EP 284 | Brian Slagel

EP 284 | Brian Slagel

Brian Slagel is the founder and CEO of Metal Blade Records. ON THIS EPISODE: 2:18 – Running a record label during quarantine 11:44 – How Metal Blade found Igorrr 20:10 – Why there aren’t really “scenes” anymore 36:39 – When does Brian step in to confront band issues? 46:49 – Picking a producer, engineer, and mixer 58:53 – Will heavy …

EP 283 | Kevin McCombs

EP 283 | Kevin McCombs

Kevin McCombs is a longtime URM Academy student who has leveled up from the local to major label level in the past two years. He works under Colin Brittain and Rick Carson in Los Angeles. “Relationships are what’s going to carry you through. No individual mix that you work on, no song that you engineered is going to make or …

EP 282 | Thom Russo

EP 282 | Thom Russo

Thom Russo is a 16-time Grammy award-winning producer who has worked with Audioslave, Prince, Juanes, Macy Gray, and many other iconic artists. ON THIS EPISODE: 2:24 -Not getting lost in the bullshit 8:34 – Is acting a serious career? 23:21 – Holding the line 39:31 – Working for free and earning your worth 55:53 – Thom’s relationship with Latin music …

EP 281 | Johnny Minardi

EP 281 | Johnny Minardi

Johnny Minardi is the VP of A&R at Elektra Music Group. He also runs Self Titled Management where he manages the careers of producers such as Will Putney, Steve Evetts, Nolly, and more. ON THIS EPISODE: 3:33 – The double-edged sword of work travel 21:54 – Responding to adversity 28:57 – All Time Low’s album release 36:26 – Creative marketing …

EP 280 | Ben Weinman

EP 280 | Ben Weinman

Ben Weinman is the lead guitarist and mastermind behind The Dillinger Escape Plan. He currently plays rhythm guitar in Suicidal Tendencies, Giraffe Tongue Orchestra and runs Party Smasher Inc. ON THIS EPISODE: 2:35 – Why bands stick with a producer for multiple albums 16:03 – Ben’s entrepreneurial side 28:47 – You need to play the long game, but also know …