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Concert organisation and promotion has always been a huge passion of mine! So today I was stoked to be lucky enough to speak with a guy that’s been running one of the worlds biggest music festivals for over three decades- truly amazing!


Bob Babisch is that man, and what a wonderful and down to earth bloke he is! Bob runs Summerfest- go check it out at summerfest.com


He has worked in the music industry for 41 years – 37 of them booking Summerfest, “The World’s Largest Music Festival” in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In that time Babisch has booked some of the biggest acts on the planet including Paul McCartney, Sting, Peter Gabriel, Pearl Jam, Tina Turner, and Prince.


If you'd like to get in contact with me, or if I can ever help you, or you have some ideas for guests or topics that you’d like me to cover then hit me up at Rodney@musicbusinessfacts.com


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Direct download: 87._Bob_Babisch.mp3
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Glen Drover is a successful Canadian musician probably best known as the former lead guitarist for thrash metal icons Megadeth. He also played with King Diamond and did a couple of stints with metal acts Testament and Queensryche.

He is currently a successful producer, session player and music teacher who has a lot of practical high level experience in the music business.

If you enjoyed this episode I'd love to hear from you. You can contact me at Rodney@musicbusinessfacts.com and at all the following links:

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Direct download: 86._Glen_Drover.mp3
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Paul Wiltshire has produced and composed music for a number of successful artists including The Backstreet Boys, Human Nature, Delta Goodrem, Guy Sebastian & Shannon Noll to name a few.  

He has also worked with hit-making production team “The Matrix” whose credits include Avril LavigneKorn and Hilary Duff).

PAUL WILTSHIRE is also the CEO & founder of Songtradr, a marketplace platform for trading and licensing music rights. The platform solves the difficulties and problems associated with rights transactions and provides creators and owners with a single destination to manage their business. 

If you enjoyed this episode please let me know by getting in contact via the usual methods or email me at: Rodney@musicbusinessfacts.com

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Direct download: 85._Paul_Wiltshire.mp3
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The Runaways are one of the most influential bands of the 70’s- certainly the most influential all girl band of any era. And my guest today is the original lead vocalist of that group- the lovely Cherie Currie, and what a story she has to tell. Like I mentioned The Runaways basically rocked the music industry to their core with their attitude fueled performances and sexually explicit lyrics- all being fronted by a 15 year old Cherie Currie. They were wild, and drug fueled, and presented to the world as basically 'jailbait'! If you’ve seen the awesome film titled “The Runaways”, which is partially based on Currie’s brutally honest memoir then you’ll know what I’m talking about. And if you haven’t seen it – go see it!

Cherie is touring Australia in a few weeks so if you’re interested her show dates are available in the show notes at: musicbusinessfacts.com!

I hope you enjoy my conversation with this living rock legend. 

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Direct download: 84._Cherie_Currie.mp3
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My expert guest today is Satchel- lead guitarist for the very talented and incredibly funny American parody glam act Steel Panther.

I’ve got to admit that this is definitely the most politically incorrect episode of Music Business Facts ever, but it was a lot of fun to interview this guy.

Satchel’s real name is Russ Parish and I did inquire if he’d be interested in doing a “serious” interview, but he wasn’t, so when I realised that I’d be speaking with the character “Satchel” I thought I’d have a bit of fun with it and have a bit of a crack at comedy myself. So don’t take this episode of the show too seriously!

Although, there are actually a couple of good music business facts in this interview, most of it is just a bit of fun so I really hope you enjoy it.

Steel Panther are touring Australia next month in June. If you haven’t seen them live before they are an excellent band, kind of a cross between Motley Crue, Skid Row, Van Halen and Rodney Rude- It’s a great show and if you like your 80’s metal performed flawlessly and delivered in a hilarious R rated manner you’ll love Steel Panther!

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Direct download: 83._Satchel_-_Steel_Panther.mp3
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My podcast today is about How to Start and Operate a Successful Independent Recording Studio, and today I talk with not one but two guests.

Rohan Sforcina and Rob Vasey come from an awesome little music studio just 30 minutes drive north of Melbourne, VIC called Four Hundered Acres Recording Studio. You can check out the awesome facilities by going to fourhundredacres.com, or by visiting the show notes at www.musicbusinessfacts.com

The guys run a great little studio and this is a cool interview where Rohan and Rob give a fantastic no-holds-barred insight into what it’s like to start and run a studio. And for those musos who aren’t necessarily interested in starting a studio- keep listening because Rohan and Rob give some fantastic tips that anyone who is about to enter the studio needs to hear.

As always I'd love to hear feedback from all of you, get in contact at: Rodney@musicbusinessfacts.com

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Direct download: 82._Four_Hundred_Acres_Recoding_Studio_1.mp3
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My guest today is a super interesting guy called Eyal Levi. Eyal is an ex-touring metal musician who went through the whole major label system, and now has positioned himself as not only a successful recording engineer and producer, but also as a successful sound production trainer and entrepreneur. I think you’ll really enjoy this interview regardless of whether you’re coming from a performance, songwriting angle or from the sound production sector.

 

As always, I love to hear from all of you. So hit me up with any questions or comments at: Rodney@musicbusinessfacts.com

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Direct download: 81._Eyal_Levi.mp3
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Matt Urmy is a former touring musician, now turned tech entrepreneur. When Matt was a touring artist he often had trouble organizing his contacts, managing finances and keeping track of gigs while on the road. Sound familiar to anyone?

Anyhow, Matt actually did something about it and created a cool new web based app and company called “Artist Growth”.

Artist Growth is a great web based app that helps musicians and managers streamline the touring process. It’s designed to help you sort your finances, merchandise, royalties and much more, all in one place that’s always available online. And it’s also a great discovery tool where record company A&R reps can also potentially find your stuff as well!

Direct download: 80._Matt_Urmy.mp3
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There aren’t too many people with the credentials of my guest today, Mr. John P Kellogg. John is the Assistant Chair of the Music Business/Management department at the highly acclaimed Berklee College of Music in Boston, USA. He’s also the former vocalist of the American soul funk group Cameo, and a music business attorney.

Direct download: 78._John_P._Kellogg.mp3
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My guest today is a cool guy named Karl Sanders, who is the founding member of the American Ancient Egyptian themed, technical death metal band Nile. I’ve met Karl a number of times now whilst he’s been here in Australia and he is making a full time living as a death metal guitarist. He’s been doing that for many many years, so as usual I thought I’d pick his brain about the music business facts and see what he had to share.

Direct download: 78._Karl_Sanders.mp3
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