Progressions: Success in the Music Industry

Travis Ference

Insightful conversations about building and maintaining a fulfilling and successful career in the music industry. Music producers, engineers, mixers, artists, songwriters, musicians, composers and various other audio professionals sit down and share the tips, tricks, mindsets and ideas that helped them define their careers. Created and hosted by Grammy nominated recording and mixing engineer Travis Ference, Progressions: Success in the Music Industry is inspired by the journey of his career so far. Travis is determined to set the next generation of music creators up with the tools they need to define their own success and live a happy, healthy, and prosperous career in the music business. Don’t wait for luck. Start building your future now. Join us on YouTube for extra content: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwsSYXoW9AXB3TdJPXO02Gw Get in on our conversations on The Complete Producer Network: https://www.completeproducer.net/share/z_LJhc8M_GtKZ1OX?utm_source=manual

Yuri Lysoivanov: Small Ensemble Recording, Jingles, and the Importance of Understanding Acoustics
Aug 3 2022
Yuri Lysoivanov: Small Ensemble Recording, Jingles, and the Importance of Understanding Acoustics
Today’s guest is musician, composer, recording engineer, and educator Yuri Lysoivanov. Yuri is currently a product expert and marketing development specialist at Shure Microphones. Prior to that he was an instructor and the Chair of the Recording Arts Department at Flashpoint Chicago as well as a staff composer for an advertising agency. Along with all of that he actively records, specializing in acoustic ensembles both in studio and on location. We have a great conversation about weighing the cost of higher education in the arts, classical ensemble recording techniques, microphone polar patterns, and what it’s like to work for Shure Microphones. In this episode we'll dig in on... Working for Shure Starting out as a classically trained pianist The importance of talking to the musicians about their music Recording techniques for small ensemble recording Working in the advertising world as an in house composer The cost of higher education Music licensing vs custom jingles Being recruited to become an educator during the 2008 recession Convolution vs Algorithmic reverbs Microphone polar patterns and frequency response Embracing being a video creator The entrepreneurial nature of being a musician Travis' Intro: The Death of Expertise?!? Learn More About Yuri Lysoivanov... Website: ( ( ( Sponsors: Sign Up for Complete Producer Network (HERE)! Get on the Waitlist for The Beats Accelerator Process (HERE)! Get on the Waitlist for The Mix Accelerator Process (HERE)! Other Links: Join my (Studiocast.io) Studio and get behind the scenes of Progressions! (Give Me a Coffee Cup!) Support Progressions on (Patreon)! Sign up for the (Progressions Mailing List) (Gear and Recommended Reading List) Instagram:  (  ( ( more about Travis:  ( Yuri Lysoivanov Host: Travis Ference Editor: (Stephen Boyd) Theme Music: inter.ference
Tal Oz: Record Labels, A&R, and Always Moving to What's Next
Jul 20 2022
Tal Oz: Record Labels, A&R, and Always Moving to What's Next
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 ("The Art of War") Tiago Forte ("Building a Second Brain") (The Defiant Ones) documentary Travis' Intro: Planning for Creativity Learn More About Tal Oz... Website: ( ( ( Sponsors: Sign Up for Complete Producer Network (HERE)! Get on the Waitlist for The Beats Accelerator Process (HERE)! Get on the Waitlist for The Mix Accelerator Process (HERE)! Other Links: Join my (Studiocast.io) Studio and get behind the scenes of Progressions! (Give Me a Coffee Cup!) Support Progressions on (Patreon)! Sign up for the (Progressions Mailing List) (Gear and Recommended Reading List) Instagram:  (  ( ( more about Travis:  ( Tal Oz Host: Travis Ference Editor: (Stephen Boyd) Theme Music: inter.ference
Pedro Calloni: Mixing Pop Vocals, Being a Problem Solver, and the Value of Unlearning
Jul 6 2022
Pedro Calloni: Mixing Pop Vocals, Being a Problem Solver, and the Value of Unlearning
