The Jay Franze Show: Music Industry News and Candid Interviews

Jay Franze

Hello fellow music junkie! This show is your backstage pass to the music industry, so get ready for the latest industry news, and candid weekly interviews that deliver valuable insights and entertaining stories. Stories you won’t find anywhere else. Hosted by Jay Franze, an industry veteran and master dry humorist, this show will challenge your mind, crack you up, and occasionally bring a tear to your eye.

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Don Parker: Critically Acclaimed Musician (Avery Glen Crabtree, Kyle Fields, George Molton)
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Don Parker: Critically Acclaimed Musician (Avery Glen Crabtree, Kyle Fields, George Molton)
Send us a Text Message.What happens when you grow up in a household brimming with musical legends? Discover the captivating history of Don Parker, an outstanding drummer from a renowned Kentucky music family. Don takes us down memory lane, sharing stories from his early years, playing his uncle's drum kit, and absorbing the musical wisdom of icons like Joe Clark and Randy Hayes. We also spotlight his sister Chelsea, a talented fiddle player, and the unique family dynamics that shaped their creative journeys.Ever wondered how a piece of advice could transform your entire approach to an instrument? Don reveals how a simple tip from his stepmother revolutionized his drumming technique and coordination. The episode chronicles his early fascination with drums, the thrill of discovering rock and roll through an unexpected box of CDs, and the formation of his school band. We highlight the significant influence of drumming legends Ringo Starr and John Bonham, and how their unique styles helped mold Don's musicality. Personal anecdotes bring these influences to life, especially the moment Don experienced Bonham's magic through his son, Jason Bonham.From intimate dance halls to electrifying large venues, Don's journey is a testament to musical evolution. Hear about his first professional gig in high school, playing with Avery Glenn Crabtree, and the pivotal moments that catapulted him into the spotlight. Relive the vibrant atmosphere of the Austin City Saloon, where Don's band maintained the energetic pulse of live music. Whether it's opening for big names like Kid Rock and Tracy Bird or navigating the changing tides of the music scene, Don's story is a thrilling exploration of passion, dedication, and the indelible impact of musical heritage. LinksJay Franze: https://JayFranze.com Support the Show.
Bruce Tarletsky: Critically Acclaimed Songwriter
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Bruce Tarletsky: Critically Acclaimed Songwriter
Send us a Text Message.What if you discovered that some of the most heartfelt songs come from the most unexpected places? Join us as we uncover the incredible journey of songwriter Bruce Tarletsky and his Nashville supergroup, High Mountain Breezes. Bruce, who took up songwriting later in life, found inspiration in a loyal group of session musicians. With producer Bob Bullock by his side, Bruce created a unique musical space that emphasizes friendship, collaboration, and personal expression. Together, they’ve crafted a legacy that goes far beyond the notes on a page.Ever wondered how a classic like "Bridge Over Troubled Water" could be reimagined to top charts in Europe? Bruce and his team did just that, with Melissa Duvall, Gwen Sebastian, and Heather Beckett bringing a fresh, innovative rendition to life. They dive into the creative process behind this and other hits, revealing how real-life experiences and co-writing shape their music. With insights from Michael Spriggs and contributions from songwriters like Jan Buckingham and Monty Lane Allen, they discuss the profound impact of collaboration on their success.From the grief-stricken "Daddy's Margarita Rose" to the poignant "Stars in Lahaina Tonight," they explore the emotional depth that fuels their music. Hear stories of how personal loss transforms into powerful lyrics and learn timeless advice from legends like John Denver. They wrap up by highlighting the unsung heroes behind the scenes, including Deborah's soulful touch on "Will the Circle Be Unbroken?" and Dustin's marketing prowess. Tune in to discover the heart and soul of High Mountain Breezes and the team that makes it all possible.Contributing HMB Players:Bruce Tarletsky – Founder, SongwriterMonty Lane Allen – Player, Artist, SongwriterBob Bullock – Producer/EngineerChris Leuzinger – Musician, SongwriterMichael Spriggs – MusicianDuncan Mullins – MusicianCatherine Marx – MusicianTim Crouch – MusicianGwen Sebastian – ArtistDarrell Cole – Artist, SongwriterJan Buckingham – SongwriterJanie West – Song Pitch MentorMark Beckett – MusicianJermaine Mondine – MusicianDustin Soper – Marketing, BrandingEd Gertler – Digital DistributionKyle Hershman – EngineerChris Latham – Producer, EngineerSam Levine – MusicianBlair Masters – MusicianAmanda Raye – ArtistMinnie Murphy – ArtistMark Nicolosi – VideographerGary Graziano – MusicianConrad Reeder – Artist, SongwriterJimmy Mattingly - MusicianFriends of the HMB:Deborah Allen, ArtistBenita Hill, ArtistRobert Bailey, ArtistVicki Hampton, ArtistLarry Chaney, ProducerJay Franze, Media PersonalityLinksJay Franze: https://JayFranze.comHigh Mountain Breezes: https://www.highmountainbreezes.com/ Support the Show.
