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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.

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Progressions: Success in the Music Industry Travis Ference

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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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    Yuri Lysoivanov: Small Ensemble Recording, Jingles, and the Importance of Understanding Acoustics

    Yuri Lysoivanov: Small Ensemble Recording, Jingles, and the Importance of Understanding Acoustics

    Today’s guest is musician, composer, recording engineer, and educator Yuri Lysoivanov. Yuri is currently a product expert and marketing development specialist at Shure Microphones. Prior to that he was an instructor and the Chair of the Recording Arts Department at Flashpoint Chicago as well as a staff composer for an advertising agency. Along with all of that he actively records, specializing in acoustic ensembles both in studio and on location. We have a great conversation about weighing the cost of higher education in the arts, classical ensemble recording techniques, microphone polar patterns, and what it’s like to work for Shure Microphones.
    In this episode we'll dig in on...
    Working for Shure
    Starting out as a classically trained pianist
    The importance of talking to the musicians about their music
    Recording techniques for small ensemble recording
    Working in the advertising world as an in house composer
    The cost of higher education
    Music licensing vs custom jingles
    Being recruited to become an educator during the 2008 recession
    Convolution vs Algorithmic reverbs
    Microphone polar patterns and frequency response
    Embracing being a video creator
    The entrepreneurial nature of being a musician

    Travis' Intro: The Death of Expertise?!?
    Learn More About Yuri Lysoivanov...
    Website: https://www.yurimusic.com/ (https://www.yurimusic.com/)
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/yurimusic/ (https://www.instagram.com/yurimusic/)
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/yurichicago/ (https://www.linkedin.com/in/yurichicago/)
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    Credits:
    Guest: Yuri Lysoivanov
    Host: Travis Ference
    Editor: https://linktr.ee/djempirical (Stephen Boyd)
    Theme Music: inter.ference

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Tal Oz: Record Labels, A&R, and Always Moving to What's Next

    Tal Oz: Record Labels, A&R, and Always Moving to What's Next

    Today’s guest is manager and independent record label owner Tal Oz. Tal began his career on the engineering side, working at Interscope, where he would eventually transition into AandR. He continued his AandR path at Mom+Pop Music before moving into producer, mixer, and artist management. Some of his current management clients include Doug Schadt, Evan Sutton, and Rob Cohen. He’s also recently co-founded a boutique independent label called Hundred Days. We have a great chat about switching from the recording studio to the record label, 100 hour work weeks, assisting Jimmy Iovine, and the importance of finding the the next thing that excites you.
    In this episode we'll dig in on...
    Working in a hotbed of amazing major label artists
    The recording studio is a service business
    Seeing the writing on the wall of the future of engineering
    Switching into the label side and working as Jimmy Iovine's Assistant
    Linn Drum Samples
    Understanding record deals, what you get and what you give up
    Management for producers and engineers
    Learning to read the data
    Finding a unique element to define a sound
    Scaling as an independent artist
    Creating a brand as an engineer or mixer... it's about value
    Leaving college to attend Musician's Institute
    Engineering for Ron Fair
    Stephen Pressfield https://amzn.to/3PH6fWQ ("The Art of War")
    Tiago Forte https://amzn.to/3yThV1N ("Building a Second Brain")
    https://amzn.to/3aQO7uJ (The Defiant Ones) documentary

    Travis' Intro: Planning for Creativity
    Learn More About Tal Oz...
    Website: https://talozz.me/ (https://talozz.me/)
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    Credits:
    Guest: Tal Oz
    Host: Travis Ference
    Editor: https://linktr.ee/djempirical (Stephen Boyd)
    Theme Music: inter.ference

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Pedro Calloni: Mixing Pop Vocals, Being a Problem Solver, and the Value of Unlearning

    Pedro Calloni: Mixing Pop Vocals, Being a Problem Solver, and the Value of Unlearning

    Today’s guest is mixing and recording engineer Pedro Calloni. Pedro has recently done mixes for artists such as Gayle, LANY, Sasha Alex Sloan, Chappell Roan, and Joy Oladokun. As well as worked with some of the top music producers in the industry right now such as Dan Nigro and Finneas. We have a great chat about his quick progression from studio runner to label mixer, learning to read a room, the inefficiencies of the record industry, and why it’s more important to aid someone in their musical journey than it is to tell them how it should be done.
    Travis' Intro: Navigating Social Media
    In this episode we'll dig in on...
    How "being a fly on the wall" can go too far
    How going on tour to play drums led to getting a mixing break
    Identifying what is happening and what needs to happen in order to take something up a notch
    The importance of reading a room
    Working at The Village in Los Angeles
    The various states that a song might be in when it comes to mix
    The Mixer's career path vs the Producer's career path
    Attending Berklee College of Music
    How management brings legitimacy to a mixer
    Mixing songs that blew up on TikTok and had to be done immediately
    Knowing when it's the time to learn new tools and when it's not
    Not being starstruck
    Working fast to follow your instinct

    Learn More About Pedro Calloni...
    Website: https://www.pedrocalloni.com/ (https://www.pedrocalloni.com/)
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/pedrocalloni/ (https://www.instagram.com/pedrocalloni/)
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    Credits:
    Guest: Pedro Calloni
    Host: Travis Ference
    Editor: https://linktr.ee/djempirical (Stephen Boyd)
    Theme Music: inter.ference

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Dee Kei Waddell: Setting Boundaries, Giving Value, and the Mixing Music Podcast

