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Welcome to The Changing Stage. This Radio Show is all about music gear — the companies who make it; the industry that sells it; and the creatives who love it. We have some great shows in store for you. We will be talking to some of the leaders and innovators in the music equipment industry as well as celebrated musicians and artist who use the gear. This show is your unique chance to gain insight into the world of music technology and have live dialog with the movers and shakers of this dynamic creative world. Prepare to take a ride on the magical musical mystery tour!
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Music Industry in a Post COVID-19 World with Multi-Platinum Record Producer Jeffrey WeberFlorentino interviews 40-year music industry veteran and Grammy wining producer and a Leading music business professional, Jeffrey Weber, (See NAMM Bio Below. Jeffrey will be sharing insights from his books about the music industry and what he feels the music professionals need to prepare for, what to expect and some ideas on what to do for a profession in music post Covid 19 lock down. Please share your comments and thoughts below! About Jeffrey Weber ( From NAMM Bio -https://www.namm.org/nammu/contributors/jeffrey-weber-0 )Founder/CEO Stark Raving Group / Weberworks Entertainment GroupJeffrey Weber has been a widely-recognized music industry professional for forty years. He has produced over 200 CDs with releases on just about every major label as well as a host of independent labels. Along the way, his projects have yielded two Grammys, seven Grammy nominations, at least seventeen top ten albums, two number one albums and an assortment of other honors.His books, "You've Got A Deal! The Biggest Lies of the Music Business" and “We’ll Get Back To You! Even Bigger Lies Of The Music Business” are both published by Headline Books. His new book, "You Sound Amazing! Every Single Lie of the Music Business" will be published in January, 2020.During his forty-year career in the music industry, he has founded, ran or participated in various label capacities from A&R, Music Supervision for film and TV, Production, Interactive Programming, Marketing, Sales, International Relations, Business Affairs and Art Director for dozens of independent labels as well as his own labels, Weberworks Entertainment Group and Stark Raving Records.His productions have also appeared on every major label including MCA, Warner Bros., Atlantic, BMG, Columbia, A&M, Elektra as well as such labels as GRP, Hip-O, Sheffield, Concord, Bainbridge, Silver Eagle, Zebra, among countless others.Among the many artists that have fallen under the banner of “Produced by...” include: Nancy Wilson, David Benoit, Steve Lukather, the Utah Symphony, Jackson Browne, Marcus Miller, Michael McDonald, Bill Champlin, Gerald Albright, Tom Scott, Chick Corea, Stanley Clark, Etta James, Linda Hopkins, Kenny Burrell, McCoy Tyner, Jackie McLean, Billy Sheehan (Mr. Big), Cozzy Powell, the Count Basie Orchestra, Cindy Blackman Santana, Buster Williams, John Sebastian, Ronnie Dio, Ritchie Blackmore, Pat Boone, Buddy Miles, Billy Preston, MC Lyte, Kenny Rankin, Diane Reeves, Diane Schuur, Rita Coolidge, Luther Vandross, David Crosby, Simon Phillips, Jeff Porcaro, Patrice Rushen, Toni Tennille, among many others.Jeff has been a concert and event producer for over ten years with extensive experience in concert management and production, staging, lighting, video and audio from the smallest of venues to large stadium shows. He has produced shows for the Los Angeles Soul Music Festival, Habitat For Humanity, Atlantis Resort, NASCAR, the Breeder's Cup, Chicago White Sox, Cystic Fibrosis, Fallsview Casino and Resort, Ford, Harry Caray's, KTLA, Loehmann's Department Store, Lupus L.A., National Association of Music Merchants, National Cable and Telecommunications Association, Netflix, Orange County Flyers, Pebble Beach Pro-Am, AT&T, Dockers, Shore Club-South Beach, Taste Of Chicago, USAA, American Idol and The Tonight Show among many