109 episodes

Learn the secrets of the music industry and how to navigate your career! Listen as host, NOMAD, interviews the most seasoned cats in the business about touring, session work, producing, self-management, and everything in between. The Career Musician (TCM) is a social network of pro musicians sharing knowledge and personal experiences in entertainment. Created by musicians, for musicians, and empowering musicians with strategies for a sustainable career. TCM is a proud member of Pantheon Podcasts, the first of it's kind, all music-based podcast network.

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    • 4.9 • 39 Ratings

Learn the secrets of the music industry and how to navigate your career! Listen as host, NOMAD, interviews the most seasoned cats in the business about touring, session work, producing, self-management, and everything in between. The Career Musician (TCM) is a social network of pro musicians sharing knowledge and personal experiences in entertainment. Created by musicians, for musicians, and empowering musicians with strategies for a sustainable career. TCM is a proud member of Pantheon Podcasts, the first of it's kind, all music-based podcast network.

    Scoring "Empire" From Home | Fil Eisler

    Scoring "Empire" From Home | Fil Eisler

    Fil Eisler is an award-winning composer with projects ranging from big studio action pieces and comedies, to gritty independent films and hit television shows. His inventive scores and signature themes enliven some of TV's most popular series and notable films.

    Fil Eisler credits his early years as a rock guitarist with giving him a background in producing records, which he says has been essential in his career as a film composer. But it wasn’t just anybody’s records the multi-talented Eisler cut his teeth on. As a co-writer on Robbie Williams’ “Stalkers Day Off (Hanging Around),” “Talk to Me” and “Superblind” (from Williams’ multi-platinum album Reality Killed The Video Star), Eisler has also worked with rockers Ryan Adams and Dave Stewart, among many others. Then for a change of scenery, Eisler tried his hand at composing for film and was invited to the prestigious Sundance Film Composers Lab, where he went onto score, among others, Proud Mary, The Titan, and How To Be Single, while also directing and leading over a dozen heavy-hitting Hollywood composers for Peabody-winning documentary, Newtown.

    By all the accolades his work in film has produced, including the World Soundtrack Awards New Discovery Award, SXSW Best Soundtrack Award and multiple BMI awards for both his film and TV work, one would think he’d stay put in visual media. Not so. The very versatile Eisler has now entered the concert stage with his freestanding work For J.E. Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, which will have its world premiere at the American Youth Symphony in Los Angeles’ Royce Hall on April 27. At this Gala event, Eisler’s music, featuring world-class violinist Sarah Chang, will be alongside composer icons Dmitri Shostakovich and Richard Strauss.


    0:00:00 Fil Eisler Intro
    0:00:55 Eisler in his early band days
    0:03:00 Advice to young musicians
    0:03:45 How did you transition from touring musician to film composer
    0:04:00 Fil's time with Robbie Williams, Tom Jones, and Kylie Minogue
    0:06:15 Working with Yolanda Charles, Martin Slattery, and Chris Sharrock
    0:07:45 From London to New York to Los Angeles
    0:08:30 When did you know you wanted to score Films?
    0:09:00 Loved watching Steven Spielberg and George Lucas
    0:09:45 Fil's early childoon in Prague 1973
    0:12:45 How did you know what a session cat was at such a young age?
    0:13:00 Working with Tariq Akoni, and Aaron sterling
    0:13:30 Nomad being influenced by Eddie Van Halen, Steve Lukather, Paul Jackson Jr.
    0:14:45 Fil's first job was sweeping floors in South London
    0:17:15 Collaboration is key
    0:17:30 Shout out to Tim Davies
    0:18:45 Recreating the Sundance feel at Warner Bros.
    0:20:00 Delegate and trust
    0:25:15 Alfred Hitchcock, James Cameron, and Michael Mann
    0:25:45 Mid-roll
    0:26:00 Scoring "Empire" from home
    0:27:30 Pandemic life and finding solutions
    0:28:45 Keeping the musicians employed
    0:29:15 Working with Disney and Microsoft for virtual sessions.
    0:30:15 Nomad on working with John Powell
    0:31:00 Eisler's early days as a teen with a 4-track cassette recorder
    0:33:00 Using floppy disks to record with Robbie Williams
    0:33:30 Logic or Protools?
    0:36:00 Learning to conduct with David Newman and Lucas Richman
    0:37:30 Studying when you're 30 is different than studying when you're 19
    0:38:00 Being with BMI
    0:39:15 Confronting your fears
    0:40:45 Train wreck conducting two pianos
    0:42:00 Recording yourself is the best way to learn
    0:42:15 Taking up Jiu Jitsu and skiing at age 47
    0:43:00 If you love somethig then DO IT!
    0:44:45 Rapid Fire!
    0:45:15 Superintelligence with Melissa McCarthy on HBO Max

