Bridge The Atlantic

Bridge The Atlantic

United States

Hosted by singer/songwriter Marcio Novelli (Toronto, Canada) and web designer Ross Barber (Glasgow, Scotland), Bridge the Atlantic is a humorous and insightful exploration of the creative industries, directly from those who are working within it. With a varied range of guests including musicians, filmmakers, actors, artists and other creative professionals, Bridge the Atlantic is an entertaining mix of funny “WTF” moments, career defining experiences and industry advice. New episodes every Tuesday!

Episodes

Lucy Spraggan: Independent Success, Support Slots & Mental Health  

Joining us this week is Manchester based singer/songwriter Lucy Spraggan. Lucy became a household name in the UK after appearing on the 2012 season of X Factor, and since has found chart success, with many of her singles reaching the top 20 in the UK charts. Her fourth album ‘I Hope You Don’t Mind Me Writing…’ is released on 27th January, through her own label CTRL Records. In this interview, we hear more about the new record, Lucy's X Factor experience, why she completely changed her management team recently, and more! Highlights: - Lucy tells us about her X Factor experience - We hear how Lucy believes that the music industry is less appearance focused than it was a few years ago - Lucy shares why it’s important for musicians to raise awareness of mental health issues - We hear how Lucy isn’t writing to please the major labels anymore - Lucy tells us about her new album and what we can expect from it - On her new album: “I don’t care if the radio don’t like it” - We hear how Lucy completely changed her management and the team around her - We talk about the importance of having the right team around you - Ironically, now that Lucy is no longer trying to please the radio, the radio LOVE her new single! - “You guys aged yourselves with Michael Bolton!” - Lucy believes musicians supporting each other is crucial to the fellowship of music - Lucy shares how so many support slots are buy-ons now, and how she doesn’t agree with that - We need more people like Lucy in the music industry - because she’s awesome - “Everyone could tell I was gay when I walked on that stage by the way I walked and what I was wearing!” - Lucy Spraggan - Lucy is great at leaving sassy comments on Facebook - you should check them out Advice: - Write music and then get out and play in local clubs and open mic nights - Support slots are crucial in the live scene - As an artist, be open and transparent about your sexuality only if YOU want to be Guest Links: - Website: http://lucyspraggan.com - Twitter: @LSpraggan - Facebook: /lucyspraggan - Instagram: @LSpraggan Sponsors: - Chris Keaton @ Chris Keaton Presents - Christine Infanger @ Thirty Roses - Joe Settineri - The Rock/Star Advocate - Music Launch Hub - Buck Naked Soap Company - Wendy Donaldson -- For more episodes, visit http://bridge-the-atlantic.com Follow us on Twitter: http://twitter.com/bridge_atlantic Subscribe on iTunes: http://bridge-the-atlantic.com/itunes Support us on Patreon: http://patreon.com/bridgetheatlantic

Ryan Kairalla: Record Label Contracts & Trademarks  

Joining us this week out of Miami, Florida is Ryan Kairalla. Ryan is a lawyer, writer, podcaster, and teacher. He advises clients in the music industry on a wide range of entertainment and business matters including recording agreements, publishing agreements, management agreements, music licensing, media appearances, live performances, entertainment litigation, copyright and trademark counseling, and corporate matters. Ryan mostly focuses on advising independent musicians on their legal and business issues. His work as an “indie music lawyer” also extends to his writing and podcasting. His new book Break the Business: Declaring Your Independence and Achieving True Success in the Music Industry shines a light on the pitfalls that arise from record label contracts, and provides artists with helpful guidance on achieving music industry success on their own terms. Highlights: -Ryan explains that today an indie music lawyer needs to be an expert in a lot of different fields - The new music industry gives creators an unforeseen amount of control - A lot of things artists used to be able to defer to others, are now in their hands - knowledge is key! - “If you’re serious about a career in the music industry, you HAVE to get informed” - Ryan Kairalla - Marcio has a question for Ryan about the legality of trademarking your own name as your artist name - “Where it’s cheaper to record, distribute, fund and promote your music, it raises the question about why artists would sign a record deal” - Ryan Kairalla - Ryan shares how there seems to be a “cocktail bragging right” along with being signed to a label - Being signed or unsigned isn’t a reflection of how good or bad an artist is - Ryan shares some ways that artists are making money in today’s industry without selling recorded music - Patreon = a game changing platform - “Intellectual property is the most important property in the music industry” - Ryan Kairalla - Ryan debunks the most common myth around copyright in the music business - As soon as something is on a tangible medium, it is copyrighted - but that doesn’t mean it’s protected - Ryan shares some of the red flags he sees in record label contracts, and things artists need to be aware of - Ryan tells us what artists can do if they can’t afford a lawyer Guest Links: - Website: http://breakthebusiness.com - Twitter: @RyanKair Sponsors: - Chris Keaton @ Chris Keaton Presents - Christine Infanger @ Thirty Roses - Joe Settineri - The Rock/Star Advocate - Music Launch Hub - Buck Naked Soap Company - Wendy Donaldson -- For more episodes, visit http://bridge-the-atlantic.com Follow us on Twitter: http://twitter.com/bridge_atlantic Subscribe on iTunes: http://bridge-the-atlantic.com/itunes Support us on Patreon: http://patreon.com/bridgetheatlantic

