Marshall Altman is a Nashville-based record producer, songwriter, and owner of Galt Line Studio. He was formerly an A&R person for such labels as Capitol Records, Hollywood Records, and Columbia Records, as well as the former frontman for the alternative band Farmer.
As a record producer, he has worked for a variety of artists, including Natasha Bedingfield, Matt Nathanson, Kate Voegele, Matt Duke, Amy Grant, Eric Paslay, Frankie Ballard, Audrey Assad, and Marc Broussard.
Rick Barker dropped by the Music Business Radio studios today to talk about radio, fan engagement, breaking new artists, and working with one of the decade's most popular and biggest selling acts, Taylor Swift.
Rick is a music marketing consultant based out of Nashville, TN and runs Music Industry Blueprint. After a 15 year career in radio, he moved over to the record company side of the music business in 2004, accepting a job with Big Machine Records. He developed a unique touring model, which helped create opportunities for recently signed artists to get in front of people, with or without a national radio single. A number of top acts have used this model, including Sugarland, Josh Turner, and Rodney Atkins.
Shannon Houchins is CEO of Average Joes Entertainment, home to acts like Colt Ford, Montgomery Gentry, The Lac, Bubba Sparxxx, and Redneck Social Club.
In this episode, Shannon talks about his start in the music business, working as a DJ and producer, eventually as a staff producer for Jermaine Dupri's So So Def Productions. As a producer, writer and executive producer, he's worked with acts like TLC, Usher, Jagged Edge, CeCe Peniston, Lenny Cooper, Brantley Gilbert, Rehab, and Nappy Roots.
We talk about new ways of making money in the music business, what it takes for artists to get Shannon's attention, the pros and cons of sampling music, brand building, licensing, music marketing, and the live event business.
This special "Artist Confidential" episode was recorded in Paragon Studios and features Juno Award-winning singer/songwriter Matt Brouwer talking about and performing songs from his latest album, Till The Sunrise. We break everything down, song-by-song, with Matt backed by the studio band, Zodlounge, and producer Michael Omartian.
This episode talks about the "behind the scenes" of Till The Sunrise, including the recording process, how the songs were written (and developed), how Matt got to this point in his career, and more, with thoughts by Zodlounge, Michael Omartian, engineer Terry Christian, and, of course, Matt himself.
It includes not only live performances with the full band, but also acoustic/stripped versions of songs and early demos and work tapes. Whether you're a Matt Brouwer fan or just curious about what goes into producing a world-class album, this is an episode you won't want to miss.
After her start at Nettwerk Music Group, Genevieve left to work with Gary Borman at Borman Entertainment, where she worked managing acts like Lady Antebellum, Michael Franti. Alison Krauss, and Keith Urban. During this time, she helped the artists she worked with on sponsorships, use of music in advertising, viral videos, and more.
Always looking to expand her professional experience, Genevieve left Borman to start her own company, Jewell Entertainment, where she works with upcoming artists like Tyler Bryant, The CO, and Under the Guise. We talked about her work with these artists, including things like this...
"I've gone from working with A-level artists, who get to travel in some of the most luxurious ways possible, so going out on the road with wlients who need to be really conscious of their costs and currently can't afford a tour bus, driver, or nice hotels."
Pete Anderson is well known as a pioneer in the roots-rock genre and was a champion of the Americana movement, where he had a hand in introducing the world to artists such as Lucinda Williams, Jim Lauderdale, Michelle Shocked, and Rosie Flores. He is a renowned bandleader who has appeared on Saturday Night Live, David Letterman, and The Tonight Show (19 times since 1986).
Pete is widely known as the creative partner of Dwight Yoakam, whose records he produced, arranged, and played on. That partnership has resulted in sales of over 25,000,000 records. Other artists he's worked with include Asleep at the Wheel, Meat Puppets, Sara Evans, Jackson Browne, Buck Owens, Tommy Conwell, Roy Orbison, Mark Chesnutt, and Tanya Tucker.
This episode talks about Pete's youth in Detroit, how Motown affected his music production, his move to Los Angeles, getting his first record deal, his start in music production, the good and bad of Nashville, and more...
Vinny Ribas is the founder of Indie Connect, an organization of independent singers, songwriters, musicians, bands, service providers, and other industry professionals with chapters in New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Nashville, Chicago, Pittsburgh, Miami, and Orlando, just to name a few.
This episode talks about the importance of relationships in the music industry, how careers are started (or rejuvenated), how to connect with music industry experts and maintain those connections, and Vinny's list of "10 Business Principles and Practices Every Independent Artist Should Know."
John Clore has handled publicity and online marketing efforts for a variety of musicians, ranging from country music legend Ray Price, to Grammy Award-winners Jars of Clay, to Poison front man Bret Michaels.
Currently, he is Associate Director of Digital Marketing & Campaigns at Sony Music Entertainment's Provident Label Group.
This episode talks about breaking into the music business, getting your foot in the door, building your network, the "dark side" of Twitter and social networking, using Twitter and social networking to create "superfans", and more. We also review music sent in by Music Business Radio listeners.
John "J-Praize" Freeman, Atlanta-based songwriter, producer, entrepreneur, magazine publisher, and music industry consultant, talks with us about urban music, working with 50 Cent, developing new artists, and how he went from working in the post office to having his songs sell over 20 million units.