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Building a career in the music business is hard. When Life Hands You Lennons spotlights talent in the music business so they can share their expertise with you. Thus far into my career I’ve been able to build a strong network of connections and knowledge within the music business, including musicians, songwriters, publicists, label owners, business owners, distributors/aggregators, managers, and more.
 
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Justin Gray is a hugely successful music producer, songwriter, and music tech entrepreneur. He has worked with artists like Avril Lavigne, John Legend, Mariah Carey, Luis Fonsi, Amy Winehouse, and many more. His music can also be heard in commercials for Mercedes Benz, Target, Nissan, Budweiser, and more. In addition to his long list of achievement…
 
Jody Friedman is a music supervisor, producer, award-winning songwriter, and music publisher. After attending Florida State University and majoring in Communications & Media Production, he spent 7 years working for CNN in Atlanta, NYC & California. During this time, he wrote a theme song for the show “Nancy Grace,” which was his foray into the worl…
 
Dan Pearson is an artist manager and founder of Lakeside Management Group. He's worked with artists like Gloria Gaynor, Lauv, Kevin Rudolf, Paul Loren, and more. Dan started as a DJ in New York, which led him to a job as an on-air radio DJ for Jared Broadcasting. This later led him to Columbia Records in their promotion department where he worked w…
 
Kate Schutt is a singer-songwriter and musician based in Manhattan, New York. Kate knows exactly what it takes to write music straight from the heart. That's the power of being a songwriter. She knows how to take an experience--happy or grim--and turn it into a beautiful, relatable piece of art that everyone can enjoy. Kate's mother was diagnosed w…
 
DJ Swivel, real name Jordan Young, is a recording, mixing engineer and producer from Toronto. He’s worked with artists like Beyonce, Jay-Z, The Chainsmokers, BTS, Britney Spears, and more. In 2017, he won a Grammy for 2017’s Best Dance Recording for “Don’t Let Me Down” and “Closer” by The Chainsmokers. He also started writing, producing, and mixing…
 
Sean Giovanni is a sonic storyteller and owner of The Record Shop, a multimedia production company and recording studio in Nashville, Tennessee. To date, he’s worked with artists like Lil Jon, Big & Rich, Tim McGraw, Juicy J, and many others. In addition, he’s been a speaker at the NAMM show, Grammy Camp, SAE, Belmont University, MTSU, and a number…
 
Hailing from The Netherlands, 24 year old front-man Sergio van den Heuvel's, best known by his stage name Seth Hills, passion has evidently manifested into something far greater than a hobby. Trying his hand at DJing and producing at the age of 15, within a short amount of time it became apparent Sergio's desire to translate his creative ideas into…
 
Madysyn is a singer-songwriter based in Nashville, TN. She went viral at the age of 12 after her father, YouTube comedy star Jack Vale, recorded her singer Naughty Boy and Sam Smith's "La La La." She has since garnered an impressive 18 million streams on Spotify and has worked with Grammy-nominated songwriter and producer Ross Copperman. In this ep…
 
Nate Stevenson is a publicist and lifestyle/culture marketer who has worked with superstars like Lil Nas X, Billy Ray Cyrus, and Mac Miller. He started his career by working with friends and then interning at Atlantic Records before transitioning into publicity at Warner Records. He's also worked at Columbia Records where he worked with Joey Badass…
 
Jesper Skibsby is a solo music technology entrepreneur. He's the CEO and founder of WARM, a company that tracks and monitors if your music is being played on radio... anywhere in the world! While radio is always last to the party, there are still a plethora of radio stations around the globe, and they're still relevant. And Jesper shares how and wh…
 
Ketan Rahangdale is a serial entrepreneur and founder of music app, Unitea. As former CEO of EarTop Technologies, Ketan helped develop the world's highest fidelity wireless Bluetooth technology in 2011, currently embedded in every iPhone, BeatsByDre, Bose, and many other consumer electronics products. Having founded and exited his last business, Ke…
 
Vivian Belzaguy is the founder of Ascendance Sustainable Events. We talk about keeping live events clean and environmentally clean and what goes into maintaining these types of events. Vivian's company works with venues, artists, and festivals to help them keep it clean and sustainable. Environmental sustainability is something everyone should care…
 
Shellie Lewis is the business development manager at SyncFloor. In this episode we talk about the importance of organization, the future of production post-COVID-19, and having flexibility in the face of change. It’s an odd time to be alive right now, and life is going to be a bit different when the begin to return to normal. Sync licensing can be …
 
In this episode, Katie Zaccardi and I talk about how you can properly set your goals. Goals are important, but some people struggle to set them up properly, and Katie knows exactly how and why. We also talk about social media for musicians and how to manage it because it can get very daunting. Some musicians struggle with it. Hint: They're doing to…
 
