Successful Musicians

Jason Tonioli

How do musicians define success? Achieving success and finding fulfillment with music is different for everyone. This podcast features stories of musicians who have found their own personal version of success and fulfillment in both music and life. This podcast is meant to inspire musicians and help them believe in their abilities and motivate them to share their talents with others. read less
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Episode 52: Cultivating a Personal Brand for Lasting Success with Eric Thayne
5d ago
Episode 52: Cultivating a Personal Brand for Lasting Success with Eric Thayne
For the entire transcript of the interview, please ⁠click here. Eric Thayne is a professional director, DP, and film educator. He is known for his work in cinematography and film production. Eric shares his expertise through educational content on platforms like YouTube and Cinema Mastery.  What You’ll Learn From Eric Thayne's insights, we can glean several valuable lessons: Entrepreneurial Thinking: Understanding the difference between creatives and entrepreneurs is crucial. Entrepreneurs start with identifying problems and then develop solutions, often involving assembling teams to execute them. Creatives can benefit from adopting this problem-solving approach. Visibility and Personal Branding: In today's digital age, visibility is key. Thayne advocates for creatives to focus on building their personal brands, connecting with audiences on a deeper level beyond just their craft. Engaging with fans and showcasing personality can cultivate a loyal following. Things We Discussed Eric Thayne mentioned his upcoming book, 'Create, Don't Capture,' It is a game-changer for creatives, musicians, artists, and entrepreneurs alike. Packed with invaluable insights and practical advice, this book is a great tool for unlocking your full creative potential in today's digital landscape. You can preorder now at createdontcapture(dot)com. Connect with Eric Thayne Cinema Mastery CELADORA Facebook Instagram Vimeo Connect with Jason Tonioli Website  Facebook YouTube  Instagram Spotify Pandora Amazon Music Apple Music
Episode 51: Carlos Baker's Evolution Through Cancer, Parenthood, and Passion
Jan 23 2024
Episode 51: Carlos Baker's Evolution Through Cancer, Parenthood, and Passion
For the entire transcript of the interview, please ⁠click here. Lead vocalist, bassist, and lyricist Carlos Baker hails from the United States and, together with his spouse, relocated to Northern Germany in 2009. Identifying himself as a seasoned artist, lyricist, and storyteller, Carlos authored the novel "SONGS For IVY" in 2020, now accessible on Amazon. With a repertoire spanning over 50 compositions, his musical range extends from country tunes to heartfelt ballads, and from rock anthems to bluesy melodies. Carlos crafts songs infused with the genuine sentiment, many delving into his personal encounters and battles with depression. Above all, Carlos expresses his utmost pride in the four children he and his wife have nurtured. What You’ll Learn Carlos's journey offers a profound exploration of resilience and transformation. From overcoming a rare bone cancer with candor and a unique perspective on mortality, he shares invaluable insights into the power of resilience and mental strength. His openness about mental health struggles, particularly with shame, underscores the importance of acknowledging and addressing emotional wounds. Rejecting conventional therapy, Carlos found solace and healing through music and writing, portraying them as his therapeutic outlets. His ability to seamlessly integrate music into his life, from carefree youth to responsible adulthood, emphasizes the enduring role of artistic expression in navigating life's challenges. Carlos teaches that embracing vulnerability, pursuing one's passions, and finding solace in creative outlets can be powerful tools for personal growth and healing. Things We Discussed Resilience and Transformation: Overcoming rare bone cancer with candor and a unique perspective on mortality. Mental Health Awareness: Openness about mental health struggles, particularly with shame. Creative Therapeutic Outlets: Choosing music and writing as therapeutic outlets for emotional healing. Integration of Music in Life: Seamless integration of music from carefree youth to responsible adulthood. Life's Transformative Moments: Family life, marriage, and parenthood as transformative milestones. Connect with Carlos Baker Website Spotify Apple Music Amazon Pandora Deezer Connect with Jason Tonioli Website  Facebook YouTube  Instagram Spotify Pandora Amazon Music Apple Music
Episode 50: Chris SD and the Ultimate Music Supervisor Panel
Jan 9 2024
Episode 50: Chris SD and the Ultimate Music Supervisor Panel
