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Great Musicianship is the Price of Admission, Who's Endorsing Who, Showing vs. Proving and More w/ Bryan Beller!
Hello everyone. This is Jim Lambie. You're about to hear my interview with a bassist who I have derived a lot of positive influences from in terms of not only his playing, but his mindset towards developing his career path.
You're going to hear me use the word tenacious. He's got grit. There's something about the way he carries himself that really had an impact on me when I met him years ago.
This interview is about my curiosity with how people do it, right? I've been a career bassist for 30 plus years. I've had my own business. I keep my business mindset about my own music craft and how I make money doing it. I have great employment opportunities I've been able to take advantage of with my army band experience, and now as a civilian, government employed instructor at the school of music playing bass all day and teaching.
But I'm not done yet. You know what I mean? And really there's so much to learn from others.
And I've got this curiosity. How did they do it? I have so much respect for so many players.
You're going to probably hear a lot of bass players from me for a little while as that's kind of been my niche, but I've run into some really sharp people.
Years ago I reached out to Bryan and I asked him if he'd be interested in teaching at my school for a clinic and we ended up having lunch together at this event. And I just thought, man, this guy is really sharp. And it was more than just being a fine musician, which in the music profession, isn't really special. It's assumed. So what makes somebody special in music business is a lot of other factors. And that is what I'm curious about. And I hope you'll follow along with me in the journey.
And let me know what you think. Reach out to us at musicpreneur.com. Let us know if you think this has been beneficial. You're going to find that this cat has just done a lot of work and he has been really consistent with getting himself out there.
And I hope you enjoy this.
In my conversation with Bryan Beller, you'll hear:
-Why Bryan and his The Aristocrats colleagues didn't use a label to grow their brand...05:03
-Why playing live is the heart and soul of making money making music...07:10
-The only way to do anything? Is the right way...09:02
-Creating a house concert/store clinic business model...11:45
-The four factors of success as a pro musician...14:40
Know your craft
Execute on demand
Be a positive communicative force w/ your band mates
Delight your audience (community building)
-Lessons learned from disappointing results...18:32
-What most musicians get wrong when it comes to endorsements...24:02
-Lessons learned from the pandemic experience...28:40
-Sound advice for when things open back up post-pandemic...34:30
https://the-aristocrats-band.com (The Aristocrats)
https://www.daddario.com/ (D'Addario Strings)
https://www.mikelull.com/basses (Mike Lull Basses)
https://www.vai.com/ (Steve Vai)
http://www.satriani.com/ (Joe Satriani)
https://bassmagazine.com/ (Bass Magazine)
Problem Solving for Artists, How a Pandemic Shifted Priorities, When to be Thick-Skinned: Bob Lord Talks Life In the Trenches of the Music Production Business
Jim Lambie welcomes Parma Recordings CEO Bob Lord to the show.
Bob Lord is a producer, composer, and bassist based in Portsmouth NH USA. In 2015 Bob was named one of Musical America’s “30 Professionals of the Year: Key Influencers,” and as CEO of PARMA Recordings his work has been nominated for three GRAMMY Awards in 2019 and 2020.
In this episode you'll hear:
-When to be thick-skinned and when to be sensitive...05:50
-What keeps Bob's fire aflame...08:30
-How Bob got hooked into classical music...11:18
-How to become a problem solver for artists...16:16
-The pitfalls involved in getting a recording available for public consumption...21:47
-How to navigate an era of almost zero visibility for the future...24:30
-What not to do when a global pandemic hits...30:37
-Positives that have come out of Covid...38:45
-What model Bob has followed in his career...44:15
-Overcoming roadblocks in the first years of Parma Recordings...50:10
“I’m a composer and performer by design, and a producer and music executive by accident,” says Lord. “But at the core of it all is my constant urge to expand the definition of creativity, of being an artist, of being a producer, of being a musician.”
PLAYLAND ARCADE, Lord’s debut solo album out on April 27, 2021, is a convergence point of the disparate elements from what clearly is a remarkably diverse career. Hard-charging prog-rock blowouts, atmospheric orchestral potboilers, gauzy jazz improvisations, retro instrumental pop, straight up foley – this is a producer’s album through and through, and it reflects Lord’s own artistic experiences in a kaleidoscopic fashion.
The musicianship is as accomplished as it is audacious. Highlighted by Lord’s molten, overdriven 8-string bass, the album features drummer Jamie Perkins (from the Billboard chart-topping group The Pretty Reckless) and keyboardist Duncan Watt (composer for “League of Legends”) with cameos by Ed Jurdi (Band of Heathens, Trigger Hippy), Andy Happel (Thanks To Gravity), and the Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra, with percussion recorded in Havana, Cuba.
Lord’s resume is a particularly unusual one bolstered by some truly singular credits: with Pete Townshend of The Who, Bob co-produced the double album METHOD MUSIC by Lawrence Ball, released in 2012 on Navona Records and hailed by Pitchfork for its “wondrous, rippling, and startlingly tactile music.”
He is also the music producer of WILD SYMPHONY, an orchestral suite composed by the #1 NY Times bestselling author Dan Brown (“The Da Vinci Code”) which accompanies the illustrated children's book of the same title released in 2020. The book is published in more than 40 countries worldwide.
In 1996 Bob co-founded the award-winning group Dreadnaught, described by Relix Magazine as “the country's best 'pure' prog-rock combo.” The band has performed with artists such as John Entwistle (The Who), Tony Levin (Peter Gabriel, King Crimson), and NRBQ, and their 25th anniversary album NORTHERN BURNER is set to drop in Summer 2021.