Garth Richardson: Choosing A Producer, Mixing Advice & Tales of Revenge  

Joining us this week out of Vancouver is music producer and engineer, Garth Richardson. Garth’s worked with some of the biggest names in rock, including Rage Against the Machine, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Nickelback, Trapt, Biffy Clyro, Rise Against, and even Taylor Swift. Garth is also the co-founder of the Nimbus School of Recording Arts, a private technical music production institute, and is the owner of The Farm Studios. In this interview, we hear the advice Garth would offer to musicians looking to work with a producer, as well as aspiring producers themselves. He also shares some funny stories about revenge with us, as well as the best advice he received from his dad. Enjoy! Highlights: - Rock and Roll does not start at 8am - When producing, the song is the most important thing - The three things Garth looks for when producing are the songs, the singer, and the drive - Today the artist is more responsible for themselves than ever - “Put down your phone, get off your laptop, and write songs!” - Garth Richardson, 2016 - “Use your engin-EAR, not your engin-EYE” - Garth tells us about the record he worked on with Big Wreck, and how it was all mixed manually - We (semi-jokingly) talk about limiting the number of revisions artists should be allowed - Garth shares a story about telling a band any revisions would be extra to try and make them think more carefully - “The biggest ego in the room should be the song” - Garth Richarson - Musicians shouldn’t comment on their own parts, they should be commenting on the song as a whole - Garth tells us how they teach students about mixing at the Nimbus School of Recording - “Mixing starts from the first sound that you get” - Garth Richardson, 2016 - Everyone starts out pretty green and naive, but Nimbus wants to teach producers to be great - The first person who tells us how many times Ross and Marcio have won the #RossOrMarcio question gets a free t-shirt! - Garth shares the best advice his father gave him about producing: “Good songs sell. Bad songs don’t.” - “Producing music is about telling a story with a song, and making someone feel something” - Garth Richardson - Garth is the revenge king - we learn why you shouldn’t get on his bad side! Advice: - A producer is there to help you make your record, not their own record - Make sure you’re rehearsed and ready to go in the studio before you go to record - Producers getting started - show up hungry and offer to work for free to build your portfolio - When choosing a mixing engineer, you want to make sure you find someone who makes it sound good for radio Guest Links: - Website: http://www.gggarth.com/ - Twitter: @gggarthfader - Facebook: /TheFarmStudios - Instagram: @gggarthhoser Sponsors: - Chris Keaton @ Chris Keaton Presents - Christine Infanger @ Thirty Roses - Joe Settineri - The Rock/Star Advocate - Music Launch Hub - Buck Naked Soap Company - Wendy Donaldson --- For more episodes, visit http://bridge-the-atlantic.com Follow us on Twitter: http://twitter.com/bridge_atlantic Subscribe on iTunes: http://bridge-the-atlantic.com/itunes Support us on Patreon: http://patreon.com/bridgetheatlantic

Justin Pierre: Motion City Soundtrack, Drinking & Longevity  

This week we’re excited to be joined by Justin Pierre out of Minnesota. Justin was the co-founder and lead vocalist of Motion City Soundtrack, and with them released 6 albums between 1997 and 2015. The band’s songs gave thoughtful perspectives on mental health and self-doubt, and they recently wrapped up a farewell tour...but hopefully it’s not the end! Justin’s known for his very personal lyrics, trademark sideburns and glasses, and he also hosts a podcast with his wife called Book Narcs. He also makes short films and directs music videos, with some of his credits including work for Limbeck and Sing It Loud. In this interview, Justin talks about Motion City Soundtrack's longevity, overcoming his drinking problem, and why he believes it's important to support other musicians. Enjoy! Highlights: - Justin shares what he believes the secret to Motion City Soundtrack’s longevity is - Justin shares how MCS dealt with some big issues in the band early on - We hear how understanding and respecting each other is a big part of keeping a band together - “Being in Motion City Soundtrack has been one of the best experiences of my life” - Justin Pierre - Justin shares how the live performance was the hardest part of being in MCS as he never felt good enough - “The only person who can really deal with a problem is that person” - Justin Pierre - Justin shares how his drinking affected the band, and how they managed to overcome it - We hear how Justin has decided to start listening to his gut feeling, instead of stuffing it away - “For years I’ve been stuffing my feelings down, and I’m just discovering them for the first time” - Justin Pierre - Justin shares how with sobriety, as an artist, he has different things to say - “I like music to hurt!” - Justin Pierre - We hear about Justin’s plans for a solo record, and how he wants to approach it - “Support the art you love” - Justin Pierre - Justin shares how he supports the artists he loves (and wins our hearts in the process) Guest Links: Bandcamp: https://justincourtneypierre.bandcamp.com Facebook: /justincourtneypierre Twitter: @jcpmcs / @motioncitymusic Instagram: @jcpmcs / @motioncitysoundtrack Sponsors: Chris Keaton @ Chris Keaton Presents Christine Infanger @ Thirty Roses Joe Settineri The Rock/Star Advocate Music Launch Hub Buck Naked Soap Company Wendy Donaldson --- For more episodes, visit http://bridge-the-atlantic.com Follow us on Twitter: http://twitter.com/bridge_atlantic Subscribe on iTunes: http://bridge-the-atlantic.com/itunes Support us on Patreon: http://patreon.com/bridgetheatlantic

100 Episode Holiday Spectacular: Part 2  

We've passed the 100 episode milestone, and wanted to do something a little different to celebrate! This 100 Episode Holiday Spectacular is a look back at the past 2 years, with some fun games with recent guests thrown in. In part two of our holiday spectacular, we've also got two games of "Two Truths and a Lie" with record producer Garth Richardson, and music lawyer Ryan Kairalla. Enjoy, and happy holidays! -Ross & Marcio --- Sponsors: Chris Keaton @ Chris Keaton Presents Christine Infanger @ Thirty Roses Joe Settineri The Rock/Star Advocate Music Launch Hub Bob Baker Buck Naked Soap Company Wendy Donaldson --- For more episodes, visit http://bridge-the-atlantic.com Follow us on Twitter: http://twitter.com/bridge_atlantic Subscribe on iTunes: http://bridge-the-atlantic.com/itunes Support us on Patreon: http://patreon.com/bridgetheatlantic

