#044: Roundtable – Polishing Your Performances

Revisiting Tom Jackson’s interview, the Podcasters offer their own thoughts on the importance of developing a great live show. Many of our listeners have taken up the Twitter challenge and called our listener line with tips and tricks for using Twitter and Facebook, plus more calls, questions, emails and comments from our audience. ┬áHave you…

#043: Tom Jackson – Creating Moments On Stage

Tom Jackson is a performance coach. He works with major label artists from all over the world in order to produce stage shows that will create a memorable experience for concert goers. Knowing your songs and reproducing your record live isn’t enough to dazzle an audience. Tom helps artists develop shared moments on stage that…

#042: Roundtable – Microblogging your music career

iTunes introduces tiered pricing. Microsoft releases SongSmith, a program that makes anyone a musician. NIN gives away 400GB of HD video. Kevin, Chris and Robert discuss Twitter and how micro-blogging and social networking can enhance your music career. Plus calls and emails from our amazing listeners: That’s you! In episode 41 Alex Steininger mentioned questions…

#041: Roundtable – What’s Your Story?

Not-so-secret secrets revealed! Social media do’s and don’ts. What Bon Jovi, Bruce Springsteen and Madonna have in common. YouTube teams up with Rumble Fish. Robert offers to throw a virtual snowball at Kevin. And the podcasters discuss the importance of knowing the story behind your music. Pour yourself a cup of hot coco, plug in…

#040: Alex Steininger – Get Publicized!

Alex Steininger, music journalist, 10 year veteran publicist, and founder of ‘In Music We Trust’ (a label, eZine and publicity company) discusses the ins and outs of promotion in the digital age. Alex is the publicist for our own Chris Robley and many others. He discusses how to pick a publicist, what a publicist does…

#039: Roundtable – How Fans Discover Your Music

Indie legends Wilco release an EP that’s also a free application. Guns ‘N’ Roses finally does it. Video games drive music sales. Robert seems mostly recovered from a minor head injury. The podcasters discuss Pandora Radio and the many ways that people discover music. Plus call-ins and lessons learned from our awesome audience (that’s you!)….

#038 : Tim Westergren – Pandora Internet Radio

Pandora radio has revolutionized the way online music fans listen to and discover music. Tim Westergren is founder of Pandora and the Music Genome project that made it possible. With so many musicians creating so many albums music discovery is a more and more important aspect of the music business. Tools like Pandora that help…

#037 : Roundtable – “360” Record Deals

Kevin, Chris, and Robert make true on their promise to deliver four indie-packed episodes in October. Dell computers announces computers preloaded with Universal music. Guns ‘n’ Roses releases “Chinese Democracy” and everybody gets a Dr. Pepper. The Podcasters discuss the “360” record deal and alternate music business models. Calls from our listeners and more. Go…

#036 : John Oates – 1000 Miles Of Life

You may be surprised to learn that the legendary John Oates of Hall & Oates is an indie musician who sells his albums on CD Baby. John Oates is part of a growing trend where established musicians have been loosing their labels and going indie. John shares with us why staying independent is right for…

#035 : Roundtable – A New Digital Format for Music?

Are SD cards the new CD? MySpace launches MySpace Music. YouTube decides to help sell music. We discuss last weeks episode with Carl Saff on mastering. Also, we learn what not to do when performing at a nudist colony. Plus your calls, emails, and more. P.S. It’s October Podfest this month for The CD Baby…

#034: Carl Saff – Mastering Your Album

Excite, sweeten, widen, and color your mix. Mastering can make or break an album sonically. But what is it exactly? Why do albums need to be mastered anyway? How do you know if your album is being mastered properly? How can you tell between a well mastered album and a poor one? Join Kevin in…

#033 : Roundtable – iPod Killed the Radio Star

Surprise, surprise–The new Zune music player fails to compete with Apple’s new line of iPods. Kevin, Chris and Robert offer their own thoughts and processes on songwriting and Robert shares his secret songwriting weapon. Chris Robley discusses the near impossibility of getting your music on mainstream radio. Plus, calls from our audience. Show Your Love….

