The Unstarving Musician
Summary: Features weekly interviews with indie musicians an industry professionals who share their experience and expertise on recording, touring, getting gigs, marketing, and much more. It’s the podcast intended to help indie artists to more of what they love–make music.
Austin based musician Emmanuel Tomes is a singer songwriter of the blues and funk variety. His latest release October Skies is a project that began as a collaboration with his sister Elyssa. He unfortunately lost Elyssa to illness in 2016 before the project was finished. With a little time and perseverance, Emmanuel completed and released the EP project in 2018. We discuss the release of October Skies, his next recording project, social media, and how songwriting challenges him personally.
Bradford and Kimberly Loomis are of the dynamic duo, married couple variety. Kimberly is highly involved in Bradford's career. They host their own subscription platform for patrons and created their own recording label. Cutting out the middleman is a primary focus for the Loomis'. We discuss this plus their entrepreneurial take on the business of music, Bradford's music mastermind group, house concerts, how his partnership with Kimberly is making a difference in his career, and much more.
Cam Gillette writes, sings, produces, and performs under the band name Smoke From All The Friction. He and his collaborators meld electronica, pop, and rock to create an elaborate sound with melodic sensibility. Our conversation digs into Cam's approach to finding the perfect band members, working with production collaborators, keeping his own DIY approach in check, serving audiences at live shows, his quest to be himself on camera, music visualizers, and more.
Tony Harrah is methodically genre jumping from blues to folk. This part of his journey began amidst unexpected life changes. His resilience and creative adaptability make for a moving conversation. We discuss the acquisition of his publicist, his forthcoming albums, merchandising design, gas money gigs, life after touring, getting organized, producing music for younger artists, and how a songwriting group has impacted his music and life. He also shares his thoughts on the vibrant West Virginia music scene.
Jamie Hill is a producer, musician, and songwriter with a soft spot for vulnerable voices. To clarify, Jamie says he’s specifically interested in female voices, gay voices, trans voices, and brown voices. He also prefers socially conscious artists and art over entertainment. He’s co host of the podcast Misfit Stars, along side his singing songwriting spouse Shannon Curtis. Jamie says the podcast is for their community. It’s also a vehicle for their career that involves Patreon and community-only episo
This is a short holiday message to say thanks, reflect on the good things that happened in 2018, plus a couple of announcements for the New Year 2019.
Lexington Kentucky based songwriter Eric Bolander is a working musician and visual arts teacher. Among the topics we discuss are self doubt, connecting with fans on a personal level, email list building, house shows (aka house concerts), the challenge of booking quality gigs, balancing fatherhood, teaching and music, marketing his music versus his visual art, his new record label relationship, and what he’s most challenged as a music artist today. Please enjoy, please tell a friend, and please subscribe.
San Antonio based singer songwriter Laura Marie has been a speaker for the Folk Alliance. Her songwriting process has evolved over the years. She’s pretty darn savvy about social media marketing, and has a list of accolades that could make up a tattoo sleeve. But best of all… She openly shares some of the mistakes she’s made. She was also very open about very personal aspects of her life. She suffers from anxiety, and is a survivor of both sexual assault and a suicide attempt. We talk about this and m
Where going pro is concerned, Sylvia Rose credits her support system. This is a group of friends and family that includes her music community. She says that so many people have expressed their belief in her. The importance of that realization is that she listens. She accepts the belief and confidence with gratitude. Nothing happened by chance. She played fiddle for everyone else’s band and worked hard. In the process she found the confidence to start writing and recording her own music. Calling found.
Vicki Ambinder is a Music Performance Coach and Artistic Consultant. She helps musicians and bands of all ages, experience levels and genres improve and enhance their live and studio performance skills. She also helps musicians and bands work toward their artistic goals. Our conversation touches on details of what she provides for clients as a performance coach. She explains what artist development means in her world and offers insight into her compassion based approach.
This episode is a holiday message to friends of the podcast. My gratitude and appreciation go out to everyone who has contributed to the podcast. This includes guests, my editor, former band mates, members of the Unstarving Musician community, mastermind pals, and my loving wife. It also includes everyone who has expressed interest in contributing. Last but not least, thanks to the listener community! You are the reason I do it week after week.
Ian Salazar recently turned 21. He’s been playing guitar since he could hold one, probably starting around age six. He plays for two Dallas Fort Worth bands and does a bit of solo work. He’s also a recording engineer and producer. Our conversation was an opportunity for me to learn about the mindset and struggles of a budding artist in today’s music business. It was also an opportunity for me to practice some some impromptu coaching. We also discuss the challenges that come with songwriting and creati
Austin area native Ginger Leigh is a life long entertainer and performer. She comes from five generations of music biz professionals. Her music is a blend of gritty, sassy rock and blues goodness. In our conversation for this episode 75, Ginger and I talk about touring, marketing, recording, performing, giving and much more. Hear the title track of her latest release Hey Funky You at the end of this episode.
Shannon Curtis has made house concerts the anchor of her music career since 2011. She tried the traditional route of touring cafes, college shows, and clubs. Her assessment of that traditional route is that it was really a slog. In this episode, we talk about the business of house concerts, personal songs, merchandising, and of course connecting with her audiences at the shows.
Lannie Flowers is a DFW based indie musician. In this 2nd appearance for the podcast, Lannie discusses the long process of making his forthcoming album "Home." The project has been wrought with challenges. It's been 8 years in the making, as of the time of this interview. The studio that Lannie is using had a 3-month shutdown for renovations. The band he’s working includes a couple of the busiest performing musicians in DFW. We discuss these and other challenges, some of which you may be familiar with.