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The Unstarving Musician

278 EpisodesProduced by Roberto R Hernandez, aka Robonzo, Musician, Author of The Unstarving Musician's Guide to Getting Paid GigsWebsite

The Unstarving Musician features weekly interviews with independent musicians, songwriters, producers, and music industry professionals who share their experience and expertise on recording, touring, marketing, the business of music, and more. This is all intended to help independent DIY music artis… read more

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279 Alyssa Trahan – Moving to Nashville, Sound Engineering, Endorsements, Sponsors, Crowdfunding, Marketing, Merch, and the Biggest Lesson She'd Learned in Nashville

September 15th, 2023


Alyssa Trahan is the featured artist in this Rewind episode. What's a Rewind episode? It's a previously published episode, one of my favorites and merits re-publishing. I also give these episodes a fresh edit, which …

278 Kayana – Drip Release Strategy, Self Forgiveness, Dating, a Short Film Commission, and a Creative Retreat that Gave Her the Theme and Outline for Her Forthcoming Album

September 8th, 2023


New York City based singer and multi-instrumentalist Kayana recently dropped a new single and has more on the way. Kayana is an emerging music artist …

277 Sam J Garfield – His New Song "Monsters," Getting Started as a Sound Engineer, and How to he Attracts Opportunity

September 1st, 2023


My guest is singer, songwriter, producer Sam J Garfield. He has a new self-produced single out called "Monster." Sam is an actor turned sound engineer and music producer. He's now leaning into songwriting and releasing …

274 David Lane – Discovering Music Composition, Collaboration, Teaching, and Podcasting

August 11th, 2023


David Lane teaches piano, composition, and music theory. He's composed over 100 concert works, and several films, and has been the arranger for …

273 Minus Cube – Capturing Recording Studio Processes, Maintaining the Joy of Making Music, Ongoing Journey of Learning Production, Recording Studio Setup, Collaborating with JJ Lovegrove

August 4th, 2023


Minus Cube is a songwriter and studio engineer. He's had a busy year in 2023 mixing and producing five singles and an album. Much of that work was in …

272 Max Frye – Lessons of a Working Musician, The Formation of Lost Hearts, Performing Unreleased Songs, Release Strategy, Record Label Interests, Merch, Striving for Improvement

July 28th, 2023


My guest Max Frye fronts the band Lost Hearts. He and his bandmates have a pop sensibility with a big rock sound.

Max comes across as humble and grounded, possibly because he's worked with many musicians who are more …

271 Brian Wolff – New EP "The Golden Age," The Value of Open Mics, Social Marketing, Mental Health Awareness, Economics of Music Tours, Songwriter Rounds, EPs or Albums

July 21st, 2023


Brian Wolff is a five-time guest of The Unstarving Musician podcast. Brian has also appeared in episodes 55, 119, 192, and 197. 

His band, Brian …

270 Grant Tilbury of Openstage – Engagement Benchmarks, Advice for Music Artists & Artist Management, Fan Loyalty, and Openstage Case Studies

July 14th, 2023


Grant Tilbury Jaiswal is Head of Artist Success at Openstage. He's formerly the Artist Relations and A&R guy with Trackd, the collaboration …

Christine Smith – Musicians vs the World, Getting Paid Gigs as a Teen Pianist, Composing, Orchestration, Film Scoring, and the Arc of Her Career in Music, Film, and Sound Design #269

July 7th, 2023


Christine Smith is a classically trained pianist with a varied career history. She's done composition, film score, cover bands, teaching, and anything else you can think of doing as a good piano player/musician. She …

Frank Salazar On Why He Still Makes Music, The Problem With Not Being A Lead Singer, His Studio Recording Toolkit, And His New Single "Save Yourself" #268

June 30th, 2023


Frank Salazar is the creative mind and talent behind a project called Spigots. He is a long-time friend and former bandmate from my days in Dallas-Fort Worth. The friendship is still going strong, despite my many …

Ariane Paras – Dream Jobs Don't Equal Happiness, Burnout, And The Importance Of Finding Joy, Confidence And Happiness #267

June 23rd, 2023


My guest Ariane Paras is a coach for music artists and industry professionals. After working in the music business for 15 years, and as a result of …

Alicia Van Sant – Happiness And Longevity Of The Wag, Singing Better In Heels, Performing Music Of The Beatles, Blue Bottles And Copper Coins, Making Merch With The Cricut, The Moody Blues, Star Trek, And Lord Of The Rings #266

June 10th, 2023


Alicia Van Sant, founding member and lead singer of The Wag, is my guest for this episode. Alicia's bandmate Joshua Van Ness introduced us. Joshua was featured in episodes 257 and 134. Alicia and I had a great time …

Julieta Heredia – Fin Del Mundo, A YouTube Performance That's Changing Everything, The Evolution Of Live Shows, The Message In Their Music, And The Writing Process #264

May 19th, 2023


Julieta Heredia is a founding member and guitarist of Fin del Mundo. The band is from Buenos Aires, with roots in the southernmost region of …

Krosst Out – A Changing Approach To Music, Unconventional Release Strategy, A Collaboration Wishlist, Songwriting Introspection, Tour Plans #263

May 5th, 2023


My guest in this episode is alternative/nu-punk artist Krosst Out. His latest song, This The New Shit, drops on May 12th, 2023. The single is the first of many to come from rap-rocker Krosst Out with the announcement of …

Keldamuzik – Oakland’s Hip Hop Scene, Child Acting, Merch, Modeling, Sync Placements, Content Strategy, Building A Press Portfolio, And Kelda’s Social Media Jam #261

April 21st, 2023


Kelda Williams is known professionally as Keldamuzik (aka Diva). She is an American music artist, actress, TV host, and producer. Born in the Bay Area of California, she is known for her hit singles Queen for A Night

Daniel Stidham – Marketing Minds Of Raid The Quarry, Release Strategy, Co-writing, The Business Of Hard Rock, Audience Development, Making Videos (Rewind Ep 259)

April 7th, 2023


Welcome to another rewind episode of the Unstarving Musician. What is a rewind episode? It is an abridged version of a prior episode, intended to …

Joshua Van Ness – Marketing A New Release, Endorsements, The Wag's Mixed Business Model, Merchandising, And Social Marketing (Ep 257)

March 24th, 2023


Joshua Van Ness first appeared on the Unstarving Musician in episode 134. He is a singer, songwriter, guitarist, drummer and native of New Jersey. …

Carter Ray – Acting And His Accidental Start In Music, Headlining Gay Pride 2022, Merch Ideas, Tips on Getting Better Gigs, Social Media Marketing and Content Creation (Ep 256)

March 17th, 2023


Carter Ray is described as a cinematic raconteur, colorful,  charismatic, and entertaining.

He recently released a single called Forever Plus One …

Wowashwow – Origins Of Her Artist Name, Humor In Music, Her Latest Single And The Forth Coming Album, Effects Of Social Algorithms On Indie Music Artists, Vulnerability And Connecting With Her Audience, Cannabis Advocacy, And More (Ep 254)

March 3rd, 2023


At age six, my guest Wowashwow was writing her first original songs which led to an early career as the lead guitarist and singer of a punk rock band.  This led to a tour where she opened for The Ramones’ drummer, Marky …

Tom Meny (Rewind) – Austin's Music Scene, Rejection, Writer's Slump, Songwriting Groups, Songwriting Advice From Cindi Lauper And Shannon Curtis, Email Marketing, Getting Paid (Ep 253)

February 26th, 2023


This episode featuring Tom Meny originally aired in June 2019.

This is a rewind edition, in which I've edited the conversation to be more succinct and somewhat more relevant. Tom has appeared in two episodes of this …

Ryan Miller And Jay Lifton – Something From Tiffany's, Guster, Their Journey Toward Film Scores, The Value Of Film Festivals, Music In Video Games (Ep 252)

February 17th, 2023


My guests for this episode are the film-scoring duo Ryan Miller and Jay Lifton. Ryan is a founding member and the lead singer of Guster, who recently celebrated their 31st consecutive year of touring and recording. He …

Drew Ryder Smith – Website Platforms, Nashville, Texas Ties, Growing Up In Tennessee, Pneumonia, Songwriting Vocationally, Touring, Recording, The Origins Of Robonzo, And Legendary Drummers (Ep 251)

February 10th, 2023


My guest for this episode is a country singer-songwriter, Drew Ryder Smith. He just released three new singles, which were delayed because of a dilemma caused by the many other Drew Smiths on streaming platforms and …

Dariann Leigh–New Songs, Pursuits In Pop, Creating A Sound, Songwriting, Journaling, Documenting Lyrics & Hooks, Theatre, Being A Solo Artist, Media Features, Release Strategy (Ep 249)

January 27th, 2023


My guest for this episode is Dariann Leigh. She is described as red carpet glam and camo in a tree stand, big city beauty with small town humility.