For the entire transcript of the interview, please ⁠click here. Chris SD is the go-to person for indie songwriters aiming to feature their music in top shows, movies, and ads. Initially an award-winning music producer, Chris recognized the potential for indie projects to gain greater visibility. He observed the impact of a single sync placement propelling artists onto charts and generating lucrative income. Beyond teaching indie songwriters the ropes, Chris actively connects them with key figures, opening doors to top music supervisors in TV and film. What You’ll Learn In this episode, Chris shares why indie music is so successful now in TV and film. He also explains the importance of metadata and reaching out directly to the source—the music supervisors who place music in TV and film. Building strong relationships with these decision-makers is crucial, as they have a select group of trusted individuals. By becoming one of their go-to contacts, you secure consistent and more lucrative sync placements. The key is delivering what they need when they need it, establishing trust and reliability in the process. Things We Discussed In January, Chris is hosting a free online panel featuring top music supervisors in the industry. These are professionals who curate music for the most prominent shows, movies, and ads. You're invited to join virtually and gain valuable insights into who they are, what they seek, and the criteria for music selection in TV and film. This event offers a unique opportunity to understand their perspective, helping you align your music with their preferences. It's a fantastic chance to learn, and it's entirely free. We typically have thousands of musicians participating each year. Don't miss out! Connect with Chris SD Sync Songwriter Music Supervisor Panel Registration Link to Metadata Checklist Personal Website  Website (Sync Songwriter) LinkedIn Instagram Facebook Twitter Pinterest YouTube Connect with Jason Tonioli Website  Facebook YouTube  Instagram Spotify Pandora Amazon Music Apple Music
Episode 49: The Collective Mind: Michael Walker's Mastermind Secrets
Dec 26 2023
Episode 49: The Collective Mind: Michael Walker's Mastermind Secrets
For the entire transcript of the interview, please click here. Joining us in our podcast today is Michael Walker, founder of Modern Musician, a successful and highly renowned musician and entrepreneur. He is a husband, father and keyboardist for the band Paradise Fears, who made headlines years ago for a technique he started called “tour hacking.”  He spent around 10 years touring full time and during those years, their band released an album that hit number 2 on iTunes as an Alternative Rock Album. They got about 24 million streams on Spotify and toured around the world, playing music full-time, independently without a record label. He also coached thousands of independent musicians and paved the way for them to be successful musicians. What You’ll Learn In this episode, Michael shares the importance of stepping out of day-to-day operations to enter visionary and strategic modes. He also shared some insights on how to recognize the value of being intentional about the people you surround yourself with and how carefully curating your network can contribute to your success and bring about positive changes in your mindset and approach. Things We Discussed The Horizon Experience is a concept that likely refers to a transformative and expansive moment in one's personal or professional life. It is about taking a deliberate and focused approach to gain perspective, set long-term goals, and foster growth—whether on an individual or collective level. It encourages looking beyond the immediate horizon to explore new possibilities and shape a more intentional and visionary future. Connect with Michael Walker Website LinkedIn Instagram Twitter Facebook Connect with Jason Tonioli Website  Facebook YouTube  Instagram Spotify Pandora Amazon Music Apple Music
Episode 48: The Psychology of Songwriting: Valuable Insights from Friedemann Findeisen
Oct 31 2023
Episode 48: The Psychology of Songwriting: Valuable Insights from Friedemann Findeisen
For the entire transcript of the interview, please click here. Our guest for today is a prolific songwriter and the creator of Holistic Songwriting Academy, Friedemann Findeisen. He’s the author of the bestseller “The Addiction Formula'' (available on Amazon and Audible). His YouTube channel “Holistic Songwriting” has gathered over 400,000 subscribers.‍ Friedemann teaches people how to change their lives by empowering them to write awesome songs. He helps songwriters, musicians, producers and artists to find their message and express it in a way that resonates with others. What You’ll Learn In this episode, Friedemann shares how songwriting kept him alive in school when he was bullied a lot. He also explains the difference between classical musicians and jazz/pop musicians. Friedemann also narrates how he can write a song super quick and how he can make decisions easily. Let us also discover what is Friedemann’s advice to his own self and how he manages stress when he has a lot of stuff on his plate and life becomes so challenging and overwhelming. Things We Discussed Holistic Songwriting Academy - is a 12-week online course that teaches you how to write songs that are unique, engaging, and authentic. You will learn how to craft your image as an artist and reveal it through your music, using the principles of groove, pitch, and story. You will also get feedback and guidance from professional songwriting and production coaches, as well as collaborate with other artists and producers from around the world. The 24-hour Song- is a course by Holistic Songwriting Academy that teaches you how to write a complete song in one day. You will learn how to overcome writer’s block, find your unique voice, and craft songs that you are proud of. You will also get feedback and tips from professional coaches and peers, as well as access to exclusive songwriting tools and resources. The 24-hour Song is not just a course, but a challenge. You will be given a deadline to finish your song, and you will have to submit it for review. This will help you overcome procrastination, perfectionism, and self-doubt, and push you to achieve your full potential as a songwriter. You will also get to hear other people’s songs and learn from their strengths and weaknesses. Connect with Friedemann Findeisen Personal Website Holistic Songwriting Website Facebook Instagram Youtube Connect with Jason Tonioli Website Facebook YouTube  Instagram Spotify Pandora Amazon Music Apple Music
