Kaytranada, Pomo, Sango + More
"In your experience, what can a label bring to the table in regards to strategizing and fulfilling the growth goals of an artist's career?" Tamir Schlanger was the guest on this week's podcast. Murph and Tamir dove into how Tamir went from culinary school to working with one of the biggest DJs and producers in music today. They spoke about how artists/producers/DJs can set themselves up for success in today's landscape and what it's like to be a part of the Weeknd's latest tour! If you’re interested in being part of the conversation, join us each week at 11 am est/8 am pst on Twitter Spaces! More Studio Talk: Monday Morning Manager Newsletter Blog Instagram Youtube Twitter
01:14:45
July 18, 2022
#76: Developing an Audience in 2022 w/Sam Watters, Manager for Lucky Daye, Algee Smith, Drella, and Kieran Watters
#76: Developing an Audience in 2022 w/Sam Watters, Manager for Lucky Daye, Algee Smith, Drella, and Kieran Watters
“Lucky Daye was a successful songwriter but didn’t release his first EP until 2018. Since then he’s won a Grammy and been nominated for 6. What do collaborations like Lucky Daye working with Kaytranada on Look Easy do for expanding an audience?” Sam Watters, former R&B star as an original member of Color Me Badd and current manager for Lucky Daye, joins us to talk about developing an audience in today's music industry. He shared his insight on the current state of R&B and Pop music, while also getting technical with Murph on how he continues his success multiple decades into his career. Sam also manages Drella, Algee Smith, and his son Kieran Watters. If you’re interested in being part of the conversation, join us each week at 11am est/8am pst on Twitter Spaces! More Studio Talk: Monday Morning Manager Newsletter Blog Instagram Youtube Twitter
01:02:47
June 21, 2022
#75: How To Grow as an A&R w/Eddie Fourcell, A&R for Mary J. Blige
#75: How To Grow as an A&R w/Eddie Fourcell, A&R for Mary J. Blige
"What advice do you have for someone who's looking to become an A&R in today's music business?" This week's guest is Eddie Fourcell, longtime A&R for Mary J. Blige. In this episode, Murph and Eddie talk about getting their start at Def Jam during the same time, Eddie working with Joyce Wrice, what steps aspiring A&Rs can take to make them successful, and just how important an A&R is to managing the creative process for an artist or label. If you’re interested in being part of the conversation, join us each week at 11am est/8am pst on Twitter Spaces! More Studio Talk: Monday Morning Manager Newsletter Blog Instagram Youtube Twitter
49:30
June 13, 2022
#74: Sustaining Success For Your Clients w/Louie Crack, Day To Day Manager for Pi'erre Bourne
#74: Sustaining Success For Your Clients w/Louie Crack, Day To Day Manager for Pi'erre Bourne
"What was your mindset when you were trying things in the beginning but they weren’t working? How did you push through?" In this episode, Murph and Louie talked about how Louie made a move from NY to Atlanta after graduating high school and how he got his start as a studio manager in Atlanta. His big takeaway from his time in ATL, add value in any way you can! From there Louie went on to build relationships with anyone that came through the studio, mainly a young engineer and aspiring producer, Pi'erre Bourne.  If you’re interested in being part of the conversation, join us each week at 11am est/8am pst on Twitter Spaces! More Studio Talk: Monday Morning Manager Newsletter Blog Instagram Youtube Twitter
31:05
June 07, 2022
#73: Time Management + Team Building w/Sarah Lorentzen, Manager for Mannywellz
#73: Time Management + Team Building w/Sarah Lorentzen, Manager for Mannywellz
"You’re currently balancing a full-time career, working at RCA as an A&R and managing Mannywellz. Do you have any advice on how to manage your time effectively and avoid burnout?" This week Murph caught up with Sarah Lorentzen to talk about her start in the music business, the importance of being detail-oriented, how to build relationships that transcend just business, and more! If you’re interested in being part of the conversation, join us each week at 11am est/8am pst on Twitter Spaces! More Studio Talk: Monday Morning Manager Newsletter Blog Instagram Youtube Twitter
01:07:20
May 30, 2022
#72: Making Hits + Diversifying w/Jermaine "Maine" Maxwell, Manager/A+R, for Kodie Shane, Splititupbenji and more!
#72: Making Hits + Diversifying w/Jermaine "Maine" Maxwell, Manager/A+R, for Kodie Shane, Splititupbenji and more!
“How important is it for artist managers to keep their egos at the door?” Maine is one of the brightest young minds in the music industry and we had the pleasure of speaking with him, covering topics from his grammy nomination for Revenge of the Dreamers III, to his client Splititupbenji’s recent placement with Kid Cudi in Sonic the Hedgehog 2. The gems were dropping this episode and it made for our busiest live room yet! If you’re interested in being part of the conversation, join us each week at 11am est/8am pst on Twitter Spaces! More Studio Talk: Monday Morning Manager Newsletter Blog Instagram Youtube Twitter
01:10:24
May 24, 2022
#71: Effective Marketing in the Music Business w/Josh Levien, Manager for Maliibu Miitch, Lil House Phone, Los Retros and CML-Lavish D
#71: Effective Marketing in the Music Business w/Josh Levien, Manager for Maliibu Miitch, Lil House Phone, Los Retros and CML-Lavish D
“Can you help our listeners understand kind of a step by step in creating a roll out for a single?” ---  This week, guest host Aidan is joined by Josh Levien, manager for Maliibu Miitch, Lil House Phone, Los Retros, and CML-Lavish D. Effectively marketing your artists creative work is an ever changing landscape in the music industry and Josh has been doing it at a high level for a long time. Check out this week's episode to get real, tangible advice, with examples of how Josh has done it, and how you can do it too! If you’re interested in being part of the conversation, join us each week at 11am est/8am pst on Twitter Spaces! More Studio Talk: Monday Morning Manager Newsletter Blog Instagram Youtube Twitter
43:21
May 18, 2022
#70: How To Diversify Your Music Career w/Terrance Laurel, Manager for Arrow Benjamin
#70: How To Diversify Your Music Career w/Terrance Laurel, Manager for Arrow Benjamin
“You’ve achieved immense success in the sync space, successfully placing with multiple Fortune 500 companies. What is the advice you would give to someone still hoping to get their first successful placement?“ ---  Terrance Laurel, manager for Arrow Benjamin is an acclaimed and highly skilled music industry vet. Meetings with Quincy Jones, working on Beyonce’s song ‘Freedom’, and tapping into fine art, there’s no doubt that Terrance has a wealth of captivating stories. Still a “student of the business”, Terrance shares his extensive knowledge on how to succeed in the music industry and how to be a multi-faceted professional. If you’re interested in being part of the conversation, join us each week at 11am est/8am pst on Twitter Spaces! More Studio Talk: Monday Morning Manager Newsletter Blog Instagram Youtube Twitter
01:13:11
May 09, 2022
#69: Preparing For Success w/PJ Escobar, Manager for Lex Luger and Strick
#69: Preparing For Success w/PJ Escobar, Manager for Lex Luger and Strick
“How important is it to "do your homework" on people you're looking to build relationships with?” - - - This week's guest on the podcast was Lex Luger's manager, PJ Escobar. In this episode, PJ shares with Murph some early struggles and realizations he had starting out in the music and fashion scenes in LA and how he ultimately overcame them and found success managing producers.  If you’re interested in being part of the conversation, join us each week at 11am est/8am pst on Twitter Spaces! More Studio Talk: Monday Morning Manager Newsletter Blog Twitter Instagram Youtube
43:16
April 27, 2022
#68: Maintaining Professional Relationships w/Fab Leys, Manager For Hayley Kiyoko
#68: Maintaining Professional Relationships w/Fab Leys, Manager For Hayley Kiyoko
“Can you take us through what the main focus is when developing the careers of artists that operate behind the scenes?” - - - Fab Leys has a jaw-dropping track record, including work with Nas, Rihanna, Jay-Z, Q-Tip, LL Cool J, and so many more. For the better part of this last decade, Fab has been working with artist Hayley Kiyoko, a former Disney star turned pop sensation. In this episode, Murph and Fab talk about how we can build and maintain professional relationships. Being an artist manager is hard work! Learn about how Fab fulfills her clients' goals and maintains positive working relationships in doing so. If you’re interested in being part of the conversation, join us each week at 11am est/8am pst on Twitter Spaces! More Studio Talk: Monday Morning Manager Newsletter Blog Instagram Youtube Twitter
01:14:24
April 20, 2022
#67: Building Artists Careers Outside of Music w/Doug Gleicher, Manager of Lolo Zouaï
#67: Building Artists Careers Outside of Music w/Doug Gleicher, Manager of Lolo Zouaï
“Can you take us into how you guys prepped for such a big tour with Dua Lipa?” “Lolo Zouaï has had some pretty cool sync placements. What’s your approach to pitching sync?” --- Doug Gleicher, manager of Lolo Zouaï appears on this episode of Monday Morning Manager to talk about his experience with Lolo on Dua Lipa’s Future Nostalgia tour. Murph and Doug also chat about Doug’s early days in the industry, interning at Primary Wave and Columbia Records, to his work with Russ, KidSuper, and current position as an artist manager. This episode covers lots of bases. Arena tours, fashion, branding, sync, and more! If you’re interested in being part of the conversation, join us each week at 11am est/8am pst on Twitter Spaces! More Studio Talk: Monday Morning Manager Newsletter Blog Instagram Youtube Twitter
