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Bobby Owsinski's Inner Circle Podcast

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Best Of Inner Circle Replay Featuring Producer/Mixer Josh Gudwin

November 28th, 2023


I’ve had so many great guests over the 10 years and nearly 500 episodes of my inner circle podcast. I always enjoy revisiting them, as I hope you do as well.  

One of the best is from back in 2016 with hit mixer Josh …

Episode 497 – Sound Designer Scott Gershin, YouTube Copyright Strikes, And Ai Noise-Canceling Headphones

November 19th, 2023


My guest today is award-winning sound supervisor, sound designer, and mixer Scott Gershin, who’s audio work has enhanced a variety of different visual mediums in film, broadcast, streaming and games.

Some of Scott’s vast …

Episode 496 – Archivist Bill Smith, Modified Tracks Fool Streamers, And How Old Is Too Old For A Hit

November 14th, 2023


My guest today is Bill Smith, who spent most of his career as a recording engineer and mixer before transitioning into audio archiving (you can hear him talk about recording and mix in Episode 160). Bill started at …

Episode 495 – Manager Nichole Barsalona, Copyright Claims, And Guitar Center Executive Shuffle

November 7th, 2023


My guest today is Nichole Barsalona, who’s the director of Everyday Rebellion Entertainment artist management and the president of the non-profit …

Episode 494 – Singer/Songwriter Drew Ryder Smith, Radio Airplay Royalties, And The Las Vegas Sphere Sound System

October 31st, 2023


My guest today is country music singer and award winning professional songwriter Drew Ryder Smith, who’s also the owner of Gray Sound Recording in Nashville and Charlotte NC, working as a producer and senior mixing …

Best Of The Inner Circle Replay Featuring Elliot Scheiner

October 24th, 2023


Over the nearly 500 episodes of the Inner Circle I’ve had some incredible guests. One is the legendary engineer Elliott Scheiner, and this special replay is from way back on Episode 51 in April of 2015.

You certainly …

Best Of The Inner Circle Replay Featuring Blue Oyster Cult’s Buck Dharma

October 17th, 2023


I’ve had so many great guests on the Inner Circle Podcast, and it’s aways great to go back and revisit some of the best interviews. One is with Don Roeser, better known as Buck Dharma, lead guitarist and and one of the …

Best Of The Inner Circle Replay Featuring The Legend Al Schmitt

October 10th, 2023


Over the almost 500 episodes of the Inner Circle podcast I’ve had some excellent guests that are true legends in the music business. One is the late Al Schmitt, who unfortunately left us in 2021. 

Al won 20 Grammy awards …

Episode 493 – WARM CEO Jesper Skibsby, Songtradr Acquires Bandcamp, And Super-Long Albums

October 3rd, 2023


My guest today is Jesper Skibsby, the CEO and founder of radio monitory service WARM - the first global radio monitoring service focusing on serving the artists and indie segment of the music industry. 

WARM track and …

Episode 492 – Musik Hack’s Sam Fischmann, RIAA Mid-Year Report, And Moog Music Layoffs

September 26th, 2023


My guest today is composer / plug-in developer Sam Fischmann from the plugin company Musik Hack. Musik Hack is the brainchild of both Sam and Grammy-nominated producer and engineer Stan Greene. Their first product is …

Episode 491 – Kits Ai Founders, Playlist Culture Changing Songwriting, And The Cost Of Analog Recording

September 19th, 2023


My guests today are Evan Dhillon and James Paston, two of the founders of the Ai voice cloning service Kits Ai. The company has launched tools for …

Episode 490 – Session Guitarist Andrew Synowiec, No Grammy For An Ai Blockbuster, And Your Questions Answered

September 12th, 2023


My guest today is Los Angeles session guitarist Andrew Synowiec, ,who has recorded for or performed with artists ranging from music industry icons The Who and Alanis Morissette to contemporary trailblazers like Lil Nas …

Episode 489 – Vinyl Pressing Expert Dustin Blocker, Music Videos Losing Importance, And Gibson Finds Its Lost Archives

September 5th, 2023


My guest today is vinyl pressing expert Dustin Blocker, who founded Hand Drawn Records in 2011 and Hand Drawn vinyl pressing in 2014. He’s also been named the first president of the Vinyl Record Manufacturing …

Episode 488 – Field Audio Producer Bill McQuay, BMI May Be Acquired, And Music Gear Glut

August 29th, 2023


My guest today is Bill McQuay, who’s an  independent audio producer, NPR contributor, National Geographic Explorer and founder of Eco Location Sound.

Before starting Eco Location Sound, Bill was Supervising Audio …

Episode 487 – Holistic Artist Coach Wendy Parr, Ai Copyright, And Wireless Studio Monitors

August 22nd, 2023


My guest today is holistic artist coach Wendy Parr, who’s personal and professional experiences led her to become a coach that helps artists lose …

Episode 486 – How Gold-Platinum Records Work, Avid Sold, And Melodics CEO Sam Gribben

August 15th, 2023


My guest today is Sam Gribben, the CEO of the music learning platform Melodics. Melodics is a software platform that teaches you to play keyboards, …

Episode 485 – Engineer Ed Stasium Part 2, Not So Super Superfans, And The Return Of Sunn Amps

August 8th, 2023


My guest today is producer/engineer Ed Stasium, who was an essential element in the New York punk and alternative rock scene in the 70’s and 80’s, having worked on seminal albums by The Ramones, Talking Heads and Living …

Episode 484 – Engineer Ed Stasium-Part 1, Merch Sale Data, And Stradivarius Tone

August 1st, 2023


My guest today is producer/engineer Ed Stasium, who was an essential element in the New York punk and alternative rock scene in the 70’s and 80’s, having worked on seminal albums by The Ramones, Talking Heads and Living …

Episode 483 – Manager Zack Zarrillo, Concert Tix Ripoff, And Spotify/YouTube Raising Prices

July 25th, 2023


My guest on this episode is artist manager Zack Zarrillo. Zack is co-founder of Alternate Side, a full-service music company that represents over 30 …

Episode 482 – Engineer Pete Min, Threads vs. Twitter, And Music Retail In Trouble Again

July 18th, 2023


My guest on this episode is engineer, producer and avid gear collector Pete Min. Pete is owner of Lucy’s Meat Market studio, and Colorfield Records, …

Episode 481 – Lickd CEO Paul Sampson, Spotify DIY Successes Shrink, And Guitar Collectible Prices Soar

July 11th, 2023


My guest on this episode is Paul Sampson, who’s the founder and CEO of the music licensing service for creators, Lickd.

Paul started in the …

Episode 480 – Music Tech Consultant Vickie Nauman, Caremakers Ditch Radio, And Tidal Finally Lossless

July 4th, 2023


My guest on this episode is Vickie Nauman, who’s expertise crosses between music and technology, finance, gaming, and the digital business economy.

Episode 479 – Artist Collective CEO Evan Price, Song Placement Power, And Record In Iceland

June 27th, 2023


My guest on this episode is Evan Price, who’s an artist manager, educator, branding specialist and CEO of Artist Collective. At age 14, Evan started …

Episode 478 – Mastering Engineer Eric Boulanger Part 2, The 6 Figure AI Album, And Cakewalk Sonar Reintroduced

June 20th, 2023


My guest on this episode is Eric Boulanger, who’s the founder of The Bakery mastering studio as well as a professional studio violinist. 

A protege of …

Episode 477 – Mastering Engineer Eric Boulanger Part 1, Takedown Lawsuits, And Audio Company Turmoil

June 13th, 2023


My guest on this episode is Eric Boulanger, who’s the founder of The Bakery mastering studio as well as a professional studio violinist. 

A protege of …

Episode 476 – Beat Buddy Creator David Packouz, The Labels And Physical Products, And Producers Fear Getting Replaced By AI

June 6th, 2023


My guest this week is David Packouz, who may have the most interesting back story of just about any guest I’ve had on this podcast. David is the CEO …

Episode 475 – Engineer Ryan Schwabe, Labels Becoming Outdated, And Avid Up For Sale

May 30th, 2023


My guest this week is Ryan Schwabe who’s a two-time Grammy nominated, platinum certified mixing and mastering engineer. In 2020, he was nominated for a Grammy for Best Dance/Electronic Album for Baauer’s "Planet’s Mad," …

Episode 474 – Collectables Creator Tony Simerman, Payola Again, And Plugin Subscriptions

May 23rd, 2023


My guest this week is Tony Simerman, who as a kid would go to work with his Dad, who was the manager of The Kennedy Center Concert Hall in …

Episode 473 – NPR Music Tech Director Josh Rogosin, Label Covert Spotify Accounts, And Bacteria Play Drums

May 16th, 2023


My guest this week is Josh Rogosin, who stumbled into NPR headquarters in 1999 on his way to mixing shows at The Shakespeare Theatre in downtown DC. …

Episode 472 – Talent Manager Temima Shames, Distributors Stop AI-Generated Songs, And Genre Vocal Levels

May 9th, 2023


My guest this week is Temima Shames, who’s the CEO of Next Step Talent, a full service talent management and digital brand agency that’s home to more …

Episode 471 – Game Composer Dren McDonald, 5 Things About The Musician’s Brain, And An AI Music Primer

May 2nd, 2023


My guest this week is composer and producer Dren McDonald who has done everything from experimental indie rock to video game music to string quartet chamber music to film and VR animation soundtracks.

He has worked with …

Episode 470 – A New Streaming Scam, Vacuum Tubes Made In The US, And Musician Doug Legacy

April 25th, 2023


My guest this week is musician Doug Legacy, who’s  one of the founding members of the the Zydeco Party Band, which won an Emmy for being the house band for The Late Mr. Pete Show. The band also provide music for Gilmore …

Episode 469 – Ritch Esra And Eric Knight of MUBU TV, Metaverse Needs Horsepower, And Marshall Amps Sold

April 18th, 2023


My guests this week are Ritch Esra and Eric Knight of Music Business Television. MUBU TV takes music business education out of the classroom using interviews with music heavyweights to help artists empower their careers.

Episode 468 – AI Music Expert Dr. Martin Clancy, How A TikTok Ban Might Change The Charts, And The Most Influential Keyboard

April 11th, 2023


My guest this week is Dr. Martin Clancy, who’s a musician, academic, and events producer focusing on AI ethics. 

Martin completed his PhD on AI's …

Episode 467 – Trevanna Tracks Jennifer Freed, Can Rhythm Be Copyrighted, And Smart Drummers

April 4th, 2023


My guest this week is Jennifer Freed, who founded Trevanna Post in NY after working as a Production Accountant on major motion pictures on both …

Episode 466: Merch Master Chris Dunnett, Online Songs Never Played, And Famous Console Gets New Life

March 28th, 2023


My guest this week is Chris Dunnett, who’s helped artists like The Rolling Stones, Taylor Swift, Keith Urban, Luke Bryan and Iron Maiden sell their …

Podcast 465 – Songwriter Consultant Mitchell Dyer, AM/FM Radio Changing, And Subwoofer Setup

March 21st, 2023


My guest this week is the On-Demand songwriter and mastering engineer Mitchell Dyer, who’s on a mission to help other songwriters eliminate their mental blocks and turn their songwriting struggles into a …

Podcast 464 – Sony’s Jordy Freed, Spotify’s Artist Millionaires, And The Sound Of The 1980s

March 14th, 2023


My guest this week is the Head of Partner Marketing & Strategy for Video & Sound Products at Sony Corporation of America Jordy Freed.