Episode 47: Unveiling the PR Mastermind with Andrew Seth Cohen
Oct 24 2023
Episode 47: Unveiling the PR Mastermind with Andrew Seth Cohen
For the entire transcript of the interview, please click here. Our guest for today is the Director of Publicity and Co-Founder of Impact24, Andrew Seth Cohen. Andrew graduated from Wesleyan University with a B.A. in Film Studies, and incorporated his love of film and storytelling into all his endeavors. Impact24, Inc. is a distinguished entertainment public relations agency specializing in empowering behind-the-camera creatives, esteemed industry leaders, and visionary content creators. They are a broad team of communication experts and natural storytellers with diverse experience and professional acumen. They are located in Los Angeles, California. What You’ll Learn In this episode, Andrew shares some fundamental and essential aspects of Public Relations (PR). He delves into the nitty-gritty of why Public Relations (PR) companies can provide several benefits for individuals, businesses, and organizations. He also emphasized the right time to hire a publicist. He also provides DIY PR for those who can’t afford to hire a publicist yet. Things We Discussed He also shares some ideas on  AI solutions for PR and that there are different ways to discover what makes something marketable such as you can always make news things, like a music video or Instagram, real-style content, or a cool album cover or a concert poster. You have to just keep finding ways to create things that make it feel more notable. The more you do, the more buzz you surround yourself with, the easier it will be. Connect with Andrew Seth Cohen Website Instagram LinkedIn Facebook Connect with Jason Tonioli Website Facebook YouTube  Instagram Spotify Pandora Amazon Music Apple Music
Episode 46: Matt Novack's Notes on Networking and Overcoming Rejection
Oct 17 2023
Episode 46: Matt Novack's Notes on Networking and Overcoming Rejection
For the entire transcript of the interview, please click ⁠⁠here⁠⁠. Our guest for today is a Los Angeles-based composer for film, TV, and video games Matt Novack. Matt has worked on multiple projects that really show his knowledge and skills in composing music that fits the project perfectly. He has worked on Medical Police which stars Erinn Hayes, Rob Huebel, and Tom Wright. Matt is a true creative who is very passionate about his work and creating soundtracks that are a stand-out factor for his projects. Some of Matt’s other notable credits include working cult favorite Children’s Hospital, Netflix’s A Murderville Holiday Special, as well as award-winning Dog Days and spots for Assassin’s Creed Valhalla.  Most recently, he composed for TBS’s Miracle Workers: End Times, which premiered on July 10th and is releasing weekly episodes. He also recently co-scored Amy Always Wins, a podcast and comedy quiz show with Greg Martin. What You’ll Learn In this episode, Matt shares the significance of networking, communication, and collaboration in the creative process and career development.  He also emphasized that rejection and disappointment are natural parts of this industry, and they can be incredibly tough to handle. It's important to remember that you're not alone in facing these challenges. Every successful creative professional has encountered rejection at some point in their career. Things We Discussed Miracle Workers: End Times - The live-action comedy TV series "Miracle Workers: End Times" Season Four, is set in a 'post-apocalyptic' future, starring Daniel Radcliffe, Steve Buscemi, Geraldine Viswanathan, Karan Soni, and Jon Bass, aired January 16, 2023, on TBS. Connect with Matt Novack Website Linktree IMDb Facebook Instagram Twitter LinkedIn Soundcloud Connect with Jason Tonioli Website Facebook YouTube  Instagram Spotify Pandora Amazon Music Apple Music
Episode 44: Balancing Acts: Work-Life Harmony with Dr. Matt Larsen
Aug 29 2023
Episode 44: Balancing Acts: Work-Life Harmony with Dr. Matt Larsen