    • 48 min
    Phil Collins' #1 Percussionist | Richie Gajate-Garcia

    Phil Collins' #1 Percussionist | Richie Gajate-Garcia

    Richie Gajate-Garcia is a drummer, percussionist, clinician and educator. He has traveled the world and recorded with many renown artists. His nickname is "El Pulpo" (which means the octopus in Spanish) a nickname given to him for his unique independence and ability to play multiple percussion instruments simultaneously. Gajate is a sought after percussionist who has accompanied artists such as Phil Collins, Sting, Celia Cruz, Tito Puente, Diana Ross, Hiroshima, Patti Labelle, Amy Grant, Brooks and Dunn, Luis Miguel, John Denver, Art Garfunkel and many, many more. He has recorded on soundtracks to films such as " The Italian Job", "Maid in Manhattan" with Jennifer Lopez, "I-Spy" with Eddie Murphy and the classic "The Mummy Returns" with the London Symphony. He is the percussionist of choice for the Disney studios and has played on many of the Disney Animated films such as; Kronk's New Groove, Emperor's New Groove, Brother Bear, and Robots.


    0:00:00 Richie Gajate-Garcia Intro
    0:01:00 How Richie got nicknamed El Pulpo
    0:01:15 Inventing the Gajate Bracket out of necessity
    0:02:15 Playing with Frankie Valli and Donna Summer
    0:04:15 Make sure to get royalties for your inventions
    0:05:00 Adventures in Rhythm Instructional Video (worldwide)
    0:05:45 Multiple percussion in contemporary music
    0:08:00 Negotiating Royalties
    0:12:00 Richie's products on the market
    0:12:45 Working on Disney's Coco
    0:13:00 Working with Germaine Franco, composer
    0:13:15 Working with Alex Acuna, Brian Kilgore, and Walter Rodriguez
    0:14:15 Royalty checks are a blessing during COVID
    0:14:45 Working on Mr. & Ms. Smith with Nomad
    0:15:00 The Musician's Union AMF Local 47, and Pensions
    0:16:00 Richie's connection to Erik-G
    0:16:45 Tito Puente's influence on Richie
    0:17:45 Being raised in Puerto Rico
    0:19:45 Working with Diana Ross and Frankie Valli
    0:21:45 If you learn Latin music you can play any other style
    0:23:15 Richie's career as an education
    0:23:30 Earning his honorary doctorate later in life
    0:24:15 Evading the Vietnam war by going to college
    0:25:00 Springfield College, IL
    0:26:00 American Conservatory of Music, Chicago
    0:26:15 Working for Barbara Eden, I dream of Genie
    0:28:15 Doctorate from Lincoln College
    0:29:45 How do you manage you assets?
    0:30:00 700 clinics all over the world
    0:31:15 Teaching at Musician's Institute, Hollywood
    0:32:00 Instruction videos for LP Latin Percussion
    0:32:30 How do develop limb independence?
    0:33:15 Play Cajon Now! (video and book)
    0:35:45 Erik-G and Richie 2-Man-Band-Circus
    0:38:00 Mid-roll
    0:38:30 Roland Gajate-Garcia with Dancing WIth The Stars
    0:39:30 Aha moment for Richie?
    0:40:00 Gigs don't last forever, think ahead
    0:41:50 Working with Phil Colins
    0:42:30 Working on Disney's Tarzan
    0:43:15 Working with Sting, Amy Grant, and Art Garfunkel
    0:44:15 Working on Emperor's New Groove with Tom Jones
    0:44:30 Tony Orlando and Dawn in Vegas and Atlantic City
    0:46:15 Art Garfunkel doesn't like drums
    0:48:30 Roland Gajate picking up Richie's gigs
    0:49:30 Working with Patti Labelle and two drum sets
    0:50:30 Teaching Christopher Cross about the cajon
    0:51:45 Winning grammies with Luis Miguel and Hiroshima
    0:52:15 Playing for Celia Cruz's final performance
    0:53:00 How does Richie define success?
    0:57:00 Richie working in the lingerie section at Sears!
    1:00:30 Protocols for subbing-for out subbing-out
    1:03:00 Recording for Nomad y Los Guapos Malos at Redbull Studios
    1:04:15 Rapid Fire!