Today’s guest is mixing and recording engineer Pedro Calloni. Pedro has recently done mixes for artists such as Gayle, LANY, Sasha Alex Sloan, Chappell Roan, and Joy Oladokun. As well as worked with some of the top music producers in the industry right now such as Dan Nigro and Finneas. We have a great chat about his quick progression from studio runner to label mixer, learning to read a room, the inefficiencies of the record industry, and why it’s more important to aid someone in their musical journey than it is to tell them how it should be done. Travis' Intro: Navigating Social Media In this episode we'll dig in on... How "being a fly on the wall" can go too far How going on tour to play drums led to getting a mixing break Identifying what is happening and what needs to happen in order to take something up a notch The importance of reading a room Working at The Village in Los Angeles The various states that a song might be in when it comes to mix The Mixer's career path vs the Producer's career path Attending Berklee College of Music How management brings legitimacy to a mixer Mixing songs that blew up on TikTok and had to be done immediately Knowing when it's the time to learn new tools and when it's not Not being starstruck Working fast to follow your instinct Learn More About Pedro Calloni... Website: ( ( to his work (HERE) Our Sponsors: Sign Up for Complete Producer Network (HERE)! Get on the Waitlist for The Beats Accelerator Process (HERE)! Get on the Waitlist for The Mix Accelerator Process (HERE)! Other Links: Join my (Studiocast.io) Studio and get behind the scenes of Progressions! (Give Me a Coffee Cup!) Support Progressions on (Patreon)! Sign up for the (Progressions Mailing List) (Gear and Recommended Reading List) Instagram:  (  ( ( more about Travis:  ( Pedro Calloni Host: Travis Ference Editor: (Stephen Boyd) Theme Music: inter.ference
Dee Kei Waddell: Setting Boundaries, Giving Value, and the Mixing Music Podcast
Jun 22 2022
Dee Kei Waddell: Setting Boundaries, Giving Value, and the Mixing Music Podcast
Today’s guest is recording studio owner, mixer, podcast host, and entrepreneur Dee Kei Waddell. Not only has he worked with artists such as Kanye West and The Game, but his podcast Mixing Music, is one of the top shows in the industry. His interests don’t stop with music though. He is also a co-author of three children’s books and a co-founder of LaunchPod Media, a podcast marketing and analytics firm. We have a great chat about the importance of setting boundaries, why he mixes bass first, how to build a personal brand, and why you should make a career out of the things you’d do for free. In this episode we'll dig in on... Finding the entrepreneurial spirit Mixing 1000 songs in a year Hating inefficiency Music as a form of therapy Applying the general principles of economics to your music career There's no such thing as emergencies, people can wait The importance of giving back and how that can help you grow Building a personal brand Shadow testing and advertising Hacking the algorithm with SEO to increase discoverability Being a plug-in hipster (The Go Giver) (4 Hour Work Week) (Atomic Habits) Learn More About Dee Kei Waddell... Dee Kei Website: ( Music Podcast: ( Books: ( ( Sponsors: Sign Up for Complete Producer Network (HERE)! Get on the Waitlist for The Beats Accelerator Process (HERE)! Get on the Waitlist for The Mix Accelerator Process (HERE)! Other Links: Join my (Studiocast.io) Studio and get behind the scenes of Progressions! (Give Me a Coffee Cup!) Support Progressions on (Patreon)! Sign up for the (Progressions Mailing List) (Gear and Recommended Reading List) Instagram:  (  ( ( more about Travis:  ( Dee Kei Waddell Host: Travis Ference Editor: (Stephen Boyd) Theme Music: inter.ference
Andrew Maury: Mixing on Instinct, Feeling the Low End, and Playing the Long Game
Jun 8 2022
Andrew Maury: Mixing on Instinct, Feeling the Low End, and Playing the Long Game
Today’s guest is music producer and mixing engineer Andrew Maury. Andrew started his career running front of house for Ra Ra Riot before moving full time into the studio. Since then he’s done mixes for artists such as Shawn Mendes, Lizzo, Post Malone, Jeremy Zucker, Coin, and Madi Diaz. As well as production work with Kimbra, Lewis Del Mar, and CRUISR. We have a great chat about how live sound can influence making records, feeling the low end when you mix, how learning can make you worse before it makes you better, and why you should view your career as the long game. In this episode we'll dig in on... The importance of collaborating with people you resonate with Co-Producing and mixing Shawn Mendes "There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back" Latency when mixing with controllers and plug-ins Remote mixing and working with notes Attending Mix with the Masters and studying with Michael Brauer How the beginner's mind lets you work on instinct Working with a manager Feeling the how the low end of a mix hits you Live Sound vs Studio Sound Navigating additional production from the mixer's chair Mixing your own productions (ASC Tube Traps) Attack Wall (Soundflow) (Affiliate Link) Learn More About Andrew Maury... Website: ( ( Sponsors: Sign Up for Complete Producer Network (HERE)! Get on the Waitlist for The Beats Accelerator Process (HERE)! Get on the Waitlist for The Mix Accelerator Process (HERE)! Other Links: Join my (Studiocast.io) Studio and get behind the scenes of Progressions! (Give Me a Coffee Cup!) Support Progressions on (Patreon)! Sign up for the (Progressions Mailing List) (Gear and Recommended Reading List) Instagram:  (  ( ( more about Travis:  ( Andrew Maury Host: Travis Ference Editor: (Stephen Boyd) Theme Music: inter.ference