A talented sax player who considered becoming a professional musician, the …

Episode 463 – TrackStage Founders, Tidal New Royalties Canned, And The Importance Of Studio Furniture

March 7th, 2023


My guests this week are Robina Ritchie-Barker and Scott Barker, who’s TrackStage sync music management app is taking the sync world by storm.

TrackStage not only helps you get your songs and cut-downs get organized in …

Episode 462 – Ken Scott Part 2, TikTok Limits Label Music, And Guitar Center In Financial Trouble Again

February 28th, 2023


My guest this week again is legendary engineer/producer Ken Scott, who was one of the five engineers for The Beatles, producer/engineer for four of the most revered David Bowie albums, and engineered or produced seminal …

Episode 461 – Legendary Engineer Ken Scott, Bandcamp Numbers, And UAD Plugins Unchained

February 21st, 2023


My guest this week is legendary engineer/producer Ken Scott, who has a list of accomplishments and credits that are almost too long to list. After getting his start at Abbey Road Studios as a teenager, Ken went on to …

Episode 460 – Industry Advisor Kelli Richards, Our 32 Hour Day, And Disinfecting Microphones

February 14th, 2023


My guest this week is Kelli Richards, who’s been a trusted Advisor to legendary musicians, tech executives, leaders and innovators. During her 25 …

Episode 459 – Van Halen Author Steve Rosen, Cassettes Making A Comeback, And A New Manufacturing Home For Audio Gear

February 7th, 2023


My guest this week is Steve Rosen, who’s an esteemed rock journalist who’s written for Guitar World, Guitar Player, Rolling Stone, Playboy, Classic …

Episode 458 – Legal Music Piracy, Google AI Music Creation, And Music Business Author Emily White

January 31st, 2023


My guest this week is Emily White, who’s a partner in the talent management company Collective Entertainment and the Founder of #iVoted Festival. …

Episode 457 – Spotify Skip Rates, ChatGPT Tube Screamer, And Engineer Kevin Paul

January 24th, 2023


My guest this week is Kevin Paul, who started in the music business as a DJ, but then discovered sound engineering and immediately knew that was his …

Episode 456 – Sync Songwriter’s Chris SD, Shallow Catalog, And Audio File Formats

January 17th, 2023


My guest this week is Chris SD, who’s an award-winning music producer with 5 Juno awards and 7 nominations. He was also nominated as Engineer Of The Year in 2012. With his extensive industry contacts and experience …

Episode 455 – Vinyl Sales Set A Record, Big Box MI, And HotDrop CEO Max Goldberg

January 10th, 2023


My guest this week is Max Goldberg, who’s a co-founder and CEO of the music discovery app HotDrop. HotDrop is a platform that connects undiscovered …

Episode 454 – Songwriter Holly Knight, EV’s Killing AM Radio, And Jazz Chords For Nightmares

January 3rd, 2023


My guest this week is Holly Knight, who’s songs made up a good part of the soundtrack to the MTV eighties with mega-hits for Tina Turner (“The …

Episode 453 – Music Business Predictions For 2023

December 27th, 2022


In this episode, I’m going to make some predictions for 2023 in both the music business and the audio industry. These are based on trends that have happened this year that give us some insight on what may be in store …

Episode 452 – A Look Back At 2022 In The Music Industry

December 20th, 2022


In this episode I take a look back at the events in the music business and music production during 2022, including:

Songwriters get a raise in two places

TikTok trends

Playlist influence waning

Streaming scams

Streaming …

Episode 451 – European Radio Royalties, Assistant Engineers, And Minuendo CPO Tom Trones

December 13th, 2022


My guest this week is Tom Trones, co-founder and chief product officer for Minuendo lossless earplugs. Minuendo earplugs can be manually adjusted from 7 to 25dB with no loss in sound quality.

Besides being a musician and …

Episode 450 – Songwriter Sam Hollander, Spotify Billion Stream Songs, And The Most Dangerous Audio Software

December 6th, 2022


My guest this week is songwriter Sam Hollander, who has written and produced for the likes of Panic! At The Disco, One Direction, Katy Perry, Weezer, …

Podcast 449 – Engineer Lenise Bent, Metal Still Rules, And The Death Of The Key Change

November 29th, 2022


My guest this week is Lenise Bent, who was one of a handful of women working in the Hollywood recording studio business in a technical role during …

Episode 448 – Publicist Ramon Hervey, You Can’t Trust Social Networks, And We Dance More With VLFs

November 22nd, 2022


My guest this week is Ramon Hervey II, who’s worked as a highly regarded entertainment manager, brand consultant, and public relations specialist …

Episode 447 – TikTok Troubles, Facebook Audio Codec, And JackTrip Labs Execs

November 15th, 2022


My guests this week are Mike Dickey and Russ Gavin, of JackTrip Labs. The JackTrip Foundation is a non-profit collaboration between Stanford …

Episode 446 – Engineer/Producer Joe Chiccarelli, Opening On A Tour, And The AES New York 2022

November 8th, 2022


My guest this week is Joe Chiccarelli, who’s a ten-time Grammy-winning producer/engineer/mixer whose credits include Beck, U2, The White Stripes, The Strokes, The Killers, Elton John, Morrissey, Jason Mraz among many …

Episode 445 – Indie Week Founder Darryl Hurs, Playlists Control The Industry, And Audio Consumption

November 1st, 2022


My guest this week is Darryl Hurs, who has a 25 year history in the music business including launching and running Indie Week Canada (Nov 8 - 12), one of Canada’s largest emerging artist showcase conferences. He has …

Episode 444 – The Rise And Fall Of Music Clubs, Global Music Vault, And Publisher Sean O’Malley

October 25th, 2022


My guest this week is Sean O’Malley who is the CEO of the boutique music publisher Regard Music.

Sean has more than 20 years of experience in music …

Episode 443 – Keyboardist Chuck Kentis, Spotify’s New Platinum Tier, And Overlooked Mastering Skills

October 18th, 2022


My guest this week is Chuck Kentis, who has worked as a touring and session player with artists like Nona Hendryx, Julian Lennon, Power Station, John …

Episode 442 – The CD Turns 40 Years Old, Slate Digital Is Acquired, And Vampr CEO Josh Simons

October 10th, 2022


My guest this week is Josh Simons, CEO and co-founder of Vampr, the world’s largest and most active social-professional network for musicians. 

Often dubbed the “LinkedIn for creatives”, Vampr is home to over one million …

Episode 441 – Scoring Mixer Jason LaRocca, YouTube’s Secret Weapon And All-Time Best Selling Pedals

October 4th, 2022


My guest this week is engineer Jason LaRocca, who has recorded and mixed music for major motion pictures, games and television. Jason not only engineers the scores, but often produces them as well, along with creating …

Episode 440 – Radio Royalties Again, Google Project Caviar, And Social Media Maven Cassie Petrey

September 27th, 2022


Photo: Mike Krstic

My guest this week is Cassie Petrey who’s been behind the social media marketing for some of the music’s most iconic artists including Backstreet Boys, Camila Cabello and Britney Spears. 

Cassie is the …

Episode 439 – Engineer Justin Cortelyou, SoundCloud Layoffs, And Unusual Effects Pedal Packages

September 20th, 2022


My guest this week is Grammy-award nominated engineer/producer Justin Cortelyou. Justin started his career working with Chuck Ainlay at Soundstage Studios in Nashville before moving to Los Angeles to work with …

Episode 438 – Former Maroon 5 Drummer Ryan Dusick, Will Your Song Be Stolen, And Constants Of Vocal Recording

September 13th, 2022


My guest this week is Ryan Dusick, who was Maroon 5’s original drummer until he retired because of chronic nerve damage. After departing the band, Ryan struggled with anxiety and addiction for a decade before making a …

Episode 437 – Song Doctor Molly Leikin, Song Codes Everyone Should Know, And The Bass Line That Crashed Computers

September 6th, 2022


My guest this week is professional song doctor Molly Leikin, who’s coaching has helped 12 clients become Grammy winners and another 19 become Grammy …

Episode 436 – Grammy Nominee Negatives, Environmental Vinyl, And Producer/Mixer/Educator Kevin Kelly

August 30th, 2022


My guest this week is Kevin Kelly, who’s a producer, mixer and long-time audio educator with a host of major label, film score and jingle credits. These include projects by Blondie, Edgar Winter and Rick Wakeman, among …

Episode 435 – Shazam Numbers, 10 Unchanged Mics, Music Sup/Radio Personality Jason Kramer

August 23rd, 2022


My guest this week is Jason Kramer, who’s been working in radio in Los Angeles since 1992  and has hosted an influential weekly radio show on KCRW for the past 24 years. 

Jason has also worked at Fox Sports TV as their …

Episode 434 – Streaming Farms, Music AI, And Artist Manager Talya Elitzer

August 16th, 2022


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My guest this week is Talya Elitzer, who along with her partner Nick Sylvester leads godmode, a company that offers label, management, publishing and creative direction services.

godmode has an …

Episode 433 – Playlists Diminished Importance, Proper Metadata, And Music Career Coach Katie Zaccardi

August 9th, 2022


My guest this week is Katie Zaccardi, who pivoted from being a wellness coach to a music career coach.

Since then she’s helped hundreds of musicians grow their careers, release music, launch Patreons, start coaching …

Episode 431 - Marketing Strategist Nicole Slater, User-Centric Royalties, And Recent Hit Songwriting Changes

July 26th, 2022


My guest this week is Nicole Slater, who specializes in helping artists, musicians, and entrepreneurs develop their marketing strategies. Since 2005, …

Episode 430 – Mic Developer Eric Heiserman, High-Quality Bluetooth Audio, And The End Of Music Genres

July 19th, 2022


If you ever wanted a vintage microphone but couldn't afford the super high price, a Heiserman Audio mic has become a top alternative. In fact, many …

Episode 429 – Restoration Engineer Michael Graves, A New Spotify Scam, And New Netflix Spatial Audio

July 12th, 2022


My guest this week is audio restoration and mastering engineer Michael Graves, who’s a four time Grammy award winner and 12 time nominee. Michael's main focus is saving historical audio that was recorded on …

Episode 428 – Keyboardist CJ Vanston, Songwriters Finalize Raise, And The Optical Microphone

July 5th, 2022


My guest this week is producer, songwriter and keyboardist CJ Vanston.

CJ Vanston started doing jingles in Chicago where he soon became a first call player, doing as many as six sessions a day.

