18 episodes

Mentor My Mix goes behind the scenes to discuss the diverse skills and talents needed to make a living as both a producer and artist in today's music business. Drawing from Pyramind Music & Audio Production Institute's network of producers & trainers, MMM delves deep into the professional life stories and the core competencies that make each of them great at what they do. Join Gregory J. Gordon as he explores what makes for a great producer and the chance to get to know what makes them tick both as everyday people and their passion for making music their lives.

Mentor My Mix Gregory J. Gordon

    • Self-Improvement
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Mentor My Mix goes behind the scenes to discuss the diverse skills and talents needed to make a living as both a producer and artist in today's music business. Drawing from Pyramind Music & Audio Production Institute's network of producers & trainers, MMM delves deep into the professional life stories and the core competencies that make each of them great at what they do. Join Gregory J. Gordon as he explores what makes for a great producer and the chance to get to know what makes them tick both as everyday people and their passion for making music their lives.

    Heather Christie

    Heather Christie

    Heather Christie & Gregory J. Gordon discuss "music-preneurship", remixing songs for more reach, the negative effects of American Idol, and the Hero's Journey in music. Heather shares her range of artistic experiences in dancing, acting, producing, and performing, as well as her transition from musical theatre to singing and songwriting. Heather talks about her influences from Latin American culture, her travels to Mexico, Ecuador, and Guatemala, and writing songs in Spanish. She then reflects on her experience on American Idol, and how that sparked her to learn music business and take control of her own career. Heather talks about practicing, performing and producing music with her husband and partner, multi-instrumentalist Vir McCoy and using the stems of many differents world instruments from many of his recordings to create new and exciting dance music geared towards the ecstatic dance community.
    Opening and closing music is Space Between, by Heather Christie.
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    • 49 min
    Brian Schmidt

    Brian Schmidt

    Brian Schmidt & Gregory J. Gordon discuss Pyramind partnering with The Game Audio Network Guild for a full-ride scholarship for Pyramind's Sound for Picture and Games program. Brian goes on to share his deep insight on working on more than 130 titles for most of the major game developers in the industry, being the program manager of the Xbox Audio and Voice Technologies division at Microsoft, patents he has helped develop and strategies for immersive audio. The conversation also covers the genesis of the annual GameSoundCon conference, game audio employment and freelancing, and Brian’s continued work as the acting President of GANG.

    Opening and closing music featured by Brian Schmidt for Mutant Football League.

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    • 57 min
    Martin Luther McCoy and The Rebel Soul Sound

    Martin Luther McCoy and The Rebel Soul Sound

    Martin Luther McCoy: singer, songwriter, guitarist, producer, and native San Franciscan. Martin Luther shares stories of his career starting from a gospel music childhood in San Francisco’s Bayview, to performing and touring with Philadelphia-based Hip Hop Band, The Roots, and being cast as Jo-Jo in the Hollywood musical, Across The Universe. Experiences and lessons learned, including adapting to an industry shift from physical to streaming services, and networking and making opportunities in the competitive music industry. Learning to balance what feeds your soul and the business savvy required to nurture the relationships that drive success. Building his "team" including influential Bay Area attorney Michael Aczon. Martin Luther talks about his development as a singer, producer, and entrepreneur with his label, Rebel Soul Records, and the empowering messages he aims to deliver through his music. Touring and performing with Kev Choice and being invited by Randal Kline, (founder of SF Jazz) to join the SF Jazz Collective and performing with an all-star group of top players on their respective instruments. This Podcast features Martin Luther’s most recent production at the time of this recording, "Warmth of Other Suns", co-produced and arranged by Minna Choi, and featuring The Magik*Magik Orchestra, String Quartet, and Kev Choice on Piano.
    Warmth Of Other Suns Music Video
    Martin Luther Mccoy on Band Camp
    SFJAZZ ALONE TOGETHER: MARTIN LUTHER MCCOY & KEV CHOICE
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    • 1 hr 24 min
    Shawn Mercado AKA Shdws

    Shawn Mercado AKA Shdws

    Shawn Mercado, aka SHDWS, producer, DJ, engineer, and sound designer. A Bay Area native and Pyramind Alum. Shawn shares his experiences with DJing and promoting for iconic San Francisco clubs like EPR, Ruby Skye, and City Nights. He’s produced music previously as M3RC, and spent years honing his craft and discovering his signature style, leading into rebranding and releasing a polished sound under the SHDWS. He’s released music for Night Bass and Divided Souls, and has collaborated recently with Blossom. Shawn talks about his experience with Wax Motif’s Park ’N Rave Livestream, and what it was like performing for a socially distant audience and tens of thousands of viewers on Insomniac’s Twitch and YouTube streams. And Shawn breaks down his debut release with Divided Souls, Vixen. 
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    • 1 hr 11 min
    Mentor My Mix Trailer

    Mentor My Mix Trailer

    Excerpts from different episodes of the Mentor My Mix Podcast, hosted by Gregory J. Gordon.
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    • 2 min
    Shane Hazleton

    Shane Hazleton

    Shane Hazleton's seven years of education included his undergraduate degree in Music Interdisciplinary Computing in The Arts at UCSD (where he studied with the likes of Miller S. Puckette, inventor of MAX MSP), and was followed by his MFA at Cal Arts in Experimental Sound Practices and Integrated Media. This led him down a path of visionary development where his idea for creating a matrix-based touch controller for clip launching and integration with Ableton Live brought him to share that vision with multiple developers and was eventually embraced by Akai, and led to the creation of the APC 40. Pre-college he was influenced by the likes of Marilyn Manson and Nirvana and then discovered Raves, Psychedelics, and the intense desire to create electronic music. Inspired by Brian Crabtree at UCSD, inventor of The Box, led to shopping around the idea for a matrix controller. Going to work for Allesis/Newmark/Akai and developing Max patches to test their audio products. Making a video for the APC to "get shows" and having Steffen Gordy (The son of Motown Records founder Berry Gordy) from LMFAO reach out to hire him to come to Las Vegas to help develop their live performance with Ableton. Partying with the duo in Vegas but being influenced by his girlfriend to make a bad career decision and the backlash that brought him to the SF Bay Area. Being influenced by the level of consciousness in the SF Bay Area and a noticeable "psychic field" that was creatively stimulating. Working with the "Mind Machine" and Performing in Quad to create a different kind of live performance. Breaking down his track "On Top Of The World" and discussing MAX For Live and custom patch creation.
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    • 1 hr 2 min

Customer Reviews

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johnnyhwin ,

Greg is great

Great host, great info, great stuff!

Chozo123456 ,

Check this out!

Great podcast for finding connection and community in the electronic music world.

Fatally Yours ,

Super useful!

Love the info these dudes are dropping

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