This week, Matt Gibson spoke with Great White guitarist Mark Kendall. Mark talks about his vast experiences in the music industry in a Grammy nominated hard rock band that sold millions of records.
This Week on Kingdom of Rock Podcast for DIY Musicians Matt Gibson and Amanda Bocchi spoke to sales and marketing expert Wes Schaeffer. If you are looking for business and sales training, this is the episode for you!
This week on Kingdom of Rock Podcast for DIY Musicians, Amanda Bocchi and Matt Gibson spoke with guitarist and entrepreneur Nick Able. Nick is best known for touring with Ravi Shankar and his family as a guitarist.
Nick shares his experiences as an entrepreneur and he tells us about the mechanics behind building and managing a guitar membership site for legendary guitarists Andy James and Frank Gambale.
Topics covered Include:
Elance – recruiting help for your business
Building a team
Four Hour Work Week – Tim Ferris
Pat Flynn – Smart Passive Income – Will it Fly
Business Automation via the Internet
Daniel Tomkins http://daniel-tompkins.com/
Andy James https://andyjamesguitaracademy.com/
Frank Gambale http://www.frankgambaleonlineguitarschool.com/
This week on Kingdom of Rock Podcast for DIY Musicians, Matt Gibson spoke with Bill Lonero about his experiences as a guitarist, entrepreneur and inventor. Bill talked about his journey from an office worker in 2003 to a full time musician and business owner.
Recently Guitar Player Magazine recognized his band Lonero in the 50th Anniversary Edition. The album, Defiant Machine was selected by Guitar Player Magazine as one of the most noteworthy albums in the last 50 years.
He talks about the importance of having regular band rehearsals and practice and how that has been a valuable pillar to he band’s success.
Many musicians have aspirations to achieve the title of Rock Star. Matt and Bill discussed the hard work it takes to attain the status of “Rock Star” and how many musicians don’t comprehend or like the idea of all the work it takes. A quote he mentioned was “Success is achieved when effort exceeds desire”.
We talked about the fascinating creation of his company and invention, Straptight Straplocks who are endorsed by Joe Satriani, Glenn Hughes and Andy Timmons.
This week on Kingdom of Rock, Matt and Amanda spoke with emerging artist and college student Ava Baker aka Ava Camille about her music career.
Ava sings her amazing song For the Sake of a Stranger’s Touch
Ava talks about her goals as an artist
Matt Gibson and Amanda Bocchi talk to Ava about
- the importance of being known as a person to your fans.
- Knowing your identity as a person and artist
- Getting your social media profiles in order
- The importance of Creating Content
- Connecting with YOUR people
- Making friends in media and journalism
- Choosing your friends by networking
- Look for the people that have already done what you want to do
- Reverse Engineering Successful artists
- Pick ONE social media to master getting traffic to your website
- Creating a team
- Writing Blog posts on your website to get search engine traffic SEO
- How to get known as an artist and a person simultaneously
Books and People Mentioned in this interview:
- Grant Cardone – 10x Factor
- Tim Ferris – Four Hour Work Week
- Miley Cyrus
- Fiona Apple
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/avacamillemusic/
This week on Kingdom of Rock, guitarists Matt Gibson and Amanda Bocchi spoke to Michael Molenda, Editor in Chief of Guitar Player Magazine. Michael shared about the challenges of running a major magazine for guitar players. We also conversed about how running a magazine has changed in the new music business and how the magazine has shifted to serve the needs of guitar players. We touched on the changes in the industry now that the power for your career is in your hands and the pros and the cons of the new DIY music industry.
Other topics covered:
The Guitar Virtuoso
Social media Strategies
How to Find your People
Click Bait vs Quality Content
Washington Post Article About the Decline of the Guitar – George Gruen
Guitar Heros and Millennials
Feminism and Female guitarists
Tips for DIY musicians
This week, Amanda Bocchi spoke with country music and rockabilly legend, Wanda Jackson about her experiences as a musician starting in the 50’s on tour with Elvis to her current pursuits as a touring musician and author. Amanda and Wanda talk about her struggles getting her music on the radio as a female artist in a male dominated music industry. She also touched on the importance of faith in God and what it takes to strike balance as an artist with a family. She is releasing her new autobiography on November 14th, 2017.
Wanda Jackson’s debut single, “You Can’t Have My Love,” reached the Top 10 while she was still a sixteen-year-old high school student. She hit the road after graduation, playing package shows with Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Elvis Presley, who gave Wanda his ring and asked her to be “his girl.” With Presley’s encouragement, the Oklahoma native began recording rock music, often releasing singles with country on one side and rock on the other during her decade-and-a-half tenure on Capitol Records.