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Elton John's Favorite New Band | Low Cut Connie

    Elton John's Favorite New Band | Low Cut Connie

    Low Cut Connie is an American rock and roll band based in Philadelphia, United States, which was formed in 2010. The band has been recognized by various media in the US for their records and high-energy live show, of which the Los Angeles Weekly said "Their ferocious live show...is unmatched in all of rock right now.” Frontman, pianist, songwriter Adam Weiner has been described by NPR music as “masterfully fluent in the foundational languages of Western pop, living at the crossroads where the church house meets the roadhouse, or where the Dew Drop Inn meets CBGB.” Essentially a solo project for Weiner, the band is known for appearing on Barack Obama’s list of favorite songs, and their association with Elton John who has called the band one of his favorites.




    0:00:00 Low Cut Connie Intro
    0:00:50 Blues Count-in!
    0:01:00 Profanities... he-he
    0:01:30 Keeping is clean for NPR
    0:02:00 Elton John,Bruce Springsteen, and Barack Obama love Low Cut Connie
    0:03:00 Having an appreciation for working hard for success
    0:04:20 Moving to New York to make it in music
    0:05:30 Adam making the switch from sideman to artist
    0:07:00 Nomad making the switch from sideman to artist
    0:07:45 Adam on that one time when he made an album in secret
    0:09:30 Getting serious about the music industry
    0:10:00 Adam moving to Philadelphia
    0:10:30 Adam getting boo'd off stage
    0:11:45 Training with hostile audiences
    0:13:45 The Shadow Boys album
    0:14:30 Adam's favorite book of Prince's daily logs recording Purple Rain (1983-1984)
    0:16:00 Finish what you start!
    0:18:00 A day in the life of Adam
    0:18:50 Mazel Tov M***********s!
    0:19:30 Wanna be successful? Get up early!
    0:20:00 The Low Cut Connie team
    0:20:30 Strategy and being ahead of the curve
    0:21:30 Adam's practice regiment
    0:24:00 Elton John story
    0:25:00 Bon Jovi and Tony Bennett story
    0:26:00 How do you find time for yourself?
    0:27:50 Low Cut Connie on Seth Myers
    0:28:00 Modeling after Mick Jagger, Tina Turner, Little Richard
    0:30:00 Mid-roll
    0:30:50 Do what you feel, don't try to please people
    0:31:30 Adam's quarantine activities
    0:32:00 Tough Cookies live stream show
    0:36:20 Adam's podcast
    0:36:50 Patty Jackson Philadelphia Radio DJ – WDAS
    0:38:00 How to be a broadcaster during sensitive times
    0:39:00 Interviewing Beyonce's dad, Matthew Knowles
    0:40:30 Sam Cooke story
    0:41:00 Black culture is the root of American music.
    0:41:50 We need to have difficult social conversations in order for music to flourish
    0:42:30 Woman are the future of Rock n Roll
    0:43:50 What's Low Cut Connie up to in 2021?
    0:44:20 10th anniversary vinyl release of "Get Out The Lotion" album
    0:44:50 Performance residency at the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame
    0:45:00 Sold out "Private Lives" album
    0:46:00 Words of wisdom for new artists
    0:46:30 Time to face reality!
    0:46:50 Beyonce's early days
    0:49:00 Dolly Parton, Paul McCartney, Babyface, and Bruce Springsteen
    0:50:30 Being an artist is a blessing and a curse
    0:52:00 SXSW Kat Graham and Adam story
    0:54:00 Rapid fire!
    0:55:30 Closing


    • 58 min
    A New Day | Dave Koz

    A New Day | Dave Koz

    In a recording career that spans nearly three decades, saxophonist Dave Koz has racked up an astoundingly impressive array of honors and achievements: nine GRAMMY® nominations, 11 No. 1 albums on Billboard’s Current Contemporary Jazz Albums chart, numerous world tours, 13 sold-out Dave Koz & Friends At Sea cruises, performances for multiple U.S. presidents, a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and appearances on a multitude of television shows, including “Good Morning America,” “The View,” “The Tonight Show,” “Entertainment Tonight” and more. A Platinum-selling artist, Koz is also known as a humanitarian, entrepreneur, radio host and instrumental music advocate.


