Welcome to The Music Makers! THE ultimate podcast, created and hosted by Andy Kushner, sharing behind-the-scenes stories of some of the most influential music industry pros around. Gain insight, education, and inspiration from going deep into the psyches of artists, record producers, songwriters, recording engineers, managers, record industry executives, and more. Crank up the volume and get the inside scoop as you enter the world of...The Music Makers!
Victor Indrizzo: A-List Session & Touring Drummer
Victor Indrizzo is a prolific, L.A. based studio session drummer and touring musician. He has recorded and/or toured with the likes of Alanis Morissette, Beck, Queens of the Stone Age, Avril Lavigne, Chris Cornell, Macy Gray, Lizzo, Willie Nelson, Sheryl Crow, Meatloaf, Rob Thomas, and many more. He’s also worked on film soundtracks including Spiderman, The Matrix Reloaded, The 40-Year Old Virgin, Charlie’s Angels, Get Him to the Greek, and more.
Shep Gordon: The Greatest Manager of Our Time & Creating History
Shep Gordon is an icon in the music and film industry and a marketing mastermind for his clients. Some of his notable clients include Alice Cooper, Teddy Pendegrass, Luther Vandross, Kenny Loggins, Anne Murray, Emeril Lagasse, Roger Verge, Wolfgang Puck, Nobu Matsuhisa, and Groucho Marx. He’s also produced films like Kiss Of The Spiderwoman and Stop Making Sense.
Shep has an autobiography called They Call Me Supermensch: A Backstage Pass ot the Amazing Worlds of Film, Food, and Rock ‘n Roll. And Mike
Nikka Costa: Recording Artist, Performing Artist, Songwriter, and performing with Prince
Born the daughter of legendary producer and arranger Don Costa, Nikka was destined to be an industry name to be reckoned with. She’s been a recording artist since she was five years old and created her debut album at the tender age of eight. As she grew into her interests and her voice, she knew that R&B, blues, and funk were her passions and she’s since merged them to create a unique sound and style all her own.
Andy and Nikka are chatting all about how he found her and her work with their mutual con
Mark Wright: Hit Producer & Songwriter
Mark Wright has to his credit tens of millions of units in sales, if not more, and a huge number of number one singles that he wrote, published, or produced as well as several major awards. He grew up loving the business of music. Mark’s father was a music director for schools in his local area and he was a member of the All State Choir. He chose to continue studying music when he went to college and then went right into the industry immediately after graduation.
He knew that his life was going to be de
Matt Fink: Formerly known as “Dr. Fink” with Prince and The Revolution as well as NPG
The legacy that Prince brought to the world of music is ever-enduring, but he couldn’t do it alone. Matt Fink, or Dr. Fink as he is known by fans, was one of those who helped Prince bring his music to the masses. Listen as Andy and Matt chat about the Prince years and the impact they had on Matt’s career.
Matt joined Prince’s band in 1978 and subsequently performed with him on world tours, recorded with him, and co-wrote some pivotal songs. He’s digging deep into his
Jeff Babko: Keyboardist Extraordinaire & Keeping The Channels Wide Open
Jeff Babko is an in-demand pianist and keyboardist who has spent his life learning his craft and contributing to the music industry. He’s toured the world, worked with huge artists, is a gifted recording artist, and is currently the music arranger, composer, and house band member on Jimmy Kimmel Live. Listen as he shares more about his journey and experiences in the music industry and his hopes for the future.
It all started at a young age for Jeff. He remembers always being drawn to music and more spec
Extremely Compelling and Insightful!!
So happy that I found this podcast! For anyone that loves music or is pursuing a career in publishing, producing, songwriting, artist, etc - this is a must-listen. In the handful of episodes I’ve listened to I’ve picked up a vast amount of knowledge and perspective in regard to the inner-workings of the music industry. Hearing from folks that have produced and been a part of the top records of the last few decades all the way to current publishers in Nashville such as Beth Laird, there is so much value to be unlocked here as well as an appreciation for both where the music industry has been and where it is heading. Andy does an excellent job asking the right questions and has awesome guests that reveal gems of wisdom every episode! - Andy C.
Intro to new podcast
So I am 6 episodes behind but excited and encouraged to follow this endeavor. Great voice, sincerity and curiosity in his interviews come thru with details and depth as Andy continues to share and pull out the inner workings and perspectives (listened to other podcasts and was impressed enough to check this one out). Surely won’t be disappointed! Rock and Music On, dude!!
Really great conversations, thoroughly enjoyed this one.