“As a kid,” Leigh says, “I remember closing my eyes, plugging my …

Musician Websites – Choosing A Theme, Site Content, Search Engine Optimization, Email Forms And Incentives, Selling Merch, Music And Services, The Launch, And Continuity (Ep 248)

January 20th, 2023


This is the final installment of the Unstarving Musician websites for musician series. I decided to call this one "Everything Else." You can find links to the first four episodes in the series in the show notes for this …

Fia Nyxx – PR, Marketing, Common Indie Artist Struggles, Video Collaboration, Release Strategy, Recording Studio Lessons, Confidence Through Repetition, And Theatrical Performance (Ep 244)

December 2nd, 2022


My guest Fia Nyxx is considered stylistically as somewhere in between Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey and Toni Braxton. She embraces a theatrical approach to her music and experimental clash of genres.  

Fia is also seen …

Shannon Curtis – House Concerts, Building Connections And Community, Release Strategy And Her 2018 Album "Both At The Same Time" (Rewind Series Ep 243)

November 11th, 2022


This episode features singer songwriter and queen of house concerts Shannon Curtis. It's another installment of the Unstarving Musician rewind series where I showcase a past interview. And I've re-edited and remastered …

Choosing A Platform For Your Musician Website (Ep 242)

November 4th, 2022


To help you choose a platform for your musician website, I offer this shortlist of my preferred platforms. This list includes WordPress (.org and .com), Bandzoogle, Wix and Squarespace. Each of these platforms features …

Choosing A Domain For Your Musician Website (Ep 241)

October 21st, 2022


The task of choosing a domain for your musician website is an important one.

Shout out to Dreamhost for this great blog post, which was used as the information primary source for this episode. 

See the latest deals from …

The Best Music Career Momentum Builder Is Also The Hardest Thing To Do – Jann Klose (Ep 240)

October 14th, 2022


Jann Klose says that performing is the best music career momentum builder. He also says performing at this level is the hardest thing to do. Jann is an award-winning singer-songwriter, who has released six albums and …

Free vs Paid Hosting For Musician Websites (Ep 239)

October 7th, 2022


Should you go with free vs. paid hosting for your musician website, and what's the difference? The second in a multi-part series on musician …

Making Maroon 5, Losing It All, and Finding Recovery – Ryan Dusick (Ep 238)

September 16th, 2022


My guest for this episode is Ryan Dusick. Ryan is the founding drummer of Maroon 5, an Associate Marriage & Family Therapist, and author of Harder to Breathe: A Memoir of Making Maroon 5, Losing It All, and Finding …

Why Do I Need A Musician Website? (Ep 237)

September 9th, 2022


The title of this episode is Why do I need a musician website? This is a question I hear in my head anytime I encounter musicians who don't have a website. These same musicians and bands typically use social media as …

It's Really All About Networking–Musician Lara Price (Ep 236)

August 17th, 2022


In this episode Lara Price and I discuss the hosting jams, why jams make you a better musician and why they help you get gigs. We also talk about how acoustic performances are great for otherwise electric only bands …

Lucky Beats Good Sometimes – Chris Raspante Rewind (Ep 235)

July 22nd, 2022


This episode features musician and recording engineer Chris Raspante. It's a second look at our conversation recorded in May of 2017. It's a rewind episode, in which I dig deeper into past conversations. It's also an …

Dynamics, Creative Recording And Getting Gigs – Mike Dawson Rewind (Ep 234)

July 8th, 2022


This episode features Mike Dawson on dynamics, creative recording, getting gigs and more. It’s the first ever rewind episode of the Unstarving Musician, based on episode one of the podcast. In rewind episodes I’m …

Creating a business around your music and artistic sides–Fabiana Claure (Ep 233)

June 10th, 2022


Fabiana Claure is a concert pianist and educator who has created a business around her music and artistic sides. Teaching others how to do the same is her passion. Fabiana resides in the U.S., but has also lived in …

Kevin Breuner On Small Town Poets, CD Baby, Music Distribution And DIY Musician Education (Ep 232)

May 20th, 2022


Kevin Breuner of CD Baby joins me in this episode to discuss music distribution, education for the DIY musician, his journey with CD Baby, his band Small Town Poets, and the DIY Musician podcast.

CD Baby started out as …

The Mystery of The Flounder – Cozi Anda Flounder (Ep 231)

April 29th, 2022


My conversations with Cozi and Ezra Vancil did not reveal the mystery of the flounder that is Cozi Anda Flounder. I assume that Ezra is the flounder, but they weren't exactly forthcoming about the meaning of the …

Stick To Your Guns And Your Vision–Harrison Marcello (Ep 230)

April 9th, 2022


Stick to your guns and your vision is what Harrison Marcello of the rock band TEMPT recommends to young bands. This, he says, helps bands stay ready for whatever projects may come their way.

He’s a founding member, …

Showing Up Again And Again – Peter Wilson of Four Trips Ahead (Ep 229)

March 25th, 2022


Peter Wilson and his bandmates in Four Trips Ahead have been showing up again and again to build a following around their music.

The New York based …

The Secret To Writing And Recording Songs To Completion – Marc Dold (Ep 228)

March 11th, 2022

The secret to writing and recording songs to completion is something that Marc Dold wants to share with all musicians. He is a songwriter, …

Creativity, Music, Entrepreneurship and Leadership – David Andrew Wiebe (Ep 227)

February 25th, 2022


David Andrew Wiebe thinks about creativity, music, entrepreneurship and leadership in everything he does. He is a musician, composer and published author with three best sellers. Among his books is the 2022 edition of

We Are All Musicians Now – Zack O'Malley Greenburg (Ep 226)

February 14th, 2022

Zack O'Malley Greenburg is working on a new book project called We Are All Musicians Now. He calls artists canaries in the coal mine of modern business. Zack has written a a few books on hip hop, which include the Jay-Z …

Being A Successful Gigging Musician – Jared Judge (Ep 225)

January 28th, 2022


Jared Judge is dissecting everything that goes into being a successful gigging musician. He’s doing this on his Gigging Musician Podcast, in his book

Building A Stock And Originals Music Library With Independent Musicians–Ori Winokur (Ep 224)

January 14th, 2022


Ori Winokur is Head of Music at Artlist, a stock music licensing company that was in 2021 named one of the hottest startups in Tel Aviv by WIRED.  Stock music isn't for everyone. The concept may in fact be a turn off …

Success On TikTok Was Good Until It Wasn't–Seth King (Ep 223)

December 31st, 2021

Singer songwriter Seth King found that success on TikTok was good, until it wasn’t. When we connected he had over 180K followers on the videocentric …

Translating Perfectionism And Passion Into Music–Michael Gilbride (Ep 222)

December 17th, 2021


Michael Gilbride of telco has translated perfectionism and passion into his latest release please come home. He joins me to talk about his musical perfectionism, getting a late start on his music endeavors, and how not …

The Excitement Of Press Coverage And “Amelia”–Otto (Ep 221)

December 3rd, 2021

UK music artist Otto found excitement over the press coverage for his summer release “Amelia.” There was a noteworthy moment leading up to this excitement. Otto caught the attention of Eurythmics co founder Dave …

Writing Music With Preparedness In Mind–Bradford Loomis (Ep 220)

November 19th, 2021


Bradford Loomis has a 2019 song release called "Tried To Love A Woman." It was written as a compliment to his prior release "Righteous Kind." That song was placed in the movie Still Water, featuring Matt Damon. Rock …

Amplifying Female Voices Over 50, Including Her Own – Brooksie Wells (Ep 219)

November 5th, 2021


Brooksie Wells is amplifying female voices over 50, including her own. She and I met in a thing called Music Marketing Method.

I’ve mentioned Music Marketing Method on the podcast before. It’s a program designed to …

Exploring 60s Guitar Rock To Modern Hip Hop – Andrew Chris (Ep 218)

October 22nd, 2021


Andrew Chris' music explores influences that range from 60s guitar rock to modern hip hop. His list of early musical influences read very much like mine. Yet he's no less than 20 years younger than me. When I asked …

Making Music For Friendship And Legacy – Ryan Rosoff (Ep 217)

October 8th, 2021

Ryan Rosoff is making music for friendship and legacy. His band Little King explores the intersection of metal and prog rock. They have a new album out called Amuse De Q, now streaming just about everywhere. We talk …

Recognizing And Defeating A Creative Rut – Amiena (Ep 216)

October 1st, 2021


Recording artist Amiena joins the podcast to talk about defeating a creative rut, her latest release, the stories behind her lyrics, changing producers, touring and working with producer Lars Deutsch (the good, the bad …

Lynz Crichton's Music Marketing Method (Ep 215)

September 17th, 2021


Lynz Crichton is the creator of Music Marketing Method, a program that shows musicians how to make money with their music. She is also a friend and mentor to me. I am part of the student body that is her Music Marketing …

214 JJ Lovegrove – Cracking the Codes of Cocial Media and Playlists

September 10th, 2021


JJ Lovegrove is cracking the codes of social media and Spotify playists. We discuss this and much more in our conversation for the podcast.

Among the topics we cover are our shared experience within Lynz Crichton‘s …

Make Your Website Inviting to Music Supervisors, Talent Buyers, Bloggers And Podcasters With An EPK (Ep 213)

September 4th, 2021


A good EPK will make your website inviting to music supervisors, talent buyers, bloggers and podcasters.

