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BTB Ep 194: Music distribution for a good cause with Pony and Rebecca Helgeson of Soundrop

8/18/2019
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This week, Ryan is joined by two representatives from the music distribution company Soundrop (Pony, Brand Manager and Rebecca Helgeson, Community Manager). Soundrop specializes in music distribution and cover song licensing for indie artists and are particularly a distributor of choice for artists who want to distribute covers. Soundrop is currently partnering with humanitarian organization Save the Children for a unique collaboration called Create for Kids. Create for Kids features donated...

Duration:00:18:25

BTB Ep 193: Chris Jones from Ursa talks about his "artist-centered" streaming service

8/11/2019
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This week, Ryan chats with Chris Jones, the co-founder of music streaming service Ursa. Ursa's platform focuses on being "artist-centered" by allowing creators to post additional content alongside their recordings to help build fan engagement. Ursa is also offering other elements within its platform, including its patent-pending linkable credits feature which will allow music fans to discover the work of all of the contributors to a recording. Ryan talks to Chris about the Ursa platform and...

Duration:00:20:20

BTB Ep 192: Break the Business at the Independent Music Awards (Part 5)

8/4/2019
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Break the Business was at this year's Independent Music Awards and is bringing you a series of episodes featuring short interviews from IMA nominees and winners as well as other music industry professionals attending the event. You will hear from a bunch of fantastic indie music figures from all over the world, sharing with you TONS of information and inspiration. This is our last week of IMA episodes and we get back to regular podcasting format starting next week! Featured on this episode:...

Duration:00:27:24

BTB Ep 191: Break the Business at the Independent Music Awards (Part 4)

7/22/2019
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Break the Business was at this year's Independent Music Awards and is bringing you a series of episodes featuring short interviews from IMA nominees and winners as well as other music industry professionals attending the event. You will hear from a bunch of fantastic indie music figures from all over the world, sharing with you TONS of information and inspiration. Featured on this episode: Mamita Peyote (@mamitapeyote, mamitapeyote.com); Jessica La Rel (@Jessica_LaRel, jessicalarel.com);...

Duration:00:21:48

BTB Ep 190: Break the Business at the Independent Music Awards (Part 3)

7/21/2019
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Break the Business was at this year's Independent Music Awards and is bringing you a series of episodes featuring short interviews from IMA nominees and winners as well as other music industry professionals attending the event. You will hear from a bunch of fantastic indie music figures from all over the world, sharing with you TONS of information and inspiration. Featured on this episode: Low Lily (@LowLilyBand, lowlily.com); Amira Al-Jiboori (@CasiiStephan); Sara Lovell (@saralovellmusic);...

Duration:00:21:57

BTB Ep 189: Break the Business at the Independent Music Awards (Part 2)

7/14/2019
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Break the Business was at this year's Independent Music Awards and is bringing you a series of episodes featuring short interviews from IMA nominees and winners as well as other music industry professionals attending the event. You will hear from a bunch of fantastic indie music figures from all over the world, sharing with you TONS of information and inspiration. Featured on this episode: Patrice Jegou (@PatriceJegou, patricejegou.com); Elizabeth Joan Kelly (@ElizabethJelly,...

Duration:00:25:09

BTB Ep 188: Break the Business at the Independent Music Awards (Part 1)

7/7/2019
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Break the Business was at this year's Independent Music Awards and is bringing you a series of episodes featuring short interviews from IMA nominees and winners as well as other music industry professionals attending the event. You will hear from a bunch of fantastic indie music figures from all over the world, sharing with you TONS of information and inspiration. Featured on this episode: Stone Mecca (@stonemecca, stonemeccamusic.com); Amazing Show (@amazingshowtw); Bombay Rickey...

Duration:00:25:11

BTB Ep 187: Music Supervisor Alec J Stern on getting your music in ad campaigns

6/30/2019
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This week, Ryan chats with music supervisor Alec J. Stern. He is the Director of Music for two Chicago-based advertising agencies, DDB and We are Unlimited. Alec talks about his work, detailing how he helps brands find the right music for their campaigns. Oftentimes, that "right music" comes from an indie artist that may not be well-known, and so Alec gives some advice on how indie artists can position their music for these sorts of projects. Find out more about our guests's work by visiting...

Duration:00:21:12

BTB Ep 186: Master your branding with Greg Wilnau of Musician Monster

6/23/2019
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This week, Ryan talks to Musician Monster founder Greg Wilnau. Greg has a lot of great advice for you about building your brand as an indie artist, but you will also want to hear what he has to say about living your life on your own terms and having the courage to blaze your own trail--both professionally and personally. Get yourself a copy of Greg's Music Branding Cheat Sheet by visiting www.musicianmonster.com/brand. Rate/review/subscribe to the Break the Business Podcast on iTunes,...

Duration:00:18:43

BTB Ep 185: Ariel Hyatt of Cyber PR breaks down the Independent Music Awards & her new book Fan 1st

6/16/2019
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The Independent Music Awards are next week! Ryan sits down with one of our favorite guests, acclaimed publicist and Cyber PR founder Ariel Hyatt, to break down the IMAs and discuss how indie artists like you can get more involved in this awesome event. Ryan and Ariel will be hosting workshops and serving as mentors at the IMAs, June 21-22 in New York City. Get your tickets here! independentmusicawards.com/ima-ikon-2019/. Ryan and Ariel also talk about Ariel's new e-book "Fan 1st", which you...