100 Episode Holiday Spectacular (Part One)  

We've passed the 100 episode milestone, and wanted to do something a little different to celebrate! This 100 Episode Holiday Spectacular is a look back at the past 2 years, with some fun games with recent guests thrown in. In this episode, we talk about some of our favourite moments over the past 100+ episodes, as well as some of the challenges and struggles that come with running a podcast alongside other commitments. We also play "Two Truths and a Lie" with Famous Last Words' JT Tollas and Finch/Private Lives' Nate Barcalow. The past couple of years have been filled with ups and downs, and so many amazing guests. We hope this episode gives you an insight into what it's been like, as well as a reminder of past episodes you enjoyed, or want to go and check out! Sponsors: Chris Keaton @ Chris Keaton Presents Christine Infanger @ Thirty Roses Joe Settineri The Rock/Star Advocate Music Launch Hub Bob Baker Buck Naked Soap Company Wendy Donaldson --- For more episodes, visit http://bridge-the-atlantic.com Follow us on Twitter: http://twitter.com/bridge_atlantic Subscribe on iTunes: http://bridge-the-atlantic.com/itunes Support us on Patreon: http://patreon.com/bridgetheatlantic

Phillip Ryan Block: Independent Ear, Community & Diversity  

Joining us this week is Phillip Ryan Block out of Illinois, founder of Independent Ear. Independent Ear form the team of management, recording, branding, and booking that pushes the hardest working artists ahead to their full journey’s end. Independent Ear is built on the pillars of cooperation, motivation, inspiration and community - and Ryan himself is a true example of what can be achieved through collaboration, relationship building and perseverance. In this interview, we talk about the importance of community, what Independent Ear offers artists, and some advice for artists who are wanting to approach a label. Highlights: - We talk with Ryan about the importance of having a community around you in the music industry - “If you don’t have community, it’s impossible to build something with importance” - Ryan Block, 2016 - Talking to people is the best way to build relationships in the music industry - Ryan talks about the partnership Independent Ear has created with the ILS Group - Ryan says that the ILS Group partnership helps make what he has built more packable - Ryan shares why he believes diversity is an advantage in a label roster - “Diversity in music is what makes music as impactful as it is” - Ryan Block, 2016 - Diversity allows relationships to be created first, rather than pushing product first - Ryan tells us more about what Independent Ear can offer artists as a label - Ryan shares what he hopes the partnership with ILS Group will enable Independent Ear to achieve - We hear how Ryan would like to bring street teams back into the forefront of music promotion - Ross gets stuck in the “Bolt Zone” and we propose that as a name for Michael Bolton’s street team - Ross & Marcio send out a heartfelt plea to Michael Bolton to appear on the show (again) - “I’ve made mistakes, and I own them” - Ryan Block, 2016 - Ryan expects his artists to work their asses off (as they should!) Advice: - Have a human element to your music and building your fanbase - You need to have an engaged social media following for labels to be interested in you - Know your value - not in monetary value, but in what you can bring to the relationship - Any business relationship needs to be mutually beneficial - “You need the losses to appreciate the wins” - Ryan Block, 2016 Guest Links: -Website: http://independentear.com - Facebook: /independentear - Twitter: @p_ryanblock / @independentear - Instagram: @phillipryanblock / @independentearofficial Sponsors: - Chris Keaton @ Chris Keaton Presents - Christine Infanger @ Thirty Roses - Joe Settineri - The Rock/Star Advocate - Music Launch Hub - Bob Baker - Buck Naked Soap Company - Wendy Donaldson

JT Tollas: Famous Last Words, Concept Albums & Making Mistakes  

This week we’re joined by Famous Last Words vocalist JT. Famous Last Words recently signed to past guest Shawn Milke’s label, Revival Recordings, and released their new album “The Incubus” in September. Since forming in 2009, the band has released 3 concept albums and 3 EPs, and toured the US extensively. In this interview, we chat with JT about what to look for in a record deal, concept albums, and why it's important to make mistakes. Highlights: - We hear about the influence JT’s education has had on the art he creates with Famous Last Words - JT tells us how he balances fatherhood and being in a touring band - “Creativity, if you have multiple passions, why hold yourself back?” - Marcio Novelli - JT tells us how his daughter always reminds him to never give up - We talk about the importance of signing to a label where the relationship is mutually beneficial - JT tells us about why they chose Revival Recordings over other labels - “I’ll spend a million dollars to make sure the art is up to par, even if it leaves me in the red - everytime” - JT Tollas - We talk about Famous Last Words’ decision to release concept albums vs EPs - JT tells us how he likes to tell stories through music - “Every time I make a mistake, I learn from that mistake” - JT Tollas Advice: - When signing to a label, know what your non-negotiables going to be - Get a lawyer to look over any record label contracts - the language is confusing for a reason - Make sure there is an exit clause in your contract so if promises aren’t being kept, you are protected - “Make sure you’re protected, even if you 100% trust the person you are working with” - JT Tollas Guest Links: - Facebook:/famouslastwordsmusic - Twitter: @JT_Tollas / @FLW_Music - Instagram: @jtflw / @famouslastwordsband - Merch: famouslastwords.merchnow.com Sponsors: - Chris Keaton @ Chris Keaton Presents - Christine Infanger @ Thirty Roses - Joe Settineri - The Rock/Star Advocate - Music Launch Hub - Bob Baker - Buck Naked Soap Company - Wendy Donaldson --- For more episodes, visit http://bridge-the-atlantic.com Follow us on Twitter: http://twitter.com/bridge_atlantic Subscribe on iTunes: http://bridge-the-atlantic.com/itunes Support us on Patreon: http://patreon.com/bridgetheatlantic

