Episodes

  • B-Sides: Episode 3 - How to Get Interviewed on Podcasts

    · Bridge The Atlantic

    In our third B-SIDES episode, we talk about podcast interviews; how to approach podcasts, how to prepare for an interview, and what you should expect. We also talk about what hosts would expect from their guests, and why it's important to do your research! Highlights: - We talk about how to approach podcasts for potential interviews and features - If you’re approaching podcasts, make sure that you are familiar with the show and that you are a good fit - Your message needs to be relevant to a podcast's audience, and you both need to bring benefit - otherwise, it’s not a fair balance - Once you’ve established that you think you’d be a good fit for a podcast, check their website for submission details - Don’t be afraid to follow up a week or so later if you don't hear back - but don’t take it personally if you get a "no" - "Success is built on a multitude of failures" - We talk about how to prepare for a podcast interview - If you're invited onto a podcast, check out some of their episodes before the interview so you get a feel for the vibe of the show - Research a podcast's hosts and audience - it makes a difference! - We talk about what you should expect from the hosts, and what hosts expect from their guests Sponsors: - Chris Keaton @ Chris Keaton Presents - Christine Infanger @ Thirty Roses - Music Entrepreneur HQ - Music Launch Hub - Buck Naked Soap Company

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  • Troi Irons: Songwriting, Publishing Deals & Signing to Def Jam Records

    · Bridge The Atlantic

    Joining us this week is LA based singer/songwriter Troi Irons. Troi is currently signed to Def Jam Records, and in 2016, she released her acclaimed Turbulence EP. Brimming with self-reflective lyrics and instantly-catchy choruses. As well as writing for herself, Troi also writes and produces for other artists, and directs music videos. In this interview, we hear more about her influences, how she approaches writing for other artists, and her experience with Def Jam Records. Enjoy! Highlights: - Troi’s “3 Things We Should Know” are some of the most interesting we’ve had so far! - Marcio and Troi over their germophobic tendencies - We talk with Troi about her influences, and how they have impacted on her writing and performing - We hear about the music Troi grew up listening to and those artists have influenced her - Troi tells us how writing for other artists compares to writing for herself - We hear how Troi helps other artists tell their stories through collaboration - “As much of the artist’s vocabulary that can be in an artist’s song, the more powerful it’s going to feel when they sing it” - Troi Irons - When writing a song for another artist, it’s important to put your ego aside, and serve the artist the best you can - Troi shares how Def Jam have supported her and see their artists as a long term investment - “Def Jam are really invested in the artist’s creative vision” - Troi Irons - Troi calls one of our questions in our 20 Questions section “dirty” - and we like it! - Troi explains the difference between a publishing and record deal - We hear how Troi has learned that it’s not all about her - it’s important to share a positive message rather than be the most successful Advice: - When writing, quality over quantity is important - Publishing deals can be helpful to have before a record deal - Troi wouldn’t recommend signing to a major publishing company, and suggests indie publishing companies - When choosing a label, think about what you want and what kind of artist you want to be - that will influence your decision Guest Links: - Website: http://troiirons.com - Facebook: /troiirons - Twitter: @troimusic - Instagram: @troimusic Sponsors: - Chris Keaton @ Chris Keaton Presents - Christine Infanger @ Thirty Roses - Joe Settineri - Music Entrepreneur HQ - Music Launch Hub - 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

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  • Terry McBride: Nettwerk Music Group, Authenticity in Music & Artist Management

