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

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

Adam Clark: Finding Your Sound, Authenticity & Streaming  

This week we’re joined by singer/songwriter Adam Clark from Rochester, New York. Adam is an extremely hard working musician whose brand of pop/rock is both radio friendly and authentic. His music has been featured on PopMatters, The Vinyl District and PopWrapped. Over the past couple of years Adam’s released numerous singles and has collaborated with YouTube star Kait Weston (on “Take Me”) and producer David Schuler (who has worked with P!nk and John Legend). In this interview we discuss authenticity and accessibility in music, and the advice Adam would offer for his fellow musicians. Highlights: - We learn Adam is an uncle, vinyl lover and cook - We hear how Adam has been working with producer David Schuler - The last few singles Adam has released have helped him to test his boundaries - We talk about the challenges of finding your sound, and the journey you can take as an artist - We discuss the balance of authenticity and accessibility in music - “I don’t really want to write a hit to write a hit - I want to say what I have to say” - Adam Clark, 2016 - As artists we want people to understand us - We hear how Adam is going to be co-producing his next record - Adam tells us how he’s using streaming to promote his music, but doesn’t want it in the long-term picture - We hear how Adam’s plan is to release a new single every 3 months before working on an album Advice: - Don’t stop - success doesn’t happen overnight Guest Links: - Facebook: /AdamMusicClark - Twitter: @AdamMusicClark - Instagram: @AdamMusicClark 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

Brian Thompson: Zen Thinking, Passion & The Flow State  

This week we’re joined by inspirational poet, writer, speaker, and podcaster, Brian Thompson. Brian is the host of the Zen Thinking podcast, and the author of the soon-to-be-released book, Sparks to Awaken. His goal with Zen Thinking is to provide an entirely new perspective for people to consider their life through, one that allows them to live more wisely, with compassion, purpose, clarity and happiness. Before shifting to writing full time, Brian spent close to 25 years in the music industry. He managed a chain of music retail stores, I started a record label and artist management company, and tour-managed a successful hard rock band. In this interview we hear about Brian’s work and how the philosophies he explores through his writing can be applied to creative professionals. Highlights: - “No matter where you are, there you are” - Brian Thompson - Through his writing, Brian explores the concepts of being - The only truth that can ever be spoken is: “I am” - anything else is just trouble! - Brian tells us about transitioning from working in the music industry to what he does now with Zen Thinking - We hear that Brian needed to live his life with passion, and it’s that which moved him towards writing, and away from the music business - Brian was observing his life through a narrow lens and was unhappy with that point of view - so had to make a change - We have to ask ourselves “are our goals in life ego driven?” - When our goals are absolute and pure, they’re coming from a place of expression rather than ego boosting - If you’re creating from an ego-driven place, you’ll always be wanting more - Once you know your true self, everything becomes more effortless - It was scarier for Brian to continue being unhappy than to change everything in his life - We hear how Brian’s transformation was triggered by quitting drinking - “We latch ourselves onto these things that we believe define us but the only thing that defines us are our own definitions” - Brian Thompson, 2016 - Brian tells us about the Zen Thinking podcast and what we can hear on there - Brian talks about the flow state and how it relates to artists Guest Links: - Website: http://zenthinking.net - Twitter: @zen_thinking - Instagram: @zen_thinking - Facebook: /zenthinking 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) More: 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

Shervin Lainez: Music Photography, Work Ethic & Reputation  

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 --- This week we’re joined by New York based music photographer Shervin Lainez. Shervin’s photographed many of our past guests (including Keaton Simons, Wendy Parr, Bright Light Bright Light and Gabe Dixon), as well as major and independent artists such as Amanda Palmer, Panic! At the Disco, Tegan and Sara, Regina Spektor and Sara Barielles. In this episode, we hear more about Shervin’s work, the experiences he’s had, and the advice he would give to artists from a photographer’s perspective. Highlights: - We hear how Shervin started his photography career - Shervin wanted to be around and work with musicians, and photography was the way to do it! - “If I was able to take photos of musicians or collaborate visually with musicians, I could contribute to their projects” - Shervin Lainez, 2016 - We hear how Shervin moved to New York from DC to pursue music photography - As an artist, knowing what you like and knowing your musical identity really helps when working with a photographer - The best people to work with are the people who know how they would like to be presented - “It’s so important for creative people to know who they are” - Shervin Lainez, 2016 - Music is still the main focus - the photography should compliment the project and translate it visually - “Wear to a shoot what you would perform in” - Shervin Lainez, 2016 - A photographer should make the subject feel comfortable, and make the process easy for the artist - Shervin tells us about the biggest mistake he sees photographers making… and that’s being an asshole - Ross defends his love of Friends, and Shervin wants to fix him Advice: - You’ll never be the best or most talented at what you do, but you can be the hardest working - Don’t try to be the best, just try and work the hardest - Work a lot harder and more often than you think you have to - When you start to get comfortable, it’s time to step it up Guest Links: - Website: http://shervinfoto.com - Twitter: @ohshervin - Instagram: @shervinfoto - Facebook: /ohshervin 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)