Alex Crescioni: Working in Extremes, Studio Etiquette, and Niching Down into your Passion
May 25 2022
Alex Crescioni: Working in Extremes, Studio Etiquette, and Niching Down into your Passion
Today’s guest is Los Angeles based musician, producer, engineer, and mixer Alex Crescioni. Alex currently works out of his studio, Stygian Sound, which is located in the legendary Sound City Center complex. Focusing on heavy and dark genres in the metal world, Alex has worked with artists on Cleopatra Records, Pavement Music, Metal Assault Records, and Nuclear Blast Records as well as collaborated with Meegs Rascon, Chris Collier, and Tim Palmer. We have a great chat about the subgenres of metal, the strategy behind creating a selected discography, niching down to focus on music that you are passionate about, and how being a prepared client brings the best out of everybody involved. In this episode we'll dig in on... Learning from your failures Studio etiquette Having a studio in the Sound City complex The importance of finding people that will give you their honest opinion Putting technical metal riffs under the studio microscope Niching down to make music you love Studying guitar and recording at Musicians Institute Classical piano and The Suzuki Method The art navigating of Los Angeles traffic Getting a loan and jumping head first into owning a studio Word of mouth referrals How marketing can lead to transaction temporary clients Separation of work and life DSP guitar amp simulators vs real tube amps Guitar string guage Learn More About Alex Crescioni... Website: ( ( Sound IG: ( Sponsors: Sign Up for Complete Producer Network (HERE)! Get on the Waitlist for The Beats Accelerator Process (HERE)! Get on the Waitlist for The Mix Accelerator Process (HERE)! Other Links: Join my (Studiocast.io) Studio and get behind the scenes of Progressions! (Give Me a Coffee Cup!) Support Progressions on (Patreon)! Sign up for the (Progressions Mailing List) (Gear and Recommended Reading List) Instagram:  (  ( ( more about Travis:  ( Alex Crescioni Host: Travis Ference Editor: (Stephen Boyd) Theme Music: inter.ference
Chris Tabron: Enabling Ideas, Focusing on "Why,” and Learning By Antithesis
May 11 2022
Chris Tabron: Enabling Ideas, Focusing on "Why,” and Learning By Antithesis
Today’s guest is Brooklyn based Grammy nominated producer and mixer Chris Tabron. Chris’ credits include names such as The Strokes, Common, Robert Glasper, Battles, Die Antwoord, and Beyonce. He also does remix work under the moniker Madison Avenue Girls, has produced a documentary, and has also recently started a YouTube channel. We chat about how DJing shaped his approach to production, focusing on the “why” behind what you’re doing, and the importance of recognizing when being comfortable might be keeping you from your goals. In this episode we'll dig in on... DJing and seeing the effect music has on people Keeping a "Beginner's Mind" Technology as a touchstone of access, not a barrier to access Reading gear manuals Pushing your assistants to "out grow the job" Big Studio vs Apprenticing/Mentoring The was of working with amazing musicians Underestimating the power of networking early in your career Going to studios to hang out with friends Thinking of a discography as a calling card and legacy Every person is a body of knowledge worth tapping into Working for Tony Maserati Guerrilla recording indie bands Recognizing when opportunities aren't what you expected, but making them what you need. Learn More About ... Linktree: ( Instagram: ( ( Sponsors: Sign Up for Complete Producer Network (HERE)! Get on the Waitlist for The Beats Accelerator Process (HERE)! Get on the Waitlist for The Mix Accelerator Process (HERE)! Other Links: Join my (Studiocast.io) Studio and get behind the scenes of Progressions! (Give Me a Coffee Cup!) Support Progressions on (Patreon)! Sign up for the (Progressions Mailing List) (Gear and Recommended Reading List) Instagram:  (  ( ( more about Travis:  ( Chris Tabron Host: Travis Ference Editor: (Stephen Boyd) Theme Music: inter.ference
Madelynn Elyse: Organic Fan Growth, TikTok for Artists, and How to Use the Spotify Algorithm
Apr 27 2022
Madelynn Elyse: Organic Fan Growth, TikTok for Artists, and How to Use the Spotify Algorithm