01:04:31
April 12, 2022
#65: Developing Pop Acts w/Russell Kaplan of Twenty4 Management
#65: Developing Pop Acts w/Russell Kaplan of Twenty4 Management
“In what ways is the barrier for entry different in the pop scene than in other genres?” “In this streaming landscape, what’s your approach to building a dedicated fanbase for your clients?” --- Russell Kaplan, manager of Loote, Emilia Ali, and Caleb Hearn, joins the podcast to talk about his experience developing the careers of pop acts. As a Berklee College of Music graduate and a talented vibraphone player, Russell also taps into the creative responsibilities of a manager and gives us some tips on when it’s time to take a step back and let the artists work. Pop music is thriving and Russell is helping to pave the way. Check this episode out to see how he’s doing it! If you’re interested in being part of the conversation, join us each week at 11am est/8am pst on Twitter Spaces, @studiotalkco! More Studio Talk: Monday Morning Manager Newsletter Blog Instagram Youtube Twitter
43:39
April 03, 2022
#64: How To Launch a Management Company w/Ben Klein, Manager of Jai Wolf and Founder of Hundred Days
#64: How To Launch a Management Company w/Ben Klein, Manager of Jai Wolf and Founder of Hundred Days
“How do you go about finding the right talent and connecting with them?” “What advice would you give young independent producers who are building out there?” --- As the founder of Hundred Days and manager of Jai Wolf, Ben Klein is always moving. In this episode, Ben breaks down what he does to balance his busy work life, and his personal time. We learn about enduring the pandemic while managing an artist who predominantly performs for a living, and speak on the brighter pastures ahead. Take a listen as Murph and Ben speak candidly about time management and its importance in an industry that never sleeps, covering crucial topics that have long been ignored. If you’re interested in being part of the conversation, join us each week at 11am est/8am pst on Twitter Spaces! More Studio Talk: Monday Morning Manager Newsletter Blog Instagram Youtube Twitter
01:02:16
March 29, 2022
#63: Creating Authentic Content w/Elijah "Lito" Burgos, Manager of YungManny
#63: Creating Authentic Content w/Elijah "Lito" Burgos, Manager of YungManny
“When managing an artist, how do you balance being friends with your clients, and taking care of business?” “In today's world, is it more important for an up-and-coming artist to put out their best possible work or just enough work to keep their name relevant?” --- This week we had the pleasure of speaking with a young music industry All-Star, Elijah “Lito” Burgos, manager of YungManny. Lito takes us through his best practices for fostering the creation of real, authentic content. He also gets real and shares some of the less talked-about aspects of artist management, his experience as an “adult babysitter”. Son of industry legend Camille Evans, Lito has a wealth of music industry knowledge stemming from his earliest days. If you’re interested in being part of the conversation, join us each week at 11am est/8am pst on Twitter Spaces! More Studio Talk: Monday Morning Manager Newsletter Blog Instagram Youtube Twitter
47:56
March 29, 2022
#62: Making The Switch From Producer To Manager w/ Jon Woo, Manager of Marzz
#62: Making The Switch From Producer To Manager w/ Jon Woo, Manager of Marzz
“When is the right time to bring up money when working with a new artist?” “There is so much info and data out there these days, but for you, what are the important metrics you track?” --- This week we spoke with Jon Woo, manager of Marzz. We traverse through the decades in this episode as Jon speaks about his youthful obsession over a Dr. Rhythm drum machine, all the way to his work with Jack Harlow and now, Marzz. Most importantly, Jon dropped some incredible knowledge, giving us insight into how he tracks analytics and covers financials with his clients. Jon’s a great storyteller so this one is a must listen! If you’re interested in being part of the conversation, join us each week at 11am est/8am pst on Twitter Spaces! More Studio Talk: Monday Morning Manager Newsletter Blog Instagram Youtube Twitter
54:48
March 29, 2022
#61: How To Manage Artist and Label Relationships w/Dave Godowsky, Head of Artist & Industry Relations at iZotope, Inc.
#61: How To Manage Artist and Label Relationships w/Dave Godowsky, Head of Artist & Industry Relations at iZotope, Inc.
“What are some of the differences between artist management and label management?” “When an artist does get signed, what should they do to advocate for themselves inside the building?” --- Our first episode of the newly revamped Monday Morning Manager podcast features music industry veteran and Head of Artist & Industry Relations at iZotope, Dave Godowsky. In this episode we take a look at the inner-workings of record labels and how you can be your own champion in the building. Dave also speaks on bringing value to the table, and how you can approach brands without a huge following. This was a great first episode. If you’re interested in being part of the conversation, join us each week at 11am est/8am pst on Twitter Spaces! More Studio Talk: Monday Morning Manager Newsletter Blog Instagram Youtube Twitter
55:45
March 29, 2022
#60: How To Get A Job In The Music Business w/Ian Rifkin, Sr. Director of Recruiting at Endeavor and Head of Music Careers at The Digilogue (Part 2)
#60: How To Get A Job In The Music Business w/Ian Rifkin, Sr. Director of Recruiting at Endeavor and Head of Music Careers at The Digilogue (Part 2)
"How important is researching a role before applying?" "How do I make a lateral move at a company that I'm at?" --- This is part 2 of our convo with Ian Rifkin, the Sr. Director of Recruiting at Endeavor and Head of Music Careers at The Digilogue. In this episode, we go much deeper on how to find the right role for yourself, how to go about securing that role, and what to do if you take a job at a company to get in the door but ultimately want to do something else within the company. A ton of insights in this one, hope it helps! More Studio Talk: How To Get Playlisted in 30 Days (online course) Monday Morning Manager Newsletter Blog Instagram Youtube Twitter #BlackLivesMatter, please support in any way you can. List of resources: https://blacklivesmatter.com/resources/
26:05
September 10, 2021
#59: How To Get A Job In The Music Business w/Ian Rifkin, Sr. Director of Recruiting at Endeavor and Head of Music Careers at The Digilogue (Part 1)
#59: How To Get A Job In The Music Business w/Ian Rifkin, Sr. Director of Recruiting at Endeavor and Head of Music Careers at The Digilogue (Part 1)
"What are some things people can be doing while still in school?" "What are the types of roles that up and coming people should be looking at?" --- This week on the podcast I had Ian Rifkin, the Sr. Director of Recruiting at Endeavor and Head of Music Careers at The Digilogue. I wanted to switch things up this time around and do an episode that wasn't as focused on artist marketing tactics but something more general for those people that are looking to simply work in the industry. That said, I also think artists should think about working within the industry as well, that way they can build up their network and learn the ins and outs before going off on their own. Part 2 coming next week, enjoy! More Studio Talk: How To Get Playlisted in 30 Days (online course) Monday Morning Manager Newsletter Blog Instagram Youtube Twitter #BlackLivesMatter, please support in any way you can. List of resources: https://blacklivesmatter.com/resources/
35:27
August 19, 2021
#58: What is Songfluencer and what is "Influencer Marketing"? w/Nathan Pyle, General Manager - Songfluencer
#58: What is Songfluencer and what is "Influencer Marketing"? w/Nathan Pyle, General Manager - Songfluencer
"What is Songfluencer and how do they help artists?" "What can artists with small budgets do to set themselves up for success?" "How important is context when it comes to making content?" --- Nathan Pyle, the General Manager of Songfluencer, was the guest on this week's episode of the unsigned podcast. For those that don't know, Songfluencer is a marketing agency that helps labels and artists to top influencers across social media with a strong focus on TikTok. In this episode, Nathan dives into his background a little bit before giving a full breakdown of what influencer marketing is, how Songfluencer works, and that you don't need any money to get things going yourself! More Studio Talk: How To Get Playlisted in 30 Days (online course) Monday Morning Manager Newsletter Blog Instagram Youtube Twitter #BlackLivesMatter, please support in any way you can. List of resources: https://blacklivesmatter.com/resources/
40:31
July 23, 2021
#57: What is PlaylistSupply? w/Benji Stein, Manager/Founder - PlaylistSupply (Part 2)
#57: What is PlaylistSupply? w/Benji Stein, Manager/Founder - PlaylistSupply (Part 2)