After moving to Los …

Episode 427 – Music That Streaming Favors, A New Music Format, And Founder Jules Standen

June 28th, 2022


My guest this week is Jules Standen, who worked as an engineer with groups like The Lemonheads, The Smiths, and Siouxsie and the Banshees before …

Episode 426 – California’s 7 Year Law, Evolving Songwriting, And Sound Designer Bob Pomann

June 21st, 2022


My guest this week is Bob Pomann, who discovered his unique ability to tell a story through sound while doing sound effects for the original Saturday …

Episode 425 – Mixer Andrew Scheps, Renaming Rock, And Elvis Weddings In Vegas

June 14th, 2022


My guest this week is Andrew Scheps, who’s won 3 Grammy awards and mixed huge hits for Adele, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Metallica, Beyonce, Jay-Z, U2 and many more. Andrew has also spent quite a lot of time mixing in …

Episode 424 – Composer Jim Hustwit, Music Videos Are Dying, And The Global Music Vault

June 7th, 2022


My guest this week is Jim Hustwitt, who quit his marketing job in 2011 to work as a music producer and composer. 

Since them Jim has produced music for Universal, EMI, BMG WestOne & NinjaTune and has been …

Episode 423 – Drummer And Historian Daniel Glass, Sony Unrecouped Balances, And Gibson Vs Dean Lawsuit

May 31st, 2022


If you're a drummer or regularly work with drums, you're really going to like my guest on the podcast this week since it's filled with things you …

Episode 422 – Picking A Social Media Manager, Gibson Guitars Are Dad Rock, And Kali Audio Execs

May 24th, 2022


My guests this week are director of marketing Nate Baglyos and director of acoustics Charles Sprinkle of the speaker manufacturer Kali Audio. Both held executive positions at JBL before joining forces to start the …

Episode 421 – Why There Are No Big Hits, Interesting Vibrations, And Peter Sinclair Of BeatBread

May 17th, 2022


Peter Sinclair, the CEO of BeatBread. BeatBread enables artists and songwriters to get advances from 1k to 2mil based on strength of the catalogs.

Unlike other services, the company allows artist to keep 100% ownership …

Episode 420 – Songwriters Get A Raise, A New Kind Of Loudspeaker, And James Dickerson Of HitSend

May 10th, 2022


If you've ever tried to get an approval on a mix from someone, you know how hard that can get. You want them to hear it in all its glory, yet you don't want to send the high-res file without getting paid first. Plus, …

Episode 419 – Pianist Jason Tonioli, Songs Uploaded To Spotify, And Streaming Level Normalization

May 3rd, 2022


Jason Tonioli has managed to do something that everyone thought was impossible these days, and that’s crack 7 figures of income with only sheet music …

Episode 418 – Music Exec Vinny Ribas, The Truth Behind Artists And Social Media, And One Hit Wonders

April 26th, 2022


My guest on the podcast this week is Vinny Ribas, who’s the founder and CEO of both Indie Direct and Cartne.

Vinny has worked as both an agent and an artist manager, but is also an executive coach and strategic business …

Episode 417 – Therapist Elisa Di Napoli, Spotify Pro Artists, And Vinyl Pressing Gets A Boost

April 19th, 2022


My guest this week is Elisa Di Napoli, who’s a holistic life coach, hypnotherapist, author and performer.

Elisa specializes in helping professionals …

Episode 416 – Composer Ron Jones, Dying Fandom, And Will No Compression Recordings Be A Trend?

April 12th, 2022


My guest this week is Ron Jones, who’s had a long career writing for some of the biggest hit television shows of our time.

Ron has worked a variety of …

Episode 415 – Record Store Day With Larry Jaffee, Women In Music, And Digital Drugs Delivered By Sound

April 5th, 2022


My guest this week is journalist Larry Jaffee, who’s going to take us behind the scenes of the biggest vinyl selling day of the year, Record Store Day.

Larry has been editor in chief of several magazines and websites …

Episode 414 – Mixer Gary Lux, NFTs For Indie Artists, And The Musical Instrument Revolution

March 29th, 2022


My guest this week is Gary Lux, who is one of Hollywood’s premier music mixers with literally thousands of projects to his credit.

Before stepping out …

Episode 413 – Positive Grid’s Laura Whitmore, Deceiving 2021 Music Revenue Numbers, And The End Of The Effects Pedal

March 22nd, 2022


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My guest this week is Laura Whitmore, who started her career in the direct marketing department of CBS Records before a 20 year stint as the marketing director for Korg USA. There she was …

Episode 412 – Tour Music Director Hayden Maringer, TikTok Becomes A Music Distributor, And Vacuum Tubes Get Scarce

March 15th, 2022


My guest this week is Hayden Maringer, who has performed countless shows and tours all over the world working with artists such as Jennifer Lopez, Demi Lovato, The Band Perry, Carrie Underwood, and many more. 

Hayden …

Episode 411 – Modern Musician’s Michael Walker, Spotify Songwriter Royalties, And The Sonic Difference Between CD and Vinyl

March 8th, 2022


My guest this week is Michael Walker, who went from being a living-out-of-his-car touring musician to reaching #2 on the iTunes Alternative Charts in 6 months by using some simple grass-roots marketing techniques.

After …

Episode 410 – LANDR’s Daniel Rowland, AI Art Copyright, And High Resolution Recording

March 1st, 2022


My guest this week is Daniel Rowland, who’s an audio engineer, producer, educator, Head of Strategy and Partnerships at Montreal’s LANDR Audio, and longtime professor at MTSU in Nashville.

Daniel has been part of …

Episode 409 – Engineer Steve Genewick Talks Atmos, Why Entertainment NFTs Are Stagnant, And Kanye’s Stem Player

February 22nd, 2022


My guest this week is Steve Genewick, who’s worked at Capitol Studios in Hollywood for 25 years. Steve was one of the very first mixers to get into …

Episode 408 – Vienna Symphonic Library’s Paul Kopf, Short Run Vinyl Pressing, And AKM Chip Factory Fire Update

February 15th, 2022


My guest this week is Paul Kopf who’s the product manager for the go-to orchestral sample library for most film composers - the Vienna Symphonic …

Episode 407 – Ceri Thomas From Dolby Music Talks Atmos, TikTok Royalties and MI Sales

February 8th, 2022


Also, how TikTok royalties works, and what will happen to musical instrument sales after the boom during Covid.

My guest this week is Ceri Thomas, …

Podcast 406 – Nashville Home Studio Defender Lij Shaw

February 1st, 2022


PLUS: why the CD sales increase was just a mirage, and the end of the smart speaker era.

My guest this week is engineer Lij Shaw, who’s the owner of the Toy Box Studio in Nashville and host of the great podcast Recording …

Podcast 405 – Sonarworks Co-Founder Martins Popelis

January 25th, 2022


Plus, why the prices of streaming audio should be increased, and the world's fastest cybernetic drummer.

My guest this week is Martins Popelis, who’s …

Episode 404 – Legendary Guitarist Wayne Kramer

January 18th, 2022


Also, the top music moneymakers last year, and some plugins that can do more harm than good.

My guest this week is the legendary guitarist Wayne Kramer, who may be one of the most unappreciated but exceptionally …

Episode 403 – Jeff Komar Of Avid Answers Your Immersive Audio Questions

January 11th, 2022


Plus on the intro, a look at how CDs increased for the first time in 17 years, and how voiceovers are being disrupted by AI.

My guest this week is …

Episode 402 – Mastering Engineer Michael Romanowski Talks Immersive Mastering

January 4th, 2022


My guest this week is Grammy-nominated mastering engineer Michael Romanowski, who’s the owner and chief mastering engineer at Coast Mastering in Berkley, CA.

Michael has over 30 years of experience mastering in stereo, …

Episode 401 – Trends And Predictions For 2022

December 28th, 2021


It's that time of year again to take a look back at the influential music business stories from 2021, see how the predictions from last year fared, and have a look forward to the trends and predictions for 2022. Among …

Episode #400 – Some Personal Studio Horror Stories

December 21st, 2021


Yes, it's an old picture, but I thought Edward Colver did a great job taking it

We've hit a milestone today with Episode 400 so I'm going to change …

Episode #399 – Engineer Dennis Moody, No New Rock On The Album Charts, And The State Of Sampling

December 14th, 2021


My guest this week is my good friend for many years Dennis Moody, who also appeared on the very first episode of the Inner Circle Podcast as well as number 100, 200 and 300. This is episode #399 and I’m going to be …

Episode #398 – Kati Eismann From The Adam Hall Group, Musician Minimum Wage, And Vocal Recording Tips

December 7th, 2021


My guest this week is Kati Eismann, who’s the global marketing director for the Adam Hall Group. The Adam Hall Group brands include sound reinforcement company LD Systems, stage lighting company Cameo, stand company …

Episode #397: Mastering Engineer Pete Doell, The Pros And Cons Of A Record Deal, And Deepfake Music

November 30th, 2021


My guest this week is mastering engineer Pete Doell, who worked as a staff engineer at the legendary Wally Heider Studios before moving to Capitol …

Podcast #396 – How Much Streaming Now Pays, New Uses For Spatial Audio, And Audio Educator John Krivit

November 23rd, 2021


John Krivit is an audio educator and founder of the extremely popular Facebook group "Hey Audio Student." 

He's a past president of the Audio …

Episode #395 – Earthworks Audio CEO Gareth Krausser, Music Industry Job Changes, And The Ultimate Song

November 16th, 2021



How the music industry jobs have changed
The ultimate song according to science


Earthworks Audio CEO Gareth Krausser

Gareth Krausser, who’s the …

Episode #394 – Music Life Coach Ariane Paras, Vinyl Industry In Crisis, And The New Guitar Sales Boom

November 9th, 2021



Vinyl is doing better than ever, and that's why it's in crises
Will the latest guitar sales boom collapse?


Music life coach Ariane Paras

My …

Podcast #393 – L-ISA Studio With Guillaume LeNost, Facebook’s Lost Young Users, And Metallica’s Band Course

November 2nd, 2021



According to it's own insider data, Facebook has lost young users
Metallica has an online band course, but are bands passe?


