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Join professional audio designer Akash Thakkar as he 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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Join professional audio designer Akash Thakkar as he 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.

    Creating Sound Libraries, Pivoting Careers, and Building Teams with Jason Cushing of SoundMorph

    Creating Sound Libraries, Pivoting Careers, and Building Teams with Jason Cushing of SoundMorph

    #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, Sinematic, is a repository of some of the highest-end curated sound effects that are out there - simply search for what you need and use it in your project.


    In this episode, we talk about building a team, what someone who wants to bolster their income with sound effects libraries should be thinking of, how Jason pivoted from focusing on a 9-5 game audio job to building his own company from scratch, and much more. 


    Find Jason, Soundmorph, and Sinematic at:


    Instagram: @soundmorph 
    Twitter: @soundmorph
    Websites: http://www.soundmorph.com | https://www.sinematic.com/


    And if you're interested in making music and sound for games, I have a newsletter and free courses that will get you started, and help you find paying work in games. Just go to http://www.bit.ly/soundbizpod

    • 41 min
    Mental Health, the Myth of Talent, and Impostor Syndrome with Sydney Kjerstad of Smart Game Piano

    Mental Health, the Myth of Talent, and Impostor Syndrome with Sydney Kjerstad of Smart Game Piano

    #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 down. 


     


    In this episode, we talk about the myth of talent in the world of professional music, the mental health swings all creatives deal with, the impostor syndrome that we all feel, the birth of Smart Game Piano, building a team, how none of us can do anything entirely on our own, and so much more. 


     


    Find Sydney and Smart Game Piano at:



     


    Instagram: @smartgamepiano
    Twitter: @smartgamepiano
    YouTube: Smart Game Piano
    Website: www.smartgamepiano.com


     


    And if you're interested in making music and sound for games, I have a newsletter and free courses that will get you started, and help you find paying work in games. Just go to www.bit.ly/soundbizpod

    • 40 min
    Creating Plug-ins, Non-Traditional Careers, and Starting a Business with Ivo Ivanov of Glitchmachines

    Creating Plug-ins, Non-Traditional Careers, and Starting a Business with Ivo Ivanov of Glitchmachines

    #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 Richard Devine. 


     


    In this episode we talk about the ins-and-outs of starting (and sustaining) a business, what it's like to create plug-ins, how to thrive in the world of audio without a formal education, and how a true professional should behave when working in the field. 

    Find Ivo at:

    Instagram: @ivanov_sound | @glitchmachines
    Twitter: @Glitchmachines
    Website: www.ivanovsound.com | www.glitchmachines.com


     


    And if you're interested in making music and sound for games, I have a newsletter and free courses that will get you started, and help you find paying work in games. Just go to www.bit.ly/soundbizpod

    • 49 min
    Punk Music, Orchestral Mixing, and Audio Engineering with Jason LaRocca

    Punk Music, Orchestral Mixing, and Audio Engineering with Jason LaRocca

    #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 many other huge hits.

    In this episode we talk about what it was like transitioning from being a touring musician to becoming an engineer, how Jason looks for new clients, and how people new to the audio can get their foot in the door.

    Find Jason at:

    Instagram: @jason_larocca
    IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm1103924/ 
    Website: https://www.jasonlarocca.com/

    And if you're interested in making music and sound for games, I have a newsletter and free courses that will get you started, and help you find paying work in games. Just go to www.bit.ly/soundbizpod

    • 42 min
    Touring, Music Entrepreneurship, and Live Show Designing with Laura Escudé

    Touring, Music Entrepreneurship, and Live Show Designing with Laura Escudé

    #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 streaming platforms. 

    In this episode, Laura and I chat about wanting to do everything, FOMO, running an online course and education platform, burnout, taking care of ourselves, and so much more.

    You can find Laura and the Transmute Academy at:

    Twitter: @thelauraescude
    Instagram: @lauraescude | @thetransmuteacademy
    Website: https://lauraescude.com/the-transmute-academy-links/

    And if you're interested in making music and sound for games, I have a newsletter and free courses that will get you started, and help you find paying work in games. Just go to www.bit.ly/soundbizpod

    • 53 min
    Working in Games & Film, Being Rejected, and Helping Others with Austin Wintory

    Working in Games & Film, Being Rejected, and Helping Others with Austin Wintory

    #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 projects, and much more. 

    Find Austin at:

    Twitter: @awintory
    Instagram: @a.wintory
    Bandcamp: https://austinwintory.bandcamp.com/
    Website: https://www.austinwintory.com/

    And if you're interested in making music and sound for games, I have a newsletter and free courses that will get you started, and help you find paying work in games. Just go to www.bit.ly/soundbizpod

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