"What is PlaylistSupply and how does it help artists?" "What do you think a manager should be doing to help build an artist's brand?" "Do you think artists can offer enough value to their fans to charge a monthly subscription fee?" --- Benji Stein was our most recent guest on the unsigned podcast and the convo was too good to compress into one episode so we didn't, lol. Hit the links below to check out part two of our chat where Benji goes even deeper into PlaylistSupply, the benefits for artists, and how artists and their managers should be looking to add value to their fan's lives. Have you had any success with a subscription model? If so, leave a comment and let us know, we'd love to learn more! More Studio Talk: How To Get Playlisted in 30 Days (online course) Monday Morning Manager Newsletter Blog Instagram Youtube Twitter #BlackLivesMatter, please support in any way you can. List of resources: https://blacklivesmatter.com/resources/
35:50
July 14, 2021
#56: What is PlaylistSupply? w/Benji Stein, Manager/Founder - PlaylistSupply (Part 1)
#56: What is PlaylistSupply? w/Benji Stein, Manager/Founder - PlaylistSupply (Part 1)
"What is PlaylistSupply and how does it help artists?" "How important is branding and when do you think an artist should focus on it? --- This week's guest on the unsigned podcast is Benji Stein. After starting as a musician himself, Benji realized that his passion was more on the manager side of things, so he decided to switch several years back. That lead him on a path to find the best ways to help him and his artists systemize the things they could, one area being playlist pitching outreach. So in the early days of the pandemic, Benji decided to start a software company called PlaylistSupply. The software is essentially a search tool that allows users to find third-party playlists on Spotify while also providing their contact info! In part 1 of our convo, we talk about Benji's early days, his tips for artists on the rise as well as what PlaylistSupply is. Part 2 is coming next week. Enjoy! More Studio Talk: How To Get Playlisted in 30 Days (online course) Monday Morning Manager Newsletter Blog Instagram Youtube Twitter #BlackLivesMatter, please support in any way you can. List of resources: https://blacklivesmatter.com/resources/
34:02
July 07, 2021
#55: What is "Artist and Label Relations"? w/Arielle Fischer - Formerly Spotify and INgrooves
#55: What is "Artist and Label Relations"? w/Arielle Fischer - Formerly Spotify and INgrooves
"What does the day-to-day look like for an Artist and Label Partnerships executive?" "You’ve worked across Europe for your career, what would you say are some of the key differences between Europe and the US" "How should artists be looking to build relationships with people at DSPs" --- Arielle Fischer, formerly of Spotify and INgrooves, was the guest for this week's unsigned podcast. Arielle has lived all over Europe which has given her a unique insight, especially working for companies that have such a strong US focus. She currently lives in Germany and we couldn't thank her enough for taking the time to chat this week. In the episode, we talk about her background and her love for music as a fan, her jobs at Spotify and INgrooves, and how she thinks artists should build relationships with DSPs! More Studio Talk: How To Get Playlisted in 30 Days (online course) Monday Morning Manager Newsletter Blog Instagram Youtube Twitter #BlackLivesMatter, please support in any way you can. List of resources: https://blacklivesmatter.com/resources/
51:38
July 01, 2021
#54: TikTok and How To Master Creating Content w/ Kelsey LeMunyon, Sr. Talent Manager - Studio71
#54: TikTok and How To Master Creating Content w/ Kelsey LeMunyon, Sr. Talent Manager - Studio71
"What type of content works best on TikTok?" "How can artists build a community as opposed to a following?" "What are some things artists forget to do when uploading their content?" --- This week's guest on the unsigned podcast is Kelsey LeMunyon from Studio71. Kelsey is a Senior Talent Manager and was recently named a top TikTok talent manager by Business Insider. Kelsey got her start in the entertainment business by initially working in PR before making the move to the management side of the business where she now works with creators to help them build content strategies that are not only engaging but also drive revenue. In this episode, we talk about where creators should be spending most of their time on the app and how listening/watching is just as important as speaking and creating. What have you had success within your career? Drop us a comment and let us know! More Studio Talk: How To Get Playlisted in 30 Days (online course) Monday Morning Manager Newsletter Blog Instagram Twitter #BlackLivesMatter, please support in any way you can. List of resources: https://blacklivesmatter.com/resources/
42:44
June 25, 2021
#53: Building A Relationship With Brands w/Jen Tanner - Sr. Dr. of Global Brand Partnerships, RCA Records
#53: Building A Relationship With Brands w/Jen Tanner - Sr. Dr. of Global Brand Partnerships, RCA Records
"How important is it for up-and-coming artists to do their research when it comes to brands?" "How can artists add value to their fans' lives outside of music?" "When it comes to planning to release a project, how far out should I start preparing?" --- Jen Tanner has been at RCA Records for over 8 years now. She initially started as an intern and then took on two roles to get paid before ultimately finding her way onto the brand partnerships team. She's worked on countless projects for artists like Kesha, Tate McRae, Khalid, SZA, and with brands like BMW, Dove, and Bacardi. In between all that, she's a champion of women and Latinos in the music business. Luckily, she was able to carve out some time to be our guest this week on the unsigned podcast. In this episode, we talk about how she got her start in music, what her day-to-day looks like, and most importantly, what artists should be thinking about when building a relationship with their fans. Enjoy! More Studio Talk: How To Get Playlisted in 30 Days (online course) Monday Morning Manager Newsletter Blog Instagram Twitter #BlackLivesMatter, please support in any way you can. List of resources: https://blacklivesmatter.com/resources/
50:53
June 18, 2021
#52: Soundcloud Doubles Down on Helping Artists Part 2 w/Marissa DeVito - Head of Music Marketing & Curation, Soundcloud
#52: Soundcloud Doubles Down on Helping Artists Part 2 w/Marissa DeVito - Head of Music Marketing & Curation, Soundcloud
"What are "Fan Powered" Royalties?" "How can artists engage with Soundcloud curators?" --- This is part 2 of our convo with the Head of Music Marketing & Curation at Soundcloud, Marissa DeVito. In this episode, we talk about how Soundcloud is taking a different approach to paying artists, mistakes artists make when uploading content, and the best ways to engage with curators at Soundcloud. More Studio Talk: How To Get Playlisted in 30 Days (online course) Monday Morning Manager Newsletter Blog Instagram Twitter #BlackLivesMatter, please support in any way you can. List of resources: https://blacklivesmatter.com/resources/
40:39
June 03, 2021
#51: Soundcloud Doubles Down on Helping Artists Part 1 w/Marissa DeVito - Head of Music Marketing & Curation, Soundcloud
#51: Soundcloud Doubles Down on Helping Artists Part 1 w/Marissa DeVito - Head of Music Marketing & Curation, Soundcloud
"What does your day-to-day look like as Head of Music Marketing & Curation?" "How does Soundcloud stand out amongst the other DSPs?" --- This week our guest was Marissa DeVito, Head of Music Marketing & Curation at Soundcloud. Marissa and I have known each other since 2012 when we worked together at Universal Music. Since then, Marissa went on to work at Island Records and Def Jam before making the jump to Soundcloud where she's been for the last 5 years. In part 1 of our two-part interview, Marissa shares how she got into the music business, what she enjoys most about it, and how Soundcloud is doubling down on its efforts to help artists while also being a streaming service and social platform for fans. Trying something new with a part 1 and part 2, let us know if you rock with the shorter or longer versions! More Studio Talk: How To Get Playlisted in 30 Days (online course) Monday Morning Manager Newsletter Blog Instagram Twitter #BlackLivesMatter, please support in any way you can. List of resources: https://blacklivesmatter.com/resources/
39:08
May 27, 2021
#50: Top Platforms For Artists w/Sam Tall - Director of Music and Content Operations, Studio71
#50: Top Platforms For Artists w/Sam Tall - Director of Music and Content Operations, Studio71
"What are the top two platforms you'd recommend for artists?" "What do artists forget the most when uploading their content?" "How can artists systemize uploading metadata?" --- Sam Tall was our guest this week for the 50th episode of the unsigned podcast! Man, time flies, lol. Sam works for a company called Studio71 and they focus on helping artists maximize their earning potential across all digital platforms. In this episode we talk about how Sam made his way to NYC, managing Kevin Garrett, working for Youtube, starting a popular industry Facebook group (where Sam and I actually met), all lead him to his current gig where he's now able to help more than one artist at a time. Another long episode but a great convo. Enjoy! More Studio Talk: How To Get Playlisted in 30 Days (online course) Monday Morning Manager Newsletter Blog Instagram Twitter #BlackLivesMatter, please support in any way you can. List of resources: https://blacklivesmatter.com/resources/
