The FM Podcast

The FM Podcast

Produced by music publicity + digital marketing firm Fritz Media, The FM Podcast is all about the music industry! Hosted by Jen Fritz (Publicity Director / Founder @ Fritz Media), The FM Podcast features a different music industry guest + topic each week. Increase your knowledge + learn how to navigate the ever changing business of music, while enjoying a great conversation!

Episodes

May 28, 2024 45 mins

 The topic of this week’s show is THE EVOLUTION OF ARTIST DEVELOPMENT and joining me on the show is Elise Roller - the founder and CEO of Misfit Music, an artist development  and management company based in Winnipeg. 

Elise and I had a great chat about the role of a manager in artist development, what artist development looks like in 2024, and she tells us about Misfit Music’s Artist Evolution services and how they are helping with ...

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The topic of this week’s show is HOW TO RETURN TO MUSIC AFTER A HIATUS and joining me on the show is Winnipeg blues guitarist and singer-songwriter Romi Mayes.

Romi just released a new single on May 17th, after not releasing any new music for 9 years and she also has a new album coming out at the end of June!  We had a great conversation about what led to her extended break from her music career and how she made the decision to come...

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The topic of this week’s show is CHOOSING A CREATIVE LIFE and joining me on the show is Vancouver musician Etienne Siew.

Etienne and I had a great conversation about how he made the decision to quit his 9-5 job to become a full-time musician. And we discuss what it actually means to live a creative life.

It was a really great chat and I hope you enjoy it!

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Etienne Recommends: Chris Stapleton...

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The topic of this week’s show is MUSIC COMPOSITION FOR FILM + TV and joining me on the show is Film Composer, Singer and Vocal Coach - Red Janes

We had a great discussion about how she went from musician to film composer, how AI is affecting the film composition world, and how one becomes a composer for film and TV. 

It was a really great chat and I hope you enjoy it!

Content Warning: Just an FYI that there are ...

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The topic of this week’s show is MUSIC PRODUCTION + SONGWRITING TIPS and joining me on the show is British electronic musician, producer and podcaster Marc Matthews.

This was a really fun conversation because I was a guest on Marc’s podcast - Inside The Mix - last month discussing music promotion and social media, which is a great ep by the way, and it was great to switch things up to interview him on my podcast.

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The topic of this week’s show is TOURING AS AN INDIE BAND and joining me on the show is Vancouver Island-based musicians Andrew Baskin and Lucas Antoni from the indie-rock band Vogue Villains

When we had this conversation, the guys had just finished a tour supporting their new album Built on Bones so they definitely had a lot to say about life on the road. We had a great discussion about the pros and cons of touring as ...

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The topic of this week’s show is SPEAKING UP FOR SOCIAL CHANGE and joining me on the show is Victoria-based indie-pop musician, Alexandria Maillot, who is an artist that isn’t afraid to speak up about social injustice or political issues, particularly on her social media. 

We had a great discussion about the importance of musicians speaking up for social change and how many artists don’t understand the power they have and ...

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The topic of this week’s show is DIGITAL MARKETING TRENDS FOR MUSICIANS and joining me on the show is Peter Carruthers, who is the former Marketing and Digital Manager at Arts & Crafts where he worked for 7 years, so has quite a bit of experience to share with us!

We had a great discussion about the current trends in digital marketing and what musicians should be thinking about when it comes to their digital marketing ...

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The topic of this week’s show is GENRE FLUIDITY IN MUSIC and joining me on the show is Yukon-based singer-songwriter, storyteller, and contemporary guzheng player Erica Dee Mah.

Erica and I had a great talk about how more musicians are creating music outside of the traditional genre norms, what her experience has been like making music that is “outside the box," and how audiences are embracing new (and sometimes unexpected!) mu...

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Welcome to Season 5 of the podcast! I’m so happy to be back! I really missed you guys!

For our Season 5 premiere, we have our very first return guest to the podcast! This week, I’m talking to Tyler Bancroft who is a guy that wears many hats in the music industry - he’s the lead singer of Vancouver indie rock band Said The Whale and he’s also a music industry professional who runs a record label and manages artists, among many other ...

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March 5, 2024 1 min

Hello! Just a quick check-in to let you know that we're back baby! Season 5 of The FM Podcast will premiere next week - on Tuesday, March 12th. I've really missed y'all, so make sure you tune in + join us!

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The topic of this week’s show is CARVING OUT YOUR OWN SPACE and joining me on the show is Toronto musician Sandra Bouza.

Sandra and I had a great chat about how it can be hard to find your place in the music industry when you don’t fit into one specific genre. And how she decided to carve out her own space by SPOILER ALERT: just being herself.

I really felt a connection with Sandra on a lot of her experiences, you know jus...

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The topic of this week’s show is THE ROLE OF MUSIC LAWYERS and joining me on the show is musician and entertainment lawyer - Kurt Dahl.

Kurt and I had a great talk about what exactly it is that a music lawyer does, when is the right time to hire a music lawyer, and how being a musician shapes his work as a lawyer. (ICYDK, Kurt is also the drummer in Canadian rock band One Bad Son.) 

It was a really great chat and...

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The topic of this week’s show is KEEPING A POSITIVE MINDSET and joining me on the show is Vancouver musician and all around positive person - Beau Wheeler

Beau and I had a great conversation about how hard it can be to stay positive as an artist in the music industry and how music helped them to overcome struggles in their life!

It was a really great talk and I hope you enjoy it!

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Beau reco...

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 The topic of this week’s show is PRODUCING MUSIC ON A BUDGET and joining me on the show is record producer, songwriter and recording artist Winston Hauschild, who works out of The Treehouse Studio on Bowen Island here in BC.

Winston and I have known each other for a long time, so prepare yourself for a good ol’ back in the day discussion from us, and we also talk about how to stretch your budget when producing an album or...

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The topic of this week’s show is THE IMPORTANCE OF CAMPUS RADIO and joining me on the show is Jasper Sloan Yip, who is the Programming Director for CITR here in Vancouver and he’s also an indie artist himself.

We had a great chat about whether Campus Radio is still relevant in 2023 and he gives us some great tips about how to pitch and service campus radio here in Canada.

It was a really great talk and I hope yo...

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So the topic of this week’s show is SURVIVING AS A WORKING CLASS ARTIST and joining me on the show is Montreal-based musician Russell Louder who just released their new single Movie Queen a couple months ago and has a new album coming out this summer. 

We had a really great conversation and talked about how hard it is to survive as an independent artist in 2023. We both get fired up and pretty radical, idea-wise, on this one - so br...

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The topic of this week’s show is CONTENT CREATION FATIGUE and joining me on the show is Vancouver musician Ché Aimee Dorval, who released her new full-length album The Crowned earlier this year. And since she’s just coming off a cycle of album promotion, she definitely knows a thing or two about having to churn out content to promote an album. 

We had a great conversation and discussed how hard it can be for indie musician...

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So the topic of this week’s show is HOW TO WRITE A MUSIC GRANT and joining me on the show is Jessica Hoefsloot who writes a lot of funding applications through her company Sad Kids Collective - an artist-friendly management company offering services from digital marketing, grant writing and day-to-day business management for artists & industry. And by day - Jessica is also an Account Executive for Influencer Marketing at Viral ...

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The topic of this week’s show is HOW TO DIY IN 2023 and joining me on the show is Shawn Petsche who recently created Trickle Down Music which is a great online resource for indie musicians. Shawn is also a musician and was Festival Manager for the Sled Island Music and Arts Festival in Calgary for over 10 years. 

We had a great conversation about the struggles independent musicians face these days when they try to "do it themse...

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