This episode is based on a most informative blog post by our friends at Bandzoogle, the all-in-one platform that …

Lead Singer Songwriter Gabriel Sanchez of Hope Darling (Ep 212)

August 27th, 2021


Gabriel Sanchez is the founder, lead singer and principal songwriter for the modern rock band Hope Darling. We’re mutual friends of Bruce Wawrzyniak of Now Hear This Entertainment. In fact Bruce introduced us.

When …

Pop Singer Songwriter Heidi Webster Is Bent On Positivity (Ep 211)

August 13th, 2021


Heidi Webster is a pop singer songwriter, podcaster and business owner bent on positivity. She recently released her 5th single called Neon. The single has a well produced video featuring Heidi doing dance moves in …

Writing, Recording And Self-Producing Music At Nineteen – Edwrds (Ep 210)

August 6th, 2021


Nineteen year old Edwrds has been writing, recording and self-producing music since 2016. We recorded this interview in May 20, 2021 the day before …

Meandering Through Music, Art And Life – Tanya Winch (Ep 209)

July 23rd, 2021


In this episode Tanya Winch and I meander through her journey in music, art and life. She and I are mutually acquainted with Brian Wolff. Brian is a …

Anna Larson Shares Her Passions For Music, Story Telling And Beauty (Ep 208)

July 16th, 2021


My guest Anna Larson shares her passion for music, story telling and beauty for this episode. I found her in my email inbox one day not long ago. She sent me a textbook perfect pitch asking if I’d be interested in …

Indian Classical Vocalist Crossover Artist – Roopa Mahadevan (Ep 207)

July 9th, 2021


Roopa Mahadevan is a leading Indian classical vocalist and crossover artist in the South Asian diaspora. She's normally based out of New York City, but had temporarily relocated to San Jose, California during the …

Breaking Down History And Evolution of DJ Music Culture – Justin Paul (Ep 206)

July 2nd, 2021

Justin Paul breaks down the history and evolution of DJ music and culture in this episode. He is a friend and business partner of producer musician …

New Gods Part 2 Co-Writer Peter Rand (Ep 205)

June 25th, 2021


Peter Rand is the co-writer of my latest release New Gods Part 2. He is also a two time offender on the podcast, first appearing in episode 177.

Artist Development And Struggles Of The Emerging Artists – Lars Deutsch (Ep 204)

June 18th, 2021


LA based producer Lars Deutsch shares his thoughts on artist development and the typical struggles of emerging artists. We're acquainted by way of …

Marketing and Staying Creative–Musician Producer David Franz (Ep 203)

June 11th, 2021


In this episode I speak with David Franz, founder at Underground Sun, about career advice for musicians, productivity shame, how to best market yourself as a musician, and staying creative in crazy times like these. We …

Finding A Creative Outlet In Online Collaboration–Timothy Reid (Ep 202)

June 4th, 2021


British guitarist and composer Timothy Reid found a creative outlet in online collaboration during the pandemic. He found this podcast on his daily …

Songwriting With Conscious And Unconscious Awareness–Helene Jæger (Ep 201)

May 28th, 2021


Helene Jæger has an intriguing outlook on writing music and lyrics relying on the conscious and unconscious awareness plus intuition. She leans on stream of consciousness writing methods to create music under the …

Studio Work, Teaching, Visual Arts and Drum Gear – Mike Dawson (Ep 200)

May 12th, 2021


Multifaceted drummer Mike Dawson has refocused his career on studio work, teaching, visual arts and of course drum gear. Prior to the pandemic, he …

Create, Cultivate and Connect–Joy Ike (Ep 199)

May 7th, 2021


Create, cultivate and connect are words that carry special meaning for Joy Ike. They are the basis for a music coaching and mentoring program she …

Music As Therapy–Michael Gilbride (Ep 198)

April 30th, 2021


Michael Gilbride somewhat recently released his debut EP 'my name is not kaiser' and the single 'Say Hello,' from that EP. The animated video for 'Say Hello,' which you can find at or the show notes for …

From performing with a high energy rock band to live streaming as a solo artist – Brian Wolff (Ep 197)

April 23rd, 2021


Brian Wolff returns to the Unstarving Musician to discuss his transition from performing with a high energy rock band into live streaming as a solo …

From Folk To Rock To Harder Rock – Sylvia Rose Novak (Ep 196)

April 16th, 2021


Sylvia Rose Novak joins me for a round-two conversation from the great outdoors of Alabama. There are lots of birds and nature sounds in the background, which I think add to the experience of our chat. We recorded back …

Performing Alongside Blues Icons–Reverend Raven (Ep 195)

April 9th, 2021


Since 1990 Reverend Raven has opened for B.B King, Gatemouth Brown, Pinetop Perkins, the Koko Taylor Band, Junior Wells, the Fabulous Thunderbirds, …

Collaboration, Music Discovery and Trackd Music–Grant Tilbury-Jaiswal (Ep 194)

April 2nd, 2021


At the center of collaboration and music discovery is Trackd Music and Grant Tilbury-Jaiswal. Grant is head of Artist Relations and A&R for …

Committed To Recording And Performing – Abe Partridge (Ep 193)

March 19th, 2021


Abe is extremely committed to the experience of recording records and playing live shows, because he loves connecting with people in the flesh. This is how he gets his music out into the world.  In this second …

Brian Wolff Responds To Unstarving Musician Survey (Ep 192)

March 5th, 2021


Brian Wolff returns to the Unstarving Musician to participate in the Unstarving Musician survey, in which I ask some of the best independent …

Alyssa Trahan Responds To Unstarving Musician Survey (Ep 191)

February 19th, 2021


Alyssa Trahan recently participated in a survey for the forthcoming second edition of The Unstarving Musician’s Guide to Getting Paid Gigs. I decided to conduct the surveys by phone and to make an episode of this …

A Songwriting Routine That Doesn’t Resemble Work – Steven Keene (Ep 190)

February 5th, 2021


Steven Keene says his songwriting routine has never resembled work. To the contrary, he’s always written in the moment and as inspiration strikes. …

Songwriter and virtuoso electric bass player Johnnie Gilmore (Ep 189)

January 21st, 2021


Johnnie Gilmore is a songwriter and bass player of virtuoso caliber. He honed his chops and stage craft in part as a street performer in his hometown of Boston. L.A. is now home for Johnnie. He has a great EP out called

On Top of The World–Lara Price Interviews Robonzo About Debut Single (Ep 188)

January 8th, 2021


This episode features a conversation with singer-songwriter Lara Price. In this experimental episode, Lara interviews me about the release of On Top Of The World (out today, Friday January 8, 2021). Lara is an amazing …

On Top Of The World – Ezra Vancil Interviews Robonzo About Debut Single (Ep 187)

December 18th, 2020


In this episode, Ezra Vancil interviews me about my forthcoming debut single On Top Of The World. We cover the history and process of my songwriting, using public proclamation as a source of accountability, various …

Guitarist and Studio Engineer In Demand–Chris Raspante (Ep 186)

December 11th, 2020


My guest for this episode is multi-instrumentalist and studio engineer Chris Raspante. Prolific and in-demand as both performer and sound engineer, …

The Many Ways Musicians Are Adapting To Change–Dave Cool (Ep 185)

December 4th, 2020


Dave Cool of Bandzoogle returns for a second time on the Unstarving Musician. The last time he was on was episode 142, recorded on March 20th of …

Living And Writing About Life–Garret Laver (Ep 184)

November 19th, 2020


My guest for this episode is Garret Laver of the trio Lucid Phase. The band's music style falls somewhere between roots, reggae, dub, jam, blues and …

Loss, Songwriting and the Blues–Brian Young (Ep 183)

November 13th, 2020


Blues guitarist, singer-songwriter Brian Young is a member of the Unstarving Musician community–the list. A while back, he reached out to check in with me. I’m always asking the community and you listeners how you’re …

Keeping Your Side of the Street Clean–Ezra Vancil (Ep 182)

November 6th, 2020


Ezra Vancil joins me for his second feature on the podcast. I first spoke with him back in March of 2018 for episode 42 of the Unstarving Musician.

Listen to Ezra’s first appearance on the podcast

This conversation was …

The Art of Collaboration–Otto (Ep 181)

October 30th, 2020


Singer, songwriter and producer Otto just released the new single Tell Me Something, produced by Dave Stewart. If that last name sounds familiar it might be because you know Stewart’s work with the Eurythmics or …

The PR and Artist Working Relationship–Zoë Sonnenberg (Ep 180)

October 23rd, 2020


Zoë Sonnenberg is a lifelong singer, frequent baker and a writer with a passion for supporting the performing arts. Relevant to this episode, she is also a PR professional with the agency Sacks & Co.

