Music Growth Talks: Podcast for Musicpreneurs-logo

Music Growth Talks: Podcast for Musicpreneurs

Music Podcasts >

More Information


United States






MGT138: Tips From An Indie Artist And Entrepreneur On Songwriting, Essentialism And Life – Steve Welty

Steve Welty is a successful entrepreneur and singer-songwriter, who, as many of you, has to juggle a lot on a daily basis: from running a business and spending time with family to creating and promoting his music. The San Diego-based artist doesn't only practice healthy approach to living a balanced and fruitful life, he also shares his ongoing experiments and insights with others on Instagram and in the "Lit Up Life" video series on YouTube. On this Music Growth Talks episode, Steve talked...


MGT137: Save Your Rage For The Stage – Bif Naked

Bif Naked, called the “Princess of Punk” and the “Rock Goddess”, is a Canadian recording artist and author. Her career heights have taken her around the world on tour for twenty years, with numerous hits in 90s and 2000s, and, quite recently, her candid memoir called “I, Bificus”. On this Music Growth Talks episode, Bif talked about everything... from social media to activism, vulnerability, veganism, embracing limitations, straight edge being a true representation of the DIY ethic, and...


MGT136: An Ethical Way To Spotify Promotion – Michael Sloane (Streaming Promotions)

Michael Sloane is the CEO of Nashville-based Streaming Promotions, a company specializing in music placement in streaming platforms. They primarily focus on Spotify, which gives artists more ways to market their music than any other competitor on the streaming market as of today. On this Music Growth Talks episode, Michael covered some of the most common topics surrounding the Spotify promotion. From avoiding companies who offer "guaranteed" streams and the differences between third-party...


MGT135: Your Shopify Music Store On Steroids – Tommy Stalknecht (Single Music)

Tommy Stalknecht is the founder of Single Music, a Nashville-based company offering a music distribution component to Shopify. Over the years Tommy has overseen the development and management of many high-profile websites, including Sam Hunt, Kenny Rogers, Josh Turner, Larry The Cable Guy, and The Americana Music Association, among others. On this Music Growth Talks episode, Tommy explains how they help record labels and artists to sell directly via their official web sites with instant...


MGT134: Vevo's Emerging Artist Program & Music Video Optimization Tips – JP Evangelista

JP Evangelista is Vevo’s Senior Vice President of Content, Programming & Marketing. His teams work with artists, managers, and record labels to secure and promote music videos, exclusive premieres, and live events across the Vevo platform. Over the course of the last 18 months, Vevo has been pushing original content creation and promotional strategies to support emerging artists, championing acts like Billie Eilish and Alessia Cara. On this Music Growth Talks episode, JP explained how their...


MGT133: Measure The True Reach Of Your Music – Amadea Choplin (Pex)

Amadea is the COO of Pex, an LA-based video and music search engine with a fingerprinting technology that identifies reused content – even if it's a half-second sample in a remix, a GIF, or your song's melody in a cover video – across the whole web. This enables rights holders to understand the virality of their content, and claim copyrighted material at scale. On this Music Growth Talks episode, Amadea explained how Pex works, why their solution is more precise than YouTube's Content ID,...


MGT132: Your AI Songwriting Assistant – Taishi Fukuyama (Amadeus Code)

Taishi Fukuyama is a co-founder and COO of Amadeus Code, an AI-powered songwriting assistant. The technology behind this mobile app breaks "centuries of melodies" down into constituent parts and transforms them into data, allowing the tool to generate an endless stream of melody. On this Music Growth Talks episode, Taishi, who's also a contributing writer at WIRED Japan, shared his thoughts on the current state of artificial intelligence in music and explained how his team aims to help...


MGT131: Defining Your Music Brand – Greg Wilnau

Greg Wilnau is the founder of Musician Monster, where he teaches independent artists to succeed in the music business, with the focus on branding and earning sustainable income through live shows. In his second appearance on Music Growth Talks, Greg focused exclusively on branding. He listed three steps to defining a music brand, explained the importance of understanding how you want to impact others and why traditional branding doesn't work well for music, and showed how artists can...


MGT130: How To Register Your .MUSIC Domain Name – Constantine Roussos (DotMusic)

After a decade of fighting for the rights to the .MUSIC top-level domain, alongside other applicants like Google and Amazon, DotMusic's application for the registry prevailed in April 2019. .MUSIC is now a community-based domain name extension, supported by thousands of the most influential music organizations worldwide, representing over 95% of global music (probably including yours). Constantine Roussos, the founder and CEO of DotMusic, shared with us the complicated history of the...


MGT129: AI Generative Music And Producers' Future – Alex Kochetkov (Mubert)

Alexey Kochetkov is the CEO and founder of Mubert, an AI generative music app. Mubert's algorithm creates unique audio streams from samples and loops uploaded by various electronic music producers. Each such stream is an infinite 'live' track that is constantly changing in real time. Listeners of the mobile app can choose from channels based on genres (e.g. Chill, Dub Techno, Hip Hop, House) and actions (e.g. Focus, Work, Sleep, Relax). On this Music Growth Talks episode, Alex talked about...


