The following are 30 minute radio interviews conducted by Mark Pezzelato. The purpose is to help Canadian Musicians gain insight on how to achieve financial success in the music industry. Click to listen to these weekly interviews from Musicians, Producers, and Music Affiliates.
EPISODE 32- Rock n’ Roll Epiphany with Mike Stanfield
Mike Stanfield, songwriter, and front man of York Region based Blackdog Ballroom, sits with Mark Pezzelato to talk about all things music. In this interview you will hear about Mike's projects, contests, aspirations and inspirations. You will also hear the Blackdog Ballroom hits: Bodhi Tree, Sounds Like Now, Alright and 7.3 Seconds.
Head out to The Sister on March 30th to see Blackdog Ballroom live.
EPISODE 31 - From TV Movies to Feature Films with Sean Cisterna
Sean Cisterna is a Canadian director, producer and filmmaker. Sean has created eight movies since 2005, including King of the Camp and Blood Creek. His latest film, Moon Point, makes its premiere on February 3rd at AMC Theaters in Toronto. In this interview you will hear about how Sean began his film projects and also how much he cares for his films.
EPISODE 30 - Behind the Songwriting with EverGlo
EverGlo are a pop/rock trio from Newmarket, Ontario. EverGlo consists of lead vocalist, Kat Vhonda, guitarist/vocalist, Leo Gray, and drummer/vocalist, Lawrence Panzini Jr. These three voices unite together to bring its listeners truly spectacular songs. EverGlo creates music with a very clear message of understanding, struggle, and overcoming obstacles. In this interview you can hear how EverGlo came to be. You can also hear what goes on behind the music.
EPISODE 29 - Owning a TV and Radio Station with Hugh Reilly
Hugh Reilly is the founder of ThatChannel.com and host of Liquid Lunch which broadcasts Monday to Friday 12-2pm. In this interview Hugh talks about following your passion, the road blocks to success, and how to overcome obstacles while pursuing your dreams. This is s special simulcast with ThatChannel.com and Pezmosis Music Radio. You can watch the episode on thatchannel by clicking here.
EPISODE 28 - How to ask for money with Rick Levine
As founder and president of ICEBOX Music, Rick Levine is known as an entrepreneur in the music industry, a successful and passionate musician recognized for his unique insight as a songwriter. Rick is also a coach and mentor to aspiring performers, former radio DJ and Promotions Director for WHTG AM/FM on the Jersey shore, a Canadian internet broadcasting pioneer with Virtually Canadian.com, a special events producer, and experiential educator. In this interview Rick talks of his success as a songwriter and public speaker, and how to ask for money from investors.
EPISODE 27 - Television Production and Acting with Ali Kazmi
Ali Kazmi is a trained and experienced, professional creative director/producer/actor. He has been working successfully both on and off camera, in the industry in Pakistan, India and Canada, for 15 years in the creative fields of Advertising, event management, theatre, television, film & documentary filmmaking. He currently is a creative director for Blue Ocean Ethnic Productions. In this interview Ali talks about how commercials for large corporations are planned and created, the importance of following your passion, and the road blocks to success.
EPISODE 26 - MROC, Musicians Royalties for Performing on Recordings
In Canada musicians who play on recordings may obtain royalties when songs air on radio. No longer is it only songwriters who make unlimited income from songs. Session musicians and band members now get paid through MROC. (Musicians Rights Organization Canada) Len Lytwyn and Julia Train, the director team explain all the details.
EPISODE 25 - Getting Music to Radio with Adam Hunt
Adam Hunt is the Vice President of Sales for DMDS, a digital music distribution system which sends new music releases to radio stations all across North America. Learn how the major record labels such as Sony BMG, EMI, Universal, and Warner get their music to radio and how you can have your music submitted along side their releases. Adam believes in equal opportunity and discusses how to succeed at a radio release for the independent artist.
EPISODE 24 - From Homelessness to Successful Business Owner
Max Eden is the owner of The Jam Spot, a rehearsal facility in Newmarket, Ontario. The Jam Spot is a beautiful location suitable for rehearsals of all musicians in and around York Region. In this interview, Max tells his story of being homeless, how he overcame obstacles which ultimately led to his success. He talks of the importance of support from the people around you, a positive mental attitude, and goal attainment.