For the entire transcript of the interview, please click here. Dr. Matthew F. Larsen is a dedicated and compassionate psychiatrist with a unique blend of medical expertise and artistic flair. Hailing from his hometown of Idaho Falls, Dr. Larsen's journey has been marked by a commitment to healing minds and hearts through his dual board certifications in adult and child psychiatry. Dr. Larsen has a strong interest in suicide prevention and in helping teens who are chronically suicidal or self-harming. Outside the realm of medicine, Dr. Larsen's artistic spirit shines. With hobbies ranging from acting to singing, he infuses his patients' lives with joy by entertaining them through song, dance, and even an Irish accent. His diverse interests are a testament to his well-rounded approach to healing. What You’ll Learn In this episode, Dr. Larsen shares that integrating music into your life, even if it's not a full-blown career, can have numerous benefits for your well-being and personal growth. Having something that brings happiness outside of work is essential for maintaining a well-rounded and balanced life. He also emphasizes that success goes beyond traditional measures and metrics, focusing on a holistic and meaningful approach to life. It is more about the emotional experience it brings than the external accomplishments. It's about feeling content, fulfilled, and genuinely happy with where you are in life. Things We Discussed Dr. Matt Larsen encourages us to approach our desire to help others with balance, sustainability, and a focus on making a lasting impact. It aligns with the principle that even small, consistent efforts can lead to significant positive change, both in the lives of others and in your own well-being. In order to have a healthy work schedule, we should always take into consideration that the journey is a marathon, not a sprint. Connect with Dr. Matt Larsen Website LinkedIn Connect with Jason Tonioli Website  Facebook YouTube  Instagram Spotify Pandora Amazon Music Apple Music
Episode 43: Crafting Sync Library Hits to Propel Artist Fanbases with Skye Emanuel
Aug 15 2023
Episode 43: Crafting Sync Library Hits to Propel Artist Fanbases with Skye Emanuel
For the entire transcript of the interview, please click here. Our special guest for today is Skye Emanuel. He is a Los Angeles-based guitarist, composer, and music producer. He was born in London, England in 1999. He started playing the guitar when he was 13 and he was heavily influenced by rock and blues music. At the age of 17, he was recognized by Guitar Player Magazine and was presented the 2017 Ronnie Montrose Official Rock the Nation Award for upcoming young guitar players. He has worked as a session guitarist and music producer for various projects, such as the Netflix series The Witcher, the video game Cyberpunk 2077, and the movie Wonder Woman 19841. He joined Two Steps From Hell in 2019 and has toured with them in Europe and North America. He plays electric guitar, acoustic guitar, and mandolin in the band. He is also a solo artist and released his own album called Skye’s The Limit in 20201. The album features his original compositions and covers of some of his favorite songs. What You’ll Learn In today’s episode, join us in a captivating conversation about the intricate tapestry of sync placements, the power of diverse music genres, and the incredible potential they hold in shaping the modern music landscape. Things We Discussed Sync music is a type of music that is created or licensed for use in media, such as movies, games, or commercials. It is also called production music or library music. Sync music can be very diverse and creative, as it has to match the mood and tone of the media it accompanies. Some famous examples of sync music are the James Bond theme, the Star Wars soundtrack, and the Halo theme. Hans Zimmer is a famous composer who has created music for many movies, games, and shows. He is known for his epic and dramatic style, which often combines orchestral, electronic, and ethnic elements. He has won several awards, including an Oscar, a Grammy, and a Golden Globe. He is also one of the few composers who performs his music live in concerts around the world. Wacken Festival is a famous rock music festival that takes place every year in the village of Wacken, Germany. It is also known as Wacken Open Air or W:O:A. It is one of the largest and most popular heavy metal festivals in the world, attracting thousands of fans and bands from different genres and countries. Some of the bands that have performed at the Wacken Festival include Scorpions, Iron Maiden, Metallica, Slayer, Judas Priest, and many more.  Blackbird Academy is a professional school of audio that offers courses in studio and live sound engineering. The school’s curriculum is designed to provide students with hands-on experience and mentorship from industry professionals. Some of the guest lecturers who have taught at Blackbird Academy include Hans Zimmer, Chris Lord-Alge, Joe Chiccarelli, and George Massenburg. Connect with Skye Emanuel Website Facebook YouTube Instagram Connect with Jason Tonioli Website  Facebook YouTube  Instagram Spotify Pandora Amazon Music Apple Music
Episode 42: Chasing the Dangling Carrot: Sherri Chung's Path to Creative Fulfillment
Aug 8 2023
Episode 42: Chasing the Dangling Carrot: Sherri Chung's Path to Creative Fulfillment
