I'm helping super busy part-time musicians with full-time passion, make it in music. Although fame and fortune would be sweet, it's not about that. Cool Music Dad is about finding your purpose, building deep relationships through music and bringing joy to the people in your life that matter most. If you want to be the next Taylor Swift, sell millions and make enough money to buy a mansion full of monkey butlers...then this is NOT the place for you. But if you're in it for the memories, friends and family, making real fans and even a little money along the way...you're in good company.
Adam Victorn and Charlie Greengoss started a charitable organization called Vinyl For a Cause where they get awesome bands together to cover each others music and press it onto 7 inch vinyl to then promote and sell to the world...half of all proceeds go to charity!! For musicians looking for ways to connect with new audiences, this is it. Plus it's a brilliant way to do something meaningful with your music. So let’s get right to it. Enjoy!
Music is wonderful outlet for people of all ages, including young people. But the music industry can be a messy and dangerous place, especially for someone with only a handful of life experiences and plans to make a living from it. Today, we’re talking with Adam Mackintosh about the modern music landscape and our sonic youth. Adam is on a secret mission to help young people navigate the music industry, plus he has the rock credentials to back it up. He’s done over 6 European tours, several tours in the U.S., shared stages and recording time with Jackson Brown, Pat MacDonald, Eric McFadden...the list goes on. This is part 1 of my conversation with Adam. The second part we’ll focus more on his musical journey. Here's Adam!
You’re not good enough, you suck, you shouldn’t play music, leave that to the pros...etc. I think all of that is bullshit! We’re talking about how to overcome the bullshit and see the opportunities right in front of your face on this episode of the Cool Music Dad Podcast. Elaine Dame is a professional jazz singer, and she’s become a staple in the Chicago Jazz scene even performing at Jazz fest, all around Chicago and in the big clubs in New York...but that wasn’t always the case. She’s faced a lot of rejection, a lot of criticism from crappy people, fought off her own self criticism and she’s found a way to create a career full of opportunities as a professional jazz singer. Here is Elaine Dame.
Today you’re going to learn how music can be used to fight the evils of cancer. Kyle Smith founded an organization called Check 15 to promote cancer awareness every month, because it’s not enough to address cancer once a year. Kyle should know, he was diagnosed with testicular cancer and finding it early saved his life. This episode is all about how Kyle and Check 15 are creating music video parodies to grab people’s attention and build momentum around their incredibly righteous cause. Oh and listen close to how many ball jokes we make...there’s sort of a Where’s Waldo going on in the back ground. Enjoy!
As musicians we’re taught to treat music as a business, to sell and market ourselves, to have a product and a brand. But it’s so easy to forget about the artistic process, the fun part, seeing where the journey takes us! Right? In this episode I’m talking with a Rebecca Stoelinga who is pursuing her musical dream by simply following her nose and seeing where the music takes her. A few years ago she found success writing and performing kids music as Super Stolie. Now she's in Mexico writing bilingual music and performing for adults. Who knows where she'll be in a month. This is Super Stolie and her magical musical journey!
Cross country tours, sold out shows and sleeping on the floors of friends’ houses. Rock 'n' roll! But what happens to the music when it’s time to leave the band and pursue the next gig in life? In this episode, we hear an incredibly passionate entrepreneur’s take on life after the band. John Zozzaro is a husband, father and musician who recently left Chicago and his full-time band to move the whole family to Austin, TX. And even though he’s no longer pursuing music full-time, it fits right in with his new passions. This is life after the music, an entrepreneur’s tale.
What did they do without the internet, Facebook and Netflix? How could they possibly entertain themselves without binge watching 5 seasons of Breaking Bad? Well my mom and her sisters learned how to play guitar and sing harmonies together. It turns out that was a pretty fun way to pass the time and create memories with the family. Her musicality had an incredible influence in my life, I could honestly say there’s no way I would’ve started a mustache rap band and toured the country or played air guitar in Finland if it wasn’t for my extremely supportive and super creative mom. She literally found a way to bring music into every moment of our lives no matter how mundane. I hope she inspires you the way she inspires me. Enjoy!
It's either the baby or the band, your choice buddy! Just kidding...kind of. In this episode of the Cool Music Dad podcast, I talk babies and bands with my mate Ian Kibbe AKA Rodney Belaire of The Flavor Savers. When he had a baby it got me thinking...is this the end for the band? Will he be able to continue to rock awesome shows around the country given his new responsibility? Will he choose the baby or the band? Give it a listen and find out. PLUS we do some jamming at the end. Enjoy!
Bad break ups, divorce, pain, sickness, death, grief...sometimes bad shit happens in life and we can't control it. Sometimes we just can't play the cards we're dealt because they all suck. So what do we do? I talked with my friend and guitar wizard B.J. Jaggers about all this. I hate to say he's an expert on the subject of grief, but he's dealt with lots of it in the past few years and somehow found a way to lean on music to heal himself and help others in big ways. B.J. is definitely one of my heroes and I'm proud to call him a good friend.
We have songs, we've practiced and we're ready to play a show. How do we get booked at the right venue and make sure people turn up? It can be tough if you don't already have a big fan base or haven't played very many shows. I talked to Brian Bender about all this jazz to learn the Do's and Don'ts of booking and promoting your music. He has a unique perspective because he comes from a booking/talent buyer background and plays in a very successful band that plays lots of shows and gets paid well. Brian actually booked my band several times and is one of the nicest guys in the biz. He says he's in the business of "making people simile." What's that about? I don't know, why don't you listen and find out!