61 episodes

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!

The Music Makers Andy Kushner

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    • 5.0 • 30 Ratings

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!

    Ina Forsman: Her Latest Release

    Ina Forsman: Her Latest Release

    I first interviewed Ina Forsman in September of 2020, the year after she had released an absolutely stellar album, Been Meaning To Tell You. We were five and a half months into the pandemic and public performances had temporarily come to a halt. We went through her journey including her process as a singer, songwriter, and performer as well as some of the songs on her last album. I highly recommend listening to that episode, which was #25. In today’s episode, we talk about what Ina’s been doing since then and get into the recording process and the behind-the-scenes of some of the songs of her upcoming new album release, All There Is. 
    LINKS & RESOURCES
    Ina Forsman:
    Ina’s Website: https://www.inaforsman.com/ 
    Ina on Facebook
    Ina on Instagram
    Ina on YouTube
     
    Mentioned:
    Episode 19 Scottie Baldwin: Award-Winning FOH Sound Engineer for Prince And Other Superstars
     
    Songs discussed during the interview:
    Be My Home:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5y1gXGsnJzQ
    Get Mine:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6BpP-Rzud8o 
    Hanging Loose:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9yRtxc3G3O8 
     
     
     
    Follow The Music Makers: 
    The Music Makers on Instagram
    The Music Makers podcast theme song was written and produced by Andy Kushner with help from the rhythm section and horn players of the band, SoundConnection: Elliot Jefferson, Lamonte Silver, Keith Hammond, Roy Lambert, Joe Herrera, and Craig Alston.
    Sponsor: Kushner Entertainment
    Check out Andy's Other Podcast: The Wedding Biz

    • 28 min
    Bruce Watson: Int'l Recording & Touring Guitarist, Foreigner's Lead Guitarist and More!

    Bruce Watson: Int'l Recording & Touring Guitarist, Foreigner's Lead Guitarist and More!

    Bruce Watson is a lead guitarist best known for playing in the band Foreigner which had multiple hits in the 70’s and 80’s including Hot Blooded, Feels Like The First Time, Urgent, and I Want To Know What Love Is. He also sings, plays mandolin, bass guitar, and slide guitar. Bruce has toured and/or recorded with the likes of Elton John, Rod Stewart, Patti Smyth, B.B. King, and more.

    LINKS:
    WEBSITE          foreigneronline.com
    INSTA                brewswotsin
    FACEBOOK       https://www.facebook.com/bruce.watson.14

    • 25 min
    Sean "Smiles" Miles: Recording & Touring Keyboardist, Scoring, and Producing

    Sean "Smiles" Miles: Recording & Touring Keyboardist, Scoring, and Producing

    Sean Miles, also known as "Smiles," is one of my favorite musicians who I’ve personally worked with for many years. He is a keyboardist, composer, producer, arranger, and music director. Hailing from the Washington, DC Metropolitan area, Smiles has landed on stages with amazing artists including David Foster, Kenny G, Ginuwine, Estelle, Mya, Angie Stone, Rachelle Ferrell, Biz Markie, Phil Lassiter, and many more. 

    Music link:
    https://koji.to/smileslife
     
    Social Media handle:
    https://www.instagram.com/tv/CV27TZeMq92/?utm_medium=copy_link

    • 28 min
    Benny Pough: CEO of D. Verse Media and What it Really Takes in Today's Music Industry

    Benny Pough: CEO of D. Verse Media and What it Really Takes in Today's Music Industry

    Benny Pough, CEO of D. Verse Media, is one of today’s successful and innovative business leaders and has helped shape the sound and culture of music worldwide, having been instrumental in delivering radio hits for superstar artists such as Jay-Z, Rihanna, Kanye West, Travis Scott, DJ Khaled, Future, and 21 Savage. He held executive positions at powerhouse labels from Motown Records and Def Jam to Epic Records and Roc Nation Music. He has since formed D. Verse Media, a full service global music distribution and publishing company. Some of the awards, he’s received, are In 2019, he was awarded Record Executive of the Year by Power of Influence Awards. In 2018, he was awarded Record Exec of the Year by Urban One Honors. And the title Hitmaker, in 2017, by Variety Magazine. We go deep in this conversation and be sure to look out for his Book, On Impact, which will be published in the middle of 2022.  
     
    Links:
    Instagram: @bennypough (https://www.instagram.com/bennypough/) 
    Website: www.bennypough.com
    Website: www.dversemedia.com

    • 34 min
    CJ Camerieri: Trumpet Player, French Horn, Keyboards and yMusic, Bon Iver, Paul Simon, David Byrne, and More

    CJ Camerieri: Trumpet Player, French Horn, Keyboards and yMusic, Bon Iver, Paul Simon, David Byrne, and More

    As a grammy-award winning trumpet player, flugelhorn, french hornist, arranger, and keyboard player, CJ Camerieri has become an indispensable collaborator for numerous indie rock groups as a performer, arranger, improviser, and soloist and is a co-founder of the contemporary classical ensemble yMusic. He has toured and/or recorded with numerous major artists including Bon Iver, Paul Simon, Rufus Wainwright, Sean Lennon, Sufjan Stevens, The Plastic Ono Band, David Byrne, Indgrid Michaelson, Joan Osborne, and more.

    Links:
    https://www.cjtrumpet.com 
    https://merch.ambientinks.com/products/preorder-carm-lp
    Instagram - Carm_band 
    Website - Carm.band

    • 32 min
    Ryan Lerman: Scary Pockets, John Legend, Michael Buble, Self-Confidence, and More

    Ryan Lerman: Scary Pockets, John Legend, Michael Buble, Self-Confidence, and More

    Ryan Lerman has toured the world as a bassist for Ben Folds, guitarist for Michael Buble, and guitarist/string arranger/musical director for John Legend. He’s also toured with Vanessa Carlton, Joshua Radin, Tallest Man On Earth, and more as guitarist, bassist, singer, music director and arranger. As a songwriter, his compositions have been recorded by Vulfpeck, Buble, and others. He’s also one half of the creative team behind YouTube sensations Scary Pockets, with over 230 million views!  He has released three solo records under his own name with Pinstripes, The Sky (2012), Friends (2017), and Noisy Feelings (2019). We talk about all that and also the struggle that all or most artists go through in terms of feeling and retaining a comfortable sense of well-being and self-confidence. It’s a great conversation! 

    • 47 min

Customer Reviews

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30 Ratings

30 Ratings

Andy Chipman ,

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.

RicheE222 ,

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!!

william8658 ,

William

Really great conversations, thoroughly enjoyed this one.

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