For the entire transcript of the interview, please click here. Sherri Chung is a composer for film and television and currently composes the scores for Riverdale (CW) and Blindspot (NBC). Her most recent show, The Red Line, produced by Greg Berlanti and Ava DuVernay, is a limited series that premiered on CBS and currently airs on CBS All Access. Not only a composer, Sherri is also a pianist, vocalist, and songwriter. She has recorded and produced 2 original albums and performs with her band in Los Angeles. She is also the first female governor of the music branch of the Television Academy2.  What You’ll Learn In this episode, we delve into the captivating journey of composer Sherri Chung, as she shares her evolution from traditional composition methods to embracing technology, and how this transformation shaped her role as a composer for film and television. Sherri emphasized the importance of realistic self-assessment, strategic growth, and a proactive approach to professional development.  Things We Discussed Exceeding Expectations: Going above and beyond your designated responsibilities can lead to enhanced learning experiences and professional growth. Demonstrating your willingness to contribute beyond what's explicitly required showcases your dedication and reliability. Strategic Growth: Focus on developing your skills and expertise where you currently are. While pushing boundaries is important, it's crucial to do so in a way that aligns with your current abilities and level of experience. Punching Above Your Weight: While staying within your capabilities, don't shy away from pursuing challenges that are slightly above your comfort zone. Connect with Sherri Chung Website LinkedIn Facebook Instagram Spotify Soundcloud IMDB Connect with Jason Tonioli Website  Facebook YouTube  Instagram Spotify Pandora Amazon Music Apple Music
Episode 41: From Assistant to Composer: Joy Ngiaw's Quest for Creative Inspiration
Jul 11 2023
Episode 41: From Assistant to Composer: Joy Ngiaw's Quest for Creative Inspiration
For the entire transcript of the interview, please click here. Our special guest for today is Joy Ngiaw. She is an award-winning Malaysian composer for film and TV. Graduating summa cum laude from Berklee College of Music, Joy possesses a deep affinity for narratives that evoke nostalgia and forge meaningful connections.  Joy's music can be heard in Apple TV+ and SkyDance's debut animation Blush, Walt Disney Animation Studio's Short Circuit: Jing Hua, and Netflix's Rescued By Ruby. Most recently, Joy scored the music for the Netflix show Glamorous.  Her talent has been recognized with a nomination for the highly regarded Emerging Talent award by the Society of Composers and Lyricists, establishing her as a distinguished voice among the new generation of film composers. What You’ll Learn In today’s episode, Joy shares the experiences that have shaped her career. We explore her creative process, her inspirations, and the challenges she has faced in the industry. Join us as we explore the significance of embracing emotions, breaking free from cultural expectations, and its impact on Joy's journey as a composer. Discover how embracing her emotions has become a driving force behind her creative expression and a catalyst for building meaningful connections with others. Things We Discussed Here are the key learnings from Joy Ngiaw's journey as a composer: 1. Embrace emotions and sensitivity: Joy encourages others, including her younger self, to embrace being emotional and sensitive. It is not a weakness but a powerful tool for connection and expression. 2. Nostalgia as a creative force: Joy's music is deeply rooted in nostalgia, evoking a complex range of emotions. 3. Networking and collaboration: Joy pursued her own projects while working as an assistant composer by attending events, film festivals, and concerts. This proactive approach allowed her to meet like-minded individuals and led to serendipitous collaborations. Organic collaborations, aligned creative visions, and working with people can create magical results. 4. Balancing personal aspirations: Despite her assisting role, Joy made sure to allocate time for her own compositions and creative pursuits. She recognized the importance of nurturing her own artistic voice and creating opportunities for herself. 5. Curiosity and storytelling: Joy's love for working with people stems from her genuine curiosity about their stories. Engaging with others adds depth and perspective to her work and fuels her creativity. Connect with Joy Ngiaw Website Facebook Instagram IMDb Connect with Jason Tonioli Website  Facebook YouTube  Instagram Spotify Pandora Amazon Music Apple Music
Episode 40: The Release Roadmap: Steps to Successfully Launch Your Music with Bree Noble
Jul 4 2023
Episode 40: The Release Roadmap: Steps to Successfully Launch Your Music with Bree Noble
For the entire transcript of the interview, please click here. Joining us for the second time is Bree Noble. She is a talented singer/songwriter, speaker, and music business coach who is passionate about sharing her story and helping others. She coached thousands of artists and helped them become successful. Bree has become a pioneer for women’s voices in Podcasting. She has her own podcast called Profitable Musician. Bree has recently launched an innovative tool called Release Concierge, which provides invaluable guidance and support throughout the music release process. She even shares a FREE Release Checklist for musicians struggling to keep track of their new releases. What You’ll Learn In this episode, we explore the common regrets artists face when it comes to music releases and the importance of avoiding them. Bree Noble highlights the need for artists to take their time, plan meticulously, and approach their releases strategically. By doing so, artists can ensure that they reach their desired audience and feel satisfied with their accomplishments. We discuss the significance of planning and support in ensuring successful music