01:13:46
May 21, 2021
#49: How To Think About Funding Your Music Career and How To Build A Community w/Ani Sanyal - Creative Entrepreneur/Manager, Anik Khan
#49: How To Think About Funding Your Music Career and How To Build A Community w/Ani Sanyal - Creative Entrepreneur/Manager, Anik Khan
"How should artists be thinking of funding when starting out?" "What can artists do to build and engage their community?" "Should artists have a full understanding of the music business?" --- Ani Sanyal, aka Ani Hustles, was our guest on the unsigned podcast this week and man, what an inspiring story! I'll save the stories for the episode but he's a brief bio: first-generation American, a former rapper who toured with Wiz Khalifa and went toe to toe with G-Eazy in a Kanye/50 Cent style album release, turned creative entrepreneur/manager, and now investor into cafes and real estate. Safe to say, Ani FUCKING hustles! Can't thank him enough for his time and for sharing his take on all the above questions. Hope you enjoy this episode as much as we did! More Studio Talk: How To Get Playlisted in 30 Days (online course) Monday Morning Manager Newsletter Blog Instagram Twitter #BlackLivesMatter, please support in any way you can. List of resources: https://blacklivesmatter.com/resources/
01:10:20
May 05, 2021
#48: Artist Storytelling Insights w/Jayson Rodriguez - Hip Hop Writer, Backseat Freestyle
#48: Artist Storytelling Insights w/Jayson Rodriguez - Hip Hop Writer, Backseat Freestyle
"We’re all content creators now, so how do you think someone stands out amongst the noise?" "What should up-and-coming acts with no budget be focused on when it comes to creating engaging content?" "When should an artist look to get a publicist?" --- This week on the unsigned podcast I sat down with Jayson Rodriguez. I've been a fan of Jayson's writing for a long time and it was awesome to finally get a chance to chop it up! For those that don't know, Jayson has been a music journalist, executive, and content creator for over 15 years now. Along the way, he's worked at places like Vibe, MTV, XXL, Revolt, and VEVO. Recently, he started his new newsletter, Backseat Freestyle. In this episode, we talk about how artists can be creating content while also building a story, the history, and future of music journalism when to get a publicist, and much more. Hit the links below and enjoy! More Studio Talk: How To Get Playlisted in 30 Days (online course) Monday Morning Manager Newsletter Blog Instagram Twitter #BlackLivesMatter, please support in any way you can. List of resources: https://blacklivesmatter.com/resources/
01:20:42
April 28, 2021
#47: How To Create Value For Your Fans w/Boye Fajinmi, Co-Founder, The Future Party
#47: How To Create Value For Your Fans w/Boye Fajinmi, Co-Founder, The Future Party
"What can artists learn from The Future Party?" "How do you create value with live events?" "How are NFTs changing the value model for artists?" --- This week on the unsigned podcast I sat down with Boye Fajinmi, the Co-Founder of The Future Party. The company is an LA-based experiential company that has been expanding in media over the last few years mainly through their daily newsletter that focuses on the intersection of tech, business, entertainment, and culture. In this interview, we talk about what artists can learn from the value that The Future Party has created for their audience as well as what might be in store for the future with NFTs. More Studio Talk: How To Get Playlisted in 30 Days (online course) Monday Morning Manager Newsletter Blog Instagram Twitter #BlackLivesMatter, please support in any way you can. List of resources: https://blacklivesmatter.com/resources/
01:06:04
April 16, 2021
#46: How To Find A Manager w/Kasey Sobey - Manager, Wolf + Rothstein
#46: How To Find A Manager w/Kasey Sobey - Manager, Wolf + Rothstein
"What should I be looking for in a manager?" "What platform should I invest my time into?" "How important is it to build trust on social media?" --- Kasey Sobey is this week's guest on the unsigned podcast. In this episode, we talk to Kasey about how she started working for Wolf + Rothstein, going on tour with Childish Gambino, and now working as a day-to-day manager for Sherrie Silver, the choreographer for the "This Is America" music video.  Additionally, we make sure to dive into what artists should be looking for when it comes to finding the right manager. Enjoy! More Studio Talk: How To Get Playlisted in 30 Days (online course) Monday Morning Manager Newsletter Blog Instagram Twitter #BlackLivesMatter, please support in any way you can. List of resources: https://blacklivesmatter.com/resources/
28:55
April 07, 2021
#45: How To Build An Email List w/Neal Freyman - Managing Editor, Morning Brew
#45: How To Build An Email List w/Neal Freyman - Managing Editor, Morning Brew
"How dedicated do I have to be to create content?" "How do I grow my email list?" "What metrics matter for building an email list?" --- Neal Freyman is this week's guest on the unsigned podcast, and in this episode, we talk about how Neal started our in urban planning before making the jump to writing for Morning Brew. We also dug into what Neal thinks are the best tips for building an audience with a newsletter. Enjoy! More Studio Talk: How To Get Playlisted in 30 Days (online course) Newsletter Blog Instagram Twitter #BlackLivesMatter, please support in any way you can. List of resources: https://blacklivesmatter.com/resources/
33:53
March 31, 2021
#44: Artists Building Brands During COVID w/Cristina Jerome, Maarten Walraven-Freeling, and Matt Levin
#44: Artists Building Brands During COVID w/Cristina Jerome, Maarten Walraven-Freeling, and Matt Levin
"Artists are now brands, so how do you think they can add value to their fans’ lives during this pandemic?" "What is the waterfall strategy and why is it important for musicians?" "How do you see live events and streaming events merging in the future?" ---- After a brief hiatus, we're back at it! In this episode, we interviewed Cristina Jerome from the RnBae Collective, Maarten Walraven-Freeling from Stingray, and Matt Levin from Endeavor Content to ask them what artists should be paying attention to when it comes to building a brand, releasing content, and creating long-term value from their music. Enjoy! Looking for weekly inspiration and proven strategies from the world’s most successful creators to help you produce, promote, and profit from your music? Then sign up for Monday Morning Manager! Follow us:  Instagram Twitter Youtube Facebook
01:33:49
February 19, 2021
#43: Rae Vinton - Entertainment Relations, Gibson Brands
#43: Rae Vinton - Entertainment Relations, Gibson Brands
"What advice do you have for artists when it comes to creating a meaningful digital event?" "Why is it that Gibson partners with artists at any career level?" "Why is creating educational content important for Gibson?" ----- Rae Vinton is this week's guest. In this episode, Rae talks about how she got started in music, working for Gibson in New York, to eventually making her way to Los Angeles with Universal Music Publishing and then back to Gibson. She now handles entertainment relations between the company and the artists they partner with.  Enjoy! Follow us: Instagram Twitter #BlackLivesMatter, please support in any way you can. List of resources: https://blacklivesmatter.com/resources/
50:03
November 12, 2020
#42: Jorge Brea - CEO, Symphonic Distribution
#42: Jorge Brea - CEO, Symphonic Distribution
"What is Symphonic Distribution and how does it help artists?"   "What are some mistakes that artists make when registering their songs with a distributor?"  "How is Symphonic different?"  ----- This week’s guest is Jorge Brea, CEO of Symphonic Distribution.  In this episode, Jorge talks about how he got started in music and eventually went on to found the company in Tampa Florida. Additionally, Jorge gives us a deep dive into how Symphonic helps artists and how they differentiate themselves from other people in the space.   Enjoy!   More info: http://studiotalk.co/   Follow us: https://www.instagram.com/studiotalkco/  https://twitter.com/StudioTalkCo   #BlackLivesMatter, please support in any way you can. List of resources: https://blacklivesmatter.com/resources/
42:08
November 05, 2020
#41: Victoria Yip - Artist Relations Manager, Music Audience Exchange (MAX)
#41: Victoria Yip - Artist Relations Manager, Music Audience Exchange (MAX)
"How can independent and emerging artists get involved in brand partnerships?"   "What do brands look for in artists when it comes to brand deals?"   "How has COVID affected the business of brand partnerships?"   -----   This week’s guest is Victoria Yip, Senior Artist Relations Manager at Music Audience Exchange (MAX).   MAX is a company that specializes in creating brand partnerships between artists and brands. They’ve created millions of dollars in brand partnerships and have worked with brands including Ford, McDonald’s, Canon, Jack Daniel’s, and more.  As an artist relations manager, Victoria has helped create and coordinate millions of dollars worth of brand partnerships by acting as the liaison between MAX, the brands, and the artists. In other words, Victoria has an extremely valuable vantage point into the world of brand partnerships - and is the perfect person to learn how to position yourself as an artist when pursuing a brand deal. #BlackLivesMatter, please support in any way you can. See HERE for a list of resources.