Favorite Interview Quote: ” God can see around the bend in the roads and we can’t. So we have to keep surrendering our will to Him so He can guide us safely through life…”
What others Say About Wanda Jackson:
“I love her. She’s so brilliant. I don’t think Rollin’ in the Deep would exist if it wasn’t for Wanda Jackson.” —Adele
“Look around today and you can hear lots of rocking girl singers who owe an unconscious debt to the mere idea of a woman like Wanda. She was standing up on stage with a guitar in her hands and making a sound that was as wild and raw as any rocker, man or woman, while other gals were still asking, ‘How much is that doggy in the window?'” —Elvis Costello
“She’s influential to every modern female singer, whether they know about her or not. She broke down those walls in the beginning, when it was the hardest to do.” —Jack White
“There’s an authenticity in her voice that conjures up a world and a very distinct and particular place in time.” —Bruce Springsteen
“As you look up the history of your roots in music, you don’t find a lot of women. But Wanda Jackson was right there, at the beginning of it….“I learned to sing rock ’n’ roll by listening to Wanda Jackson, but I learned about country music from her, too.” —Cyndi Lauper
This week on Kingdom of Rock, Amanda Bocchi and Matt Gibson spoke with legendary Kiss and Grand Funk Railroad guitarist Bruce Kulick about his experiences in the music industry. We talk about everything from product launches, record companies, Kiss, Gene Simmons, radio stations and Bruce offers up some gems! He has an entrepreneurial spirit and is a really great example for us to follow when we approach our music based business.
Links to Bruce Kulick
This week on Kingdom of Rock Podcast for DIY Musicians, Amanda Bocchi spoke with Christine Stevens. Christine Stevens is a music therapist who travels as a director of health and wellness for Remo drums around the world to do sonic healing and drum work. Christine has developed a method of sonic healing to address the spiritual, physical, mental and emotional dysfunction humans experience.
You can check out Christine at Upbeat Drum Circles http://www.ubdrumcircles.com/
Christine is also the author of Music Medicine – a book about sonic healing.
Remo was on the forefront of developing women’s drums and empowering women drummers. http://remo.com/
Four elements of music discussed in the interview.
Rhythm – correlates to the body
Harmony – Everyone singing together (drum circle, choir)
Melody – The Heart. (the flute)
Silence – element for the mind
Women’s March in Washington DC https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2017_Women%27s_March
“Music is born in silence.”
“Music is a global language.”
“Music belongs in your life.”
If you’re sick the shaman would ask you…when’s the last time you sang, where’s the last time you danced?
Participating in music is more effective in healing than listening to music.
This was originally shared on Facebook live, and Instagram live.
Ryan Roxie began playing with Alice Cooper for what began as a year long tour over 20 years ago. Ryan wants you to know, rock-n-roll isn’t dead. Unless it’s dead in your mind. 20 year old kids are still showing up to Alice Cooper shows, singing every word. pProof that rock-n-roll is alive and well.
Special guest Nita Strauss, drops in to say hello to Ryan and Matt.
Ryan Roxie talks about his experience in the 1990’s band Electric Angels out of LA. Lost in the Atlantic is an album recorded with Atlantic records in the early 90’s that was never released, until now that is. The first album was recorded in 1987.
Your song isn’t a product, it’s a promotional tool. The revenue streams have been siphoned from the traditional model. The song is no longer king. People expect to hear your art for free, and buying the art isn’t necessary. The albums that Ryan has sold the most copies is because he has built a personal relationship with his fan-base. He stands outside venues before and after shows, shaking hands, taking selfies. Relational promotion.
Learn guitar through your hero. The goal is to eventually write your own music.
On Playalongmusic.com (Best of Alice Cooper series) Ryan Roxie teaches the 5 most popular Alice Cooper songs. https://playalongmusic.com/videolessons?view=video&typeId=30&productId=4239#prod_li_4239
Rock-n-Roll 101-Ryan Roxie explains the basics for guitar. The blueprint four guitar-the newest in the Ryan Roxie education series-learn a song in four days, and learn guitar in four months. https://www.playalongmusic.com/ryan-roxie
So many musicians are used to living in crisis. Matt Gibson asks Ryan Roxie how to position yourself as a musician for more opportunities. Lots of players spend time learning their craft, but how much energy do musicians put into learning the music business? What musicians don’t realize is they need to be their own managers also. If you can find a manager once you’re in the position of needing management, do it. If not, listen to this podcast. Alice cooper has had one manager in his career. Then the manager gets to create opportunities while the band gets to deliver soul punching music every night.
Until we can all be like Ryan Roxie, manage yourself.
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Show notes written by Amanda Bocchi.
Jazz Americana guitarist and singer-songwriter, Amanda Bocchi, is a host on Kingdom of Rock podcast for DIY musicians. She interviews female musicians and authors to increase dialogue surrounding feminism and music entrepreneurship. Amanda is a DIY musician, recording her second album called Organ Donor. Her sophomore album is a reflection of her experience struggling through heroin addiction and her transformation into the light of recovery. http://amandabocchi.com