And The Writer Is...with Ross Golan show

And The Writer Is...with Ross Golan

Summary: Every week, we sit down with an acclaimed and venerable songwriter to intimately discuss what happens behind closed doors in the music industry. There are millions of singers, thousands of artists, and only 40 top songs per genre at a time... this podcast is about the people who make them. Produced by Joe London & Ross Golan in association with Big Deal Music & Mega House Music. And The Writer Is... ™

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 Ep. 146: Golnar Khosrowshahi | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:13:12

Today’s guest is Golnar Khosrowshahi, the Founder and CEO of Reservoir, an award-winning independent music company headquartered in New York City and with operations in Los Angeles, Nashville, Toronto, London, and Abu Dhabi. Founded in 2007, Reservoir is the first U.S.-based publicly traded independent music company and the first female founded and led publicly traded music company in the U.S. Under Golnar’s leadership, Reservoir has grown to own and administer over 130,000 copyrights and 36,000 master recordings, with titles dating as far back as 1900. Golnar continues to lead the team in building a well-attended roster and an established catalog, earning her the recognition as one of Billboard’s Most Powerful Female Executives for 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020, and a Billboard Indie Power Player for 2017 and 2018. Furthermore, Reservoir was awarded Publisher of the Year at Music Business Worldwide’s The A&R Awards in 2017 and 2019, and was named IndependentPublisher of the Year at the 2020 Music Week Awards. In addition to her role as CEO of Reservoir, Golnar serves as a Director on the board of the National Music Publishers’ Association, based in Washington, DC and working to ensure fair compensation and property rights for songwriters and their representatives. She also sits on NMPA’s SONGS Foundation Board of Directors, an organization that raises funds to support career songwriters. Working alongside Artist Director and cellist Yo-Yo Ma, Golnar served as Board Chair of Silkroad, a non-profit organization formed in 2000, and is now a Director. And the Executive is…Golnar Khosrowshahi!   Artwork: Michael Richey White  See for privacy and opt-out information.

 Ep. 145: Tainy | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:03:38

Leading a new wave of Latin music and culture for over a decade, today’s famed producer and artist guest, is the mastermind behind some of music's most iconic hits. A four-time GRAMMY© nominee, three-time Latin GRAMMY winner along with seven nominations, multiple BMI Award Winner, he has been churning out career-defining hits for artists as well as his own, including Daddy Yankee, Bad Bunny, J Balvin, Rosalia, Lauren Jauregui, Zion & Lennox, Anuel, Ozuna, Don Omar, Wisin & Yandel, Kali Uchis, Rauw Alejandro, Jhay Cortez and more. In 2019, he made his artist debut reaching the top charts with hit singles: “I Can’t Get Enough,” ”Adicto,” ”Callaita,” #1 Latin Pop and Airplay single “Agua” and GRAMMY® nominated “Un Dia(One Day).” In 2021, our guest continued pushing the culture forward on a global scale executive producing, Selena Gomez’ first full Spanish language body of work "Revelacion," "Sunbathe" alongside Miguel, and Bad Bunny and Jhay Cortez’ “Dakiti,” which went No. 1 globally. In addition, he continues to break records as the only producer to sit at the #1 spot on the Billboard charts for a record 102 weeks.  His latest two hit releases pack massive star power; “Summer Of Love” with Shawn Mendes and “Lo Siento BB:/” featuring Bad Bunny and Julieta Venegas.  And The Writer Is… Tainy! Artwork: Michael Richey White  See for privacy and opt-out information.

 Ep. 144: Tommy Brown | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:01:16

Today’s guest is an American record producer, songwriter and rapper. He currently lives in LA and was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Our guest has been Grammy-nominated as well as receiving multiple awards from ASCAP. He has scored multiple chart-topping albums while working with Ariana Grande on all six of her studio albums as well as executive producing Grande’s 2020 album Positions. In addition to Grande, his most recent work includes Justin Bieber’s single “Holy”, Blackpink’s “Ice Cream feat. Selena Gomez” and “Bet You Wanna (feat. Cardi B)”. Brown has also collected production credits for three songs on Grammy-award-winning artist Meghan Trainor's second album, Thank You. Our guest learned from production greats Roy "Royalty" Hamilton and Rodney Jerkins, while working alongside them and eventually creating a team of his own. And The Writer Is… Tommy Brown!  See for privacy and opt-out information.