Nate Barcalow: Finch Breakup, Private Lives & Exploring Genres  

Joining us this week is Nate Barcalow, vocalist of Finch, Earthbound Ghost, Reverend Crow, and now, Private Lives. With Finch, Nate released 3 EPs and 3 studio albums, with “What It Is To Burn” considered by many as one of the most influential post-hardcore records of the 2000s. Nate has most recently embarked on a new project with Kenny Finn called Private Lives, and in this interview we hear more about what they're working on, Nate's side of the story in relation to Finch's breakup, and the advice he'd offer to his fellow musicians. Highlights: - We talk about Nate’s latest project Private Lives, and the songs they’ve released so far - We hear how Nate’s been surprised by people’s reactions to some of the Private Lives songs - “Do what makes you happy and if people like it, then great!” - Nate Barcalow - Nate shares how he had a specific idea of how he wanted Private Lives to sound - Nate shares how he’s interested in exploring different sounds and what he is capable of - We talk about the importance of not being limited to one genre, both as an artist, and as a fan - Nate shares how the expectations are different with a new band compared to an existing band - We talk about how you can’t just create the same album over and over again - Nate shares the irony of his band being called Private Lives, yet having to use social media as a promotional tool - “No-one really has a private life anymore - it’s all out in the open” - Nate Barcalow - Ross and Marcio plead their cases in the 20 Questions section - We hear Nate’s side of the story in relation to Finch’s breakup - Being in a band is like a marriage - sometimes things just don’t work out Advice: - If you’re having issues within your band, you have to be real and talk about it - Not all problems can be worked out, but you have to try and make it work Guest Links: - Bandcamp: http://privatelives1.bandcamp.com - Facebook: /privatelivesband - Twitter: @ourprivatelives - Instagram: @organsinorbit / @privatelivesband Sponsors: - Chris Keaton @ Chris Keaton Presents - Christine Infanger @ Thirty Roses - Joe Settineri - The Rock/Star Advocate - Music Launch Hub - Bob Baker - Buck Naked Soap Company - Wendy Donaldson --- For more episodes, visit http://bridge-the-atlantic.com Follow us on Twitter: http://twitter.com/bridge_atlantic Subscribe on iTunes: http://bridge-the-atlantic.com/itunes Support us on Patreon: http://patreon.com/bridgetheatlantic

Shawn Milke: Alesana, Integrity & Revival Recordings  

Joining us this week is lead singer of post-hardcore band Alesana and founder of Revival Recordings, Shawn Milke. To date, Alesana have released 2 EPs and 5 full length albums, and have recently brought out a novella - Annabel, which is what inspired their Annabel Trilogy. With Revival Recordings, the message is clear: it’s all about art and the people who create it. The team and artists signed to the label are a community where creative and artistic integrity are paramount. It's not just music, it’s good music by good people - and this is why we think Shawn is a perfect guest for the show. In this interview, we talk about Shawn's work with Alesena, the advice he'd offer to artists who want to sign to a label, and the importance of integrity in the music business. Highlights: - Shawn is ambitious and follows through on his ambitions - “When you first start out, you make decisions based on where you hope to go” - Shawn Milke - Shawn shares the tough decisions that Alesana had to make in the beginning - “We wanted to have artistic success, and if that ended up being commercial success, then great” - Shawn Milke - Shawn shares how dedicated the fans of Alesana are - We hear about some of the opportunities that Alesana was presented with, and how they handled those - “We made the decisions we wanted to make, which has benefitted our art and our fanbase” - Shawn Milke - We talk about the importance of maintaining your integrity - Shawn shares how he loves crazy challenges and has always wanted to offer more than just the music to Alesana’s fans - “Our fans’ devotion to what we’ve created has inspired me to keep giving it to them” - Shawn Milke - We talk about the importance of having a supportive team around you - Shawn shares how it was tough to be taken seriously as a label owner in the beginning - Shawn shares how being an artist has helped him earn the trust of the artists they sign - Shawn tells us what he looks at when considering signing an artist to his label - “The industry could use a lot more honesty” - Shawn Milke - “Our mistakes are just as important as our successes” - Shawn Milke Advice: - If you want to be signed by a label, you have to consider yourself a professional band - You can’t sell your product when your product isn’t finished - A label’s job isn’t to make your band good, it’s to give your band exposure - Social media is great, but going back to the grassroots is also very important - Fans want that real person interaction - be real, and physically interact with them Guest Links: - Website: http://www.revivalrecs.com - Facebook: Alesana / Revival Recordings - Twitter: @ShawnTheMilke / @Alesana / @RevivalRecs - Instagram: @Mr.MilkeRevival / @AlesanaOfficialIG / @RevivalRecordings Sponsors: - Chris Keaton @ Chris Keaton Presents - Christine Infanger @ Thirty Roses - Joe Settineri - The Rock/Star Advocate - Music Launch Hub - Bob Baker - Buck Naked Soap Company - Wendy Donaldson --- For more episodes, visit http://bridge-the-atlantic.com Follow us on Twitter: http://twitter.com/bridge_atlantic Subscribe on iTunes: http://bridge-the-atlantic.com/itunes Support us on Patreon: http://patreon.com/bridgetheatlantic

