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Producer Life Podcast
60 minutes | Aug 6, 2022
PLP 105: Bass Battleground – Winter Atlas vs Rei Low
Bass Battleground is an online DJ competition running through mid-December and is produced by Emerald Summers Presents, an Atlanta based promoter. During this time, I’ll be bringing you shorter interviews with each of the contestants. This week I interviewed Winter Atlas who is a DJ, producer, and multi-instrumentalist based out of Greenville, South Carolina. Winter Atlas has over a decade of musical experience playing with bands, as a studio session bassist, and as a vocalist. Winter Atlas will be going head-to-head against Rei Low: an Atlanta Based producer, DJ, and multi-instrumentalist who makes industrial pop, deep house, and techno. You can watch them compete (and me open!) starting at 4pm eastern on the Emerald Summers Presents Twitch channel.
52 minutes | Jul 8, 2022
PLP 103: Bass Battleground – B-Riel vs AltBraKz
Bass Battleground is an online DJ competition running through mid-December and is produced by Emerald Summers Presents, an Atlanta based promoter. During this time, the Producer Life Podcast will be bringing you shorter interviews with each of the contestants. On Sunday, July 10th at 4pm eastern we have two new DJs for their first round: B-Riel, an Atlanta based freeform bass and dubstep DJ will face off against Vancouver native AltBraKz who specializes in glitch and Drum & Bass.
25 minutes | Jun 25, 2022
PLP 102: Bass Battleground – baconUcrazy vs Apetonix
Bass Battleground is an online DJ competition which spans the next six months and is produced by Emerald Summers Presents, an Atlanta based promoter. During this time, the Producer Life Podcast will be bringing you shorter interviews with each of the contestants. On Sunday, June 26th at 5pm eastern we have two new contestants for their first round, Apetonix: a bass producer and DJ from Atlanta who will be battling BaconUCrazy, an Atlanta based dubstep and EDM artist. Unfortunately due to scheduling conflicts I wasn’t able to get Apetonix on the show. However, I'm excited to introduce baconUcrazy, an up and coming Atlanta-based DJ and producer who is opening for Flux Pavilion on July 22nd.
62 minutes | Jun 11, 2022
PLP 101: Bass Battleground – KydKong vs Skeletrek
Bass Battleground is an online DJ competition which spans the next six months and is produced by Emerald Summers Presents, an Atlanta based promoter. During this time, the Producer Life Podcast will be bringing you interviews with each of the contestants. Today we're joined by Raidenrok who will talk about how the competition began and how it's going to be run. Afterwards, we go behind the scenes with KydKong who talks about her classical musical training, her hopes for the future, and how she's built a vibrant Twitch community. Finally, we talk with Skeletrek who talks about his background as both a DJ and producer and his experiences running a wildly successful cosplay dance battle at Momocon.
62 minutes | Apr 18, 2022
PLP 100: Alex Holmes on Vocalists, Royalties, and Nurturing your Creativity
Today's guest is Alex Holmes: an English singer and songwriter for Pop and EDM music. She’s worked with hundreds of producers and labels worldwide and is ranked the #1 five star vocalist on the Vocalizr platform. Her releases include tracks with Universal Music, Sony Music, No Copyright Sounds and Spinnin' Records, and she has featured on records with Sean Paul, Pitbull, Mashd N Kutcher and DJ The Prophet.
50 minutes | Apr 4, 2022
PLP 099: Ignacio Arfeli on Patience, Plugins, and Producing Techno
Ignacio Arfeli was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. There wasn’t much of a techno scene there, so he moved to the mecca for techno: Berlin. Ignacio’s music blurs the line between the techno underground and the mainstream. 2019 was a breakout year for him as he landed some of the most respected labels in techno including Kraftek, Suara, Octopus Recordings, and several more. Charlotte De Witte has frequently opened festivals with his tracks, and he has had support from Alan Fitzpatrick, Eric Pryzd, Dense & Pika, and Dj Rush.
11 minutes | Mar 21, 2022
PLP 098: Why Did Bandcamp Partner with Epic Games?
On March 2nd, Bandcamp announced they were partnering with Epic Games (yes, of Fortnite fame). What does that mean for the independent musician? In this episode I look at the announcements, the media coverage, and offer a few suggestions for what you should do now.
