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Music On Your Own Terms


Discussion based around an entrepreneurial mindset for musicians, band interviews, resources and more!

Discussion based around an entrepreneurial mindset for musicians, band interviews, resources and more!


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Discussion based around an entrepreneurial mindset for musicians, band interviews, resources and more!






Music On Your Own Terms 045 “Just The Tip 1 - Musicians & COVID19”

Music On Your Own Terms 045 - Just The Tip 1 - Musicians & COVID19 This is the first installment of a new feature called "Just The Tip" where I pose a question to the musicians community including past guests, to hear their perspective on a particular subject. Given the current situation with COVID19 I decided to ask the question "What effect has the corona virus had on you as a musician, and what steps and outside of the box thinking have you utilized to make up for lost revenue, and make...


Music On Your Own Terms 044 “Johanna Hagarty/JPH Creative - Reprise”

Music On Your Own Terms 044 - Johanna Hagarty/JPH Creative - Reprise Returning to the podcast this episode is my good friend Johanna Hagarty of JPH Creative. We find out what Johanna has been up to since episode 31 in her economic development role in the local community, and about her recent move away from event production. The bulk of the discussion however, focuses on the current corona virus situation, what it means for the creative community, ways in which we can adapt in our businesses...


Music On Your Own Terms 043 “Shawn Patrick Thomas Daley/The Mohawk Studio & HALO Live”

Music On Your Own Terms 043 - Shawn Patrick Thomas Daley/The Mohawk Studio & HALO Live Based in Sandusky, Ohio, The Mohawk Studio is a 6000 square foot, 172 year old church building, that hosts not only a full service recording studio and artist accommodations, but also a live venue with a full bar. I talk to owner, operator and producer Shawn Daley, who is also the bass player for the bands The Casket Company and Half Knocked Out. We talk about his history, how the studio and venue got...


Music On Your Own Terms 042 "Elise Besler/The Vocal Warrior"

Music On Your Own Terms 042 - Elise Besler/The Vocal Warrior Episode 42 sees me having a great conversation with Elise Besler, a singer and vocal coach from Halifax, Nova Scotia, that is not only an award winning vocalist but is crushing it by empowering singers and public speakers to overcome their self doubt and find their confidence to perform in front of an audience. We discuss the importance of mindset, mental and physical health, and the psychological origins of stage fright. Elise...


Music On Your Own Terms 041 "Suzanne Paulinski/The Rockstar Advocate"

Music On Your Own Terms 041 - Suzanne Paulinski/The Rockstar Advocate For Episode 41 I talk to Suzanne Paulinski, a mindset coach that helps music-preneurs with the business side of their music and also helps them understand the importance of mental and physical health. Last summer at the CD Baby conference, I attended Suz's seminar about overcoming overwhelm and was inspired by the achievement of how she was able to build a successful business while only being able to work 2 hours a day...


Music On Your Own Terms 040 “Marbin”

Music On Your Own Terms Episode 40 - Marbin For episode 40 I caught up with the incredible jazz-fusion band Marbin at The Guitar Sanctuary in McKinney Texas before their show. We hear from Danny and Dani about the difficulty of being a fusion band in today's jazz climate, the importance of sacrifice in order not only to be the best musician you can, but also to work on building an audience through constant touring. We hear how the guys operate the business side of the band, an important...


Music On Your Own Terms 039 “Chase The Comet”

Music On Your Own Terms Episode 39 - Chase The Comet Episode 39 features Nika Comet, one half of Chase The Comet, an LA-based rock/metal duo that made a brave jump to move from their home of Moscow, Russia, to follow the American dream of hustle and entrepreneurship to bring their music to the world. Nika talks us through growing up in a theatrical family, being in bands in high school, and working as session musicians. She tells us the challenges of finding band members with the same goals...


Music On Your Own Terms 038 “POEM”

Music On Your Own Terms Episode 38 - POEM Kicking off February's interviews is Greek prog-metal band POEM. I talked to guitarist Laurence, and drummer Stavros, about their musical history, touring with Amorphis, and a special insight into what it's like to party on the bus with the band Textures. We dig into the state of the industry, explore the challenges of going on the road, and hear how the guys are able to make a living, while building the band to a viable financially stable position....


Music On Your Own Terms 037 “Chris "Peapod" Daher/On The Radar Podcast”

Music On Your Own Terms Episode 37 - Chris "Peapod" Daher/On The Radar Podcast Joining me for episode 37 from darkest Toledo Ohio, is Chris "Peapod" Daher, a radio personality for 100.7 The Zone, who has a killer podcast called "On The Radar" that promotes musical acts coming through to and from the greater Midwest area. Our discussion meanders through his passion for music that pushes him to find out each musician's story much like my own, his journey from being bullied in school to...


Music On Your Own Terms 036 “Anna Wagenhauser/Chloe & The Steel Strings”

Music On Your Own Terms Episode 36 - Anna Wagenhauser/Chloe & The Steel Strings Recently I connected with Anna on Instagram, but realized later that I had not only heard an interview with her, but actually referenced her opinion on social media in previous episodes of the podcast! During this chat, we dig into the history of the band she both manages, and performs in with her twin sister and the namesake of the group Chloe; what led them to follow music as a career; and her daytime job in...


