The Band Dad

The Band Dad

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By Raymond Rasmusson
Inspiring next-gen musicians to build viable businesses around their passion.

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Creating a Shared Cinematic Universe for your Music
Welcome to another episode of the NEW podcast I'm testing called The Band Dad Q&A Podcast. In this episode I take a question from Joey from Indiana about how to apply the idea of a "share cinematic universe" popularized by companies like Marvel, DC, and Legendary to a band. Intro/Outtro music graciously contributed by the legend, himself, Brandon Hart. Check him out on Spotify! https://open.spotify.com/album/5wxDNyQnmCyNKIxxmpnr6C
19:39
August 26, 2019
Introducing The Band Dad Q&A Podcast
 This is a pilot episode for a Q&A style podcast I'm creating where I take audience submitted questions about the crossection of art and entrepreneurship and give my ideas about how you can leverage the tools of the modern media and marketing ecosystem to create sustaining businesses around your art. If you'd like to submit a question to be answered on the podcast, just go to his website  . To listen to the podcast Ray referred to "I Only Listen to the Mountain Goats", you can do so here  !
15:47
August 9, 2019
Understanding Social Media w/ Alex McGinnis of 10 & 8 Management
Something that is still of for debate is which styles of content tend to perform well on which platforms and how to position your content so that you're building value on one platform, but also directing traffic to others. This is one topic, among many, that I discussed with Alex McGinnis of 10 & 8 Management in this episode. This is MOST likely going to be a 2 part series, with part 2 being focused on prioritizing royalties and how to make sure you're getting paid the money you, as an artist, are owed.
1:09:25
December 29, 2018
Don’t Hire a PR Agent
This is an audio recording of an article called "Don't Hire a PR Agent" which discusses that idea of IF/WHEN to hire a PR agent and how you can use storytelling to dramatically scale up your results.
07:07
December 26, 2018
Live Shows, Touring, and the Role of Promoters w/ Peter Weir of Standby Records
A disclaimer: I don't know anything about Peter. I don't know anything about a LOT of the people I talk with. My conversations with my audience members live in a sort of vacuum where I judge them solely on the ideas they BRING to that conversation. It's my goal to give people the opportunity to display their ideas in an arena that is relatively unbiased, but as to whether or not those people actually embody the sort of professionalism and decency I think should be required of everyone, I have no idea. This is ALSO not an endorsement of Standby Records. After doing a bit of research, I've read several cases where they were accused of being involved in dubious accounting practices that ended up hurting the very artists they were supposed to support. I'm not passing judgement either way, but I will encourage anyone who's considering signing with Standby to exercise EXTRA caution.
1:15:17
December 21, 2018
Recognizing your Darkness with Jordan Girton
Jordan and I have been friends for a decade and a half and he's always been great at diving deeper into what it means to be human and expressing that in unique ways through his art. In this conversation we talk about the power of being vulnerable, why sometimes it's better if a band isn't democratic, and how I LOVE the idea of creating unconventional content within the context of a "band". https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mauled-By-Wolves/
1:08:47
December 6, 2018
Sushi for Breakfast with Chris Bowman of American Sushi
I had a little early morning chat with my buddy Chris Bowman, the head engineer at American Sushi, a recording studio in Atlanta, Georgia. This conversation ranges from travel, how there's something to hate about everywhere, Elon Musk, and his NEW podcast Sushi for Breakfast. https://www.facebook.com/SushiForBreakfastATL/
59:28
December 4, 2018
Creating a $10k Concert Experience with Charlie Korten
Charlie is one of the most inspiring people I've ever spoken to. By taking a pragmatic approach to his project, we was able to leap-frog the typical bar-band grind, right to playing in performing arts centers, pulling in over $10k per night in revenue. If you're trying to create a truly remarkable live experience for your audience, you're going to want to listen to this.
