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Many want to "make it" in the music industry. Few successfully make it in. Even fewer stay in. The goal of this podcast is to help bring some clarity to your path towards a music career. We want to help you not only get in, but stay in. To this end, hosts Seth Mosley and X O'Connor will dig deep with luminaries of the music industry. These are people who have "made it" and today have very notable careers. Many are Grammy winners and work with prominent record labels. Some of our listeners might be on the creative side as a songwriter, artist, producer, or engineer. Others might be on the business side interested in marketing, management, A&R, or radio. The "Made It In Music Podcast" is designed to serve both sides; we are certain you will find a place in this community. How do you get a record deal, get a hit artist to cut your song, build fans, or get on tours? We tackle these questions and more. Before you know it, you will be able to say that you too have "Made It In Music!"
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Made It In Music: Interviews With Artists, Songwriters, And Music Industry Pros Full Circle Music: A Record Label & Songwriting / Music Production / Publishing Company

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Many want to "make it" in the music industry. Few successfully make it in. Even fewer stay in. The goal of this podcast is to help bring some clarity to your path towards a music career. We want to help you not only get in, but stay in. To this end, hosts Seth Mosley and X O'Connor will dig deep with luminaries of the music industry. These are people who have "made it" and today have very notable careers. Many are Grammy winners and work with prominent record labels. Some of our listeners might be on the creative side as a songwriter, artist, producer, or engineer. Others might be on the business side interested in marketing, management, A&R, or radio. The "Made It In Music Podcast" is designed to serve both sides; we are certain you will find a place in this community. How do you get a record deal, get a hit artist to cut your song, build fans, or get on tours? We tackle these questions and more. Before you know it, you will be able to say that you too have "Made It In Music!"
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    How The SongLand TV Show Impacted Two Contestants’ Careers

    How The SongLand TV Show Impacted Two Contestants’ Careers

    Olivia Lane and Steve Fee were both on their own songwriting/producing/publishing journeys when they landed the opportunity to be contestants on the latest season of Songland!
    Songland, a songwriting competition series, sets out to give songwriters a chance to pitch their original creations to superstar recording artists and a panel of chart-topping music producers in the hopes of creating a music collaboration of a lifetime.
    “There’s so much mystery and magic in the song writing process… it [Songland] starts the conversation of how the song is actually made”
    - Olivia Lane
    Olivia and Steve share much about their experience surrounding Songland like their musical backgrounds, the story of earning a songwriter spot on the show, all the highlights, and how Songland has impacted their songwriting careers.
    “I felt so encouraged and understood … I left [Songland] with energy and wind in my sails as a songwriter”
    - Steve Fee
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    // Connect with Olivia Lane on...
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/olivialanemusic/
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/olivialanemusic/
    AND... check out her new single “Same Old Story” on YouTube!
    // Connect with Steve Fee on...
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/steve_fee/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/feeband

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    • 49 min
    What Streaming Will Look Like in the Next 2 Years

    What Streaming Will Look Like in the Next 2 Years

    John Butler, former Head of Christian music curation at Spotify, was the mastermind behind playlists like Soft Pop Hits, Just Good Music and Top Christian. Prior to joining Spotify, John was VP/Promotion at Curb Records for over a decade. He brings an extensive strategic knowledge of streaming combined with a radio promotion background.
    Many have referred to him as the streaming guidance counselor. He says one of his main goals with streaming was to make the artist’s experience the best it could be. He did this by getting their music to the right people so the artist could foster a close relationship with the listener.
     
    “People make judgement calls about music every time they hit play”
    With years of experience, John is able to provide a lot of wisdom to up and coming artists. He advises all artists to take the time to figure out who they are because if they have been authentic while building their audience, that audience will probably follow them wherever they go.
     
    John also dives deep into how to use the Spotify playlist submission tool (aka the pitch tool, who listens to the submitted music, and how valuable it is for artists. John does state blatantly that Spotify truly cares about artists, that they actually care too much, and that every tool that has been created is for serving the artists.
     
    “You need an ear and someone who is going to be able to think objectively [about your music]”
    With streaming in the bottom half of the third inning, as John says, it’s still relatively new. He believes that the algorithm is eventually going to know what you want before YOU know what you want. Thinking a couple years from now it will be interesting to see the power of streaming and how it has evolved.
     
    Keep up with John on his Linkedin!
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    ABOUT FULL CIRCLE MUSIC:
    Full Circle Music is a Music Production Company, Music Publishing Company, Record Label, and Music Education Academy based in Nashville, TN. They regularly work with some of the biggest names in music, such as Newsboys, High Valley, Casting Crowns, Skillet, Francesca Battisteli, and For King & Country, just to name a few. Their team has several Grammy Awards, Dove Awards, and over 20 #1 songs at radio. Through the Full Circle Music Academy, Full Circle Music aspires to teach the next generation of musicians what it takes to make it in the modern music industry.