others.Jeff is in high demand as a consultant to the financial industry on a multitude of music industry related matters. To date, he has consulted with such companies as Canyon Capital Advisors, Samlyn Capital LLC, Fleishman-Hillard, Inc., Morgan Stanley, MSD Capital (UK) Limited, BlackRock, Fidelity Investments, Apollo Investment Corp., Goldman Sachs, Putnam Investments, KPMG LLP and Scopia Capital, LLC.Recently, Weber finalized his, from the ground up, re-definition of the business model for a record label that he firmly believes will be the architecture for all labels in the future. Weber’s model has embraced a complete slate of innovative concepts and procedures, ranging from the manner in which artist contracts are conceived and implemented to recording procedures, to innovations in sales, marketing and promotion. Designed to re-invent and re-energize the relationships between the artist and the label and the artist and the consumer, the model establishes format-breaking levels of transparency and unique partnerships in all label/artist/fan relationships.His innovative concepts were the operational foundations for two independent labels distributed by Fontana (Universal). At the time, he was named President of both labels.Jeff is well known for his involvement in high technology recording techniques, especially live two track recording, live multi-track and digital recording. Because of their sonic excellence, his recordings have been repeatedly selected by major hardware manufacturers to demonstrate their product lines.Jeff is very active as a music supervisor for film, television and cable. He specializes in cost effective synchronization and master use license acquisition strategies as well as production based music options.Jeff co-founded and programmed Studio M, a nationwide broadcast television network that utilized their growing 28,000 music video library to broadcast multiple genre based music video shows. It was on the air seven days a week, for five hours a day to an estimated audience of thirty million homes.Well versed in video production, Jeff has written, produced and directed over two-dozen music based concerts and videos. For one project, he produced a 12 camera, High Definition, robotic, five-channel surround sound DVD/CD for a rock and roll cover band comprised of famous television actors who traveled the country raising money for their selected charities. He traveled with the band, producing all their live concerts for over five years.He has been a music journalist with articles in major industry publications nationwide. He has received numerous awards as an art director and many of his album cover designs have been published in ”Best of...” annual publications. As an educator, he has taught courses on the music industry at universities and law schools (he has a law degree as well) across the country.Jeff is a lifetime member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) as well as a former Governor, National Trustee and Chapter Vice President.Jeff can be contacted at jeffreyweber@me.com.
NAMM 2020 – Music Industry Big Picture – with SABIAN CEO Andy Zildjian
NAMM 2020 – Music Industry Big Picture – with Drum Workshop Chairman Don Lombardi.
NAMM 2020 – Music Industry Big Picture – with D’Addario President/CEO John D’Addario
NAMM 2020 – Music Industry Big Picture – with Blackstar CEO Ian Robinson
NAMM 2020 – Music Industry Big Picture – with Soundbrenner CEO, Florian Simmendinger.
NAMM 2020 – Music Industry Big Picture – with Synthplex Founder, Michael Lehmann Boddicker
NAMM 2020 – Music Industry Big Picture – with Auburn Road (Alicia, Paxton, & Kristen) and Manager, Michael Anderson
NAMM 2020 – Music Industry Big Picture – with Bass Virtuoso Magazine Editor at Large, Bunny Brunel
NAMM 2020 – Music Industry Big Picture – with Positive Grid SVP Robert McCullar and Mad Sun Marketing’s Laura B. Whitmore
NAMM 2020 – Music Industry Big Picture with GIBSON Historians, Greg & Sharon De Lorto & Teresa Topaz
NAMM 2020 – Music Industry Big Picture – with Telefunken CEO, Toni Roger Fishman.