    Dee Kei Waddell: Setting Boundaries, Giving Value, and the Mixing Music Podcast

    Today’s guest is recording studio owner, mixer, podcast host, and entrepreneur Dee Kei Waddell. Not only has he worked with artists such as Kanye West and The Game, but his podcast Mixing Music, is one of the top shows in the industry. His interests don’t stop with music though. He is also a co-author of three children’s books and a co-founder of LaunchPod Media, a podcast marketing and analytics firm. We have a great chat about the importance of setting boundaries, why he mixes bass first, how to build a personal brand, and why you should make a career out of the things you’d do for free.
    In this episode we'll dig in on...
    Finding the entrepreneurial spirit
    Mixing 1000 songs in a year
    Hating inefficiency
    Music as a form of therapy
    Applying the general principles of economics to your music career
    There's no such thing as emergencies, people can wait
    The importance of giving back and how that can help you grow
    Building a personal brand
    Shadow testing and advertising
    Hacking the algorithm with SEO to increase discoverability
    Being a plug-in hipster
    https://amzn.to/3NRSlzH (The Go Giver)
    https://amzn.to/3yUe4mm (4 Hour Work Week)
    https://amzn.to/3nOkKvY (Atomic Habits)

    Learn More About Dee Kei Waddell...
    Dee Kei Website: https://deekeimixes.com (https://deekeimixes.com)
    Mixing Music Podcast: https://mixingmusicpodcast.com (https://mixingmusicpodcast.com)
    Children's Books: https://deekeiandkayoko.com (https://deekeiandkayoko.com)
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    Credits:
    Guest: Dee Kei Waddell
    Host: Travis Ference
    Editor: https://linktr.ee/djempirical (Stephen Boyd)
    Theme Music: inter.ference

    • 1 hr 19 min
    Andrew Maury: Mixing on Instinct, Feeling the Low End, and Playing the Long Game

    Andrew Maury: Mixing on Instinct, Feeling the Low End, and Playing the Long Game

    Today’s guest is music producer and mixing engineer Andrew Maury. Andrew started his career running front of house for Ra Ra Riot before moving full time into the studio. Since then he’s done mixes for artists such as Shawn Mendes, Lizzo, Post Malone, Jeremy Zucker, Coin, and Madi Diaz. As well as production work with Kimbra, Lewis Del Mar, and CRUISR. We have a great chat about how live sound can influence making records, feeling the low end when you mix, how learning can make you worse before it makes you better, and why you should view your career as the long game.
    In this episode we'll dig in on...
    The importance of collaborating with people you resonate with
    Co-Producing and mixing Shawn Mendes "There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back"
    Latency when mixing with controllers and plug-ins
    Remote mixing and working with notes
    Attending Mix with the Masters and studying with Michael Brauer
    How the beginner's mind lets you work on instinct
    Working with a manager
    Feeling the how the low end of a mix hits you
    Live Sound vs Studio Sound
    Navigating additional production from the mixer's chair
    Mixing your own productions
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    Credits:
    Guest: Andrew Maury
    Host: Travis Ference
    Editor: https://linktr.ee/djempirical (Stephen Boyd)
    Theme Music: inter.ference

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Alex Crescioni: Working in Extremes, Studio Etiquette, and Niching Down into your Passion

    Alex Crescioni: Working in Extremes, Studio Etiquette, and Niching Down into your Passion

    Today’s guest is Los Angeles based musician, producer, engineer, and mixer Alex Crescioni. Alex currently works out of his studio, Stygian Sound, which is located in the legendary Sound City Center complex. Focusing on heavy and dark genres in the metal world, Alex has worked with artists on Cleopatra Records, Pavement Music, Metal Assault Records, and Nuclear Blast Records as well as collaborated with Meegs Rascon, Chris Collier, and Tim Palmer. We have a great chat about the subgenres of metal, the strategy behind creating a selected discography, niching down to focus on music that you are passionate about, and how being a prepared client brings the best out of everybody involved.
    In this episode we'll dig in on...
    Learning from your failures
    Studio etiquette
    Having a studio in the Sound City complex
    The importance of finding people that will give you their honest opinion
    Putting technical metal riffs under the studio microscope
    Niching down to make music you love
    Studying guitar and recording at Musicians Institute
    Classical piano and The Suzuki Method
    The art navigating of Los Angeles traffic
    Getting a loan and jumping head first into owning a studio
    Word of mouth referrals
    How marketing can lead to transaction temporary clients
    Separation of work and life
    DSP guitar amp simulators vs real tube amps
    Guitar string guage

    Learn More About Alex Crescioni...
    Website: https://www.alexcrescioni.com/ (https://www.alexcrescioni.com/)
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/alexcrescioni/ (https://www.instagram.com/alexcrescioni/)
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    Credits:
    Guest: Alex Crescioni
    Host: Travis Ference
    Editor: https://linktr.ee/djempirical (Stephen Boyd)
    Theme Music: inter.ference

    • 1 hr 9 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
31 Ratings

31 Ratings

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.

inoperable boyman ,

Fantastic show!!!

Although this podcast is inspiring to me, as a mixer and audio engineer, I feel as though it has a versatile message that is applicable than more than just the music industry. Travis is a great host and thus far has had zero uninteresting guests!

CCoolPhotos ,

A Staple in any Music Creators Library

The #1 growth mindset music podcast out there. Travis brings some amazing guests and conversations to the table that educate music creators how to be better creators and better humans. I can’t say enough good things about this podcast. Give it a listen. You won’t be able to (figuratively) put it down.

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