Today’s guest is Madelynn Eylse, an LA-based musician and the founder of the boutique label services company Shark Attack. Madelynn founded Shark Attack to empower indie artists and to help them navigate the landscape of today’s new and ever changing music industry. Since 2016, Madelynn has coached over 100 artists along their path to being truly independent as well as worked with the major labels. We cover topics like activating the Spotify algorithm, how to grow using TikTok, what a successful ad campaign looks like, and release strategies for new music in 2022. In this episode we'll dig in on... The do's and don'ts of playlisting Release strategies for new music in 2022 Getting a record deal offer and turning it down Sync licensing as a source of income Passive streams vs gaining fans What a good Call to Action looks like What to spend music marketing dollars on and how Organic growth metrics to look out for in 2022 Pre-Save vs Pre-Order Building fans through Tik Tok Understanding Spotify for Artists Playlist botting Social media engagement targets Disco: Music Management and Sharing Platform ( ( More About ... Website: ( ( ( ( Sponsors: Sign Up for Complete Producer Network (HERE)! Get on the Waitlist for The Beats Accelerator Process (HERE)! Get on the Waitlist for The Mix Accelerator Process (HERE)! Other Links: Join my (Studiocast.io) Studio and get behind the scenes of Progressions! (Give Me a Coffee Cup!) Support Progressions on (Patreon)! Sign up for the (Progressions Mailing List) (Gear and Recommended Reading List) Instagram:  (  ( ( more about Travis:  ( Madelynn Elyse Host: Travis Ference Editor: (Stephen Boyd) Theme Music: inter.ference
Blockchain, NFTs, and Web 3.0 for Musicians with Noël Jackson
Apr 19 2022
Blockchain, NFTs, and Web 3.0 for Musicians with Noël Jackson
In this is a special bonus episode, I sit down with Noël Jackson to discuss the world of blockchain, NFTs, Web 3.0 and the potential impact these things could have on music and the arts. Noël is an artist, music producer, and mastering engineer, as well as a computer engineer, UX designer, and hacker. We chat through the basics of what blockchain, smart contracts and cryptocurrencies are and then work into the implications they could have on music royalties, ownership, and how transparency leads to the sustainability of the arts. In this episode we'll dig in on... Decentralization How blockchain can reinvent the record store Mining Bitcoin with volcanos Smart contracts implications in music and art The importance of understanding the technology you are using Digital assets The need for transparency in the music industry Proof of Work vs Proof of Stake Data tracking purposes vs Monetary Purposes Learn More About ... Website: ( ( ( Strategy Firm: ( Sponsors: Sign Up for Complete Producer Network (HERE)! Get on the Waitlist for The Beats Accelerator Process (HERE)! Get on the Waitlist for The Mix Accelerator Process (HERE)! Other Links: Join my (Studiocast.io) Studio and get behind the scenes of Progressions! (Give Me a Coffee Cup!) Support Progressions on (Patreon)! Sign up for the (Progressions Mailing List) (Gear and Recommended Reading List) Instagram:  (  ( ( more about Travis:  ( Noël Jackson Host: Travis Ference Editor: (Stephen Boyd) Theme Music: inter.ference
Nicholas Di Lorenzo: Loudness with Intention and Mastering the Client Experience
Apr 13 2022
Nicholas Di Lorenzo: Loudness with Intention and Mastering the Client Experience
Today’s guest is mixing and mastering engineer Nicholas Di Lorenzo. Nicholas is the owner and operator of Panorama Mastering in Melbourne, Australia. Since opening the studio 6 years ago Panorama has been involved in over 3000 projects, including artists such as Tentendo, Ava King, and Dugong Jr. As well as labels and publishing companies like Universal Music Group and Sony ATV. We have a great chat about loudness target myths, how to build a client roster, the importance of mental health awareness in the music industry. In this episode we'll dig in on... Mastering in Pro Tools Non-Traditional studio models The future of file delivery Building a team that facilitates a great experience for clients How to build a new client roster 3 am gym sessions Frictionless content creation Client feedback The Melbourne studio scene Logic vs Pro Tools for editing and mixing Recognizing the reality of the music industry Social media as a creative outlet Learn More About ... Website: ( ( ( Tok: ( Sponsors: Sign Up for Complete Producer Network (HERE)! Get on the Waitlist for The Beats Accelerator Process (HERE)! Get on the Waitlist for The Mix Accelerator Process (HERE)! Other Links: Join my (Studiocast.io) Studio and get behind the scenes of Progressions! (Give Me a Coffee Cup!) Support Progressions on (Patreon)! Sign up for the (Progressions Mailing List) (Gear and Recommended Reading List) Instagram:  (  ( ( more about Travis:  ( Nicholas Di Lorenzo Host: Travis Ference Editor: (Stephen Boyd) Theme Music: inter.ference
Stephen Kaye: Score Mixing, Joy of Missing Out, and a Pandemic Orchestra
Mar 30 2022
Stephen Kaye: Score Mixing, Joy of Missing Out, and a Pandemic Orchestra
