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Above the Noise Music Industry Podcast with Data Journalist at Next Big Sound and Pandora, Liv Buli.

Above the Noise Music Industry Podcast with Data Journalist at Next Big Sound and Pandora, Liv Buli.

Liv has traveled all over the world talking about what she does – from Brisbane to Chile, to NYU classrooms. She has been invited to speak and participate in panels at SXSW, CMJ, Music Biz, Future of Music Policy Summit, SF Music Tech, BigSound, ByLarm and more. Lately, she has been giving thought as to how to visualize data in simple, elegant ways to build better stories. As she says "...the best data journalism strikes a balance between finding (data science), showing (data visualization), and telling (journalism) a story."

Above the Noise Music Industry Podcast with Radio Promoter, Bill Miller.

Above the Noise Music Industry Podcast with Radio Promoter, Bill Miller.

A while back I interviewed Canadian radio promoter, Bill Miller of Sharp 9 Music. I first crossed paths with Bill when he was heading up Pitt Bull Promotions and had successfully developed the company into one of Canada's leading radio promotion companies. He has since started Sharp 9 Music. I was officially introduced through a mutual friend. The friend's band had successfully had their single go top 20 thank's to Bill and Pitt Bull's Promotion machine behind it. 

Above the Noise Music Industry Podcast with Bandzoogle CEO, David Dufresne

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Above the Noise Music Industry Podcast with Bandzoogle CEO, David Dufresne

I recently had a great conversation with David Dufresne, CEO of Bandzoogle, an amazing company that probably a lot of you already use to build your websites. Bandzoogle is based in Quebec and have made a major impact on the independent music scene giving tools to musicians to help build their career. In our conversation we discussed ways you can ensure visitors to your website are converting into fans and spending their time and money where you want them to, website dos and don'ts, apps and responsive websites as well as knowing your audience and who consumes your content. With David's background as a venture capitalist he shares his unique perspective on this new music industry.

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Above The Noise Music Industry Podcast with Marketing Director of Deezer Canada, Greg Van Bastelaar

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Above The Noise Music Industry Podcast with Marketing Director of Deezer Canada, Greg Van Bastelaar

Greg Van Bastelaar is somebody I met at Rifflandia in Victoria while participating at a music industry panel. At the time Greg was marketing Director of Deezer Music Canada. After speaking with Greg I was immediately interested in interviewing him for the podcast. He has a lot of experience in the music industry ranging from working for FACTOR (The Foundation Assisting Canadian Talent On Recording) and seeing artists get funded for records to becoming the marketing director for the European streaming service Deezer Music.

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Interview with Music Photographer Mark Maryanovich

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Interview with Music Photographer Mark Maryanovich

Mark Maryanovich is a Canadian photographer based in Santa Monica, CA, born in Windsor, Ontario and raised on Canada’s rainy west coast.  He has won a number of awards for photography and is a referenced source of inspiration by many in the industry. His clients have included Chris Cornel, Randy Bachman, Gibson Guitars, Bob Rock, Chad Kroeger and Henry Rollins to name a few. His work has appeared on the cover of books, in Rolling Stone, Billboard, and Canadian Musician and that’s just skimming the surface.

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Musicpreneur : The Creative Approach to Making Money in Music

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Musicpreneur : The Creative Approach to Making Money in Music

Two years ago I started writing a book, today I am excited to tell the world about it.

I was fascinated with what set successful musicians in today's music industry apart from those with talent but no music career in their future. Research for the book had me taking a serious look at successful musicians and artists through to CEO's, athletes and the world of neuroscience.

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Above The Noise Music Industry Podcast. A follow up interview with author, music marketer and radio host David Hooper

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Above The Noise Music Industry Podcast. A follow up interview with author, music marketer and radio host David Hooper

A while back I interviewed radio host, author and music marketer David Hooper about his book Six Figure Musician. We did the interview in Nashville about a week prior to the launch. At the time he told me about his plans for the book and how he intended to market it. I thought it would be interesting to follow up with him and find out how his marketing strategies were working and what he had learned about his audience.

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Above The Noise Music Industry Podcast with Director of Music Programming for Sirius XM Canada, Jeff Leake

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Above The Noise Music Industry Podcast with Director of Music Programming for Sirius XM Canada, Jeff Leake

Finding success in music or business is all about the accumulated experience and knowledge that allows us to recognize and seize the opportunity that ultimately results in what the general public observe to be "overnight success." I was curious as to what those opportunities had been for Jeff. With his experience and first hand stories to tell about artists and their careers I was curious as to what advice he could offer for those looking for a career in music.

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Above The Noise Music Industry Podcast with CEO of TraitMarker, Educational Entrepreneur and Personal Guru to The stars, Robbie Grayson

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Above The Noise Music Industry Podcast with CEO of TraitMarker, Educational Entrepreneur and Personal Guru to The stars, Robbie Grayson

Today's interview is with my friend Robbie Grayson from Franklin Tennessee. Robbie is the CEO of TraitMarker, a way for you to discover the "real you." As it states on the website: "Chances are that your personality lies buried beneath years of expectations and demands that life has heaped upon you. TraitMarker uncovers the genuine you lying beneath it all..." 

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Above The Noise Music Industry Podcast with Drummer, Label Owner, Author & Educator, Martin Atkins

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Above The Noise Music Industry Podcast with Drummer, Label Owner, Author & Educator, Martin Atkins

Martin is a guy that has "been there, done that..." he has played with everyone from Johnny Rotten in his band Public Image, Ltd to Pig Face, Killing Joke, Nine Inch Nails, Ministry, Flea, Danny Carey from Tool, and many others... He owns a record label and is an in demand speaker at music conferences around the world as well as a professor at Columbia College in Chicago. He is the author of many books including most recently Tour Smart.

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Above The Noise Music Industry Podcast with The Empty Pockets

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Above The Noise Music Industry Podcast with The Empty Pockets

While meeting with a songplugger friend in Nashville, he asked me if I would interview some clients of his that were in town. The truth be told I was not really interested. I have always tried to keep my personal interviews (unlike when I am being hired...) to be with people that I have actively searched out. This situation was a little different and also a perfect example of how the industry really is based on relationships. I didn't want to offend my friend and I understand in this biz that if you scratch my back I'll scratch yours. So I said "sure."

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Above The Noise Music Industry Podcast with Creative Marketer and Branding Expert, Bill Caywood

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Above The Noise Music Industry Podcast with Creative Marketer and Branding Expert, Bill Caywood

This week's interview is with Bill Caywood. Bill is a graphic designer and branding expert, he is the CEO of Brett Manning's Singing Success, the Creative Director of TraitMarker, founder of NashvilleParties.com, co-founder of Festivalus and the co-founder of Caspian Productions. His clients range from Faith Hill and Jimmy Eat World to Interscope Records, EMI and Warner Brothers.

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Above The Noise Music Industry Podcast with Founder of Ditto Music, Lee Parsons

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Above The Noise Music Industry Podcast with Founder of Ditto Music, Lee Parsons

Ditto Music is a digital music distribution company with offices in Liverpool and Nashville. As CEO of Ditto Music Lee Parsons overseas distribution and marketing campaigns for over 20,000 worldwide artists including Suzi Quatro, Finch, Lil Wayne, Prince, Sir Paul McCartney and Kid British. Starting from their bedrooms in 2007 Lee and His brother Matt launched the first ever unsigned artist into the UK Top 40 singles chart which got them into the Guinness Book Of World Records. Ditto Music have now had 11 UK top 40 singles, all with unsigned artists.

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