Camille Barbone is a music industry veteran. In this episode, we discuss the bullsh*t that circulates the music business and how we're on a mission to clean it up. We also talk about her work as pop music icon Madonna's first manager, being a successful artist manager, royalties, and much more. --- Connect with Lennon: Website: https://www.lennonci…
 
Jason Grishkoff is the founder and CEO of SubmitHub and independent music blog Indie Shuffle. Prior to working in music full-time, Jason worked at a company that did executive compensation consulting and then was hired to work at Google, where he reported to Larry Page and Eric Schmidt. In this episode, Jason and I discuss the value (or lack thereo…
 
Devain Doolaramani is a TikTok expert. He recently started a company called The Fuel Injector that works specifically with TikTok influencers to help convert their fans and followers to other platforms, such as Instagram and YouTube. He believes TikTok is a great platform for influencers to build up their audience and convert them over to other pla…
 
I am sending my deepest love and support out to you during this unprecedented time in our lives. I hope you’ve been able to keep yourself busy, healthy (physically and mentally), and safe during this time. We’re going to come out of this stronger than ever as a society. Keep your head up. In this week’s episode I speak with Jack Forman, the executi…
 
Dia Morgan is a pop singer-songwriter based in Los Angeles, California. She's originally from Chicago, Illinois. I’ve wanted to have her on my podcast for quite sometime, and we finally made it happen. She’s worked with Judy Stakee, who was a previous guest on the show, and a number of other rising artists and songwriters in the Los Angeles pop mus…
 
Ari Herstand is an independent musician who has played over 700 shows around the country, has opened for or toured with Ben Folds, Cake, Matt Nathanson, The Milk Carton Kids and Ron Pope, has performed on Ellen, and has had his music featured in countless TV shows, commercials and films. He currently leads the 1973 funk project Brassroots District.…
 
Earlier this year I was in a car accident. My entire family was in the vehicle with me. Thankfully nobody was hurt. I went into a panic frenzy because I was saving all of my money and working so many hours a week, and now I'd have to pay for the car accident. I didn't let that slow me down. Not one bit. In fact, it motivated me to work even harder.…
 
Today's guest is singer, songwriter and tech pioneer Imogen Heap. We spoke to her late last year when she visited Copenhagen on her Mycelia World Tour. We discussed her latest project, the 'creative passport', a cutting edge, blockchain-based system that aims to create more transparency and efficiency for artists when it comes to royalty payments, …
 
Megan Kuhar is a Professor of Music Technology at Baldwin Wallace University Conservatory of Music, as well as a Marketing Technology Coach for professional musicians. She holds a BA in Music & Arts Management, AAS in Recording Arts & Technology, and MM in Music Technology (with a focus in social media marketing & communications). In addition to be…
 
Judah Holiday grew up in the Bronx, New York and started playing drums at the age of 7, then migrated to guitar to further his melodic intuitions. He continued to build up his songwriting abilities and performed at iconic venues like the CBGB Gallery. Needing a change of pace, Holiday moved to Miami, Florida in 2011. In Miami he immersed himself in…
 
Anthony Citrinite is a veteran drummer. Having performed with acts like Boston, Katy Perry, The SmashUp, and more in front of one and 80,000+ people, he’s now taking his extensive knowledge of the business and educating others. He is also the founder of Meethook, an application that allows people to have one-on-one conversations with their favorite…
 
Liat Abada is a marketing executive who has worked with Sony Music, Universal Music Group, Epic Records, and now VegOut Media. Her expertise as a marketing executive includes project and account management, brand partnerships, press and publicity, and so much more. In this episode Liat discusses the game-changing playlist features on Spotify, think…
 
Pioneering his own blend of electronic dance music over the past two years, Dutch producer Thijs Westbroek, better known as Brooks, has carved a solid name for himself with a selection of outstanding originals and remixes which have caught the world’s attention. He’s worked with electronic music heavyweights like Bassjackers, David Guetta, Martin G…
 
At the age of three Daniel Reifsnyder discovered that he loved music after taking some piano lessons. At six he was writing songs continuously. Then at 10 he became one of the youngest published songwriters in the world and youngest members of ASCAP. He took on the adventure of being an actor on top of a songwriter for commercials such as McDonald’…
 
Alexandria Perryman is the lead audio engineer at NASA. Her role as the lead audio engineer includes mixing the sound of the rockets and commentators for the live broadcasts of rocket launches, working closely with the producers, directors, and astronauts to ensure smooth launch. Upon college graduation, Alexandria wanted to work with music and in …
 
Los Angeles based multi-disciplinary visual artist, creative director, and graphic designer Elyn Kazarian conceptualizes and executes experiences for the music industry. She helps artists arrive at the essence of their visual language through listening to what challenges they have, and presenting them with creative solutions. Her work ranges from d…
 