This week’s guest is Los Angeles based producer, engineer, and mixer Stephen Kaye. Stephen splits his time between film & TV projects and record projects. His credits include Fitz and the Tantrums, Lucius, Salem Ilese, Inara George, Hepcat, and Ziggy Marley. As well as movies and shows such as Bridesmaids, Green Book, Bridgerton, Dear White People, and most recently King Richard. We chat about the FOMO of balancing projects, reading music, and working with orchestral instruments in less than ideal circumstances. In this episode we'll dig in on... Working Smarter Dealing with not being credited Recording Beatles sound-a-likes in high school for fun Using Vienne Ensemble MIR to recreate space around solo strings Running Pro Tools for score tracking sessions Considering back stepping and working as a runner to learn more Working in studios since age 16 Doing one-man string arrangements for early 2000s pop RnB Balancing record work and film & TV work Previewing movies with test audiences Film deadlines vs TV deadlines Learn More About ... Website: ( ( Sponsors: Sign Up for Complete Producer Network (HERE)! Get on the Waitlist for The Beats Accelerator Process (HERE)! Get on the Waitlist for The Mix Accelerator Process (HERE)! Other Links: Join my (Studiocast.io) Studio and get behind the scenes of Progressions! (Give Me a Coffee Cup!) Support Progressions on (Patreon)! Sign up for the (Progressions Mailing List) (Gear and Recommended Reading List) Instagram:  (  ( ( more about Travis:  ( Stephen Kaye Host: Travis Ference Editor: (Stephen Boyd) Theme Music: inter.ference
Casey Cavaliere: Having Impact, Good Record Deals, and The Wonder Years
Mar 16 2022
Casey Cavaliere: Having Impact, Good Record Deals, and The Wonder Years
Today's guest is musician, producer, mixer, and songwriter Casey Cavaliere. Casey is the guitarist and a founding member of the band The Wonder Years. Over the past 15 years they have toured around world and released six full length albums and two EPs. When he's not on tour or recording with his band, Casey is producing records for other artists, hosting his podcast “The Record Process” and working with artists as a development coach, helping them find their voice and steer their careers. We chat about record deals, always providing value, and the importance of knowing yourself as an artist. In this episode we'll dig in on... The founding years of The Wonder Years Touring post-pandemic Setting the click to the band, not the band to the click Navigating record deals Punk and DIY community support Refining your taste Bringing the energy of a live show to the record Providing value in every situation Impacting 1 million people Starting on trombone and then discovering guitar Traits of a great record label When niching and specializing works and when it doesn't Travis' Intro: Providing Value and "The Go Giver" Learn More About Casey Cavaliere... Website: ( ( Level Studio Website: ( Level Studio Instagram: ( Record Process Instagram: ( to The Wonder Years (HERE!) Our Sponsors: Sign Up for Complete Producer Network (HERE)! Get on the Waitlist for The Beats Accelerator Process (HERE)! Get on the Waitlist for The Mix Accelerator Process (HERE)! Other Links: Join my (Studiocast.io) Studio and get behind the scenes of Progressions! (Give Me a Coffee Cup!) Support Progressions on (Patreon)! Sign up for the (Progressions Mailing List) (Gear and Recommended Reading List) Instagram:  (  ( ( more about Travis:  ( out "The Go Giver" Credits: Guest: Casey Cavaliere Host: Travis Ference Editor: (Stephen Boyd) Theme Music: inter.ference
Gabe Cowan: Producing Films, Leading Teams, and Building a DAW
Mar 2 2022
Gabe Cowan: Producing Films, Leading Teams, and Building a DAW
This week's guest is award winning filmmaker, composer, and entrepreneur Gabe Cowan. Gabe has produced over 20 films, many of which have premiered at the major festivals. Some of his films include SXSW Audience Award winner "Cheap Thrills" as well as "Bad Milo" and "They Call Us Monsters." Before producing movies, Gabe was a multiplatinum recording artist, played in several bands and was signed to Geffen Records. His current focus is as the CEO of Audio Design Desk, where he is working to solve audio for video by creating a streamlined solution to quickly and easily match music and effects with picture in a manner that sparks creativity. We chat about making movies, democratizing cinema quality audio, the challenges of creating a DAW from scratch. In this episode we'll dig in on... How Audio Design Desk revolutionizes audio for picture Creating a DAW that inspires you Signing to Geffen Records in the mid 90s at age 19 How to pitch your ideas AI as a musical assistant Creating a product roadmap Music as a part of a filmmakers identity Major label life vs independent life Encountering people that prioritize money over art The allure of Hollywood