10 episodes

I do not believe the people who have thriving careers and fulfilling lives in music can look back and attribute it all to “luck”. At some point in their career they committed themselves to a goal and took steps to achieve that goal. That's what Progressions is here to highlight. We will set you up for success by bringing you an array of interviews with guests from all parts of the industry. By focusing on identifying significant steps and turning points in their careers we hope to inspire you to set big goals for yourself and by doing so design the music career that you've always dreamed of.

Progressions: Success in the Music Industry Travis Ference

    • Music Interviews

I do not believe the people who have thriving careers and fulfilling lives in music can look back and attribute it all to “luck”. At some point in their career they committed themselves to a goal and took steps to achieve that goal. That's what Progressions is here to highlight. We will set you up for success by bringing you an array of interviews with guests from all parts of the industry. By focusing on identifying significant steps and turning points in their careers we hope to inspire you to set big goals for yourself and by doing so design the music career that you've always dreamed of.

    Jesse Ray Ernster

    Jesse Ray Ernster

    Our guest this week is Grammy nominated mixer Jesse Ray Ernster. Jesse has made a splash since his arrival in Los Angeles with quick chart success engineering for Kanye West and mixing for Burna Boy. We have a great chat about his career so far, his unique path to success, the importance of keeping the art and the team first, and using systems to increase your efficiency.
    In this episode, we'll dig in on...
    Recording Kanye and traveling the safari
    Building momentum
    Having a clear vision of your goals and knowing what drives you
    Setting yourself apart when applying for gigs
    Mixing via remote control from the beach
    Waking up early
    Sending out 100 emails a day
    Living the California dream
    Session flow difference between commercial and home studios
    Learn More About Jesse Ray Ernster...
    Website: https://www.jesseraymix.com/ (https://www.jesseraymix.com/)
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jesseraymix/ (https://www.instagram.com/jesseraymix/)
    Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/jesseraymix (https://www.twitch.tv/jesseraymix)
    Hear a playlist of Jesse's work https://open.spotify.com/playlist/5LuuESU2TLTktj85BFHbgo (here)
    Our Sponsors:
    The Complete Producer Network: https://www.completeproducer.net/ (https://www.completeproducer.net/)
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    Learn more about Travis: https://www.travisference.com/ (https://www.travisference.com/)
    Credits:
    Guest: Jesse Ray Ernster
    Host: Travis Ference
    Editor: Travis Ference
    Theme Music: inter.ference

    • 56 min
    Dan Johnson

    Dan Johnson

    This week's guest is Dan Johnson, owner and chief engineer of Audio Archiving Services based out of Hollywood. Dan has become one of the leading experts on the archival of analog tape and has dedicated his career to preserving music history. He has archived over 10,000 reels of tape, some of which are the best selling albums of all time, and has been a featured speaker on panels at both NAMM and AES. We have a fun chat about his 20+ years in the studio business, the path that led him to becoming an archivist, the challenges and advantages of starting your own business, and how he earned the nickname "Dan the Muffin Man" while working with Michael Jackson.
    In this episode, we'll dig in on...
    Learning to run a business from the ground up
    Preserving music history
    Working hard because there is always someone ready to take your job
    Analog tape: Alignment, maintenance, history
    The challenge of find good working tape machines
    Going independent during the Recession.
    No sleep 1990s studio life
    Learn More About Dan Johnson and Audio Archiving Services...
    Website: https://www.audioarchivingservices.com/ (https://www.audioarchivingservices.com/)
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dan_audioarchiving/ (https://www.instagram.com/dan_audioarchiving/)
    Our Sponsors:
    The Complete Producer Network: https://the-complete-producer.mn.co/ (https://the-complete-producer.mn.co/)


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    Learn more about Travis: https://www.travisference.com/ (https://www.travisference.com/)


    Credits:
    Guest: Dan Johnson
    Host: Travis Ference
    Editor: Travis Ference
    Theme Music: inter.ference

