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The New York Artists Collective brings artists together in the round exploring authenticity and vulnerability in songwriting and brings an audience that much closer to the creative process in a unique and intimate setting.

"This Next One’s About..." takes a look at the creation of a song with an artist who has performed in one of our rounds and seeks to provide an insight into their process before we finally listen to the finished track.

Join us to discover new music from the heart of New York City and get an inside look into how new music gets created!

Check out our Website at www.newyorkartistscollective.com or follow us on instagram at @newyorkartistscollective!

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The New York Artists Collective brings artists together in the round exploring authenticity and vulnerability in songwriting and brings an audience that much closer to the creative process in a unique and intimate setting.

"This Next One’s About..." takes a look at the creation of a song with an artist who has performed in one of our rounds and seeks to provide an insight into their process before we finally listen to the finished track.

Join us to discover new music from the heart of New York City and get an inside look into how new music gets created!

Check out our Website at www.newyorkartistscollective.com or follow us on instagram at @newyorkartistscollective!

    Episode 55 - Akie Bermiss

    Episode 55 - Akie Bermiss

    Get this exclusive track from Akie here for NYAC podcast listeners only! http://bit.ly/2qOI0Qf

    Akie Bermiss with his affable disposition, glasses, and healthy do of cascading dreads that drape down to his shoulders, is unabashedly a self-professed nerd to the nth degree. Since early childhood Akie has been an obsessed science fiction aficionado. Yet he does have an artist-friendly façade and has managed to cultivate and live a double-life as a thriving music protégé, pianist, singer/songwriter, composer, arranger and emerging solo artist. Akie kicked off his 2017 touring schedule playing keyboards and providing backing vocals for veteran indie multi-genre band Lake Street Dive’s national concert tour in support of their latest CD, “Side Pony.” The tour was very exciting and included an opening spot in Aspen for Hall & Oates!

    Akie is a Brooklyn native raised in a musical household full of jazz and politics fueled by his former- activist mom and dad. He began singing in church, moved it to school for a while, enroute becoming somewhat of a musical chameleon. His raucous, guttural and soulful vocals are a delectable fusion of Donny Hathaway and Tom Waits. He’s equally adept singing neo-soul, funk, contemporary jazz, alternative rock, and hip hop.

    Akie joins Steph to discuss his brand new single 'Alone Again' - an aptly timed release ahead of Valentine's Day - his experiences in the band Lake Street Dive since being inducted in as a full time member, how they write an album on the road and how his views on the industry have changed with this new perspective.

    Check out an exclusive MP3 of Akie performing a cover of Shania Twain's 'Still The One' with Lake Street Dive live at Red Rocks in Colorado here: http://bit.ly/2qOI0Qf

    • 39 min
    Episode 54: Alicia Witt

    Episode 54: Alicia Witt

    EXCLUSIVE DEMO from Alicia here: bit.ly/2qOI0Qf

    Years before kicking off her career as an indie-pop songwriter, a seven year-old Alicia Witt took her first classical piano lesson. She landed her debut movie role that same year, appearing in David Lynch's sci-fi epic Dune. Decades later, Witt has built both passions into a thriving business, balancing an acclaimed string of movie, television, and stage appearances with solo records like 2018's 15,000 Days.

    Her fourth release as an independent songwriter, 15,000 Days is a sweeping, big-hearted record, its songs rooted in modern arrangements and timeless melodies. Witt wrote the material during a busy period that found her starring in the TV series Nashville, stealing the spotlight with an appearance on The Walking Dead, and playing shows — including a performance on the Grand Ole Opry — in the wake of her previous album, Revisionary History.

    It took years — and thousands of days — for Alicia Witt to find her true voice as a musician. She unveils that voice with 15,000 Days, a record that's honest, heartfelt, and every bit as compelling as her work onscreen. A lifelong musician and actress, Alicia Witt turns a page with her new release, kicking off another chapter in a story that's still unfolding.

