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The Unstarving Musician features weekly interviews with independent musicians, songwriters, producers, and music industry professionals who share their experience and expertise on recording, touring, marketing, the business of music, and more. This is all intended to help you, the independent DIY music artists create a sustainable and profitable music career.

The Unstarving Musician Roberto R Hernandez

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The Unstarving Musician features weekly interviews with independent musicians, songwriters, producers, and music industry professionals who share their experience and expertise on recording, touring, marketing, the business of music, and more. This is all intended to help you, the independent DIY music artists create a sustainable and profitable music career.

    Meandering Through Music, Art And Life – Tanya Winch

    Meandering Through Music, Art And Life – Tanya Winch

    In this episode Tanya Winch and I meander through her journey in music, art and life. She and I are mutually acquainted with Brian Wolff. Brian is a musician and host of the Greetings From Wherever, a podcast about artistic inspiration and the creative process. Thanks to Brian for recommending I feature Tanya on this podcast.
    My conversation with Tanya is extra casual. I had a very nice time getting to know her. We chat about her single Cupid, her vinyl collection, her day job, her beginnings in LA, the making of the video for Cupid and Tanya’s release strategy. We also talk about why I started the Unstarving Musician podcast. This leads us into conversation about The Unstarving Musician’s Guide to Getting Paid Gigs.
    Tanya plays guitar and piano, she teaches music for guitar, piano and voice. I’m pretty sure she owns a pair of tap shoes. She’s high energy and yet she shares a moment of humility and vulnerability that I left in the episode for you to hear. This was so I could say, she’s totally worthy, and so are you. Whatever it is you’re feeling unworthy of, stop that. As a fan of the podcast once said to me, accept whatever good things life brings and embrace it.
    Please enjoy my conversation with Tanya Winch.
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    Mentioned in this Episode TanyaWinch.com
    14 podcasts musicians should be listening to in 2021
    YouTube live stream of this episode (uncut/unedited)
    Greetings From Wherever Episode 20- Tanya Winch (Songwriting)
    Related Episodes A Hidden Album Collection Discovery–Ezra Vancil (Ep 42)
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    Anna Larson Shares Her Passions For Music, Story Telling And Beauty

    Anna Larson Shares Her Passions For Music, Story Telling And Beauty

    My guest Anna Larson shares her passion for music, story telling and beauty for this episode. I found her in my email inbox one day not long ago. She sent me a textbook perfect pitch asking if I’d be interested in having her on the podcast. We talk about that email and more.
    Anna has been playing piano since childhood, graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a music degree, is a piano teacher, and has a background in theater production, sound, lighting, and performing. She’s recently taken to growing her knowledge for the marketing aspects of music. We drill down on why she champions her email list over Facebook and how she sees marketing as an essential aspect of her art and the sharing of beauty.
    Anna also explains her enjoyment of merging video with music. She gives a great example in her approach to the video creation and recording process used for her recent release Cocoon. I really enjoyed this part of our conversation, finding it both relatable and inspiring.
    I believe that Anna considers herself a writer above all else, and that her writing is a standalone gift that she merges with music and media.
    Support the Unstarving Musician
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    Mentioned in this Episode AnnaLarsonMusic.com
    Pond5 Royalty-Free Stock Video and Music Library
    A Hidden Album Collection Discovery–Ezra Vancil (Ep 42)
    Disclosure: Some of the links in this post are affiliate links. This means I make a small commission, at no extra charge to you, if you purchase using those links. Thanks for your support!
    Resources The Unstarving Musician’s Guide to Getting Paid Gigs, by Robonzo
    ConvertKit for Musicians
    Bandzoogle – The all-in-one platform that makes it easy to build a beautiful website for your music
    No Booker, No Bouncer, No Bartender: How I Made $25K On A 2-Month House Concert Tour, by Shannon Curtis
    More Resources for Musicians
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    • 48 min
    Indian Classical Vocalist Crossover Artist – Roopa Mahadevan (Ep 207)

    Indian Classical Vocalist Crossover Artist – Roopa Mahadevan (Ep 207)

