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The Best Music Podcast with Dan Spencer! Dan breaks down the secrets, tips, and tricks of top musicians, performers, composers, teachers, students, and music industry insiders! Every episode we will meet a professional from the music industry, learn about their field or fields of expertise, and understand what drives, and sustains their creativity and ability to perform so you can apply their success to your music, and your life.
 
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Over 40 mini interviews (miniviews) with wholesome folks at the 2022 JEN conference in Dallas. I'm feeling supercharged from all these hopeful perspectives! What's something you do to enjoy the gig? What's your favorite thing about music? What makes you hopeful about the future of music? What would you do to improve jazz education? Should music be …
 
Sean Jones – trumpet icon, education trailblazer, bandleader, and composer – joins me to talk practice routines, your local weather channel, getting stranded on a cruise ship, insecurity, creations of time, the ancestral pipeline, the importance of resistance, and E pluribus unum.
 
Kenny Werner–acclaimed pianist, composer, and famed author of Effortless Mastery–is here to discuss his new book Becoming the Instrument. We talk about finding The Space, MSD (music school disease), applying musical mastery to our lives, how to let go of the need to sound good, a 20 sec meditation for fellow lazy yogis, treating music as a spiritua…
 
Pedro Segundo–otherworldly percussionist, sound wizard, and personal role model–is back on the podcast to talk about making other people feel valued, cultivating an unbiased relationship with sound, finding "home" when living in multiple places, travel tips, civilian life, making time for yourself, and celebrating silence.…
 
Emily Fredrickson–trombonist, composer, arranger–opens up about dungeons & dragons saving her life, trying to quit music, working with Dee Dee Bridgewater, day jobs, the nonprofit world, therapy and depression, permission to be selfish, growing your career through genuine connections, and getting excited about our flaws.…
 
Angie Marianthi–multi-instrumentalist and director of the adult education program Boise Music Lessons–joins me to talk about gate-keeping, teaching adults who don’t think they can play music, busking, finding your place in the music world, the Boise music scene, and if getting “serious” about music actually works.…
 
Brendan Keller-Tuberg–Australian bassist and composer–gives us all permission to honor the music we enjoy. We chat about rage composing, promoting collectivism, Bladerunner 2049, what makes music valuable, My Chemical Romance, "art" vs "popular" music, vulnerability, and (of course) institutional arts education. In Spite of It All is Brendan's new …
 
Monica Shriver–woodwindist, educator, visual artist, and host of Brave Musician–joins me to talk about creating communities where everyone feels they belong, leading our friends towards a deeper connection with music, imposter syndrome, dropping out of school, challenges faced by doublers, and removing systemic obstacles imposed on female musicians…
 
Coty Raven Morris–speaker, educator, artist, conductor, and founder of Being Human Together–joins me to talk about judgement, being afraid of singing, proudly celebrating ourselves, houselessness, having uncomfortable conversations in the classroom, and accessing the healing power of the voice. This episode's theme music is a field recording of The…
 
The Best Music Podcast #39 | Jeffery Lee Campbell — Guitar | Standing Close to Sting on a World Tour You can find Jeff at jeffreyleecampbell.com www.facebook.com/jeffreyleecampbell Jeffrey Lee strummed his way around the world on Sting’s "Nothing Like the Sun" World Tour proudly sharing the stage with musical heavyweights Branford Marsalis and Kenn…
 
Dan's host note: I actually got to take one of Isabella's courses and it was revelatory. I highly recommend her and her company Fame Hackers for all artists to get their marketing and social media game going. You can start with her free group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/thesuperfanclub Isabella Bedoya is the founder of Fame Hackers, an artist …
 
Brad Webb – drummer, composer, bandleader, multi-hobbyest– on avoiding linear thinking, potentially quitting music, not having music as his main source of income, surfing, defining quality, exploring other interests, experiencing balance, and getting punched in the face by music. Brad was the first person to accept me in the New Orleans music commu…
 
Ricky Duran garnered international attention with his soulful vocals, fiery and tasteful guitar playing and compelling performances on NBC’s The Voice. The Season 17 Runner-Up has since released a single charting at No. 1 on iTunes and sold out shows, showing himself to be more than a fleeting show success - he retained fans and amassed more. He tr…
 
