38 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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    • 5.0 • 18 Ratings

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.

    Thom Monahan: Sonic Explorations, Scripted Podcasts, and Why Everything Matters

    Thom Monahan: Sonic Explorations, Scripted Podcasts, and Why Everything Matters

    Today's guest is producer, engineer, and musician Thom Monahan. Thom spent the first 15 years of his career as a touring musician before transitioning to working behind the glass. Since then he has worked with artists such as Neko Case, Fruit Bats, Stevie Nicks, Vetiver, and Medicine. He's also done work as a composer, doing scores for nearly a dozen documentaries, and several podcasts and web-series. Most recently he has taken his passion for music and creative sound design into the podcast world with his work with Treefort. We have a great chat about reducing creative friction, working on projects you are passionate about, and the future of scripted podcasts.
    In this episode, we'll dig in on...
    Reducing creative friction
    The new digital nature of collaboration
    Capturing the magic of a band in the room
    Making microphones out of a boombox
    Editing as a form of production
    The future of scripted podcasts
    Learning from everybody around you
    Understanding the format you are writing music for
    Tape Edits
    Keeping perspective when doing a "money gig"
    Committing to yourself and your vision
    Learn More About Thom Monahan...
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thommonahan/ (https://www.instagram.com/thommonahan/)
    Listen to "Killing Hollywood: The Cotton Club Murder" Here
    Treefort: https://www.treefort.fm/ (https://www.treefort.fm/)
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    Turning Point Code: PROGRESSIONS
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    Credits:
    Guest: Thom Monahan
    Host: Travis Ference
    Editor: Travis Ference
    Theme Music: inter.ference

    • 1 hr 8 min
    DAVIS: Being Left of Center, Writing Hooks, and Staying Fulfilled

    DAVIS: Being Left of Center, Writing Hooks, and Staying Fulfilled

    Today's guest is songwriter, producer, multi-instrumentalist and recording artist, DAVIS. DAVIS combines classic songwriting sensibility with uncategorizable and unabashedly unique musical choices. His music has been placed on various TV shows for networks such as CBS and MTV, featured in video games, used in advertising, racked up millions of streams worldwide. We have a great chat about the Hollywood grind, passing on opportunities, and staying true to your artistic vision.
    In this episode, we'll dig in on...
    Finding your musical niche
    Creating a visual identity for your music
    Organic YouTube fan growth
    Consistently releasing music
    Carefully choosing who you want to work with
    Playing Stevie Wonder's birthday
    Publishing deals from the independent artist perspective
    How limitation can inform artistry
    Never signing the first deal
    Learn More About DAVIS...
    Instagram: www.instagram.com/unofficialdavis
    Watch on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCawFwvqwQQyXK7g1hKuVjUQ (Here)
    Listen on Spotify https://open.spotify.com/artist/1Nejskv080HulTwcWnNPUr?si=Rt4C9Q2QSwugkKOdIJlplQ (Here)
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    Turning Point Coffee Roasters: https://www.turningpointcoffeeroasters.com/ (https://www.turningpointcoffeeroasters.com/)
    Turning Point Code: PROGRESSIONS
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    Credits:
    Guest: DAVIS
    Host: Travis Ference
    Editor: Travis Ference
    Theme Music: inter.ference

    • 1 hr 9 min
    Steve Genewick: Capitol Studios, Being Prepared, and Mixing Music for Dolby Atmos

    Steve Genewick: Capitol Studios, Being Prepared, and Mixing Music for Dolby Atmos

    This week's guest is Grammy nominated recording engineer and mixer Steve Genewick. Steve has been a staff engineer at the world renowned Capitol Studios since 1994. His credits included names like Paul McCartney, Diana Krall, Beck, Niall Horan, LeAnn Rimes and Elvis Costello just to name a few. Steve is also on the forefront of mixing music for the Dolby Atmos format, being one of the first studio engineers to do so. We have a great chat about being prepared for every session, pushing the limits of what's possible, and the importance of finding a studio community to be a part of.
    In this episode, we'll dig in on...
    Working at Capitol Studios
    Mixing music for Dolby Atmos
    Always saying "Yes"
    Working with Al Schmitt
    Switching from analog tape to Pro Tools
    Finding a studio community to learn from
    Recording big bands and orchestras
    Learn the basics first
    Post-Pandemic recording
    Being prepared for sessions
    Remote recording an orchestra at Abbey Road
    Learn More About Steve Genewick and Capitol Studios...
    Website: http://stevegenewick.com/ (http://stevegenewick.com/)
    Captiol Studios: https://www.capitolstudios.com/ (https://www.capitolstudios.com/)
    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: Steve Genewick
    Host: Travis Ference
    Editor: Travis Ference
    Theme Music: inter.ference