Jason Paige: Pokemon Go & Living a Creative Life  

Joining us this week is singer, writer and actor, Jason Paige. You may not know his name, but you’ve almost definitely heard his voice - Jason is the voice behind the Pokemon theme, and he’s also recorded hundreds of jingles for brands such as Mountain Dew and Subway. He’s performed with Blood Sweat and Tears, Aerosmith and Michael Jackson, among many others, and he’s collaborated on #1 hits and co-written 2 musicals. In the world of theatre, Jason starred in “Rent” at the Hollywood Bowl directed by Neil Patrick Harris, “Godspell” and the 25th anniversary National tour of “Hair”. He’s done way too much to mention in this intro! We’re excited to learn from his vast experience, hear about his one man show “The Jason Paige Show” and when it comes to Pokemon, if he’s managed to catch ‘em all. Highlights: - In this episode you'll hear an intro unlike any other, courtesy of Jason Paige! - "Music is meant to be spontaenous" - Jason Paige - Jason shares how everyone's voice is unique and the character of our voices is what makes them recognisable - We hear how Jason is very involved in creative community building - Jason tells us about how he became the voice behind the Pokémon theme - We get some behind the scenes examples of the process behind Jason's Pokémon theme performance - Jason talks about the impact Pokémon has had on his career and also the people who love the show - Jason shares why he never really stepped forward as "the voice" of the Pokémon theme at risk of being pigeonholed - "Specialization is the killer of creativity" - Jason Paige - "Like Pokémon, we need to find the things that make us evolve and take us to the next level" - Jason Paige - Jason tells us about the experience of working with Michael Jackson - Jason does some killer impressions of Martin Scorsese, Samuel L Jackson and our favourite, Michael Bolton Advice: - Make up your own commercials or put music to existing commercials to create examples - Success = where preparation and opportunity collide - Hurry up and be wrong, so you can be more right - The creative process is all about not being afraid to be wrong Guest Links: - Website: http://jasonpaige.com - Facebook: /jasonpaigeshow - Twitter: @jasonpaigeshow - Instagram: @jasonpaige Sponsors: - Chris Keaton @ Chris Keaton Presents - Christine Infanger @ Thirty Roses - Joe Settineri - The Rock/Star Advocate - Music Launch Hub - Bob Baker - Buck Naked Soap Company - Wendy Donaldson --- For more episodes, visit http://bridge-the-atlantic.com Follow us on Twitter: http://twitter.com/bridge_atlantic Subscribe on iTunes: http://bridge-the-atlantic.com/itunes Support us on Patreon: http://patreon.com/bridgetheatlantic

Chris Athens: Music Mastering & Caring For Your Fans  

Joining us this week is mastering engineer Chris Athens out of Austin, Texas. You’ve most likely heard his work as he’s worked on some of the biggest records out there; including artists such as Drake, Coldplay, PVRIS, Ben Folds and Wiz Khalifa. Chris was a senior mastering engineer at Sterling Sound, one of the world’s premier mastering facilities, before branching out on his own to start Chris Athens Masters. In this interview, Chris explains what mastering is and why it's important, how he got started in the music industry, and what to avoid when mixing your music. Highlights: - Ross and Marcio try to help Chris through his caffeine comedown - We hear how Chris started out in the music industry and progressed to mastering - Chris tells us how he came to the job he wanted late in life - We hear how Chris always said yes to everything and felt like he was working from behind everyone else - We hear how Chris moving to Sterling Sound was a step back from what he was doing at Sony, but a good opportunity nonetheless - Chris tells us about the role of a mastering engineer and how it’s changed over the years - Mastering is the final creative step before manufacturing or delivery of music - A mastering engineer is the final trusted set of ears before an artist’s music goes out in the world - Chris tells us about mastering singles vs mastering an album as a whole - A mastering engineer helps ensure the vibe and feel is consistent across a record - “With an album, an artist makes an artistic statement” - Chris Athens - “90% of what I do is for 10% of the people” - Chris Athens - Chris is concerned about the artist, whereas the artist is concerned with the audience - “Even my PC is a Mac, so I think I’m a little confused” - Chris Athens Advice: - “Care about your fans and give them what they want” - Don’t distort your mixes! Almost everything else can be compensated for. Guest Links: - Website: http://chrisathensmasters.com - Facebook: /chrisathensmasters - Twitter: @athensmasters Sponsors: - Chris Keaton @ Chris Keaton Presents - Christine Infanger @ Thirty Roses - Joe Settineri - The Rock/Star Advocate - Music Launch Hub - Buck Naked Soap Company - Wendy Donaldson --- For more episodes, visit http://bridge-the-atlantic.com Follow us on Twitter: http://twitter.com/bridge_atlantic Subscribe on iTunes: http://bridge-the-atlantic.com/itunes Support us on Patreon: http://patreon.com/bridgetheatlantic

Tom Goss: Music Videos, Self Worth & Authentic Connection  

Joining us this week is singer/songwriter and LGBT activist Tom Goss out of Los Angeles, California. Tom is known for his inventive videos and his heartfelt songs, which aim higher and strike deeper. Tom’s music has been featured on ABC, HBO, MTV’s LOGO & he can be heard on hundreds of radio stations across the US. In this interview we talk about why Tom thinks music videos are one of the most important things an artist can make, the juxtaposition of faith and sexuality, and the advice he'd offer to his fellow musicians. Highlights: - We hear how Tom juggled music and non-profit work for many years - Tom shares that he believes music videos are one of the most important things an independent musician can make - People don’t share playlists or audio tracks in the same way they do music videos - Tom shares how some venues won’t book him as an independent LGBT artist - “I’m always striving to be authentic and connect with people in a real, honest way” - Tom Goss - “It’s more important to connect with a few people in an authentic way rather than a large number in a superficial way” - Tom Goss - Tom shares talks about the juxtapositions that exist with faith and sexuality - “I don’t care what anyone else does, as long as it’d doesn’t hurt anyone else” - Tom Goss - “Being a good person = the golden rule” - Marcio Novelli - Tom wasn’t informed about the things he’s “supposed” to like as a gay man - We hear how Tom feels he’s spent so much time tiptoeing around other people in his career - Tom shares how in the Mid West, humility is the greatest asset you can have - but it can hold you back - The word “just” can make such a difference to how you, and others, view what you do - We hear how Tom has started to pay attention to compliments instead of brushing them off Advice: - “You need to be making videos that are good, interesting and different” - Tom Goss - Don’t give in to fear and do what you want to do - Self deprecation is not helpful - Make what you make, do the best you can at the time and put it out in the world - Believe in the value of your work and yourself Guest Links: - Website: http://tomgossmusic.com - Twitter: @tomgossmusic - Instagram:@tomgossmusic - Facebook: /tomgossmusic Sponsors: - Chris Keaton @ Chris Keaton Presents - Christine Infanger @ Thirty Roses - Joe Settineri - The Rock/Star Advocate - Buck Naked Soap Company - Wendy Donaldson