How scoring a Roger Corman film lead to producing movies Shooting the first independent film done on a RED Camera Meeting consumer expectations Cue sheets The musical gymnastics of the 80s and early 90s Travis' Intro: Enjoy the Journey Learn More About Gabe Cowan and Audio Design Desk... Website: ( ( ( Sponsors: Sign Up for Complete Producer Network (HERE)! Get on the Waitlist for The Beats Accelerator Process (HERE)! Get on the Waitlist for The Mix Accelerator Process (HERE)! Other Links: Join my (Studiocast.io) Studio and get behind the scenes of Progressions! (Give Me a Coffee Cup!) Support Progressions on (Patreon)! Sign up for the (Progressions Mailing List) (Gear and Recommended Reading List) Instagram:  (  ( ( more about Travis:  ( Gabe Cowan Host: Travis Ference Editor: (Stephen Boyd) Theme Music: inter.ference
Jason Mendelson: Criminal Justice Reform, Music, and the Entrepreneurial Mindset
Feb 24 2022
Jason Mendelson: Criminal Justice Reform, Music, and the Entrepreneurial Mindset
Today’s guest is musician, songwriter, author and criminal justice reformer Jason Mendelson. Jason currently releases music under the artist name Jace Allen, with all proceeds of his musical career going to benefit various organizations in the criminal justice reform ecosystem. Jason has co-founded two different organizations that help people transition from prison to home with the goal of drastically reducing recidivism rates. Prior to this latest season of his life, Jason has had careers as a start up founder, venture capitalist, lawyer, and professor. We chat about the changes needed in the criminal justice system, how music builds confidence, and why the entrepreneurial mindset applies to much more than just business. In this episode we'll dig in on... Recognizing and taking advantage of "luck" Life as an improve The best model to increase successful returns to home for formerly incarcerated individuals The United States is the most incarcerated country in the world Being an underdog guy Working in criminal justice reform since 2015 Flipping the hierarchy The importance of resiliency Leaning on the visible success of others to inspire change in people Entrepreneurs vs Musicians Training people in the prison system and how that transforms you Being thankful for adversity and learning from your failures Learn More About Jason Mendelson... Website: ( ( ( Allen on (Spotify) Our Sponsors: Sign Up for Complete Producer Network (HERE)! Get on the Waitlist for The Beats Accelerator Process (HERE)! Get on the Waitlist for The Mix Accelerator Process (HERE)! Other Links: Join my (Studiocast.io) Studio and get behind the scenes of Progressions! (Give Me a Coffee Cup!) Support Progressions on (Patreon)! Sign up for the (Progressions Mailing List) (Gear and Recommended Reading List) Instagram:  (  ( ( more about Travis:  ( Jason Mendelson Host: Travis Ference Editor: Travis Ference Audio Restoration: (Stephen Boyd) Theme Music: inter.ference
Paul Fig: Rock ‘n Roll, Sound City, and How to Record Huge Guitars
Feb 16 2022
Paul Fig: Rock ‘n Roll, Sound City, and How to Record Huge Guitars
This week’s guest is Los Angeles based producer, engineer, and mixer Paul Fig. Paul is known for being a go to tracking engineer, especially in world of hard rock with credits including AFI, Jerry Cantrell, Slipknot, Rush, Alice in Chains, Bush, and Deftones. He also currently owns and operates the studio Dave’s Room in North Hollywood. We go deep on recording techniques for guitars and vocals, as well as chat about his journey from Sound City to freelancing and the importance of staying two steps ahead of everybody. In this episode we'll dig in on... Engineering records that you are producing Maintaining phase coherence in multi mic guitar recordings Starting as a runner at Sound City at 32 Working with Jerry Cantrell and Alice in Chains Songwriting demos in the rock world Transitioning from being in a band to working in a recording studio "Riff Mining" Taking over Dave's Room studio SM57 secrets Recording vocals with two mics at once Having music in Sonic Highways Desert island guitars Being part of a studio family Making records and making library music Intonation and guitar doubling Travis' Intro: Planning Tomorrow Learn More About Paul Fig and Dave's Room... Website: ( Room: ( ( ( Sponsors: Sign Up for Complete Producer Network (HERE)! Get on the Waitlist for The Beats Accelerator Process (HERE)! Get on the Waitlist for The Mix Accelerator Process (HERE)! Other Links: Join my (Studiocast.io) Studio and get behind the scenes of Progressions! (Give Me a Coffee Cup!) Support Progressions on (Patreon)! Sign up for the (Progressions Mailing List) (Gear and Recommended Reading List) Instagram:  (  ( ( more about Travis:  ( Paul Fig Host: Travis Ference Editor: Travis Ference Theme Music: inter.ference