Music On Your Own Terms 035 “Chris Birkett & Shari Tallon/The Free Spirits”

Music On Your Own Terms Episode 35 - Chris Birkett & Shari Tallon/The Free Spirits Joining me this episode is award winning producer, guitarist and fellow Brit, Chris Birkett whose album credits have collectively sold over 100 million copies, including Sinead O'Conner's "I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got" featuring the massive Prince cover of "Nothing Compares 2 U". Chris is joined by Shari Tallon, a pianist, flutist, composer, and music educator, who together with Chris form The Free...


Music On Your Own Terms 034 "Joe Leach/Riff City Guitar"

Music On Your Own Terms Episode 34 - Joe Leach/Riff City Guitar Right before the holiday I talked to Joe Leach, owner of Riff City Guitar, a Minnesota based guitar store that was the first US retailer to bring the Chapman guitars brand to America, and unfortunately has recently closed its doors. We discuss Joe's background in both sales and music; his journey in entrepreneurship and the different businesses he's been a part of and look at the the retail industry at large. We talk about how...


Music On Your Own Terms 033 "End Of Year Review/Goals"

Music On Your Own Terms Episode 33 – End Of Year Review/Goals For the last episode of the year, I review my stats, introduce myself and my background for new listeners, and I break down my goals for the coming year. Thanks for listening! Music in this episode by Killbot Zero --- This episode is sponsored by The Skinny Armadillo Print Company Specializing in screen printing, embroidery, design, on demand digital printing, web stores, fulfillment and more. Visit...


Music On Your Own Terms 032 "Bryan Beller"

Music On Your Own Terms Episode 32 - Bryan Beller I recently had the pleasure of talk with bassist Bryan Beller, who talks about his time working for SWR amps, where he learnt some valuable lessons in business management, and why he left after the company was sold to Fender. We also talk about various strategies of how to build a fulfilling career in music, how he overcame having his custom basses stolen, and we talk in depth about the creation process of his stellar new album "Scenes From...


Music On Your Own Terms 031 "Johanna Hagarty/JPH Creative"

Music On Your Own Terms Episode 31 - Johanna Hagarty/JPH Creative In one of the most lighthearted and fun, yet dichotomously deep and explorative interviews I have conducted, I talk to Johanna Hagarty of JPH Creative. She discusses her work as an artists' economic development consultant and coach; generating six figures in festival revenue that went to the local arts community in her home town of Asheville, North Carolina; her previous work as a mental health professional; living in New...


Music On Your Own Terms 030 “Diego Vargas”

Music On Your Own Terms Episode 30 - Diego Vargas This episode I talk to Diego Vargas, a young guitarist from Southern California that has not only insane chops, but also a mature mindset about the modern music industry and also his developing musical identity. Diego Vargas on Facebook – Diego Vargas on Instagram – Diego Vargas on the web - Music in this episode by...


Music On Your Own Terms 029 “Cruel Miracle Part Deux”

Music On Your Own Terms Episode 29 - Cruel Miracle Part Deux It's been a year and a half since I interviewed the guys in Cruel Miracle (episode 4), so I decided to catch up with them and find out what they have been up to, and what their plans are going forward. Cruel Miracle on Facebook – Cruel Miracle on Instagram – Cruel Miracle on the web - Music in this episode by Cruel...


Music On Your Own Terms 028 “Dirty Metal Lefty”

Music On Your Own Terms Episode 28 - Dirty Metal Lefty After meeting at the CD Baby conference this August, I catch up with Dirty Metal Lefty on her way through Fort Worth at Thanksgiving. We discuss Doc's music, her influences, jamming with Alice in Chains, and get the lowdown on Whisky Rat. Dirty Metal Lefty on Facebook – Dirty Metal Lefty on Instagram – Dirty Metal Lefty on the web -...


Music On Your Own Terms 027 “Sean Seybold”

Music On Your Own Terms Episode 27 - Sean Seybold In this installment, we delve into the esoteric with Sean Seybold, and audio/visual engineer, multi-instrumentalist and creator of the popular Dallas/Fort Worth Musician's Facebook group. We take a transcendental journey through Sean's history, his music, and some deep psychological explorations of the power of music on the human psyche. Sean Seybold on Facebook – Sean Seybold on Instagram –...


Music On Your Own Terms 026 “Mike Abdow - Fates Warning/Ray Alder”

Music On Your Own Terms Episode 26 - Mike Abdow - Fates Warning/Ray Alder This episode I have pleasure of talking with Mike Abdow, touring guitarist for Fates Warning, songwriter/producer for Ray Alder solo, guitarist for Aquanett, and of course, Mike's own amazing solo material! We talk about what led to his love of music, how he got the Fates Warning gig, killer memorization strategies, touring tips, philosophy, and writing with Ray Alder. I also couldn't resist the urge to nerd out a...