    · Bridge The Atlantic

    Terry McBride is the CEO of the Nettwerk Music Group, which includes Nettwerk Productions, Nettwerk Management, Nettwerk One, and Artwerks. Founded in his apartment in 1984, Nettwerk has corporate offices in Vancouver, Boston, Los Angeles, Nashville, New York, Hamburg and London. Nettwerk’s management roster includes artists such as Fun, Guster, The Stereophonics and Alexi Murdoch. Since 1984, Nettwerk Productions has released over 500 albums and sold over 150 million copies worldwide. In this interview, Terry shares why he thinks authenticity is the most important factor in artist success, what Nettwerk look for in artists they want to work with, and more. Highlights: - Terry shares that the most important thing for artist success today is authenticity - “A song is an emotion” - Terry McBride - “If you’re not authentic as an artist, how can people relate to you?” - Terry McBride - Terry tells us one of the biggest mistakes artist make is that they don’t know where they’re going - “Artists who rely on others to do everything for them won’t be successful” - Terry McBride - “Artists have to realise it is THEIR career, not their manager’s career” - Terry McBride - Terry shares how he believes there is going to be a resurgence in the middle class artist - We hear how Nettwerk’s criteria for management, label and publishing artists are all different - “Stick with what you love!” - Terry McBride - We talk about how a common thread across our interviews is the importance of following your gut feeling - “If we could have shrunk the first 10 years of Nettwerk into 2 years, that would have been awesome” - Terry McBride Advice: - For artist managers - “Understand the marketplace really well and know where you can add value” Guest Links: - Website: http://nettwerk.com - Facebook: nettwerkmusicgroup / terry.mcbride - Twitter: @terrymcbride Sponsors: - Chris Keaton @ Chris Keaton Presents - Christine Infanger @ Thirty Roses - Joe Settineri - Music Entrepreneur HQ - Music Launch Hub - Buck Naked Soap Company 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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  • Stephen Christian (Anberlin): Long Term Success, Side Projects & Fan Connection

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    Our guest this week is singer/songwriter Stephen Christian, former lead vocalist of Anberlin and vocalist of Anchor & Braille. With Anberlin, Stephen has sold over 1 million records and toured North America, the UK and Australia. Stephen is also the founder of non-profit and humanitarian-oriented band Faceless International, and the founder of Wood Water Records. In this interview we hear about Stephen's upcoming solo album, what he attributes Anberlin's long term success to, and the advice he'd offer to his fellow musicians. Highlights: - Marcio shares how he met Stephen after an Anberlin show and really appreciated their conversation - Stephen shares why he always tries to use the same time of microphone when performing - We hear what Stephen attributes Anberlin’s longterm success to - “The worst thing that can happen to a band is to have a huge first record and go downhill from there” - Stephen Christian - “When people feel connected, that’s the best place to start from” - Stephen Christian - Stephen talks about the importance of playing the smaller shows, and making the connections - Stephen shares how he decides what material belongs to which project - We hear about Stephen’s upcoming solo record “Wildfires” - We hear why Stephen has been writing for other artists - because he wants to keep exercising his writing muscles - “Choosing between Star Wars or Star Trek is like choosing between apples or death!” - Stephen Christian - Stephen shares some major love for Sean Mackin of Yellowcard Advice: - “It’s all about the grass roots, working hard, and staying diligent” - Stephen Christian - If you want to completely change genres, start a side project, rather than switching it up completely - “Always come back to your fans - you can’t lose those core people” - Stephen Christian - “Every day is a hustle and you have to be working everyday” - Stephen Christian - “It’s the off-season preparers who are going to win!” - Stephen Christian - “At the end of the day, it’s all about the songs” - Stephen Christian - “Your identity has to be greater than the music you perform” - Stephen Christian Recommendations: - 7 Habits of Highly Effective People - 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership Guest Links: - Twitter: @christianmusic - Facebook: @christianmusic - Instagram: @christianmusic Sponsors: - Chris Keaton @ Chris Keaton Presents - Christine Infanger @ Thirty Roses - Joe Settineri - Music Entrepreneur HQ - Music Launch Hub - 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

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  • John Wozniak: Marcy Playground, Collaboration & Indie Labels