Chloe Styler: Critically Acclaimed Recording Artist
Jul 8 2024
Chloe Styler: Critically Acclaimed Recording Artist
Send us a Text Message.Discover the journey of Chloe Styler, an exceptionally talented country music artist, as she takes us behind the scenes of her dream performance at Nashville's Bluebird Cafe. Chloe reveals the overwhelming sense of accomplishment and the unique atmosphere of the venue, where the attentive audience contributed to an unforgettable night. She shares her initial nerves and the contrasting vibes between Nashville's vibrant music scene and Australia's Gold Coast, providing a fresh perspective on her musical influences and experiences.Chloe Styler opens up about her creative synergy with renowned producer Luke Wooten. Get an insider’s look at their collaborative process at Station West, where they blend country, pop, and rock elements to create Chloe's signature sound. Chloe talks about the thrill of seeing their hard work culminate in the success of their latest track "Read A Room," which is climbing the Australian radio charts. The efficient yet dynamic recording sessions at Station West highlight the dedication and passion driving Chloe’s music career.Jay and Chloe also delve into Chloe's personal stories behind her songs "Call It" and "Little Lady," revealing the vulnerability and excitement that come with releasing deeply personal tracks. Chloe discusses the challenges of being an independent artist—balancing self-management, industry pressures, and personal health. Hear about the indispensable role of technology in her creative workflow, from her iPhone 13 Pro Max to her Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 interface. Chloe’s candid insights provide valuable lessons for aspiring musicians and a heartfelt narrative for fans.LinksJay Franze: https://JayFranze.comChloe Styler: https://www.chloestyler.com/ Support the Show.
Kyle Fields: Critically Acclaimed Recording Artist
Jul 1 2024
Kyle Fields: Critically Acclaimed Recording Artist
Send us a Text Message.What ignites a lifelong passion for music? For country music recording artist Kyle Fields, it was a Christmas gift from his grandmother that set him on a remarkable trajectory. This week on the Jay Franze Show, join us as Kyle takes us from his musical roots in Greenup, Kentucky, through high school jam sessions and garage bands, to the culture shock of Nashville in his early 20s. Discover how Kyle evolved from learning guitar chords as a teenager to the unforgettable experience of opening for Kid Rock before 32,000 fans.Kyle opens up about the inspiration behind his first album, sharing candid stories about creating an eclectic mix of songs that explore themes like drinking, breakups, opioid addiction, and heartfelt tributes to Kentucky and Conway Twitty. Learn about the lengthy and sometimes chaotic writing process that spanned both solo and co-writing sessions, and hear why Kyle treasures personal connections in songwriting over Nashville's more structured co-writing schedules. He also highlights the instrumental elements that shape his sound, including the fiddle and steel guitar, and the unique recording process that spans from Jason Hale's Salt Mind Studio in Kentucky to Nashville.Finally, we get an insider's look at the music industry as Kyle recounts his experiences at Farmland Studios and the shifting landscape of Music Row. Hear about the vibrant Broadway scene and the invaluable lessons learned from performing there, as well as the bittersweet moments of missing home. Kyle reflects on the thrill of significant career milestones and heartwarming stories of audience engagement and social media interactions. Plus, he shares a touching encounter with Pam Tillis and pays tribute to his biggest supporter—his mother, his "Unsung Hero." Tune in to celebrate the people and moments that make Kyle's musical journey so special.LinksJay Franze: https://JayFranze.com Support the Show.