releases. Bree Noble shares tips on effective release planning, including setting realistic goals, creating a timeline, and engaging with fans throughout the process. She emphasizes the importance of having a support system, whether it's through Release Concierge or a network of peers and mentors who can provide guidance and encouragement. Things We Discussed Release Concierge provides a range of benefits to musicians looking to make the most of their music releases. It offers a structured and comprehensive approach, helping artists avoid common pitfalls and make informed decisions at every stage of the release process. By leveraging Bree Noble's extensive experience and industry insights, artists gain a competitive edge and increase their chances of reaching a wider audience. With Release Concierge, artists can save valuable time and resources by having a trusted expert guide them through the intricate details of release planning, promotion, and distribution. Whether it's selecting the right release date, creating compelling promotional materials, or optimizing their online presence, musicians can rely on Release Concierge to provide personalized recommendations tailored to their unique music and goals. Connect with Bree Noble Release Concierge Website Profitable Musician Website Facebook Instagram LinkedIn Youtube Spotify TikTok Connect with Jason Tonioli Website  Facebook YouTube  Instagram Spotify Pandora Amazon Music Apple Music
Episode 39: Mastering the Score: Tom Third's Fusion of Music and Art
Jun 27 2023
Episode 39: Mastering the Score: Tom Third's Fusion of Music and Art
For the entire transcript of the interview, please click here. Tom Third has scored over 250 hours of film and television, and has been nominated for the Canadian Screen Award seven times, winning in both 2010 and 2014. He was also the winner of the 2004 Volkswagen Score Competition sponsored by the Berlin Film Festival and juried by Walter Murch. After graduating from The Ontario College of Art, with a major in new media and film studies, he went on to sign a recording deal with Nettwerk Productions, and then pursued film scoring after the release of three critically acclaimed electronica CDs. His work can be seen globally in dramatic series and documentaries for Showtime, HBO, FOX, NBC, PBS, CTV, and CBC. Recent projects have included four seasons of CORONER for CBC and CW, CERTAIN PREY, produced by Mark Harmon for USA NETWORK, THE LISTENER, for CTV and FOX, and SHOOT THE MESSENGER for CBC. Tom also regularly collaborates with fine artists on more experimental film and installation works that have been shown at art galleries throughout the world. What You’ll Learn In this episode, we'll delve into Tom's illustrious career and his artistic journey. Tom shares a powerful insight that resonates deeply with him. He emphasizes the importance of letting your conscience be your guide and behaving ethically, with kindness and generosity.  For Tom, it's not just about the final product or the accolades. It's about the journey, the shared experiences, and the bonds formed along the way. These meaningful relationships have become the true essence of his career and what he cherishes the most. Things We Discussed Tom Third's perspective on the importance of being open to collaboration and receptive to notes and criticism from others in the creative process. The significance of letting go of preciousness and being more Zen-like in one's approach to work, which Tom believes can accelerate the creative process. Tom's observations of composers who may possess immense talent but struggle to find consistent work due to being overly attached to their work and needing more coddling. The impact of creating a space where collaboration can thrive, allows for a smoother and more productive creative process. Connect with Tom Third Website Instagram Spotify Soundcloud IMDB Connect with Jason Tonioli Website  Facebook YouTube  Instagram Spotify Pandora Amazon Music Apple Music
Episode 38: Friendship and Music: How Fabrizio Mancinelli Found Lifelong Connections in the Industry
Jun 20 2023
Episode 38: Friendship and Music: How Fabrizio Mancinelli Found Lifelong Connections in the Industry
For the entire transcript of the interview, please click here. Fabrizio Mancinelli is an Italian-American composer, songwriter, and conductor whose passion for music and fine arts was cultivated within the medieval walls of L’Aquila, Italy, a city of narrow streets surrounded by Baroque and Renaissance churches. His impressive list of clients and collaborators includes The Walt Disney Studios, Lionsgate, Warner Bros. and NBC. He has written the score for notable titles like Disney’s Growing Up with Nine Old Men, Universal’s The Snow Queen 4: Mirrorlands, and the feature thriller Coyote Lake, and has conducted the orchestral recordings for Universal’s Green Book, Hulu’s The United States vs. Billie Holiday, Warner Bros’ Space Jam 2, King Richard and the upcoming musical The Color Purple and Disney’s The Haunted Mansion. Certifying his incredible work, his original score for the musical Beauty received Best Original Score at the 2018 Genova Film Festival. What You’ll Learn In this episode, Fabrizio highlights the significance of building and nurturing long-term relationships in the music industry. He also discusses the perspective on celebrating the success of others and the benefits of being a supportive and kind professional as well as the importance of soulful connections beyond music. Things We Discussed Fabrizio Mancinelli's creative process as a composer and songwriter. His sources of inspiration and how he translates them into his musical compositions. His unique approaches or techniques he incorporates into his work. Fabrizio Mancinelli's insights and advice for aspiring musicians and composers. What success means to Fabrizio. Connect with Fabrizio Mancinelli Website YouTube YouTube Music Spotify Apple Music Deezer Facebook Instagram SoundCloud Twitter Connect with Jason Tonioli Website  Facebook YouTube  Instagram Spotify Pandora Amazon Music Apple Music