Billy Decker: The Power of Specializing and How to Mix Fast Using Templates
Feb 2 2022
Billy Decker: The Power of Specializing and How to Mix Fast Using Templates
This week’s guest is Nashville based mixing engineer Billy Decker. Billy is most known for mixing a lot of hits, and mixing them fast. His credits include 16 Billboard #1's and artists such as Sam Hunt, Chris Young, Rodney Atkins, and Cassadee Pope. In the studio he works very quickly, finishing mixes in about an hour. He’s written a book about his process called "Template Mixing and Mastering" and has also done a course for Pro Mix Academy on the same topic. We chat about the “how” and “why” of working fast, the importance of superior customer service, and the advantages of specializing. In this episode, we'll dig in on... The "Why" for working fast Mixing with Templates How specializing can work in your favor Understanding your pricing and your hourly Being a signed songwriter and then becoming an engineer Choosing a "great hang" or superior customer service over raw engineering ability Nashville songwriting demo studios Producers now vs producer 20 years ago Delivering quality from home studios Using drum samples Work-Life Balance The importance of having interests outside the studio Taking the time to save templates for everything you do Learn More About Billy Decker... Check out his book "Template Mixing and Mastering" (HERE) Check out the Pro Mix Academy course (HERE) Website: ( ( ( Sponsors: Sign Up for Complete Producer Network (HERE)! Get on the Waitlist for The Beats Accelerator Process (HERE)! Get on the Waitlist for The Mix Accelerator Process (HERE)! Other Links: Join my (Studiocast.io) Studio and get behind the scenes of Progressions! (Give Me a Coffee Cup!) Support Progressions on (Patreon)! Sign up for the (Progressions Mailing List) (Gear and Recommended Reading List) Instagram:  (  ( ( more about Travis:  ( Billy Decker Host: Travis Ference Editor: (Jannick Frampton) & Travis Ference Audio Restoration: (Stephen Boyd) Theme Music: inter.ference
Dr. Susan Rogers: Working with Prince, Hyper-Creatives, and the Listener Profile
Jan 19 2022
Dr. Susan Rogers: Working with Prince, Hyper-Creatives, and the Listener Profile
This week's guest is engineer, mixer, producer, and professor Dr. Susan Rogers. Susan is a professor at Berklee College of Music in Boston where she is also the acting Director of the Berklee Music Perception and Cognition Laboratory. Prior to her academic career she worked for 22 years as an in demand engineer and producer with artists such as David Byrne, Barenaked Ladies, Rusted Root, Toad the Wet Sprocket, and also spent four years as Prince's personal staff engineer. We have a great conversation about how the brain reacts to music, analog vs digital, and why success should be defined by what you believe could be possible, not by what is obvious. In this episode, we'll dig in on... Working with Prince Listening and how music triggers the brain Modern uses for analog tape The art and craft of mixing US Army electronics manuals Music Cognition and Psychoacoustics Leaving the music industry to work in science Teaching at Berklee College of Music Taking your toys apart Writing a book How to find an audience Our Sponsors: Sign Up for Complete Producer Network (HERE)! Get on the Waitlist for The Beats Accelerator Process (HERE)! Get on the Waitlist for The Mix Accelerator Process (HERE)! Other Links: Join my (Studiocast.io) Studio and get behind the scenes of Progressions! (Give Me a Coffee Cup!) Support Progressions on (Patreon)! Sign up for the (Progressions Mailing List) (Gear and Recommended Reading List) Instagram:  (  ( ( more about Travis:  ( Dr. Susan Rogers Host: Travis Ference Editor: (Stephen Boyd) Theme Music: inter.ference
Carl Bahner: Outreach, Input vs Output, and Communicating the Care
Jan 5 2022
Carl Bahner: Outreach, Input vs Output, and Communicating the Care
This week’s guest is producer and mixer Carl Bahner. Carl has mastered the art of working remotely, having worked with artists in 16 countries. His credits include artists such as Transviolet, St Lucia, Joywave, and Hippo Campus. Prior to working full time behind the glass Carl toured all over North America and the UK playing drums for the band Cheerleader. In addition to all that, he coaches fellow engineers and producers on how to build client rosters full of music they are passionate about and hosts a music business podcast that promotes self-reflection and proactivity. We have a great chat about input vs output goals, narrowing your target audience, and the importance of making decision based on passion. In this episode, we'll dig in on... Work ethic and determination Asking yourself "Why is this important to me" before taking a gig The musician hustle: Gigs, sessions, lessons Building a studio Caring why