Mike Skill: Award-Winning Recording Artist (The Romantics)
Jun 24 2024
Mike Skill: Award-Winning Recording Artist (The Romantics)
Send us a Text Message.What happens when the decline of Detroit's automotive industry fuels a surge in musical creativity? Join us as we sit down with rock and roll legend Mike Skill, founder of The Romantics, who takes us through the gritty yet exhilarating music scene of Detroit in the 70s. From working automotive industry jobs to fund his passion to rehearsing in old storefronts, Mike shares how the communal spirit among musicians and the influence of British rock bands shaped a city resilient in its artistic pursuits.Discover the origins of The Romantics and how they emerged from the punk and new wave scenes of New York, LA, and London. Mike discusses the transition from the era of iconic lead singers to bands creating their own unique sounds and styles. Hear about the band's early performances, their sharp Motown-inspired look, and the challenges they faced while recording their first two albums in a rapidly evolving music landscape. You'll get an insider's view on how the scene influenced their image and the creative processes behind their signature hits.Finally, you'll hear about the hit songs "Talking in Your Sleep" and "What I Like About You," and journey through the relentless push from management to produce new records. Mike recounts the impact of the 1967 Detroit Riots on the local community and the creation of the song "67 Riot," capturing the essence of that era through music. This episode is packed with captivating stories, personal anecdotes, and a vivid portrayal of the music industry's highs and lows. Don't miss this engaging conversation with rock legend Mike Skill on the Jay Franze show!LinksJay Franze: https://JayFranze.comMike Skill: https://www.mikeskill.com/ Support the Show.
Avery Glenn Crabtree: Critically Acclaimed Recording Artist
Jun 17 2024
Avery Glenn Crabtree: Critically Acclaimed Recording Artist
Send us a Text Message.What if your favorite song could completely change the vibe of an entire room? This episode we take you backstage with country music recording artist Avery Glenn Crabtree, who reveals the secrets behind his powerful performances. From tapping into deep emotions for every song, whether it's sad, sexy, or aggressive, to his preference for deep cuts over popular tracks, you'll get an inside look at what makes Avery an unforgettable frontman. Discover the special camaraderie he shares with his band and learn how his bluegrass background, instilled by his father, shapes his musical journey.Ever wondered how musicians can control and elevate the energy in a honky-tonk setting? Avery shares his firsthand experience on engaging with live audiences, especially by catering to the preferences of women in the crowd, and the art of keeping the vibe high. The discussion goes beyond just setlists and notes the flexibility of seasoned musicians to adapt on-the-fly, ensuring every performance is fresh and memorable. Learn about the evolving live music scene, the decline of house bands, and the strategies musicians use to create an interactive experience that keeps fans coming back.Navigating the intricate relationships within the music industry is no small feat, and Avery opens up about the challenges and triumphs of collaborating with venue owners and promoting shows in a digital age. Hear about his personal struggles with maintaining a social media presence while balancing family life, and the invaluable lessons learned from his musical influences ranging from bluegrass and gospel to Elvis and Motown. This episode also features touching anecdotes that highlight the power of music to move people, including a story about a gospel song that reduced a listener to tears. Tune in for heartfelt stories, industry insights, and an exclusive segment celebrating the unsung heroes who support artists behind the scenes.LinksJay Franze: https://JayFranze.com Support the Show.
Will Wesley: Critically Acclaimed Recording Artist
Jun 10 2024
Will Wesley: Critically Acclaimed Recording Artist
Send us a Text Message.Ever wondered how a serendipitous meeting can change the course of a musical career? Join us on The Jay Franze Show as we sit down with country music artist Will Wesley, who takes us on an emotional journey recounting the profound impact his late manager, Brian Abrams, had on his life and career. From their chance encounter at a concert in Florida to their unforgettable ride through the bustling streets of Bangkok, Will shares heartfelt memories that shed light on Brian's unwavering belief in his music, including the prophetic prediction of his song "12 o'clock in Texas."In this episode, we explore the spiritual essence of the blues and its healing power amidst life's adversities. Will recounts his first road tour with blues legend Larry Garner, showcasing his resilience by performing just days after gallbladder surgery. His role as a music director for Grady Champion adds another layer to his fascinating journey, revealing the hardships and triumphs that come with living the blues. We also dive into the creation of "Ready to Ride," highlighting the collaborative process at Roanoke Records and the invaluable contributions of talented musicians like Michael Cleveland.But the episode isn't all about music—it's deeply personal too. Will opens up about the tragic loss of his brother Daniel to a heroin overdose and his close collaborator Kern Pratt to COVID-19. He shares his journey to sobriety and his mission to raise awareness about addiction, underscoring the transformative power of music and faith. We also touch on the importance of authenticity in social media and shed light on Will's future plans, including a European tour and new music releases. Tune in for an episode brimming with heartfelt stories, life-changing experiences, and inspiring insights into the world of country and blues music.LinksJay Franze: https://JayFranze.comWill Wesley: https://www.willwesleymusic.com/ Support the Show.
