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Inside Music offers an in-depth look at life in the music business. Each week, host James Shotwell chats with musicians and music professionals about their journeys in the industry, as well as the trends shaping the future of entertainment.

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Inside Music offers an in-depth look at life in the music business. Each week, host James Shotwell chats with musicians and music professionals about their journeys in the industry, as well as the trends shaping the future of entertainment.

    Michigander (Jason Singer)

    Michigander (Jason Singer)

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    2020 was supposed to be the year everyone knew the name Jason Singer. After years of grinding to refine his craft on stages of all sizes, Singer's career was poised to take off like never before. Michigander, his band, was riding high on a wave a fan in critical Acclaim that seem to follow wherever they went. They had songs ready to go, festival dates booked, and the highest hopes that everything would work out.

    We all know what happens next. By mid-March, Michigander's plans for the rest of 2020 began going up in smoke. The record they were working on was pushed back. The festivals were delayed or canceled altogether. The itinerary that once seemed so full now only contained a single drive-in concert with Mt. Joy on the outskirts of Chicago. It was more than many had to look forward to last year, especially where music is concerned, but it was a far cry from what Singer was expecting.

    When we encounter hardships in life, we often learn something important about ourselves. Many people may have taken the blows Jason was dealt in 2020 and chosen to hang up their career. Others may have allowed themselves to get angry as if the world or the universe was working against them. Some people may have even broken down in tears.

    But Jason Singer is not everyone, and the music he makes with his closest friends is unlike anything anyone else could offer. Michigander speaks to our souls. Their music taps directly into your soul to talk to that little voice that is always afraid to rock the boat. They make it OK to feel whatever you're feeling and spread a message of acceptance that works to unite listeners from all walks of life. Michigander understands that we are all in this together, even if we often feel alone.

    On the latest episode of inside music, host James Shotwell calls Jason Singer over zoom to discuss his career. The two dig into the newest Michigander EP, Everything Will Be OK Eventually, as well as the impending return of live music. Jason shares some of the more memorable moments of the past year, including the day he heard his song playing at a grocery store. He even hints at what the future may hold for his career. Check it out:

    • 27 min
    All Hail The Yeti (Connor Garrity)

    All Hail The Yeti (Connor Garrity)

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    For the members of All Hail The Yeti, learning they have booked an opening slot on one of the most anticipated metal tours of the fall was a sign things are slowly returning to normal. After the pandemic brought their typically relentless touring efforts to a standstill, the group spent the better part of the year without seeing one another in person. That did not stop them from creating, of course, but it did challenge their understanding of how to navigate the complicated business of entertainment.

     

    Just take a moment to consider everything that didn't happen as a result of the pandemic. Not only did All Hail The Yeti lose countless dollars from canceled tour dates, but they also had to delay their long-awaited fourth studio album. That record, which the group almost completed before COVID-19 brought live music to a halt, has yet to see the light of day. 



    But here, in April 2021, the music industry is optimistic for the first time in over a year. Festivals and tours are getting announced every week, and a grown amount of artists are planning to release music before the calendar year comes to a close. That includes All Hail The Yeti, who've also begun work on the record that will follow. 



    In the latest episode of Inside Music, All Hail The Yeti's founding member Connor Garrity reflects on the impact of the last year on his mental health and professional outlook. He discusses how his time away from the stage has provided other creative opportunities, as well as the story behind his band's upcoming tour alongside Jinjer and Suicide Silence. He even spills a few details about the group's highly-anticipated fourth record. 

    • 32 min
    Racquel Jones

    Racquel Jones

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    Racquel Jones is a one-of-a-kind human. Part rapper, part painter, part model, and all heart, Racquel is on a mission to make us a more open and understanding world. Her art speaks to the need to do away with hesitation and embrace the fleeting nature of all things. She appreciates the limited time we have to do all that our hearts desire, and she hopes to encourage others to live their best lives whenever possible.

    On April 24, Racquel's new album, IGNORANT, will be released. It's an absolutely powerful and mesmerizing record, covering topics ranging from the toxicity of Christianity/Catholicism, fighting against racism and sexism, as well as celebrating her accomplishments and beauty as a Black Jamaican woman in spite of her struggles. All of this is to the tune of aggressive and hypnotic beatwork, as well as catchy hooks that bring it all together. Racquel herself describes the record/her mission statement best.

    In Her Words: 

    "The voice of the record is addressing truth; in its raw blatant pure form void of the disposition of wrong or right. It’s my voice…along with the voice of anyone who has ever felt stereotyped. It may seem at times cynical, sarcastic, provocative and uncomfortable, but the anguish is palpable by intention. It’s a voice unique, but one that anyone can understand. It’s the voice of undiplomatic gritty intelligence, relatable to all cultures, transcending pop cultural vernacular and ‘waves’. It’s the voice of powerful women made to feel powerless. It’s the voice of black kings made to feel less than human. It’s the voice of sexual freedom in the face of misogynistic false standards for women. It’s the voice of a young Jamaican woman who’s seen the world and its parallel stereotype universes in all cultures. It’s the edgy voice of Jamaica, a rebel beauty queen, a fallen preacher’s child, the only sister among three brothers, four years in art school and a bachelor of fine arts. That’s me, I’m that voice. I’m Racquel Jones. I create music that’s conceptual, but not too esoteric; intelligent but dope, relatable yet deep, revolutionary and soulful, thoughtful in its words, learned in its language, but totally accessible. That’s me and I’m baring my soul for the world to see and hear.”