Shea Pierre is a Louisiana native, husband, father, pianist, and community activist. We talk about diet tips for busy musicians, low vibrational cats, experiencing taste on a deeper level, and what comes next us him post-Ida. He and his community lost their homes and most of their material possessions to Hurricane Ida. In need of support, but wanti…
 
Pre-save and pre-add wordsmith’s new album called “Bittersweet” wherever you get your music. It drops September 17th You can find wordsmith on most platforms @wordsmith and on instagram as @Wordsmithmusic Wordsmith's TED talk: https://youtu.be/AsUcY8FXHWI Support Rise with a Purpose: https://www.risewithapurpose.com/ 25 minutes correction it is Ber…
 
Whether you're new to the show, missed one of these, or just want another round of wholesome goodness, these are the episodes I believe best capture the essence of The Happy Musicians. Thanks Matt Kilby, Meagan Johnson, Mikel Patrick Avery, Brent Wallarab, Roxy Coss, and Sean Jones for your wisdom and support!…
 
https://richchambers.com/ New music video: https://youtu.be/VrtY3S4fgEw Rich's most successful song to date, has been his cover of "Snow Miser vs. Heat Miser" from his first album, ‘Santa’s Rockin’ Band,’ which was released soon after his first university graduation in the days before Spotify and online music sales and streaming. Once iTunes hit, a…
 
You can find Taylor at: https://www.tayjazz.com/ https://www.facebook.com/TaylorEigsti Instagram: @tayloreigsti Taylor has garnered multiple individual GRAMMY Award nominations over the years for his work as a recording artist and composer, including Best Instrumental Composition, and Best Jazz Instrumental Solo. Taylor also co-wrote a featured com…
 
You can find Taylor at: https://www.tayjazz.com/ https://www.facebook.com/TaylorEigsti instagram: @tayloreigsti Taylor has garnered multiple individual GRAMMY Award nominations over the years for his work as a recording artist and composer, including Best Instrumental Composition, and Best Jazz Instrumental Solo. Taylor also co-wrote a featured com…
 
You can find Crystal on Instagram and Twitter: @CrystalMcgrath Facebook: @crystalmcgrathmusic Sound bowls and fitness: https://www.livewithlove.ca/ #32 | Crystal McGrath — Singing | Lessons from an Entrepreneur-Musician, Find Balance Crystal McGrath is a musician, activist, podcast host, and inspirational influencer. Crystal has toured the U.S., Ca…
 
@morganlikesmusic Morgan Matthews has collaborated with a diverse range of artists including Alicia Keys, Miguel, Tory Lanez, 21 Savage, Ashley All Day & Kiiara, Conor Maynard, Anth Melo, and Keiynan Lonsdale. He has written and produced and contributed to 3 #1Billboard's charting songs and albums. one of those #1 hits is "Show Me Love" by Alicia K…
 
Ivan Funkboy Bodley has averaged 228 gigs a year for over a decade, has played approximately 3,000 shows, including playing on Broadway shows like Rock of Ages, Headwig and the Angry Inch, and played with 50 inductees to the rock roll hall of fame. His new book “Am I Famous Yet?” Is available everywhere books are sold: https://amzn.to/3CeK58t You c…
 
Watch and listen to Ray's project: https://www.seuaprendiz.com/ Listen on YouTube: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=GwtI7cgroJQ&feature=youtu.be Also check him out at: http://www.soulraymedia.com/ Instagram: @soulraymusic Ray Soul has been a professional jazz bassist and producer immersed in the New York jazz scene for over a decade. While studying wi…
 
Susanna Klein – violinist, professor, researcher – shares practice psychology tips for truly enjoying our time in the shed. We talk about performance injuries, confidence vs bravery, playing through pain, journaling, recording yourself, performance anxiety, enjoying the journey, utilizing technology, and reimagining the classical musician education…
 
You can find Amani on all social media platforms with the handle @Amaniexperience Amani's twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/amaniexperience As well as performing around the world, Amani has co-released three remix EPs and runs a successful music business that caters to corporate clients. He’s also an adjunct professor at California State University (CS…
 
