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Akash Thakkar interviews successful audio professionals from every corner of the music and sound industries. From educators, performers, pop stars, game audio professionals, voice actors, composers, sound designers, plug-in designers, audio programmers, and everything in between, we dive deep into the business and mindset skills it takes to "make it" in the worlds of music and sound.
 
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#18: Thomas Powers is a singer-songwriter, music producer, and frontman of the band The Naked and Famous.In this episode, we talk about the rise of The Naked and Famous, Thomas' next steps in his musical career, how to actually think about self-promotion and social media, staying sane as a pro musician, and so much more. Find Thomas Powers at:Insta…
 
#19: Cory Shackelford is a music attorney who has been working exclusively in music law for over 10 years. He's represented everyone from video game composers to world-famous songwriters. In this episode, we talk about music law, how Cory made the transition to working in game audio law specifically, when every audio designer should consider gettin…
 
#17: Luna Shadows is a producer, songwriter, and vocalist based out of Los Angeles. Luna has one of the best aesthetics I've seen when it comes to being an indie artist, and does an incredible job of keeping a sustainable music career while staying totally independent.In this episode, we talk about not being talented and not coming from a musical f…
 
#16: Ryan Ike is a BAFTA-nominated video game composer and sound designer based out of Seattle WA. Ryan's worked on a ton of games, including Where the Water Tastes like Wine, Frog Fractions 2, Gunpoint, Wizard with a Gun, West of Loathing, Reigns: Game of Thrones, and many many others. Ryan has a super diverse set of compositional styles, from wri…
 
#15: Stelth Ulvang is a musician, vocalist, songwriter, and touring member of The Lumineers. Not only does he work with other bands, but also creates music alongside his wife, Dorota Szuta. In this interview we talk about touring, playing shows with tens of thousands of people in the audience, playing alongside giant bands like U2, what it feels li…
 
#14: Alarke (aka Mary Alouette) is a pop-singer, songwriter, performer, artist coach, and entrepreneur who has worked in the worlds of opera, gypsy jazz, cuban music, and has coached award winning songwriters all over the world. Alarke also runs SupremeSound.Life, a female-focused coaching and mentoring service that helps singers and songwriters cr…
 
#13: Doug Rogers is the founder and CEO of EastWest, one of the largest virtual instrument companies in the world. Their plug-ins have given musicians of all sorts access to higher-quality, incredibly well-produced sounds at a moment's notice. If you're a composer of any sort, odds are you've used or lusted after the products that EastWest makes, a…
 
#12: Jason Poss is a wildly prolific orchestrator, arranger, music transcriber, and music preparation expert who has worked on projects like Lord of the Rings, Coco, Frozen, Star Wars Visions, and SO many others. In this podcast, we talk about everything from the countless alternate music paths there are out there, what it's like to work at the top…
 
#11: Dot (aka Kate Ellwanger) is a producer, online educator, DJ, and entrepreneur who is also now touring the world opening for acts such as The Glitch Mob and Zedd. Dot has also worked with The Oprah Winfrey network, Nike, and has even made music for virtual reality installations for the Los Angeles Times. Dot also runs Unspeakable Records, an ar…
 
#10: DiViNCi (aka Glen Valencia) is a producer, world-class finger drummer, and creative coach who has toured with acts such as Ms. Lauryn Hill, The Soliloquists of Sound, The Fugees, and so many more. DiViNCi also runs Studio Sensei, where he coaches creative of all types to create freely, without shame, while following their intuition. I've worke…
 
#9: Jason Cushing is a sound designer, entrepreneur, and founder of both SoundMorph and Sinematic. SoundMorph is a premiere sound effects library company that serves sound designers from all over the world, and odds are you've heard their sound effects in some of the biggest games, TV shows, and movies in the world. Jason's newest company, Sinemati…
 
#8: Sydney Kjerstad is a pianist, entrepreneur, and founder of Smart Game Piano, an online piano teaching site that teaches musicians of all levels how to play piano through incredibly well-produced video game music tutorials. To date, Sydney has created *over 550* piano arrangements and tutorials for Smart Game Piano and shows no signs of slowing …
 
#7: Ivo Ivanov is a sound designer, modular synth artist, circuit bender, and is the Founder and CEO of Glitchmachines - a company that makes incredibly unique, sound-design-focused plugins for audio designers. On top of all of this, Ivo has been a full-time touring keyboardist, and has created custom instruments for the likes of Trent Reznor and R…
 
#6: Jason LaRocca is a producer, mixing engineer, scoring mixer, and punk rocker based out of Los Angeles. After forming and touring with his successful punk band, The Briggs, Jason is now focused on being an engineer and scoring mixer on big name projects like Bad Boys for Life, God of War: Ragnarok, Assassin's Creed Valhalla, Fortnite, and so man…
 
#5: Laura Escudé is a touring musician, violinist, show designer, and entrepreneur who has worked with people such as Kanye West, The Weeknd, Cirque Du Soleil, Porter Robinson, Bonobo and many others. She also runs the Transmute Academy, an online academy that teaches musicians how to design their shows and play their music both live and over strea…
 
#4: Austin Wintory is an award winning concert, film, and video game composer who's worked on video games such as Journey, Abzu, The Banner Saga, Assassin's Creed, and countless others.In this interview we talk all about pitching for work, building a full-time composition career, working in film, games, and concert music, being rejected for project…
 
#3: Melissa Pons is a field recordist and sound designer who is known for her beautiful nature recordings of wolves, rainforests, and natural soundscapes from all over the world. All of her albums are available on her Bandcamp page, including her most recent release Mata Atlantica, which is a stunning collection of recordings from Brazilian rainfor…
 
#2: Rich Vreeland (Disasterpeace) is an award-winning composer, musician, and audio artist who's worked on video games such as FEZ, Hyper Light Drifter, and Mini Metro, as well as films such as It Follows, Triple Frontier, and Under the Silver Lake. Disasterpeace has released over FIFTY music albums at this point, and is always pushing what music s…
 
#1: Welcome to The Sound Business Podcast! My name is Akash Thakkar and I'm a sound designer for video games with 11 years of professional experience. I've always been fascinated by people who manage to "make it" and create a full-time artistic career, so in this show, we're going to interview some of the top people from every corner of the music a…
 
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