    • 33 min
    Erin Barra

    Erin Barra

    Our guest this week is producer, songwriter, tech educator, entrepreneur, and activist Erin Barra. Currently Erin is the Director of Popular Music at Arizona State University. Prior to that she wrote multiple courses for Berklee Online and worked as an associate professor at their campus in Boston for several years. We discuss the importance of being a lifelong learner, understanding your personal narrative, and how learning music can be the skeleton key to unlocking your full potential. She is passionate about empowering her students through music and technology and fights to be sure that all people have equal access to the opportunity to learn.
    In this episode, we'll dig in on...
    Transitioning from artist to educator by accident
    Understanding your Personal Narrative
    Creating musical moments from chaos
    The anti-todo list
    Life-Long Learning
    Technology Justice
    In person vs online learning
    Ableton Live
    Learn More About Erin Barra...
    Website: www.mammabarra.com,
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/erinbarra (https://www.instagram.com/erinbarra)
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/ErinBarra (https://twitter.com/ErinBarra)
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/erinbarramusic (https://www.facebook.com/erinbarramusic)
    Beats By Girlz: www.beatsbygirlz.org
    Intro to Ableton Course: https://www.coursera.org/learn/ableton-live (Here)
    ASU Popular Music Program: https://music.asu.edu/degree-programs/popular-music?dept=392823andid=1 (Here)
    Our Sponsors:
    The Complete Producer Network: https://the-complete-producer.mn.co/ (https://the-complete-producer.mn.co/)
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    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/progressionspod/ (https://www.instagram.com/progressionspod/)
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ProgressionsPod/ (https://www.facebook.com/ProgressionsPod/)
    Learn more about Travis: https://www.travisference.com/ (https://www.travisference.com/)
    Credits:
    Guest: Erin Barra
    Host: Travis Ference
    Editor: Travis Ference
    Theme Music: inter.ference

    • 53 min
    Wayne G Miller

    Wayne G Miller

    This week's guest is producer, bassist, musical director and songwriter Wayne G Miller. Wayne has performed with or acted as musical director for a range of artists including Mike Posner, Christina Perri, AlunaGeorge, and Snakehips. He now produces and writes for various artists, both major label and independent, and mentors up and coming artists. We had a great conversation about touring, transitioning from the road to producing in the studio, battling the scarcity mindset, the importance of working on music you love, and having clarity on why you take a gig.
    In this episode, we'll dig in on...
    A great song supersedes everything
    Underestimating the relational factor of getting a gig
    Quoting jobs
    Battling the scarcity mindset
    Transitioning from MD to producer
    Playing late night shows as rite of passage
    Starting out in Portland and moving to LA
    Learn More About Wayne G Miller...
    Website: https://waynegmiller.com/ (https://waynegmiller.com/)
    Instagram: instagram.com/waynegmiller
    Playlist of his work: https://tinyurl.com/tkt76sn (Here)
    Visit LA Songwriters Collective http://lasongwriterscollective.com/ (here)
    Our Sponsors:
    The Complete Producer Network: https://the-complete-producer.mn.co/ (https://the-complete-producer.mn.co/)
    Other Links:
    Sign up for the Progressions https://mailchi.mp/87a95bbfe666/progressionspod (Mailing List)!
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/progressionspod/ (https://www.instagram.com/progressionspod/)
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ProgressionsPod/ (https://www.facebook.com/ProgressionsPod/)
    Learn more about Travis: https://www.travisference.com/ (https://www.travisference.com/)
    Credits:
    Guest: Wayne G Miller
    Host: Travis Ference
    Editor: Travis Ference
    Theme Music: inter.ference

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Cameron Lister

    Cameron Lister

    This week's guest is recording engineer and mixer Cameron Lister. Cameron has spent most of his career in the engineering hot seat for indie and alternative records from artists such as The Fratellis, OK GO, KT Tunstall, Better Than Ezra, and Andrew McMahon.

    • 51 min
    Shoshana Bean

    Shoshana Bean

    This week’s guest is the amazingly talented vocalist and broadway veteran Shoshana Bean. Shoshana and I have a great conversation about the progression of her career from being a singing and dancing two year old to holding leading roles on Broadway and releasing chart topping records as an independent artist.

    • 55 min

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