32 episodes

I do not believe the people who have thriving careers and fulfilling lives in music can look back and attribute it all to “luck”. At some point in their career they committed themselves to a goal and took steps to achieve that goal. That's what Progressions is here to highlight. We will set you up for success by bringing you an array of interviews with guests from all parts of the industry. By focusing on identifying significant steps and turning points in their careers we hope to inspire you to set big goals for yourself and by doing so design the music career that you've always dreamed of.

Progressions: Success in the Music Industry Travis Ference

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I do not believe the people who have thriving careers and fulfilling lives in music can look back and attribute it all to “luck”. At some point in their career they committed themselves to a goal and took steps to achieve that goal. That's what Progressions is here to highlight. We will set you up for success by bringing you an array of interviews with guests from all parts of the industry. By focusing on identifying significant steps and turning points in their careers we hope to inspire you to set big goals for yourself and by doing so design the music career that you've always dreamed of.

    I Am Snow Angel: Finding Your Sound, Being Confident, and Creating Without Limits

    I Am Snow Angel: Finding Your Sound, Being Confident, and Creating Without Limits

    Today's guest is producer, multi-instrumentalist, and recording artist Julie Kathryn. Julie releases music under the alias I Am Snow Angel, an immersive blend of digital and organic elements, many of which are created from her own voice. In addition to producing and writing her own music Julie also produces for various other artists, does sound design for Ableton, and is a co-founder of Female Frequency, a collective dedicated to empowering women in music. We have a chat about finding your sound, self-producing, and sound design without barriers.
    In this episode, we'll dig in on...
    The magic of creating without rules
    Don't be afraid of making mistakes
    Making music as a new mother
    Empowering yourself by learning production tools
    Building presets for Ableton
    Finding a mentor
    Female Frequency
    Keeping perspective through a project
    Being open minded to new sounds
    Self-Producing vs producing for for others
    Learn More About I Am Snow Angel...
    Website: https://www.iamsnowangel.com/ (https://www.iamsnowangel.com/)
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/i_am_snowangel/ (https://www.instagram.com/i_am_snowangel/)
    Links: https://linktr.ee/iamsnowangel (https://linktr.ee/iamsnowangel)
    Listen on Spotify https://open.spotify.com/artist/2n5N4cNWFXteVft4LqiKfE?si=5mHBgT9tQTWfk3UXXsBMSg (HERE)
    Our Sponsors:
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    Turning Point Coffee Roasters: https://www.turningpointcoffeeroasters.com/ (https://www.turningpointcoffeeroasters.com/)
    Turning Point Code: PROGRESSIONS
    Other Links:
    Gear and Recommended Reading: https://kit.co/travisference (https://kit.co/travisference)
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    Learn more about Travis: https://www.travisference.com/ (https://www.travisference.com/)
    Credits:
    Guest: I Am Snow Angel (Julie Kathryn)
    Host: Travis Ference
    Editor: Travis Ference
    Theme Music: inter.ference

    Trivers Myers Music: Improvising, Quick Response, and Creating Opportunity

    Trivers Myers Music: Improvising, Quick Response, and Creating Opportunity

    Today we are joined by two guests. The songwriting, composition, and production duo of John Trivers and Elizabeth Myers. Operating as Trivers Myers Music for over three decades, they have created musical brand identities for clients such as Apple, American Express, Verizon, and United Airlines. The most notable of all their compositions is the CBS Evening News theme, which ran for 19 years. They've also produced performances for commercials with artists such as Sheryl Crow, Herbie Hancock, and Lang Lang. We have a great chat about creating your opportunities, why music must always be fun, and how advertising music has changed over the past 30 years.
    In this episode, we'll dig in on...
    The importance of making decisions
    Working with ad agencies
    Creating sonic brand identities
    Working with live musicians
    New York music scene in the 1970s
    Playing in Broadway for Grease
    Everybody has a client
    Improvising in music and in business
    Learn More About Trivers Myers Music...
    Website: https://www.triversmyersmusic.com/ (https://www.triversmyersmusic.com/)
    Our Sponsors:
    The Beats Accelerator Process: http://beatsaccelerator.com/ (http://beatsaccelerator.com/)
    The Complete Producer Network: https://www.completeproducer.net/ (https://www.completeproducer.net/)
    Turning Point Coffee Roasters: https://www.turningpointcoffeeroasters.com/ (https://www.turningpointcoffeeroasters.com/)
    Turning Point Code: PROGRESSIONS
    Other Links:
    Gear and Recommended Reading: https://kit.co/travisference (https://kit.co/travisference)
    Sign up for the Progressions https://mailchi.mp/87a95bbfe666/progressionspod (Mailing List)!
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/progressionspod/ (https://www.instagram.com/progressionspod/)
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ProgressionsPod/ (https://www.facebook.com/ProgressionsPod/)
    Learn more about Travis: https://www.travisference.com/ (https://www.travisference.com/)
    Credits:
    Guest: John Trivers and Elizabeth Myers
    Host: Travis Ference
    Editor: Travis Ference
    Theme Music: inter.ference