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    Joining us this week is singer/songwriter and frontman of Marcy Playground, John Wozniak! With Marcy Playground, John has released 4 albums, with their debut album being certified platinum in the US, and the band’s 1997 hit “Sex and Candy” spent 15 weeks at number one on the U.S. Modern Rock Tracks chart. John continues to write and tour with Marcy Playground, with intimate & interactive shows in Southern Ontario from April 20th to 23rd in celebration of the 20th anniversary of their self titled album just around the corner. In this interview, we hear about John's collaborative process, what's coming up for Marcy Playground, and the advice he'd offer to his fellow musicians. Highlights - John shares that the biggest difference in the industry between now and the 90s is the number of independent labels vs major labels - John believes that the smaller number of major labels has opened up room for independent labels and networks to be created - John shares that the independent world is much more attractive to him than the major world, but there are benefits to both - We hear how Marcy Playground thought they had their one shot when their label closed down, but it turned out to be good timing - We talk about collaboration, and John shares how important collaboration is to growth as an artist - “If we created in a vacuum, we would never expand or grow” - John Wozniak - John shares how his best collaborations have been with Jordy Birch, as they’ve just clicked - We talk about how finding the right chemistry between a group of people to create a successful band is very rare - John tells us how he approaches producing, and why he avoids co-writing and producing in the same project - “When I’m collaborating with an artist, what am I doing to help the artist grow?” - John Wozniak - John shares how he decides what material is for Marcy Playground and what is for him as a solo artist - We hear how Marcy Playground are like family to John - “Music is a social business and a business of people” - John Wozniak Guest Links: - Website: marcyplayground.com - Facebook: /officialmarcyplayground - Twitter: @blizzardofwoz Sponsors: - Chris Keaton @ Chris Keaton Presents - Christine Infanger @ Thirty Roses - Joe Settineri - Music Launch Hub - Buck Naked Soap Company 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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  • Nathan West (East of Eli): Pursuing Creative Passions, Fatherhood & Unicorns

    · Bridge The Atlantic

    Joining us this week is musician and actor, Nathan West aka East of Eli. Nathan has had roles in major films as well as independent projects, including such films as Disney’s Miracle and the award winning independent feature Alleged, and is now releasing music as East of Eli. As East of Eli, Nathan debuted his first single from his sophomore release Lost Transmission on Valentine’s Day in honor of his wife, famed actress Chyler Leigh. East of Eli has received critical acclaim with “American Songwriter” noting West as an artist on the rise. In this interview, we hear more about East of Eli's upcoming album, how Nathan balances a creative career with fatherhood, and all about his love of unicorns. Yes, really! Highlights: - Nathan shares how acting lead him to creating the moniker East of Eli - We hear all about Nathan’s fascination with unicorns (fun fact - Scotland’s national animal!) - We hear how Nathan’s experience as an actor has helped him as a performer - Nathan tells us how his first acting agent wanted him to change his name - Nathan shares how he balances his career with being a father - “If I’m not a musician, I’m not giving my kids the best version of me” - Nathan West - “If I’m not on my own journey, I can’t be the best husband or best father I can be” - Nathan West - “Music is a vessel for me to contribute what I have to offer to the world” - Nathan West - We hear about the new East of Eli album and what we can expect from it - Nathan tells us about the studios he recorded the East of Eli album at - We talk about how a song is great when it sounds good when stripped down to just a vocal and instrument Advice: - If you want to pursue multiple roles in the entertainment industry, focus on one at a time - It’s all about finding a balance in everything you do Guest Links - Website: eastofeli.com - Facebook: /eastofeli - Twitter: @eastofeli - Instagram: @eastofeli Sponsors: - Chris Keaton @ Chris Keaton Presents - Christine Infanger @ Thirty Roses - Joe Settineri - Music Launch Hub - Buck Naked Soap Company

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  • Neil Hilborn: Writing Authentic Poetry, OCD & Validation

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    Joining us this week out of Minnesota is Neil Hilborn, a College National Poetry Slam Champion. In August of 2013, Neil’s poem "OCD" went viral, garnering over 7 million views to date, making it one of the most-viewed poems on YouTube. Neil is also the co-founder of Thistle, a Macalester literary magazine, and has run numerous writing workshops with college and high school students. His work has been featured in publications such as Borderline Magazine and Orange Quarterly, and his debut full-length book, Our Numbered Days, is now available. Highlights: - Neil shares how the popularity of “OCD” on YouTube took him completely by surprise - We talk about how it’s the authenticity and connection of a performance that really matters - The moment of truth and humanity in a performance is what connects with people - Neil shares why he think it’s important for artists to talk about mental health - “An artist’s duty is our own stories as genuinely as we can” - Neil Hilborn - “Get that brain garbage out - then you can sit and write about what you want to write about” - Neil Hilborn - We talk about the fear of our art not being perfect - Neil shares that the performances that went badly are the ones that have helped him the most - “Failing publicly can be really helpful” - Neil Hilborn - We talk about how writing for yourself and not anyone else is where the most authentic work comes from - Neil talks about the importance of having editors you trust who will help decide what your best work is - We talk about where the important validation comes from as creatives - “The trap is relying on the validation of others to form the entirety of your opinion about yourself” - Neil Hilborn - Neil tells us about his writing process and finding the balance between authenticity and reliability Advice: - Get out and grind without any expectation of a reward - Always be working to get better at what you do Guest Links - Facebook: /neilhilborn - Twitter: @neilicorn - Instagram: @neilicorn Sponsors: - Chris Keaton @ Chris Keaton Presents - Christine Infanger @ Thirty Roses - Joe Settineri - Music Launch Hub - 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