Miguel Antonio: Critically Acclaimed Recording Artist (Run With It)
Jun 3 2024
Miguel Antonio: Critically Acclaimed Recording Artist (Run With It)
Send us a Text Message.Ever felt like giving up was the only option? Join us as Miguel Antonio, the lead singer of Run With It, shares a deeply moving turning point in his life that led him on a decade-long journey of healing. Miguel bravely opens up about his struggles with depression, anxiety, and OCD, and how these battles have infused their music with hope and inspiration. Through powerful storytelling behind their songs, he has struck a chord with audiences, forging connections and fostering empathy.In a candid conversation, Miguel discusses the multifaceted challenges of managing mental health. He sheds light on the importance of structured schedules, recognizing triggers, and the indispensable role of mentors and professional guidance. Listeners will gain valuable insights into the significance of personalized treatment plans and the critical support systems that can aid in managing these conditions effectively. The episode also touches on the emotional toll of buried grief and how music has served as a therapeutic outlet for Miguel and his band.The episode concludes with an exploration of the band's creative and collaborative processes. From working with producer Josh Cleave to integrating rap into their pop-rock style, Miguel shares the highs and lows of their musical journey. He recounts the financial struggles, the toll of touring, and the resilience needed to thrive in the music industry. Through stories of collaboration with artists like The Royal Chief and aspirations for future partnerships, listeners will be inspired by Run With It's evolving sound and strategic approach to their career. Tune in for a heartfelt episode teeming with raw emotion, practical advice, and the behind-the-scenes magic of making music that matters.LinksJay Franze: https://JayFranze.com Support the Show.
Malachi Gagnon: Critically Acclaimed Recording Artist
May 27 2024
Malachi Gagnon: Critically Acclaimed Recording Artist
Send us a Text Message.When a young musician strums the strings of destiny, a symphony of stories unfolds. Join Jay as he gets an intimate look at Malachi Gagnon's rise from a boy with a Taylor guitar to a country music phenomenon with millions of downloads. In their heart-to-heart, Malachi reminisces about discovering his vocal talent at a family karaoke night and the unwavering support system that fueled his journey from a hobbyist to a Nashville recording artist. His cherished guitar isn't just an instrument; it's a symbol of the connection between him and his father, and a muse for his songwriting craft.Malachi's tale is a melody of strategy and serendipity, his career a dance with adaptability in the ever-changing music industry. They explore the mosaic of moments behind recording in Nashville, the exhilaration of working with legends like the Cooley brothers, and the bold move of releasing singles—a testament to his savvy understanding of modern music distribution. The promise of a steady stream of singles through November and whispers of a larger project on the horizon paint a picture of an artist who's not just riding the waves but making them.But this episode isn't all about chords and choruses; it's a tribute to the deeper tunes of life that resonate within us. Malachi shares his personal crusade for mental health awareness, a mission born from the loss of a friend and the solace he found in faith. Their conversation is a reminder of the gentle power of checking in on those we hold dear, and the importance of compassion in our shared journey through life's crescendos and decrescendos. So, tune in and be moved by the harmonies of Malachi's music and the life stories that give them color.LinksJay Franze: https://JayFranze.com Support the Show.