    • 1 hr 12 min
    Ian Sefchick: Cutting Vinyl, Shaping Sound, and the Magic Death Eye

    Ian Sefchick: Cutting Vinyl, Shaping Sound, and the Magic Death Eye

    This week's guest is Grammy nominated mastering engineer and audio equipment designer Ian Sefchick. Ian builds one of the most sought after boutique tube compressors in the audio industry under the unusual company name Magic Death Eye. He has also become a go to vinyl cutting engineer for some of the top producers in the world. We chat about the various hats he's worn in the music industry, the value of having multiple skillsets, and how understanding electronics can empower creativity in the studio.
    In this episode, we'll dig in on...
    Critical listening
    Mastering for vinyl
    Organically building a brand
    Diversifying your skills and income
    Building your own gear
    Hard work puts you in a position to experience "luck"
    Learning electronics
    Learn More About Ian Sefchick...
    Website: http://www.magicdeatheye.com/ (http://www.magicdeatheye.com/)
    Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/magicdeatheye (http://www.instagram.com/magicdeatheye)
    Magic Death Eye Plug In: https://ddmf.eu/magicdeatheyestereo/ (https://ddmf.eu/magicdeatheyestereo/)
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    The Complete Producer Network: https://www.completeproducer.net/ (https://www.completeproducer.net/)
    Turning Point Coffee Roasters: https://www.turningpointcoffeeroasters.com/ (https://www.turningpointcoffeeroasters.com/)
    Turning Point Code: PROGRESSIONS
    Other Links:
    Room Measurement Mic: https://www.minidsp.com/products/acoustic-measurement/umik-1 (Here)
    Room EQ Software: https://www.roomeqwizard.com/ (Here)
    Gear and Recommended Reading: https://kit.co/travisference (https://kit.co/travisference)
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    Learn more about Travis: https://www.travisference.com/ (https://www.travisference.com/)
    Credits:
    Guest: Ian Sefchick
    Host: Travis Ference
    Editor: Travis Ference
    Theme Music: inter.ference

    • 53 min
    Attom: Remixing Hits, Committing to Creativity, and Growing an Organic Fanbase

    Attom: Remixing Hits, Committing to Creativity, and Growing an Organic Fanbase

    This week's guest is artist, producer, and remixer Kyle Stern, better known by his moniker Attom. Kyle has built a following in the electronic music realm with his blend of chill and house with a heavy pop music influence. In addition to his own project, he has also had success doing remixes for artists such as Charlie Puth, Bishop Briggs, and Kiiara. We have a great chat about how doing remix contests started his career, the importance of building real fans, and why consistently putting in work is the key to success.
    In this episode, we'll dig in on...
    Playing Bonnaroo as your first show
    Remixing major label hits
    How structure keeps you committed to creativity
    Getting organic Spotify growth without playlists
    How to break the ice of a empty project screen
    Learning how to producer around vocals by doing remix contests
    Remote collaboration
    Learn More About Attom...
    Website: https://attommusic.com (https://attommusic.com)
    Instagram: https://Instagram.com/attommusic (https://Instagram.com/attommusic)
    Facebook: https://facebook.com/attommusic (https://facebook.com/attommusic)
    Twitter: https://facebook.com/attommusic (https://facebook.com/attommusic)
    Spotify Artist Page: https://open.spotify.com/artist/1Xq5wasmlEwC6TqCqJtP5o?si=ZykftR9sQiGeR7M8TDyF7Q (Here)
    Our Sponsors:
    The Beats Accelerator Process: http://beatsaccelerator.com/ (http://beatsaccelerator.com/)
    The Complete Producer Network: https://www.completeproducer.net/ (https://www.completeproducer.net/)
    Turning Point Coffee Roasters: https://www.turningpointcoffeeroasters.com/ (https://www.turningpointcoffeeroasters.com/)
    Turning Point Code: PROGRESSIONS
    Other Links:
    Gear and Recommended Reading: https://kit.co/travisference (https://kit.co/travisference)
    Sign up for the Progressions https://mailchi.mp/87a95bbfe666/progressionspod (Mailing List)!
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/progressionspod/ (https://www.instagram.com/progressionspod/)
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ProgressionsPod/ (https://www.facebook.com/ProgressionsPod/)
    Learn more about Travis: https://www.travisference.com/ (https://www.travisference.com/)
    Credits:
    Guest: Attom (Kyle Stern)
    Host: Travis Ference
    Editor: Travis Ference
    Theme Music: inter.ference

    • 53 min
    Bill Appleberry: Teamwork, Opportunity, and the 5 P's of Preparation