Christine Infanger: The Business of Music, Integrity & Building a Team  

This week we’re joined by Christine Infanger out of Chicago - a virtual assistant to musicians, dog lover and Michael Bolton expert. Christine helps artists with social media, fan engagement, business plans, email correspondence and more. She also runs the music blog Thirty Roses, where she posts music industry news and articles to help today’s independent musician keep on top of what’s going on in the business. In this interview we learn more about Christine's passion for music, when it's time for an artist to build a team, and what to look for in potential team members. Highlights: - To Christine, music is the most important thing in the world - We talk about when it’s time for an artist to build their team - Christine shares her backstory, and it really helped us understand why she’s so passionate about music - We hear how after her fiance’s passing, Christine didn’t really feel like she fit in anywhere, but music really helped her - “As a musician, you are an entrepreneur” - Christine Infanger, 2016 - Everyone thinks they need a manager, but in many cases a virtual assistant is what they really need! - Christine tells us why she likes working with smaller artists - she just wants to get them on the right path! - Artists need knowledge and education to make the right decisions - “The artists who treat their work like a business are the best ones to work with” - Ross Barber-Smith, 2016 - Christine says it’s important to maintain her integrity - one of the many reasons we love her! - We hear some of the tasks that artists can and should be delegating - The biggest challenge Christine faces is artists being so used to do everything themselves - Marcio = Marilyn Manson / Ross = Celine Dion - Christine’s favourite Marcio Novelli song = This Song Is Not For You Advice: - When reaching out to potential team members, you have to be realistic about where you are - You have to let your team do what you’re paying them to do - “The more you have a business foundation for your music, the more creative freedom you will have” - Christine Infanger, 2016 Guest Links: - Website: http://thirtyroses.com - Twitter: @thirtyroses / @norabarnacle - Instagram: @thirtyroses Sponsors: - Chris Keaton @ Chris Keaton Presents - Christine Infanger @ Thirty Roses - Joe Settineri - The Rock/Star Advocate - Buck Naked Soap Company - Wendy Donaldson --- For more episodes, visit http://bridge-the-atlantic.com Follow us on Twitter: http://twitter.com/bridge_atlantic Subscribe on iTunes: http://bridge-the-atlantic.com/itunes Support us on Patreon: http://patreon.com/bridgetheatlantic

Hugh McIntyre: Music Journalism, Press Releases & Email Pitches  

This week we’re joined by freelance music journalist, Hugh McIntyre. Hugh’s work has appeared in Forbes, Sonicbids, The Huffington Post and Billboard, and he is editor in chief at Pop Bang Boom. Earlier this year he was part of a panel at SXSW called The Secrets of Pitching Your Band, with past guest and friend of the show, Laura Goldfarb. In this interview we hear about mistakes artists and publicists make when approaching journalists, what a good press release should consist of, and the importance of relationships in the music industry. Highlights: - We hear how Hugh started writing about music, and his first publication - Hugh tells us how he got an internship at Billboard, and how it was a bit of a fluke - We talk about mistakes artists and publicists make when sending pitch emails to journalists - Hugh shares how often press releases don’t convey the excitement they should - The human touch is very important in press releases - they should sound like they’re coming from a human - Hugh shares his preferred format for emails and press releases - We hear some of things Hugh doesn’t want to hear in a pitch email - We talk about the importance of relationships in the music business - Hugh shares why he thinks it’s important that artists go for smaller publications before the bigger ones - You never know what blogs are going to become popular - don’t dismiss them! - Hugh remembers the artists who gave him their time when he first started, and will continue to help them out - “Has anyone ever chosen Michael Bolton? Was it Michael Bolton?!” - Hugh McIntyre, 2016 Advice: - Look back at your press release as if you’re reading it for the first time - Your email pitch should be short and sweet - Make things easy for the journalist or publication you are contacting - Writers base what they write about based on what they think people are going to want to read - If you can tie yourself in with a bigger name somehow, it will make you more appealing to journalists Guest Links: - Website: http://popbangboomblog.com/ - Twitter: @popbanghugh - Instagram: @popbanghugh Sponsors: - Chris Keaton @ Chris Keaton Presents - Christine Infanger @ Thirty Roses - Joe Settineri - The Rock/Star Advocate - Buck Naked Soap Company - Wendy Donaldson --- For more episodes, visit http://bridge-the-atlantic.com Follow us on Twitter: http://twitter.com/bridge_atlantic Subscribe on iTunes: http://bridge-the-atlantic.com/itunes Support us on Patreon: http://patreon.com/bridgetheatlantic