Makenzie Phipps: Critically Acclaimed Recording Artist
May 20 2024
Makenzie Phipps: Critically Acclaimed Recording Artist
Send us a Text Message.As Jay sits down with the effervescent Mackenzie Phipps, he couldn't help but be struck by her pure, unadulterated passion for music that's as clear as the Bluefield skies she hails from. Their conversation takes you on a journey from a Virginia church choir to the heart of Nashville's music scene, where Mackenzie shares candid stories about her family's unwavering support and the emotional depth behind her song "18 Wheels." With her feet firmly planted in her roots and eyes set on the stars, she embodies the spirit of country music in its truest form.Step into the vibrant world of Nashville recording studios, where Mackenzie opens up about the alchemy of creating music that resonates with the soul. She pulls back the curtain on the session musicians' wizardry and the charting system that's the lifeblood of the industry's recording process. Whether she's mastering guitar licks or navigating the illustrious corridors of Blackbird Studio, Mackenzie's tales of artistic growth amidst Nashville's finest are nothing short of awe-inspiring.The episode crescendos as they discuss the evolving tapestry of country music, from the legends who paved the way to the fresh faces stirring the pot of creativity. Mackenzie's anecdotes about potential collaborations and the way certain songs stir her soul stand as a testament to her dedication to the craft. Her musical journey, woven with personal insights and dreams of collaborations, is a reminder of the enduring power of storytelling through song. Join Jay for this memorable chat with Mackenzie Phipps as they celebrate the heartbeat of country music and the artists who keep its legacy alive.LinksJay Franze: https://JayFranze.comMakenzie Phipps: https://www.makenziephipps.com/ Support the Show.
William Lee Golden: Award-Winning Recording Artist  (The Oak Ridge Boys, William Lee Golden and The Goldens)
May 15 2024
William Lee Golden: Award-Winning Recording Artist (The Oak Ridge Boys, William Lee Golden and The Goldens)
Send us a Text Message.Step behind the curtain with Jay as he sits down with the legendary William Lee Golden of the Oak Ridge Boys. In an intimate exchange, William shares his rich history with the band, encompassing the familial bonds among members and the recent transition with the addition of Ben Isaacs. But perhaps what's most striking is how he turned the silence of the pandemic into a symphony of creativity, collaborating with his family band, The Goldens, to produce new music. They also peel back the layers of William's personal life, revealing his hobbies and the resilience that allows him to keep negativity at bay.As they traverse the changing landscapes of music alongside William, they find themselves immersed in the harmonious blend of gospel and country, with nods to rock legends that shaped the soundtracks of our lives. The conversation shifts to the nitty-gritty of the music business, where artists like William confront the challenges of evolving record labels and the digital revolution's impact on album production. It's a candid look at the necessity for risk-taking and the pursuit of artistry in an industry that is as relentless as it is rewarding.In the final notes of their journey, they celebrate the milestones and the unsung heroes who've made indelible marks on William's career. The stories are vibrant, from singing hits like "Thank God for Kids" to showcasing the talents of his grandchildren who are carving their own paths in the world of music. And who knew a koala bear could symbolize such enduring bonds? We wrap up with a reflection on the legacies left through melodies and the timeless connections that bind us all, on and off the stage. Join Jay for this heartwarming exploration into the life of an icon and the music that tells his story.LinksJay Franze: https://JayFranze.comThe Oak Ridge Boys: https://oakridgeboys.com/William Lee Golden and The Goldens: https://williamleegoldenandthegoldens.com/ Support the Show.
Matt Oakley: Critically Acclaimed Recording Artist
May 13 2024
Matt Oakley: Critically Acclaimed Recording Artist
Send us a Text Message.Ever wonder how a rising country star finds his voice in the midst of a global pandemic? Matt Oakley joins Jay Franze, to share his tale of musical evolution, from the spark of creation during quarantine to harnessing the power of TikTok for skyrocketing fame. We reminisce about the soul-stirring narratives that thread through his songs, a testament to legends like Rascal Flatts, and the unexpected journey that turned isolation into a launching pad for his country music career.Strap in for a thorough breakdown of musical alchemy, where Matt spills the secrets of his fruitful collaborations with Nashville's finest, from the seasoned pros to the young guns adding a fresh beat to the scene. Their chat navigates through the technical tango of production with industry mavens, highlighting the strategic release of singles and Matt's anticipation for his Southeast tour. Candid revelations about embracing his unique sound underscore his emergence as a formidable force in the country music landscape.As they round off the episode, Matt and Jay tackle the delicate interplay between an artist's personal touch and the influential might of social media. Witness how authenticity defines Matt's rise, from the shared moments of vulnerability in songwriting to the strategic finesse of marketing teams. This isn't just a peek behind the curtain; it's a deep-dive into the heart of what it takes to carve out a legacy in the beats of country music, one authentic chord at a time. Join in for a session that's as much about the rhythm of life as it is about the twang of a guitar.LinksJay Franze: https://JayFranze.com Support the Show.
