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Author: Sam Hysell & Jordan Williams

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Whether you’re an aspiring music business professional or a seasoned vet, every Thursday, The Music Business podcast brings you the trends, tactics and insights from some of the world’s most innovative minds in music. Hosts Jordan Williams of EQT Management and Sam Hysell of NOX aren’t teachers, we’re entertainment industry professionals, drinkers, wannabe comedians and, most importantly, fans. Come learn and laugh with us.


To learn more visit the musicbusinesspodcast.com or follow @samhysell and @jordanchude on Instagram.

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In this episode, we sit down with serial entrepreneur Fabrice Sergent who is the co-founder and managing partner of Bandsintown. Bandsintown is one of the leading concert discovery platforms that helps drive 1-2 million people to different events around the world each month and 500k visitors to ticket sales pages on a daily basis. They also have a massive ad network that helps drive awareness around some of the world’s leading brands. In this episode we discuss…The founding story of BIT, the evolution of the product and the vision moving forward What lessons he’s learned as an entrepreneur that can help you succeed in the music industry or as an artist yourself What to focus on early as a touring artist and how to leverage the BIT for artists platform to drive ticket sales  How data and analytics are leveraged on the platform to provide recommendations, recognize up and coming artists and drive ticket sales  Each of our favorite live music experiences As always never hesitate to leave a review or reach out to @musicbusinesspodcast Instagram with any feedback or ideas. Thank you for listening!  
In this episode, we sit down with Cherie Hu an experienced music industry analytics, freelance writer, and owner of the independent media ecosystem Water & Music. Cherie’s expertise in the music industry lies at the intersection of music and tech, of which she provides her insight and updates on via her newsletter and podcast. Outside of her own media properties, she’s been freelanced to write for publications including, Billboard, Forbes, Music Business Worldwide, Rolling Stone, and many more. In this episode we discuss… How VR & AR are and will continue to have an impact in the music industryWhat start-ups have caught her attention in the music tech space. What are the similarities she’s noticed between startups/startup ecosystem and the music industry/musicians.What she feels are some of the most underrated technologies or apps for music industry professionals and musicians?The impact of the democratization of creativity in the music industry. As always never hesitate to leave a review or reach out to @musicbusinesspodcast Instagram with any feedback or ideas. Thank you for listening! Check out Cheries podcast here: https://waterandmusic.transistor.fm/And her newsletter her: https://mailchi.mp/9ab07d2b7dc4/waterandmusic
In this episode we have the pleasure of chatting with Ashley Outrageous. Ashely got her start in the music industry with a successful blog which turned into an opportunity to run digital at TDE. Ashley has now turned her personal brand into a thriving consulting business which includes services around Brand Partnerships, Event Production, Marketing Strategy & Project Management. In this episode we discussHow she started and grew her blogThe resources and mentality she's used over the years to become a successful influencer in musicWhen she was first approached by a publication to become a "power user" for them based on the influence she had grownHow she's leveraged her influencer and expertise into a consulting business and artist managementAs always never hesitate to leave a review or reach out to @musicbusinesspodcast Instagram with any feedback or ideas. Thank you for listening!
Andre Benz founded the Youtube curation account Trap Nation which has now amassed 26 million subscribers. It has since expanded to channels and playlists covering multiple genres including Chill Nation, Rap Nation, Bass Nation, R&B Nation, Indie Nation, and upcoming Latin Nation. Andre has also founded a record label Lowly and acts as management for artists including Kloud.In this episode we discussHow he came to start Trap Nation and what it takes to run successful curation channels and playlistsHow to grow on Youtube and the type of content artists should focus on.What to focus on when building a community for a brand.Who his mentors have been and the intricacies of having grown his company to a 16 person team.His view on whether or not traditional labels still hold value and that of audience-driven labels.His love for photography, make sure to check him out on Instagram @BenzAs always never hesitate to leave a review or reach out to @musicbusinesspodcast Instagram with any feedback or ideas. Thank you for listening!
This week we are pleased to have Levi Wilcox Tour Manager and Lighting Designer for Masago. Levi graduated from Columbia College with a degree in audio production and business management. Levi got his start his doing lighting tech for Somo. Today he's traveling the world with Masego, an artist with a very dope sound and who at this point in his career is touring aggressively.In this episode we discussWhat do tour managers do and whats are the skills that make a great tour managerWhat are some of your biggest challenges when on tour?Craziest stories on the roadHow to get a start into tour managing for those that are interested: levi@wastedpotentialpresents.com As always never hesitate to leave a review or reach out to @musicbusinesspodcast Instagram with any feedback or ideas. Thank you for listening!
