21 episodes

Mentor My Mix goes behind the scenes to discuss the survival tactics needed to succeed and flourish as a self-producing artist in today's music business. Drawing from Pyramind Music & Audio Production Institute's network of producers, artists & trainers, MMM delves deep into the professional life stories and the core competencies that make each of them great at what they do. Join Greg Gordon and his guests as they explore what makes for a great artist/producer and their passion for making music their lives.

Mentor My Mix Greg Gordon

    • Education
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Mentor My Mix goes behind the scenes to discuss the survival tactics needed to succeed and flourish as a self-producing artist in today's music business. Drawing from Pyramind Music & Audio Production Institute's network of producers, artists & trainers, MMM delves deep into the professional life stories and the core competencies that make each of them great at what they do. Join Greg Gordon and his guests as they explore what makes for a great artist/producer and their passion for making music their lives.

    Jef Stott

    Jef Stott

    Jef Stott, Global Bass and ambient music recording artist, producer, and educator. In this episode Jef discusses his transitioning sound from hard hitting Global Bass to the more ethereal and ambient sound of his most recent collaboration with Mah Ze Tar for The Zikr Project, and their latest release, Ishq on Black Swan Records. Jef also talks about his series, "The World is Sound", and how he seeks to bring rich music culture to a wider audience. The meaning of Global Bass Music. How to infuse ethnic instrumentation into electronic music. The Oud and percussion, and how to integrate that into live sets. An Ableton Live breakdown delineating the difference in stylistic approaches between his tracks Osiris and Ishq.
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    • 1 hr 21 min
    Bob Duskis of Six Degrees Records

    Bob Duskis of Six Degrees Records

    Bob Duskis, president and co-founder of Six Degrees Records looks back on 25 years of music and experience running a record label. How to get a smash hit song with TikTok and the impact it has on an artist's visibility and sales. How to find and select international artists for your music label. How to work out record deals from an independent label perspective. How to work with global distribution deals for varying international markets. Developing and nurturing a new audience based on instrumental tracks recorded and produced specifically for guided meditations. Music from Dom La Nena, Karsh Kale, and Bombay Dub Orchestra. How 2020 pushed independent artists to evolve and produce music on their own. A retrospective look at Six Degrees Records with Bob's upcoming new podcast.
    https://www.sixdegreesrecords.com/
    https://www.sixdegreesrecords.com/dom-la-nena/
    https://www.sixdegreesrecords.com/karsh-kale/
    https://www.sixdegreesrecords.com/bombay-Dub-orchestra/
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    • 1 hr 16 min
    Gavin Hardkiss AKA Hawke

    Gavin Hardkiss AKA Hawke

    Gavin Hardkiss, electronic musician, DJ, label owner, producer, remixer, author and artist who has performed under the name "Gavin Hardkiss" and "Hawke", shares his journey as a pioneer of electronic music in San Francisco in the 1990s. Gavin talks about the formation of the Hardkiss Brothers, with partners Scott and Robbie. He shares stories of the underground rave scene from Philadelphia, to Brooklyn to the UK to the San Francisco Bay Area. Pre-Internet raving and getting to San Francisco in the summer of '91 to light a fuse in the dance music scene. Renting San Carlos airport to throw a rave from 10 PM to 8 AM the next morning in a hanger. The formation of the Hardkiss Music label and Sun Burn Recordings. Signing with Sony Music. The importance of retaining the rights to your own music, and how it helped him run a profitable label while under Sony. Gavin talks about producing and releasing his most recent Album: The Dark Art Of Light Work and Greg and Gavin debate Spotify and other streaming platforms. Gavin talks about NFTs and how they could change the future for artists and musicians. Greg and Gavin break down the Ableton session for his newest Hawke track played at the opening and closing of the Podcast, Ping Pong.
    https://www.hardkiss.org/
    https://soundcloud.com/gavin-hardkiss
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    • 1 hr 46 min
    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

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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