Record Labels, A&R, and Always Moving to What's Next | with Tal Oz

Progressions: Success in the Music Industry

Jul 20 2022 • 1 hr 6 mins


Today’s guest is manager and independent record label owner Tal Oz. Tal began his career on the engineering side, working at Interscope, where he would eventually transition into A&R. He continued his A&R path at Mom+Pop Music before moving into producer, mixer, and artist management. Some of his current management clients include Doug Schadt, Evan Sutton, and Rob Cohen. He’s also recently co-founded a boutique independent label called Hundred Days. We have a great chat about switching from the recording studio to the record label, 100 hour work weeks, assisting Jimmy Iovine, and the importance of finding the the next thing that excites you. In this episode we'll dig in on... Working in a hotbed of amazing major label artists The recording studio is a service business Seeing the writing on the wall of the future of engineering Switching into the label side and working as Jimmy Iovine's Assistant Linn Drum Samples Understanding record deals, what you get and what you give up Management for producers and engineers Learning to read the data Finding a unique element to define a sound Scaling as an independent artist Creating a brand as an engineer or mixer... it's about value Leaving college to attend Musician's Institute Engineering for Ron Fair Stephen Pressfield https://amzn.to/3PH6fWQ ("The Art of War") Tiago Forte https://amzn.to/3yThV1N ("Building a Second Brain") https://amzn.to/3aQO7uJ (The Defiant Ones) documentary Travis' Intro: Planning for Creativity Learn More About Tal Oz... Website: https://talozz.me/ (https://talozz.me/) Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/talozz/ (https://www.instagram.com/talozz/) Twitter: https://twitter.com/talozz (https://twitter.com/talozz) Our Sponsors: Sign Up for Complete Producer Network https://www.completeproducer.net/share/z_LJhc8M_GtKZ1OX?utm_source=manual (HERE)! Get on the Waitlist for The Beats Accelerator Process https://knowledge.completeproducer.pro/bapwaitlist (HERE)! Get on the Waitlist for The Mix Accelerator Process http://mixaccelerator.com/ (HERE)! Other Links: Join my https://app.studiocast.io/member/studio/travis (Studiocast.io) Studio and get behind the scenes of Progressions! https://www.travisference.com/coffeecup (Give Me a Coffee Cup!) Support Progressions on https://www.patreon.com/progressionspod (Patreon)! Sign up for the https://mailchi.mp/87a95bbfe666/progressionspod (Progressions Mailing List) https://kit.co/travisference (Gear and Recommended Reading List) Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/progressionspod/ (https://www.instagram.com/progressionspod/) Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ProgressionsPod/ (https://www.facebook.com/ProgressionsPod/) Twitter: https://twitter.com/progressionspod (https://twitter.com/progressionspod) Learn more about Travis: https://www.travisference.com/ (https://www.travisference.com/) Credits: Guest: Tal Oz Host: Travis Ference Editor: https://linktr.ee/djempirical (Stephen Boyd) Theme Music: inter.ference