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Sound and Substance is a podcast for independent artists and producers who want to improve their songwriting, performance, production and strategy, as well as get closer to the career they envision for themselves through their music. John Steen interviews people in the music industry who are making it happen, and offers helpful advice and inspiration for indie artists and producers who want to get their mind right to succeed with their art, while picking up some practical tips from our many guests.

Sound and Substance is a podcast for independent artists and producers who want to improve their songwriting, performance, production and strategy, as well as get closer to the career they envision for themselves through their music. John Steen interviews people in the music industry who are making it happen, and offers helpful advice and inspiration for indie artists and producers who want to get their mind right to succeed with their art, while picking up some practical tips from our many guests.
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Sound and Substance is a podcast for independent artists and producers who want to improve their songwriting, performance, production and strategy, as well as get closer to the career they envision for themselves through their music. John Steen interviews people in the music industry who are making it happen, and offers helpful advice and inspiration for indie artists and producers who want to get their mind right to succeed with their art, while picking up some practical tips from our many guests.

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English


Episodes

52: How Generdyn turned his passion for music into a full-time business in less than 6 months

6/13/2017
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Joshua Crispin's (aka Generdyn) dad gave him a challenge to make money from music in 6 months. He did it in 3. At 21 years old, he's placed music in trailers for Marvel, Disney, Paramount and many other major motion pictures.

Duration: 00:47:51


51: Michael Kanne of Northern National

10/28/2015
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Michael Kanne of Northern National has the mentality that you have to make things happen. While many artists and bands make their music and hope to get noticed, Michael hustles day in and day out to create his own opportunities. In this interview we go over how in Northern National's first year as a band, they've already gotten gigs and opportunities that a lot of bands wait 3-5 years to get. We talk about how he reaches out to blog, how to spread awareness on social media without pissing...

44: Behind the track - "Yes I Know"

7/20/2015
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Take a look (or listen) inside the production session for my single "Yes I Know." The song is an upbeat indie pop tune and we go over each track I use in the production, including the beat, synths and vocals.

42: Inside the track: vocal production

7/13/2015
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John opens up the session for his most recent single to talk about how he treated the vocals throughout the song. He touches on mixing, arrangement and production. Check out the new Sound and Substance YouTube channel for upcoming production and S&S videos!

MBs (9/10) - Why make things more complex?

6/26/2015
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Why do we overcomplicate things for ourselves? In production and other career decisions, I know I at least default to the most complex solution because it appears to be the most sophisticated.I've started to really be convinced that's not the right answer. Check out the podcast to think about how simplicity trumps complexity, and hear what I've been up to (especially if you're interested in learning more about production).

36: Mental barriers (5/10) - Lack of focus

6/2/2015
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John explains why focus is so important for indie artists and producers, and his system for prioritizing his time, goals and projects.

35: Lorenzo Cosi - Producer and Songwriter

5/27/2015
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Lorenzo is a producer, songwriter and mixing engineer currently living in London, UK. He's worked with artists, producers and ad campaigns like Lana Del Rey, Martin Terefe and McDonald's. Lorenzo and John first met when they were interning at Kensaltown Studios in Notting Hill, UK. At Kensaltown, Lorenzo ended up sticking around and learning from mega producers Martin Terefe (Jason Mraz, KT Tunstall, Shawn Mendes) and Sacha Skarbek (Adele, Miley Cyrus, Lana Del Rey) and eventually...

Duration: 00:32:13


30: Michaelangelo L'acqua - The Infinite Possibilities of the Creative Mind

5/5/2015
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I’m pumped to have Michaelangelo L’acqua on the show today. Michaelangelo is a musician, DJ, producer and an international music lifestyle curator. In 1999 he was hired by Tom Ford to create the music identity for Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent and create the musical direction for the runways of Milan, Paris and New York. He also executive produced the Nat King Cole Re:Generations project on EMI Records, which featured will.I.am, Cee Lo Green and Nas. He went on to become the Global Music...