Formed in 2008 to present contemporary classical, jazz, and experimental music, Lord’s company PARMA Recordings features work by GRAMMY winner Richard Stoltzman, Pulitzer winner Yehudi Wyner, and Emmy winner Bruce Babcock, among others. PARMA’s music can be heard in products and projects from ABC, CBS, Microsoft, HBO, Nintendo, and many more. The company currently has more than 30 staff in four countries.
As of this writing Lord has nearly 1,000 recording/production credits on his resume, including the 2016 release ABRAZO: THE HAVANA SESSIONS, one of the first productions by an American music company in Cuba following the loosening of diplomatic relations. With PARMA, he regularly produces sessions and events in the US, UK, Czech Republic, Croatia, Greece, Malta, Armenia, Russia, Cuba, Slovakia, China, and Polan
Avoiding a Spirit of Entitlement, Careers and Callings, Finding Stability As a Musician...Two Former Military Musicians Recall Their Careers
Former host James Newcomb and new host Jim Lambie recount a few memories from their military careers, and Jim takes us through the journey from his earliest days in the Army to his current career as a player, teacher, and podcaster.
In this discussion, you'll hear:
-Community is the product of the musician...
-James Newcomb begrudgingly acknowledges a few redeeming qualities of Army bands...
-Jim recalls going through boot camp....twice...
-The moment Jim realized the military was his future...
-Military brings stability to Jim's career...
-3 different types of military mindsets...
-How to know it's time to leave a gig...
-How to identify and avoid a spirit of entitlement...
-A career vs. a calling...
-The big thing that made the military a good idea for Jim Lambie...
https://committedmedia.org/?captivate_podcast=steal-or-steel-how-our-outlook-determines-our-circumstances (Steal and steal podcast) w/ James Newcomb
https://committedmedia.org/?captivate_podcast=commitment-and-interest-contrasted (Interested and committed podcast) w/ James Newcomb
Principled Troubadour Wrestles with the Ethics of Email Marketing
While Slacker Jim continues getting his act together to assume hosting duties, outgoing host James Newcomb brings on Nathan Maingard, a South-Africa based musician who has successfully utilized Patreon to build a strong community of fans and followers around his music.
Nathan reached out to us after we sent an email to our subscribers on the topic of why we send (almost) daily emails. He said he had been wrestling with this idea, and it seemed prudent to talk about it and share it with you guys.
If one thing has proven true, it's that issues such as this are not isolated. If one person has a question on something, it's a sure bet that others have it as well.
So enjoy! And remember there are more resources available for you on the free musicpreneur mobile app. Just head on over to musicpreneur.com to gain access to the app!
Oh, and check out what Nathan is up to at nate.live. Lots to learn via observation on the topics of community-building, value-sharing and much more!
The Future of This Show - And The World - Hangs In the Balance
Hello everybody, this is James Newcomb. I am the outgoing host of the musicpreneur.com podcast. If you've been following the show for the last few months, you know that a fellow by the name of Jim Lambie, who actually lives in Virginia Beach, we lived very close to each other and fate would have it that we were, that our paths crossed. And he had this idea that he wanted to get into podcasting, or maybe I sort of planted the idea into him. I'm not exactly sure how that went, but he ended up agreeing to be a co-host of this show.
The way that my own life and the way that my own entrepreneurial endeavors and interests have changed over the years, I'm no longer in a position where I am able to devote the time and energy and the bandwidth necessary to host the show. So I just sent Jim a message on Slack saying, Hey man, do you want to take over the musicpreneur show?
And he said, sure. It turns out that he's had some ideas on people he can contact, and he's put a lot of thought into it, which is good because quite frankly, I haven't.
But this musicpreneur.com is still very near it's near and dear to me. It's something that I and my mentor John Dumas brought it into existence about five years ago with a little masterminding session.
So Jim and I had a call on the 4th of March. It was the evening here in Vietnam and the morning there in Virginia. And I thought, man, why don't I record this? And just share with you guys. This is very raw. It's unedited. It's, it's very, at times very, I think vulnerable, I suppose I would say.
But it was just him and I just discussing what is this transition going to look like? And so I thought, why not? Why not just share it with you guys and just get your reaction on it. And, and why not just let the people listening in be a part of the process of transitioning.
So it's very, it's completely unscripted. You're kind of like a fly on the wall with a meeting with him and me. And I think we actually covered some pretty interesting things.
So spoiler alert. We decided that I and my media company Committed Media LLC, will retain ownership of the show for the time being. And we're just going to see how this goes. Jim is going to kind of cut his teeth as a podcast host, hosting this show. And my company is going to be taking care of the production.
So here is Jim Lambie and myself, raw, unedited, discussing the future of this podcast, and with it, the fate of the world.
“I’m Still Here” Declares Serial Musicpreneur Who was Convinced He Shouldn’t Still Be Here
Welcome to the 2021 version of the musicpreneur.com podcast, with James Newcomb and co-host Jim Lambie.
Today we welcome Billy Grisack to the show. Billy was a guest of the show years ago (2 years to be exact) and he joined us to discuss how he's getting back into the game after suffering several setbacks in life that would make lesser men crumble to their knees and give up.
This short episode is a story of patience, persistence, and just keeping going when everything in the universe seems to say you should stop.
Love the energy of the intro!
James is a great story teller. I enjoyed listening to several of his short episodes and thinking about it related to my life and business. Love the short episodes!
Yes, you can make a living with music!
This gem of a new show will teach you how to make a life you love by making a living at music. Subscribe, listen and you’ll be singing this show’s song!
Fantastic topics to learn from. Great job!