The Business Side of Music

The Business Side of Music

The Business Side of Music is an interview show designed to help independent artists and songwriters better understand and navigate the music industry. 25-year industry veteran, Bob Bender talks to successful guests from every corner of the industry about their careers to discover the things they did right as well as the lessons they learned from any mistakes they made.... Show More

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Paul Andrews with DPA microphones joins us in studio, where we pretty much cover just about anything, and everything when it comes to recording in the studio, which microphones to use, and what the difference is between large diaphragm and small diaphragm microphones, and some of the new technology that DPA is bringing to the consumer. We also discuss with Sean Giovanni how to maintain your gear in the studio, to where its alway... Read more

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The music duo Mutual Groove is comprised of drummer, guitarist and audio engineer David Martin along with bassist, rapper, songwriter Pat Graves (who also happens to be a professional acrobat).

In 2007, David formed a three-piece rock band with two fellow students (including Pat Graves) that would later become Wings of
Apollo. Wings of Apollo developed a strong local following in the Washington D.C and Northern V... Read more

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The Perfect Analog Sounding Speaker For The Digital World

Whether you're a casual listener to music, or a serious audiophile, KEF Speakers are providing some of the finest state of the art stereo reference monitors on the market. Jack Sharkey who is the Marketing & Technical Communications Manager for KEF Speakers introduces us to their speaker line which has been around since 1961, along with discussing the corre... Read more

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Have you ever wondered what it would take to get the attention of the media when it comes to promoting your new album, video, or tour? How do you go about setting up a new music release campaign? What does it take to build the correct press kit? How does media help expand your fan base, and ultimately your music career? Meet Kaytee Long who is the owner and founder of DIY Music PR and creator of the DIY Music PR Bootcamp. Read more

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September 3, 2019 37 min

Rockland Road is many things. It’s a street near Nashville. It’s a studio where countless hit records have been recorded. It is a crossroads where country, gospel, pop, R&B and Americana music has thrived for years. It is a self-contained vocal-driven melodic band with a heritage as rich and authentic as its namesake. Six members, all sharing the last name Martin; representing four generations of musical heritage; all vocali... Read more

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There are so many different opportunities to introduce yourself to potential fans and build that base. So many different ways, that they can be confusing. How do you choose the right ones and use them effectively? Are you using the correct social media platforms? Are you promoting your band efficiently? Are you building your mailing list?

Steve Jones, the creator and founder of Beatchain, shares with us how their new prog... Read more

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When its time to set foot into the recording studio, how do you make the right choices? Its more than just having your songs ready to record. Its also choosing the right studio facility, producer, engineer, and session players, hopefully fitting your budget.

Studio veteran Joe Carrell shares his insight in what it takes to get into the recording studio, along with how to choose the right people for your sessions, the diff... Read more

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You're a singer/songwriter wanting to hone your craft. You want to perform in front of a live audience, but just don't know where to go. Maybe you're traveling on business or vacation to a new city, and want to know about what opportunities there are in the market you're heading to.

Meet Dave Craver, the founder and creator of Open Mic Entertainment (www.open... Read more

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You're a singer/songwriter wanting to hone your craft. You want to perform in front of a live audience, but just don't know where to go. Maybe you're traveling on business or vacation to a new city, and want to know about what opportunities there are in the market you're heading to. Meet Dave Cramer, the founder and creator of Open Mic Entertainment (www.openmic.us). Dave has set up open mic nights all over the United States and th... Read more

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Bill Cinque at the age of 19, started out like every other musician playing with friends, at local coffee houses and bar gigs. But his goals were far loftier than most. He wanted to perform at the Hollywood Bowl and Madison Square Garden. Bill went on and accomplished both over the next 30+ years (and so much more), yet still playing the clubs and one-offs in between the "Big Gigs". During his journey, he's perfo... Read more

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Meet Laura Clapp Davidson, who's a Development Specialist for Shure... you know, those folks who have been providing some of the best microphones (and now headphones and earbuds) for the past 90+ years for the entertainment industry. You might recognize some of their products if you've ever watched Roger Daltrey from "The Who" swing his 565D mic around on stage at Woodstock, or Elvis Presley using the now leg... Read more

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Known for her role as Scarlett O’Connor on the ABC/CMT musical drama television series “Nashville,” actress and singer/songwriter has had quite the journey to get where she is today... and not all of it good. At the age of 4, doctors diagnosed her with deadly cancer, informing her parents that she had just weeks to live. Working with experimental medicines, she spent a portion of her childhood growing up in a children's hosp... Read more

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July 15, 2019 45 min

What if someone came along and created a 3-day camp where you could learn to write a song, record it, and then perform it live on stage in one of the most famous country music venues in the world?

Bob Ekman, CEO of Country Music Fantasy Camp along with his staff, has done precisely that. The all-inclusive 3-day camp incorporates all aspects of what it takes to get a potential hit song written, recorded, and performed live... Read more

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July 8, 2019 40 min

Are you an artist, singer/songwriter, producer, engineer, graphics artist, photographer, or an overall industry professional looking for a way to get your name and services out there whether it be in a co-working environment, or online thru a network of fellow industry professionals?

Meet Logan Crowell, who is the founder of H.O.M.E. (Helping Our Music Evolve). Logan created an online presence, along with a physical build... Read more

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Anytime you go to the movies, watch a television show, see a commercial, or play a video game, the one consistent item is there is always music playing in the background. How does that music get there, and how as a songwriter can you make money in the process. There's now a workshop to help not only answer all those questions, but help you get your music discovered, and placed in such films as “Annihilation” and “The Christm... Read more

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It all started in 1978 when a young composer/musician named David Chesky, who was beginning a career on Columbia Records, found himself frustrated with the lack of artistic control afforded by his position. He asked his business partner and younger brother Norman if he thought they should start their own record company. But what did these two young men who had made their way from Miami to New York at a tender age know about runn... Read more

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Founder and CEO of Indie Connect, Vinny Ribas shares with us his upcoming series of artist/songwriter workshops taking place starting this month. The workshops are designed for the aspiring artist to seek out information from some of the industry's top professionals, including managers, publishers, producers, and entertainment lawyers. You can either sign up to attend... Read more

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A native of New Hampshire, award-winning songwriter Rick Lang has become well known in the global Bluegrass community and beyond. His songs have been covered by some of the most renowned artists in Bluegrass music, Southern Gospel and even the Jazz world, with over 80 song cuts to his credit.

Rick has now released his album “Gonna Sing, Gonna Shout” on the Billy Blue Records Label. The stellar lineup of Bluegrass, Country... Read more

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Tim Ryan arrived in Nashville from Montana with not much more than with his wife by his side, and guitar in hand. He literally didn't know a soul, but within the first day in Music City had a major record deal. Upon releasing his debut album, the deal fell through, but then got picked up by another major label... and then another. As an artist, his success rate wasn't what he had imagined it being, and the harsh reality ... Read more

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If you've ever spent any time on the road, whether it be in a tour bus, traveling by air, or driving down the interstate in a 12 passenger van pulling a trailer, you know how all those miles can affect your body. Dr. Casey Bearden shares with us how the wear and tear we put on ourselves can be a crucial component on whether or not we're in shape, perform well on stage, have chronic health issues stemming from that bunk i... Read more

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