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#78: Broadening Your Revenue Streams w/Kaily Nash, Manager for A$AP Ferg and Lous and The Yakuza

July 25th, 2022


"How important is taking time to map things out weeks, months, or even years in advance?

This week's guest was Sr. Artist Manager at Roc Nation Kaily Nash. In this episode, we talked about how Kaily started working in …

#77: Strategizing Growth in Music w/Tamir Schlanger, Manager: Kaytranada, Pomo, Sango + More

July 18th, 2022


"In your experience, what can a label bring to the table in regards to strategizing and fulfilling the growth goals of an artist's career?"

Tamir …

#76: Developing an Audience in 2022 w/Sam Watters, Manager for Lucky Daye, Algee Smith, Drella, and Kieran Watters

June 21st, 2022


“Lucky Daye was a successful songwriter but didn’t release his first EP until 2018. Since then he’s won a Grammy and been nominated for 6. What do …

#75: How To Grow as an A&R w/Eddie Fourcell, A&R for Mary J. Blige

June 13th, 2022


"What advice do you have for someone who's looking to become an A&R in today's music business?"

This week's guest is Eddie Fourcell, longtime A&R for Mary J. Blige. In this episode, Murph and Eddie talk about …

#74: Sustaining Success For Your Clients w/Louie Crack, Day To Day Manager for Pi'erre Bourne

June 7th, 2022


"What was your mindset when you were trying things in the beginning but they weren’t working? How did you push through?"

In this episode, Murph and Louie talked about how Louie made a move from NY to Atlanta after …

#73: Time Management + Team Building w/Sarah Lorentzen, Manager for Mannywellz

May 30th, 2022


"You’re currently balancing a full-time career, working at RCA as an A&R and managing Mannywellz. Do you have any advice on how to manage your …

#72: Making Hits + Diversifying w/Jermaine "Maine" Maxwell, Manager/A+R, for Kodie Shane, Splititupbenji and more!

May 24th, 2022


“How important is it for artist managers to keep their egos at the door?”

Maine is one of the brightest young minds in the music industry and we had the pleasure of speaking with him, covering topics from his grammy …

#71: Effective Marketing in the Music Business w/Josh Levien, Manager for Maliibu Miitch, Lil House Phone, Los Retros and CML-Lavish D

May 18th, 2022


“Can you help our listeners understand kind of a step by step in creating a roll out for a single?”


This week, guest host Aidan is joined by …

#70: How To Diversify Your Music Career w/Terrance Laurel, Manager for Arrow Benjamin

May 9th, 2022


“You’ve achieved immense success in the sync space, successfully placing with multiple Fortune 500 companies. What is the advice you would give to …

#69: Preparing For Success w/PJ Escobar, Manager for Lex Luger and Strick

April 27th, 2022


“How important is it to "do your homework" on people you're looking to build relationships with?”

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This week's guest on the podcast was Lex Luger's manager, PJ Escobar. In this episode, PJ shares with Murph some …

#68: Maintaining Professional Relationships w/Fab Leys, Manager For Hayley Kiyoko

April 20th, 2022


“Can you take us through what the main focus is when developing the careers of artists that operate behind the scenes?”

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Fab Leys has a jaw-dropping track record, including work with Nas, Rihanna, Jay-Z, Q-Tip, LL …

#67: Building Artists Careers Outside of Music w/Doug Gleicher, Manager of Lolo Zouaï

April 12th, 2022


“Can you take us into how you guys prepped for such a big tour with Dua Lipa?”

“Lolo Zouaï has had some pretty cool sync placements. What’s your …

#65: Developing Pop Acts w/Russell Kaplan of Twenty4 Management

April 3rd, 2022


“In what ways is the barrier for entry different in the pop scene than in other genres?”

“In this streaming landscape, what’s your approach to building a dedicated fanbase for your clients?”


Russell Kaplan, manager …

#64: How To Launch a Management Company w/Ben Klein, Manager of Jai Wolf and Founder of Hundred Days

March 29th, 2022


“How do you go about finding the right talent and connecting with them?”

