Music On Your Own Terms Episode 36 – Anna Wagenhauser/Chloe & The Steel Strings

Recently I connected with Anna on Instagram, but realized later that I had not only heard an interview with her, but actually referenced her opinion on social media in previous episodes of the podcast! During this chat, we dig into the history of the band she both manages, and performs in with her twin sister and the namesake of the group Chloe; what led them to follow music as a career; and her daytime job in creative marketing, where she learns about tools and strategies that then can be applied to the music business. We talk about the group’s dynamic including living in the same house, crowd funding to buy a touring van, and also the importance of philanthropy and community awareness. Anna has a lot of great tips on how to market your band, and as a younger musician and business woman, has some incredible insight into the current trends of gaining an audience both at the gig and on social media.

Anna on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/anna.wagenhauser.39

Anna on Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/annawagenhauser/

Chloe & The Steel Strings on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/Chloeandthesteelstrings/

Chloe & The Steel Strings on Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/chloeandthesteelstrings/

 Chloe & The Steel Strings on the web – https://chloeandthesteelstrings.com/

Music in this episode by Chloe & The Steel Strings

This episode is sponsored by The Skinny Armadillo Print Company. Specializing in screen printing, embroidery, design, on demand digital printing, web stores, fulfillment and more.

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Music On Your Own Terms Episode 35 – Chris Birkett & Shari Tallon/The Free Spirits

Joining me this episode is award winning producer, guitarist and fellow Brit, Chris Birkett whose album credits have collectively sold over 100 million copies, including Sinead O’Conner’s “I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got” featuring the massive Prince cover of “Nothing Compares 2 U”. Chris is joined by Shari Tallon, a pianist, flutist, composer, and music educator, who together with Chris form The Free Spirits.

We have a fantastic conversation that covers both Chris and Shari’s individual histories, how they met and formed the band and the creation and meaning of their new album 11:11. We also discuss Chris’s thoughts on what it means to be a musician and the state of the corporate music industry today, as well as Shari’s incredible work with disadvantaged and disabled children that brings the joy of music into their lives, to help tackle some of their day to day challenges.

Most importantly though, we hear about the theremin incident during the recording of John Otway’s latest album on the island of Montserrat, and discover the composition of the mysterious “Green Yum”

The Free Spirits on Facebook – https://m.facebook.com/thefreespirits11.11

The Free Spirits on Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/11.11thefreespirits/

The Free Spirits on the web – thefreespirits.ca

Music in this episode by The Free Spirits

This episode is sponsored by The Skinny Armadillo Print Company. Specializing in screen printing, embroidery, design, on demand digital printing, web stores, fulfillment and more.

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Music On Your Own Terms Episode 34 – Joe Leach/Riff City Guitar

Right before the holiday I talked to Joe Leach, owner of Riff City Guitar, a Minnesota based guitar store that was the first US retailer to bring the Chapman Guitars brand to America, and unfortunately has recently closed its doors. We discuss Joe’s background in both sales and music; his journey in entrepreneurship and the different businesses he’s been a part of and look at the the retail industry at large. We talk about how important it is to figure out your “why” and I’m extremely grateful to Joe for sharing with us his experience with depression, anxiety and addiction, and his insight into how he’s managed to overcome some things and live with others. Music is courtesy of the band Unturned, featuring Joe’s son Will on guitar!

Joe Leach on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/joe.leach.98

Riff City Guitar on the web – https://www.riffcityguitaroutlet.com

Overstock Bait on the web – https://www.overstockbait.com

Music in this episode by Unturned

This episode is sponsored by The Skinny Armadillo Print Company. Specializing in screen printing, embroidery, design, on demand digital printing, web stores, fulfillment and more.

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Music On Your Own Terms Episode 33 – End Of Year Review/Goals

For the last episode of the year, I review my stats, introduce myself and my background for new listeners, and I break down my goals for the coming year.

Thanks for listening!

My performance with Angry Octopus at Jewel Music Venue in NH

Music in this episode by Killbot Zero

This episode is sponsored by The Skinny Armadillo Print Company. Specializing in screen printing, embroidery, design, on demand digital printing, web stores, fulfillment and more.

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Music On Your Own Terms Episode 32 – Bryan Beller

I recently had the pleasure of talking with bassist Bryan Beller, who talks about his time working for SWR amps, where he learnt some valuable lessons in business management, and why he left after the company was sold to Fender. We also talk about various strategies of how to build a fulfilling career in music, how he overcame having his custom basses stolen, and we talk in depth about the creation process of his stellar new album “Scenes From The Flood”.

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Music On Your Own Terms Episode 31 – Johanna Hagarty/JPH Creative

In one of the most lighthearted and fun, yet dichotomously deep and explorative interviews I have conducted, I talk to Johanna Hagarty of JPH Creative. She discusses her work as an artists’ economic development consultant and coach; generating six figures in festival revenue that went to the local arts community in her home town of Asheville, North Carolina; her previous work as a mental health professional; living in New Zealand for 6 months; and a number of psychological explorations. Find out what drives her passion for supporting the arts, strategies for successfully pursuing a creative career, and how I managed to put my foot in my mouth and sound like a goober!

Well I do declare!
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Music On Your Own Terms Episode 27 – Sean Seybold

In this installment, we delve into the esoteric with Sean Seybold, and audio/visual engineer, multi-instrumentalist and creator of the popular Dallas/Fort Worth Musician’s Facebook group. We take a transcendental journey through Sean’s history, his music, and some deep psychological explorations of the power of music on the human psyche. 

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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 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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