    • 28 min
    Horndal (Pontus Levahn)

    Horndal (Pontus Levahn)

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    Horndal on Bandcamp: https://horndal.bandcamp.com/album/lake-drinker

    The story of Horndal occurs countless times throughout history. Once a thriving town in Sweden, the local mill's closure sent Horndal on a downward spiral that irrevocably changed the fabric of a once tight-knit community. The population is less than a third as large as it once was, and younger generations often leave for places with more opportunities. Horndal is not yet a ghost town, but unless something happens in the years to come, it could quickly fade into history. 

    Co-founded by brothers who witnessed the town's descent, the band Horndal keeps their hometown's spirit alive through song. The metal group tells the story of Horndal through their music, offering a new version of David and Goliath; only now the giant monster is the relentlessly destructive force of capitalism. They don't know if the alone can turn the tide of the town's slow decline, but they won't let their home disappear without a fight, and that sense of enduring pride reverberates through every note they play.

    Lake Drinker, the band's new full-length album, imagines capitalism as a demon that feeds on natural resources and senselessly disposes of waste. Anyone who has witnessed corporations cut down forests and drain lakes will recognize the rage that echoes throughout the music. The members of Horndal call for people everywhere to battle the monsters that threaten to displace us from our towns in the name of profit. Lake Drinker is about recognizing that common enemy and joining together to defeat it before we're too late. 

    In the latest episode of Inside Music, Horndal drummer and co-founder Pontus Levahn tells host James Shotwell about his work. The two share memories of their small-town childhoods and the forces that put both places on the path to decay. They also speak about how environments inform creativity and why the band is returning home for their first performance since the COVID-19 pandemic began.

    • 30 min
    Pupil Slicer (Kate Davies)

    Pupil Slicer (Kate Davies)

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    Pupil Slicer is a force no one can contain. An amalgamation of mathcore, deathcore, and frenzied punk, the UK trio is taking the world by storm with their recently released debut album, Mirrors. It's a tornado of sound and angst that is sure to capture (and stranglehold) your attention.   

    On the first day of April 2021, Inside Music host James Shotwell connected with Pupil Slicer's Kate Davies to discuss Mirrors, joining the Prosthetic Records family, and more. The pair swap stories about reacting to criticism and struggle with the prospect of having to maintain the forward momentum of any new project. It's unclear what the immediate future holds for Pupil Slicer, but we get the feeling from this conversation that their rise to the top of the heavy music community is just beginning.  

    Mirrors, Pupil Slicer's debut album, is available now through Prosthetic Records.

    • 21 min
    Dead Poet Society (Jack Underkofler)

    Dead Poet Society (Jack Underkofler)

    Riding high on the success of his band’s debut album, Dead Poet Society’s Jack Underkofler talks all things promotion on Inside Music.
    The music industry at large is trying incredibly hard to ignore the reality of the present day. The world is changing faster than ever, and the methods of promotion that worked as recently as early 2020 are no longer reliable. We live in a new world that demands creative thinking that, frankly, many seem too afraid or too insecure to attempt.

    But the fact remains that people still want new music, and many are hoping to discover the next song or artist that can change their lives. The musicians and labels willing to try anything to reach those curious listeners are in a position for massive success, and Dead Poet Society is doing everything they can to seize the moment.

    -!-, Dead Poet Society’s Spinefarm Records debut album, hit stores in February 2021. The alt-rock release serves as the culmination of nearly a decade spent writing, recording, touring, and grinding as hard as anyone can to make the band’s name known. Its existence is a testament to what happens when people fully commit to their craft, and it’s quickly turning heads throughout the rock community while other acts sit on the industry sidelines.

    In this episode of Inside Music, Dead Poet Society’s Jack Underkofler chats with James Shotwell about the journey behind -!-. He recounts how a fan in Mexico gave the band an international stage and how a move from Boston to Los Angeles put the group in a position to reach mainstream success. Jack also shares what he’s learned about promoting music in a post-COVID world. Check it out:

    • 29 min

Customer Reviews

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13 Ratings

13 Ratings

findingjessica ,

Best Music Podcast Around!!

I get so excited every time a new episode of Inside Music is uploaded because I know I'm going to be in for a treat no matter who the guest is that week! James Shotwell is a natural at speaking about music and related topics and he's also great at interviewing artists and driving the conversation. I highly recommend this podcast to anyone wanting to learn more about up and coming artists and what it takes to work in the music industry.

Scott Fugger ,

Great podcast

James has a skill for interviews - he makes them feel so conversational, but knows how to get great information out of those he interviews

Jake Denning ,

Great new podcast!

Looking forward to more great interviews from James, he really does a great job.

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