    Alicia joins us on the show to talk about her song 'Earful' from her EP 15,000 Days and is kind enough to give us an exclusive recording from an upcoming 2020 release called 'Down She Goes' available here: bit.ly/2qOI0Qf

    Tickets for Alicia's show at City Vineyard Feb 1st 2020: https://cityvineyardnyc.com/alicia-witt-at-city-vineyard-concert-ticket-only-2-1.html

    Alicia's Website: https://aliciawittmusic.com

    • 32 min
    Minisode - How to launch a Patreon ft. Rebecca Loebe

    Minisode - How to launch a Patreon ft. Rebecca Loebe

    Continuing with our Minisode series that is artist-focused, today we chat with independent artist Rebecca Loebe about how to go about crowdfunding an album via Patreon!

    Rebecca Loebe is an independent singer-songerwriter who you may remember from the Voice in 2011. Since then she has opened for Shawn Colvin, the Civil Wars, Gregory Alan Isakov, Mary Chapin Carpenter, and Ellis Paul amongst others. Her single, Growing Up was featured in Rolling Stone magazine listed as the Top 10 Best Country and Americana Songs of the Week.

    As well as being a talented musician, she has also become quite an expert at owning her own distribution and runs a successful Patreon page - and Patreon even featured Rebecca on their blog after her successful album promotion.

    As promised, here are the links and references discussed in today's episode:
    Rebecca's Tips and Launch Timeline: bit.ly/2qOI0Qf
    Patreon's article on Rebecca: https://blog.patreon.com/rebecca-loebe
    Patreon's article on Nataly Dawn: https://blog.patreon.com/nataly-dawn-patronage
    Amanda Palmer "The Art of Asking" TED talk: https://www.ted.com/talks/amanda_palmer_the_art_of_asking?language=en
    Simon Sinek "Start With Why" TED talk: https://www.ted.com/talks/simon_sinek_how_great_leaders_inspire_action?language=en
    Rebecca's Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/rebeccaloebe

    We've love to hear any feedback about this miniseries or any suggestions you have for episodes! Email us: info@newyorkartistscollective.com

    • 37 min
    Episode 53 - Dar Williams

    Episode 53 - Dar Williams

    Dubbed by the New York Times as "one American's best songwriters" Dar Williams is certainly part of the fabric of the American songbook.

    Exclusive recording from Dar available here: http://bit.ly/2qOI0Qf

    Dar has always followed her muse. When she was up in Somerville, Massachusetts in the early nineties, knowing that she wanted to pursue music or theater, she worked backstage at the Opera Company of Boston and wrote plays on the side. But she was in Boston, and the muse led her into the myriad open mics and tip jar gigs of booming folk revival. She opened a trunk of old songs and started writing new ones.

    Since then, Dar has released 9 studio albums, written two children's books, hosts 2 annual songwriting retreats and is currently writing her 4th book "How to Write a Song That Matters".

    It’s a cliché that the personal is the political, but for Dar Williams, there really is no separating her life from her worldview. And in the face of a shifting world, she is more aware than ever of the power this approach can create. “I’m now experiencing the fruits of the alternative culture I was part of in the ‘90s,” she says. “I think I’ve made choices about how I lived my life, outside of the world that was going to fit me among the mainstream norms, and I chose to stay with my friends, to stay with my culture. “That turns out to have been the sturdiest structure I could have built for myself. And that’s in my songs, it’s in my teaching. I’m a believer in what can happen when we make music together.”

    Dar is on tour in January on the west coast and you can find the details on her website: http://www.darwilliams.com

    Dar gave us an EXCLUSIVE LIVE RECORDING of her song "When I Was A Boy" which you can get here: http://bit.ly/2qOI0Qf

    Dar mentions a couple of useful books in her own songwriting progress, links below..