Michael Spiro – world class conga player and renowned educator of Afro-Caribbean musics – shares insights from nearly 40 years of annual trips to Cuba. We chat about developing meaningful relationships with mentors, how to learn new instruments, the Vietnam War, trance states, sneaking in/out of Cuba, compensation for knowledge, conga drums, eating…
 
Facebook @CerVonCampbellMusic Twitter: @heyimcervon CerVon is an independent South Carolina artist known for his soulful sound and deep venting lyrics. A singer/ rapper, and also credited as a screenwriter, stand-up comic, songwriter, and actor. His music blends music in an interesting way..crafting mixtures of hip-hop, r&b, alternatives, indie, co…
 
Ian Molinaro-Thompson – fellow drummer and dear friend – interviews me for this one. We talk about why I don't think musicians are special, and how that's actually a freeing idea. I also share my current hot takes on Dungeons and Dragons, finding your voice, the role of artists in the digital era, musical ownership, and insights from my meditation …
 
This is the piece Mirko found: Trio for violin, cello and piano by Dragutin Gostuški. This is the old recording: https://youtu.be/d5aPKbijxbs A new version of the recording for sale: https://www.mascom.rs/sr/classical/cd/razni-izvodjaci-kamerna-muzika-pet-srpskih-kompozitora-pid-17917.1.135.html You can Mirko on Instagram at: mirkojer https://mirko…
 
Joshua Starkman – the "Have a Great Day" guitarist – and I talk about having a great day, humanings, insomnia, the reality of making music in a capitalist society, the role of music in our communities, managing our relationships with social media, desiring things you can't have, confessions, therapy, how whack hyper-individuality is, and (because i…
 
https://www.patrickcornelius.com/ instagram.com/pcorneliusmusic The asynchronous big band piece: https://youtu.be/NNnkI8gXwvw The Album on Bandcamp: https://patrickcornelius-whirlwind.bandcamp.com/album/way-of-the-cairns Jazzlab saxholder: https://amzn.to/3hCS067 Hailed as “self-assured" and “resourceful" by The New York Times, “Elegant" and “Extra…
 
I'm joined by Trumpet Mafia members Branden Lewis, Ashlin Parker, John Michael Bradford, Emily Mikesell, Aurélien Barnes, Amina Scott, Michelle Welchons, and Jonathan Bauer. We talk about the power of social learning, becoming a leader, lineage, liminal spaces, cultivating community, and what happens behind Wendy's.…
 
https://www.billmoring.com/ Link to the Jamulus episode with Berklee Global's Jason Camelio: https://youtu.be/lV8F_ph3yfo A veteran of the New York City jazz scene for over 30 years, bassist Bill Moring has established a reputation as one of the city's most in-demand players. Bill played with such notables as Dizzy Gillespie, Slide Hampton, and Cal…
 
The Best Music Podcast #24 | Brockett Parsons — Piano | Performing with Lady Gaga, Winning Auditions On Instagram: @brockettparsons Twitter: @brockettparsons Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BrockettOfficial Brockett's photo credit: Jeff Lewis https://www.jefflewisphotography.com/ Brockett has played in Lady Gaga's band for 4 world tours from 201…
 
#23 V.J. Manzo — Author, Professor | Music Technology & Guitar Research https://vjmanzo.com/vj/index.html https://www.youtube.com/vjmanzo http://electricguitarinnovationlab.org V.J. Manzo is an Associate Professor of Music Technology and Cognition at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI). He is a composer and guitarist with research interests in th…
 
Drew Tucker – vibraphone maven, social entrepreneur, and educator – joins me to talk about marching band education, taking the untraditional route, questions we should be asking our students, the elements of "good technique", weighing aesthetics vs musicality, booking your own gigs, learning to be yourself, and vibraphone players probs.…
 
The Best Music Podcast #22 | Rob Tardik — Guitar | Making Music and Joy After an Unspeakable Attack T-shirt link: www.kimberleyblack.com/shop Kim's YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/kimberleyblack https://www.facebook.com/RobTardikMusic https://twitter.com/RobTardik https://www.instagram.com/robtardik/ https://www.robtardik.com/rt/ Rob Tardik is mul…
 