L-Acoustic's managing director Guillaume LeNost talks L-ISA Studio

Guillaume LeNost …

Episode #392 – Vocal Coach Adreana Gonzalez, Spotify’s Marquee Promo Tool, And Smart Apps Changing Music

October 26th, 2021



Spotify's Marquee promotion tool makes you pay to reach your own fans
How smart apps and plugins are changing music


Vocal coach Adreana …

Episode #391 – Perfect Groove’s Andreas Wagner, Songwriter Streaming Royalties, And Guitar Center News

October 19th, 2021



My guest this week is Andreas Wagner, who’s the head of software development for Rebeat Innovation. Andreas is the main developer for the company’s Perfect Groove software, which allows mastering engineers to …

Episode #390 – Sessionwire’s Robin Leboe, Making A Living Through Streaming, And Recording Hits On An iPhone

October 12th, 2021



What it takes to make a living through streaming

Recording hits on an iPhone


Founder and CEO of the collaboration platform Sessionwire, Robin …

Podcast #389 – Flavorlab Founders, NFT Legal Issues, And Fully Deductible Production Costs

October 5th, 2021



NFTs are the hot new thing, but you have to be aware of these legal issues
A new bill will make music production costs deductible


Erik Blicker and Glann Schloss, founders of Flavorlab 

My guests this week are …

Podcast #388 – Saxophonist Jamie Anderson, Music Acts Like A Virus, And The End Of The Hackentosh

September 28th, 2021



New data shows that music spreads just like an infectious disease

With Apple release their own processors, the end of the Hackentosh is near


Podcast #387 – Byta CEO Marc Brown, YouTube’s Recommendation Engine, And The Music Museum No One Knows About

September 21st, 2021



An overview of how YouTube's video recommendation works
The warehouse storing the history of analog electronic music no one knows about

GUEST founder and CEO Marc Brown
Also check out

My guest …

Podcast #386: Producer Kris Bradley, Your Streaming Digital Dollar, And Winter NAMM Postponed

September 14th, 2021



Canadian study shows how the digital streaming dollar is split
Winter NAMM 2022 is postponed to June


Songwriter / Producer Kris Bradley
Find …

Podcast #385: Engineer Mark Linett Talks Remote Audio, Amazon Live Streaming, And DSP In Loudspeakers

September 7th, 2021


Inside The M&B Remote Audio Truck


Amazon is getting into live programming

How loudspeaker DSP has changed the audio world


3 time Grammy-winning engineer Mark Linett
Find out more about Mark and the Horizon …

Podcast #384: All About Trailer Music From Ghostwriter Music, Increased TikTok Video Length, And Web MIDI

August 31st, 2021



TikTok is testing increased video lengths to compete with YouTube
Using MID from your browser with Web MIDI


Chris Bragg and Travis Michaud from trailer music company Ghostwriter Music

Ghostwriter is the go-to …

Podcast #383 – Drummer Matt Sorum, Streaming Marketshare, And Oberheim Gets His Trademark Back

August 24th, 2021



More people are streaming music than you might have thought
The legendary synth developer Tom Oberheim gets his worldwide trademark back and will …

Podcast #382 – BeatConnect Execs, Most Influential Artists, And Another “Stolen Feel” Copyright Lawsuit

August 17th, 2021



The most influential artists and how much they make from streaming
The latest "Stolen Feel" lawsuit that could turn music on its head


Podcast #381 – Merlin CEO Jeremy Sirota, Fake Instagram Followers, And Changes At Sweetwater

August 10th, 2021



Big stars that have huge fake Instagram and Twitter followings
Will the big change at Sweetwater affect the way they do business?


Merlin CEO …

Podcast #380 – Engineer Benny Faccone, Making $50k Per Year On Spotify, And Mixing For Mastering

August 3rd, 2021



More than 13,000 make $50k or more on Spotify, but that's not the bad news
Answering questions about master mix levels for mastering


Some good stories from 18 time Grammy winning engineer Benny Faccone

18 time …

Podcast #379 – TikTok Influences Streaming, Scientific Reason For Drumming, And Engineer Barry Rudolph

July 27th, 2021



How TikTok influences streaming numbers
The scientific reason behind why people love drumming


Engineer and tech writer Barry Rudolph

Barry …

Podcast #378 – Keyboardist Jeff Lorber, Latest Streaming Numbers, And A New Sound Isolation Tool

July 20th, 2021



The latest streaming numbers tells us a lot about the current music business
A new simple and cheap sound isolation tool may make a big difference …

Podcast #377 – Immersion Networks Execs, Unseen Streaming Trends, And The Return Of The Rhodes

July 13th, 2021



A look at the best-selling streaming songwriters shows some interesting and unseen trends
The Rhodes electric piano may be back in production soon

Podcast #376 – Musician/Engineer Jurij Gianluca Ricotti, Buying Instagram Followers, And Single Chord Progression Songs

July 6th, 2021



You can easily buy Instagram followers but is it wise?
Single chord progression songs have been around longer than rap, hip hop and EDM


Podcast #375 – Singer/Songwriter John Hall, Road Crew Vaccinations, And Gear Manufacturers Pandemic Profit

June 29th, 2021



Tours are having a tough time finding road crews that are vaccinated
Manufacturers like Avid are having great years despite the pandemic


Podcast #374 – Keyboardist Bob Luna, The Creator Economy, And Why Songs Are Simpler

June 22nd, 2021



The creator economy has created a lot of competition
The reason why songs are getting simpler


Keyboardist, conductor, composer and arranger Bob Luna

Keyboardist, conductor, composer and arranger Bob Luna has …

Podcast #373 – Mixer Nacho Molino, Music’s Short Shelf Life, And Mixing On Headphones

June 15th, 2021



Hit records have a shorter and shorter shelf life
The problems with mixing on headphones and possible solutions


Mixer Nacho Molino

5 time …

Podcast #372 – Producer/Educator Mark Rubel, YouTube’s Massive Royalty Payout, And Microtime Audio

June 8th, 2021



YouTube payed a massive amount of royalty's to the music industry over the last 12 months
Is microtime audio the next audio horizon?


Producer / engineer / educator Mark Rubel

Mark Rubel has produced thousands of …

Podcast #371 – PR Maven Ariel Hyatt, Film Score Trends, And Guitar Environmental Issues

June 1st, 2021



The latest trends in film scores is good news for indie artists
Environmental issues and guitar tonewoods


Music PR maven Ariel Hyatt

Music PR maven Ariel Hyatt's CyberPR agency just celebrated 25 years in …

Podcast #370 – German Copyright Uproar, Audio Mags Merge, And Production Manager Tim McKenna

May 25th, 2021



German copyright is changing and artists hate that TikTok won't be paying
Pro Sound News and Mix Magazine are merging


Production manager for Boston House of Blues and the Xfinity Center Tim McKenna

My guest this …

Podcast #369 – Terry Manning Part 2, TikTok Blowing Up With Gen-Z, And What Makes Music Universal

May 18th, 2021



TikTok blowing up with Gen-Z
What makes music so universal?


Producer/engineer/photographer Terry Manning - Part 2

My guest on the podcast this …

Podcast #368 – Producer/Engineer Terry Manning, Hit Trends On The Billboard 100, And The Best Song Tempo To Study To

May 11th, 2021



Trends in the hits on the Billboard Hot 100 chart
The best song tempo to study to


Producer/engineer/photographer Terry Manning - Part 1

Terry …

Podcast #367 – Music Licensing Expert Michael Elsner, Singles That Won’t Die, And Focusrite Acquires Sequential Circuits

May 4th, 2021



The new trend of making different versions of the same song
Focurite Group acquires legendary synth manufacture Sequential Circuits


Composer and music licensing expert Michael Elsner
Master Music Licensing

Michael …

Podcast #366 – Producer Brian Malouf, The 10 Most Expensive Albums, And Music Industry Drowning In Data

April 27th, 2021



The music industry is drowning in data and it's getting worse
The 10 most expensive albums ever made


Producer/engineer and mixer Brian Malouf

Podcast #365 – Producer Richard “Younglord” Frierson, Streaming Recommendations, And The World’s Quietest Room

April 20th, 2021



Streaming music recommendations may be poor depending on the music genre
The world's quietest room is not where you expect it


Music producer Richard "Younglord" Frierson

My guest this week is Richard “Younglord” …

Podcast #364 – Meddling CEO Travis Rosenblatt, Latest Social Trends, And Cleaning Microphones

April 13th, 2021



The latest trends in social media according to Pew Research
Shure recommendations for cleaning microphones


Meddling CEO Travis Rosenblatt

Travis Rosenblatt used his experience in A&R for Warner Bros and 300 …

Podcast #363 – Guitarist Jennifer Batten, Payola For Streaming, And Supercharged Hard Drives

April 6th, 2021



Is reduced royalty rates for playlist placements actually payola?
New technologies for super-large hard drive capacity


Guitarist Jennifer …

Podcast #362 – Mastering Engineer Scott Hull, Current Streaming Rates, And Why Bands Are Disappearing

April 1st, 2021



The latest on streaming royalty rates from various services
A look at why bands are disappearing


Mastering engineer Scott Hull

Scott Hull …

Podcast #361 – Livestream Sales, Native Instruments/iZotope Merger, and Audionamix Ellie McNeil

March 16th, 2021



Last year's livestreaming sales numbers were surprising
Native Instruments and iZotope merge


Audionamix general manager Ellie McNeil

Ellie McNeil is the general manager of the audio software company Audionamix, a …

Episode #360 – Viberate Co-Founder Vasja Veber, Best Social Networks, And Behringer Oberheim Trademark War

March 9th, 2021



The 8 best social networks to promote your music
Behringer loses trademark battle over Oberheim


Viberate co-founder Vasja Veber

Vasja Veber co-founded Viberate, a platform that gives artists important analytics …

Episode #359 – Music Attorney Kamal Moo, The UK Opens Up Live Music, And Most Hated Rock Bands

March 2nd, 2021



The UK's roadmap for opening up live music

The most hated rock bands of all time


Music attorney Kamal Moo
Check out his book The Straightforward Guide To The Music Biz

Music attorney Kamal Moo has represented …

Episode #358 – Composer/Mixer Lars Deutsch, MLC Collects Unclaimed Funds, And Random, Probable And Generative Music

February 23rd, 2021



MLC collects almost $500 million in unclaimed funds
Random, probable and generative music


Composer-mixer Lars Deutsch

Two time Emmy winner Lars …

Episode #357 – Rupert Neve Passes, Labels De-emphasize Radio Promo, And Producer David Franz

February 16th, 2021



The audio legend Rupert Neve passes away
Record labels de-emphasizing radio promo as music consumption drops


Producer/multi-instrumentalist …

Episode #356 – Console Designer John Oram, Wallpaper Speakers, And SoundCloud Direct Pay

February 9th, 2021



SoundCloud may pay institute artist-centric royalties
Immersive audio easy with wallpaper speakers


Console designer and "father of British EQ" …

Episode #355 – Spotify Is Big Brother, Native Instruments Acquired, And Engineer/Podcaster Matt Boudreau

February 2nd, 2021



Spotify's latest patents have it listening to you to suggest music
Native Instruments the latest MI company to be acquired


Engineer/podcast Matt Boudreau
Listen to Working Class Audio

My guest this week is Matt …

Episode #354 – Producer/Engineer Mike Cave, MLC For Songwriters, And A LUFS Overview

January 26th, 2021



How the MLC will collect streaming royalties for songwriters, if you're signed up
An overview of LUFS and why it doesn't matter much for music


Episode #353: Elton John Guitarist Davey Johnstone

January 19th, 2021




Our musical attention span is getting short and what will happen by 2030Taylor Guitars gives the company to its employees


Elton John guitar player and musical director Davey Johnstone

Davey Johnstone has …

Episode #352 – Alexandra Bartles And Rick Snoman Of Pro Audio Ears

January 12th, 2021


My guests this week are Alexandra Bartles and Rick Snoman of Pro Audio Ears and Altar Recording Studios, the world’s first boutique recording studio dedicated to Electronic Dance Music. 

