Music On Your Own Terms Episode 26 – Mike Abdow – Fates Warning/Ray Alder

This episode I have pleasure of talking with Mike Abdow, touring guitarist for the almighty Fates Warning, songwriter/producer for Ray Alder solo, guitarist for Aquanett, and of course, Mike’s own amazing solo material! We talk about what led to his love of music, how he got the Fates Warning gig, killer memorization strategies, touring tips, philosophy, and writing with Ray Alder. I also couldn’t resist the urge to nerd out a little on Mike’s guitar and amp set up, and find out what Mike did before making a living as a musician.

Mike with the Rick Hanes guitar
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Music On Your Own Terms Episode 25 – White Collar Sideshow

Joining me for a chat from a Walmart parking lot is TD Benton (with wife Veronica cooking in the background!) of the husband and wife “shock n’ roll” duo that is White Collar Sideshow! TD tells us about the history of the band, living on the road, dealing with mental health and a lot lot more. 

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Music On Your Own Terms Episode 24 – Ruthie Wilde

Please welcome cellist Ruthie Wilde to the podcast. Ruthie and I met in line, waiting to meet Darryl McDaniels of Run DMC after hearing his emotional presentation about his struggle with depression and suicidal ideations. We discovered we have a shared interest in psychological and physical limitations and benefits of being a musician. In this episode we talk about Ruthie’s history in music, human development, teaching and more!

Ruthie in Austin
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Music On Your Own Terms Episode 23 – Latoya Cooper, The Songstress!

After meeting at the CD Baby DIY musician conference in Austin recently and hearing how great her voice is, I just had to get Latoya on the podcast. Not only is her music eclectic stylistically which is right up my alley, but she just happens to run Music Meets the Boardroom, an organization that provides training for musicians and other creatives, helping them gain skills to manage the business side of their music career. As well as sitting down together to talk about music and business, Latoya graciously shares her struggles with depression, her journey from singing as a child, gaining four (yes 4) degrees including an MBA, feeling unfulfilled in her otherwise successful data analysis career, to now gearing up to pursue music full time and become an advocate for legislation for musicians’ rights in association with the Recording Academy/Grammys. Phew! This one’s a doozie!

Latoya in the studio
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Music On Your Own Terms Episode 22 – Mark Summerlin/Honeyjack

In this episode I talk to Mark Summerlin from the amazing Arkansas based country/rock band Honeyjack. He shares his experiences growing up in a musical family, his time as Seal’s musical director and touring with some of the Disney singers, along with balancing a music career with a successful real estate career and building both local communities simultaneously.

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Music On Your Own Terms Episode 21 – Cau Porta

This episode I talk to Giovanni and Valentina (Guitarist and Social Media Promoter respectively) from the Italian jazz/world beat group Cau Porta. We discuss the challenges of writing music remotely, the importance of keeping art central to your focus, and ways to promote a niche in today’s crowded landscape of art and music.

Giovanni & Valentina
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Music On Your Own Terms Episode 20 – Bruce Vermett & 1 Year Anniversary

Helping me celebrate 1 year, since the first episodes of the podcast were published, is my bud Bruce of Killbot Zero! After several years of trying to get him on some sort of podcast, I coerced him into a conversation about his history, his current projects and a couple of other subjects to boot.

Bruce in his natural habitat
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Music On Your Own Terms Episode 19 – Oriana Setz

This time I talk to singer and Berklee graduate, Oriana Setz about her journey from growing up in Ecuador, moving to Boston to study music and finally settling in LA after graduating.

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Music On Your Own Terms Episode 17 – Azalee Maslow

This episode we talk social media strategies with Azalee Maslow, a social media marketing coach. Azalee shares her background with TuneGo, and setting up her own online training with Babble Boutique. We also discuss some of the problems many artists face today, and what they can do to get their name noticed more.

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