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 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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Episode 16 – Brian Hilliker

If you are in crisis, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or contact the Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 741741.

In this episode I talk to Brian Hilliker, a metal singer/songwriter that is not only using his music as an outlet for negative experiences, but also to try and reach people that are experiencing mental health issues and are at risk of suicide. Brian talks about his own struggles with depression and suicidal ideations, and how he was able to turn his life around with mindset and other’s help.

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Episode 15 – Jade Alex Photography

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.

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Episode 14 – Waking Up From Work Podcast Joint Episode

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.

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