#032 : Evan McHugh – Writing Songs

Songwriting is hard. It requires an ear for melody, a mind for poetry, and a heart to translate emotion into the hills and valleys of song. The process of songwriting is different for everyone, but there are also certain insights and techniques that many songwriters share. Evan Mchugh of Atlanta, Georgia is an accomplished performer,…

#031 : Roundtable – Chicken Soup For the Indie Soul

Robert nearly burns down his apartment building. Yahoo Music folds along with the music that came with it. Chris extols the virtues of gig swapping. We revisit interviews with Anne Roos and Ariel Hyatt. Plus, We’ve got more mistakes and blunders from our audience as well as one story of unbridled success. Kick up your…

#030 : Anne Roos – How to Make Money Playing Weddings

Making a living as a full-time musician is a dream-come-true for most of us. But many artists are so busy looking for their ‘big break’ they forget to consider the more common and obvious sources of income in their own community. Anne Roos is a Celtic harpist who has made a successful career in playing…

#029: Ariel Hyatt – Social Networking Online

Myspace, Facebook, Twitter, Friendster, YouTube and Flickr. Are you on these these websites? Do you know how to take advantage of their many features for self promotion and fan building? Ariel Hyatt of Cyber PR and Ariel Publicity proselytizes that social networking is not just a quaint way of keeping track of your old high…

#028 : Roundtable – Bloopers, Bungles, and Musical Disasters

Don’t set yourself on fire with bad lighting equipment. Back up your recording sessions. Keep an eye on your producer when she takes your masters to the bathroom with her. Be careful what you record on another label’s dime. These stories and more, plus the return of vinyl and bands on bikes. As always our…

#027: Amy McCullough – Your Music in Print

Get your music reviewed by your local weekly! Amy McCullough, is the music editor for the Willamette Week, a popular and award winning weekly newspaper here in Portland with a circulation of almost 90,000. She shares with us details of her job as well as what she and her staff are looking for when deciding…

#026 : Roundtable – Brain-tingleing Indie Goodness

Guess what? We’ve got a hotline: 206-426-5683. We’ve asked artists to call in and tell us about mistakes they’ve made in their music careers and what they’ve learned from these mistakes. In this episode, find out what songs you shouldn’t play at an Narcotics Anonymous meeting house, why not to taunt your audience at a…

#025 : Roundtable – SXSW, Radiohead (does it again) and more!

Kevin shares his adventures in the land of 10,000 bands at SXSW (South by South West). Radiohead hits another line-drive and we wrap up our sync licensing episodes with some final insights. Join us as we do our darndest to help you find success in all your musical endeavors. Music for this episode is provided…

#024 : Music (Sync) licensing – Part 2

This is how to make money in indie music, plain and simple. In this follow up to our previous episode on music licensing, Kevin takes it home with two more in-depth interviews with music industry professionals who share with us the ins-and-outs of getting your tracks placed in commercial media. First he is joined by…

#023 : Music (Sync) licensing – Part 1

See your music featured in movies, TV, radio or the web, and make money doing it! This is Part One of our two part special on sync licensing. Don’t know what sync licensing is? That’s what we’re here for! Increasingly, TV shows, films and advertising agencies are looking to indie musicians to find the perfect…

#022 : Roundtable – Rights, Royalties, Record Companies and More!

Record companies and publishing houses duke it out for cash. Harry Fox throws indies a bone. Hip hop producer Timbaland becomes the first mobile phone music producer in residence at Verizon. All this, as well as a look at our recent interviews with David Harrington and Tom Simonson. Join us for the fun! Closing song…

#021 : Kronos Quartet – The Music of Collaboration

David Harrington is the founder and visionary violinist behind the world renowned Kronos Quartet. Kronos has taken the stage with artists as diverse as Dave Mathews, Tom Waits and the Inuit throat singer Tanya Tagaq. In this interview, David takes us back to his earliest experiences in music and talks with us about his many…

#020 : Tom Simonson – Artist Manager and Consultant

Artist management may not be the first thing on your mind when you’ve got your amp cranked up and your creativity flowing. But management is just as essential to cultivating and maintaining a successful music career as is producing killer new material. It also takes a lot of time, business skills, and connections in the…