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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.