Episode 37: How Authenticity Fuels Meaningful Connections with Tara Brueske
Jun 13 2023
Episode 37: How Authenticity Fuels Meaningful Connections with Tara Brueske
For the entire transcript of the interview, please click ⁠⁠here⁠⁠. Tara Brueske is a music entrepreneur, performing artist, and voice and piano teacher based in Minneapolis. She has released several albums, such as "How Can I Keep From Singing", "Those Timeless Vintage Melodies" and "Wonder Days". She also mentors indie musicians on how to book gigs and keep their voices healthy. She has performed at venues such as Madison Square Garden Theater in NYC, the Sonshine Festival, and the MN State Fair.  What You’ll Learn In this episode of "The Successful Musicians," we have the pleasure of guesting Tara Brueske who believes in the power of authenticity and connection. Tara emphasizes that finding common ground with others, whether it's during the booking process or meeting new people, is essential in establishing meaningful relationships. She shares her insights on how she incorporates her research and personal connections into her approach to booking and cold calling. Things We Discussed Tara highlights the importance of authenticity in creating connections with others. Tara emphasizes the significance of finding a connection point when meeting new people. Tara highlights the power of live music experiences, stating that they offer a different and more captivating experience compared to recordings. Tara recognized the profound impact her music had on individuals in the senior living facilities. Tara Brueske emphasizes the transformative nature of being happy and supportive towards other musicians. Connect with Tara Brueske Website VIP Members Website Facebook Instagram LinkedIn YouTube Spotify Connect with Jason Tonioli Website  Facebook YouTube  Instagram Spotify Pandora Amazon Music Apple Music
Episode 36: Beyond Vanity Metrics: Monetizing Music with Lil Cross
Jun 6 2023
Episode 36: Beyond Vanity Metrics: Monetizing Music with Lil Cross
For the entire transcript of the interview, please click ⁠⁠here⁠⁠. Our special guest for today is a rapper and producer from Detroit, Michigan. He is known for his songs such as "DTW", "No Cap" and "Money Moves". He has collaborated with artists such as Big Sean, Tee Grizzley, and Sada Baby. He is the founder and CEO of the company  Dead to the World. They empower artists to take control and create careers for themselves in the music industry through education. They’ve helped dozens of creatives transition into becoming full-time and offer services that assist in doing so.  What You’ll Learn In this episode, Lil Cross shared value bombs about vanity metrics and how ROI is the top priority. He will also make us face the reality that the work of soothing and providing value to clients is not music. It is not making music. It is making content. It is communicating and creating products and services that are money grabs but are genuinely beneficial to the clients. Things We Discussed A vanity metric refers to a measurement or statistic that may appear impressive or give the illusion of success but doesn't provide meaningful insights or contribute directly to achieving specific goals. Vanity metrics are often surface-level indicators that don't necessarily reflect the true value or impact of a business or endeavor. Instead, they focus on numbers that might make someone look good or popular without necessarily translating into tangible results or profitability. Examples of vanity metrics in the context of music streaming could be the number of followers, likes, or streams without considering the actual revenue generated or the engagement and loyalty of the audience. Connect with Lil Cross Website Facebook Instagram Apple Music SoundCloud Spotify Connect with Jason Tonioli Website  Facebook YouTube  Instagram Spotify Pandora Amazon Music Apple Music
Episode 35: Venture Virtuoso: Jon Cheney's Business-Music Balancing Act
May 30 2023
Episode 35: Venture Virtuoso: Jon Cheney's Business-Music Balancing Act