Zoë represents …

The Importance Of Streaming And The Related Scams To Avoid–Michael Sloan, Streaming Promotions (Ep 179)

October 16th, 2020


Michael Sloan is the CEO of Streaming Promotions, a strategic streaming platform promotion company. Founded in 2015, Streaming Promotions works to increase their clients footprint on streaming services with music …

Mike Dawson on Gigging, Studio Gear, Music Ed, Early Music Influences, Marketing, and YouTube (Ep 178, Repost)

October 3rd, 2020


This "rewind" episode features Mike Dawson from his first appearance on the the Unstarving Musician, which was episode 1 of the podcast. Mike has also been featured in episodes 25, 50 and the "best of" episode 100.  He …

A Musician with Over 800 Collaborations on Kompoz–Peter Rand (Ep 177)

September 25th, 2020


Peter Rand is a multi-instrumentalist and songwriter who I met on the collaboration platform Kompoz. You may have noticed my recent obsession with …

Record Anywhere With Great Results–Markus K (Ep 176)

September 18th, 2020


Markus K is a blues fusion player and master looper who performs street concerts around the world. He’s also a user of the collaboration app Trackd, …

Music Collaboration App Trackd Changed Her Life – Rachel Hearnden (Ep 175)

September 11th, 2020


This week Rachel Hearnden joins me for a conversation to talk about the collaboration app Trackd, of which she is a user and avid fan. A drummer at …

Emerging Collaboration Tools Could Bring Life to New Music Genres – Grant Tilbury, Trackd (Ep 174)

September 6th, 2020


This is the third in a multi-part series related to the world of online music collaboration, which has turned out to be much more than I expected. …

Online Collaboration And The Always-On Music Industry–SoundStorming (Ep 173)

August 28th, 2020


This is the second in a multi-part series that covers the online music collaboration space. My guests this week, Alicia Rius and Arnau Bosch of …

A Debut Album, Self-Doubt and Preserving Tenderness Within–Evangeline Gentle (Ep 172)

August 21st, 2020


Scottish-Canadian singer-songwriter Evangeline Gentle is set to release a debut album three years in the making. In this episode, they talk about writing the new album during a period of deep self-doubt as well as the …

The Evolution of Music Collaboration–Raf Fiol of Kompoz (Ep 171)

August 19th, 2020


My guest for this episode is Raf Fiol of Kompoz, the online collaboration platform for musicians. This is one of a five episode series that is …

Supercharging The Musician Fan Base–Michael Walker (Ep 170)

August 14th, 2020


Meet musician-turned-entrepreneur Michael Walker, Founder of Modern Musician. His team's mission is to help other musicians supercharge their fan base and career. And Michael doesn't just talk the talk. He's tested the …

Building Community–Shannon Curtis and Jamie Hill (Ep 168)

July 24th, 2020


This episode's featured guests are Shannon Curtis and Jamie Hill. They're both alumni of this podcast, and were recently mentioned in my article Six Skills All Indie Musicians Need Today.

Shannon is the queen bee of …

Doing It All As An Artist—Caleb Lovely (Ep 167)

July 17th, 2020


Caleb Lovely is a multi-instrumentalist, incredibly talented and good looking to boot. Based in Nashville, Tennessee, Caleb is growing his music …

Today’s Indie Musician—Lara Price (Ep 166)

July 10th, 2020


In our final installment of the Today’s Indie Musician series, my guest is Lara Price who I know from way back when in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has a new podcast called In The Trenches with Lara Price where she …

Today’s Indie Musician—Mawk Phoenix (Ep 165)

July 3rd, 2020


This is the second installment of Today’s Indie Musician series in which ’m talking with former guests of the podcast to do deep dives on the industry, what’s happening during these wild times and where we see it going. …

Today’s Indie Musician—Ariane Cap (Ep 164)

June 26th, 2020


Today we launch a special series. I’m talking with former guests of the podcast to do deep dives on the industry, what’s happening during these wild times and where we see it going. We talk about our need to be …

Unstarving Musician’s Guide to Getting Paid Gigs—Chapter 9 (Ep 163)

June 19th, 2020


This episode is another installment of the Unstarving Musician’s Guide to Getting Paid Gigs: How to Get Booked and Paid What You’re Worth Over and Over Again.

As I work on the second edition of The Unstarving Musician’s …

Re-Entering Live Music—Neil Schnell Part 2 (Ep 162)

June 17th, 2020


Neil Schnell is one of my best pals in music. He shares some of my best memories of performing music in the Dallas-Fort Worth area of Texas. He has been making a living with his trio Velvet Love Box, though things have …

Unstarving Musician’s Guide to Getting Paid Gigs—Chapter 8 (Ep 161)

June 12th, 2020


This episode is another installment of the Unstarving Musician’s Guide to Getting Paid Gigs:
How to Get Booked and Paid What You’re Worth Over and Over Again.

This is chapter 8, which focuses on building your personal …

A True Rock Band—Matt James (Ep 160)

June 10th, 2020


Matt James is the lead singer of a band called Blacktop Mojo. The band lives together in the same house - advantageous in a pandemic. They’ve been …

Navigating Grief Through Music—Kate Schutt (Ep 159)

June 5th, 2020


Singer-songwriter Kate Schutt’s latest album is about her five-year journey caring for her mother while she was dying of cancer. We share the loss of a parent to cancer and talked about the grief that is happening …

Creating a Thriving Patreon Community—Rebecca Loebe (Ep 158)

June 3rd, 2020


Rebecca Loebe has been actively touring since 2010, which of course came to a pause during the pandemic. She had wisely been building a loyal fan base community on her own platforms and eventually on Patreon.

We talk …

Distinguishing Your Band To Venues—David De Carion (Ep 157)

May 29th, 2020


Dave De Carion is a longtime friend from the San Francisco Bay area. He became a student musician of one of my bandmates and was soon leading his own cover band Severe Pleasure. Recently Dave got stuck in Hawaii given …

Live Streamed Shows In Isolation —Dean Johanesen Part 2 (Ep 156)

May 27th, 2020


Dean Johanesen first appeared on the podcast almost 100 episodes ago. Dean is a regular performer, so this pandemic has hit him quite hard. Adjusting …

Help is Not on the Way—Juno (Ep 155)

May 22nd, 2020


Juno is an insanely talented guitarist and songwriter with her debut album called Help is Not on the Way. Having worked with some big names including Bruno Mars, Camila Cabello, Fifth Harmony, Erykah Badu, India Arie …

Release Strategy, Online Distribution and a Famous Duet—Kendal Conrad (Ep 154)

May 20th, 2020


Kendal Conrad has an impressive singing and songwriting resume for someone so young. Based in Nashville, Kendal has actively pursued gigs including singing the national anthem for MLB, NBA, MMA, NASCAR events and more. …

Disrupting The Music Industry—Alicia Rius (Ep 153)

May 15th, 2020


SoundStorming is trying to disrupt the system that is the music industry, specifically how and where artists share their music, and today I’m joined by one of the co-founders, Alicia Rius. The app allows artists to …

The Good That Can Come From Hard Times—Judy Rodman Part 3 (Ep 152)

May 13th, 2020


Judy Rodman is joining us on the podcast for the third time. We wanted to talk about life for musicians during the pandemic. We talk about staying …

Teaching Music Production Online—Liz Cirelli Part 2 (Ep 151)

May 8th, 2020


Today we welcome back producer, singer, songwriter, educator and wellness practitioner, Liz Cirelli. When we first spoke, Liz was very much in a growth phase, and now she’s got some exciting projects on the go, …

Making It Happen For Yourself—Camellia Akhamie Kies (Ep 150)

May 6th, 2020


Camellia Akhamie Kies, is an epic drummer and a new mom. She played drums throughout her entire pregnancy and Camellia is now a case study as there weren’t many, if any, expecting moms playing drums at her level during …

How Creators Can Become Owners—Zack O’Malley Greenburg (Ep 149)

May 1st, 2020


Zack O’Malley Greenburgh is the author of A-List Angels: How a Band of Actors, Artists and Athletes Hacked Silicon Valley. Zack is the Senior Editor of Media & Entertainment at Forbes Magazine, where he started …

Being a Performing Artist Amidst a Pandemic—Chloe Collins (Ep 148)

April 29th, 2020


Chloe Collins is a singer songwriter based in Nashville. She’s not your typical 19-year old. From New York, Chloe moved to Nashville in her early/mid …

Confronting Limitations, Competition and Creating Opportunities —Danielle Eva Schwob (Ep 147)

April 24th, 2020


Danielle Eva Schwob is the artist behind Delanila. We spoke on the release day of her single, The Philosopher, part of the album Overloaded. Danielle is an accomplished musician, composer and is well-studied in music …

Using “No” as Rocket Fuel—Tara Simon (Ep 146)

April 17th, 2020


My guest is Tara Simon, acclaimed vocalist and creator of Tara Simon Studios. In our pre-interview conversation I learned that Tara is really into …

Unlocking The Voice Within—Kelly Atkins (Ep 145)

April 10th, 2020


Kelly Atkins is an insanely diverse vocalist who juggles various projects and bands, not to mention her role as Deputy Director of Kitka, a …

Finding Your Brand Identity—Kendall Rucks (Ep 144)

