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The Business Side of Music is an interview show designed to help independent artists and songwriters better understand and navigate the music industry. 45-year industry veteran, Bob Bender talks to successful guests from every corner of the industry about their careers to discover the things they did right as well as the lessons they learned from any mistakes they made. businesssideofmusic.com
 
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You’ve written that first song, and you’re ready to record, but where do you start? Should you release a single, or does it make sense to release an entire album. Being a newbie in the music business is tough enough, but how do you tap into your creative and musical self, and determine where to go next? Connor Frost to the rescue. Connor is a Music…
 
What happens when you mix together a Jazz musician, Bluegrass performer, and songwriter / performer for a major television show? While you’re at it, throw in spending time on the boards of Broadway (NYC), Lower Broadway (Nashville), along with being on the road with one of the Rock N’ Roll industry’s legends, and you get singer, songwriter, multi-i…
 
John Cowan, also known as the Voice of Newgrass, has been singing his heart out for thirty-seven years now, and his soaring vocals have only improved with time. His rise to fame began in 1974, when he auditioned to play bass for the then up and coming “New Grass Revival. Fellow members Sam Bush, Courtney Johnson, Curtis Burch, and later on Bela Fle…
 
On the show today, we have Matt Wilson, about his new book “Hooks: Lessons on Performance, Business, and Life from a Working Musician”. In the book, Matt shares eighty life lessons from decades of experience as a performing musician and business owner. In 2021, Matt released his first book, Hooks: Lessons on Performance, Business, and Life from a W…
 
As we wind down the year, we have a conversation with one of our major sponsors for the show. James Sajeva is the Senior Brand Manager - Music Technology Products for Korg Musical Instruments. We discuss the technology of the Korg keyboards, including their latest one, the Korg Nautilus which we have in our studio. We also talk about the history of…
 
Whether you're just getting started in your career, or you're already down a path and don't know exactly what your next step is, then maybe it's time to read the book "The Blueprint: The Bible for Becoming a Successful Performing Artist in the Digital Age." Author Frank Demilt joins us to share his vision and journey of writing this book, from his …
 
RJ Curtis, former past president of Country Radio Seminar (CRS) joins us in the studio. After being forced to take a year off due to the pandemic and having to go virtual, the Country Radio Broadcasters Association announces the return of in-person CRS which will be held on Feb. 23-25, 2022. RJ talks about what potential attendees should know about…
 
Tis' the Christmas season, and it's time for Tom Sabella, the founder, and executive producer, along with Bob Bende, the host of the show, to finally get together in the studio and reflect on this past year. As we're coming up to our 200th episode early in 2022, we also talk about how the show started, what it was like for Bob to take over in 2017,…
 
Being a creative person isn't easy, especially if you're trying to do this the whole time. It's not your regular 9 to 5 job. This is your life. Your passion. Your ongoing creation. And it most often takes money to advance your dreams to the next level, especially if you decide to take the independent route and not seek out the traditional record de…
 
Byron Nemeth, a multi-instrumentalist and demanding rock specialist who has done tours and taken part in many stellar releases to date, knew at a young age that music was his true calling. Upon hearing Elvis & The Beatles from his beautiful parents as a birthday music gift, he turned his attention to learning guitar and studying the styles of Randy…
 
Here’s a question for you. Will the person who you think is your fan, actually like your music. Are they willing to put the time and effort into becoming a fan of your career? How devoted and passionate of a fan are they? How do you go about getting them engaged in your career? How do you go about creating new fans, who will also become devoted fol…
 
You’ve spent time writing songs. You’ve gone into the studio to record some demos. Now it’s time to get out there and pitch your artistry to the masses. But how do you go about doing it? Do you need a manager to help you thru the gauntlet known as the music industry? Is your career at a point where you would be ready for a manager? We talk with Chu…
 
What IMDB has done for the movie industry is what Vibrate is doing for the music business. How popular are you as an artist? Are your followers a good reflection on your success, or even your visibility? Is your album or touring success an accurate barometer of where your career is at? Vibrate helps with the analytics of it all. It provides the dat…
 
The music industry is this huge, and very wide set of different vertical spaces. These consist of performers, composers, freelance musicians, music educators, and folks in production. But all of these various entities are all one thing, and that's all part of the music business. Even if you’re an employee, you’re still directly involved. The 2nd an…
 
Recording artist Karen Waldrup and record producer Paul Worley join us in the studio on this episode. Karen discusses what it takes to release her new music, with Paul at the helm, producing the project. Karen and Paul share how she’s funding her new project, through in a new and innovative way called Music Benefactors, an SEC registered investment…
 
Vincent James along with his wife Joann are on a mission to help more children (and adults) reap the educational, therapeutic and social benefits of playing music. They founded the national non-profit Keep Music Alive and two international music holidays: Teach Music Week (March) & Kids Music Day (October) and now partner with 1,000+ music schools …
 