Morgan Myles: Attitude, Teamwork & Vocal Recording  

Our guest this week is Nashville based singer/songwriter Morgan Myles. Morgan completed her first solo record in 2009, writing every song and promoting it throughout Europe. Shortly after, she opened for Reba McEntire, and played at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver. Her most eye-opening moment was performing for US troops departing for Iraq at Camp Shelby Mississippi where she rediscovered the power of music. She also caught the attention of BMI’s Mark Mason and was featured in the Key West Songwriter’s festivals, BMI Buzz showcases, as well as BMI Presents. Morgan’s latest EP received great reviews from the industry including Music Row Magazine, Taste of Country, as well as CMT who aired an exclusive premiere of her music video, “Whiskey Dreaming.” Highlights: - Ross shares how he discovered Morgan on a Spotify Discover Weekly playlist - Morgan shares her experience of being a road musician - In a touring band, you have to treat everyone equally - Being in the background gives you an appreciation for how a band works as a team - Having a bad tour experience has made Morgan more aware of how to treat the musicians she works with - Morgan shares a story about how incredible Reba McEntire treats the musicians she takes on tour - We talk about how a good attitude is a factor in creating a long-term successful career - “If you’re doing something for the wrong reasons, it’s probably not going to last” - Morgan Myles, 2016 - We hear about Morgan’s experience in recording an alternative rock project, and how it’s influenced her writing since - We talk about the beauty of simplicity and stripped arrangements in music - “Soul never ends up going away in any genre” - Morgan Myles, 2016 - We talk about how if a song can stand alone as an acoustic song, it’s a good song! - Morgan tells us about the vocal recording process, and how she prefers to record her vocals - We hear how Morgan’s music ended up in documentaries and film - it’s all about being open to opportunities - Morgan tells us about opening for Rick Springfield and how obsessive his fans are - “We’re on this Earth to be happy, so do what makes you happy” - Morgan Myles, 2016 Advice: - Don’t compare yourself to anybody - Be true to who you are and stay positive about your future - The BS of the music industry has nothing to do with you as a person - We all have a different path, so don’t compare your journey’s to someone else’s Guest Links: - Website: http://morganmyleslive.com/ - Twitter: @morganmyleslive - Instagram: @morganmyleslive - Facebook: /morganmyleslive 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) More: 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

Matt Wade (My Silent Bravery): Overcoming Adversity & Paying it Forward  

This week we’re joined by one man band Matt Wade, aka My Silent Bravery. Following a sports injury in his youth, Matt has turned physical adversity into musical success, with numerous placements on TV, college radio play, and nationwide tours under his belt. A strong believe in “paying it forward” Matt wants to inspire others through the music of My Silent Bravery. Matt's shared the stage with artists including Daughtry, Delta Rae, Howie Day, and Tyler Ward, and has released 4 full length records independently, with his most recent - Breakthrough - due for release in fall 2016. Highlights: - We hear how Matt’s sports injury and spiritual studies led to him pursuing music - Matt says he’s not someone who was born with musicality, he had to really work at it! - We talk about the importance of “paying it forward” “I’m nothing without the fans who listen to my music” - Matt Wade, 2016 - Matt tells us how he pays it forward through charity and volunteer work - To Matt, the name My Silent Bravery means persistence and overcoming obstacles - As creatives, we all need reminders that it’s not always all about us - Three words of inspiration: “You’re gonna die” - Gary Vaynerchuk - We hear about the new single “Drunk Off The Sun” - Matt tells us about the new My Silent Bravery album “Breakthrough” - Marcio suggests Matt makes a music video combining his love of music and sports - We accidentally sabotage Matt’s 20 Questions section - he would have broken the record if it wasn’t for us! - “When I enjoy it more, it leads to others enjoying the work more” - Matt Wade, 2016 - “It can’t be anything unless it’s about other people” - Matt Wade, 2016 - We talk about the importance of patience and how so many artists quit before something big is about to happen - We talk about the importance of having friends and allies in the music business Advice: - Your career is a constant journey and process - be patient - Work with people you really enjoy working with and who bring out the best of you - Make sure you’re accomplishing things you feel good about - Enjoy the process as well as the end result Guest Links: - Website: http://mysilentbravery.com - Twitter: @mysilentbravery - Instagram: @mysilentbravery - Facebook: /mysilentbravery 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

Noah Guthrie: YouTube Covers, Glee & Creative Patience  

This week we’re joined by South Carolina based singer/songwriter Noah Guthrie. Noah's had a really interesting journey so far - his cover of “Sexy and I Know It” went viral and led to features on NBC's Today Show, Jay Leno's Tonight Show, and Dancing With The Stars. He’s also opened concerts for Ed Sheeran, Cobra Starship and Selena Gomez, and in 2013, he released his debut album “Among The Wildest Things." In 2015 he landed a feature role in Glee, starring as Roderick. Noah tells us all about his experiences with YouTube, what auditioning for Glee was like, and the advice he'd offer to his fellow musicians. Enjoy! Highlights: - We are full of praise for Gabe Dixon, who is responsible for introducing us to Noah! - Noah is an old soul, but is embracing modern technology and social media to get his music out there - We hear how Noah’s YouTube covers led to his first management deal and TV exposure - Noah shares how he works with his family, and if he’s not humble or modest, they’d be the first to let him know! - You can’t predict viral success - it’s down to whether people like it and who shares it - Noah tells us how he’s built a big audience in Europe via YouTube - We hear how Noah landed a feature role in Glee, and how it was completely unexpected! - Noah tells us about the audition experience for Glee, and how it looked like the casting team hated him! - We hear how Noah’s Glee experience was the perfect storm of the right time, and right people - Noah tells us about his new single and upcoming EP - We hear how when Noah’s not on the road, he really wants to be back out there! - Noah wishes he knew when starting out how long it can take to get your first “break” Advice: - If you’re not using social media, you’re missing out on a big potential audience - You need to learn to be happy with what you create - Be patient when learning and developing your craft - Music is not a competition - stop comparing your journey to the journey of others - Be happy for the success of others Guest Links: - Website: http://www.noahguthrie.com - YouTube: /noahguthrie - Twitter: @only1noah - Instagram: @only1noah - Facebook: /only1noah 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) More: 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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