The Best Music Podcast #21 | Troy Stetina — Guitar | Seeking Truth and Sharing Guitar Mastery Troy Stetina is an American guitarist, composer, producer, music educator, and author. Specializing in all styles of rock, metal, shred and classical-electric guitar, he has created more than 50 book/audio and video methods that have guided a generation of…
 
The Best Music Podcast #20 | Corrado Rustici — Guitar, Production | Platinum-Selling Producer Corrado is a multi-instrumentalist, platinum-selling producer, and composer. His new album “ “Interfulgent” is available anywhere you get your music and his new single “The Singing Light” is available exclusively on Bandcamp corradorustici-official.bandcam…
 
Katie Ernst – bassist, vocalist, composer, and educator – and I talk about fancy crayons, her social media detox, when to stop saying yes, growing your orbit, making room for what you want, how everyone can sing, networking, and accessing deeper musical conversation. Katie is a renowned member of the Chicago music community and has received widespr…
 
The Best Music Podcast #19 | Sevish — Producer, Composer | TET à TET with a Microtonal Mastermind #Sevish #microtones #microtonal Sevish is a musician and producer from London, UK. Where most of the world uses standard tuning (12-tone equal temperament), Sevish uses alternative tunings i.e. microtonal tunings in his music. Sevish has built a follow…
 
The Best Music Podcast #18 | Greg Skaff — Guitar | Recording with Ron Carter and Albert "Tootie" Heath www.gregskaff.com https://www.instagram.com/gregskaff/ https://www.facebook.com/greg.skaff Greg Skaff’s first professional job was a five-year stay in the band of saxophone giant Stanley Turrentine. Greg has flourished on the New York City jazz sc…
 
Sean Jones – trumpet icon, education trailblazer, bandleader, and composer – joins me to talk practice routines, your local weather channel, getting stranded on a cruise ship, insecurity, creations of time, the ancestral pipeline, the importance of resistance, and E pluribus unum.
 
The Best Music Podcast #17 | Alexander Liebermann — Composition | Animal Transcriptions, The Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle, Placozoa Instagram: @lieberliner Facebook: @Liebermusic Website: http://www.alexanderliebermann.com The music of prize-winning composer Alexander Liebermann has been played in Europe, North & South America, and Asia by reno…
 
The Best Music Podcast #16 | Wil Greenstreet — Saxophone | Billy Green, Stone, Gigging at the top of the Empire State Building This episode was recorded before the passing of the late great Doug Parkinson. We dedicate this episode to his memory. Wil's Book on Fourths: https://www.lulu.com/shop/wil-greenstreet/shop/wil-greenstreet/fourth-obsession/p…
 
Melanie Shore – pianist, composer, MD, and podcaster – functions in two worlds. She's the happiest person in the room and the poster child for trauma and grief. She shares not only how to function with trauma and grief, but how to best support people living in that reality. We also talk about the stress of learning to improvise at a later age, sync…
 
The Best Music Podcast #15 | Katie Linendoll — Songwriting, Singing | Emmy award-winner Contemporary Christian Music Début! https://katielinendoll.com/music https://twitter.com/KatieLinendoll https://www.instagram.com/katielinendoll/ Katie Linendoll is an Emmy Award-Winning TV personality. She has been the host of multiple TV shows and specials bot…
 
The Best Music Podcast #14 | Brian Drux — Vocalist, Guitar | The Brian Drux Project, LUUVA Music https://www.facebook.com/TheBrianDruxProject https://www.instagram.com/briandruxproject/ https://www.luuvamusic.com/ In the 70's and 80’s, Brian played in successful bands, around the NYC area circuit sharing the stage with notable acts such as Bon Jovi…
 
Abby Lannan aka the Goofy Euph, and I talk through healthy listening habits and what it means to play "serious music". Abby is a classically-trained euphonium player with a masters degree, and she plays video game music. Why are musicians so hung up on what art counts as "serious"? How do university programs contribute to this obsession? How can we…
 
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