    0:00:00​​ Dave Koz Intro
    0:01:00​​ The great pivot – going from sideman to artist
    0:01:15​​ Playing with Bobby Caldwell and Richard Marx
    0:01:45​​ Bobby Caldwell getting Dave to come out of his shell
    0:02:00​​ At My Place – Santa Monica Nightclub
    0:03:00​​ Bobby Caldwell getting mad at Dave
    0:04:15​​ Jeff Lorber changed Dave Koz's life
    0:04:45​​ First record deal – Capitol Records 
    0:05:30​​ How to double your audience
    0:07:00​​ Collaboration is key to exposure
    0:08:00​​ Advice to young musicians – The world needs you
    0:08:30​​ Music is the one pure thing left
    0:09:30​​ Music is the bridge between different people
    0:10:00​​ 2020 New Album "A New Day"
    0:12:00​​ Dave Koz during the pandemic
    0:13:00​​ Working with Nathan East, Paul Jackson Jr., John Robinson
    0:14:15​​ Loyal smooth jazz fans
    0:14:30​​ Being thankful
    0:15:00​​ Nomad and Dave on humility
    0:15:15​​ Working with David Sanborn, Brian McKnight, and A-listers
    0:16:30​​ Rickey Minor producing Dave's Christmas album
    0:16:45​​ All You Need Is Love – Beatles cover – Collab album
    0:17:00​​ Johnny Mathis, Eric Benet, Richard Marx, BeBe Winans, Gloria Estefan
    0:17:15​​ Stevie Wonder story
    0:20:30​​ Day in the life of Dave Koz
    0:21:30​​ Running the cruise, radio show, and tours
    0:22:15​​ It's all about the teamwork
    0:22:45​​ Valentines Livestream with Brian McKnight
    0:23:30​​ You have to be a good "hat-wearer."
    0:23:45​​ Dave praises Adam Hawley
    0:25:30​​ Old music business vs. New music business
    0:26:30​​ Different kinds of entry points for fans to engage
    0:26:45​​ Mid-roll
    0:27:30​​ Learning from younger people
    0:28:45​​ Cory Wong Vulfpeck – Dave Koz cruise story
    0:30:15​​ Jack Stratton selling out Madison Square Garden
    0:30:45​​ Dave's album with Cory Wong "Cory and Me" 2021
    0:32:00​​ Dave Koz breaking into a new audience
    0:33:00​​ Where is smooth jazz going?
    0:33:15​​ Pushing the musical envelope with Sirius XM
    0:34:00​​ Playing Snarky Puppy, Masego, and Surfaces
    0:34:45​​ Dave loves to bending the rules
    0:35:00​​ Dave getting overwhelmed – Having a mantra
    0:36:45​​ Dave Koz on taking breaks
    0:37:45​​ Dave Koz stance on kids practicing music
    0:39:30​​ Dave Koz – Pyro?
    0:39:45​​ Passion = Longevity
    0:40:45​​ Funny 1980 David Sanborn story
    0:43:15​​ Find the real you!
    0:44:30​​ Dave Koz praising Nomad
    0:45:00​​ Nomad and Erik-G working together
    0:45:15​​ Meeting Erik-G at ETM-LA
    0:45:30​​ Nomad Erik-G Babyface story
    0:47:00​​ Elvis above Erik's bed
    0:48:15​​ Rapid Fire!
    0:50:00​​ Closing – Advice to young musicians


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    • 54 min
    The Career Musician | NOMAD

    The Career Musician | NOMAD

    NOMAD is not only a career musician... He is THE career musician! He is a veteran in the biz with credits and experience that spans decades. As a professional guitarist, he has worked and played with many of the most respected celebrity artists in music. He remains committed to pushing the envelope and has broadened his career by seeking and securing opportunities in other facets of the industry; such as operating as Music Director for Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, composing for film and television, and oh yeah... creating this podcast!