EPISODE 23 - Tour Management with Jenn Martin
Jenn Martin owns her own Tour Management company and is an artist representative for Indie Pool. She makes a living working with musicians and helping them attain their goals through merchandising, team building, timing, and credibility. In this interview Jenn talks about the importance of having a tour manager, what tour management is, and how bands can utilize her services to further their career.
EPISODE 22 - Managing a theatre with Michael Grit
Michael Grit is the theatre manager at the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts. He has over 20 years experience behind the scenes managing and booking performances consisting of thousands of attendees at a time. Michael talks about following your passion, careers outside of performing, and how to find fulfillment in what you do for a living. This interview will help you focus your skills outside of the performance, and teach you the skills of putting on a big production.
EPISODE 21 - Moe Berg says: "Do not have a career in music."
Moe Berg is the creator, songwriter, singer, and guitar player of the band The Pursuit of Happiness, as well as an author, and producer. Most recently Moe was the host and producer in Master Tracks, a show that aired for 2 seasons on AUX T.V. Moe shares his story of how the song "I'm an adult now" changed his life. Also how you should not get into music to have a career unless you truly love it. He also talks about producer royalty compensations and how different producers achieve different results.
EPISODE 20 - Heather Ostertag "Planning For Success"
Former Presendent and CEO of FACTOR, Heather Ostertag has over 30 years of experience planning for success. She has been given the Order of Canada for her excellence in the music field. Having dealt with thousands of successful artists and funding hundreds of millions of dollars towards independent Canadian Music, this interview provides key knowledge for anyone in the industry. Ostertag breeds success, and it all starts with a plan.
EPISODE 19 - James and the Readys
James and the Readys are an old school punk band from York Region Ontario. With just over 2 years of being a band, The Readys were able to land a quick start promotion that most bands would die for. The beer company James Ready loves the band, and of course, the name. In this interview the band talks about the importance of a band name, the experience of recording their first E.P. and laugh about fun times. James and the Readys new E.P. can be purchased by clicking here.
EPISODE 18 - Aaron "The Drum Guy" Fuller
Aaron Fuller makes a living playing music and being the head of the drum department at The Arts Music Store in Newmarket, Ontario. Aaron plays drums in a band called Paper Fortunes who play local shows and have toured destinations in Eastern Canada. In this interview Aaron talks about how passion drives his life of music by being happy with the current situation. Developing his dreams, Aaron enjoys the ride of whatever circumstances come his way.
EPISODE 15 - The 3TARDS are back! Over a Decade of Punk Rock.
John Tard from The 3TARDS talks about a decade of punk rock. How promoting shows and gimmicks, teamed with hard work and dedication , has gotten his band to the top of punk rock in Toronto. This interview explores in depth the lack of a new Toronto scene for independent music, and what the future will have in store. The 3TARDS re-unite for 1 night only on May 7, 2011 at the Horseshoe on Queen Street West in Toronto.
EPISODE 14 - Flatliners and Snips Double Tour Interview
The Flatliners and The Snips are two heavy weight Canadian bands in the punk rock scene. In this interview Chris Cresswell of The Flatliners and Ricky Snips talk touring, gigging, the need for independent Canadian music, and good times.
EPISODE 13 - Boogie Boy is a Renaissance Man
Ron Beer has had much success since entering the independent blues scene in the past 5 years. He has successfully promoted his songs to be featured on radio stations across Canada and the U.S. His show, Boogie Boy Blues has had great reviews with an innovative live show as well as some interesting merchandise. Ron Beer is ahead of the curve and is uniting songwriters across the Country through SAC. This is an interview you don't wan't to miss.
EPISODE 12 - Sony Music Rep Speaks on Independent Music
Bon Davies is a promotions representative for Sony Music and former host of Punkorama on Edge 102 in Toronto. His primary role at the company is making sure artists music is being played on the radio. Bon talks about services like DMDS to get music out to stations, the importance of keeping good contacts, and using opportunities to your advantage. Bon attributes his success to hard work, perseverance, and standing out amongst the crowd by showing interest in work outside of job requirements.
EPISODE 11 - Day 2 Deja Vu on Connecting to the Industry
Sean MacLean bass player/vocalist of Day 2 Deja Vu from Newmarket, Ontario talks how their band is successfully playing shows for industry reps. Maclean delves into how the band collaborates for songwriting, how their music gets played on the radio, and the roles each band member plays outside of the creation process. This full bodied trio is quickly climbing to the top with outstanding musicianship, the right look, and professionalism.