39:39
October 30, 2020
#40: Marcos Fuentes - Head of Content Operations, Amuse
#40: Marcos Fuentes - Head of Content Operations, Amuse
“What is an “artist-friendly” distribution service?” “What is Content Operations?” “What is a licensing deal?” ----- This week’s guest is Marcos Fuentes, Head of Content Operations at Amuse. Our first international guest, patching in from Stockholm, Sweden (where Amuse is based), Marcos joins us to share his take on today’s landscape from his unique perspective as Head of Content Operations. Born in 2017, Amuse is one of the most artist-friendly music distribution platforms out there, and the first with a mobile-first offering (and also happens to be the birthplace of none other than Lil Nas X). Marcos is essentially in charge of facilitating releases, managing the integrations with the DSPs, and making sure everything runs smoothly. As such, he understands the world of digital music like few others and is an insanely valuable resource for anyone looking to better understand the music industry in 2020. Marcos misspoke during our interview about Lovette Jallow's work so we wanted to add her IG here! #BlackLivesMatter, please support in any way you can. See HERE for a list of resources.
42:48
October 22, 2020
#39: Cristina Jerome – Brand Partnerships, RnBae Collective
#39: Cristina Jerome – Brand Partnerships, RnBae Collective
“How can I be building with my audience during a pandemic?” “What’s the purpose of creating content?” “Email or social media?” ----- Cristina Jerome is a professional music marketer and the founder of RnBae Collective, an R&B focused agency providing event production and brand partnerships. She founded RnBae as a platform to specifically highlight R&B - as its own thing separate from Hip-Hop - in hopes of shining a much-needed light on the extremely talented R&B singers and artists that may be getting overlooked. Through RnBae, Cristina has worked with countless artists and coordinated brand partnerships with brands including Atlantic Records, Red Bull, Vashtie, and more. Being at the forefront of the shifting landscape in the world of marketing within the music industry, Cristina and RnBae are a great resource for artists looking to navigate the brave new world we find ourselves in. #BlackLivesMatter, please support in any way you can. See HERE for a list of resources.
32:52
October 15, 2020
#38: Jocelyn Rivera – Managing Partner, The Press Play Agency
#38: Jocelyn Rivera – Managing Partner, The Press Play Agency
"What’s the key to building a personal brand?" "How do you go about “making connections” in the industry?" "How do I get on the blogs or in a magazine?" ----- There’s no question that 25-year-old Jocelyn Rivera is a rising star in the NY music landscape. With the credibility from working with big artists, labels, and brands combined with the flexibility of remaining independent - Jocelyn and The PressPlay Agency are situated at the coveted crossroads between the industry and the streets. From project managing for major labels to playing a key role in the rapid rise of two of Brooklyn’s latest and biggest stars, Sheff G and Sleepy Hallow, to now being the personal manager of the Bronx’s favorite lyricist, Don Q, Jocelyn has more than enough industry credibility. Which would be enough for most people. Instead, she’s taken what she’s learned and created the PressPlay Agency - to provide the same high-quality branding, creative direction, and PR services to independent and underground artists in need of support.  Through PressPlay, Jocelyn has helped hundreds of artists to better market themselves and their music, not to mention dozens of companies and brands. A prime example of the power of perseverance, networking, and pursuing one’s passion, Jocelyn is the embodiment of independent hustle in the music industry. #BlackLivesMatter, please support in any way you can. See HERE for a list of resources. 
42:12
October 08, 2020
#37: Anna Bond – Sr. Director of Global Biz Dev, Songtrust
#37: Anna Bond – Sr. Director of Global Biz Dev, Songtrust
“What is publishing?” “What is a publishing administrator?” “Am I missing out on money from royalties? How do I get it?” ----- Anna Bond is the Senior Director of Global Business Development at Songtrust, a full-service global publishing administrator built with the artist in mind.  A seasoned industry professional, an Indie band geek at heart, and a longtime advocate for independent artists, I couldn’t think of anyone better to talk to about music publishing in 2020. Companies like Songtrust are putting pressure on the labels by showing artists that they don’t need to sell their soul in order to sell their music. Founded in 2011, the company started with the goal of becoming the easiest way to collect publishing royalties for anyone at any stage in their career. Today, they are the most popular music royalty collection solutions in the world. Music professionals of all kinds use Songtrust to simplify music rights management, including the administration of music publishing assets, performing rights, and digital licensing. Understanding how Songtrust operates as a publishing administrator through Anna’s eyes is also an excellent framework for learning how publishing works in today’s digital music landscape! #BlackLivesMatter, please support in any way you can. See HERE for a list of resources. 
34:20
September 30, 2020
#36: Steve Sweatpants – Photographer & Co-Founder, Street Dreams Mag
#36: Steve Sweatpants – Photographer & Co-Founder, Street Dreams Mag
How important is the marriage of music and photography? What is the most important thing when it comes to planning? How do you get in the right mindset to prepare for a photoshoot or campaign? ----- This week’s guest is NY Emmy-nominated photographer, director, and cofounder @stevesweatpants. Steve Sweatpants is a bit of a local legend in the creative community. The co-founder of a hugely successful and envelope-pushing independent visual agency, Street Dreams - and its many offshoots including Street Dreams Magazine, Street Dreams Radio, and more. Steve is not only talented in his own right, with a vibrant personal brand and a huge following, he’s also managed to help foster a vital community and create opportunities for countless creatives. In this episode, Murph and Steve talk about how important visuals are to musician's work and how to put your best foot forward when creating! #BlackLivesMatter, please support in any way you can. See HERE for a list of resources. 
56:37
September 23, 2020
#35: Joel Rodriguez - Artist & Group Context Director, Translation
#35: Joel Rodriguez - Artist & Group Context Director, Translation
"What is “context” and how important is it when creating a brand and connecting with my audience?" "How can artists bring value to their fans during the pandemic?" "What are some key metrics to pay attention to as an artist?" ----- This week’s guest is advertising executive & emcee, Joel Rodriguez (@joel.rdrgz) - also known as Superbad Solace. Joel and I met back at Translation in 2016. Today, he is the Group Context Director, which means he is in charge of making sure that Translation’s work resonates with audiences and pushes the culture forward. Being a high performer on both sides of the ball gives Joel a unique perspective on both music and marketing - and makes this gem-filled convo a great resource for up-and-coming artists looking to build their brand. #BlackLivesMatter, please support in any way you can. See HERE for a list of resources. 