Alex is a practicing …

Episode #351 – Rating Your Musical Taste, Interactive Sheet Music, And Drummer Matt Starr

January 5th, 2021


My guest this week is drummer Matt Starr, who's worked with Ace Frehley, Joe Lynn Turner, Mr. Big and many others both recording and touring .

Matt …

Episode #350 – Annual Music Industry Predictions For 2021

December 29th, 2020


No guest this week, but you'll find plenty to listen to as I give my top predictions for what will happen next year in the music industry. We'll look at a wide variety of topics including:

How music venues adapt to the …

Episode #349 – 2020 Annual Year End Review

December 22nd, 2020


No guest on the podcast this week, but I will be taking my annual look back at how the music world changed in 2020.

Even though the pandemic dominated the headlines, there was so much more that happened in the past year. …

Episode #348 – Producer Mark Plati Part 2, Three Types Of Media, And Top 10 Audio Hardware Pieces

December 15th, 2020



The 3 types of media every artist should knowTop 10 Audio Hardware pieces from this year by GearNews


Producer/Engineer Mark Plati - Part 2

Episode #347 – Super Hi-Fi CEO Zack Zalon, Apple Music Prices, Production Relief From Congress

December 8th, 2020



A look at Apple Music prices around the world
Production relief from Congress with the HITS bill


Super Hi-Fi CEO Zack Zalon

Zack Zalon started his music business career as the general manager of the legendary …

Episode #346 – Miles Copeland Part 2, AI A&R, and Deep Fake Vocals

December 1st, 2020



Warner Music uses AI-driven A&R to sign more artists

Popular artist vocals and lyrics can now be deep faked


The Police and Sting manager …

Episode #345 – Police Manager Miles Copeland – Part 1, YouTube Ads, And Thunderbolt 4

November 24th, 2020



YouTube can now puts ads on all your videos whether you like it or not

Thunderbolt 4 is coming to a computer near you


Police manager and IRS …

Episode #344 – Musician Robert Martin, Gamers Avoid Royalties, And Sound Without Speakers Or Headphones

November 17th, 2020



Labels make Twitch crack down on music infringement

Immersive sound without speakers or headphones


Musician, vocalist, and mixer Robert Martin

Robert Martin was a long-time member of Frank Zappa’s band, the …

Episode #343 – Engineer John Cuniberti, Drive-In Concert Audio, And Spotify’s New Discovery Mode Tool

November 10th, 2020



Is Spotify's new Discovery Mode tool pay-to-play?
Drive-In Concert audio is actually pretty good


Engineer John Cuniberti
Check out his OneMic …

Episode #342 – Mixer Billy Decker, Ripper Sites Coming Down, And Audio Chips About To Get Scarce

November 3rd, 2020



The RIAA is going after 41 YouTube ripper sites

A fire at the AKM factory means audio chips are about to get scarce


Nashville mixer Biller Decker

Check out his Template Mixing And Mastering book
You can also listen …

Episode #341 – World Maestro Colin O’Donohoe, Ice Cream Truck Music, And 100th Anniversary Of The Theremin

October 27th, 2020



The company that monopolizes ice cream truck music
The 100th anniversary of the theremin


World Maestro Colin O'Donohoe

Colin O’Donohoe has …

Episode #340 – Producer Gareth Jones, The Rise Of Fake Artists, And Mixing ITB Acceptance

October 20th, 2020



The rise of fake artists in streaming

Even old analog engineers are now okay with mixing in-the-box


Producer/engineer Gareth Jones

My guest …

Episode #339 – Studio Designer Carl Tatz, Reimagining The Album, And The Prophet 5 Reissued

October 13th, 2020



The album is being reinvented for the streaming eraThe legendary Prophet 5 synthesizer is being reissued


Studio designer and Phantom Focus developer Carl TatzHear more from Carl on Episode #17

Carl Tatz has gone …

Episode #338 – An Internet Minute, Recycled Plastics For Acoustics, And Producer Mark Plati

October 6th, 2020



A look at what happens on the Internet in a minute in 2020Acoustic materials made from recycled plastic bottles


Producer Mark Plati - Part 1

Mark Plati has worked with a wide range of major artists including …

Episode #337 – Neighboring Rights Royalties, Gibson Aging Technology, And Producer/Soma Breath Founder Niraj Naik

September 29th, 2020



Neighboring rights and what it means to an artistGibson's latest guitar aging technology


Music producer and Soma Breath founder Niraj Naik

Episode #336 – Engineer/Producer J.J. Blair, Music Piracy Evolving, And Sony De-Emphasizing Electronics

September 22nd, 2020



Music piracy is evolving, or so an industry association wants you to believeSony is de-emphasizing electronics


Engineer, producer and …

Episode #335 – The 2020 Social Universe, Guitars Selling Again, And Songwriter Andrea Stolpe

September 15th, 2020



The social media universe in 2020Guitars are selling better than ever during the pandemic


Songwriter/educator Andrea Stolpe

Andrea Stolpe has …

Episode #334 – Producer/Plugin Developer Dan Korneff, 50% Visa Increase, And An Immersive Audio Format War

September 8th, 2020



You won't see too many mid-level foreign artists touring after a 50% visa price increaseGet ready for the immersive audio wars as Sony 360 Reality Audio is released


Producer/mixer/engineer and plugin developer …

Episode #333 – UK Musicians Leaving The Business, Horn Players At RiskDuring The Pandemic, And Music Exec Anthony Martini

September 1st, 2020



64% of UK musicians are considering leaving the music business

Horn players at risk during the pandemic


Royalty Exchange partner and music exec Anthony Martini

Anthony Martini got his start as a rap/metal …

Episode #332 – Songwriters Not Free To Experiment, NAMM Cancelled, And Producer/Engineer Sean Giovanni

August 25th, 2020



2 unique plagiarism cases about copying yourself, and freedom to experimentWinter NAMM 2021 has been cancelled, but that might not be so bad


Producer/engineer/entrepreneur Sean Giovanni

Sean Giovanni is a …

Episode #331 – Stairway To Heaven Lawsuit, Rickenbacker Dumps Guitar Center, And AmplifyX Founder Adam Cowherd

August 18th, 2020



The "Stairway To Heaven" plagiarism lawsuit is going to the Supreme CourtRickenbacker dumps Guitar Center and Musician's Friend


AmplifyX founder Adam Cowherd

Adam Cowherd is the founder of AmplifyX, a company …

Episode #330 – Dewey Bunnell From America, No Artist Pay For Airplay, And New Acoustic Advances

August 11th, 2020



Bipartisan Congressional support for not paying artists for radio airplaySeveral new acoustic advances to be aware of


America co-founder Dewey Bunnell

Dewey Bunnell, is a founding member and half of the band with …

Episode #329 – Music Videos Coming To Facebook, Capturing The Sounds Of Mars, And Songwriter/Entrepreneur Adam McInnis

August 4th, 2020



Official music videos coming to Facebook with the industry's blessingDPA gear is going to Mars on the latest Rover


Singer/songwriter, mentor and entrepreneur Adam McInnis

Adam McInnis is a singer/songwriter most …

Episode #328 – Gen-Z Influencing Listening, The 5 Mix Elements, And Composer David O

July 28th, 2020



Gen-Z's taste in music is different and it's influencing other generationsThe 5 Mix Element Rule


Musical theater composer/arranger and …

Episode #327 – UK Gives Music Venus Aid, Red Bull Studios Close, And Austrian Audio CEO Martin Seidl

July 21st, 2020



The UK Government passed an aid package for venues and cultural institutionsRed Bull has closed it's 11 studios around the world


Austrian …

Episode #326 – Nielsen Mid-Year Music Report, Korg And Roland Get Fined, And Sweetwater’s Chuck Surack

July 14th, 2020



Nielsen's mid-year recorded music report has some interesting data pointsKorg and Roland get big fines in the UK


Sweetwater Sound's founder …

Episode #325 – Deezer Coming On Strong, My Top 10 DAWs, And Tour Manager Felicity Hall

July 7th, 2020



Streaming service Deezer making movesMy top 10 DAWs


Tour manager Felicity Hall

Felicity Hall has been a tour manager for the last 10 years in a male dominated world. During that time she’s worked with Snarky …

Episode #324 – Save Home Studios In Nashville With Lij Shaw

June 30th, 2020



Lij ShawSign the petition at SaveHomeStudios.comIf you live in Nashville, send an email directly to the city council at

Imagine that it was illegal for you to record anyone except yourself in …

Episode #323 – Online Concerts, Things We Don’t Miss About Analog Studios, And Studio Designer John Brandt

June 23rd, 2020



Yes, online concerts can pay off big-timeThe reasons why we don't miss the studios of old


Studio designer John Brandt

John Brandt has owned …

Episode #322 – New Grammy Rule Book, Orchestra Social Distancing, And Producer Kyle Hunter

June 16th, 2020



The Recording Academy has released a new rule book for the GrammysOrchestras try to make a comeback after COVID


Producer Kyle HunterFind out …

Episode #321 – TikTok And Kids, Mic Custom Shop, Gibson Sells Stanton, And Mixer/Producer David Cole

June 9th, 2020



Kids are watching TikTok almost as much as YouTubeTelefunken has opened a mic custom shopGibson sells iconic manufacturer Stanton to InMusic


Episode #320 – Charts Vs. Listeners, Studios Reopening, And CD Baby’s Kevin Breuner

June 2nd, 2020



Why the charts and what people actually listen to don't always matchA look at the Recording Academy P&E Wing recommendations for reopening studios.


CD Baby VP of Marketing Kevin Breuner

My guest on the …

Episode #319 – Gaming Spotify, Touch-Enabled Laptop, And Bassist Stu Hamm

May 26th, 2020


Stu Hamm is one of the world’s premier bass players and clinicians. His unique and innovative two-handed tapping technique proves that even the …

Episode #318 – First Socially-Distanced Concert, Slick Quarantine Band Videos, And Zack O’Malley Greenburg

May 19th, 2020


Zack O’Malley Greenburg is a senior editor of media & entertainment at Forbes and author of four excellent music oriented business books.

His latest, A-List Angels, is how a band of actors, artists and athletes …

Episode #317 – Demystifying Streaming Royalties, Inside Gear Reviews, And Agent Jack Forman

May 12th, 2020


Jack Forman is a senior vice-president at BiCoastal Productions, the New York City-based concerts and theatrical booking agency. 

Originally spearheading the agency’s coverage of the Western United States, Jack now …

Episode #316 – YouTube Views Increase And So Does Music Gear Sales, And Music Exec Camille Barbone

May 5th, 2020


Camille Barbone has done just about every behind-the-scenes job in the music business you can think of. 