For the entire transcript of the interview, please click here. Jon Cheney is a multifaceted entrepreneur, composer, and adventurer. He is the founder and CEO of **Velocity Access**, an augmented reality platform that helps businesses create immersive experiences for their customers. He is also an angel investor, a student of the metaverse and Web3, and a lover of all things outdoors. He has a passion for whitewater kayaking and has explored rivers around the world. Jon Cheney started playing piano at the age of three and composing his own music at 15. He has published seven albums of original piano music and sells piano books, sheet music, and CDs on his official website. He dreams of composing a soundtrack for a motion picture someday. Jon Cheney graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in Chinese and business. He speaks fluent Spanish and Chinese, having lived in Paraguay and Taiwan for several years. He has worked in the education tech sector before launching his own startups. What You’ll Learn In this episode, let us discover how Jon Cheney’s experiences in business influenced his approach to music, and vice versa, as we unravel the interconnectedness of his creative and entrepreneurial endeavors. Let us also uncover why Jon Cheney writes music. Things We Discussed BYU stands for Brigham Young University. It is a private research university located in Provo, Utah, United States. The university is owned and operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church), which plays a significant role in the university's culture and values. BYU is recognized for its high standards of education and is often ranked among the top universities in the United States. It also has a vibrant campus community with numerous extracurricular activities, including sports, clubs, and organizations. Connect with Jon Cheney Website LinkedIn Facebook Twitter Instagram YouTube Connect with Jason Tonioli Website  Facebook YouTube  Instagram Spotify Pandora Amazon Music Apple Music
Episode 34: Building Lasting Connections: The Importance of Fostering Relationships with Fans feat. Eli Lev
May 23 2023
Episode 34: Building Lasting Connections: The Importance of Fostering Relationships with Fans feat. Eli Lev
For the entire transcript of the interview, please click here. Our special guest for today’s episode is Eli Lev. Eli is a full-time grassroots folk-pop musician from Maryland. He’s raised tens of thousands of dollars through crowdfunding and has built a truly authentic and powerful connection to his tribe. Eli is a singer-songwriter known for his heartfelt lyrics, soulful melodies, and captivating live performances. With a unique blend of folk, rock, and world influences, Eli's music resonates with audiences worldwide, touching on themes of love, resilience, and the human experience. What You’ll Learn In this episode, we sit down with singer-songwriter Eli Lev to discuss his music career and the innovative ways he engages and empowers his fans. Join us as we explore Eli's unique sound, the inspiration behind his latest album, and how he utilizes the power of Street Team software to cultivate a dedicated fanbase. Things We Discussed Notion - a versatile all-in-one productivity and collaboration software that allows individuals and teams to create, organize, and share various types of content and information in a single workspace. It combines the features of note-taking apps, project management tools, databases, wikis, and more into one cohesive platform. Notion provides a flexible and customizable environment where users can tailor their workspace to fit their specific needs. Street Team - a software platform that enables artists, performers, and event organizers to mobilize and empower their fans, creating a dedicated community of supporters who actively promote their work. It serves as a tool for fan engagement and amplification of promotional efforts. Fans of Eli Lev are called Levitators. Connect with Eli Lev Website YouTube YouTube Music Apple Music Deezer Spotify Facebook Twitter Instagram Connect with Jason Tonioli Website  Facebook YouTube  Instagram Spotify Pandora Amazon Music Apple Music
Episode 33: Balancing Passion and Family: Tony Parlapiano's Journey to Success
May 17 2023
Episode 33: Balancing Passion and Family: Tony Parlapiano's Journey to Success
For the entire transcript of the interview, please click here. Our special guest for today is Tony Parlapiano. He is a piano instructor who specializes in teaching popular styles of music through interest-led learning. He is the creator of popMATICS, a course that teaches students how to play popular songs by breaking them down into smaller parts and teaching them how to play each part. Tony Parlapiano has also been featured on YouTube where he talks about approaches to chords and teaching pop music. He was also named Fons Provider of the Month for his innovative approach to teaching music. What You’ll Learn In this episode, Tony talks about music sheets and whether we still need it today. Tony teaches his new method of teaching piano. He firmly believes that learning should be fun and not stuck yourself with sheet music. It involves developing a range of skills that encompass both technical proficiency and musical expression. He also shared his quest for balance and fulfillment and his idea of success. Things We Discussed Campfire-inspired recording - Campfire is the way Tony introduces creativity and improvisation. They have a campfire challenge that he puts his students through. The whole idea is that they produce daily recordings. They make the instrument part of the rhythm of their life. It's not something that they just go to occasionally. It's like they make the time, they carve the time out to do it. When they do that daily, they immediately see the benefits. Connect with Tony Parlapiano Website Facebook Connect with Jason Tonioli Website  Facebook YouTube  Instagram Spotify Pandora Amazon Music Apple Music