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125: Anna Bulbrook – How To Transition To A New Creative Career

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You can come for a really sick lineup and know that you’re getting some feminism mixed in there. Being a woman in the music scene is very different from being a man in the music scene. Playing classical violin is very different that playing rock violin. And Anna Bulbrook knows a lot about these differences. Anna has been the violinist for Airborne Toxic Event and Edward Sharpe and Magnetic Zeros. She grew up playing the violin classically, but everything changed

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120: Focusing on the Quality of Your Art

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I have a lot of drive and a lot of will power and I will stick to something and I will get it done. Today I’m talking to Jonas Blue, a major recording artist in the UK. Jonas is known for a tropical house cover of Tracy Chapman’s Fast Car and his single Perfect Strangers, which hit double platinum in Australia. He started pursuing music at a very young age and has never looked back. Jonas and I talked about

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What Usher Really Cares About

Fresh Stories, Visual Essays

Last week was impactful. Not only on me, but waves were made in the world. Historic waves. Very rare is it that you see such a big artist step into activism and create a song performed and listen to by millions of people about a subject like Social Injustice. If you haven’t heard Usher’s new song CHAINS, it’s a strong one, but beyond the sound is the message it’s carrying. The song is meant to make the public aware of the

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60 D-Nice: How To Use One Creative Field To Build Another

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It’s great to have been relevant back then and to still be going right now. Relationships are important. Nurturing your relationships and being reliable and creative can help you create an empire. It certainly helped D-Nice do just that. He started out his career as a musician in the 90s just as the rap and hip hop scene was coming up. But when he wanted to make a change, it was the people that he knew that allowed him to

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Staying Fresh: nickonken x MTV Breaks

The Shop, Onken's World

Staying fresh. Good question. I’ll be doing a podcast on that in a while in my mini series. I was interviewing Usher, and the biggest thing he said that stuck out to me was Evolve or Evaporate. You’ve gotta keep re-inventing. Look at the greats that are still relevant. He is one of them. Madonna, U2, etc. They all have re-invented over the years. The same applies to us. I think it’s the mindset. You have to stay hungry. Devour

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38 Usher Raymond IV: The Mindsets Behind Being an International Pop Star

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“Philanthropy is the rent we pay to be on this planet.” What does it take to sell more than 65 million records? 65 f___ing million… Our next guest has done all that and more. He is one of the few diamond artists which went 10 times certified platinum on one album alone. He has many hits recognized around the world like “Good Kisser”, “Scream”, “Climax”, “Yeah”, “With Or Without You”, the list goes on and on. This man is a music

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31 Asher Roth: Building the Hip Hop career of a white suburban rapper

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“Make the radio and labels come to you by staying true to yourself and cultivating your own audience.” – Asher Roth I Love College was a hit and for the last seven years Asher Roth has been making a living as a musician. In this interview we discuss the complexities of a life that revolves around your art. Asher is different in lots of ways. His name is out there with each song. He doesn’t get the opportunity to do

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Sonos Sounds

The Shop, Onken's World

Have you ever thought about having a master sound system in your house without the millionaire cost of wiring a system into your walls? Music is and has been a huge piece of my life and inspiration. I love to have music bumping in the office, and my home. Music is the muse of all art forms(a great quote from my podcast with friend music lifestyle curator friend, Michaelangelo L’Aqua). I love to have a good seamless system that I

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08 Rachael Markarian: The Mindset it Takes to Dance on Tour with Rihanna

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“Every experience I have as a dancer is going to open my eyes to different things.” Today I get to bring you my good friend, Rachael Markarian. She has a very powerful story, as she was born with her legs turned inward, barely able to walk, and now is a powerful, professional dancer for many big artists like Rihanna, Katy Perry, and Beyonce (just to name a few). Even this year, she danced with Beyonce at the Superbowl (which you’ll

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03 Tori Kelly: How Producing Music in Your Bedroom Can Lead to Playing in Madison Square Garden

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When I first heard Tori’s voice, I was mesmerized and I still am. I have a very short attention span with singer songwriters, but Tori is one that I could listen to for hours. You’ll get to hear her sing an exclusive little diddy on today’s episode. Tori is on the rise, and has built an amazing following for herself. She also recently signed with Scooter Braun. Tori is such a sweetheart. “I’m the type of writer that writes about

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