Duration:00:18:00

BTB EP 184: Climbing the music industry mountain with Emily Plazek of MIC

6/9/2019
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This week, Ryan sits down with Emily Plazek, founder of Music Industry Connected. MIC's latest initiative is The Mountain, a platform that helps artists achieve success and balance their business strategy, art, and personal life using a six-step process. The first segment of the mountain is available now. and you can check it out and MIC’s services by visiting www.musicindustryconnected.com. Emily talks to Ryan about The Mountain, finding work-life balance in your music career, and...

Duration:00:20:21

BTB Ep 183: Dave visits the studio and so we talk pop culture!

6/2/2019
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This week, everyone's favorite BTB co-host Dave stops by the studio. Ryan is so happy to see him that he throws out the traditional show format and just has a super-sized pop culture conversation. They bring back some of your favorite Dave segments...and talk about some music industry stuff too. The Break the Business Podcast will be recording from the Independent Music Awards on June 21-22 in New York City. If you're going to be around, definitely come say hi! Rate/review/subscribe to the...

Duration:00:55:08

BTB Ep 182: We discuss managing musician mental health with Gregg and Matt from MGSP

5/26/2019
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For our final episode of National Mental Health Month, Ryan sits down with Gregg Sgar and Matt Pelosi of electronic duo MGSP to talk about the strategies they use to stay grounded in their music careers. Gregg and Matt have written and spoken a lot on the subject and have some great insight to share with musicians. We also discuss their latest single "Signs," a powerful song with a strong mental health focus. You can listen to "Signs" on this week's episode and you can find out more about...

Duration:00:15:00

BTB Ep 181: Mastering your live performance and touring logistics with Paul Bradley of Eventric

5/19/2019
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As they move their music careers forward, one of the greatest challenges that indie artists have is handling live show logistics. Self-managing a live performance or even an entire tour can be a daunting task, and handling those logistical issues effectively (payments, scheduling, advance work, etc.) can often make the difference between a show's financial success or failure. On this week's episode, Ryan sits down with Eventric CEO Paul Bradley to discuss these issues. Paul has dedicated his...

Duration:00:17:26

BTB Ep 180: How indie duo Pls Pls Me empowered themselves and the LGBT community with their music

5/12/2019
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This week, Ryan sits down with Jess and Jimi from Brooklyn indie duo Pls Pls Me. Jess and Jimi talk about their music and how they have worked in their careers to empower themselves and the rest of Brooklyn's LGBT music community with their art. Jess and Jimi put together a recurring music event in Brooklyn called Queer MF, which highlights the work of LGBT artists in the area. The example of Queer MF highlights an important lesson for all indie artists: If you are not getting enough gigs or...

Duration:00:23:30

BTB Ep 179: We discuss musician self-care and mental health with Out To Be's Katie Zaccardi

5/5/2019
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This week, Ryan sits down with musician and friend-of-the-podcast (and one-time BTB Podcast host) Katie Zaccardi. In addition to making music, Katie is also the host of Out To Be, a weekly interview series that discusses the topics of mental health and safe care. Ryan and Katie discuss those topics this week as they apply to artists and Katie shares some valuable insight on how to avoid burnout as an artist and to manage your time effectively. Powerful advice this week from an excellent...

Duration:00:19:26

BTB Ep 178: Rehan Choudhry talks about his Emerge Festival and why artists should be activists

4/28/2019
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This week, Ryan sits down with Emerge Festival founder and CEO Rehan Choudhry. The Emerge Festival is a music event in Las Vegas that will run from May 31 to June 1 and will bring together artists (including Laura Jane Grace and Andrew Bird) and social change activists (like David Hogg) in a powerful blend of art and activism. Ryan talks to Rehan about the festival, the changing landscape of live music events, and whether artists should be more open with their own social views. Lots of great...

Duration:00:24:38

BTB Ep 177: Bree Noble talks about her Profitable Musician Summit; avoiding "too many ideas"

4/21/2019
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This week, Ryan is joined by longtime friend-of-the-podcast Bree Noble of Female Entrepreneur Musician. From April 22nd to May 1, Bree will be hosting the Profitable Musician Summit, an online music industry conference geared toward helping musicians manage their careers and increase their income. Guest speakers include past Podcast guests Ariel Hyatt, Ari Herstand, Kevin Breuner, Cheryl B. Engelhardt, Cherie Hu, Suzanne Paulinski, and many more…including your BTB host Ryan Kairalla. Ryan...

Duration:00:14:25

BTB Ep 176: Diego Farias of Amuse on using tech to change the label model & pay royalties faster

4/14/2019
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This week, Ryan sits down with acclaimed music industry entrepreneur Diego Farias. Diego is the co-founder and CEO of Amuse, a tech platform that offers label services (including distribution) for all artists without the predatory terms of a traditional label. Recently, Amuse recently introduced Fast Forward, a royalty platform that uses machine learning to allow artists to collect up to six months of future streaming royalties in advance. Ryan talks to Diego about Amuse and gets the details...

Duration:00:19:59

BTB Ep 175: From wedding gigs to original music with Jay Della Valle of Owls & Lions

4/7/2019
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Hi Podcast Listeners! This week, Ryan sits down with Jay Della Valle of the acclaimed indie folk group Owls & Lions. After several years of crushing it on the wedding and corporate gig circuit, Owls & Lions is about to release its first EP of original music. We talk to Jay about his band, get some great advice from him about how to book more weddings and corporate gigs, and get his insight on how to make an effective transition into original music. Jay also talks about his involvement with...

Duration:00:26:45