“What advice would you give young independent producers who are building out …

#63: Creating Authentic Content w/Elijah "Lito" Burgos, Manager of YungManny

March 29th, 2022


“When managing an artist, how do you balance being friends with your clients, and taking care of business?”

“In today's world, is it more important for an up-and-coming artist to put out their best possible work or just …

#62: Making The Switch From Producer To Manager w/ Jon Woo, Manager of Marzz

March 29th, 2022


“When is the right time to bring up money when working with a new artist?”

“There is so much info and data out there these days, but for you, what are the important metrics you track?”


This week we spoke with Jon …

#61: How To Manage Artist and Label Relationships w/Dave Godowsky, Head of Artist & Industry Relations at iZotope, Inc.

March 29th, 2022


“What are some of the differences between artist management and label management?”

“When an artist does get signed, what should they do to advocate …

#60: How To Get A Job In The Music Business w/Ian Rifkin, Sr. Director of Recruiting at Endeavor and Head of Music Careers at The Digilogue (Part 2)

September 10th, 2021


"How important is researching a role before applying?"

"How do I make a lateral move at a company that I'm at?"


This is part 2 of our convo with …

#59: How To Get A Job In The Music Business w/Ian Rifkin, Sr. Director of Recruiting at Endeavor and Head of Music Careers at The Digilogue (Part 1)

August 19th, 2021


"What are some things people can be doing while still in school?"

"What are the types of roles that up and coming people should be looking at?"


#58: What is Songfluencer and what is "Influencer Marketing"? w/Nathan Pyle, General Manager - Songfluencer

July 23rd, 2021


"What is Songfluencer and how do they help artists?"

"What can artists with small budgets do to set themselves up for success?"

"How important is context when it comes to making content?"


Nathan Pyle, the General …

#57: What is PlaylistSupply? w/Benji Stein, Manager/Founder - PlaylistSupply (Part 2)

July 14th, 2021


"What is PlaylistSupply and how does it help artists?"

"What do you think a manager should be doing to help build an artist's brand?"

"Do you think …

#56: What is PlaylistSupply? w/Benji Stein, Manager/Founder - PlaylistSupply (Part 1)

July 7th, 2021


"What is PlaylistSupply and how does it help artists?"

"How important is branding and when do you think an artist should focus on it?


This week's …

#55: What is "Artist and Label Relations"? w/Arielle Fischer - Formerly Spotify and INgrooves

July 1st, 2021


"What does the day-to-day look like for an Artist and Label Partnerships executive?"

"You’ve worked across Europe for your career, what would you say …

#54: TikTok and How To Master Creating Content w/ Kelsey LeMunyon, Sr. Talent Manager - Studio71

June 25th, 2021


"What type of content works best on TikTok?"

"How can artists build a community as opposed to a following?"

"What are some things artists forget to …

#53: Building A Relationship With Brands w/Jen Tanner - Sr. Dr. of Global Brand Partnerships, RCA Records

June 18th, 2021


"How important is it for up-and-coming artists to do their research when it comes to brands?"

"How can artists add value to their fans' lives outside of music?"

"When it comes to planning to release a project, how far …

#52: Soundcloud Doubles Down on Helping Artists Part 2 w/Marissa DeVito - Head of Music Marketing & Curation, Soundcloud

June 3rd, 2021


"What are "Fan Powered" Royalties?"

"How can artists engage with Soundcloud curators?"


This is part 2 of our convo with the Head of Music Marketing & Curation at Soundcloud, Marissa DeVito. In this episode, we …

#51: Soundcloud Doubles Down on Helping Artists Part 1 w/Marissa DeVito - Head of Music Marketing & Curation, Soundcloud

May 27th, 2021


"What does your day-to-day look like as Head of Music Marketing & Curation?"

"How does Soundcloud stand out amongst the other DSPs?"


This week our guest was Marissa DeVito, Head of Music Marketing & Curation …

#50: Top Platforms For Artists w/Sam Tall - Director of Music and Content Operations, Studio71

May 21st, 2021


"What are the top two platforms you'd recommend for artists?"