April 3rd, 2020


Kendall Rucks is highly influenced by the fashion and vibe of the 60s and 70s, has roots in 80s and 90s rock, and she loves LA. Inspired by Fiona Apple’s Tidal album, Kendall’s big goal is to create an album that tells …

Unapologetic Dreams and Free of Fear—Alonzo (Ep 143)

March 27th, 2020


Alonzo is a multi-talented artist. You may have first been introduced to him as part of Fatally Unique on season 6 of America’s Got Talent. A …

Options for Musicians Amidst Uncertain Times – Ep 142 Dave Cool

March 21st, 2020


The novel Corona virus COVID-19 pandemic is reminding us that there are things musicians can do to hedge our income during uncertain times. Amidst the cancellation of shows, festivals and conferences, many musicians are …

Online Courses, Self-Publishing and Consistent Content—Ariane Cap (Ep 141)

March 20th, 2020


Ariane Cap is a multi-instrumentalist, educator, author, blogger and composer. She has a very cool online educational website for learning bass, …

Barn Raising—Megan Leigh (Ep 140)

March 13th, 2020


My guest this week is singer-songwriter Megan Leigh. Megan recently went full-time with her music career time and we dig into how that transition has …

The Power of Facebook Communities (Ep 139)

March 6th, 2020


In this episode I take on a challenge from the Pat Flynn podcast and reached out to a number of administrators of Facebook Communities. There is real power in community, but it comes with a number of challenges as well. …

Listening for That Phrase—Johnny Burgin Part 2 (Ep 138)

February 28th, 2020


Maybe you know him from his years as Rockin’ Johnny Burgin. Maybe you know him by his new handle, The Worldwide West Side Guitar Man. Performing up to 250 shows a year in Europe, Japan and coast to coast in the US, it’s …

Walking the Path—Ron Klimek (Ep 137)

February 21st, 2020


A weekend warrior working musician hailing from the frozen tundra of Calgary, Alberta, guitarist Ron Klimek got his first taste of being part of a band on local television. This started him down the path of more bands, …

Licensing Music, Building an Audience and Embracing Streaming—Angela Predhomme (Ep 136)

January 31st, 2020


Angela Predhomme is a soulful singer, composer and musician. She strives to make music that can stand up to the best of the best, and it certainly …

Self-Care for a Strong Career—Eli Lev (Ep 135)

January 17th, 2020


Eli Lev, a return guest to the podcast, just released the 3rd in a 4 album project. He’ll wrap the project up with that 4th album in the later part of 2020. He’s incredibly inspirational, having done so much in the …

Building An Intentional Music Career—Joshua Van Ness (Ep 134)

January 3rd, 2020


Joshua Van Ness is a singer-songwriter, guitarist, drummer and native of New Jersey. To say that he has diverse interests and talents would be …

Creating Emotion-Rich Vocals—Judy Rodman (Ep 133)

December 20th, 2019


Judy Rodman is a return guest as well as an award winning vocal coach, recording artist, author, producer, singer-songwriter and more. I recently caught up with Judy in person in October and it was such a treat.

Judy …

Do The Hard Thing First—David Andrew Wiebe (Ep 132)

December 6th, 2019


David Andrew Wiebe is not only a singer-songwriter, but also a music educator. He’s found a way to grow his music career and the business of his music through a project he calls Music Entrepreneur HQ. The website and …

Celebrating The Wins And Struggles Along The Way—Mawk Phoenix (Ep 131)

November 22nd, 2019


Marc Phoenix received a master’s degree in classical guitar and pedagogy from the University of Zurich. He also studied Jazz & songwriting at …

Unstarving Musician’s Guide to Getting Paid Gigs—Chapter 7 (Ep 130)

November 15th, 2019


This is the fourth installment of The Unstarving Musician’s Guide to Getting Paid Gigs. I’m reading from Chapter 7 of the book which is all about sales and marketing.

A lot of what I’m discussing includes what we know …

Take Control Of Your Music Career—Ryan Kairalla (Ep 129)

November 1st, 2019


Ryan Kairalla is an artist advocate, entertainment lawyer and host of the Break The Business Podcast. He leverages his background in law, business, education, and entertainment to enhance the careers independent music …

Create The Community You Need—Chris Coles (Ep 128)

October 25th, 2019


Chris Coles is the Founder of Musicians Unite, a community born out of the desire to support musicians of all ages, styles and skill levels together …

Juggling Twenty Plus Performances a Month—Frankie Raye (Ep 127)

October 18th, 2019


Frankie Raye is a powerhouse performer juggling over twenty shows a month. She is a singer-songwriter based out of Tampa, Florida. In 2019 Frankie launched her first album Brave. She has been recognized in several Best …

The Value of a Mentor—Adam and Michael Scharff (Ep 126)

October 11th, 2019


Adam and Michael Scharff are longtime working musicians and music teachers. These days they’re in the world of virtual artist artist development. With a focus on mentoring artists, Adam and Michael offer a compliment of …

Effective Use of Digital Media for Musicians - Bruce Wawrzyniak (EP 125)

October 4th, 2019


My guest today is Bruce Wawrzyniak of Now Hear This. We talk about PR, promotions, social media, websites, placements and a whole lot more. 

I did a …

Karyn Ann and October’s Lady Brain Presents Listening Room Event (Ep 124)

October 3rd, 2019


This is a special announcement episode for Unstarving Musician gal pal Lindsay White and Lady Brain Presents. The conversation features Karyn Ann, who will be one of the performing artists for an upcoming Lady Brain …

The Balancing Act of Playing in Multiple Bands–Miles Franco (Ep 123)

September 27th, 2019


My guest for this episode is LA-based musician, Miles Franco. We talk about balancing multiple projects and how he established himself after …

Branding Your Music with Greg Wilnau (Ep 122)

September 20th, 2019


Greg Wilnau, host of the Musician Monster podcast, joins me this episode. We talk about the Musician Monster website, which is a treasure trove of free resources, branding your music and making more money as a …

Rock Star Advocate Suz Paulinski on Musician Mindset (Ep 121)

September 13th, 2019


In this episode I speak with musician mindset coach and mentor Suz Paulinski of The Rock/Star Advocate. We talk about the DIY Musician Conference, …

Igniting Creativity and Restarting a Music Career–Glasys (Ep 120)

September 6th, 2019


In this episode I speak with pianist, synthesist, producer, vocalist and songwriter Glasys. We talk about his immigration from Israel to Portland, Oregon, discovering a new local music scene, and the pivotal moments …

Giving Back to Austin's Youth - Brian Wolff (Ep 119)

August 30th, 2019


Brian Wolff of Fair City Fire is giving back to Austin’s youth  as Community Engagement Coordinator with a nonprofit called Kids In a New Groove. In …

Aki Kumar Signs with Sony India (Ep 118)

August 28th, 2019


Only a few episodes ago I was joined by Bollywood Blues artist, Aki Kumar. Aki had some exciting news at the time that was under wraps, so I wanted …

A New Single and a Horror Film–My Name is Chapel (Ep 117)

August 23rd, 2019


The artist known as My Name is Chapel releases a new single called Taxi Cab today. Chapel is also in the midst of producing and scoring his first …

Music Career Growth, Podcasting and Activism–Simon Tam (Ep 116)

August 16th, 2019


In this dual interview episode, I speak with Simon Tam about all he’s doing for the music community through podcasting, public speaking and writing. We also talk about his activism and support for other artists. Then …

Kofy Brown on Being In-Demand and Creating a Joyful Music Career (Ep 115)

August 9th, 2019


My guest for this episode is multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Kofy Brown. We navigate the balancing act of her many projects, how she’s managed …

Bollywood Blues Man Aki Kumar on Gratitude, Humility, and Band Dynamics (Ep 113)

July 26th, 2019


Bollywood blues artist Aki Kumar sees gratitude and humility as key to managing his music career, creative challenges, band dynamics, and life. He …

Arlene Paculan – Community and the Power of Connection (Ep 112)

July 19th, 2019


Singer songwriter Arlene Paculan is all about community. Whether it’s through creating empowering arts events or sharing how artists overcome …

Chris Avetta – Managing Stage Fright with Perspective (Ep 111)

July 12th, 2019


Singer songwriter Chris Avetta joins me for a conversation about stage fright, perspective, the business of music, and more. Chris had a lot going on when we spoke. She’d just released her new single Forest for the Trees

Kid Andersen On TrueFire TV and His Forthcoming Album (Ep 110)

July 4th, 2019


Kid Andersen has so much going on these days including having landed among the ranks of master class presenters for TrueFire TV, the release of new recordings for the Little Village Foundation, and a new album that’s in …

Musicians Supporting One Another with Community and Collaboration–Lindsay White (Ep 109)

June 27th, 2019


Lindsay White and a musicians community called the Lady Brain Collective are supporting each another through teaching, knowledge sharing, and …

Staying Creative and Nurturing a Music Community–Crystal & Pete Damore of Ordinary Elephant (Ep 108)

June 22nd, 2019


Staying creative and nurturing a music community is part of life on the road for Crystal and Pete Damore of Ordinary Elephant. This is their second appearance on the podcast, which was a great opportunity to talk about …

Facing Rejection and Staying Creative–Songwriter Tom Meny (Ep 107)

June 17th, 2019


Singer songwriter Tom Meny knows a thing or two about facing rejection and staying creative. In this repeat engagement, Tom and I chat about this, his new podcast, and more.