25:33
September 16, 2020
#34: Visuals By Pierre - Photographer, Finally Offline
#34: Visuals By Pierre - Photographer, Finally Offline
“How important is creating a story with photos?” “Why are mood boards important?” “Can I just use my phone for photoshoots?” ----- This week’s guest is @visualsbypierre. Pierre and I met after I’d been following him on IG for a while and then noticed he kept posting pics in my neighborhood. Turns out we were neighbors lol, so I hit him up to grab a drink and shoot the shit. We later found out that we knew a bunch of the same people. Fast forward a year, we became fast friends and even worked a few projects together! But this week I wanted to pick his brain on how he got started and his best practices when it comes to creating a story with your images. #BlackLivesMatter, please support in any way you can. See HERE for a list of resources. 
32:59
September 09, 2020
#33: Michael Persall - Co-Founder and President, Treble
#33: Michael Persall - Co-Founder and President, Treble
“What is Treble and how does it help artists?” “How should artists be managing their careers and their 9-5?” “How important is creating a community?” — As mentioned previously, I'm going to space my podcast releases out a little bit more for the foreseeable future. I want to make sure I'm doing my part and keeping the focus on the things that matter. This week's guest is Michael Persall. Michael and I met via Frank Woodworth, another guest I had on the podcast (check his episode HERE), but I first heard about his company, Treble, a few years back when they started throwing parties and events around NYC. Since then I've been following them on social media and decided to hit Frank up to connect the dots for us. Treble has come a long way and are about to launch a new version of their platform to help connect artists with the team members they need in order to take their careers to the next level! #BlackLivesMatter, please support in any way you can. See HERE for a list of resources.  Want to sign up for a 1:1 call with me to talk about how my proven course can help grow your streaming numbers? Then click HERE.
27:58
August 06, 2020
#32: Collin Bean – Artist Manager and Senior Producer, Team Epiphany
#32: Collin Bean – Artist Manager and Senior Producer, Team Epiphany
“Where should artists be spending their money?” “Email list or social media following?” “Which do you think is more important; singles, or albums?” — As mentioned previously, I'm going to space my podcast releases out a little bit more for the foreseeable future. I want to make sure I'm doing my part and keeping the focus on the things that matter. This week's guest is Collin Bean. Collin is an artist manager as well as a Senior Producer for Team Epiphany and has worked with brands like Google, JBL, Heineken, Budweiser, and more. In this episode of the "unsigned" podcast, I spoke with Collin about where artists should be spending their money, what type of content they should be creating, and where they can collect data from their fans. #BlackLivesMatter, please support in any way you can. See HERE for a list of resources.  Want to sign up for a 1:1 call with me to talk about how my proven course can help grow your streaming numbers? Then click HERE.
43:51
July 23, 2020
#31: Liz Snair - VP of North American Label Management, The Orchard
#31: Liz Snair - VP of North American Label Management, The Orchard
“What is a distribution company?” “Can I partner with a distributor?” “What are some things that I should focus on early in my career?” — As mentioned previously, I'm going to space my podcast releases out a little bit more for the foreseeable future. I want to make sure I'm doing my part and keeping the focus on the things that matter. This week I sat down with Liz Snair. Liz and I met a few years back when I was working at Sony Music but Liz is now the VP of North American Label Management at The Orchard, a subsidiary of Sony Music. I couldn't wait to speak with Liz about The Orchard and how they work with artists because I feel that it's something a lot of up and coming artists and managers ask about, what is a distribution deal, and how do I get one? Liz answers that question and more on this week's episode, so pay attention! #BlackLivesMatter, please support in any way you can. See HERE for a list of resources.  Want to sign up for a 1:1 call with me to talk about how my proven course can help grow your streaming numbers? Then click HERE.
36:07
July 13, 2020
#30: Lindsay Hart - Music Marketer and Programmer
#30: Lindsay Hart - Music Marketer and Programmer
“How are you? How have things been unfolding for you during the recent #BlackLivesMatter protests?” “What are some things I should focus on when it comes to my live show?” “What do I need to do when reaching out to brands?” — As mentioned previously, I'm going to space my podcast releases out a little bit more for the foreseeable future. I want to make sure I'm doing my part and keeping the focus on the things that matter. This week I had the chance to finally connect with Lindsay Hart, a music marketer, and programmer who I've known for several years now. We've been trying to get this recorded for the last year so I'm glad we could finally make this happen! We were able to catch up on everything that Linsday is doing to help support the #BlackLivesMatter movement as well her thoughts on how up and coming acts should be preparing their live shows and working with brands to find win-win situations. #BlackLivesMatter, please support in any way you can. See HERE for a list of resources.  Want to sign up for a 1:1 call with me to talk about how my proven course can help grow your streaming numbers? Then click HERE.
41:05
June 25, 2020
#29: Cliff Joseph - Marketing, Arista Records
#29: Cliff Joseph - Marketing, Arista Records
“How are you? How have things been unfolding for you during the recent #BlackLivesMatter protests?” “How should artists begin thinking about their marketing rollout?” “Do you think IG Live is played out?” — I wanted to take a few weeks off for the podcast and I thought it was best to not take up any unnecessary airtime from people and outlets that truly need it. And even releasing this episode with Cliff Joseph, who runs marketing at Arista Records, I wanted to make sure that we began the convo talking about the #BlackLivesMatter movement and how important it's resurgence is. We also talked about how Cliff got his start working in entertainment by cold emailing Paul Rivera, a key member of Lebron James' inner circle, and how he made the transition to music marketing full time. Cliff also shines a light on how artists should be embracing their uniqueness at all times. #BlackLivesMatter, please support in any way you can. See HERE for a list of resources.  Want to sign up for a 1:1 call with me to talk about how my proven course can help grow your streaming numbers? Then click HERE.
01:12:12
June 11, 2020
#28: Frank Woodworth - Founder, Glacial Concepts
#28: Frank Woodworth - Founder, Glacial Concepts
“Why is TikTok so popular?” “How do I make content for TikTok?” “What should I be focusing on right now as an artist or manager?” — Frank Woodworth was my guest on the podcast this week. We first met several years back while playing basketball together at Basketball City in NYC. Since then, Frank has gone on to start a company called Glacial Concepts which focuses on consulting artists, labels, and tech companies on all areas of the music business. In this episode, Frank explains how he got his start in music, eventually getting an internship in which he had to travel 2.5hrs each way, to running an independent label to ultimately starting his own consulting business. Additionally, Frank gives his amazing insights into the mechanics of TikTok and how artists can set themselves up for success! Enjoy, but most importantly, DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT! Want to sign up for a 1:1 call with me to talk about how my proven course can help grow your streaming numbers? Then click HERE.
42:31
May 13, 2020
#27: Amit Nerurkar – Owner, face-less (management company)
#27: Amit Nerurkar – Owner, face-less (management company)
“What team members should I have?” “What should I be focusing on during this pandemic?” “How can I make money now that live shows aren't an option at the moment?” — This week I got the chance to speak with Amit Nerurkar, owner of the management company face-less. Amit and I met each other last summer at a conference that Symphonic put on in Brooklyn and since then I couldn't wait to have him on. We met up a few weeks after our initial encounter for coffee so I could pitch the idea of the podcast and he was more than willing to come on so I'm glad we were both finally able to make it happen! In this episode, we talked about Amit's transition from the finance world to the music business, cutting his teeth at Red Distribution, helping to run Mass Appeal, and putting out "Run The Jewels 2" with Killer Mike and El-P, to now running his management company. Enjoy, but most importantly, DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT! Want to sign up for a 1:1 call with me to talk about your career? Click HERE.
01:03:58
April 29, 2020
#26: Marat Berenstein - Global Music Partnerships & Artist Relations, Roon Labs
#26: Marat Berenstein - Global Music Partnerships & Artist Relations, Roon Labs
“How do I set myself up for placements in TV/film/video games/online content?” “Who are the Performing Rights Organizations and what do they do?” “How do I go about finding music supervisors?” — Marat Berenstein was my guest on the podcast this week and I couldn't thank him enough for not only agreeing to come on the show but also to record on super short notice. So HUGE shout out to him. For those that don't know Marat, he's been in the music business since the early 2000s and has worked with some of the biggest names in music, across all genres. In this episode, Marat talks about his first gig working for Art Garfunkel, being one of the heads at the Clive Davis Institute at NYU, and advice for artists that are looking to get their music licensed, especially during these times. Enjoy, but most importantly, DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT! Wait to sign up for a 1:1 call with me to talk about your career? Click HERE.