Robert Schreiner, Critically Acclaimed Author (The Wolves and the Greyhounds)
May 8 2024
Robert Schreiner, Critically Acclaimed Author (The Wolves and the Greyhounds)
Send us a Text Message.From the covert world of international espionage to the imaginative realms of historical fiction, Jay's friend and guest, former CIA agent turned author Robert Schreiner, reveals the serendipitous sparks that ignited his novel "The Wolves and the Greyhounds." Their heart-to-heart uncovers Bob's three-year odyssey into the depths of the Battle of Coronel, illustrating his transformation of a WWI event into a mesmerizing story. As they traverse Bob's unique path, they uncover how the echoes of his children's history projects and a fervent love for military lore have woven into the fabric of his writing.The maze that is the publishing industry is no stranger to the tenacious. Bob guides us through the rollercoaster of pursuing traditional publication—where the thrills of positive feedback meet the chills of rejection letters. Their conversation touches on the perseverance of authors and the nuanced challenges they face, especially in marketing a niche like WWI naval combat. However, their narrative doesn't end there. Bob and Jay also chart the empowering journey of self-publishing, where the creative control and success stories are reshaping the dreams of modern writers.In the final act, they ponder the evolution of storytelling in their digital landscape, discussing the art of captivating book covers and the finesse required for a potent blurb. They flirt with the future, considering the thrill of adapting literature for the screen or interactive media. As they close, Bob shares a heartfelt nod to the silent heroes behind every creative venture, with a special mention of his wife Diane's steadfast support. Join us on The Jay Franze Show for a dialogue that bridges the clandestine corridors of intelligence with the boundless possibilities of fiction.LinksJay Franze: https://JayFranze.comRobert Schreiner: https://www.robertschreiner.com/ Support the Show.
Chelsey Parker: Critically Acclaimed Musician (Kyle Fields)
May 6 2024
Chelsey Parker: Critically Acclaimed Musician (Kyle Fields)
Send us a Text Message.Join Jay Franze, as he pulls back the curtain on the world of live music with the incredible fiddler and vocalist Chelsea Parker, whose passion for performance is as captivating as her command of the strings. Feel the adrenaline of stepping on stage at Rock The Country, where Chelsea and her 'band fam' electrify 32,000 fans, and get an insider's look at the rituals that ground her amidst the chaos. From the synergy of harmonizing vocals while fiddling to the backstage intricacies that few witness, this episode is a symphony of stories for the sound-obsessed and the casually curious alike.Imagine the rush of opening for a music legend like Phil Vassar or the intricate dance of adapting your art to fit the mood of various venues, from the cozy corners of theaters to the vast embrace of open-air festivals. Chelsea's journey through the soundscape of collaboration reveals how connections with fellow musicians like Kyle Fields fuel her creative fire and transform each performance into something uniquely memorable. Whether it's fitting the fiddle into unconventional songs or navigating the waters of musical partnerships, Chelsea's insights resonate with the rhythm of an artist truly in tune with her craft.As they strum through the chords of Chelsea's story, the conversation meanders from the resonance of family-influenced songwriting to the dynamic between formal education and the relentless pursuit of learning in the arts. Diving into the essence of Chelsea's approach to lyrics and melody, Jay uncovers the heartbeat of her original music and the role lifelong learning plays in refining one's artistry. For the dreamers who yearn for the life of a musician or those who simply savor the sweet sounds of dedication, this episode is a serenade to the undying spirit of musical exploration.LinksJay Franze: https://JayFranze.com Support the Show.
