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Vaguely Music

24 EpisodesProduced by Double Bar MusicWebsite

Welcome to Vaguely Music, where co-hosts Ryan Strumpfler and Kelsey Jacobsen go inside the minds and lives of people in the industry. Tired of the same old "I practiced really hard and now I'm famous" story line? We hope to pick apart the stories and see where luck, networking, and sheer bravado mak… read more

24 Episodes | 2019 - 2020

Episode 2 - In the studio with Railroad Park Recording Company

February 19th, 2020

57:30

Episode 2 brings the face of Railroad Park Recording Company, Kyle Therrien! Kyle's created a diverse portfolio over the years, producing music with …

Episode 1 - The Sound of Silence

February 5th, 2020

42:45

Space. In a constantly moving world, it's something we've become increasingly uncomfortable with and yet it plays such an important role in the …

Episode 22 FINALE - Jon Bricker on booking, networking, and the outlier jobs that surround the music industry.

June 19th, 2019

1:00:40

It's here! The Vaguely Music season finale! Join Ryan and Kelsey with guest Jon Bricker: a talent buyer and concert / event producer with Pretty …

Episode 21 - Musical taste and why we like what we like.

June 12th, 2019

45:30

Everyone knows the music they like and the music they don't like. What do you see when when you look at the history of your musical preferences - where did they start? What were you surrounded by as a child, young …

Episode 20 - Confidence versus Ego in the Arts

June 7th, 2019

51:24

Time to discuss what every artist hates to discuss: the human ego. How does it affect your relationships as you negotiate the music industry? Ryan and Kelsey explore the fine line that separates a confident musician …

Episode 19 - Teacher, Violinist, and Vocalist Brianne Vieira on soundtracks and musical texture.

May 29th, 2019

48:29

Join the journey as we discuss the power of soundtracks: musical texturing, the juxtaposition of one part against another, and dynamic evolution. …

Episode 18 - What to do when inspiration and creativity fails you.

May 23rd, 2019

48:05

Everyone ends up in this situation: what do you do when creativity and inspiration fails? You're set up ready to play, and you're unmoved. It doesn't feel bad, it just doesn't feel... like much of anything, really. Ryan …

Episode 17 - Marcelle Gauvin: the human voice and authenticity in music making.

May 15th, 2019

44:00

Marcelle Gauvin is voice faculty at Berklee College of Music, faculty at the Contemporary Commercial Institute at Shenandoah University, a …

Episode 16 - Teachers talking teaching: success, failure, frustration, and joy.

May 8th, 2019

43:45

Time to talk about something that is the crux of Double Bar Music: teaching. The relationship between teacher and student is a strange blend of personal friendship and hierarchical leadership, and walking the line …

Episode 15 - Finances pt 2. Tax talk, lesson rates, and recording expectations.

May 1st, 2019

55:53

The first time Ryan and Kelsey went on this finance journey they ended up diving into a completely separate (although wonderful) discussion about the …

Episode 14 - With the J.Kelley Band every season is Burning Season: the songwriting, the band, the history, the inspiration.

April 24th, 2019

53:12

Jason Kelley is releasing his FOURTH album in just over 10 years. In an era of Spotify playlists, one song hits, and shuffle artist discovery, where does his love of albums come from? Kelsey, Ryan, and Jason dive into …

Episode 13 - When to Grow as an Entrepreneur and why your professional relationships matter.

April 17th, 2019

58:16

We've moved! This our first podcast from our new location, and today we're talking growth as an entrepreneur. Everyone wants to succeed, but most businesses fail because they try to expand too quickly. How do you know …

Episode 12 - Electronic music is here and that's not a bad thing, featuring Berklee College of Music professor Brian Cass

April 11th, 2019

44:01

Brian has been faculty at Berklee College of music for years, working in their electronic composition department. He also gigs regularly on guitar, …

Episode 11 - Pacing and the Art of Self-Care in the Music Industry

March 28th, 2019

40:48

Self care... one of the most taboo words in the world today. Either people feel like their being sold a load of #$%#, or it's seen as weakness. But …

Episode 10 - A Wilhelm Scream's Nick Angelini joins us to talk touring, drum manufacturing, and more.

March 21st, 2019

35:46

The musician's dream: touring the world with your band. We had the awesome opportunity to talk with drummer Nick Angelini about touring the globe with his band A Wilhelm Scream. From the UK to China and then Canada to …

Episode 9 - The Art of Covering Modern Music... or at least some tips.

March 14th, 2019

35:46

The age old mantra of older generations: modern music is trash. You can't even play it live, it's just studio wizardry. Well, we disagree. You can …

Episode 8 - Level Exchange's Lindsey Lerner & the Power of Persistence

March 7th, 2019

41:16

Fear rejection? Afraid of hearing no? Take Lindsey's advice on how she built her career and business, Level Exchange, from her first attempt at …

Episode 7 - Music School or bust.

February 28th, 2019

41:07

Let's talk music school. It's a conversation we inevitably have with our students and their families as they approach the end of their high school …

Episode 6 - featuring musician, teacher, and songwriter David Alves

February 21st, 2019

38:25

Teacher, performer, and songwriter David Alves joins us to discuss his journey through music: how the process of songwriting starts and develops, words of wisdom on how to market yourself as an artist, and more!

Episode 5 - Let's Discuss: finances pt 1.

February 14th, 2019

40:00

We're starting the dive into what no artist likes to discuss publicly: money. Our attempt to discuss going gig rates gets a little sidetracked by the topic of creative work distribution - is music "free" or has payment …

Episode 4 - guitar talk with Jack P.

February 7th, 2019

26:23

Featuring guest guitarist and Double Bar staff member, Jack Pasternak. 

Jack discusses when he decided music was a serious commitment, the slow growth of learning the instrument, and the benefit of the world of tabs for …

Episode 3 - Songwriting & self-promotion.

January 31st, 2019

31:29

Songwriting experiences, different approaches and editing tips. Also, the uncomfortable act of self-promotion with Strumpfler surprise to close it out!

Episode 2 - Basement experience - the early years.

January 24th, 2019

29:23

Anecdotes about first attempts at forming a band, gear preferences, and as always... a fun fact to close out the night.

Pilot - It's a State of Mind

January 17th, 2019

35:17

Our pilot episode explores two concepts that affect EVERY musician:

  • The inherent "play to please" mindset that inhibits musicians from taking the …
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