45:04
April 22, 2020
#25: Ryan Hobbs – VP of Streaming & Sales, Roc Nation
#25: Ryan Hobbs – VP of Streaming & Sales, Roc Nation
“What are the key streaming metrics I should be focused on?” “Is there a formula for planning a marketing campaign?” “What do you think about everyone going on IG Live during the pandemic?” — This week on the podcast I sat down with the VP of Streaming at Sales at Roc Nation, Ryan Hobbs. Ryan and I have known each other since 2011 when we were working on digital marketing campaigns for Universal Motown. Since then, Ryan has gone on to work at some of the biggest labels like Capitol Records and RCA, helping break artists both big and small. In this episode, we talk about what his day to day looks like, what he thinks artists and managers should be doing when they're first starting to build their careers and finally some trends he potentially sees popping up! Enjoy, but most importantly, DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT! Wait to sign up for a 1:1 call with me to talk about your career? Click HERE.
43:01
April 15, 2020
#24: NBHD Nick – Artist, Albany NY
#24: NBHD Nick – Artist, Albany NY
“What motivates you to keep going?” “How important is it to be patient?” “What's the one thing you would tell your younger self to focus on sooner?” — NBHD Nick was the guest on the podcast this week. Nick and I have known each other for a long time and it was great to catch up with him to talk about the things he's learned as his career is starting to take off. From shows and merch sales to landing big song placements on social media with people and brands like Will Smith and the XFL, NBHD is setting himself up nicely to be able to be a truly independent artist! Enjoy, but most importantly, DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT! Want to sign up for a 1:1 call with me to talk about your career? Click HERE.
24:21
April 08, 2020
#23: Sam Flood – Management Coordinator, Roc Nation
#23: Sam Flood – Management Coordinator, Roc Nation
“When first starting out in the music industry what should an executive focus on?” “What's one thing people don't think about when it comes to being apart of a great management team?” “How important is information?” — This week on the podcast I sat down with Management Coordinator at Roc Nation, Sam Flood to talk about everything from our love for Upstate New York as well as everything he's learned while at Roc Nation so far. Enjoy, but most importantly, DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT! Wait to sign up for a 1:1 call with me to talk about your career? Click HERE.
46:31
April 01, 2020
#22: Max Gayle – Associate Director of Tour Marketing & Events, RCA Records
#22: Max Gayle – Associate Director of Tour Marketing & Events, RCA Records
“What is one BIG mistake artists make when first going on tour?” “How does an artist create a great live show?” “How should artists manage their budget?” — This week on the podcast I sat down with Associate Director of Tour Marketing & Events at RCA Records, Max Gayle. In addition to finding out that we started out at Def Jam the same year (2009), we also got to chop it up about everything that Max has learned when it comes to helping artists get on the road. Such great insight, can't thank him enough for his time! Enjoy, but most importantly, DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT! Wait to sign up for a 1:1 call with me to talk about your career? Click HERE.
45:10
March 11, 2020
#21: Eric McLellan – A&R/Manager, Yo Peep This
#21: Eric McLellan – A&R/Manager, Yo Peep This
“How do I A&R my own music?” “Where do I find beats to write to?” “How do song splits work?” — This week on the podcast I sat down with former Warner Music Group A&R, Eric McLellan. In addition to being a massive Mets fan, Eric also manages and helps develops artists for his new company, Yo Peep This. This is a great interview for anyone looking for insight into how they can start creating music on their own without having their own A&R. Enjoy, but most importantly, DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT! Wait to sign up for a 1:1 call with me to talk about your career? Click HERE.
39:54
March 04, 2020
#20: Quantity vs. Quality
#20: Quantity vs. Quality
"When do I know if my music is good enough to release?" "Does it make sense to wait for a specific time to release my music?" "Where can I find people to work with?" — This week on the podcast I wanted to talk about something that stops a lot of great art from people created, the notion of having to wait until the quality of the music is at the highest level it should be. When artists are first starting out, I truly believe they should be thinking quantity over quality. And in this episode, I explain why. Enjoy, but most importantly, DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT! Wait to sign up for a 1:1 call with me to talk about your career? Click HERE.
23:06
February 20, 2020
#19: Will Nichols – Photographer/Creative, Finally Offline
#19: Will Nichols – Photographer/Creative, Finally Offline
"What role do you think photography should play for artists starting out?" "How should I be reviewing my work?" "What are some of the basic things I need to know if I'm going to work with a professional photographer?" — This week I sat down with all-around creative, Will Nichols. Will currently runs a creative shop called Finally Offline, which I've been doing some work with recently. In this interview, we talked about how Will got started in fashion sales before moving to the creative side of the business and working with major artists like G-Eazy and massive brands like HighSnobiety and Coachella. We also spoke on what artists should be doing in order to incorporate photography into their music and how minimal tech when you're starting out is the way to go! Enjoy, but most importantly, DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT!
24:10
February 05, 2020
#18: Email vs Social Media
#18: Email vs Social Media
“Why is Facebook so valuable?” “Why should I care about data?” “How can I create earning projections?” — This week Murph recorded an IG Live and Twitter Live episode of the "unsigned podcast". The topic of discussion was email marketing vs. social media. In this quick episode, Murph covers: Why email is better than social How to build an email list Which email marketing platforms to use to build your list Enjoy, but most importantly, DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT!
20:21
January 24, 2020
#17: Jaha Johnson – SVP/Head of A&R, Hitco Entertainment
#17: Jaha Johnson – SVP/Head of A&R, Hitco Entertainment
“What exactly does an A&R do?” “When I'm just starting out, where can I find collaborators?” “How should I reach out to A&R's and labels?” — This week Murph sat down with veteran A&R, publisher, and manager, Jaha Johnson. Jaha currently helps run Hitco Entertainment in Los Angeles but has also managed Usher and Common throughout the years. Additionally, in his first-ever podcast interview, Jaha spoke about being from Brooklyn, going to college in Atlanta, then heading back to NYC to work for Kevin Liles and Lyor Cohen at Def Jam. Murph and Jaha also covered what it means to be a good A&R and how today's artists should be looking to build their careers. Enjoy, but most importantly, DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT!
44:24
January 10, 2020
#16: Matt Bernal – Associate Director, Urban Streaming at Republic Records
#16: Matt Bernal – Associate Director, Urban Streaming at Republic Records
“Is there a right way to pitch a streaming platform?” “What was a weakness of yours that you turned into a strength?” “How important is my streaming data?” — This week Murph sat down with Matt Bernal of Republic Records. The conversation ranged from how Matty B got his start in music to how he helps manage Post Malone and other's, streaming, and press strategies. Enjoy!
33:36
December 26, 2019
#15: Cristina Novo - Owner of Artistry & Records
#15: Cristina Novo - Owner of Artistry & Records
“What does a publicist do?” “How important is an artist's image?” “Why do I need a pitching strategy?” — This week Murph sat down with Cristina Novo; publicist, strategist, manager, for all things Latin music. Cristina is also the owner of Artistry & Records and gave us some background on how she got started in the music business as well as, what artist's should be focusing on when it comes to working with a pr team. Enjoy!
34:37
December 12, 2019
#14: Jacob Pace – CEO, Flighthouse
#14: Jacob Pace – CEO, Flighthouse
“Should I be on TikTok?” “What are some of the best practices?” “How do I reach out to other TikTok'ers to partner?” — Jamal and I sat down with Jacob Pace this week, the CEO of Flighthouse. Flighthouse is a TikTok brand that has over 20 million followers on the app! In this episode, we talk about how Jacob made his way to LA, how he got into the entertainment business and what he thinks are some best practices for engaging with TikTok. Enjoy!
32:08
December 05, 2019
#13: Murph and Jamal - Founder of Studio Talk/VP of Rostrum Records
#13: Murph and Jamal - Founder of Studio Talk/VP of Rostrum Records
“How did you get your start in the music business?" "What's one of the biggest lessons you've learned so far?" "What are you most curious about in terms of the future of the business?" — This week we switch things up a little and interview each other. From getting our starts at Def Jam together to Jamal now heading up Rostrum Records and myself running Studio Talk full time, we cover everything that got us to where we are today and hopefully we dropped a couple gems for you guys! Enjoy!