"What do artists forget the most when uploading their content?"

"How can artists systemize uploading metadata?"


Sam Tall was our guest this week for the …

#49: How To Think About Funding Your Music Career and How To Build A Community w/Ani Sanyal - Creative Entrepreneur/Manager, Anik Khan

May 5th, 2021


"How should artists be thinking of funding when starting out?"

"What can artists do to build and engage their community?"

"Should artists have a full …

#48: Artist Storytelling Insights w/Jayson Rodriguez - Hip Hop Writer, Backseat Freestyle

April 28th, 2021


"We’re all content creators now, so how do you think someone stands out amongst the noise?"

"What should up-and-coming acts with no budget be focused …

#47: How To Create Value For Your Fans w/Boye Fajinmi, Co-Founder, The Future Party

April 16th, 2021


"What can artists learn from The Future Party?"

"How do you create value with live events?"

"How are NFTs changing the value model for artists?"


This week on the unsigned podcast I sat down with Boye Fajinmi, the …

#46: How To Find A Manager w/Kasey Sobey - Manager, Wolf + Rothstein

April 7th, 2021


"What should I be looking for in a manager?"

"What platform should I invest my time into?"

"How important is it to build trust on social media?"


#45: How To Build An Email List w/Neal Freyman - Managing Editor, Morning Brew

March 31st, 2021


"How dedicated do I have to be to create content?"

"How do I grow my email list?"

"What metrics matter for building an email list?"


Neal Freyman is this week's guest on the unsigned podcast, and in this episode, we …

#44: Artists Building Brands During COVID w/Cristina Jerome, Maarten Walraven-Freeling, and Matt Levin

February 19th, 2021


"Artists are now brands, so how do you think they can add value to their fans’ lives during this pandemic?"

"What is the waterfall strategy and why is it important for musicians?"

"How do you see live events and …

#43: Rae Vinton - Entertainment Relations, Gibson Brands

November 12th, 2020


"What advice do you have for artists when it comes to creating a meaningful digital event?"

"Why is it that Gibson partners with artists at any …

#42: Jorge Brea - CEO, Symphonic Distribution

November 5th, 2020


"What is Symphonic Distribution and how does it help artists?"  

"What are some mistakes that artists make when registering their songs with a distributor?" 

"How is Symphonic different?" 


This week’s guest is …

#41: Victoria Yip - Artist Relations Manager, Music Audience Exchange (MAX)

October 30th, 2020


"How can independent and emerging artists get involved in brand partnerships?"  

"What do brands look for in artists when it comes to brand deals?"  

#40: Marcos Fuentes - Head of Content Operations, Amuse

October 22nd, 2020


“What is an “artist-friendly” distribution service?”

“What is Content Operations?”

“What is a licensing deal?”


This week’s guest is Marcos Fuentes, Head of Content Operations at Amuse.

Our first international …

#39: Cristina Jerome – Brand Partnerships, RnBae Collective

October 15th, 2020


“How can I be building with my audience during a pandemic?”

“What’s the purpose of creating content?”

“Email or social media?”


Cristina Jerome …

#38: Jocelyn Rivera – Managing Partner, The Press Play Agency

October 8th, 2020


"What’s the key to building a personal brand?"

"How do you go about “making connections” in the industry?"

"How do I get on the blogs or in a …

#37: Anna Bond – Sr. Director of Global Biz Dev, Songtrust

September 30th, 2020


“What is publishing?”

“What is a publishing administrator?”

“Am I missing out on money from royalties? How do I get it?”


Anna Bond is the …

#36: Steve Sweatpants – Photographer & Co-Founder, Street Dreams Mag

September 23rd, 2020


How important is the marriage of music and photography?

What is the most important thing when it comes to planning?

How do you get in the right mindset to prepare for a photoshoot or campaign?


This week’s guest is …

#35: Joel Rodriguez - Artist & Group Context Director, Translation

September 16th, 2020


"What is “context” and how important is it when creating a brand and connecting with my audience?"