From working as a label executive for …

Episode #315 – Musician Relief Funds, Fender Stops Using Ash, And Composer Joe Renzetti

April 28th, 2020


My guest on this episode is Joe Renzetti, who started in the studio band of the Cameo Parkway label in Philadelphia playing on hits like “Let’s Twist Again,” “South Street,” Palisades Park,” and “Limbo Rock.”

He then …

Episode #314 – 5 Ways To Make Money On YouTube, Recordings In The National Registry, And Wellness Coach Katie Zaccardi

April 21st, 2020


My guest today is Katie Zaccardi who’s a songwriter, artist, music industry professional, and certified yoga instructor. Through her work in both music and wellness along with her own experience with a generalized …

Episode #313 – Creativity And Age, AI In The Studio, And MIDI 2.0 With Brett Porter

April 14th, 2020


Brett Porter is one of the lead engineers in the development of the MIDI 2.0 spec. Brett has a big background in electronic music, but he’s also developed software products for the pro audio, broadcast, and musical …

Episode #312 – Releasing Music In Isolation, New Bass String Technology, And Lawyer/Drummer Kurt Dahl

April 7th, 2020


This week's guest is Kurt Dahl, who's not only a successful entertainment attorney but is a busy drummer as well. His band One Bad Son has toured …

Podcast #311 – Musician’s Union Lawsuit, UPS Backup, And Studio Guitarist Ira Ingber

March 31st, 2020


My guest today is Ira Ingber, who’s a long time Los Angeles studio musician, composer and producer.

Through the years Ira has had multiple major label …

Episode #310 – Downturn In Streaming Numbers, Smart Monitor Future, And NinjaTune/Coldcut Co-Founder Matt Black

March 24th, 2020


This week's guest is Matt Black who's the co-founder of the leading indie record label Ninja Tune and electronic music pioneer duo Coldcut. Coldcut …

Episode #309 – Imposed Downtime, M.I. Trade Wars, And Artist Branding With Laura Bull

March 17th, 2020


This week's guest is Laura Bull, who spent ten years with Sony Music Entertainment where she became one of the company's youngest executives at the …

Episode #308 – Streaming Network Payouts, Liquid Distortion, And Drummer/Producer Tony Braunagel

March 10th, 2020


My guest this week is Tony Braunagel, who's been the drummer for a wide variety of artists including Bonnie Raitt, Robert Cray, Rickie Lee Jones, and Taj Mahal, among others.

It was with Taj that Tony gained a named for …

Episode #307 – AI In A&R, Subwoofer Sneakers, And Music Marketer Jay Warsinske

March 3rd, 2020


This week's guest is Jay Warsinske has been in music marketing, promotion and artist development for over 40 years.

In that time he's helped launch the music for celebrated artists like U2, NWA, AC/DC, Dr. Dre, …

Episode #306 – Spotify Accounts Hack, Music Gear And Tech, And Post Engineer Leslie Gaston-Bird

February 25th, 2020


My guest on this episode is Leslie Gaston-Bird, who is a post-production engineer, governor-at-large for the Audio Engineering Society, and a former …

Episode #305 – The Health Of Major Streaming Services, 6 F’s Of Taking A Gig, And Drummer Daniel Glass

February 18th, 2020


This week's guest is drummer Daniel Glass, who has worked with a wide variety of artists that range from Brian Setzer to Bette Midler, to the Budapest Jazz Orchestra, to KISS front man Gene Simmons. 

Daniel has been …

Episode #304 – Submission To Playlists, Reasons Behind USB-C, And Producer John Boylan

February 11th, 2020


Legendary producer John Boylan started in the business as a member of the burgeoning folk scene in the Village in New York City that set the tone for …

Episode #303 – Ghosted Songs, Illegal Tribute Bands, And Music Consultant Jay Gilbert

February 4th, 2020


My guest this week is Jay Gilbert, who turned his love of taking concert photographs into being on the cutting edge of digital sales and marketing as an executive with Universal, Sony and Warner Music Groups.

Jay has …

Episode #302 – Extra Tracks Strategy, USC Diversity Study, And Groove U Founder Dwight Heckelman

January 28th, 2020


After working at the prestigious Berklee College of Music, Dwight Heckelman felt that music higher education needed to be held to a higher standard …

Espisode #301 – Winter NAMM 2020 Overview

January 21st, 2020


This week on the podcast I take a quick look at the recent Winter NAMM 2020 exhibition that just finished in Anaheim.

NAMM was certainly different this year as it felt renewed and actually had its first buzz-worthy …

Episode #300 – Streaming Slowing, 13 Musical Emotions, And Engineer Dennis Moody

January 14th, 2020


My guest today on Episode #300 is Dennis Moody who’s the engineer of choice for some of the worlds top drummers, including Dave Weckl, Steve Gadd, …

Episode #299 – Music And Audio Companies Sold, And Radial Product Manager Jay Porter

January 7th, 2020


My guest today is Radial Engineering product manager Jay Porter, who worked as both a live and studio engineer before entering the world of audio manufacturing.

Over the past 10 years while working with Primacoustic, …

Episode #298 – Predictions For 2020

December 31st, 2019


No guest on the podcast this week as I take a look at what might be in store for us 2020. It's short and sweet and will get you thinking.

Some of the …

Episode #297 – Decade And Year End Wrap Up

December 24th, 2019


Merry Christmas everyone!

Check out the annual look back at the year, and the decade, in music, audio and the music industry.

You'll be surprised at just how much has changed over the last year, and even more surprised at …

Episode #296 – How Many Streams For Minimum Wage, Pulitzer For Audio, And Studio Designer John Storyk

December 17th, 2019


Over the course of his 50 years in the business John Storyk has designed more than 3,500 audio and video production facilities, recording studios, radio stations, corporate media and conference rooms, educational and, …

Episode #295 – Vinyl’s Big Sales Week, Dolby’s Latest Deal, And Blogger/Author Ari Herstand

December 10th, 2019


Ari Herstand parlayed his experiences as an indie artist into a secondary career as a music industry blogger and author.

Ari’s music business blog Ari’s Take has been a staple for helping musicians build a career …

Episode #294 – Inactive Social Accounts, Plugin Evolution, And Engineer Kevin Killen

December 3rd, 2019


Kevin Killen is a multi-Grammy award winning engineer who’s worked with luminaries like David Bowie, U2, Peter Gabriel, Yo Yo Ma and the Silk Road …

Episode #293 – New Music Streaming Service, Digital Archiving, And Waves Product Manager Yoni Zlotkin

November 26th, 2019


Yoni Zlotkin turned some ambisonics and binaural college projects into a job as product manager for what has now become Waves NX.

He is now also a …

Episode #292 – Rush Seating, Rosewood Rules Relaxed, And Mastering Engineer Jonathan Wyner

November 19th, 2019


My guest this week is Jonathan Wyner is the chief mastering engineer and president of M Works Mastering in Cambridge, MA.

Jonathan began his career as a mastering engineer in 1985 as the compact disc was becoming a …

Episode #291 – Return Of The Compilation, My Podcast Setup, And Post Mixer Jason Brennan

November 12th, 2019


This episode features guest Jason Brennan, who's a re-recording mixer, supervising sound editor and sound designer with numerous feature film and television credits for Warner Bros.

His 10 years of experience in music …

Episode #290 – FTC Gets Tough On Social Fakers, The Downside Of Free Plugins, And Dino Monoxelus “The Ampeg Guy”

November 5th, 2019


This week's guest is Dino Monoxelus, who is currently a senior product specialist and product planning manager for Ampeg Amplifiers.

He’s affectionally known as “The Ampeg Guy” for his extensive knowledge about the …

Episode #289 – Spotify Adverts, Gibson Loses Trademarks, And Michelle Moog-Koussa

October 29th, 2019


Michelle Moog-Koussa is the daughter of the man who’s name is almost synonymous with the word synthesizer - Bob Moog.

Michelle has been the executive director of the Bob Moog Foundation for the 12 years since its …

Episode #288 – Label Catalog Dilemma, AES New Gear, And Mastering Engineer Michael Romanowski

October 22nd, 2019


This episode's featured guest is Michael Romanowski, a Grammy nominated mastering engineer who’s the owner and chief mastering engineer at San Francisco’s Coast Mastering.

He’s also the co-owner and founder of the …

Episode #287 – CD Baby And TuneCore In China, Digital Patchbays, And Producer-Engineer Yoad Nevo

October 15th, 2019


My guest this week is Yoad Nevo, who has credits that include over thirty #1 singles, more than fifty Top 10 albums and over sixty Top 10 singles worldwide as a producer, mixer and mastering engineer.

Among the artists …

Episode #286 – Spotify Market Value, Engineers Working For Free, And Agent Bruce Houghton

October 8th, 2019


This episode features guest Bruce Houghton, who started his boutique Skyline Artists Agency more than 25 year ago.

The agency now has offices in Los Angeles, Nashville, New England, Virginia, Florida and St.Louis, and …

Episode #285 – Online Content Getting Shorter, New SSDs, And L-Acoustic’s Scott Sugden

October 1st, 2019


Scott Sugden started as a live systems engineer for bands like Van Halen and Steve Miller Band to theater productions like Spamalot and The Producers before specializing in large format sound system design for …

Episode #284: CDs Making A Comeback, Cheap USB Hubs, And Engineer Craig Burbidge

September 24th, 2019


My guest this week is engineer Craig Burbidge, who gained multi-platinum status having worked with hundreds of artists including Barry White, Steve …

Episode #283 – Streaming Royalties May Change For The Better, SM58 Facts, And Engineer Jesse Ray Ernster

September 17th, 2019


My guest this week is engineer, mixer and composer Jesse Ray Ernster, who grew up in a musical family with both his parents playing in bands and making records.

Jesse’s entrance in the music business began at age of 16 …

Episode #282 – Latest Music Sales Data, 40th Walkman Anniversary, And Miles Davis Nephew Vince Wilburn Jr.

September 10th, 2019


This week's guest is Vince Wilburn Jr., who has both toured and recorded with his uncle Miles Davis on many legendary recordings from 1984 through 1987.
He is also a producer on the Grammy-winning “Miles Ahead” …

Episode #281 – Manipulating Streaming Numbers, Steinway’s Secret Vault, And WAM’s Terri Winston

September 3rd, 2019


Terri Winston is the executive director of Women’s Audio Mission, a San Francisco-based nonprofit organization that uses music and media to attract over 2,000 underserved women and girls every year to STEM and creative …

Episode #280 – Music Disappearing From Radio, Hydrating Your Voice, And Hollywood Bowl FOH Mixer Fred Vogler

August 27th, 2019


6 time Grammy Award-winner Fred Vogler is the principal sound designer and FOH mixer for the Hollywood Bowl and Walt Disney Concert Hall.
Throughout …

Episode #279 – Amazon Sells Counterfeit CDs, Mixing With Your Eyes, And Amuse CEO Diego Farias

August 20th, 2019


My guest this week is Diego Farias, who's a digital music and tech expert with experience from some of the world’s most successful tech companies. He …

Episode #278 – Producer Joe Solo, Rerecording Old Songs, And The Transition To 64 Bit DAWs

August 13th, 2019


Joe Solo turned a chance meeting with Macy Gray into a 17 year journey that culminated in a Grammy win, a double platinum album, and a hit MTV video.