 And The Update Is...October 4th, 2021 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:04:09

Your weekly update with industry news and happenings from ATWI. Update for the week of October 4th, 2021.  See for privacy and opt-out information.

 Ep. 143: Jeremiah Fraites (The Lumineers) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:15:32

Today’s guest is the co-founder, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist for the American folk rock band, The Lumineers. On January 22nd of 2021, our guest released his highly anticipated solo debut album, Piano Piano. Releasing through Dualtone Records in the U.S. and Canada and Mercury KX for the rest of the world, Piano Piano is a collection of gorgeous, intimate piano-centric instrumental songs that Fraites has been working on for the better part of a decade. The profoundly revealing and emotionally direct songs capture Fraites’ reflective moments from his Denver home. His songwriting reaches into deeply personal spaces with moving grace and stark elegance, retaining the folk-inspired melodicism so familiar from his work in The Lumineers, transported into a more classically sophisticated setting. In addition to piano, Fraites plays nearly every instrument on the album, including guitar, drums, synths, and programming. And The Writer Is… Jeremiah Fraites of The Lumineers! Artwork: Michael Richey White  See for privacy and opt-out information.

 And The Update Is...September 20th, 2021 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:04:16

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 Ep. 142: Wayne Coyne (The Flaming Lips) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:36:46

Today’s rockstar guest is a member of one of the most iconic, influential, unpredictable and vital forces in American rock music, The Flaming Lips. During their tenure, their ever-evolving, GRAMMY Award-winning sound has become a genre unto itself and contains lush, multi-layered arrangements. Lyrically, their compositions reflect the light and dark in all of us combined with bold experimental production that breathes life into their space-age-prog, punk pop and appeals to a broad spectrum of music lovers around the globe. Known for their elaborate live stage shows, THE LIPS have become the ultimate live rock experience with the likes of Q Magazine and Rolling Stone naming The Flaming Lips one of the "50 Bands to See Before You Die." Their reputation as canny songwriters and great performers have made The LIPS an actively sought out collaborative entity who have participated in numerous, oddly diverse recorded and live performances that include Yoko Ono, David Lynch, Philip Glass, Bon Iver, Lightning Bolt, Coldplay, Beck, Nick Cave, Erykah Badu, Thievery Corporation, Grace Potter, The Chemical Brothers, Jim James, Miley Cyrus and many more. The band recently achieved yet another set of “Firsts” by being the first band to perform prophylactically for late night TV (Colbert/Fallon), and NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert. In January 2021, The Lips played The World’s First-Ever Space Bubble Concerts with band and audience safely encased and physically distanced within their own individual clear Space Bubbles in their hometown of Oklahoma City. And The Writer Is… Wayne Coyne! Artwork: Michael Richey White  See for privacy and opt-out information.

 And The Update Is...September 6th, 2021 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:03:32

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 Ep. 141: Mark Hoppus | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:00:47

Today’s singer, musician, songwriter, and record producing guest is a founding member of the genre defining pop punk band, blink-182 as well as the popular +44 and pop duo, Simple Creatures. He has survived three decades of alternative music - from punk clubs of Southern California to unlikely pop stardom in the TRL era to navigating the new millennium's post-genre revolution. The band is noted as bringing the genre of pop punk into the mainstream. In 1995, blink-182 released their debut album, Cheshire Cat which launched their first national tour. The group's album Enema Of The State peaked at No. 9 on the Billboard 200, led by it's No. 6 track, "All The Small Things." The album has since been certified five-times platinum by the RIAA. The band received their first career GRAMMY nomination for Best Rock Album for their album, California in 2016 during the 59th Grammy awards. blink-182 has sold over 13 million albums in the United States, and over 50 million albums worldwide. Our guest is not only recognized as the bassist and co-vocalist of one of the most iconic bands but also as an incredibly loving father, husband and overall human. And The Writer Is… Mark Hoppus! Artwork: Michael Richey White  See for privacy and opt-out information.