Steve Postell is a singer/songwriter/guitarist/composer and producer. His latest solo CD for Immergent Records features a host of brilliant guests who have worked with him over the years. These include David Crosby, Jennifer Warnes, John Oates, Robben Ford, Eric Johnson, Dave Koz, Paul Barrere and many others. A native New Yorker, Steve moved to Los Angeles to join Steve Ferrone (illustrious drummer for Average White Band, Eric Clapton, Tom Petty) and Grammy award winning engineer/producer John Jones, at Drumrolll, a studio/production facility in Burbank. Trained at The Mannes College Of Music in New York City, Steve Postell has had a successful, prolific career which spans his days playing with Pure Prairie League, performing on Broadway in shows such as “Evita” and “The Man Of LaMancha,” co-writing the score for the off-Broadway rock musical "Fallen Angel" (starring Living Colour vocalist Corey Glover), touring with Lea Salonga (Miss Saigon, Princess Lea in "Aladdin") as her musical director, and fronting the popular New York City bands, “Chain o' Fools” and “Little Blue”. Steve has written scores for film and television including ESPN’s Sportsweek featuring Greg Gumble, and producer Lawrence Kasdan’s "Jumpin' At The Boneyard," a 20th century Fox production starring Tim Roth and Samuel Jackson. Steve wrote and produced Jingles for Right Sound Music in New York City for clients including Pontiac, AT&T, Dupont and many others. He has performed live on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Today Show with Katie Couric, The Regis and Kelly and The Regis and Kathie Lee shows.https://www.stevepostell.com/
Iain Matthews first gained attention as a founding member and vocalist for the innovative Fairport Convention’s first three albums, changing the voice of folk music in his country. He moved on to create Matthews’ Southern Comfort, exploring his interest in American music. They had a No 1 hit in the UK with Joni Mitchell’s ‘Woodstock’. Never one to stand still for very long Iain moved on during the 1970’s with another group, Plainsong. An ensemble that allowed Iain to blossom as a songwriter and acoustic guitarist – supported by his ex-Fairport mates Sandy Denny and Richard Thompson both in the studio and in Richard’s case on tour. Between his own solo recording and various Plainsong line-ups Iain released ten albums to critical acclaim including another well known Top Ten US hit with the single ‘Shake It’.During the early 1980’s Matthews turned towards the business side of musicas a rep for Island Records, but was persuaded by Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin to get back to making music.He returned to the USA for more solo work and Plainsong records. During this period he recorded a wonderful version of Peter Gabriel’s ‘Mercy Street”, contributed to a Phil Ochs’s Tribute album and recorded plus toured with Nanci Griffith. Next he released another respected record with the somewhat sarcastic title “Excerpts from Swine Lake”.In 2000 Matthews settled in the Netherlands and found a busy, happy life in Europe with more touring of the UK and continent. Yet more well received collaborative recordings were issued including a Tribute album to Sandy Denny. Since then Matthews has found one of his most sympathetic musical companions the pianist Egbert Derix. However Matthews feels he has finally found an almost perfect musical sweet spot, playing solo, in support of his most recent solo album ‘A Baker’s Dozen”. As his 50 years (can this be true) in the business prove, things do come around again and again…. and Iain Matthews, guitar in hand and songs springing from his muse, is available for bookings..http://iainmatthews.nl/
Larry and Florentino talk about Larry Dunn’s Anthology to Earth, Wind & Fire Concert at The Music Box in San Diego, CA., Larry's stage setup, favorite keyboard tones, and the state of the current music environment. Concert Info:https://www.facebook.com/events/779824242413719/
Host Florentino Buenaventura talks with PR Expert and recording artist Kaylene Peoples about using PR to promote her up coming show at the Newport Dune's Back Bay Bistro this Friday June, 28th.
Lyle was born in Memphis, Tennessee although he grew up in Minneapolis, Minnesota. His father, reportedly, was a sports writer for the Star Tribune newspaper.He had his first gig at 16 and played in the 1960s with Gene and Jerry Hubbard in the Bobby Lyle Trio. They were very popular at the Blue Note on Plymouth Avenue on Minneapolis' North Side, and at the Ebony Lounge on University Avenue in St. Paul. When Ramsey Lewis left the Trio which he started and made famous, Lyle became the keyboard player for Young Holt Unlimited.In 1970, he had a meeting and subsequent jam session with Jimi Hendrix who was planning on starting a jazz-rock group with Lyle and fellow Minnesotans Willie Weeks and Bill Lordan as the rhythm section before his death later that year.He moved to Los Angeles aged 30 in 1974 and soon went on the road with Sly and the Family Stone. During this time he also played with the Ronnie Laws band. This led to a meeting with Wayne Henderson of the Jazz Crusaders who then took him to Capitol Records for his first solo recording deal in 1977. After three albums ("The Genie", "New Warrior", and "Night Fire"), Capitol abandoned their jazz division. Without a record deal, Lyle returned to his sideman work in 1981 with George Benson. In that same year he was a guest artist on the Yellowjackets debut LP and in June 1983 performed with the late Al Jarreau in Italy.Extensive tours with Bette Midler, Al Jarreau, and Anita Baker (all as musical director) occupied most of his time in the eighties. While performing with saxophonist Gerald Albright in 1987, Bobby came to the attention of Sylvia Rhone, then VP of Jazz and Urban music at Atlantic Records. This resulted in a recording deal in 1988 which spawned six albums in nine years. In the meantime, Lyle continued to tour with his own bands as well as with Bette Midler. He received an Emmy nomination for his musical direction on her HBO special, "Diva Las Vegas" in 1997.