The Icarus Account: Connecting Through Music, Teamwork & Fan Experiences  

This week we’re joined by singer/songwriters Trey and Ty Turner of The Icarus Account. The Icarus Account have released 7 albums independently since 2007, with their latest album “Over The Moon” out now. Their music has enabled them to make countless connections all over the world through his music, which the band say is more important to them than anything else. The band are definitely on our wavelength - in their bio, they say “We love writing. We love recording. We love meeting fans for the first time and calling them friends by the end of the night.” In this interview we hear about how they've coped with changes in the industry over the past 10 years, the advice they'd offer to fellow artists, and about their new record, "Over the Moon." Highlights: - If you don’t like photos of Trey’s dog, you probably shouldn’t follow him on Instagram! - We talk about the changes in the music industry and how the guys have stayed focused - We hear how Ty and Trey balance the different responsibilities and roles required in the new music industry - Ty tells us how the decline of Myspace impacted them as musicians - We hear how long term ways of keeping in touch with your audience are so important - Trey = right brain / Ty = left brain / The Icarus Account = full brain - We hear how Ty and Trey compliment each other with their different skillsets - The guys tell us about some of the most memorable fan experiences they’ve had - We set Ty and Trey against each other in our 20 Questions section - Talent + Attitude = Talittude - No-one knows what swamp cabbage is; who can tell us what it is? - Ross = king of the segue - We hear about The Icarus Account’s new album “Over the Moon” - Trey shares how their fans didn’t just need new material, they needed better material - With the new album, the band spent much more time working on this record than others Advice: - “You have to stay passionate about the music at all times” - Ty Turner, 2016 - “You have to be willing to experiment and capitalise on the opportunities technology presents” - Trey Turner, 2016 - You have to be persistent and willing to get your hands dirty in this industry - A musician isn’t just a musician anymore - you have to know how to do the business stuff, too - If you’re driven enough, you can open doors - You’re going to hear people say no - don’t get discouraged - Just because one person doesn’t like your music, doesn’t mean someone else won’t - You should always be learning and improving - you have to put the work into your craft Guest Links: - Website: http://theicarusaccount.com - Twitter: @icarusaccount / @tyturnerband / @treyturnerband - Facebook: /theicarusaccount - Instagram: @icarusaccount / @tyturnerband / @treyturnerband Sponsors: - Chris Keaton @ Chris Keaton Presents - Christine Infanger @ Thirty Roses - The Rock/Star Advocate - Buck Naked Soap Company - Wendy Donaldson --- For more episodes, visit http://bridge-the-atlantic.com Follow us on Twitter: http://twitter.com/bridge_atlantic Subscribe on iTunes: http://bridge-the-atlantic.com/itunes Support us on Patreon: http://patreon.com/bridgetheatlantic

Rachael Yamagata: Collaboration, Work/Life Balance & Independence  

This week we’re joined by New York based singer/songwriter Rachael Yamagata. To date, she’s released 4 solo EPs and 3 full length albums, and she’s collaborated with artists such as Jason Mraz, Ryan Adams, Bright Eyes and past guest Terra Naomi. Her music has also been featured in shows such as The OC, Brothers & Sisters, Grey’s Anatomy and How I Met Your Mother. Rachael has seen both sides of the major and independent spectrum, and is currently gearing up to release her latest album Tightrope Walker independently. In this intervew we hear about Rachael's experience as an independent musician, how she finds that work/life balance we're all searching for, and why collaboration is so important to her. Highlights: - Sometimes we all need the melody and chord progression to help us get the words out - Ross shares a story about finding out how a fellow college classmate was a fan of Rachael’s - Rachael shares the pros/cons of being both a major and independent artist - When you’re on a major label, you’re surrounded by a big team - you’ve got that “machine” - A lot of artists now are finding that they have no choice other than to do things themselves - Rachael shares that being independent gave her a birds eye view of her career she didn’t have before - “Being an independent artist is a 24 hour job” - Rachael Yamagata, 2016 - We talk about Rachael’s upcoming record and how she was involved in the production process - Rachael shares how she believes in the importance of collaboration - “The greatest challenge is being creatively IN it, but being able to look at it objectively” - Rachael Yamagata, 2016 - We hear how Rachael learned how to edit her own video out of necessity - “Knowledge is bred from necessity” - Rachael Yamagata, 2016 - We talk about finding that work/life balance that we’re all looking for - Rachael shares how she loves watching other artists work, and what you can learn from what they do - Rachael tells us about Jason Mraz’s work ethic and writing process and what she learned from him Advice: - “You just dive in and figure it out as you go” - Rachael Yamagata, 2016 - Part of taking over your career is a great education for how to make smarter decisions and utilise your resources - Know what you can’t do, and pick your team around the skills you don’t have - Finding those key people for your team can change your life - Find people with 100% integrity and who can be accountable - You want someone on your team who makes the world a better place Guest Links: - Website: http://rachaelyamagata.com - Twitter: @rachaelyamagata - Facebook: /rachaelyamagata - Instagram: @rachaelyamagata Sponsors: - Chris Keaton @ Chris Keaton Presents - Christine Infanger @ Thirty Roses - The Rock/Star Advocate - Buck Naked Soap Company --- For more episodes, visit http://bridge-the-atlantic.com Follow us on Twitter: http://twitter.com/bridge_atlantic Subscribe on iTunes: http://bridge-the-atlantic.com/itunes Support us on Patreon: http://patreon.com/bridgetheatlantic

Dave Yaden: Songwriting, Music Publishing & Pierce the Veil  

This week we’re joined by LA based musician and Grammy award winning songwriter Dave Yaden. Dave’s written and toured with artists such as Lady Antebellum, One Republic, Josh Kelley, and our friend Tyler Hilton. He’s also performed on shows such as The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Late Show with Dave Letterman, Good Morning America and the Ellen Degeneres show several times over. His musical range is extremely eclectic - he’s collaborated on hip hop tracks, written and recorded with hardcore punk group Pierce The Veil, and as if that wasn’t enough, is also working on his own solo material. His latest EP “Move” is out now. Highlights: - Dave says he’s always been better at writing for other people than himself - Writing for others took so many self-directed questions out of the equation for Dave - Sometimes as artists we get worried that we won’t come across - We talk about writing in different genres and how heavily related western music genres really are - People don’t listen to music questioning the genre - we appreciate it for what it is - 2016 is a really exciting time for musicians, especially as genres are more open now - Dave believes that writing in various genres helps to make him a better writer - When writing a song, ask yourself “is this a good song?” rather than “is this good punk music?” - Dave compares the major label to independent experience, and tells us the pros and cons of each - Dave shares how he feels there is too much pandering within the major labels - Dave gives us some tips for getting songs in front of publishers - and there’s no quick fix - We hear how Dave wishes he could go back in time and dress cooler - your look is important in music! - Artists will dress up for a regular job, but won’t do the same for their music career - You have to enjoy your work in the music industry, otherwise you may as well be doing something else - “I should just be playing the piano with my dick - I’d have hundreds of thousands of subscribers” - Dave Yaden, 2016 Advice: - “In songwriting, the more personal you get, the more relatable it is” - Dave Yaden, 2016 - “When writing a song, think about what is going to make people want to hit play” - Dave Yaden, 2016 - If approaching a publisher, make sure your demos are as good as they can be - If you want to do art for a living, you have to think like a business person - Go to where the music is - go to shows, networking events - The “ins” that people have are never a guaranteed route to success - If artists aren’t cutting your songs, FIND an artist to cut your song - Listen to the little kid inside of you - if that kid is excited, you’ve got a good song Guest Links: - Instagram: @daveyaden - Twitter: @daveyaden - Facebook: /daveyaden - Soundcloud: /daveyaden Sponsors: - Chris Keaton @ Chris Keaton Presents - Christine Infanger @ Thirty Roses - The Rock/Star Advocate - Buck Naked Soap Company --- For more episodes, visit http://bridge-the-atlantic.com Follow us on Twitter: http://twitter.com/bridge_atlantic Subscribe on iTunes: http://bridge-the-atlantic.com/itunes Support us on Patreon: http://patreon.com/bridgetheatlantic