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  • B Sides: Marcio Novelli's New Acoustic EP

    · Bridge The Atlantic

    We're excited to bring you our first B-Sides episode; a series where we share advice and insights, bonus material and outtakes from past interviews, and more! We'll be releasing these B-Sides episodes on the last Tuesday of every month. In this episode, Ross interviews Marcio about his upcoming EP, The Reimagining: Vol 1, and we share some bonus material from Garth Richardson, Melissa Cross and Jason Paige. Highlights: - Ross and Marcio talk about Marcio’s upcoming EP, The Reimagining: Vol 1 - Ross challenges Marcio to describe the new EP in 30 seconds or less - Marcio offers advice for artists around self-producing vs working with a producer - We share a b-side from Garth Richardson’s interview where he shares a story of revenge - Marcio shares how The Reimagining EP “saved” Marcio musically - "If there’s something you want to do, figure out how, and just do it" - Marcio shares some tips for approaching vocals in the studio - Melissa Cross demonstrates her singing technique in a b-side from her interview - We share a b-side from Jason Paige’s interview, where he starts improvising mid conversation --- 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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  • Pam Lewis Rudden: Sync Licensing, Music Publishing & Placements

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    Joining us this week from London, is sync licensing specialist Pam Lewis Rudden. Pam is the founder of Plutonic Group Syncs, a boutique third-party licensing agency specialising in music placement for Television, Films, Advertising, Gaming and Trailers productions that require music with character and individuality. As a sync licensing specialist, Pam represents artists, songwriters and premium vintage music catalogues along with music publishing companies globally. In this interview, Pam tells us about the difference between sync licensing and publishing, what the role of a sync licensing specialist is, and offers some advice for artists seeking music placements. Highlights: - Ross once kept Pam on a call just to hear her laugh - Pam explains why they started Plutonic Group Syncs, and what a sync licensing specialist does - We hear how Pam learned about the sync process through attending conferences - Pam explains the difference between sync and master rights - “The sync agent is the middleman between the artist and the music supervisor” - Pam Lewis Rudden - Pam explains why most music getting placed is from independent artists - “It’s important for independent artists to understand what the majors are doing” - Pam Lewis Rudden - We about the appeal of independent music vs major for sync and licensing - Pam iterates the importance of making sure you read the fine print in any publishing or management agreement - Pam explains the difference between sync licensing and publishing - In sync licensing, you are getting the permission from the master and publishing owners to use the tracks on a media platform - “Let me be your dedicated tentacle!” - Pam Lewis Rudden - Pam explains the difference between “one stop” and “easy clear” in terms of licensing - “Sync should be part of your marketing strategy, but not the be-all and end-all” - Pam Lewis Rudden Advice: - If you want your music placed, do your research on the shows you would like your music placed in - Work with a sync agency who already have the relationships with the music supervisors - Placements don’t happen overnight - you have to be realistic - Follow submission guidelines closely when submitting your music - they’re there for a reason! Guest Links - Website: http://plutonicgroup.com - Facebook: /plutonicgroupsyncs - Twitter: @plutonicgrpsync - Instagram: @plutonicgrpsync Sponsors: - Chris Keaton @ Chris Keaton Presents - Christine Infanger @ Thirty Roses - Joe Settineri - Music Launch Hub - 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

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  • Kevin Porter: Production, Collaboration & Following Opportunities