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    • 58 min
    How Twitch is Making Musicians Thousands of Dollars

    How Twitch is Making Musicians Thousands of Dollars

    Karen Allen is the creator of Twitch For Musicians, a book and online course that teaches artists how to grow their fanbase and earn revenue by live streaming on Twitch, a platform that is still new to the music world. 
    Karen tells us about her journey of discovering Twitch for herself as a musician, to then teaching other musicians about the unique platform. While Twitch is mainly used by gamers, Karen describes the platform as community-based live streaming, and she has found that it creates a perfect opportunity for musicians to have a strong, supportive community of fans that are in it for the long haul.
     
    “It’s a hangout with fans. Think of it like you’re having friends over to your home studio to have beers and play music”
    She also dives into the monetization opportunities on Twitch, how musicians get discovered on Twitch, and how to network through this platform that is still very new to the music world. 
    Karen Allen has written a book and has created a course, both titled Twitch for Musicians, filled with all of her knowledge and wisdom regarding being a musician on Twitch, be sure to check it out below!
     
    Check out her book Twitch for Musicians HERE:
    fullcirclemusic.com/twitchbook
    Use the code FCM20 to get 20% off the book or a one-on-one session with Karen herself!
    Get her course Twitch for Musicians for 20% off HERE:
    fullcirclemusic.com/twitchcourse
     
    Give Karen a follow on social media:
    Twitter: @twitchformusic
    Insta: @twitchformusic
    Facebook: @twitchformusicians

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    • 46 min
    How to Thrive in Music (Even During a Crisis)

    How to Thrive in Music (Even During a Crisis)

    When your income depends on going on the road, times of global or widespread economic crisis can lead to a lot of uncertainty for you and your family.
    In this episode, Seth and Logan, VP of Marketing at Full Circle Music, talk about what musicians can do during those times and what types of assistance are out there for artists, musicians, booking agents, and anyone else in the music industry impacted by live shows being canceled or postponed.
    Financial Support During Times of Hardship
    Grammy’s MusiCares: https://www.grammy.com/musicaresMusician’s Foundation: http://www.musiciansfoundation.org/Sweet Relief Musician’s Fund: https://www.sweetrelief.org/Stay Connected!
    Don’t cut yourself off from the world! Stay connected virtually with family and songwriters like you!
    This is a great time to focus on music and collaborate with other people just like you, even virtually.
    Song Chaser’s Facebook Group: FullCircleMusic.com/Group
    How Can You Work From Home?
    Zoom! Grab a microphone if you have it, or use your computer’s built-in microphone to collaborate with people. You can also record the session for free with Zoom. https://zoom.us/
    Discord: Free chat application to keep in touch with people from all over and hold multiple conversations in one location. https://discordapp.com/
    Loom: Great free screen recording app. https://www.loom.com/
    AudioMovers: Real-Time audio sharing for production tweaks. https://audiomovers.com/
    Set aside time, even if it’s just 90 minutes. You can get A LOT done in 90 minutes.
    Invest in a Home Rig
    Laptop. Small Midi Controller. Microphone. Interface. Done.
    Use free software like GarageBand and ProTools First https://my.avid.com/get/pro-tools-first
    Production Course: 7 part mini-series about what you should think about when recording songs for yourself and others. FullCircleMusic.com/FreeProductionCourse
    Social Media
    Build your audience and your following by investing your time in social media.
    Go live on Instagram to play and share stories. Create connections where your fans are!
    The people who will come out stronger are those who invested in their audience.
    Create content for YouTube as well as people are spending more time with streaming and video-on-demand.
    You can also join TikTok!
    Batch record! Take as many photos, videos, or content at a time that you can use later! This is REALLY helpful with social media content!
    Seth’s Teleprompter: https://amzn.to/3apgfjk
    Crushing It: How Great Entrepreneurs Build Their Business and Influence-and How You Can, Too: https://amzn.to/2vRa5tb
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    Full Circle Music is a Music Production Company, Music Publishing Company, Record Label, and Music Education Academy based in Nashville, TN. They regularly work with some of the biggest names in music, such as Newsboys, High Valley, Casting Crowns, Skillet, Francesca Battisteli, and For King & Country, just to name a few. Their team has several Grammy Awards, Dove Awards, and over 20 #1 songs at radio. Through the Full Circle Music Academy, Full Circle Music aspires to teach the next generation of musicians what it takes to make it in the modern music industry.