Rick Barker: The New Music Industry, Relationship Building & Social Media  

This week we’re joined by Rick Barker out of Nashville, former manager of Taylor Swift, Social Media Mentor to American Idol finalists, and private consultant to Big Machine Label Group and Live Nation. He strives to teach artists how to be artists, and treat their art as a business. Rick is also the founder of Music Industry Blueprint, and his marketing tactics have been featured in Billboard. He’s dedicated his life to helping independent artists plot out the most efficient strategies for turning their music into a career. In this interview, Rick shares so much advice, including some of the misconceptions artists have around the music business, and the importance of social media in today's music industry. Highlights: - Rick shares what the three things he wants people after being in contact with him - We hear why Rick encouraged Taylor Swift to meet 500,000 people - “It really means something when you have an artist who is willing to do the work” - Rick Barker, 2016 - “You don’t fill a stadium with hit songs, you fill it with people” - Rick Barker, 2016 - We can’t duplicate timing and luck, but we can make sure we’re prepared for when opportunities happen - Rick shares some of the biggest misconceptions artists have around the music business - Rick doesn’t think artists realise quite how powerful the new music industry is - The music industry is a relationship business - Ross says an artist has to earn someone’s “fanship” - We hear how many artists don’t know how to use their mailing lists correctly - Rick teaches artists how to use the techniques that major corporations use to get in front of an audience - If you’re just making records and not getting it out there, you’re in the inventory business, not the music business - We hear about Rick’s work as social media mentor for American Idol finalists - Rick shares some of the mistakes that artists make on social media - “If you don’t have an hour a day to dedicate to the customers of your business, get out of the business” - Rick Barker, 2016 - Rick flies through our 20 questions in what might be our fastest one yet! - Rick shares why it’s so important for artists to have their own website Advice: - Your past doesn’t define your future - Your music career all starts with the music, but it grows with relationships - Get your music on as many phones as possible - Comment on other people’s stuff and show them that you care - Consistency, especially on social media, is key - Invest in yourself, and educate yourself - it’s your own responsibility Guest Links: - Website: http://rickbarker.com - Twitter: @rickbarkermusic - Instagram: @rickbarkermusic - Facebook: /themusicindustryblueprint Sponsors: - Chris Keaton @ Chris Keaton Presents (http://chriskeaton.com) - Christine Infanger @ Thirty Roses (http://thirtyroses.com) - The Rock/Star Advocate (http://therockstaradvocate.com) - Buck Naked Soap Company (http://bucknakedsoapcompany.com)

Ruby Roth: Creative Living, Veganism & Combining Your Passions  

This week we’re joined by LA based artist, author, illustrator and designer, Ruby Roth. Ruby is the world's leading author and illustrator of vegan and vegetarian books for children, and has been featured on CNN, FOX, and many other major media outlets. Complementing her degrees in art and American Studies, Ruby has researched animal agriculture, health, nutrition, and the benefits of a plant-based diet for over a decade. In this episode, Ruby shares how her art and passion for veganism have been combined, and discusses the challenges involved in making a living as an artist. Ruby has also very kindly offered to give away a free copy of her latest book! For your chance to win, share this episode on Facebook or Twitter and subscribe to our mailing list, and we’ll be picking a winner at random next week! Highlights: - Ruby is an artist first and foremost - Ruby is an undercover punk - you wouldn’t know by looking at her, but you would if you saw her music collection! - We hear how Ruby ended up combining multiple skills and passions into a career - Ruby tells us about her latest book “The Help Yourself Cookbook for Kids” - Ruby’s latest book is also for busy people or lazy adults (like Ross) - Marcio shares some of his favourite Vegan documentaries (including Cowspiracy) - Ruby shares how making a living as a creative is often a challenge, and you have to be fully invested in making it work - There is a lot of patience involved in making a creative living - Ruby feels that if she wasn’t able to do her art, she would wither and die - Ruby shares why she has become a vegan - We hear about the book publishing process and the pros/cons of writing in a niche genre - Ruby shares the story of how she became a published author Advice: - If you want to make a living through creativity, you have to do the work and commit to it - You have to be disciplined and trust in yourself Guest Links: - Website: drawordie.com / wedonteatanimals.com - Facebook: /wedonteatanimals - Twitter: @ruby_roth - Instagram: @ruby_roth / @wedonteatanimals Sponsors: - Chris Keaton @ Chris Keaton Presents (http://chriskeaton.com) - Christine Infanger @ Thirty Roses (http://thirtyroses.com) - The Rock/Star Advocate (http://therockstaradvocate.com) - Buck Naked Soap Company (http://bucknakedsoapcompany.com) --- For more episodes, visit http://bridge-the-atlantic.com Follow us on Twitter: http://twitter.com/bridge_atlantic Subscribe on iTunes: http://bridge-the-atlantic.com/itunes Support us on Patreon: http://patreon.com/bridgetheatlantic

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