Based in Nashville, TN, songwriter Chris Lindsey ("Every Time I Hear That Song" / Blake Shelton, "Poison and Wine" / The Civil Wars) has set out to discover what makes creative people tick. Starting with what he knows - writing - and branching out to various aspects of the music industry, Pitch List explores what it means to be a songwriter, and ultimately, a person.
Join us as we talk with some of music's hit writers at the top of our Pitch List.
Ep 76: Music Biz Special Part 2 / Kris Ahrend (The MLC)
Welcome to part 2 of our Music Biz Series! This week, Chris chats with Kris Ahrend, the CEO of the new MLC (Mechanical Licensing Collective). A result of the Music Modernization Act that passed in 2018, this non-profit is paying out mechanical streaming royalties to songwriters and publishers that have gone unmatched for years, as well as committing to getting writers paid correctly from now on. In this episode, you’ll learn how to sign up for the MLC (hint: it’s super easy and free), why transparency is a key feature of their organization, and most importantly, all the ways you should be getting paid for the music you create! Don’t forget to head to our website for our listening guide and resource list that goes along with this episode, and stay tuned for our final part of this series coming soon!
Ep 75: Leland
In a brand new episode, Chris sits down with queer singer/songwriter Leland, who’s written some of pop music’s most influential and catchiest releases of the past few years (“Rare” / Selena Gomez, “Bloom” / Troye Sivan, “Hide Away” / Daya, + more). He’s also making waves in the TV/film industry, music producing for Rupaul’s Drag Race and Hulu series “Love, Victor”, as well as picking up a Golden Globe nomination for writing a song in the “Boy Erased” film. Listen on to hear their chat about full circle moments, the positive ways his sexuality has impacted his music career, and how the hustle continues even AFTER getting a publishing deal. Plus: don’t forget to check out Leland’s single “Mattress” (which has racked up over 25 million streams) and more!
Ep 74: LP
This week, Chris sits down for a chat with singer/songwriter LP! With 5 million monthly listeners on Spotify, giant cuts like “Cheers (Drink to That)” / Rhianna, and her own songs placed in TV/film over 40 times, LP has become something of a global phenomenon over the past several years. She’ll draw you in with her ethereal vocals; you’ll stay for gorgeous storytelling and an endearing personality. Listen on to hear how different flavors from around the world bleed into her music, her advice to young artists in a brutally subjective business (you ultimately can’t give a sh*t), and the story of “Lost on You”; the track that clocked over a billion streams just a year after she lost her third major label deal. Plus: don’t forget to stream LP’s current single “Goodbye”, off her upcoming new album “Churches” - out December 3rd!
Ep 73: Music Biz Special Part 1 / Linda Edell Howard (Entertainment Lawyer)
Get your notebooks and thinking caps ready for Part 1 of our highly requested Music Biz Special! Today, every listener is a student of our guest Linda Edell Howard, a fantastic entertainment lawyer here in town. Buckle in for a masterclass on what YOU need to know to navigate the music business as a songwriter and/or artist. You’ll learn: what a typical first publishing deal looks like and how to make sure it benefits you, common terminology in record + pub deals, the difference between personal managers and agents, + more. But most importantly, Linda talks about how to advocate for yourself in this industry, and why it’s absolutely crucial. Plus: be sure to visit our website at https://www.pitchlistpodcast.com/music-biz-resources for a list of resources and show notes to refer back to after the episode.
Ep 72: Charlie Worsham
Today, Chris sits down with writer/artist/musician Charlie Worsham! Since the release of his 2013 debut, “Rubberband”, Charlie has established himself as one of Nashville’s most beloved and well-respected artists. In addition to his own music, he’s a frequent collaborator, with playing and writing credits on records from Dierks Bentley, Eric Church, Luke Combs, Vince Gill, Kacey Musgraves, and many more. Get ready for a super honest chat about leaning into what matters most in life - and letting that bleed into and become what his art is all about. (And, as Charlie puts it, “the scenic route to stardom”). Plus: don’t forget to stream his brand new EP, “Sugarcane”, out NOW!
Ep 71: Kalie Shorr
This week, Chris talks with rising star Kalie Shorr, the pop/rock/country songstress that’s blurring genre lines and paving her way in the music industry as both a writer and an artist. Her career so far runs the gamut from voice acting to viral TikTok songs to playing the Grand Ole Opry over 20 times. Dive into their chat about finding your voice as an artist, favorite conspiracy theories, and how the truth is almost always more interesting than anything you could make up. Plus: don’t forget to check out her new EP, “I Got Here By Accident”, produced by Butch Walker - out August 13th!
Love this podcast, I’ve learned so much already and I’m only a few episodes in! Hope to hear an episode with HARDY and Ernest in the future!
A great podcast
Could not love this show more. I’m an up and coming Canadian songwriter up in Canada. I got turned on to the podcast because I saw Deric Ruttan post about his episode. I’ve since binged through the entire feed!
You mentioned you were looking for fan suggestions of guests. I Would love to hear an episode with Rhett Atkins!
Keep up the great work! Such a helpful podcast for new writers!