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    • 1 hr 11 min
    How to Succeed as a Pop Artist or Songwriter in Nashville

    How to Succeed as a Pop Artist or Songwriter in Nashville

    Check out the DEEP DIVE for this episode! Seth shares about creating a "Vivid Vision" and how you can use it as a framework to set goals for your music career and pursue them as fast as possible.
    Access the Deep Dive here: https://members.fullcirclemusic.com/made-it-in-music-deep-dives
    A&R, Creative Director at Altadena
    From an early age, Noreen knew she wanted to be in music. From listening to her mom play piano to writing her own songs, music has been a huge part of her life.
    How do I listen to songs all day? That’s what I want to do
    Starting as an intern at BMG Publishing in Nashville and New York, Noreen realized her favorite thing to do and what she was good at was listening to other people songs.
    After finishing her internship, BMG offered her a position as a receptionist her last semester of school.
    I think you should be a publisher…
    The turning point for Noreen’s career was when her boss recommended a different career path to her. Up until that point, Noreen was struggling if she should become a songwriter, or stick to the business side of the music industry.
    Do the job, before you get the job
    Noreen’s advice to people who want to grow in their career as a publisher, even as an intern, is to create a job for yourself before people ask you to. As a receptionist at BMG, Noreen researched how to get writers in a room together, how to get emails of people to pitch songs to, and all other aspects of getting a song heard. She decided Pop was her ticket in and started focusing her attention to getting pop into Music City before anyone thought it was even a possibility.
    Now, she looks for this quality in assistants and coordinators. What are you doing now to advance yourself? Who are you working with already? What are you doing because you love it, even if you don’t get paid for it.
    Altadena
    As a Creative Director, Noreen’s role is to get artist’s in a room to set up cowrites or sessions that will hopefully turn into a song placement for the writers. She also listens to songs submitted by her writers and provides feedback to help improve the songs and hopefully get them placement.
    What does Altadena do? They serve as a hub for writers, artists, and producers where Altadena serves as the intermediary between an artist’s label, publishing company, or management company. Their partnerships are Warner Chapel on the Publishing side, Warner Records for label and print, and the management partnership with Red Light Management. Altadena keeps artists from feeling forgotten and falling through the cracks. Some of their talent includes Carley Peirce, Ryan Griffin, Conor Matthews, and more.
    Listen as Noreen expands on how she brought Pop to Nashville and how they are trying to keep Nashville pop competitive with the rest of the country.
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    • 38 min
    How To Grow A Modern Music Company

    How To Grow A Modern Music Company

    Check out the DEEP DIVE for this episode! Seth shares about creating a "Vivid Vision" and how you can use it as a framework to set goals for your music career and pursue them as fast as possible.
    Access the Deep Dive here: https://members.fullcirclemusic.com/made-it-in-music-deep-dives

    If you have been a listener to the Made It In Music Podcast for a while, maybe you've actually heard episode 1.
    Our very first episode featured Seth Mosley, songwriter, producer, and owner of Full Circle Music. He started this podcast, and he hosts almost every episode.
    To start our podcast off right, it made sense to have Seth share his vision for the company and talk about his experience in the music industry and why it lead him to create the Full Circle Music Academy.
    At this point, that was several years ago! Episode 1 came out all the way back in late 2015, and so much has happened since then!
    So, to start Season 3 off right, we thought it would be fun to revisit the very first episode, and give it a little bit of a "reboot."
    One person who heard episode 1 was Logan Crockett, and having once started as just a fan of the podcast, he now leads the marketing team at Full Circle Music and is responsible for overseeing the podcast and the Full Circle Music Academy.
    As Logan is now directly in charge of the podcast, it made sense to have him "re-interview" Seth for this special episode of the Made It In Music Podcast.
    Now that the company has much more history under its belt, Seth shares in this episode about the process of building the Full Circle Music team.
    While Seth is a songwriter and producer, and that is still where the majority of his hours fall, Seth also has a much larger group of employees that he is responsible for.
    Because of this new responsibility, Seth has had to learn how to manage a company as a CEO, which he explains is a completely different skillset from writing songs or producing music. Even though the business is based on those activities, managing humans, projecting revenue, and setting the right company goals takes a completely different approach compared to making music.
    Full Circle Music has had a lot of ups and downs along the way, and the company is continuing to grow and evolve.
    One thing that Full Circle Music is known for is being a small, flexible, very modern music company. Full Circle has multiple arms, including Publishing, Production, Songwriting, and the Academy.
    And each of these arms has multiple revenue streams.
    Because Full Circle Music is small, it has the flexibility to make dramatic changes whenever necessary.

    RESOURCES:
    Follow Seth on Instagram: instagram.com/thesethmosley
    Vivid Vision (book by Cameron Herold): https://amzn.to/3aEiSNM

    FEATURED MUSIC CLIP:
    'Til The End by Jeremy Camp (written by Seth Mosley and Jeremy Camp)

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    FULL CIRCLE MUSIC LINKS:
    Podcast Website
    Company Website
    Facebook
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    • 44 min

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LOVE this show! Can’t believe how much I have learned about the music industry. I have lived in Nashville my entire life yet I’m amazed at how much I didn’t know about the music scene here! There are truly gems in every episode that industry insiders hardly ever share with others. So glad I found this podcast!!

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