    NOMAD's has worked and played for such legends as Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Sting, Celine Dion, Barbra Streisand, Donny Osmond, Toni Braxton, Kem, Jewel, Colbie Caillat, and Justin Bieber just to name a few. His film credits are also a force to be reckoned with; recording for such titles as Mr. and Mrs. Smith, The Lorax, Lilo and Stitch, Men In Black III, and Ferdinand. And don't forget his television credits like Who Do You Think You Are, Long Lost Family, The Bradshaw Bunch, Fast Foodies, Basketball Wives, and Gentified!

    Looking back on these 100 episodes, The Career Musician Podcast's guest list also reads like a list of who's who. Here are a few highlights from past seasons of the show: John Powell, Rickey Minor, Harvey Mason Jr., Doug E. Fresh, KEM, Damon Thomas, Brian Frasier-Moore, Walfredo Reyes Jr., Kevin Martin, Maysa Leak, Lucy Woodward, Nicole Row, Wavy Wayne, Matt Rollings, John Stoddart, Michael Elsner, Chloe Flower, Tariqh Akoni, The Immediate Family Band, Dmitry Gorodetsky, Tim Stewart, Tim Davies, Derek Frank, Manuel Romero, Tommy Sims, Philip Lassiter, Keith D. Nelson, Norwood Fisher, Daryl Simmons, Kirk Whalum, Nathan East, Curt Chambers, Adam Blackstone, and many more!

    This 100th Episode marks the end of Season 3 of The Career Musician Podcast. Stay tuned for more exiting things in Season 4 – 2021!

    • 1 hr 30 min
    Legendary Producer and President of The GRAMMYs | Harvey Mason Jr.

    Legendary Producer and President of The GRAMMYs | Harvey Mason Jr.

    Harvey Mason Jr. has not only penned and produced songs for industry legends like Aretha Franklin, Michael Jackson, Luther Vandross and Elton John, but also for today’s superstars including Justin Bieber, Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake and Chris Brown. Simultaneously, Harvey has been instrumental in producing memorable music for many of the biggest musical films from the past decade. Everyone from Beyoncé and Jennifer Hudson in Dreamgirls, Whitney Houston in Sparkle, to the eclectic casts in Pitch Perfect and SING, Dr. Dre and Ice Cube in Straight Outta Compton and Mary J. Blige and Ne-Yo in The Wiz Live! have called on Harvey to deliver music of the highest standards for blockbuster musical productions.

    Harvey proudly serves as a board member and advocacy leader for The Recording Academy and its Producers and Engineers Wing. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees for his Alma mater, the University of Arizona. Harvey donates his time and resources to several charitable organizations including GRAMMY in the Schools, MusicCares Foundation, Ronald McDonald House, the American Cancer Society, and Los Angeles Children’s Hospital. Harvey received the Spirit of Excellence Award in 2012 by the T.J. Martell Foundation for his philanthropic efforts.


    • 32 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
39 Ratings

39 Ratings

Alejandro52C ,

Inspiration & Insight from the Pros

This podcast is seriously a blessing. Thankful for Nomad putting this together and bringing on some of the worlds greatest musicians that have had the opportunity to do it all and then letting me see into that world. It makes the journey a little clearer as a career musician. From chops, integrity , making a sustainable career and all the background stories of gigs. Huge fan!! Download this podcast!! 💯💯

dave and maya garcia ,


I really appreciate Nomads honesty and eloquent delivery. He is not only curating an amazing array of Industry Pros, but offering his own experience and knowledge - at the highest level in the music industry. I absolutely love episode 100 in which he shares his story and how he came up. Love the Hustle !!! Cheers and all the best Nomad. Love your podcast.

StevieDrummer ,

A wealth of knowledge!

Thanks so much to Nomad for offering up his encyclopedia of music biz knowledge so generously! This podcast is a must listen for anyone working in music or really any creative field. Also his webinar was jam-packed with real actionable advice for networking and getting yourself out there during this crazy pandemic era we are in.

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