you press a button, not what the button does Knowing when to use your music theory and when to not Positioning yourself for success Setting aside time for client outreach Learning to do remixes by passing time on the tour bus Remote assistants and delegation Earning and deserving word of mouth Learn More About Carl Bahner... Website: ( ( to Carl's "Thanks for Thinking" podcast (HERE)! Our Sponsors: Sign Up for Complete Producer Network (HERE)! Get on the Waitlist for The Beats Accelerator Process (HERE)! Get on the Waitlist for The Mix Accelerator Process (HERE)! Other Links: Join my (Studiocast.io) Studio and get behind the scenes of Progressions! (Give Me a Coffee Cup!) Support Progressions on (Patreon)! Sign up for the (Progressions Mailing List) (Gear and Recommended Reading List) Instagram:  (  ( ( more about Travis:  ( Carl Bahner Host: Travis Ference Editor: (Stephen Boyd) Theme Music: inter.ference
Ben Wallick: Podcasting, Staying True to You, and Just Starting
Dec 15 2021
Ben Wallick: Podcasting, Staying True to You, and Just Starting
This week's guest is producer, mixer, podcaster, and musician Ben Wallick. Ben is currently based out of Jerusalem, Israel where he has worked with an array of talented acts in both the studio and on the stage. Before the pandemic, Ben was most recently handling bass duties on tour for artist Alex Clare in Israel and throughout Eastern Europe. Ben is also the creator and host of Secret Sonics, a podcast where he interviews a wide range of producers and audio engineers. We have a great chat about embracing delegation, fighting perfectionism, and how starting our podcasts plays into our music careers. In this episode, we'll dig in on... Embracing delegation Take aways from talk to over 100 producers and engineers on Secret Sonics Bass playing as a bridge between harmony rhythm Avoiding a perfectionism mindset as you charge more for a job Building community in the digital realm Being a self-taught producer and engineer Essentialism Growing up in New York City and moving to Israel Starting and managing a successful wedding band Branching out from a smaller music scene and out into the broader world Learn More About ... Website: ( ( Sonics: ( Sonics Instagram: ( Sonics on Apple Podcasts (HERE) Our Sponsors: Sign Up for Complete Producer Network (HERE)! Get on the Waitlist for The Beats Accelerator Process (HERE)! Get on the Waitlist for The Mix Accelerator Process (HERE)! Other Links: Join my (Studiocast.io) Studio and get behind the scenes of Progressions! (Give Me a Coffee Cup!) Support Progressions on (Patreon)! Sign up for the (Progressions Mailing List) (Gear and Recommended Reading List) Instagram:  (  ( ( more about Travis:  ( Ben Wallick Host: Travis Ference Editor: Travis Ference Theme Music: inter.ference
Manon Grandjean: Mastering Your Own Mixes and Recording Like There's No Demo
Dec 1 2021
Manon Grandjean: Mastering Your Own Mixes and Recording Like There's No Demo
This week's guest is London based mixer and mastering engineer Manon Grandjean. Manon has spent much of her time lately working with UK chart topping grime and hiphop artists such as Stormzy, Dave, Fredo, and AJ Tracey. Some of her other credits include London Grammar, Craig David, Birdy, and Nao. In 2017 she was named "Breakthrough Engineer of the Year" by the Music Producers Guild and then followed that with "Recording Engineer of the Year" in 2018. We chat about freelancing in London, realizing the power of templates, and how career perfectionism is different from project perfectionism. In this episode, we'll dig in on... How smaller budgets change the way young engineers learn to record Mastering your own mixes Career spanning perfectionism vs project based perfectionism Freelance engineering and assisting at multiple studios to pay the bills Picking a good manager that is on the same page as you Realizing the power of having a recording template Being classically trained on guitar and harp growing up Growing up interested in science and discovering recording as the combination of music and science The importance of having a setup that is ready to go at all times Winning Breakthrough Engineer of the Year Transitioning from engineering to mixing Always pushing yourself and learning Learn More About Manon Grandjean... Website: ( ( Sponsors: Sign Up for Complete Producer Network (HERE)! Get on the Waitlist for The Beats Accelerator Process (HERE)! Get on the Waitlist for The Mix Accelerator Process (HERE)! Other Links: Join my (Studiocast.io) Studio and get behind the scenes of Progressions! (Give Me a Coffee Cup!) Support Progressions on (Patreon)! Sign up for the (Progressions Mailing List) (Gear and Recommended Reading List) Instagram:  (  ( ( more about Travis:  ( Manon Grandjean Host: Travis Ference Editor: Travis Ference Theme Music: inter.ference