This week we are honored to have legendary brothers and duo Jeff and Eric Rosenthal aka It’sTheReal. The two brothers got their start in the music industry with Hip-Hop sketch videos. In 2015 the brothers started their podcast A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal, guests have included the late Mac Miller, Cardi B, Lil Uzi Vert, Wiz Khalifa, Joe Buden and more veterans in the music industry. In this episode we discuss How they got their start in the music and entertainment industry.Their journey on building an audience online through content, what their advice for those looking to do so as well. Their experience working with and finding the right agent, manager, and podcast network.Funny stories from having guests podcast with them in their apartment in the upper west side.Selling mugs and more As always never hesitate to leave a review or reach out to @musicbusinesspodcast Instagram with any feedback or ideas. Thank you for listening!
In this episode, we sit down with Erin A Simon co-host of Grass Routes podcast and mentor at Creative Strategy Bootcamp. On her podcast, she’s hosted Joe Budden, CyHi Da Prynce, Redman and Method Man, and more. Her past experience includes positions at Revolt, Cycle, and the Wall Street Journal’s Sports Section.In this episode we discussHow she comes up with content for her personal brandHow she has built up relationships with influential people in music and entertainmentHow she sees the media landscape shifting in music as more startup entities emergeHow artists should approach getting more pressAs always never hesitate to leave a review or reach out to @musicbusinesspodcast Instagram with any feedback or ideas. Thank you for listening!
In this episode, we sit down with Fool’s Gold co-founder and DJ Nick Catchdubs. Along with co-founder and fellow DJ A-Track the two have made Fool’s Gold into one of the predominant independent indie record labels. The label has been built on a strong creative brand, loyal community and event marketing, with the wildly successful Fool’s Gold Day Off party series. Nick and the label have an impressive track record working with artists including, Kid Cudi, Danny Brown, Duck Sauce, Crocker, Carnage and more.In this episode we discussHow Nick got his start in the music business industry when he was brought on by The Fader to launch their siteHow he’s come to balance and manage the responsibilities that have grown with the success of his personal DJ career and that of the labelWhat was it was like launching an independent record label in the downturn of the music industry around 2007How he sees the role of a record label shiftingSome of the crazy stories that have gone down during the Day Off party seriesAs always never hesitate to leave a review or reach out to @musicbusinesspodcast Instagram with any feedback or ideas. Thank you for listening!
In this episode, we sit down with Ramon Ibanga, Jr., professionally known as !llmind. !llmind is a grammy winning producer who has co-written and produced hip hop, trap, pop, soul, and electronic music with artists such as Kanye West, Drake, J. Cole, Dr. Dre, Ludacris, Logic , Ariana Grande, and others. He’s also a master at creating online influence through his content, and build his business beyond just production with his beat kits and Pass the Aux touring series.In this episode we discuss:What were some of !llminds big breaks and what he learned from themWhat was the first major placement he received and how did it come togetherAt what point did he re-prioritize personal branding and social media, and what the ROI has been on making that a priorityOne of the major keys to success from his perspectiveHis advise when it comes to building a world class network in the music industry and moreAs always never hesitate to leave a review or reach out to @musicbusinesspodcast Instagram with any feedback or ideas. Thank you for listening!
In this episode, we sit down with Grammy award-winning DJ and producer, Carlos Cid, better known by his stage name CID. In 2013, CID won a Grammy for his production with Cedric Gervais' remix of "Summertime Sadness” and this past year received a nomination of his own for best-remixed recordings of Labrinth, SIA, DIPLO’s LSD - Audio. CID speaks to his journey getting to where he is today and the realization at an early age that part of what separates the best DJ’s are the ones that are also producers. When it comes to becoming a great producer CID outlines the skillset and mentality that have made the biggest difference for him, as well as how he approaches new trends and sounds.  At this point in his career, CID has a solid team around him however it might surprise you that before hiring a manager he filled a different role on his team, one that in hindsight provided an immense amount of value for the contribution of that role and the network these individuals tend to have. Of course, he did eventually come around to working with a manager and for DJ’s he advises what to look for in great management.   CID shares his experience around some fun recent developments which include a radio spot on Diplo’s Revolution called Night-Service Only, as well as the early stages of launching his own label.  As always never hesitate to leave a review or reach out to @musicbusinesspodcast Instagram with any feedback or ideas. Thank you for listening!
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