Can crowdfunding be a viable source for the indie music artist to assist in paying for the project, or cover such things as the cost of getting out on the road touring? Not all crowdfunding platforms are created equal and Carl Allocco, along with Nicole Hogland from MCRCrowdfund explain to us that with their curated approach, their company is tailo…
 
The music business is a 10 part process. 9/10th of it is exposing what you have, the 1/10th is the actual product, and that is probably the most important part. But in order for that to be the most important part, you have to find, expose, and promote to that audience. Keep in mind that so much of it today is an “instant gratification” business. An…
 
On June 1st, 2008, a fire broke out on the backlot of Universal Studios in Hollywood, CA, destroying nearly 175,000 audio master tapes belonging to some of the most well-known artists worldwide, including Peter Frampton, Beck, Sheryl Crow, Elton John, Les Paul, and thousands of others lost forever. John Kohl, the CEO, and co-founder of TuneGO, is o…
 
How Do You Know That You’re In The Flow State? Do you find yourself playing something on your instrument without putting any thought or consciousness into the process? Does it just happen freely without any effort? What makes such people as Elon Musk, Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, and companies like Uber and DropBox become successful in the t…
 
What if you discovered that someone other than yourself was making money off of our creative content? What if a big brand was using your music as part of a marketing campaign without your knowledge? What could you do about it? You can't have value to your copyright if you don’t assign value to it. Technically, all things online are governed by the …
 
As a co-founder of The Byrds and The Flying Burrito Brothers, Chris Hillman is arguably the primary architect of what’s come to be known as country-rock. Chris Hillman is much more than a rock star. He is truly a founding father of American music and a man who has faced the challenges of life to discover what really matters. He was the original bas…
 
"I am beyond grateful for the growth we’ve experienced since Ghostwriter was founded in 2015,” says Founder and CEO Chris Bragg. Founded in 2015, Ghostwriter Music has placed music in many of the most anticipated film campaigns, advertisements, video games, and TV promos in modern media. Honored with a 2019 Music + Sound Association (MASA) Award fo…
 
Have you ever traveled by plane from one gig to the next, only to arrive and find that the integrity of your guitar has been compromised… or worse, has been destroyed, only to find out that the airline you just flew on won’t be taking responsibility for any damages. Ciari Guitars has created a solution. Creating what has been called “The Most Conve…
 
Maisly is an international singer/ songwriter, currently residing in London, who in her early 20’s made a huge splash with her debut single “All About Us,” released under the previous name “Marta” that reached #1 in Germany and #4 in Norway on the Google Play Country Music charts in the first week. Her music video for “All About Us’ has received ov…
 
Do you look at your stems when recording in the studio as a revenue stream, or just layers of your song as a whole? Audioshake has created the AI technology, which is designed to help the rightsholder to the music to be able to create professional stems without having to go back into the studio. This is perfect for the artist looking to create not …
 
Despite the past year being an upsetting time for the music industry, it’s still provided a prime opportunity to accomplish a few things in your career. But are you, as an artist doing the right things? Do you have a professional-looking website? Something that you can take ownership of? How established is your email list? Are you using it to conta…
 
Are you taking full responsibility for your career? Are you your biggest detractor from being successful? Rejection is tough to take. Not only that, the music business is a very competitive field to work in. There are ways to handle it, though. It knows how to handle that inner critic, those voices inside your head. It all starts with building your…
 
Interview with Jeff Coffey is a musician, singer, songwriter who has released 4 solo albums that have been well received by radio and music fans. His songs are very relatable and bridge the gap between Pop, Rock, and Country. Two singles from his CD "Through Your Eyes" and "Long Way Home" made it to the Top 20 on the FMQB AC/40 Chart. Much of Jeff'…
 
Meet Miles Copeland. He grew up living worldwide, in such places as London, Washington, DC, and throughout the Middle East, particularly Syria, Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, Egypt, and Lebanon. At an early age, Copeland and his brothers were fluent in Arabic. In 1978, Copeland became manager of his brother Stewart's band, The Police. Copeland shepherded t…
 
In this episode, we chat with Jonathan Taplin regarding his career working with Bob Dylan, along with The Band (Dylan’s back-up band, along with their solo career), his time with George Harrison putting together the legendary Concert For Bangladesh, what it was like to be a part of Woodstock (yes, he was actually there), and how he and Martin Scors…
 
Having All The Pieces of the Puzzle is what makes us successful in the music business. But you don’t know what you don’t know. It takes years of experience, contacts, and resources to get ahead of the game. On top of that, in today’s Current Music Climate, We need to be current in Social Media Version 2.0 to rise above the rest of the noise out the…
 
In today’s episode, we have DC Glenn from the multi-platinum hip hop group “Tag Team.” Their music has been featured on everything from having a #2 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 Charts (for seven weeks straight) with "Whoomp! (There It Is)", Their music featured in such films as Elf, Shark Tale, Beverly Hills Chihuahua, and D2: The Mighty Ducks. Aft…
 