Keldamuzik: Critically Acclaimed Recording Artist / Actor / Host (The Hodges)
May 1 2024
Keldamuzik: Critically Acclaimed Recording Artist / Actor / Host (The Hodges)
Send us a Text Message.Step into the kaleidoscopic world of music with Keldamuzik, hip-hop artist turned EDM dynamo, as she shares her journey on shifting soundscapes in our latest podcast episode. The conversation with Kelda is an illuminating ride through the realms of creativity, as she spills the secrets behind her artistic evolution and the deep influences that propel her forward. From her homage to Michael Jackson to the fluidity of blending rap with spoken word, Kelda's narrative is a testament to the power of genre fusion and its impact on the creative soul.Join us in the intimate corners of the recording studio, where Kelda opens up about the rituals and mindset that guide her in laying down tracks with precision and passion. She swears by the calming effects of kava tea—a little-known studio companion—and the spontaneity of perfecting ad-libs in a single take. As we peek behind the curtain, Kelda gives us a front-row seat to the artist-engineer synergy, the stringent mix and mastering process, and how she ensures her music emerges with a professional sheen, ready to hit the airwaves.We round out our session with a dive into the maze of social media marketing and personal branding, where Kelda leads by example with her hands-on approach to fan interactions. From acknowledging birthday wishes to handling the whirlwind of messages, her online presence is as dynamic as her music. We even explore her latest entrepreneurial leap into fashion, launching her exclusive beret line, and her adventures on the set of "The Hodges." Kelda's story is a mosaic of creativity, with each tile—a song, a fashion statement, an on-screen role—revealing a larger portrait of an artist in constant motion.LinksJay Franze: https://JayFranze.comKeldamuzik: https://keldamuzik.com/ Support the Show.
Bruce Reiter: Critically Acclaimed Live Sound Mixer (Five Finger Death Punch, Megadeath, Slayer)
Apr 29 2024
Bruce Reiter: Critically Acclaimed Live Sound Mixer (Five Finger Death Punch, Megadeath, Slayer)
Send us a Text Message.Step behind the curtain of the live music scene with Jay Franze and the legendary sound mixer Bruce Reiter from Five Finger Death Punch. In a rare conversation, Bruce unveils his sonic journey, detailing his rise from modest beginnings to orchestrating the thunderous soundscapes for arena rock giants. He credits early mentors like Dave Natale for honing his craft, and offers an intimate look at the dynamics within the band, from Zoltan Bathory's strategic vision to Ivan Moody's heartfelt fan connections. It's a foray into the often-unseen emotional labor of sound engineering, revealing how Bruce's meticulous touch amplifies the raw exchange between artists and audiences.When the stage lights blaze and the crowd roars, the unsung heroes at the sound console ensure every chord strikes true. This episode pulls back the festival curtain, highlighting the symphony of challenges and triumphs that sound engineers like Bruce Reitr face. From the seamless orchestration of the setup to the magic of virtual soundchecks, step into the collaborative world that transforms musical chaos into harmony. Learn how the subtlest variables, such as audience attire or the warmth they radiate, can sway the soundscape. Bruce's narrative underscores the vital, yet often invisible, camaraderie among the touring crew, who together, bring the concert experience to life night after night.Join us as Bruce Reiter shares a masterclass in live sound mixing, from the comfort of his home studio to the electric energy of stadium shows. Discover the meticulous preparation that defines a touring sound engineer's life and the technological tools, like Smaart RTA, that ensure performances resonate with unfailing clarity. Bruce serves up an array of sound mixing techniques and tips for music connoisseurs and aspiring mixers alike, emphasizing the craft's blend of art and science. His commitment to continuous learning and mentorship shines through, offering valuable insights into an industry where precision meets passion, and every live show is an opportunity to reach sonic perfection.LinksJay Franze: https://JayFranze.com Support the Show.
