Music Business Facts- with Rodney Holder

In today’s episode I’m absolutely stoked to be bringing you my interview with legendary metal guitarist, vocalist and songwriter Max Cavelera.

Max and his ex band  Sepultura where a huge influence on me personally and my band Alchemist back in the day.

Max’s story is a really interesting one because Sepultura were once well on the way to becoming one of the biggest metal bands on the planet. Just at the peak of their career- the band split with Max due to the fact that they were going to sack their manager who also happened to be Max’s wife.

Max has gone on to become involved in numerous exciting heavy music projects including Nailbomb, Soulfly, Cavelera Conspiracy, and Killer Be Killed.

Anyhow I really love this interview as Max goes into some of the huge music business mistakes he’s made in his career like simply being naïve regarding contracts, not knowing the intricacies of understanding name and brand protection, getting ripped off and a whole lot more. 

He also has a dig at The current line up of Sepultura who are still performing and touring under the Monicker that Max and his brother Igor started all those years ago.

Anyhow lots of music business lessons in this one. Hope you enjoy the episode.

Let me know on And share the link around with all your metal buddies if you think they may enjoy the episode.

Direct download: Max_Cavelera.mp3
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Welcome to Music Business Facts – The podcast where Rodney Holder talks to successful music industry professionals and debates the facts about the music industry.

Today's guest is Mr. Dani Filth- Lead vocalist for the very successful and often controversial gothic horror vampire black- metal band- Cradle of Filth.

In this conversation Danny shares his views and opinions on the music biz as well as some great take away advice on how to get the attention from big industry players.


Direct download: Dani_Filth.mp3
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On July 14 2015 Rodney Holder spoke with successful artist manager Gregg Donovan during a live webinar Titled "How To Successfully Self-Manage Your Music Career & Thrive In The Music Business".

This is a replay of that presentation including a live Q&A session with Gregg after the presentation.

At the end of the presentation Rodney and Gregg invited attendees to join their mentorship and education program. An online course titled "The Art Of Artist Management".

This is an 8 week online step by step guide to artist management and artist self management. Including Q&A with Gregg.

If you are interested in the course you can register at or contact

Direct download: Gregg_Donovan_Webinar_2.mp3
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Dan Biddle is a successful artist manager who formed TCO Artists (Taking Care Of Artists) in January2014 to handle Management for The McClymonts & The Adam Eckersley Band. 

He had previously held various marketing, promo &sales roles at Sony Music, Universal Music &BMG since 1998. 

Dan is also a member of theAmericana Association Australian Advisory Board.

A great interview about breaking into management and implementing management strategies.

Direct download: Dan_Biddle.mp3
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