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    Our guest this week is producer/engineer and founder of Flashgrove Music, Kevin Porter. Kevin has more than a decade of professional experience working alongside the top producers, recording engineers, mixers, and songwriters the music industry has to offer. He has lent his ears, production, and engineering expertise to Gold and Platinum-selling albums, as well as GRAMMY award-winning projects. Kevin has engineered for some of the most successful music producers, artists, and songwriters on the planet, including Ryan Tedder, Mutt Lange, Ne-Yo, and Skylar Grey. Flashgrove Music was built with the mission to empower artists to realize their vision, reach professional goals, and achieve personal success. Highlights: - We hear how Kevin moved to LA to follow the opportunities he was being presented with - “Only 12 notes in western music, with endless possibilities” - Kevin Porter - Kevin shares with us what he believes his biggest weakness is - “If a song doesn’t make it off your hard drive, are you really a music producer?” - Kevin Porter - Kevin shares what he learned from working with experienced engineers early in his career - “You have to be one - or four - steps ahead of everyone else!” - Kevin Porter - “Assistant engineers who are incredible almost always go on to be amazing engineers” - Kevin Porter - “There is such magic in the collaborative process” - Kevin Porter - Kevin shares how he loves having some creative license when producing for artists - If you love making music, you can still make a career in the industry - Kevin tells us why he always grabs coffee with anyone before he works with them - Trust is so important when working with others in the business, especially as music is so personal - Marcio “treats” us to his pilot impression Advice: - When looking for a producer, make sure they have an understanding of your project - Credits and names are not everything - find a producer who understands your genre and vision - It’s important to find a producer who understands how to serve the song - If you want to be a producer, you have to be dedicated and live the life Guest Links: - Website: http://flashgrovemusic.com - Facebook: /flashgrovemusic - Twitter: @flashgrovemusic - Instagram: @flashgrovemusic Sponsors: - Chris Keaton @ Chris Keaton Presents - Christine Infanger @ Thirty Roses - Joe Settineri - Music Launch Hub - Buck Naked Soap Company

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  • Benji Rogers: Pledge Music, Superfans & The Power of Email Lists

    · Bridge The Atlantic

    Our guest this week is Benji Rogers, British-born, New York-based entrepreneur, technologist, musician, and the founder of Pledge Music. As an early pioneer of the direct artist-to-fan model of distributing music, Benji founded Pledge Music based on the belief that artists should share the process of their artistic output, not just the finished product. In addition to his work with Pledge, Benji is also the co-founder of the Dot Blockchain Music Project, an attempt to create a decentralized global registry of music rights using blockchain technology that will overhaul the commercialization and movement of music online. We had a great chat with Benji about Pledge Music, the importance of superfans, and the advice he'd offer to musicians and music industry entrepreneurs. Highlights: - Benji schools us with a Michael Bolton related Office Space quote - Marcio shares his personal experience of Pledge Music with Benji - Benji shares how the team are the key to Pledge Music’s success - “Technology is a huge piece of Pledge Music, but it’s the humans behind the technology that make it work” - Benji tells us why he started Pledge Music - “If all music is crowdfunded by fans, what difference does it make WHEN people pay for it?” - Benji Rogers - There’s a percentage of music fans who want to pay more - and we have to give them this option - Benji shares how it’s more about attracting the right fans, rather than a huge number of fans - “The way artists interact with their superfans will be the difference between those who make it and those who don’t” - Benji Rogers - “Fans don’t need more ways to consume music - they need reasons” - Benji Rogers - Benji talks about how the internet has enabled for direct interaction between artist and fan - Benji shares that he believes that moving forward, artists will start measuring Return on Attention rather than Return on Investment - We talk about the power of your mailing list, and Benji shares tips for growing your list - Benji shares his advice for musicians and music industry entrepreneurs Advice: - When crowdfunding, be honest about why you’re doing this and why - Offer an experience that is better than what they can get on YouTube or streaming services Guest Links: - Pledge Music: http://pledgemusic.com - Dot Blockchain: http://dotblockchainmusic.com - Twitter: @benjikrogers - Instagram: @benjikrogers Sponsors: - Chris Keaton @ Chris Keaton Presents - Christine Infanger @ Thirty Roses - Joe Settineri - Music Launch Hub - 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

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  • Melissa Cross: The Authentic Voice, Vocal Technique & the Zen of Screaming