    Bill Appleberry: Teamwork, Opportunity, and the 5 P's of Preparation

    Today’s guest is the multi-platinum awarded producer, mixer, and musician Bill Appleberry. Bill has worked on Republic Records' and NBC's hit TV show The Voice for the last decade. He has produced and mixed the studio recorded versions of every song, performed by every artist for every season of the show. Outside of his work with The Voice, Bill's credits as an engineer, producer, and player include names like Stone Temple Pilots, The Wallflowers, Puddle of Mudd, Joe Walsh, Hole, and 311. We have a great chat about his start, playing drums in the Marines, getting a hit early in his career, being prepared, and how your career is defined by what you do between gigs.
    In this episode, we'll dig in on...
    10 Years of The Voice
    The 5 P's of Preparation
    Knowing when to reinvent
    Putting in practice
    Building a team that you trust
    Having a hit early in your career
    Enlisting in the Marines
    Getting recognized by the labels
    Living in a van with your keyboards
    Doing demos with bands and trying to get them signed
    How recording schools are commercializing the industry
    Learn More About Bill Appleberry...
    Website: http://www.billappleberry.com/ (http://www.billappleberry.com/)
    LinkedIn: http://linkedin.com/in/bill-appleberry-6334561b (http://linkedin.com/in/bill-appleberry-6334561b)
    Our Sponsors:
    The Beats Accelerator Process: http://beatsaccelerator.com/ (http://beatsaccelerator.com/)
    The Complete Producer Network: https://www.completeproducer.net/ (https://www.completeproducer.net/)
    Turning Point Coffee Roasters: https://www.turningpointcoffeeroasters.com/ (https://www.turningpointcoffeeroasters.com/)
    Turning Point Code: PROGRESSIONS
    Other Links:
    Gear and Recommended Reading: https://kit.co/travisference (https://kit.co/travisference)
    Sign up for the Progressions https://mailchi.mp/87a95bbfe666/progressionspod (Mailing List)!
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/progressionspod/ (https://www.instagram.com/progressionspod/)
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    Learn more about Travis: https://www.travisference.com/ (https://www.travisference.com/)
    Credits:
    Guest: Bill Appleberry
    Host: Travis Ference
    Editor: Travis Ference
    Theme Music: inter.ference

    • 1 hr 13 min
    Travis Ference: Live Six Month Anniversary AMA Episode

    Travis Ference: Live Six Month Anniversary AMA Episode

    This week's guest is our very own host Travis Ference. To celebrate six months of Progressions: Success in the Music Industry we invited our prior interviewee, Damian Taylor, to guest host a live Ask Me Anything episode. Damian asks listener submitted questions (as well as some of his own) to Travis in this reverse interview. The interview originally aired live on Damian's Twitch channel. We had a great time and covered everything from our host's backstory and career path to how the podcast came about and the mindset and habits he uses to help balance his time.
    In this episode, we'll dig in on...
    Traditional studio path vs DIY studio path
    Getting better everyday
    Learning from your setbacks
    Working at Capitol Studios
    Starting a podcast
    Quitting salaried engineering jobs
    Clearing your mind through exercise
    Getting over putting yourself out there
    Not fearing "No"
    Engineering pop vocal sessions
    Learn More About Travis Ference...
    Website: https://www.travisference.com/ (https://www.travisference.com/)
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tference/ (https://www.instagram.com/tference/)
    Learn More About Damian Taylor...
    Website: https://www.damiantaylor.com/ (https://www.damiantaylor.com/)
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hereisdamian/ (https://www.instagram.com/hereisdamian/)
    Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/hereisdamian (https://www.twitch.tv/hereisdamian)
    Our Sponsors:
    The Beats Accelerator Process: http://beatsaccelerator.com/ (http://beatsaccelerator.com/)
    The Complete Producer Network: https://www.completeproducer.net/ (https://www.completeproducer.net/)
    Turning Point Coffee Roasters: https://www.turningpointcoffeeroasters.com/ (https://www.turningpointcoffeeroasters.com/)
    Turning Point Code: PROGRESSIONS
    Other Links:
    Gear and Recommended Reading: https://kit.co/travisference (https://kit.co/travisference)
    Sign up for the Progressions https://mailchi.mp/87a95bbfe666/progressionspod (Mailing List)!
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    Credits:
    Guest: Travis Ference
    Host: Damian Taylor
    Editor: Travis Ference
    Theme Music: inter.ference

    • 1 hr 29 min

Customer Reviews

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18 Ratings

clister01 ,

Amazing Resource of Great Info

So many useful insights and great guests. Every week I learn something new. This is a must listen resource for anyone new or veteran working in the music industry. Highly recommend!

samortallono ,

Great inspiration for tough times

If you are working a recording career from home right now you should listen to this podcast. It isn't just an interview chat show, the focus is on helping us set goals and get projects done.

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Favorite New Podcast

Feeling inspired to list some goals and get after them!!!

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