Duration: 00:53:45


29: Nick Onken on Following Your Creative Resonance

4/23/2015
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From graphic design to shooting for clients like Justin Bieber, Adidas, Burton and Walmart, Nick Onken shares his journey of following his "creative resonance" as a photographer. He also runs the podcast Shop Talk Radio for creative entrepreneurs. Nick originally started in Seattle doing graphic design work. After a life-changing trip to Africa and the encouragement of a friend, Nick decided his greatest passion was in photography. Climbing through a lot of the same struggles as indie...

Duration: 00:52:37


27: We're Back! 5 Essential Mindsets of an Artist

4/7/2015
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So excited to be back in action with Sound and Substance. I go over some exciting stuff to come, and go through the 5 most valuable mindsets to have as an independent musician:PassionBusinessCreativity/BraveryHumilityEmpathyI'll be back more often with the podcast now that I have some more time to dedicate to it, so let's do this!

26: Adam McCants on Licensing

1/24/2015
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Adam McCants is a licensing rep from The Music Bed, a licensing company with a national presence, garnering over 2 million views per month. Adam and I chat about... -What The Music Bed (TMB) is looking for from artists -What kind of artists TMB selects -How to improve your chances of getting syncs -What kind of music is "syncable" -How frequently artists can expect to get synced and the dollar range of monthly earnings their artists can earn -How to submit music to The Music Bed

Duration: 00:22:21


23: Something needs to change

11/7/2014
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John talks about why the music industry is ripe for change, and the opportunities we have to make a difference are huge.

Duration: 00:09:03


22: Focus

11/5/2014
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John talks about the importance of FOCUS in your music career - it's a good reminder for all of us to not lose sight of our priorities.

Duration: 00:11:35


21: CD Baby, Tunecore and John's Rig

11/3/2014
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John goes through the differences between CD Baby and Tunecore, shares some music resources that have helped him learn the craft, and goes through his rig to show you what he uses to produce and mix with.

Duration: 00:19:22


20: Finding a producer

10/29/2014
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John talks about how to find a good music producer, and the kind of things you should be looking for.He also mentions a few resources for those who want to start learning about production.

Duration: 00:12:40


19: The flu and a challenge

10/27/2014
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John drags himself out of bed while he has the flu to give a challenge that might make your music career move quicker than expected.He also gives some inspirational resources that he listens to or watches regarding building a music career.

Duration: 00:04:12


16: Define "success"

10/15/2014
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John talks about the importance of defining what success means to you in your music career. It's different for everybody and it's important to define so that you can set your goals accordingly. Don't fall for the mass perception of success, you can be happy in a variety of contexts.

Duration: 00:09:41


15: Wes Stephenson

10/13/2014
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West Stephenson has been a professional musician for over 16 years and is currently both a freelance bass player in Dallas, TX and member of the band The Funky Knuckles. Wes is a very educated and skillful musician and has a few pointers for how to assemble a band, making a living as an independent musician and how to hustle and better your craft. I wanted to bring Wes on to show that you don't have to be a megastar to make a living in music for an extended period of time. Wes is loving...

Duration: 00:34:21


13: Paul Klein of LANY

10/8/2014
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Paul is a musician and model living in LA. Paul's band LANY has reached major organic buzz this year after just forming within a year. The songs have reached anywhere from 20,000 to 160,000 hits on soundcloud and have been featured in a ton of different respectable music blogs. We talk about some factors behind LANY's success, the nature of LA and a lot more interesting things that you'll probably want to hear about.

Duration: 00:32:56


12: Johnny Stimson

10/6/2014
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After an exciting arrival with a viral video to accompany his debut single, "Human Man," beguiling new pop artist, Johnny Stimson, shows no signs of slowing down. Stimson has since unleashed three additional hits with "Daddy's Money," "Here We Go Again" and "SO.GOOD." All four tracks rose organically to the top of The Hype Machine's highly respected Pop Chart and, after a personal hat tip on their socials, are proving that he is here to make "major waves" (Idolator) on the pop scene. In...

Duration: 00:38:07

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