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    Joining us this week is vocal instructor Melissa Cross out of New York City. Melissa is a highly in-demand voice teacher and creator of the acclaimed “Zen of Screaming” instructional DVD. Her approach to singing is rooted in passion and authenticity, and the techniques she teaches are all about allowing artists to be themselves. She’s worked with some of the biggest bands and artists in the business. Her client list includes vocalists of bands such as Sleeping with Sirens, Halestorm, Senses Fail, Taking Back Sunday, Circa Survive, and even Kevin Bacon. Highlights: - Melissa believes she is here on this Earth to help people - Melissa is a sucker for talent - it’s one of the main things she looks for in a partner! - We hear how Melissa developed the vocal technique she now teaches - Melissa shares how classical vocal techniques aren’t necessarily applicable to non-classical music - “We need to take the resonant strategy of classical music and apply it to the spoken tone” - Melissa Cross - Melissa tells us how the authenticity in the metal scene of the 80s/90s made her want to be part of the community - Ross and Marcio tell Melissa how they’ve used her Zen of Screaming exercises in the past - Melissa tells us about her upcoming Zen of Screaming website, featuring animation to help singers develop their technique - We talk about visualisation in terms of singing - Melissa tells us how artists can find their authentic voice, and sing like “themselves” - The idea of imagination rather than judgment and listening is at the basis of Melissa’s technique - Melissa shares some advice for artists on taking care of their voice Advice: - You need to know the material as if you’re sloppy, you may overwork your voice - Warming up your voice is so important - Your voice is not invincible - respect it - You have to love your voice - if you’re doing it for money, you’re in it for the wrong reason - Singing professionally is only for people who couldn’t survive doing anything else Guest Links: - Website: http://melissacross.com - Twitter: @melissacross - Instagram: @zenofscreaming Sponsors: - Chris Keaton @ Chris Keaton Presents - Christine Infanger @ Thirty Roses - Joe Settineri - Music Launch Hub - 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

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  • Brendan Brown: Wheatus, Management & Learning from Experience

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    Our guest this week is Brendan Brown of Wheatus. Wheatus are perhaps best known for their hit “Teenage Dirtbag” but their story goes far deeper. The band have remained unsigned & unmanaged for the last 8 years, and continue to write, record, and tour 15 years after their inception. The band are in the process of releasing Volumes 1-8 of Pop, Songs & Death, a series of EPs available exclusively from wheatus.com as multi-format “pay-what-you-want” digital downloads. With a band biography that includes lawsuits, lineup changes, interstate art heist investigations and more, Brendan shares his experiences of the music industry and the advice he'd offer to his fellow musicians. Highlights: - Our introduction for Brendan is outdated, but for once it isn’t completely Ross’s fault! - “We are still stubbornly obsessed with making records in an analog format” - Brendan B Brown - Brendan wants to buy an artifact from Ross’s music geek childhood - Brendan tells us about Wheatus’s major label experience and why they have remained unsigned since - We hear how Wheatus were excited about Napster as it enabled more people to have their music than just outside their local scene - Brendan tells us how the label wanted to change his appearance, and he wasn’t comfortable with that - We hear how Brendan and Wheatus juggle all the different tasks that need to be done as an unmanaged band - We talk about the pros and cons of having a manager, and some of the challenges Wheatus have faced - “Everything goes into your experience basket and you use it to be positive in the future, so you don’t fuck up again” - Brendan Brown - Brendan shares a story about a legal battle involving their former manager - “If a manager is not doing the job and bringing that percentage in, they’re an unaffordable cost” - Brendan Brown - “Your manager has to be a member of the family, and has to be truly trusted” - Brendan Brown - Ross and Marcio accidentally create some new social networks through getting tongue tied Advice: - Conventionality is the danger - you have to find your own way, built on mistakes and the unexpected - You have to let go of the things you thought would happen, and go with what comes your way - Learn how to use the broken version of your dreams Guest Links: - Website: http://wheatus.com - Facebook: /wheatus - Twitter: @wheatus - Instagram: @wheatusofficial Sponsors: - Chris Keaton @ Chris Keaton Presents - Christine Infanger @ Thirty Roses - Joe Settineri - Music Launch Hub - 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

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  • Courage My Love: Synthesia, Horror Movies & Fan Connection