Episode Highlights

In Tom’s first appearance …

One of the Best Ways to Get Good Musician Gigs – Unstarving Musician’s Guide Chapters 3-4 (Ep 106)

June 10th, 2019


One the best ways to get good musician gigs is by building good relationships. The primary theme of this episode is relationships.

This is the second installment and re-release of The Unstarving Musician’s Guide to …

Chapters 1-2 of The Unstarving Musician's Guide (Ep 105)

June 2nd, 2019


This episode is a two chapter reading of The Unstarving Musician’s Guide to Getting Paid Gigs. These chapters were the first two podcast episodes I ever recorded.

(I’m reflecting on the original podcast for the book …

Helping Music Artists Realize Their Dreams–Jason Davis (Ep 104)

May 24th, 2019


Jason Davis loves helping music artists realize their dreams. He has founded several cutting edge entertainment companies including Radar Label Group (Jimmy Eat World, Plain White T’s, Neon Trees, The Unlikely …

Finding Mentors and Community in the Music Industry – Glass Hamlet (Ep 103)

May 19th, 2019


Glass Hamlet loves the songwriting aspect of music. His big challenge has been finding a community of fellow musicians and music industry mentors.

Glass is a native of Moscow, Russia. In the late 90’s he moved to New …

Album Release Strategy–Daniel Stidham of Raid the Quarry (Ep 102)

May 9th, 2019


In this episode Daniel Stidham of Raid the Quarry discusses strategies for releasing a new album. His Raleigh North Carolina bansed band has just …

From Collaborator to Solo Artist – Singer Songwriter Notelle (Ep 101)

May 3rd, 2019


Nashville based singer songwriter Notelle recently made the move from longtime collaborator to solo artist. She’s known for heavy messy pop with an …

Best of the Unstarving Musician Podcast (Ep 100)

April 27th, 2019


When I started the Unstarving Musician's podcast, I had no idea how rewarding it would be to speak with all of the talented music artists I've met …

Why DIY Recording is a Great Idea–Music Producer Mark Addison (Ep 99)

April 19th, 2019


Mark Addison is a big fan of DIY recording, a seasoned music producer, songwriter, and co-creator of the iconic Tips Concerts series of Austin Texas.

Profitable Musician Summit 2019–Bree Noble (Ep 98)

April 12th, 2019


Co-creator of the Profitable Musician Summit Bree Noble makes her third appearance on the podcast. Bree is a singer, songwriter and educator. Her …

Secrets of Creativity–Chris Taylor (Ep97)

April 5th, 2019


In this episode, singer songwriter Chris Taylor shares the secrets behind his creativity. He’s a multi-instrumentalist and visual artist with a …

UM 96: Making the Arts Accessible to All–Benoit Glazer of The Timucua Arts Foundation

March 29th, 2019


Benoit Glazer and the Timucua Arts Foundation believe that the visual and performing arts should be accessible to everyone. What started out as house …

Episode 95: International Women's Day Supernova – Tess Posner

March 22nd, 2019


I had the pleasure of speaking with Tess Posner on International Women’s Day. This was especially cool, because she released a single to commemorate …

Episode 94: Overcoming Creative Block and Getting Out of Our Own Heads

March 18th, 2019


Creative block is a thing, but it doesn't have to be. In this episode, I share the one tactic for overcoming creative block practiced by most music artists I've interviewed for this podcast. I also share tips for …

Kickstarter, PR, and Making Good Music – Jenna and Daniel Watters

March 8th, 2019


Jenna and Daniel Watters successfully met a $10k Kickstarter fundraising goal to support the release of their latest album. Most of that money was …

At the Intersection of Hard Work and Opportunity – Wendy Colonna

March 4th, 2019


Wendy Colonna is a songwriter, performer, recording artist, yogi and mom. She’s also co-creator of Tips Concerts, one of the best known house concert …

Whimsy On Stage and In the Studio – Louisa Hall

February 22nd, 2019


One of my favorite things about Louisa Hall's latest release Barista Boyfriend is its whimsy. She amplifies that whimsy in the videos created for album, but it doesn't stop there. Louisa also takes her whimsy to the …

Quintessential DIY Musician Justin Trawick

February 15th, 2019


Justin Trawick is the quintessential DIY musician, but he’s just about maxed out his abilities as a one-man army. Among his many projects are his band The Common Good, a podcast, and touring with a songwriter series. …

Inspiration, Kickstarter and Trust – Jana Pochop

February 8th, 2019


Jana Pochop refers to herself as New Mexican and as a nerd. She’s a singer, songwriter, recording artist, performer, and social media consultant for …

Blues Funk Guitarist Emmanuel Tomes

February 1st, 2019


Austin based musician Emmanuel Tomes is a singer songwriter of the blues and funk variety. His early inspirations came from Elliott Smith and Ben Harper. It was in fact Ben Harper who inspired him to start writing and …

Cutting Out the Music Business Middleman–Bradford & Kimberly Loomis

January 25th, 2019


Bradford and Kimberly Loomis are of the dynamic duo, married couple variety. Kimberly is highly involved in Bradford's career. Among her …

Sound Design, Friction, and Songwriting–Cam Gillette

January 18th, 2019


Cam Gillette writes, sings, produces, and performs under the band name Smoke From All The Friction. He and his collaborators meld electronica, pop, …

Blues, Folk and Change–Tony Harrah

January 11th, 2019


Tony Harrah and I began our conversation for this episode "off-air." I asked about his website, which is powered by Bandzoogle. This question was for my own market research purposes. There are a couple of areas on his …

Producer, Musician, and Songwriter – Jamie Hill

January 4th, 2019


Jamie Hill is a producer, musician, and songwriter with a soft spot for vulnerable voices. To clarify, Jamie says he’s specifically interested in …

Holiday Cheer 2018 – Robonzo

December 28th, 2018


This is a short holiday message to say thanks, reflect on the good things that happened in 2018, plus a couple of announcements for the New Year 2019.

Balancing Music, Visual Art and Fatherhood – Eric Bolander

December 21st, 2018


Lexington Kentucky based songwriter Eric Bolander is a working musician and visual arts teacher. We were introduced by fellow songwriter and artist …

San Antonio Singer Songwriter – Laura Marie

December 14th, 2018


San Antonio based singer songwriter Laura Marie and I were connected by way of mutual friend and former Unstarving Musician’s Podcast guest Chris Taylor. I’m very happy with the outcome of this episode! I always enjoy …

From Writing Her First Song to Going Pro – Sylvia Rose Novak

December 7th, 2018


Singer songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Sylvia Rose Novak grew up in Opalika Alabama, a place I’d never heard of before our conversation. I asked …

Music Performance Coach Vicki Ambinder

November 30th, 2018


Vicki Ambinder is a Music Performance Coach and Artistic Consultant. She helps musicians and bands of all ages, experience levels and genres improve …

Happy Holidays from Robonzo

November 23rd, 2018


This short episode is a holiday message to all my my indie music artist friends, fans of live music, friends and family of Unstarving Musician's …

Writing, Recording, and Finding Balance – Ian Salazar

November 16th, 2018


Ian Salazar recently turned 21. He’s been playing guitar since he could hold one, probably starting around age six. He plays for two Dallas Fort …

Gritty, Sassy, Rock and Blues Goodness – Ginger Leigh

November 12th, 2018


Austin area native Ginger Leigh is a life long entertainer and performer. She comes from five generations of music biz professionals. Her music is a blend of gritty, sassy rock and blues goodness. In our conversation …

House Concert Tours & Community – Shannon Curtis

November 9th, 2018


Shannon Curtis has made house concerts the anchor of her music career since 2011. She tried the traditional route of touring cafes, college shows, …

Rolling with the Indie Musician Life – Lannie Flowers

October 26th, 2018


Lannie Flowers is one of my indie musician pals who resides in the Dallas Fort Worth area of Texas. In this second appearance for the podcast, Lannie discusses the long process of making his forthcoming album Home. …

Happiness in a Home Studio – Lance Harvill

October 19th, 2018


Lance Harvill came onto my radar by way of his recent work with Rex Brown. Some of you will know Rex as a founding member of Pantera. Lance’s guitar …

Making Music with an Open Heart and Mind – Jon Christopher Davis

October 12th, 2018


Jon Christopher Davis (aka JCD) is a Dallas-Fort Worth based music artist. He’s written songs for the likes of Dolly Parton, Timothy B. Schmit of …

Songwriting, Side Hustles and Gratitude – Lindsay White

October 5th, 2018


You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll call your therapist. That is straight from Lindsay White’s bio. She’s a songwriting machine, who’s been …

Setting the Intention to Make Music Full Time – Eli Lev

September 28th, 2018

Setting the Intention to Make Music Full Time – Eli Lev

My interview with Eli Lev was recording on Labor Day 2018, the US holiday that …

Balancing Authenticity, Appearances, and Fun – Lee Coulter

September 21st, 2018


Lisa Sanders (featured in episode 66) made reference to Jason Mraz when she talked about Lee Coulter. She said that the excitement around Lee is …

An Album of Passion and Persistence – Danny Wilkerson

September 14th, 2018

All for his first solo album

Danny Wilkerson isn’t exactly in the full-time game of music, but for the past five years he’s been busy writing and …

Beauty in Music and Art – Abe Partridge

September 7th, 2018


Abe Partridge discovered music when he first heard Nirvana’s Nevermind. His life would take a few interesting turns before he would begin sharing his …

Indie Label to Indie Mindset – Lisa Sanders

August 31st, 2018


Lisa Sanders was once signed with an indie label, which gave her the gift of an indie mindset. Her latest release Shiver is her eighth CD.  She's worked alongside The Truckee Brothers, Lucinda Williams, Bonnie Rait, Al …

Creating Music to Discover Who He Is – Chris Taylor

August 24th, 2018


Chris Taylor creates music and art like a madman. He's a man of a thousand faces in my eyes. Check out his website to see what I mean.

