126 episodes

Insightful conversations about building and maintaining a fulfilling and successful career in the music industry. Music producers, engineers, mixers, artists, songwriters, musicians, composers and various other audio professionals sit down and share the tips, tricks, mindsets and ideas that helped them define their careers.

Created and hosted by Grammy nominated recording and mixing engineer Travis Ference, Progressions: Success in the Music Industry is inspired by the journey of his career so far. Travis is determined to set the next generation of music creators up with the tools they need to define their own success and live a happy, healthy, and prosperous career in the music business.

Don’t wait for luck. Start building your future now.

Join us on YouTube for extra content: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwsSYXoW9AXB3TdJPXO02Gw

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Progressions: Success in the Music Industry Travis Ference

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    • 5.0 • 34 Ratings

Insightful conversations about building and maintaining a fulfilling and successful career in the music industry. Music producers, engineers, mixers, artists, songwriters, musicians, composers and various other audio professionals sit down and share the tips, tricks, mindsets and ideas that helped them define their careers.

Created and hosted by Grammy nominated recording and mixing engineer Travis Ference, Progressions: Success in the Music Industry is inspired by the journey of his career so far. Travis is determined to set the next generation of music creators up with the tools they need to define their own success and live a happy, healthy, and prosperous career in the music business.

Don’t wait for luck. Start building your future now.

Join us on YouTube for extra content: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwsSYXoW9AXB3TdJPXO02Gw

Get in on our conversations on The Complete Producer Network: https://www.completeproducer.net/share/z_LJhc8M_GtKZ1OX?utm_source=manual

    Capturing Hit Record Moments: Vocal Production Tips with Dana Nielsen

    Capturing Hit Record Moments: Vocal Production Tips with Dana Nielsen

    Dana Nielsen is a Grammy nominated recording engineer, mixer, and producer who's worked with artists such as The Red Hot Chili Peppers, SZA, Bob Dylan, Adele, and Post Malone.
    In this episode, you'll learn about:
    Vocal Production TechniquesThe Importance of Headphone MixesThe Art of Editing MusicallyMelodyne Vocal Tuning TipsWorking with Rick RubinUnderstanding Production is about the People, Not the ToolsRunning a 2nd Record Rig at All TimesTranslating Your Taste to Your Production Choices
    Connect with Dana Nielsen
    🌐 Website: https://www.dananielsen.com/
    📸 Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/danafrio/
    🎵TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@danaproducer
    🐦 Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheDanaNielsen
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    Credits:
    Guest: Dana Nielsen
    Host: Travis Ference
    Editor: Stephen Boyd
    Theme Music: inter.ference

    • 1 hr 10 min
    How to Set Your Rate: Defining Your Value as a Music Freelancer

    How to Set Your Rate: Defining Your Value as a Music Freelancer

    Knowing what to charge is one of the hardest parts of working as a freelancer. In this episode Travis discusses how tracking his time for the last five years has helped him confidently define his rates and shares tips for how you can best determine what to charge for your services as a music production professional.
    In this episode, you'll learn about:
    How to determine your average hourly wageWhy you need to understand your expensesHow to make more money without directly raising your rate
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    Credits:
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    Host: Travis Ference
    Editor: Travis Ference
    Theme Music: inter.ference

    • 11 min
    Exploring the Wild Side of Plug-Ins with Noam Levinberg

    Exploring the Wild Side of Plug-Ins with Noam Levinberg

    Noam Levinberg is a veteran mastering engineer and the founder of Safari Pedals, which has quickly become one of the most talked about new plug-in companies in recent times.
    In this episode, you'll learn about:
    How a plug-in designers' sonic preferences shape a plug-inThe parallels of releasing plug-ins and releasing musicHow JUCE Framework has opened the door for a lot of new plug in companiesThe importance of moving forward quickly to learn what resonates with peopleHow the passing down of audio knowledge has changedThe overwhelm of solo music entrepreneurshipNoam and Travis's experiences in commercial studios
    Connect with Noam:
    🌐 Website: https://safaripedals.com/
    📸 Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/safaripedals
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    Credits:
    Guest: Noam Levinberg
    Host: Travis Ference
    Editor: Stephen Boyd
    Theme Music: inter.ference