30:47
November 29, 2018
A Conversation with Nick Rose of Funeral Moon
Nick has been a good friend of mine for over a decade and has had a huge impact on how I think about content creation and live performances. It was fun just have a little casual chat which spans topics like creating content, building an emotional connection with fans, and our shared respect for Post Malone.
1:13:32
November 29, 2018
We’re Done Recording. NOW WHAT?
On the first three steps musicians should take after getting through the recording process.
06:38
October 12, 2018
Asking Better Questions to Get Better Results
A few ideas about how to ask better questions, both of others AND ourselves. If you struggle with social anxiety, or generally feeling stuck, you this is for you.
06:19
October 8, 2018
3 Crucial Steps for Every Business-Minded Artist
On the pressure to "figure it out" and setting yourself up for success as an entrepreneur/musician.
05:16
October 4, 2018
Why Storytelling is the Next “Arms Race” for Musicians
In a world where everyone is “good”, the only way to stand out is to tell a compelling story about what you’ve made… and it’s only going to get harder.
06:01
October 1, 2018
Tactical Hell
Ray reading from an article he modified, orginally written by Ryan Holiday, on the importance of knowing what you're doing and where you're going. Original article located here: https://medium.com/thrive-global/heres-how-the-best-artists-and-entrepreneurs-get-what-they-want-8acaba819148
04:57
September 17, 2018
PAY YOUR MANAGER A SALARY
If the music industry is going to reach its full potential, it's going to have to find ways to poach talent from "tech".
05:36
September 16, 2018
Never fear your bad ideas
Discussing the ironic amount of conservatism among artists, particularly when it comes to how they run the business around their artwork.
10:14
September 15, 2018
Let's be honest
"I see a lot of people glorifying the "old industry", without doing any real research into how it actually functioned. Putting the past in a pedestal has zero practical value, especially when you're putting zero time trying to learn about the advantages the modern industry provides."
09:48
September 11, 2018
Stories Sell + Q&A
Ray reads from an article written by Matt Bowman, discusses the importance of storytelling, calls for a return of "studio videos", and answers questions about the validity of Instagram Live and how to stand out, as a soloist, session musician, and educator in a sea of competent talent. Taken from Ray's daily Facebook Live show Rise and Grind! www.facebook.com/raymondrasmusson
15:18
September 10, 2018
What do you want? + Q&A
On planning, motivation, and being homeless. Taken from Ray's daily Facebook Live show Rise and Grind! www.facebook.com/raymondrasmusson
21:40
September 8, 2018
Fear Nothing
Ray reads from Robert Greene's The 50th Law, discusses the issue of FEAR, and answers a question about the validity of records in the modern media environment. Taken from Ray's daily Facebook Live show Rise and Grind! www.facebook.com/raymondrasmusson
13:52
September 7, 2018
RISE AND GRIND Q&A 9/6/2018
Taken from Ray's daily Facebook Live show Rise and Grind! www.facebook.com/raymondrasmusson
21:10
September 6, 2018
STEAL LIKE AN ARTIST
An excerpt from Austin Kleon's "Steal Like an Artist" by Austin Kleon w/ Ray's commentary on how it applies to musicians. Taken from Ray's daily Facebook Live show Rise and Grind! www.facebook.com/raymondrasmusson
10:21
September 5, 2018
Music, Fatigue, and the Siren Song of New Ideas.
The audio version of Ray's most popular article "Music, Fatigue, and the Siren Song of New Ideas".
04:53
September 5, 2018
Letters to a Young (Musician)
Ray reads from a book he found in an "off the grid" cabin and relates the excerpt to musicians. Taken from Ray's daily Facebook Live show Rise and Grind! www.facebook.com/raymondrasmusson
11:09
September 4, 2018
Dead Weight
The audio version of Ray's most popular article "Dead Weight", which talks about the struggle of having band members who aren't doing their part to keep the project going.
04:06
September 4, 2018
Building Your Online Audience Is More Important Than Touring
This is the audio version of an article written by Ray which talks about the importance of staggering your efforts so that you can increase your chances of touring successfully.
09:52
September 3, 2018
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