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!Continue reading Music On Your Own Terms Episode 23 – Latoya Cooper, The Songstress!
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.Continue reading Music On Your Own Terms Episode 22 – Mark Summerlin/Honeyjack
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.Continue reading Music On Your Own Terms Episode 21 – Cau Porta
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.Continue reading Music On Your Own Terms Episode 20 – Bruce Vermett & 1 Year Anniversary
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.Continue reading Music On Your Own Terms Episode 19 – Oriana Setz
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.Continue reading Music On Your Own Terms Episode 17 – Azalee Maslow
This episode I talk to Jade Alex, a photographer from the Dallas/Fort Worth area that is finding success shooting bands and going on tour. We also talk about the local music scene and her experiences in her own bands.
This episode I talk to Dave and Ryan from the Waking Up From Work podcast in a joint episode to talk introduce our podcasts and to talk about the role of hobbies on mental health.Continue reading Episode 14 – Waking Up From Work Podcast Joint Episode
This episode we catch up with my band Creatures & Chemicals, as we talk about some of the issues surrounding getting the word out about shows and what we are doing to spread the word.Continue reading Episode 13 – Creatures & Chemicals 2
This episode is the start of a series with my own band Creatures & Chemicals, as we experiment with social media, merch and other promotional ideas to see what sticks and what doesn’t. We sit down in a random parking lot after practice and shoot the sh*t to get to know each other, which hopefully gives the series a good context for where we’re all coming from.Continue reading Episode 11 – Creatures & Chemicals