An Impressionist Painter, An Inspired Madman, A Restless Innovator, A True Legend of Jazz Drums, A Master of Drumming Insanity, and a Genius of the Sticks. These are some of the words that describe Grammy Award-winning drummer Paul Wertico. Hailed in the press as “One of the most versatile and musical drummers in music today,” Paul Wertico was a me…
 
You’re not a bit of everyone as an artist, or at least you shouldn’t be. You are your own identity. Do you have a strategy in place to move your career forward? Are you performing music that fits your lifestyle and belief system, or are you only making the moves to please others or attempting to do so to get ahead? In the end, it’s all about brand …
 
In this episode, we discuss Matej Harangozo, the creator of Open Source Entertainment, a Record Label, and a Music Business Incubator. He’s also the creator of Digital Science Media. Matej literally started his first company from the ground up with almost no start-up capital, to a 5 million dollar a year, 50 employee enterprise called “greenNEWit.”…
 
In this episode, we talk with Guy Robinson, the founder and CEO of the Coalition Agency based in London, England. Our conversation covers how the college live music market has mostly disappeared due to not only the pandemic but new tastes and lifestyles in the young adult market in how they approach their music and discover new artists without atte…
 
Grammy award-winning producer Vivek J. Tiwary is an acclaimed producer of musical entertainment from Tony Award-winning Broadway shows to groundbreaking immersive experiences, a Grammy Award-winning record producer, a #1 New York Times bestselling author, and a media financier/investor. He is the founder of Tiwary Entertainment Group. Vivek’s graph…
 
Have you ever wondered where your passion for music was taking you? In this Covid Pandemic-focused world we currently live in, is there a way to determine the best course of action for you to take? Are you getting the most out of your core creative skills or even knowing what they are, let alone making any money off it? Today’s guest is Christopher…
 
Can music sometimes take the place of medicine? Is it beneficial for Alzheimer's patients to listen to music? Can you improve the quality of your life with the advent of music into your daily routine? Is it possible to save the music education programs in our schools, and why is it needed? These questions and many more are what we discuss with our …
 
A lot of singing has to do with your mindset going into it. It’s not just physical. It’s also mental, along with physiological aspects. Whether it's live on stage or in the recording studio, The voice is not for internal use. It's for external use, or as today’s guest Judy Rodman likes to say, “The Dance of the Melody.” In this episode, we discuss …
 
Are you prepared to run your Day to day operations? Your publicity, your Marketing, your Branding, and your Performance as an artist? Also, keep in mind that you really can’t pay anybody to like your music. You can, however, create a brand. Creating a brand helps identify that you find the marketing partners to help you reach your audience. Guest N…
 
Music is intellectual property, but when the music industry and the tech industry have tried to come together in the past, there have been legacy issues. History has dictated what you, as the content creator, have at your disposal to get it out there to the masses. Oscar Höglund, Co-founder and CEO of Epidemic Sound, a MusicTech company that’s pavi…
 
We chat with entrepreneurs, radio/podcast hosts, mentors, music industry executives, Candy O’Terry, and Jacy Valeras, the creators and hosts of the series “Country Music Success Stories.” During our discussion, we talk about everything from the glass ceiling for women being much higher than it is for men in the music business (It’s an unspoken rule…
 
Growing up in his own words, “he had a bizarre childhood,” Jack Williams enlisted in the Marines, wanting to impress his dad, and became a member of Force Recon. Just before going to Vietnam, knowing he probably wouldn’t return if he did, his commanding officer called him into his office and informed him that due to a paperwork snafu, he wound up g…
 
As an independent artist, especially as a female performer, you can’t replicate what the traditional music industry model is doing, so why try? One of the most important things that today’s independent artists need to understand is online entrepreneurship. Especially when it comes both to and from the female perspective, which can be more challengi…
 
How does a record label, or distribution platform work these days, especially in such parts of the world where the technology opportunities are quite different than in the United States or Europe? Is there a demand in other continents deemed worthy of creating outlets for artists to provide music on? Diego Farias who is the CEO and co-founder of th…
 
Did you know that when playing your instrument, that there’s actually a question of ergonomics? Beyond getting the best sound possible, is there a better way to hold your instrument? Is your posture the best for you when performing? Are you standing or sitting correctly? How about that pain-related playing you experience after long hours of practic…
 
On this episode of The Business Side of Music, we have a conversation with legendary performer Royce Taylor, who talks about his early days of being in the music business, winding up on a worldwide Elvis Presley tribute concert tour, and after all these years on the road, why he doesn't hold back when performing on stage, keeping his show fresh eac…
 
Honored as a 2018 Inductee to the prestigious Songwriter’s Hall of Fame in NYC, 3 time Grammy and 6 time Emmy nominated Steve Dorff has written songs sung by the likes of Barbra Streisand, Kenny Rogers, Celine Dion, Whitney Houston, Anne Murray, George Strait, Garth Brooks, and countless others, while also establishing himself as a gifted film and …
 
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