Episode #277 – 411 Music Group’s Kristen Agee, Katy Perry Plagiarism Lawsuit, And SoundCloud For Every Musician

August 6th, 2019


Kristen Agee is a classically trained violinist and started playing multiple instruments at the age of 7.
She opened a studio in Silver Lake, …

Episode #276 – Musician’s Labor Relations, Focusrite Buys ADAM, And Engineer Steve Genewick

July 30th, 2019


This week's guest is Steve Genewick, who's worked at Capitol Studios in Hollywood for 25 years.
During that time he’s had the opportunity to work …

Episode #275 – Producer/Remixer Dave Aude, DJ Streaming, And Summer NAMM

July 23rd, 2019


Dave Audé is a producer and remixer with an astounding 133 #1’s on Billboard’s Dance Club chart. That’s more than any other producer, and what makes it even more impressive is that 14 are his own singles as an artist. …

Episode #274 – Amazon Music, Aerosmith In Vegas, And Producer/Engineer Greg Penny Talks Immersive Audio

July 15th, 2019


My guest this week is at the forefront of mixing music in Dolby Atmos. Greg Penny has produced hits with k.d. lang, Cher, and Paul Young, among …

Episode #273 – Music In 10 Years, Tinnitus, Pro Tools Computers, And Primephonic CEO Thomas Steffens

July 9th, 2019


My guest today is the CEO of Primphonic, Thomas Steffens. Primephonic is a music streaming service dedicated to keeping classical music alive and …

Episode #272 – New Billboard Charts, Smuggling With Speaker Cabinets, And Smart Studio’s Jim Dunne

July 2nd, 2019


Jim Dunne is the founder and senior acoustic consultant of the ground-breaking Smart Studio, which completely disrupts how recording studios and …

Episode #271 – Music Publishing Revenue, Universal Vault Fire, And Female Musician’s Academy’s Bree Noble

June 25th, 2019


My guest on the podcast this week is Bree Noble, who is a champion for women in music thanks to her Female Entrepreneur Musician Podcast and Female Musician Academy.

Bree quit her corporate job as a Director of Finance …

Episode #270 – Spotify vs. Radio, Playlists Replace The Album, And Rocketsongs Jonathan Stone

June 18th, 2019


Jonathan Stone has had a long career as a director of creative services in music publishing at heavyweight companies like ATV Music, MCA Music, Quincy Jones Qwest Music Publishing, and Windswept. He now runs the …

Episode #269 – YouTube Copyright Mistakes, Losing 50 Million Songs, And Zubin Gadhoke Of Olympus Projects

June 11th, 2019


Zubin Gadhoke is a co-founder and producer for Olympus Projects, which is a management and consulting agency that provides artists with help in the …

Episode #268 – The 50 States Of Music, Vintage Synth Acid Trip, And Music Consultant Rick Goetz

June 4th, 2019


Rick Goetz has been a a major label A&R representative, a music supervisor, an artist manager, a bass player, and record label owner. 
He has worked for Lava/Atlantic, Elektra, and EMI, with projects by artists that …

Episode #267 – The Hottest New Social Platform, Guitar And Bass Singing, And Founder David Kalt

May 28th, 2019


David Kalt launched the super popular gear site in  2013 after growing frustrated with the process of buying and selling guitars on eBay.

Episode #266 – YouTube’s Streaming Numbers, Major Label Hi-Res Audio, And NBC Supervising Sound Editor Robert Siciliano

May 21st, 2019


My guest today is Robert Siciliano, who started as a music recording engineer, but by almost a quirk of fate got a temp job at NBC that turned into a career.
In the interview we talked about making the transition to …

Episode #265 – Digital Payola, Minors Playing In Clubs, And Microphone Maker Dave Pearlman

May 14th, 2019


After years as a touring pedal steel guitarist with everyone from Dan Fogelberg and Phil Everly to Pat Boone and Bobby Womack, Dave Pearlman opened …

Episode #264 – Most Musical Cities, Netflix Quality Audio, And Music Technologist David Frangioni

May 7th, 2019


David Frangioni started his music career as a drummer, but soon became a pioneer in MIDI technology. This lead him into the studio as an engineer …

Episode #263 – Black Box Money, Background Music And Grammy Audio Co-Ordinator Michael Abbott

April 30th, 2019


My guest today is Michael Abbott, who started in television audio doing front-of-house sound for projects like the opening and closing ceremonies for the Olympics and the Academy awards, to working for the major …

Episode #262 – Digital Music And The Environment, Hearing Loss For String Players, And Music Registry’s Ritch Esra

April 23rd, 2019


Ritch Esra is the former promotion coordinator for A&M Records and director of A&R for Arista Records, where he worked extensively with the publishing and songwriting communities for material for Whitney …

Episode #261 – Streaming Services Keep The Money, Beamforming Audio, And Producer-Engineer Jack Miele

April 16th, 2019


My guest today is producer/engineer Jack Miele, who’s won a Grammy, Emmy, 4 Telly awards and 2 Global Music awards.
Based in New Orleans, Jack has a wide range of studio credits that include Rod Stewart, The Roots, …

Episode #260 – Vinyl Mastering Engineer Kevin Gray, The 3 Inch Single, And Violinists Trained By AI

April 9th, 2019


My guest today is mastering engineer Kevin Gray who specializes in vinyl disc cutting.
Kevin has mastered music at his Cohearant Mastering studio for every major label in every genre, including pop, rock, jazz, …

Episode #259 – Producer Michael Beinhorn, CD Baby Sold, And Audio Interface Survey

April 2nd, 2019


Michael Beinhorn has produced a wide range of artists including Herbie Hancock, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Ozzy Osbourne, Aerosmith and Soundgarden, among many others.
He is the author of Unlocking Creativity, and an …

Episode #258 – 5th Anniversary Geoff Emerick Tribute With Bill Smith, Record Deal For Algorithm, And Counterfeit Gear

March 26th, 2019


Recently I had a conversation with engineer Bill Smith about the late engineer Geoff Emerick and realized that there was a lot that we didn’t know about this audio giant even though he was responsible for some huge …

Episode #257 – Social Usage, Song Skip Rates, And Surf Guitar Legend Bob Berryhill

March 19th, 2019


Bob is a founding member of The Surfaris, and every guitar player since 1963 has learned to play the band’s big hit “Wipeout” sometime early in their …

Episode #256 – RIAA Numbers, USB 3.2, And Producer-Composer-Mixer Doug DeAngelis

March 12th, 2019


Composer, producer and music supervisor Doug DeAngelis is my guest on the podcast today.
Doug hit paydirt early in his career when he recorded …

Episode #255 – Radio Royalties, MI Business Health, And CD Baby’s Heli De Moral

March 5th, 2019


My guest on the podcast today is CD Baby’s VP of international development, Heli Del Moral.
Before coming to the company Heli worked in television as the international director of marketing for ESPN and Univision where …

Episode #254 – Amphion CEO Anssi Hyvonen, Facebook’s Lasso, And The Start Of Modern Recording

February 26th, 2019


Amphion loudspeakers have become a favorite of award-winning mixing engineers the world over, and founder and CEO Anssi Hyvonen is my guest on the podcast today.
Anssi spent most of his life as a hi-fi enthusiast, but he …

Episode #253 – Apple Buys Label Services Company, Hit Songs Keys And Tempos, And Beatchain CEO Ben Mendoza

February 19th, 2019


Ben Mendoza created UK-based Beatchain along with co-founder and musician Steve Jones to accelerate artist growth by using data science and automation.
Ben has spent almost 25 years using software to improve decision …

Episode #252 – Songwriters Get A Raise, High Sample Rates, And Engineer Paul Edwards

February 12th, 2019


Paul Edwards is a Montreal-based engineer who has worked on projects by Smashing Pumpkins, Flaming Lips, Ben Harper, Arctic Monkeys, Interpol, Bloc …

Episode #251 – Producer Bill Reynolds, Spotify Hacked, And Apple Switching Processors

February 5th, 2019


Bill Reynolds is a Grammy-nominated producer, engineer, mixer, songwriter and former bass player with Band of Horses.
Bill’s credits include the …

Episode #250 – Post Mixer/Source Elements Co-Founder Robert Marshall, And Winter NAMM Wrap-Up

January 29th, 2019


Robert Marshall is a sound designer, mixer and partner of Chicago audio post house SUM1. Robert has spent the last 15 years doing sound design, mixes, and ADR for film, television and radio, including several Superbowl …

Episode #249 – Voice-Over Artist Andrew Peters, Spotify Hardware, And Tinnitus Help

January 22nd, 2019



Spotify will release hardware for the car this year
Researchers have found a way to ease the effects of Tinnitus


Voice-over artist …

Episode #248 – Drummer Denny Seiwell, Copyright Overview, and History Of Vocal Tuning

January 15th, 2019



A quick look at how to copyright your songs for 2019
The history of vocal tuning


Session drummer Denny Seiwell

Denny Seiwell went from being one of the top session drummers in New York City, to become a …

Episode #247 – Session Guitar Tim Pierce, Ed Sheeran Plagiarism Suit, And Pioneer Sold

January 8th, 2019



Ed Sheeran gets sued for plagiarism by the Marvin Gaye estate
Pioneer Electronics is sold


Session guitarist Tim Pierce

Tim Pierce, who’s …

Episode #246 – A Look At What To Expect In 2019 In The Music Business

January 1st, 2019


A look ahead at what to expect in 2019 in:

the music business
the musical instrument business
the pro audio business

Episode #245 – 2018 Year End Music Business And Production Overview

December 25th, 2018


2018 Year End Overview

A look back at my predictions for the year
What happened in the music business in the last year
What happened in music production business in the last year
What happened in the MI business in …

Episode #244 – “Blurred Lines” Lawsuit, Window Isolation, And Guitarist Laurence Juber

December 18th, 2018



The "Blurred Lines" lawsuit has finally been settled, and not to the benefit of songwriters
A look at isolating home studio windows


Episode #243 – Universal Music Up For Sale, A Look At Mastering, And Vocalist Darlene Koldenhoven

December 11th, 2018



Universal Music Group is being put up for sale and already has a potential buyer
A look at what mastering is, and what it isn't


Vocalist …

Episode #242 – IFPI Vs. YouTube, Lifting Rosewood Restrictions And Producer Frank Frizpatrick

December 4th, 2018



The IFPI disputes the amount of money YouTube says it's paid to artists
The strict importation restrictions on rosewood that affects stringed instruments may be eased