    Roopa Mahadevan is a leading Indian classical vocalist and crossover artist in the South Asian diaspora. She's normally based out of New York City, but had temporarily relocated to San Jose, California during the pandemic. She has roots in the South San Francisco Bay Area, so the move was an easy one. Roopa collaborates with a myriad of artists in jazz, world music, and R&B/soul genres. She also performs full-length Carnatic vocal concerts and accompanies some of the world's leading South Asian dancer/choreographers.
    We spoke about her then newish album Roopa In Six Yards: A Carnatic Playlist by Roopa Mahadevan. She shares her desire to do more albums with her crossover group Roopa In Flux and all the trepidation that comes with doing something new and different. We also chat about our mutual acquaintance with Bollywood blues artist Aki Kumar, who has appeared on this podcast three times.
    Find links to most everything discussed in the show notes for this episode.
    Find Roopa at RoopaMahadevan.com
    There's a bit of cutting room floor chit chat at the very end of the episode, post credits. Hope you'll stick around for that. And I hope you enjoy my conversation with Roopa Mahadevan.
    Support the Unstarving Musician The Unstarving Musician exists solely through the generosity of its listeners, readers, and viewers. Learn how you can offer your support.
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    Mentioned in this Episode RoopaMahadevan.com 
    Roopa on Patreon
    Bijayini Satpathy on Instagram
    Kitka Women's Vocal Ensemble
    Related Episodes Aki Kumar Signs With Sony Music India (Ep 118)
    Bollywood Blues Man Aki Kumar on Gratitude, Humility, and Band Dynamics (Ep 113)
    Aki Kumar on Chicago Blues, Bollywood Blues, Harmonica, and Performing (Ep 23)
    Unlocking The Voice Within—Kelly Atkins (Ep 145)

    • 38 min
    Breaking Down History And Evolution of DJ Music Culture – Justin Paul

    Breaking Down History And Evolution of DJ Music Culture – Justin Paul

    Justin Paul breaks down the history and evolution of DJ music and culture in this episode. He is a friend and business partner of producer musician David Franz, who was featured in episode 203.

     
    Justin himself is an educator and consultant in the music space. He's worked in A&R, music production, television and as a performing DJ. I asked him a number of questions about the DJ world, confessing that I know little about  it. What he shared was an insightful look at the history and evolution of DJ music and culture. Justin also talks about his particular brand and style of music and why he fell in love with the DJ world. He restored my faith in musicianship by sharing that he prefers to include live instrumentation in his music.

     
    There's an easter egg segment at the end of the episode, after all the credits and signing off. Hope you'll stick around for that too. Please  enjoy this conversation with me and Justin Paul.

     
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    • 47 min
    New Gods Part 2 Co-Writer Peter Rand

    New Gods Part 2 Co-Writer Peter Rand

    Peter Rand is the co-writer of my latest release New Gods Part 2. He is also a two time offender on the podcast, first appearing in episode 177.
    Hear New Gods Part 2
    Peter is a member of the collaboration platform Kompoz having contributed over 800 tracks. When I signed up for Kompoz last year, his track New Gods was among the first I heard. At that time it was keyboards only. I contributed a drum track via Kompoz and eventually asked Peter if we could create a private collaboration to be published by yours truly. He agreed and New Gods Part 2 was born.
    In this Interview Peter and I talk about the early stages of New Gods Part 2, the contributions made by bassist Steve Strom, guitarist/audio engineer Chris Raspante and myself, the evolution of the cover art and more. We also discuss my thoughts on releasing early demos exclusively for Robonzo Insiders.
    Please enjoy my conversation with Peter Rand.
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    • 37 min
    Artist Development And Struggles Of The Emerging Artists – Lars Deutsch

    Artist Development And Struggles Of The Emerging Artists – Lars Deutsch

    LA based producer Lars Deutsch shares his thoughts on artist development and the typical struggles of emerging artists. We're acquainted by way of mutual friends at SoundStorming, the musician/fan collaboration app for iPhone. At the time of our conversation in February of this year 2021, Lars was excited about an artist he'd been working with. That artist is Amiena.
    Our conversation was well timed on the heels of another artist development related episode with Davis Franz (episode 203). My discussion with Lars  touches on the artist development world, his own broad career, struggles of the emerging artist, audio branding, sync licensing, what to consider before engaging an artist development company, and more.
    Easter Egg After concluding the interview Lars shared more thoughts on the business of artist development We were still recording and I decided to let this part of our conversation be bit of bonus material. It's good stuff, so listen to the very end past the episode credits. You'll be glad you did.
    Check out Robonzo's new single New Gods Part 2 at Robonzo.com
    Mentioned in this Episode LarsDeutsch.net
    Lars on Behance
    'Halo' by Amiena
    SoundStorming
    Online Collaboration And The Always-On Music Industry–SoundStorming (Ep 173)
     
     
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