"How can artists bring value to their fans during the pandemic?"

"What are some key metrics to pay attention to as an …

#34: Visuals By Pierre - Photographer, Finally Offline

September 9th, 2020


“How important is creating a story with photos?”

“Why are mood boards important?”

“Can I just use my phone for photoshoots?”


This week’s guest …

#33: Michael Persall - Co-Founder and President, Treble

August 6th, 2020


“What is Treble and how does it help artists?”

“How should artists be managing their careers and their 9-5?”

“How important is creating a community?”

#32: Collin Bean – Artist Manager and Senior Producer, Team Epiphany

July 23rd, 2020


“Where should artists be spending their money?”

“Email list or social media following?”

“Which do you think is more important; singles, or albums?”

#31: Liz Snair - VP of North American Label Management, The Orchard

July 13th, 2020


“What is a distribution company?”

“Can I partner with a distributor?”

“What are some things that I should focus on early in my career?”

As …

#30: Lindsay Hart - Music Marketer and Programmer

June 25th, 2020


“How are you? How have things been unfolding for you during the recent #BlackLivesMatter protests?”

“What are some things I should focus on when it …

#29: Cliff Joseph - Marketing, Arista Records

June 11th, 2020


“How are you? How have things been unfolding for you during the recent #BlackLivesMatter protests?”

“How should artists begin thinking about their …

#28: Frank Woodworth - Founder, Glacial Concepts

May 13th, 2020


“Why is TikTok so popular?”

“How do I make content for TikTok?”

“What should I be focusing on right now as an artist or manager?”

Frank Woodworth …

#27: Amit Nerurkar – Owner, face-less (management company)

April 29th, 2020


“What team members should I have?”

“What should I be focusing on during this pandemic?”

“How can I make money now that live shows aren't an option at …

#26: Marat Berenstein - Global Music Partnerships & Artist Relations, Roon Labs

April 22nd, 2020


“How do I set myself up for placements in TV/film/video games/online content?”

“Who are the Performing Rights Organizations and what do they do?”

“How do I go about finding music supervisors?”

Marat Berenstein was my …

#25: Ryan Hobbs – VP of Streaming & Sales, Roc Nation

April 15th, 2020


“What are the key streaming metrics I should be focused on?”

“Is there a formula for planning a marketing campaign?”

“What do you think about …

#24: NBHD Nick – Artist, Albany NY

April 8th, 2020


“What motivates you to keep going?”

“How important is it to be patient?”

“What's the one thing you would tell your younger self to focus on sooner?”

#23: Sam Flood – Management Coordinator, Roc Nation

April 1st, 2020


“When first starting out in the music industry what should an executive focus on?”

“What's one thing people don't think about when it comes to being …

#22: Max Gayle – Associate Director of Tour Marketing & Events, RCA Records

March 11th, 2020


“What is one BIG mistake artists make when first going on tour?”

“How does an artist create a great live show?”

“How should artists manage their …

#21: Eric McLellan – A&R/Manager, Yo Peep This

March 4th, 2020


“How do I A&R my own music?”

“Where do I find beats to write to?”

“How do song splits work?”

This week on the podcast I sat down with former Warner Music Group A&R, Eric McLellan. In addition to being a …

#20: Quantity vs. Quality

February 20th, 2020


"When do I know if my music is good enough to release?"

"Does it make sense to wait for a specific time to release my music?"

"Where can I find people to work with?"

This week on the podcast I wanted to talk about …

#19: Will Nichols – Photographer/Creative, Finally Offline

February 5th, 2020


"What role do you think photography should play for artists starting out?"

"How should I be reviewing my work?"

"What are some of the basic things I …

#18: Email vs Social Media

January 24th, 2020


“Why is Facebook so valuable?”

“Why should I care about data?”

“How can I create earning projections?”

This week Murph recorded an IG Live and …

#17: Jaha Johnson – SVP/Head of A&R, Hitco Entertainment

January 10th, 2020


“What exactly does an A&R do?”

“When I'm just starting out, where can I find collaborators?”

