DIY Musician Stories delves deep into the struggles, triumphs, process, and inspiration of trailblazing musicians and songwriters.
Ep. 08: Madisen Ward
In this episode Montse chats with musician Madisen Ward of the folky-blues-roots duo Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear.
Madisen tells us about his “Quarentunes”, how he built his artist team, on writing, starting a podcast, “Little failures”, and lots more.
Ep 07: Sally & George
In this episode Montse chats with Shelby Means and Joel Timmons of the folk-rock duo Sally & George. They are independent artists releasing an album during the pandemic and they tell us all about that experience.
Ep 06: Birds of Chicago
Birds of Chicago are a husband and wife folk/soul duo based in Nashville, TN. In this episode Alli and JT chat with Montse about their origin story, writing process, and what it’s been like to pause and pivot from a life on the road. They also talk about collective grief, the rejection every artist encounters, finding your tribe, and much more.
Ep 05: Maya de Vitry
Maya de Vitry is a singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist.
In this episode Maya tells us about releasing her beautiful album How To Break a Fall just as the pandemic started to hit. Maya and Montse also chat about holding day-jobs as an artist, self-forgiveness, and social media breaks.
Ep 04: Sunny War
Sunny War is a Folk-Punk musician based in LA.
In this episode, Sunny talks about moving from addiction into music, on the perils of social media, on her experiences busking, on finding meaningful ways to stay in touch during quarantine, and she tells us what she’s listening to right now.
Ep: 03: Mary Gauthier
Mary Gauthier is a Grammy-nominated folk singer-songwriter who has struck a balance between her own artistry and penning songs for singers such as Blake Shelton and Jimmy Buffett. In this episode, Mary discusses songcraft, vulnerability, loneliness, her forthcoming memoir "Saved by the Song," and much more.
If you’re a songwriter, or want to be, this episode is a must listen.
Thanks and suggestions
Thank you for this series, very interesting so far. What I’d like to see is more focus on advice that the rest of us can use in promoting our careers. For example, Mary Gauthier’s advice about “the ten doors” was very inspiring and useful to me.
Montse is a sweetheart. I always leave conversations with her feeling seen by her questions and uplifted by her spirit.
10/10 would do again. ❤️
Love the host energy and the artist selection is great.