In this …

Crossing Paths with Jace Everett

August 17th, 2018


Jace Everett and I surely crossed paths in the 90's, a time when we both lived and played music in and around Fort Worth Texas. In fact, we both did some hanging out and performing at Bronco's Sports Bar. This is the …

Invested in Music Marketing – Mike Osborn

August 10th, 2018

Mike Osborn and Music Marketing

Music marketing is synonymous with the name Mike Osborn. He’s still figuring it out like so many other indie music artists, but Mike has always been heavily invested in how he markets his …

Tapping into the House Concert Scene–Robonzo

August 3rd, 2018


I’ve been fascinated with house concerts for years, but my interest went up recently following my interview with Ezra Vancil for The Unstarving …

Circus Swing and the Transformation of Dean Johanesen

July 27th, 2018


Circus swing is my favorite genre that’s been used to label Dean Johanesen. The label comes from Dean’s fascination with circus history and a family story that ties it all together. In discussing my fondness of this …

House Concert Host Amy Killingsworth

July 20th, 2018


Amy S Killingsworth founded and co-produces Amy & Gary’s House Concerts of San Antonio Texas. I’m fascinated with house concerts as of late, and this conversation was an opportunity to get the host perspective. Amy …

Life and Songwriting on the Road–Crystal & Pete Damore

July 11th, 2018


Life and songwriting on the road was the underscoring theme of my interview with Crystal & Pete Damore of Ordinary Elephant. We actually discuss a number of topics including how they've grown their Spotify audience, …

The Austin Based Soul of Mingo Fishtrap–Roger Blevins Jr

July 6th, 2018


Singer Songwriter Roger Blevins Jr is the driving force of Austin based Mingo Fishtrap. He grew up listening to R&B, soul, funk, metal, hip-hop, …

Rediscovering Me – Singer Songwriter Jennifer Vazquez

June 29th, 2018


Singer songwriter Jennifer Vazquez came to me out of the blue, the blue canvas of Twitter. I was checking my alerts, glancing at the feed and there she was, promoting her latest album Rediscovering Me.

Jennifer grew up …

Synesthesia and the Evolution of SHAPESCENES–Chase Anderson

June 22nd, 2018


SHAPESCENES is a reference to synesthesia. My guest in this episode is Chase Anderson, lead singer and guitarist for the Austin band SHAPESCENES. …

Touring, Podcasting and Rocking with Fair City Fire–Brian Wolff

June 15th, 2018


Brian Wolff is lead singer and guitarist for Austin based rock band Fair City Fire. Our conversation covers Brian’s start in the music scene of …

House Concerts Ambassador Tom Meny

June 8th, 2018


Singer songwriter Tom Meny considers himself an ambassador for house concerts. He says they’re his bread and butter these days. He’s so into them that he has a podcast episode devoted to the topic. Among his most …

Musician Insights from Chris Raspante, Paul Kent, Bill Lonero and Robert Berry

June 1st, 2018


This best-of episode features four musicians who appeared as guests in early episodes of the podcast. I chose these guys, because their insights say so much about the little things musicians can do to build a career or …

Why musician Ray Prim has a day job, and loves it!

May 25th, 2018

Why musician Ray Prim has a day job, and loves it!

Ray Prim is a talented Austin based musician with a day job. He’s widely seen as a performer with an onstage sense of humor, something he says he doesn’t …

Songwriting and the Truth About Saying Yes–Hannah Holbrook

May 18th, 2018


Hannah Holbrook is a solo artist and member of the sibling quartet SHEL. She and her sisters are considered virtuosos, and their collective tastes …

Crushing it on Instagram–Drummer Mike Dawson

May 11th, 2018


Independent musician Mike Dawson is crushing it on Instagram. He also subs for the principle drummer of The Lion King, leads drum workshops and gives private lessons. That's all on top of his day gig as managing editor …

Songwriting with a Deadline–Lynz Crichton

May 4th, 2018


British singer songwriter Lynz Crichton has been busy working on a new EP, and the project has two noteworthy facets.

One–Lynz gave herself a 90-day …

A Profitable Musician Summit–Bree Noble

April 27th, 2018


Bree Noble returned to the podcast this week to talk about The Profitable Musician Summit, a project that's been months in the making. The event will include dozens of speaker interviews with musicians and music …

Starting Over in Austin–Lara Price

April 20th, 2018


Lara Price is an Unstarving Musician’s Podcast alumni from early episode 4. Similar to my recent conversation with country singer songwriter Mira Goto, this is a progress update of sorts. It’s been almost one year since …

Crazy Cat Lady, Lover of Llamas, Queen of Periscope–Mira Goto

April 13th, 2018


Country singer songwriter Mira Goto first appeared on this podcast for episode 12 back in mid-August of 2017. I invited her back for a progress update of sorts, and she’s been very busy since our last conversation. She …

SoFar Sounds Kansas City–Tony Di Silvestro

April 6th, 2018


Sofar Sounds is a global organization who’s mission is to reimagine live events through curated, secret performances in intimate settings; and they are attempting to do just that in over 350 cities around the world. My …

Professional Super Fan & Musician Educator–Carlos Castillo

March 30th, 2018


Carlos Castillo runs a Facebook community called Schwilly Family Circus. It's a community for entrepreneurial musicians (aka musicpreneurs). It took us a while to connect for this interview, thanks to a power outage at …

From Piano Lessons to Rap Rock Fusion–Krosst Out

March 23rd, 2018


Krosst Out is the first Canadian and first rap artist that I’ve had the pleasure of interviewing for the podcast. He was born in Toronto, but grew up in the small town of Campbellford, a town he describes as a place …

A Hidden Album Collection Discovery–Ezra Vancil

March 16th, 2018


This  video compelled me to invite singer songwriter Ezra Vancil to be a guest on my podcast. After speaking with him, I watched the video a second time, but through an entirely new lens. Ezra's forthcoming release You

Reverb and Whiskey (or Iced Tea)–Singer Songwriter Joe George

March 9th, 2018


Musician Joe George (aka Joe Shadid) has a steady gig as a content producer for, where he creates video lessons, demos and more. Reverb is an online marketplace where musicians can buy, sell and learn about …

Rolling with Music Industry Changes Via Kickstarter–Tom Irwin

March 2nd, 2018


Tom Irwin grew up admiring and learning songs by the likes of Grand Funk Railroad, Led Zeppelin, and Thin Lizzy. He was a participant of the 80s New …

You Have to Want to Sing Even if it Doesn’t Pay – Judy Rodman

February 23rd, 2018


Judy Rodman has a rich career in singing, performing, studio engineering, producing, coaching, mentoring, publishing, blogging, podcasting, and life. …

Where Financial Fear, Elusive Fame, and Abundance Collide – Liz Cirelli

February 16th, 2018


Liz Cirelli describes her music journey as a push and pull affair that began from an egotistical point of view. She's been challenged by a fear of …

The Music Industry is About Money, Not Talent – Rock Talk Podcast Host Sommer Sharon

February 9th, 2018


In 2011 Sommer Sharon started a Facebook page and Twitter account for a music promotions project. It was a project born of sheer interest, but things …

Finding Happiness in the Blues and Howlin' at Greaseland – Stephanie Tice

February 2nd, 2018


Stephanie Tice and I have mutual ties to Greaseland Studios in San Jose. We share an interest in some of the artists that have recorded there. In Stephanie’s case, however, it’s more. She has fallen head over heels for …

Listen to Jeff Beck and That’s All the Education You Need – Greg Marra

January 26th, 2018


My interview with Guitarcore pioneer Bill Lonero was apparently his first on a podcast. I told Bill my prediction was that he would soon start …

Mike Osborn & Robonzo on Tribute Bands, Jam Etiquette, Backing Tracks, and Reaching Festival Organizers

