David Chesky, Co-Founder/Artist at Chesky Records
When you're the co-founder of a Grammy winning independent record label, you know how tough it can be to make money in today's music business. David Chesky has been around long enough (almost 30 years) to see the various trend shifts the music business has gone through. As an artist, David also understands the plight of the indie recording artist who has to figure out how to make a living in this unforgiving world of music streaming services...
Shachar Orren, VP of Content at Playbuzz.com
When you're Shachar Orren, you are passionate about helping companies and individuals increase their audience engagement through the Playbuzz platform. As she states in this exclusive feature, it's not enough to just release music to iTunes and that's it; you have to actually market your content in creative ways that help you maximize your earning potential.
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IRIT SINGER Chief Marketing Officer at Mobli.com
When you speak with Irit Singer, you instantly get the feeling that she loves to see musicians, and people in general, engage using technology. The CMO at Mobli has worked for giants like L'Oreal and Microsoft, so it's no wonder Irit is so passionate about what she does.
Here, Irit Singer talks to Shaine about:
O-TOWN, Multiplatinum Selling Band
During the boy band craze in the early 2000's, O-Town made their name as a 5-member group known for pop ballads. After several international tours, multiplatinum success, and logging #1 chart-topping singles, the guys went on a 10 year hiatus.
Today, they're mounting a strong comeback and we caught up with them to learn about their new music, tour dates, and what their advice is for fellow recording artists looking to find success in the music...
ERIC MASON Chief Marketing Office at Wix.com
Eric Mason is a genius when it comes to marketing and web design. Having spent much of his professional career helping entrepreneurs build great websites, Eric knows what musicians need in order to make a lasting impression on the web. This is why we invited him to come onto The Miews podcast to discuss Wix's new tool for musicians.
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MEGAN WEST Director of Content Relations at SoundCloud.com
Megan West has spent a good part of her career in the music business helping companies enhance technology for musicians. Her extensive history in the business includes stints as an music manager, some time at Microsoft and Amazon helping them develop their music technology, and now she is the Director of Content Relations for SoundCloud.
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DARRYN ZEWALK on How He Has Been Able To Get His 105,000 Music Fans To Engage Him Daily On Social Media.
Darryn Zewalk is no stranger to the music business, and definitely not a novice when it comes to using social media effectively. In this featured interview, we learn what some of Darryn's social media strategies are, and why there truly is no magic bullet to creating fan engagement. Also, we get to hear the title track to his 3rd studio album, both titled, "Favor."
NICOLE SANZIO: Goes From Intern at VH1 to MTV Exec to NBC-Universal & Founding InDigi Music Licensing & Production Company.
Nicole Sanzio knows just how tough it can be for independent artists these days. Every artist wants to make money in music but, it's a very competitive market where everyone's trying to cash in. Getting songs placed in film and television and gaming can be one of the toughest areas of opportunity because, nearly every musician in the world is pitching their catalogs of...
JOE DODD, Associate Manager of Programming at Music Choice, Shares How He's Helping Unsigned Artists Reach 60 MILLION Households Everyday
We learn how Chicago-native, Joe Dodd, went from music fan to music industry tastemaker & artist breaker. We discuss:
LIZ GRAHAM SHARES HOW SHE HAS MAINTAINED HER 20YR SINGING CAREER & TALKS ABOUT HER NEW SINGLE 'CHARCOAL ON A CANVAS' (Releasing 3/3/15)
We learn how Liz Graham went from being signed to a major label to being indie and selling over 100,000 CDs and winning 3 ASCAP Awards. She also shares insights about her new 2015 single release, "Charcoal On A Canvas", and more.
Also on this episode, Shaine plays music by some of today's best unsigned artists; some featured on previous episodes of The...
DEREK MINOR TALKS ABOUT BEING #1 ON iTUNES HIP-HOP SALES CHART + 2015 TOUR KICKOFF AT SXSW
Hip-hop is one of the toughest genres of music in which one might attempt to succeed. Despite a 99% failure rate, new rappers pop up everyday hoping that hip-hop greatness is in their futures. But, for artists like Derek Minor, hip-hop greatness isn't necessarily the goal. Sure, being able to feed his family from his God-given talents is important to him, but Derek's purpose is greater than just going...
ALEX IVY SHARES HOW SHE RAISED $6,000 VIA KICKSTARTER FOR HER DEBUT ALBUM RELEASE
We learn Alex's amazing story, we also learn how she used Kickstarter - with some help from Ian Anderson and Levi James at Launch and Release (Episode 38 of The Miews) - to raise $6,000 and release her debut album.
Also on this episode, Shaine plays music by some of today's best unsigned artists; some featured on previous episodes of The Miews podcast and in the album reviews section of the 32nd issue of I...