Settle The Score - Breaking Into Film Scoring with Jörg Hüttner and Matt SalazarHear more shows like this at https://entertalkradio.com/thechangingstageFilm score and sound design experts Jörg Hüttner and Matt Salazar give a rare glimpse into the inner workings of the film/TV and video game side of the music industry. They discuss what it takes to break into the business of music scoring, where to focus your efforts, how to avoid common pitfalls and how to adapt to the rapidly shifting technological, licensing and financial changes of the business.Jörg Hüttner has worked for Hollywood film composers such as Hans Zimmer, Atli Örvarsson, Danny Elfman, Martin Tillmann. His work can be heard on soundtracks to Fifty Shades of Grey, Batman Begins, The Dark Knight Rises, and The Girl on the Train, to name a few.Matt Salazar is Creative Director at In Flight Music Group where he oversees A&R and the creative aspects of both music production and talent branding. Prior to that he was a partner and General Manager of LA Sound Gallery which was the largest independently owned scoring stage in Los Angeles.
The Indie Band Journey - Jared Swanson of Abbot KinneyHear more shows like this at https://entertalkradio.com/thechangingstageJared is lead vocalist in alternative indie rock band Abbot Kinney. He has studied studied acting, voice, photography and film at Hamilton Music Academy High School, Boston University, London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts, The Art Of Acting (Stella Adler LA) and Upright Citizen's Brigade. Jared's experience as a creative video producer includes features on Funny or Die, The Bay Bridged, Earmilk, GrammyPro, and a viral video campaign for Colgate.Abbot Kinney is a rock band that thrives on big melodic vocal hooks, a heavy, intricate rhythm section and an ambitiously grand scope, and while lead singer-songwriter Jared Swanson was certainly influenced by the “alternative” label of yesterday, his music wholly belongs to the 21st century. The group’s new EP The Night not only challenges the listener’s conception of what an indie rock song can sound like in a scaled-down, irony-charged modern music scene; it also represents a sonic evolutionary step forward. 2011’s self-titled debut, Abbot Kinney, was a solid introduction to the world: polished production values, swirling, complex instrumentation, thematically consistent lyrics. The new EP is more raw, more personal, more anthemic, the sound of a songwriter coming into his own and finding a distinct, unmatched voice, one full of longing, hope, sometimes doubt but never resignation. The Night (EP), is out everywhere now!https://www.abbotkinneymusic.com/
Whether it’s laying down a soulful groove in a studio, bringing a clinic to a euphoric climax or rocking a packed arena, Donavan Hepburn will dazzle at every opportunity. As the embodiment of the consummate all-rounder, he also numbers programming, producing and teaching as other talents that keep the phone ringing.Hepburn is a native of Saltley, Birmingham. He cut his musical teeth in church and, like many of the great gospel players before him, soon took the wider musical scene by storm. Call it soul power or divine intervention, but since landing his first professional gig with US R’n’B sensations Dawkins and Dawkins in April 1999, he’s been in constant demand ever since.His CV is as long as it is varied. From the perky pop of Jessie J! to the hip-hop beats of Will I AM; from the soul of Annie Lennox to Jeff Lynnes ELO’s classic sound; Donavan has laid it down with the skill and virtuosity of a master craftsman. Donavan crosses genres with ease and switches skills like changing hats, yet he fulfils every duty with the professionalism he’s renowned for. Two things, however, stand out over and above everything else: his ability and, most importantly, his love of music.Donavan’s raison d’etre is pure and simple: to encourage people to live their dream, whatever it is. As a programmer, producer, drummer and teacher, he’s also helped people realise their dreams. The future, as they say, is bright, but few shine as brightly as Donavan’s.
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