January 19th, 2018


Last weekend I sent an email to my listener's list asking what topics they'd like to hear discussed on the podcast. Thank you to all who replied! Among those who chimed in was San Francisco Bay Area blues-rocker Mike …

Lisa Leuschner Andersen Has Been Gigging Since Age 7 and Has Opinions About Being a Full Time Career Musician

January 11th, 2018


On May 9th of 2017 I walked into Greaseland Studios to interview producer Kid Andersen. I was immediately blown away the abundance of musical gear everywhere. The next thing thing that came into my focus was the …

Find Someone Who Believes In Your Music and Get a Good Lawyer – Rex Brown

January 5th, 2018


My very first interview for this podcast was a wheels-off train wreck. It was recorded a little over eight months ago. To make matters worse, the interview was with a celebrity. My guest was Rex Brown, best known as a …

Why Musicians Shouldn’t Have a Cell Phone on Stage – Johnny Burgin

December 29th, 2017


Rockin’ Johnny Burgin is incredibly passionate a about performing, and holds the stage in the highest regard. Johnny resides in the San Francisco Bay …

Mark Wenner on The Nighthawks, Performing, Recording, and Rock & Roll

December 22nd, 2017


Mark Wenner and his band The Nighthawks have been performing and recording for over 40 years. He did this with and along side an impressive list of blues and R & B note-worthies. Mark came up as a young man when …

David De Silva of Archer Nation on Music Theory, Fan Appreciation, Endorsements and Record Labels

December 15th, 2017


David is highly respected in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond as a versatile musician. His versatility seems to stem from his deep appreciation for Bruce Lee the man, Taoism, and existentialist philosophy. As I …

Lannie Flowers on Being a Career Musician, Songwriting, Studio Work, and Awards

December 1st, 2017


In late October I was enjoying craft beer at one of my favorite watering holes with some of my favorite people. This was at Kool Keg in Arlington …

Terry LaPorta On Being Parent and Manager of Teen Pop Star & Disney Radio Artist Samantha LaPorta

November 24th, 2017


Terry LaPorta says her daughter's singing started out as a hobby, but that by age 11 she was performing in Nashville honky-tonks. Her now 16-year old …

Mike Dawson's Home Studio and Social Media Strategy

November 17th, 2017


Mike Dawson is one of the coolest people I've met in the last year.  He's also a great drummer, podcast host, and Managing Editor at Modern Drummer …

Disney Radio Artist Samantha LaPorta on Performing, Songwriting, Recording and Giving Back

November 10th, 2017


At age 16, Samantha LaPorta is the youngest guest I’ve had on the podcast. Our conversation took place on the same day that her single It’s a Girl Thing was released. She's a Disney Radio artist, something she always …

Aki Kumar on Chicago Blues, Bollywood Blues, Harmonica, and Performing

November 3rd, 2017


Aki Kumar fell in love with the blues and blues harmonica, but Bollywood pop is part of his music memory. This memory is creating what's likely to …

George Brandau on Connecting People, Organizing and Promoting Benefit Shows, and Chrome Deluxe

October 27th, 2017


George Brandau is a super connector musician who regularly organizes benefit shows for his local community. He’s also a longtime friend and fellow …

Rock Photographer Neil Zlozower On Being and Shooting the Greatest

October 20th, 2017


In this episode I chat with rock photographer Neil Zlozower. Neil is considered by many to be one of the best rock photographers of all time, …

Ep 20 Michelle Lockey on Music Licensing and Songwriting for TV & Film

October 13th, 2017


Michelle Lockey is a performing singer songwriter, composer for film & TV, and creator of Licensing Songs Academy, a community of songwriters & composers that are learning how to write & license music for …

Ep 19 Robert Berry on Greg Kihn, Jason Bonham, Session Work, the Business and Serving Others

October 6th, 2017


Robert Berry's resume includes work with The Greg Kihn Band, Ambrosia, Carl Palmer, Keith Emerson, Sammy Hagar, Jason Bonham, Steve Howe, members of Boston, and Night Ranger. He's passionate about his classic rock …

Ep 18 Alyssa Trahan on Recording, Sponsorships, Merchandising, Marketing, and Getting to Nashville

September 29th, 2017


In this episode, I chat with Nashville based singer songwriter Alyssa Trahan. I must admit that I'm blown away by how much Alyssa has accomplished, and by the amount of expertise she's amassed at the young age of 22. …

Ep 17 Bree Noble on Women of Substance Radio, Going Pro and Making Money

September 22nd, 2017


Bree Noble and I were introduced to one another by super-connector D Grant Smith of Appetizer Radio Show and episode 5 of this podcast. Man oh man am …

Ep 16 Bill Lonero on The Defiant Machine, History, Music Licensing, Songwriting, and Sleeping 8 Hours

September 15th, 2017


His band’s latest album The Defiant Machine was recently recognized by Guitar Player Magazine as one of the most noteworthy albums of the last 50 years. I'm talking about my new friend Bill Lonero. His band LoNero has …

Ep 15 Lee Oskar on The Lowrider Band, Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, Jimi Hendrix, and Lee Oskar Harmonicas

September 8th, 2017


Born in Denmark, Lee Oskar found his way to New York at age 18 to pursue a career in music. He eventually found his way to LA where people quickly took notice of his unique skills as a harmonica player. This is about …

Ep 14 Lynz Crichton on Building a Clan, Learning the Business, Songwriting, and Recording

September 1st, 2017


I recently discovered Nottingham England's up and comer Lynz Crichton on Twitter, by way of mutual Facebook friends. Intrigued by her current social marketing campaign and her music, I jumped at the chance to bring her …

Ep 13 Dave Hamilton on Music Theory, Home Recording, The Business of Music, and Divas

August 25th, 2017


This episode of The Unstarving Musician’s Podcast features a conversation with drummer, vocalist, podcaster, Mac expert, tech dude and self-proclaimed nerd, Dave Hamilton.

I first met Dave as a guest on one of his …

Ep 12 Mira Goto, Country Singer Songwriter, A Journey in Nashville

August 18th, 2017


This episode of The Unstarving Musician’s Podcast features a conversation with country singer songwriter and friend Mira Goto. We became acquainted in 2014 whilst gigging around the South San Francisco Bay Area, where I …

Ep 11 Networking and Helping Others (Solo Show #1)

August 11th, 2017

This week's episode of The Unstarving Musician’s Podcast features yours truly, in solo fashion. There are a couple of noteworthy themes that have …

Ep 10 John "Kiko" Carney, Versatile Panama-Based Guitarist, Original Artist

August 4th, 2017

This episode features a conversation with John “Kiko” Carney, a versatile Panama based guitarist and new friend. John has and continues to perform …

Ep 9 Paul Kent on The Gig Gab Podcast and His 11-Headed Monster The Houserockers

July 28th, 2017


This episode of The Unstarving Musician’s Podcast features yet another one of my good friends, Paul Kent.    At the time of our conversation, Paul …

Ep 8 Neil Schnell on Carefully Selecting Collaborators and How Musical Self Indulgence Has Been Good for His Career

July 21st, 2017


This episode of The Unstarving Musician’s Podcast features another former bandmate and friend Neil Schnell.   Neil is a gigging, touring machine, who …

Ep 7 Jim Kisselburg Talks Video Demos, One Sheets, Singing as a Guitarist, and Favorite Music Apps

July 17th, 2017


This episode of The Unstarving Musician’s Podcast features my conversation with my good friend and former bandmate Jim Kisselburg. As a longtime weekend warrior musician/guitarist, Jim has done it all, from cover bands …

Ep 6 John Wolff On The Boquete Jazz & Blues Fest and Gaining Access to the World Festival Circuit

July 17th, 2017


This episode of The Unstarving Musician’s Podcast features my conversation with John Wolff Director/Producer of The Bouquete Jazz and Blues Festival, …

Ep 5 D Grant Smith Talks The Appetizer Radio Show, The DIY Musician’s Radio Handbook, and Chris Cornell

July 17th, 2017


This episode of The Unstarving Musician’s Podcast features a conversation with host of indie radio station The Appetizer Radio Show, D Grant Smith.   D Grant is what he likes to call an audience growth farmer. His …

Ep 4 Lara Price on the San Jose Music Scene, Running Jam Bands, Tips for Jammers and I Mean Business

July 17th, 2017


This episode of The Unstarving Musician’s Podcast features a conversation with Lara Price, the phenomenal blues singer who I first had the pleasure of meeting at a blues jam in San Jose California.   Lara and I talk …

Ep 3 Kid Andersen on Greaseland Studios, Playing The Blues, Musicianship and Music Ed

July 17th, 2017


This episode of The Unstarving Musician’s Podcast features a conversation with award winning producer, sound engineer, guitarist, vocalist, …

Chris Raspante on Serendipity, Networking, Reputation, Nashville, and The Wonders of Today’s Talent (Ep 2)

July 17th, 2017


This episode of The Unstarving Musician’s Podcast features Chris Raspante, who I first met at a holiday season jam last December 2016, near Fort …

The Unstarving Musican – Trailer

July 7th, 2017


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