“How should I reach out to A&R's and labels?”

#16: Matt Bernal – Associate Director, Urban Streaming at Republic Records

December 26th, 2019


“Is there a right way to pitch a streaming platform?”

“What was a weakness of yours that you turned into a strength?”

“How important is my streaming data?”

This week Murph sat down with Matt Bernal of Republic …

#15: Cristina Novo - Owner of Artistry & Records

December 12th, 2019


“What does a publicist do?”

“How important is an artist's image?”

“Why do I need a pitching strategy?”

This week Murph sat down with Cristina Novo; publicist, strategist, manager, for all things Latin music. Cristina …

#14: Jacob Pace – CEO, Flighthouse

December 5th, 2019


“Should I be on TikTok?”

“What are some of the best practices?”

“How do I reach out to other TikTok'ers to partner?”

Jamal and I sat down with …

#13: Murph and Jamal - Founder of Studio Talk/VP of Rostrum Records

November 21st, 2019


“How did you get your start in the music business?"

"What's one of the biggest lessons you've learned so far?"

"What are you most curious about in terms of the future of the business?"

This week we switch things up a …

#12: Kam McCullough – Founder, Dusse Palooza

November 7th, 2019


“I'm starting to gain some traction with my free event, how do I monetize?"

“How do I impact culture and create a moment?”

“What's Jay Z like in real …

#11: Jessica Angeles - Creator Relations Manager, Spotify (Anchor)

October 31st, 2019


“I want to throw an event for my new music, how do I make it memorable for my audience?"

“What is the one thing I'm forgetting to do when it comes to creating content?”

“How can podcasts benefit me as a musician?”

#10: Ron Perks - Booking Coordinator, United Talent Agency

October 24th, 2019


“My music is dope and people love it, but I can't get people to my shows, what am I doing wrong?"

“I want to play college shows, how do I know if I …

#9: Moresoupplease - Photographer, DJ

October 17th, 2019


“How do I grow my IG account?”

“How important is it to be involved in a community?”

“How do I even find a community to be a part of?”

In episode 9 …

#8: John Vincent Salcedo - Director of Digital Marketing, Columbia Records

October 10th, 2019


“How do I find the right audience to listen to my music?”

“Someone told me the only way to start getting a buzz is to buy fake followers, is that …

#7: Joe Cappuccilli - Associate Director of Brand Partnerships, Complex

October 3rd, 2019


“My music is HOT! Why don't brands want to work with me?”

“Where can I find people who work for brands?”

“What does being authentic mean?”

Are you trying to work with brands but not having any luck? Well then listen …

#6: Raf Moses - Director

September 26th, 2019


"I want to film my own videos but don't know where to start."

"I have no clue how much money I should be spending."

"How do I reach out to someone …

#5: Ashaunna Ayars - CEO of The Ayars Agency

September 15th, 2019


Ashaunna Ayars is the founder and CEO of The Ayars Agency. In this episode, we talk about how Ashaunna got her start in music by working for Wu-Tang before moving on to working for Swizz Beats, then Def Jam, and then …

#4: Colette Spencer - Producer For Streaming/Radio

September 8th, 2019


Colette Spencer is a producer for a "fruit based company" as well as her own company, Geezer Media. The goal of Geezer is to connect up and coming …

#3: Kolby Turnher - A&R at Alamo Records

September 8th, 2019


Kolby Turnher is an A&R for Alamo Records and in this episode, we talk about his creative origins, what an A&R's actual job is and how to …

#2: le'Roy Benros - VP of A&R for First Access Ent and Manager for Lion Babe

September 8th, 2019


LeRoy Benros is the manager for Lion Babe, an American R&B duo from New York City, consisting of singer Jillian Hervey and record producer Lucas Goodman. In addition to managing the group, he also runs his own …

#1: Zeena Koda - Senior Director of Digital Marketing at Atlantic Records

September 8th, 2019


We caught up with Zeena Koda, the senior director of digital marketing at Atlantic Records, to talk about how she got her start in the music …

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August 16th, 2019


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