 And The Update Is...August 23, 2021 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:05:46

Your weekly update with industry news and happenings from ATWI. Update for the week of August 23rd, 2021.  See for privacy and opt-out information.

 Ep. 140: J White Did It | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:25:46

Today’s Grammy Award winning guest is one of today’s most successful producers, songwriters, and DJs of this generation. He began his career as a DJ in Kansas City, producing beats for several artists before meeting Cardi B and producing her chart-topping singles, "Bodak Yellow, "I Like It” and “Money.” In 2020, our guest produced "Savage" by Megan Thee Stallion featuring Beyoncé, which hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100, as well as "A Lot” by 21 Savage featuring J. Cole, which reached number 12 on the Hot 100. He executive produced Iggy Azalea's second studio album, In My Defense, and its lead single "Sally Walker". Our guest also produced the tracks "Started" and "Freak of the Weak” as well as “Muwop” for Mulatto and Gucci Mane, just to name a few. And The Writer Is… Anthony Jermaine White aka J White Did It! Artwork: Michael Richey White  See for privacy and opt-out information.

 And The Update Is...August 9th, 2021 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:06:39

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 Ep. 139: Suzanne Vega | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:50:36

Today’s Grammy award winning singer-songwriter, musician and record producing guest emerged as a leading figure of the folk-music revival of the early 1980s when, accompanying herself on acoustic guitar, she sang what has been called contemporary folk or neo-folk songs of her own creation in Greenwich Village clubs. Since the release of her self-titled, critically acclaimed 1985 debut album, she has given sold-out concerts in many of the world’s best-known venues. Known for performances that convey deep emotion, Vega’s distinctive, “clear, unwavering voice” (Rolling Stone) has been described as “a cool, dry sandpaper-brushed near-whisper” by The Washington Post, with NPR Music noting that she “has been making vital, inventive music” throughout the course of her decades-long career. Her songs have tended to focus on city life, ordinary people and real-world subjects. Notably succinct and understated, her work is immediately recognizable—as utterly distinct and thoughtful as it was when her voice was first heard on the radio over 30 years ago. Widely regarded as one of the foremost songwriters of her generation, our guest released her latest album, An Evening of New York Songs and Stories, on September 11, 2020. And The Writer Is… Suzanne Vega! Artwork: Michael Richey White  See for privacy and opt-out information.

 And The Update Is...July 26, 2021 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:05:13

Your weekly update with industry news and happenings from ATWI. Update for the week of July 26th, 2021.  See for privacy and opt-out information.

 Ep. 138: FRED | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:07:10

Today’s guest is a multi instrumentalist producer, songwriter and artist who has had 6 Uk No1s, 11 Top 10s and last year was the youngest ever winner of the Brit Award for Producer of the Year. He has been called “a genius” by Brian Eno and “The White Burna Boy” by Burna Boy. A child prodigy, he wrote and produced his first album at 10 and started writing his first Symphony at 14. This was performed by a 50 piece orchestra at his high school when he was 16. His second symphony written aged 17 was performed in London by the Royal College of Music with a 60 piece of Orchestra to two sold out nights. Two years later he had his first No 1 with Clean Bandit & Demi Lovato, followed up immediately with his second with George Ezra which took his first off the top spot. The latter was the biggest selling song of that summer and has become the longest running UK Top 75 song of all time. He also became a key collaborator of Ed Sheeran, producing the bulk of his No 5 Collaboration Project including 3 more No 1s. He is presently writing Ed’s next album. At the time of writing he is not only the #1 selling pop producer in the UK of the last year but also the #1 selling rap producer as well as being nominated for Best Dance Recording at the Grammys this year (with Jayda G). He has worked with artists including Ed Sheeran, FKA Twigs, Justin Bieber, Stormzy, George Ezra, Brian Eno, Khalid, Nicki Minaj, Maisie Peters, Headie One, Cardi B, Camilla Cabello and many more. Now releasing music as an artist himself, our guest has garnered over 4mil monthly listeners on spotify. And The Writer Is… FRED! Artwork: Michael Richey White  See for privacy and opt-out information.


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