    • 51 min
    Joseph Thompson: Language, Meta-Performance, and What You are Capable Of

    Joseph Thompson: Language, Meta-Performance, and What You are Capable Of

    This week's guest, Joseph Thompson, is an executive coach working under the umbrella of Novus Global. While not directly involved in the music industry, his career path is very in line with the concepts of this show. Novus Global is an international coaching firm working with leaders at the forefront of business, athletics, entertainment, and government. Joseph has committed himself to leading others beyond high performance and encouraging them to build out the life and career that they want. We have a great chat about pushing yourself, discovering what you are capable of, and how changing your language can change your perspective.
    In this episode, we'll dig in on...
    Being productive vs making progress
    Meta-Performance
    Changing your language to change your perspective
    Setting goals outside the edge of your comfort zone
    Dis-empowered vs empowered
    Leadership
    Limiting beliefs
    Learn More About Joseph Thompson and Novus Global...
    Website: http://www.josephathompson.com/ (www.josephathompson.com)
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/joseph.a.thompson/ (https://www.instagram.com/joseph.a.thompson/)
    Novus Global: https://novus.global/ (https://novus.global/)
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    Turning Point Coffee Roasters: https://www.turningpointcoffeeroasters.com/ (https://www.turningpointcoffeeroasters.com/)
    Turning Point Code: PROGRESSIONS
    Other Links:
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    Learn more about Travis: https://www.travisference.com/ (https://www.travisference.com/)
    Credits:
    Guest: Joseph Thompson
    Host: Travis Ference
    Editor: Travis Ference
    Theme Music: inter.ference

    • 45 min
    Kavi Halemane: Radio, Building Relationships, and All Things Digital Music

    Kavi Halemane: Radio, Building Relationships, and All Things Digital Music

    Today's guest, Kavi Halemane, has worked in various parts of the music business. After starting his career in digital marketing and strategy for Interscope Records he moved on to work directly with artists and content creators as VP of Marketing for the Collective Digital Studio and EVP and Head of Digital for The Collective. Currently Kavi is working in music programming as an executive vice president and general manager at iHeartRadio. We have a great chat about all things digital in music, what to look for in a manager, and the importance of relationships.
    In this episode, we'll dig in on...
    The digital download to streaming transition
    Relationships are the key to your career
    Hearing your music on the radio
    Staying ahead of the game
    Blockchain and music rights management
    Working for a major label
    What to look for in a potential manager
    Early YouTube
    Never getting bored
    Learn More About Kavi Halemane...
    Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/kavident (http://www.instagram.com/kavident)
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/darthkavi (https://twitter.com/darthkavi)
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    Turning Point Coffee Roasters: https://www.turningpointcoffeeroasters.com/ (https://www.turningpointcoffeeroasters.com/)
    Turning Point Code: PROGRESSIONS
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    Learn more about Travis: https://www.travisference.com/ (https://www.travisference.com/)
    Credits:
    Guest: Kavi Halemane
    Host: Travis Ference
    Editor: Travis Ference
    Theme Music: inter.ference

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Mike Patti: Finding Balance, Defining Success, and Running Cinesamples

    Mike Patti: Finding Balance, Defining Success, and Running Cinesamples

    Our guest today is composer, producer, and co-founder of Cinesamples, Mike Patti. Mike started Cinesamples in 2007 when he saw an opportunity to create niche libraries to fill holes in the marketplace. Since then they have grown it to become one of the go to orchestral library developers for composers around the globe. As a composer Mike has done work with Disney Parks and video games such as Starcraft 2 and League of Legends. We have a great chat about composing for media, running a business, anticipating the marketplace, and the importance of defining your own success.
    In this episode, we'll dig in on...
    Building inspiring virtual instruments
    Composing for video games
    Finding a mentor, work for your idols
    Writing out your goals and review them
    Score mock-ups
    Growing a team and a business
    Scoring Saturday morning cartoons
    The boring but important idea of retirement
    Learn More About Mike Patti and Cinesamples...
    Website: https://cinesamples.com/ (https://cinesamples.com/)
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/cinesamples (https://www.instagram.com/cinesamples)
    Our Sponsors:
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    Turning Point Coffee Roasters: https://www.turningpointcoffeeroasters.com/ (https://www.turningpointcoffeeroasters.com/)
    Turning Point Code: PROGRESSIONS
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    Learn more about Travis: https://www.travisference.com/ (https://www.travisference.com/)
    Credits:
    Guest: Mike Patti
    Host: Travis Ference
    Editor: Travis Ference
    Theme Music: inter.ference

    • 56 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
18 Ratings

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.

RoseHips ,

Favorite New Podcast

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

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