EPISODE 10 - Children's Performer Nyanna Holds an Audience
Nyanna Parcher is an independent Canadian childrens singer/songwriter. She makes a living teaching and performing to children. Nyanna also organizes songwriters groups and endorses the performance of original music. In this interview, Nyanna talks about how to write childrens music, the importance of "don't bore us, get to the chorus," and how to be a true entertainer on stage. To listen to Nyanna's album, click here.
EPISODE 9 - Basement Artists Ottawa, Promoting Your Own Show
Founder of Basement Artists, Marcus Lamoureux talks about how his company uses a community mentality to promote original music and art. Basement Artists is based out of Ottawa, Ontario. It began in 2005 when Marcus, being an artist himself, realized the importance of community and joining together with other creative, like minded people. Basement Artists has successfully created and promoted over 50 shows which sell artwork, along with hosting original musical bands and solo artists. They have sold thousands of original art pieces and brought a scene to independent Canadian music and art in Ottawa.
EPISODE 8 - Singer Songwriting Success with Dennis French
A lifetime of success with singer/songwriter Dennis French. In this interview, Dennis talks about his career going from playing in front of over 70 000 people opening for the Beach Boys, to now being a solo singer/songwriter. Dennis shares what it takes to be successful on your own, the importance of pushing yourself and trying new ideas, and how he gives back to the community through his music. Proceeds of the title song from his new album "My Miracle" goes to supporting local food banks. Dennis believes that with a little effort, every person can make a difference. His latest 2009 release was recorded at Pezmosis Music Productions and can be purchased by clicking here.
EPISODE 7 - Brettnation: Independent Music With A Cause
Steve Brett of Brettnation discusses how his community of artists is revolutionizing the music industry. Steve invites you to be a part of a worthy cause by not only making money for yourself, but donating portions of your sales to worthy causes such as War Child. In this interview Steve delves into his career as a musician, the secrets of getting noticed by major record labels, the importance of sharing innovative ideas, and the energy we give and recieve from creating art.
EPISODE 6 - Fatality Talks Toronto Metal
Thrash Metal band Fatality from Toronto Ontario talks with Mark Pezzelato about organizing and playing local shows. This do it yourself, independent Canadian band has had great success from self promotion and dedication. In this 30 minute interview the band explores the Toronto metal scene, their ordeals with booking headlining bands, and what it takes to be successful in promoting your band on and off the stage. Fatality's album Beers From The Grave can be purchased here at pezmosis.com.
EPISODE 5 - Promos and Gigs for Singer Songwriters with Matt Empacher
Matt Empacher is a singer/songwriter from Toronto, Ontario. His latest full album release entitled "Further" can be purchased here at Pezmosis.com. In this in depth interview Matt talks about his struggles as a songwriter and self promoter. He tells stories about how he writes songs, and how audio production plays a big part in his philosophy on the end result.
EPISODE 4 - Independent Music Production with Simon Head
Simon Head has produced and engineered over 500 independent music artists including SNFU, Closet Monster, and Inner City Surfers. He was the tour manager for SUM 41, the bass player for Trigger Happy and Red Fisher, and is currently in the band Four Square. In this interview, Simon talks about the trials and tribulations of being on tour, travelling to foreign countries, and how to start recording and producing bands.
EPISODE 3 - From Canada to the U.S.A. Legacy Raps the Mic.
Hip Hop Rapper Legacy talks about his experiences with the differences between the Canadian and American music industries, stories of his successes, and how he creates his own original beats. This inspiring music interview gives insight for aspiring artists on how they can use the airways to network their musical talents and help others by utilizing a community mindset. Listen and download the new album FORWARD here.
EPISODE 2 - Promotions, Costs, and Show Procedures with Josh Gottlieb
Josh Gottlieb from Underscore productions has 12 years experience in co-ordinating and promoting local shows. In this 30 minute interview Josh talks about how to run your own show, how to successfully promote, and some of the successes and downfalls he's had over the years. Some of the bands Josh has worked with include: The Flatliners, The Heatskores, Strung Out, and many more.
EPISODE 1 - The Importance of Networking with Tim Oxford of The Arkells
This radio interview features Tim Oxford, the drummer of Canadian band "The Arkells" Tim talks about his career in music, the roles of band members outside of playing, and the importance of networking for success. For more information on the band, visit their myspace. The Arkells are signed to Dine Alone Records.