    Books referenced:
    What I Found In A Thousand Towns - Dar Williams (link: https://amzn.to/36Er2nf)
    Pilgrim's Progress - John Bunyan (link: https://amzn.to/2tj9EGg)
    The Artist's Way - Julia Cameron (link: https://amzn.to/34rBMnm)

    • 43 min
    Episode 52 - Striking Matches

    Episode 52 - Striking Matches

    Nashville duo Striking Matches (comprising of Sarah Zimmerman and Justin Davis) talks to the New York Artists Collective ahead of their New York show at Knitting Factory Dec 6th about their brand new single 'Monster', from their new EP 'Noon'.

    Striking Matches got their first big break writing songs for the hit ABC TV show Nashville. They went on to release their debut album 'Anything But The Silence' produced by T-Bone Burnett, and have since released 3 more EPs, many singles, and have had their songs featured on Grey’s Anatomy, American Idol, and Monday Night Football, to name a few.

    Both lead guitarists, singers and songwriters, Sarah and Justin’s music spans a wide array of sounds and genres, combining pop choruses with blues guitar riffs.  Their musical prowess creates an electrifying and unique experience with each live performance.

    They are currently in the middle of releasing a new 3 EP project titled “Morning, Noon and Night” each with a different sound and sonic space. While morning, noon and night are three parts of a day, Morning, Noon and Night are meant to be three parts of what makes up Striking Matches

    “Morning” was released in May of 2019 with Noon in December 2019 and Night to follow in early 2020. Striking Matches recently completed an international tour with dates in Europe, the UK, and upcoming dates in the US.

    To get hold of an EXCLUSIVE recording for NYAC fans only, click here: https://bit.ly/2qOI0Qf

    Tickets for Dec 6th at Knitting Factory: shorturl.at/nzIK8

    http://strikingmatches.com

    • 40 min
    Episode 51 - Gretchen Peters

    Episode 51 - Gretchen Peters

    Nashville Songwriter's Hall of Fame member, Gretchen Peters talk to the New York Artists Collective ahead of her New York show at Rockwood Music Hall Dec 8th about one of her songs, The Boy From Rye and how it's the heart of her latest album, Dancing With The Beast.

    Gretchen also kindly gave the NYAC an exclusive unreleased track for your ears only which you can find here: https://bit.ly/2qOI0Qf

    For two decades, Gretchen Peters has been one of Nashville's most beloved and respected artists. "If Peters never delivers another tune as achingly beautiful as 'On A Bus To St. Cloud,'" People Magazine wrote, "she has already earned herself a spot among country's upper echelon of contemporary composers.” Inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in October 2014 by singer-songwriter Rodney Crowell, who called her "both a songwriter and a poet (who) sings as beautifully as she writes,” and said her song “The Matador”, "moved me so greatly, I cried from the soles of my feet”, Peters has accumulated accolades as a songwriter for artists as diverse as Etta James, Bonnie Raitt, The Neville Brothers, Patty Loveless, George Strait, Bryan Adams and Faith Hill.

    Her 2015 album, ‘Blackbirds’, debuted at #1 on the UK Country chart and in the top 40 UK pop chart, and was awarded International Album of the Year and Song of the Year. In 2015, The Telegraph named her one of the greatest 60 female singer-songwriters of all time. Her latest album, Dancing With The Beast, was released on May 18, 2018.

    https://gretchenpeters.com

    Tickets for Gretchen's show at Rockwood are available here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/gretchen-peters-tickets-73006314853

    • 43 min

Customer Reviews

waterglobes ,

Podcast is great.

Excellent interviews and awesome songwriters. Love the format. The music is great.

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Loving this podcast!

I couldn't help but listen to a few episodes all in one day. Love how candid these are; artists sharing the reality, and stories behind being an artist, and revealing things about themselves and their work that other artists can relate to. Keep these comin'!

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Love getting to know these artists!

Really cool idea, I’ve always loved hearing the stories behind songs

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