MGT128: Fake It Till You Make It, Or How Not To Become A Con Artist – Aaron Bethune

Aaron Bethune, the author of “Musicpreneur: The Creative Approach to Making Money in Music” and founder of Play It Loud Music, Above the Noise and JAM, is back to Music Growth Talks. Listen to episodes #29 and #80 for more on Aaron. This episode starts with the discussion of a blog post Aaron wrote about last year's scandal around the LA metal band Threatin, who faked their whole online presence to land a European tour no one attended, which led to the promoters exposing the band...


MGT127: Getting A Second Pair Of Ears For Your Music – Matty Harris

Matty Harris is a music producer, mixing and mastering engineer from Boston, now based in LA. After touring with bands as a drummer as early as at the age of 14, he studied Music Production and Engineering at Berklee College of Music. Since then, he has worked on numerous records for Atlantic, RCA, WB, Sammy Adams, A$AP Rocky, and many more. He worked on the Grammy Award-winning song “Stronger” by Kelly Clarkson and won the 2008 Boston Music Award for Best Hip-Hop Engineer and Producer. On...


MGT126: Getting Work As A Freelance Musician – Elmo Lovano (Jammcard)

Elmo Lovano is a professional drummer, musical director, producer and founder of Jammcard, the invite-only music professionals network. Dubbed a "LinkedIn for musicians" by Forbes, Jammcard is currently available in Los Angeles, Nashville and Atlanta. Even if you don't have an account on the platform, there is a lot to learn from the educational content Elmo has been putting out on Jammcard. He interviews some of the world's most successful freelance musicians for backstage stories, gear...


MGT125: Make Money And Reach New Fans Through Your Lyrics – Darryl Ballantyne (LyricFind)

Darryl Ballantyne is the founder and CEO of LyricFind, the global leader in lyric licensing. The Toronto-based company handles the vetting, licensing, and royalty splits and payments when lyrics are displayed in Google Search, Apple Music, Amazon, Shazam, Pandora, Deezer, and many more platforms and services. LyricFind works with over 5,000 publishers around the world to ensure that songwriters and rights holders are paid when their lyrics are shown. On this Music Growth Talks episode,...


MGT124: Success In Music C.R.A.S.H. Course – Rich Redmond

Rich Redmond is an influential drummer, having toured and recorded with the likes of Ludacris, Kelly Clarkson, Bryan Adams, Joe Perry, Chris Cornell, and dozens of others. As the drumming powerhouse behind Grammy-nominated Jason Aldean, Rich has recorded 23 #1 singles with sales over the 10 million mark. Also a successful entrepreneur, speaker, educator, and an actor, Rich truly knows how to laser focus on his goals and to be one of the most prolific people in the business. On this Music...


MGT123: How To Clear Your Mixtape, Remix, Or DJ Mix – Stephen White (Dubset)

Stephen White, who served as the President at Gracenote from 2012-2014, is now the CEO of Dubset, an innovative music marketplace for DJs, artists, labels, publishers, and distributors. Dubset gets mixtapes, remixes and DJ sets the licenses they need to be distributed on streaming platforms like Spotify and Apple Music, and hence monetized. On this Music Growth Talks episode, Stephen talked about Dubset's history (some of you may still remember it as a place to host your DJ mixes),...


MGT122: How To Collect Your Publishing Royalties – Mandy Aubry (Songtrust)

Mandy Aubry is a director of Global Business Development and Client Relations at Songtrust. Once named a "Top Music Startup" by Billboard, Songtrust now powers the publishing administration technology for over 150,000 songwriters and 20,000 music publishers worldwide, as well as more than 1 million copyrights. One out of every five new songwriters in the US use the Songtrust platform today, and the number seems to be growing steadily. As you will hear, Mandy has a fascinating music industry...


MGT121: Developing A Highly Engaged Fan Base Through Video – iLLvibe

iLLvibe is an acclaimed hip hop artist from Toronto, Canada, who also runs a lyric video company, He came on our radar after speaking at Future Music Forum in Barcelona, where he hosted a session called "The Importance of Musicians/Artists Thinking Like Content Creators". As someone who creates a lot of high-quality content for himself and others, Illy had much to say on this Music Growth Talks episode. He gave examples of when lyric videos come particularly handy, explained...


MGT120: Know And Engage Your Audience Directly With An LED Wearable – Betsy McHugh (Hurdl)

Betsy McHugh is the Founder and Chief Product Officer at Hurdl, pioneering "the next generation of fan-based marketing" at live events (the statement which we endorse). Event attendees get an LED wristband upon entering a venue, which can then be activated via SMS to answer a short set of questions. Those who choose to answer survey in turn become a part of the light show, get special offers, merch deals, and any other incentives determined by the artist's team. The Nashville-based startup...


MGT119: Discover The Radio Airplay You Didn't Know You Had – Jesper Skibsby (WARM)

Jesper Skibsby's life journey has taken him from working at a sea shipping company in Denmark to "shipping" a music tech startup, which is now the most accessible platform for tracking radio airplay. WARM, standing for World Airplay Radio Monitor, claims to be the first large-scale airplay monitoring service built specifically to serve individual musicians. On this Music Growth Talks episode Jesper explained the technology behind WARM, and how they manage to track song plays even on small...