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    Joining us this week are twins Mercedes and Phoenix Arn-Horn of Canadian pop-punk group Courage My Love. The band formed in 2009, were discovered at a battle of the bands in Ontario in early 2010 and were soon signed to Warner Music Canada. Since then, they’ve released 4 EPs and 1 full length album, with their new album “Synthesia” due for release in February 2017. They were nominated for 'Best breakthrough group of the year' in the 2014 Juno Awards, and were named one of the Top 100 Bands You Need to Know in 2012 by Alternative Press Magazine. In this interview, we hear more about their upcoming album, and the advice they'd offer to their fellow musicians. Highlights: - We hear how Mercedes and Phoenix work together - Mercedes and Phoenix want us to know that homeschooled children aren’t always sociopathic weirdos! - We hear about the benefits and opportunities Courage My Love have had through their label support - We hear about Courage My Love’s upcoming record “Synthesia” - Mercedes and Phoenix tell us how they had a much clearer vision for the new album than previously - Phoenix tell us how she’s been more involved in the programming of Courage My Love’s upcoming album - We hear about the influence of 80s horror movies on the band’s new music videos - “We’ve found a sound we really like and can go ahead with in the future” - We hear about the producers Courage My Love worked with on “Synthesia” and the recording approach they took - Mercedes and Phoenix tell us about some of their personal career highlights so far, including Warped Tour - Mercedes tells us what she describes as “the worst joke of all time” - Celine Dion is “the crown jewel of Canada” - We talk about the importance of having a strong connection with your fans Advice: - Too many bands quit early - you have to stick with it - It takes time to get anywhere notable and to make things happen - Even overnight successes have been putting in years of work - Stay true to yourself and create music that you like and believe in - People will care more about you and your music if you make a personal connection Guest Links: - Website: http://ilovecouragemylove.com - Facebook: /ilovecouragemylove - Twitter: @couragemylove /@mercedesarnhorn / @phoenixarnhorn - Instagram: @couragemylove Sponsors: - Chris Keaton @ Chris Keaton Presents - Christine Infanger @ Thirty Roses - Joe Settineri - Music Launch Hub - 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

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  • Mike Ziemer: So What!? Music Festival, Work Ethic & Relationships

    · Bridge The Atlantic

    Our guest this week is Mike Ziemer, out of Los Angeles, Calfornia. Mike is the founder of the So What?! Music Festival, which will enter it's 10th year in 2017. He’s also the creator of Unsilent Night Music Festival. As a promoter, Ziemer has booked everyone from A Day To Remember, Sleeping With Sirens, All Time Low, Underoath, Pierce The Veil, Taking Back Sunday and The Used to G-Eazy, RiFF RAFF, Steve Aoki, and more. Aside from promoting, Ziemer also runs an artist management company called Evolve Management, and a record label called Third String Records. As a successful entrepreneur of over a decade, Mike also brings his knowledge to conferences and schools across the US. In addition, he offers one-on-one mentoring sessions with individuals interested in seeking advice and guidance as well as bands looking for help finding the proper next steps to turn their passion into a career. Highlights: - Ross shares an embarrassing story where he accidentally invited himself on a date with Mike - Mike tells us how the So What!? music festival began, and how it continues to grow - “The fans are the key to the festival’s success” - Mike Ziemer, 2016 - “The most important thing in music is networking” - Mike Ziemer, 2016 - Mike shares how it’s important to be a likeable person in order to grow your network - Mike shares how the relationships are EVERYTHING in the music business - We hear the most common questions that Mike gets asked when mentoring and consulting, and answers it for us - Mike tells us how one of his volunteers has become the marketing director for his festival - “Anyone can say they want to work in music, but you have to be willing to put in the work” - Mike Ziemer, 2016 - Mike tells us how he finds bands to book for his shows and tells bands what not to do when applying - Mike shares what he would have done differently when he first started Advice: - Don’t spend money on an expensive school to figure out what it is you want to do - it’s a waste of time and money - Internships or work experience placements can help you decide what lane you want to be in - Volunteering is one of the best ways to get your foot in the door - If you’re willing to help out, that goes a long way Guest Links: - Website: mikeziemer.com - Twitter: @MikeZiemer - Facebook: /mikeziemer - Instagram: @mikeziemer 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

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  • Lucy Spraggan: Independent Success, Support Slots & Mental Health

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    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

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  • Ryan Kairalla: Record Label Contracts & Trademarks

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    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

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