    • 50 min
    Show Relaunch, NAMM, and My Top Plug-Ins of 2023: January 2024 a Month In Review

    Show Relaunch, NAMM, and My Top Plug-Ins of 2023: January 2024 a Month In Review

    Today is the first unscripted, off the cuff episode of Progressions. I've decided to do monthly reflections on the podcast and my career as well as whatever other random thoughts come to me while recording.
    In this episode, you'll learn about:
    The Progressions Relaunch and YouTube GrowthEpisode ReflectionsNAMM ConventionMy Favorite Plug-Ins of 2023Why Engineers Should Stop Being Consumers
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    Credits:
    Guest:
    Host: Travis Ference
    Editor: Travis Ference
    Theme Music: inter.ference

    • 16 min
    Spotify Royalty Outrage: What it ACTUALLY Tell Us About the Music Industry

    Spotify Royalty Outrage: What it ACTUALLY Tell Us About the Music Industry

    This week we talk about how Spotify's royalty changes will affect artists in 2024 and what the resulting outrage says about the false narrative much of the industry is living.
    In this episode, you'll learn about:
    Spotify's Royalty ChangesMonetization RequirementsThe Dangers of Focusing on Public Facing MetricsWhat to Do about the Royalty ChangesWhy the Story You Believe About Yourself May Be Holding You Back
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    Credits:
    Guest: N/A
    Host: Travis Ference
    Editor: Travis Ference
    Theme Music: inter.ference

    • 10 min
    Epic Studio Interview: a Conversation about Gear, Workflow, and Vibe with Andrew Masters

    Epic Studio Interview: a Conversation about Gear, Workflow, and Vibe with Andrew Masters

    Andrew Masters is a recording engineer and musician who’s YouTube channel defined the “Epic Studio Tour” genre. His channel features some of the most amazing studio setups you’ll find on the internet as well as insights on music production and engineering. Prior to his YouTube success Andrew was on staff at East West Studios in Los Angeles where he worked with artists such as Weezer, John Legend, and Sum 41 and producers such as Billy Bush and Blake Mills.
    In this episode, you'll learn about:
    How to plan for setting up a new studioHow starting YouTube changed Andrew’s LifeWhat to prioritize when you build a studioHow to train an assistant to help grow your businessCan old school traditional studios survive in the home studio eraWhy more music professionals should have a YouTube channelHow social media builds trust with potential clientsUsing time blocking and goal setting to get more done
    Watch this episode on YouTube here!
    Connect with Andrew:
    📺 Andrew Masters: https://www.youtube.com/@AndrewMasters
    📺 Studio Time: https://www.youtube.com/@itsstudiotime
    📸 Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/andrewmastersmusic
    🎵TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@andrewmastersmusic
    🌐 Website: https://www.andrewmastersmusic.com/
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    Credits:
    Guest: Andrew Masters
    Host: Travis Ference
    Editor: Stephen Boyd
    Theme Music: inter.ference

    • 45 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
34 Ratings

34 Ratings

DannyF5 ,

Great Podcast

Progressions is a great podcast. Travis’s intros are always insightful, motivating and thought provoking. I always get a lot out of each and every one. His guests come from all facets of the industry and there is always something to learn from the discussion. I would highly recommend this podcast to anyone who wants to get more out of their career and life.

FeeneyA ,

Awesome show!

This has become my go to podcast. Really helpful insights. Travis has really insightful “rants” at the beginning of each episode and is a great host with his guests, asking great questions, and let’s THEM talk. Lots of audio pods the host talks wayyyy to much, but Travis’s inputs are always well placed, and engages the host to draw more out.

Seriously well done. Thank you!

Dark*Mark ,

Inspirational and Informative

Travis and his guests share highly valuable information for navigating the music industry. They also discuss ways to organize your life with habits and goals to achieve your dreams. I highly recommend this podcast to musicians, artists, players, mixers, engineers, and everyone in between.

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