Music and film producer Frank …

Episode #241 – EU Article 13, Top 20 DAWs, and Conan Trumpet Player Mark Pender

November 27th, 2018



What is Article 13 and the effect it will have on your videos
The Top 20 DAWs according to Music Radar


Conan trumpet player and vocalist Mark Pender

Episode #240 – U.S. Spotify Users, Voice Care In Winter, And Post Engineer Paul Hollman

November 20th, 2018



An overview of Spotify users in the United States
How to care for your voice during the Winter


Postproduction engineer Paul Hollman

Episode #239 – Engineering Legend Al Schmitt, Apple Music Distributor Tiers, And Top 10 Synths

November 13th, 2018



Apple Music now has 3 tiers for distributors
Top 10 Synths of all time according to Music Radar


Engineering legend Al Schmitt
Find his new  book Al Schmitt On The Record here


Episode #238 – Social Media Mistakes, Best Selling Headphones, And Bassist Paul ILL

November 6th, 2018











Common social media mistakes
The best selling headphones will surprise you


Los Angeles studio bass player Paul ILL

Episode #237 – Special Edition: Behind-The-Scenes Of The Podcast

October 30th, 2018










Everything you wanted to know about the Inner Circle Podcast including:

Guests, news, branding, and commercial-free
Tech (signal path, studio, plugins, posts, editing)
And more

Episode #236 – Spotify Payouts, Nano-Membrane Audio, And Composer Michael Raphael

October 23rd, 2018









Some Spotify payouts are rising while others are falling
Nano-membrane technology could turn almost anything into a mic or speakers


Episode #235 – Archival Engineer Dan Johnson, Most Popular Music Genres, And 5 Effects That Changed Music

October 16th, 2018









The top worldwide music genres
The 5 hardware effects that changed music


United Studios Archiving audio preservation engineer Dan Johson

Episode #234 – Westlake Studio’s Al Machera, Money Pouring Into Music Biz, And The Legacy Of Geoff Emerick

October 9th, 2018









Outside money is pouring into the music business, and there's a reason why
The creative and recorded legacy of the legendary Geoff Emerick


Westlake Studios co-owner and CEO Al Machera

Episode #233 – NASA Engineer And Bassist Mike Paul Hughes On My Latest Inner Circle Podcast

October 2nd, 2018









The most stressful job in the music industry might surprise you
The used guitar market may be growing too fast


Bassist, Bollywood …

Episode #232 – Author/Musician Craig Anderton, Music Modernization Act, And Sales Tax For Online Gear Purchases

September 25th, 2018










How the Music Modernization Act passed the Senate and what happens next
Pretty soon you'll probably have to pay sales tax for all …

Episode #231 – Sony’s Big Payouts, Changes To The Vinyl Standard, And Veva Sound’s Drew Waters

September 18th, 2018











Sony Music's payouts to artists larger than expected after selling Spotify shares
The RIAA is considering the first changes to the …

Episode #230 – Sweetwater’s Mitch Gallagher, Spotify Music Video War, And Neumann Logo Badge Color

September 11th, 2018








There's a big war brewing between labels, publishers and Spotify over music videos
There are five logo badge colors on Neumann …

Episode #229 – Taxi Founder Michael Laskow, US Radio Decline, And The 5 Saddest Songs

September 4th, 2018









U.S. radio continues to decline while it's on the upswing in the rest of the world
A new Gloom Index algorithm rates the 5 saddest songs


Taxi Music founder and CEO Michael Laskow

Episode #228 – Spotify Fake Artists Again, MI/Pro Audio Imports, And Mastering Engineer Ron McMaster

August 28th, 2018









Spotify uses fake artists on its ambient channels, but labels fight back with Apple Music
Musical instrument and pro audio imports are down, and that's before tariffs kick in


Mastering engineer and …

Episode #227 – Blue Oyster Cult Guitarist Buck Dharma, Stream Fraud, And A New Audio Console Study

August 21st, 2018


Photo: Cheryl Peterson











Stream fraud is running rampant by artists, labels, platforms and even consumers
Audio consoles and mixers are …

Episode #226 – Most Expensive Vinyl, Monster Money, And Recording Academy’s Daryl Friedman

August 14th, 2018









The 10 most expensive auctions for vinyl records will surprise you
Cable manufacturer  Monster tries crypto-currency  with Monster Money


Recording Academy's government relations officer brings us up …

Episode #225 – Radio, Smart Speaker Data, Logitech Buys Blue, And Composer Lyle Workman

August 7th, 2018









Nielsen's latest report provides lots of data on radio and smart speaker usage
Logitech buys Blue Microphones


Guitarist and film/TV composer Lyle Workman

Episode #224 – Releasing Vinyl, Audio Over Ethernet, And Wall Street Piano Man Niko Kotoulas

July 31st, 2018









9 things to think about before release a vinyl album
An overview of Audio over Ethernet


Wall Street piano man Niko Kotoulas

Episode #223 – Radio Formats Changing, Musical Instrument Data, And Empirical Labs Founder Dave Derr

July 24th, 2018









The popularity of radio's top music formats is changing
Musical instruments are selling again and here's where we're buying them from

Episode #222 – Spotify Playlists, Martin Audio Sold, And Label Exec Shan Dan Horan

July 17th, 2018









All Spotify playlists won't provide the same streaming results
Private equity group buys Martin Audio


President of Outerloop …

Episode #221 – Vinyl Surges Again, Jazzmaster Is The New Strat, And Engineer Ed Seay

July 10th, 2018








Vinyl sales rose again in the first half of the year
Fender's Jazzmaster is becoming this generation's Strat


Nashville engineer Ed Seay talks about giving an Elvis album new life

Episode #220 – Grammy Changes, JBL Pro Rumors, And Engineer Clark Germain

July 3rd, 2018









There are some changes coming to the Grammys, but will they have the intended effect?
There may be big changes coming to JBL Pro soon


Engineer and Emmy winner Clark Germain

Episode #219 – Streaming Direct Deals, China Trade War, And Mobile Engineer Steve Remote

June 26th, 2018








How Spotify's direct deals with artists can change the balance of power in the industry
The effect of a possible trade war with China on music and audio gear


Mobile and location recording engineer …

Episode #218 – Label’s Spotify Windfall, Looping Origin, And Music Connections Eric Bettelli And Mark Nardone

June 19th, 2018











The record labels made money from Spotify. Where's it going?
We trace the surprising  origin of looping


Publisher Eric Bettelli and Editor Mark Nardone of Music Connection Magazine

Episode #217 – Apple’s New Publishing Division, Too Similar Pop Songs, And Music Exec Ted Joseph

June 12th, 2018










Why Apple created a new music publishing division
A new study confirms #1 pops songs all sound similar


Longtime music marketing exec Ted Joseph

Episode #216 – Facebook Losing Teens, The Creative Cycle, And Mixer Andrew Maury

June 5th, 2018









Facebook is no longer the top social site for U.S. teens
The Creative Cycle explained


Producer/mixer Andrew Maury

Episode #215 – YouTube’s New Charts, Guitars Aren’t Dying, And EveAnna Manley Of Manley Labs

May 29th, 2018











YouTube's new charts are competing with Billboard's
Despite what you read, the guitar isn't dying


EveAnna Manley, CEO of Manley Labs

Episode #214 – Universal Music Going Public, Shure Exits Phono Cart Biz, And Post Mixer Mike Rodriguez

May 22nd, 2018









Why Universal Music may be going public
Shure exists the phono cartridge business after 86 years


Post mixer and podcast host Mike Rodriquez
Check out the AudioNowcast

Episode #213 – Music Industry Growth Worldwide, Interface Formats, And Mixer Gary Lux

May 15th, 2018









The music industry is growing worldwide, and the reason is surprising
An overview of the different audio interface formats


Engineer/mixer Gary Lux

Episode #212 – New Revenue From YouTube, Keeping Your Band Together, And Audio Director Nick Peck

May 8th, 2018









Finding new revenue from YouTube
7 keys to keeping your band together


Disney audio director Nick Peck

Episode #211 – Virtual Radio, Instrument Insurance, And Film Composer Chris Boardman

May 1st, 2018









Virtual radio looks to be the next big thing in broadcast
The ins and outs of instrument insurance


Film composer Chris Boardman
Chris Boardman Master Classes In Film Scoring

Episode #210 – SoundCloud Losses, AI Songwriting, And Producer David Campos

April 24th, 2018









SoundCloud's losses mount
Songwriting via machine is getting popular


Producer and composer David Campos
Find out more about …

Episode #209 – Spotify Kills Song Titles, National Recording Registry, And Producer Warren Huart

April 17th, 2018









Spotify is killing song titles
25 classic recordings added to the National Recording Registry


Producer/engineer Warren Huart
More info about Produce Like A Pro

Episode #208 – What A Vinyl Hit Really Means, Pro Tools Gets A New Name, And Scoring Mixer Bobby Fernandez

April 10th, 2018









A vinyl hit doesn't really mean a lot of sales
A Pro Tools version is getting a new name


Film scoring mixer Bobby Fernandez

Episode #207 – Apple Music Adds Videos, Fender Doing Better Than Gibson, And Hall Of Fame Saxophonist Joe Sublett

April 3rd, 2018











The strategic reason why Apple Music is adding music videos
Here's why Fender is doing better than Gibson


Blues Hall Of Fame saxophonist Joe Sublett

Episode #205 – Campus Label Reps Are Back, The Latest MI Report, And Producer Clarence Jey

March 20th, 2018










Record labels are hiring college campus reps again
The Musical Instrument industry is doing better than expected, but there are some …

Episode #204 – A Look Back At Tower Records, Bose Audio AR Startup Fund, And KEF Content Manager Jack Sharkey

March 13th, 2018











Tower Records founder Russ Soloman passes, and why the record seller was so important to the industry
Bose has $50 million for …

Episode #203 – Spotify File IPO, Gibson Lays Off Workers, And Engineer And Studio Owner Greg Curtis

March 6th, 2018











Spotify finally filed to go public and revealed a lot about its operation in the process
Gibson laid off worked Custom Shop employees and had its credit downgraded yet again


Musician, engineer and …

Episode #202 – The Legal Spotify Scam, Amp Sim Tips, And Engineer Lij Shaw

February 27th, 2018










This legal Spotify scam made over a $1 million in royalties
Amplifier simulator tips


Engineer and Recording Studio Rockstars host …

Episode #201 – The Bot Act, LUFS Levels And Steve Marcone and Dave Philp

February 20th, 2018










A year later, has the BOT act actually helped concert ticketing?
LUFS levels mixing guidelines


Dr. Steven Marcone and David Philp talk about their book Managing Your Band 6th edition

Episode #200 – 4th Year Anniversary Show With Engineer Dennis Moody

February 13th, 2018









This is show #200. Thanks for your support!
Hip-hop banned in China
Gibson in financial hot water again


Live sound engineer and studio engineer to the drumming stars (and annual anniversary episode …

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