Bob Cowan is a front of house engineer and monitor engineer for bands bands like Metallica and Melissa Etheridge. Over the span of his 20-year career, Cowan has worked with artists like Ringo Starr, Sammy Hagar, Bruce Springsteen, and Megadeath, among others. He was even with Metallica when they broke the Guinness Book of World Records for performi…
 
Andrea Bonaparte is a co-founder of a lifestyle brand called Black Ora which originated out of Chicago. We curate shows for independent artists of all genres to showcase their talent. Many of our artists have opened up for major acts, been featured in publications such as The Fader, Hypebeast, & Paper Magazine as well as have played festivals like …
 
Diane Vadnal is a social media manager at RPM, a digital marketing agency based in New York. When she first went to college, she wanted to become a nurse. After taking a chemistry course, she quickly realized that nursing wasn’t her cup of tea. Diane transitioned into the music industry. She applied to internships and worked at labels like Warner M…
 
Manuel Alegria is a colleague of mine and has a rough past. He talks about growing up in a tough space, being bullied, and not fitting in. He's now found his passion and wants everyone else to believe in themselves to follow their dreams, too. Today's society holds so many students, children, and adults up to high standards. "In order to be success…
 
Matty Harris is a music producer and mixing and mastering engineer from Boston. As a young musician, he won several awards, most notably, the best drummer in New England. He toured with jazz, blues and calypso bands, playing bars and clubs at the young age of 14. After high school, he attended Berklee College of Music where he studied music product…
 
Shanna Jade is Head of Music for North America at DICE, a ticketing and discovery platform revolutionizing how fans find and attend shows in major cities all over the world. Shanna is a music lover and artist helper based in Los Angeles, CA, tackling anything and everything music-related in cities across the US for DICE. With nearly 10 years of exp…
 
A philosophy major and psychoanalysis minor at Colorado College, Ethan Baer is the mastermind behind one of the world’s most prolific electronic music publications, EDM.com, and labels, Artist Intelligence Agency. In college, Baer DJ’d and ran a blog called SubSynthesis, which turned into Dubstep.NET and eventually branched into other genres, inclu…
 
Julie Bernouis was born in France and got started in the music industry through RDH’s promoter. She then moved to London to do festival promotion and worked for Domino Records when Arctic Monkeys and Franz Ferdinand released their first album. Shortly thereafter, she toured with Franz Ferdinand and The Strokes until Julian Casablancas’ label brough…
 
Zac Taylor is originally from Atlanta, Georgia. He played in a number of bands throughout high school and at the University of Georgia. He graduated from Berklee College of Music in 2010, moved to NYC, and spent years hustling to make ends meet while pursuing his dream of being in the music industry. He’s since played with the multi-platinum band A…
 
As a songwriting mentor and artist development specialist with 40+ years of experience in the music industry, Judy Stakee has worked at some of the most prestigious companies in music, including Senior Vice President of Creative at Warner Chappell Music for 20 years, where she signed and worked closely with many of today's most acclaimed artists: G…
 
Anthony Morrissey (AJ) [Count Morris] is a freelance audio engineer. Since graduating college in August of 2017, he’s worked on more than 100 projects that range from mixing and mastering, creating instrumentals, providing sound design for producers and companies, as well as getting into video editing. His work can be found in audio books for child…
 
Nick Kaelar, also known professionally as Varien, is an American composer and producer. He grew up listening to all genres of music, which allowed him to drum up inspiration from various cultures and styles. He incorporates these styles with his industrial, metal, orchestral, and ambient music. He's been performing music since the age of 11 and has…
 
Maria Díane is an independent artist manager. She holds a Master of Science degree in Entertainment Business from Full Sail University. She helps artists and producers build music careers using her easy to follow four-step Musician BluePrint System along with her five simple management steps to systematize their music careers. Her artist management…
 
Cheyenne Noelle is a writer, content strategist, freelancer, and corporate trainer at Acquire, a premiere marketing firm for Fortune 100 clients such as Apple, Samsung, AT&T, Airbnb, and Uber. Prior to getting her start in the music industry (and later transitioning out), she was writing in Google Docs and kept it all to herself. People told her th…
 
Larry Katz is an accomplished second assistant director for blockbuster films such as X-Men: First Class, Captain America: The First Avenger, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, and numerous others. Mr. Katz knows exactly what it takes to become successful in this industry, and he's willing to tell you. However, you have to add the hustle. Al…
 
Rachel Feigelson has worked with some of the biggest names in the industry. She solidified her career when she attended the Winston House, a house where musicians and industry professionals gather to network and spread good music. She currently owns Rocksam Management, where she consults with the 35th most successful artist in the world, according …
 
Elliot Jacobson is a session and touring drummer for Ingrid Michaelson and Elle King. He is also a producer, published songwriter (Kobalt), and artist manager. Raised in Houston, Texas, Jacobson always had a passion for music. He was surround by a myriad of various genres growing up, but really focused on his passion for drumming in college. In thi…
 
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