Garrett Landers: Critically Acclaimed Musician (Britney's Lipstick, IP6)
Apr 24 2024
Garrett Landers: Critically Acclaimed Musician (Britney's Lipstick, IP6)
Send us a Text Message.Strap in for a rollercoaster ride with the electrifying Garrett Landers, whose guitar riffs are as epic as his stories. We kick off with a laugh or two as Garrett spills the beans on his unexpected musical voyage, ignited by a mistaken upright bass and the legendary Sting. From his self-taught riffs to the thrill of his first band, it's a tale of rock ambition met with the rhythmic heartbeats of family encouragement and the quirky twists of fate that catapulted him onto the stage.Take a seat at the edge of your seat while Garrett takes you on a wild ride through his most memorable gigs. From battling the sweltering heat with chapstick-as-sunscreen to taking cues from a lone audience member on treble settings, these are the moments that musicians live for. But it's not all about the notes; Garrett's anecdotes reveal the magical connection between performer and crowd, inspired by icons like Stevie Ray Vaughan and Eddie Van Halen, and how that shared energy transforms a gig into something you just can't forget.Finally, get the insider scoop on the high-octane world of corporate bands and their battles that rival any rockstar's dream. You'll be hanging on every word as I recount our ascent to the legendary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame stage—complete with tales of rehearsal drama, stage fright, and the blood, sweat, and tears it took to get there. And because the devil is in the details, we'll top off with a nod to the unsung heroes of live music—the sound people—whose magic fingers turn chaos into concert hall clarity. Join us for a symphony of stories that'll have you feeling like you're right there in the mosh pit with us.LinksJay Franze: https://JayFranze.comBritney's Lipstick: https://www.britneyslipstick.com/ Support the Show.
James Rissacher: Critically Acclaimed Musician / Songwriter / Educator
Apr 22 2024
James Rissacher: Critically Acclaimed Musician / Songwriter / Educator
Send us a Text Message.As the sun casts its golden hue over Lake George, Jay's joined by James Rissacher, the 'fishing musician,' who weaves an enchanting melody among the lapping waves. Picture this: a skillful guitarist, a serene lake, and a boat - it's the setting where James shares his musical journey, from the disciplined halls of SUNY Fredonia to first chair classical guitarist, and beyond. His story of overcoming a nail accident that almost silenced his strings is a testament to the resilience embedded in the heart of every dedicated artist.Prepare yourself for a symphony of insights as James and Jay explore the rigorous yet rewarding world of musical preparation and collaboration. They break down the distinct nuances of classical precision, jazz improvisation, and the soulful twang of country music, providing listeners with a backstage pass into the artistry that shapes a musician's growth. The conversation also casts a spotlight on the significance of pure skill over flashy gear, underscoring the profound impact of a musician's personal flair on their performance.Finally, they share an intimate look at the dynamic between performer and venue, discussing the unique challenges and unexpected accompaniments that nature provides when playing outdoors. Whether it's adapting to the acoustic whims of diverse settings or the personal adjustments made when using in-ear monitors, James's experiences reveal the adaptability and passion necessary for captivating live performances. So settle in, lend your ears, and let the harmony of perseverance, skill, and the love for music resonate through this episode.LinksJay Franze: https://JayFranze.comJames Rissacher: http://jamesrissacher.com/ Support the Show.
Dave Tough: Award-Winning Producer / Engineer / Musician / Educator (Empire, Glee, CSI)
Apr 17 2024
Dave Tough: Award-Winning Producer / Engineer / Musician / Educator (Empire, Glee, CSI)
Send us a Text Message.Embark on an auditory adventure with Dave Tough, a man whose life is a melody composed of jazz drum beats and executive decisions. As Jay's guest, Dave shares the symphony of his career, highlighting his transition from the rhythms of drumming to the boardrooms of the music industry's elite in Los Angeles. He offers us an intimate look at his evolution into a producing and engineering virtuoso in Nashville, reflecting on collaborations with legends like Alan Sides and Bruce Swedien, and his own battle with serious health issues, including a heart transplant.Dive deep with us into the heart of music creation, where Dave lends his expertise on the transformative power of artist development, the 'Bluebird Cafe approach' to songwriting, and the delicate interplay between crafting a hit and capturing an artist's true essence. The conversation takes a turn through the process of selecting the perfect studio environment, revealing how the choice between the grandeur of Oceanway Nashville and the tranquility of a home setup can dramatically influence an artist's creative journey. Dave's insights bridge the gap between technical mastery and the personal touch that defines the magic of music production.Amidst the tales of musical prowess, we reveal the sobering realities and profound gratitude of a life sustained by the gift of organ donation. Dave's story isn't just a chronicle of professional triumph; it's an inspiring narrative of human resilience, an intimate encounter with mortality, and a celebration of second chances. Join us for this unforgettable episode that goes beyond the notes on the page to the very pulse of the human spirit.LinksJay Franze: https://JayFranze.comDave Tough: https://www.davetough.com/ Support the Show.