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November 21, 2019
#12: Kam McCullough – Founder, Dusse Palooza
#12: Kam McCullough – Founder, Dusse Palooza
“I'm starting to gain some traction with my free event, how do I monetize?" “How do I impact culture and create a moment?” “What's Jay Z like in real life?” — Manufacturing a moment is something all artists and brands try and accomplish when they're trying to launch something new. The problem is, most of the time it doesn't work because they don't fully understand their culture and their place within culture. Also, they try too hard. But when you do things because they're natural and true to yourself, that's when the magic can happen. In episode 12 of the "unsigned podcast," we sat down with the founder of Dusse Palooza, Kam McCullough. Kam tells us about how he got his start in the entertainment business and what he's learned turning his simple house party into a series of national events which ultimately lead to partnering with Jay Z's company, Dusse. Oh yea, Kam also shares some personal Jay Z stories. Enjoy!
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November 07, 2019
#11: Jessica Angeles - Creator Relations Manager, Spotify (Anchor)
#11: Jessica Angeles - Creator Relations Manager, Spotify (Anchor)
“I want to throw an event for my new music, how do I make it memorable for my audience?" “What is the one thing I'm forgetting to do when it comes to creating content?” “How can podcasts benefit me as a musician?” — Creating content is one of the biggest things artists need to do when it comes to their careers, especially during the period in between new releases, but like anything else, it's hard to know what you should spend your time and what you should ignore. This is increasing harder if you've never had a digital strategy before. Also, how can you take something from being online to being in the real world? In episode 11 of the "unsigned podcast", Jessica Angeles from Anchor, the podcast company that was acquired by Spotify this past year, stopped by to chat about her previous time at Tumblr, event production, creating digital strategies, and the potential future of how podcasting and music can better work together. Enjoy!
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October 31, 2019
#10: Ron Perks - Booking Coordinator, United Talent Agency
#10: Ron Perks - Booking Coordinator, United Talent Agency
“My music is dope and people love it, but I can't get people to my shows, what am I doing wrong?" “I want to play college shows, how do I know if I am ready for that?” “Who do I talk to when I'm trying to book a college gig?” — In today's music business, one of the many keys to longterm success is having a great live show. That said, many artists that are starting out and seeing success online fail to make this happen because they think they only have to post on social and people will pay to see them. That isn't always the case and more often than not, when that does happen, it's the exception, not the rule. So how do you make sure that your online success translates to people showing up at your gigs? In episode 1o of the "unsigned podcast", we sat down with booking coordinator at UTA, Ron Perks to talk about how college tours work and what artists and managers should really be focusing on when it comes to building a touring business for themselves. We also talk about how Ron got his start booking shows in Buffalo NY before moving to NYC and ultimately becoming Cheryl Paglierani's (Post Malone and 21 Savage's booking agent) assistant before becoming an agent himself at United Talent Agency. Enjoy!
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October 24, 2019
#9: Moresoupplease - Photographer, DJ
#9: Moresoupplease - Photographer, DJ
“How do I grow my IG account?” “How important is it to be involved in a community?” “How do I even find a community to be a part of?” — In episode 9 of the “unsigned podcast” Murph and Jamal sit down with freelance photographer and DJ Moresoupplease to talk about what it means to be a one-man creative team and how best to engrain yourself in a community to get the most of out of what you put in. Enjoy! P.S. - Are you an artist or manager interested in growing your music career? If so, click HERE to schedule a 20 minute 1:1 call with our team to see if you're a good fit for our new program!
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October 17, 2019
#8: John Vincent Salcedo - Director of Digital Marketing, Columbia Records
#8: John Vincent Salcedo - Director of Digital Marketing, Columbia Records
“How do I find the right audience to listen to my music?” “Someone told me the only way to start getting a buzz is to buy fake followers, is that true?” “Man, there are too many social media sites to keep up with, how do I choose which ones are most important?” — Everyone is trying to get popping online these days but few actually understand how to make the internet work for them. In episode 8 of the “unsigned podcast,” we talk with the Director of Digital Marketing at Columbia Records, John Vincent Salcedo. Back in April, we were able to sit down with John to talk about where to find your audience and how best to engage with them. We also chatted about John's journey to the US and how in the beginning, he himself wanted to be an artist. John's story is a great one on how to find your way through the music industry by working through different disciplines until one starts to pay off. Enjoy! P.S. - Are you an artist or manager interested in growing your music career? If so, click HERE to schedule a 20 minute 1:1 call with our team to see if you're a good fit for our new program!
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October 10, 2019
#7: Joe Cappuccilli - Associate Director of Brand Partnerships, Complex
#7: Joe Cappuccilli - Associate Director of Brand Partnerships, Complex
“My music is HOT! Why don't brands want to work with me?” “Where can I find people who work for brands?” “What does being authentic mean?” — Are you trying to work with brands but not having any luck? Well then listen up! In episode 7 of the “unsigned podcast,” we talk with the Associate Director of Brand Partnerships at Complex, Joe Cappuccilli. In our chat with Joe, he talks about his early struggles trying to make it to NYC to work in music and how he overcame those obstacles by eventually landing a gig at Cornerstone (TheFader). Since then, Joe has gone on to work at Complex Media as part of the brand partnerships team. Joe helps handle finding the right talent, both big and small, for the right brand campaign. Joe has worked with some of the biggest brands in the world like Pepsi, Puma, and Powerade. P.S. - Are you an artist or manager interested in growing your music career? If so, click HERE to schedule a 20 minute 1:1 call with our team to see if you're a good fit for our new program!
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October 03, 2019
#6: Raf Moses - Director
#6: Raf Moses - Director
"I want to film my own videos but don't know where to start." "I have no clue how much money I should be spending." "How do I reach out to someone more seasoned than me?" --- Is this you? Talking yourself out of taking things to the next level? Don't worry, we have the answers. Check out the latest episode of the "unsigned Podcast". This week we talk with Raf Moses. Raf is a freelance video director who has been shooting videos for the last 10 years. Previously, Raf was a director at Complex News and directed the "No Free Walls" documentary. In this interview we talk about growing up in Boston, making the transition from music production to video production as well as some tips and tricks for artists to think about when they're shooting their videos or working with a team. Enjoy! Use the coupon code "Raf" at checkout to get our new online music business course for $497!
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September 26, 2019
#5: Ashaunna Ayars - CEO of The Ayars Agency
#5: Ashaunna Ayars - CEO of The Ayars Agency
Ashaunna Ayars is the founder and CEO of The Ayars Agency. In this episode, we talk about how Ashaunna got her start in music by working for Wu-Tang before moving on to working for Swizz Beats, then Def Jam, and then finally starting The Ayars Agency. She now runs some of Mary J. Blige's biggest projects!
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September 15, 2019
#4: Colette Spencer - Producer For Streaming/Radio
#4: Colette Spencer - Producer For Streaming/Radio
Colette Spencer is a producer for a "fruit based company" as well as her own company, Geezer Media. The goal of Geezer is to connect up and coming artists with brands and business so that they can work together to raise awareness about each other. 
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September 08, 2019
#3: Kolby Turnher - A&R at Alamo Records
#3: Kolby Turnher - A&R at Alamo Records
Kolby Turnher is an A&R for Alamo Records and in this episode, we talk about his creative origins, what an A&R's actual job is and how to best reach out to people you're looking to work with.
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September 08, 2019
#2: le'Roy Benros - VP of A&R for First Access Ent and Manager for Lion Babe
#2: le'Roy Benros - VP of A&R for First Access Ent and Manager for Lion Babe
LeRoy Benros is the manager for Lion Babe, an American R&B duo from New York City, consisting of singer Jillian Hervey and record producer Lucas Goodman. In addition to managing the group, he also runs his own company, Noizy Cricket. In this episode we talk about all the internships that Leroy took on when he first started in the music business, working for Chris Lightly, how he was able to forgo school by working in music and insights into how to be a good manager or find one!  
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September 08, 2019
#1: Zeena Koda - Senior Director of Digital Marketing at Atlantic Records
#1: Zeena Koda - Senior Director of Digital Marketing at Atlantic Records
We caught up with Zeena Koda, the senior director of digital marketing at Atlantic Records, to talk about how she got her start in the music business, the role that technology now plays when it comes to marketing projects, what up and coming acts should be spending for advertising and the importance of email marketing.  Make sure to check out Zeena's own podcast, "Ladyish", HERE!
33:41
September 08, 2019
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Coming soon, a new music business podcast series, for artists and managers looking for a how-to resource to build a career in the music business. Powered by Studio Talk. 
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August 16, 2019