45 minutes | Mar 14, 2022
PLP 097: Shakes on Event Promotion and the Twisted Lines Experience
Today's guest is Yera, better known in the Atlanta techno scene as Shakes. Yera is a die-hard techno fan, fashionista and the founder of Twisted Lines. Twisted Lines began in 2018 in the alleyways of L.A., but has grown into an Atlanta-based community of techno and house music lovers who build art events inspired by the underground warehouse raves of the 90’s. Her events are much more than just themed music nights: past events have incorporated sports car collectives, art installations, and they recently closed out Atlanta’s Digital Art Week.
19 minutes | Mar 7, 2022
PLP 096: Vital Synth Review
Vital is an incredibly powerful free spectral warping wavetable synth. I started experimenting with it last month and was so impressed, I decided to dedicate an entire episode to Vital.
63 minutes | Feb 21, 2022
PLP 095: Sean Giovanni on Storytelling in Songwriting
Today we welcome back Sean Giovanni. Gio is an audio engineer, producer and the multitalented owner of The Record Shop in Nashville, Tennessee. During his career Gio has worked with big acts and labels to include: Alabama, John Legend, Lil Jon, Meatloaf, Sister Hazel, The Wallflowers, Sony Music, Warner Music Group, Universal, and many more.
57 minutes | Feb 7, 2022
PLP 094: Bruce Zalcer on Life, Branding, and Techno in Panama
Today we’re talking with Bruce Zalcer from Panama. Bruce is a multi-instrumentalist who began with music in his teens playing in rock bands and DJing. After school, he largely left the scene and moved on to a more conventional life selling insurance and raising a family for many years until 2018 when he decided to return to music. Since then, Bruce’s unique approach to techno incorporating synthesizers, drum machines, and sounds sampled from daily life has been making waves in the techno world. He’s released a dozen tracks including his Lifeblood EP and already has tracks signed on some of the biggest techno labels in the industry including Terminal M, 1605, and Codex Recordings. Additionally, his first live performance in 20 years was in Amsterdam for ADE! Finally, because there isn’t a huge techno following in Panama he created Dialectic Live: an organization that is dedicated to growing the techno movement in that country.
63 minutes | Jan 24, 2022
PLP 093: Mauro Somm on Producing Techno by Avoiding Rules
Today’s guest is Mauro Somm, an up-and-coming techno producer from Buenos Aires, Argentina. He's been signed on Christian Smith’s Tronic label and has had support from some of the most creative artists in the industry, including UMEK, Gallya, Joyce Mercedes, and Space 92.
65 minutes | Jan 10, 2022
PLP 092: Heather Johnson CEO of Ninty9Lives on Labels, Better CTAs, and Spotify
Today's guest is Heather Johnson, the CEO of the Nintey9Lives. Heather also serves on the advisory board of the American Association of Independent Music which advocates for independent music rights holders. This episode was actually recorded LAST April, but due to a super secret announcement at the end of the podcast, I couldn’t release it until now.
61 minutes | Dec 27, 2021
PLP 091: Sam WOLFE on Techno Music, Chasing Your Dreams, and Touring Internationally
Today I’m excited to introduce Sam WOLFE: a breakout techno star from Atlanta. His 2020 debut EP Triangulum reached #1 on overall Beatport releases which lead to a collaboration with techno legends the YellowHeads. That collab, Hippodrome, then went on to chart #4 for Beatport hype and #16 on techno world top 100 and received support from top techno artists including UMEK. Since then he’s released his debut EP on Christian Smith 's imprint, Tronic, which topped the Beatport overall release charts at #1, and received support from Bart Skils, Joyhauser, Lily Palmer, Marco Carola and others. In 2021 he signed exclusively with UMEK’s 1605 label and has big plans for 2022.
17 minutes | Dec 13, 2021
PLP 090: Gig Log for Boos in the Bubble + Comparing Promo Only and BPM Supreme Record Pools
We’ve been on a roll with interviews for a couple of months now and I wanted to pause and do a little reflecting on my Halloween gig at Line Creek Brewery and share some thoughts for mobile DJs. Today I talk about how I prepared, the gear I took, and what went right and wrong. I also talk about why I recently swapped record pools from Promo Only to BPM Supreme and how that helped with music selection for the event.
63 minutes | Nov 29, 2021
PLP 089: Raskal on Record Labels, Push Producing, and Starting from Scratch
on to being a DJ and producer, he hosts the popular Melodics podcast and owns the Southern Exposure Music record label. As a producer, one of his recent releases “No Place To Hide” spent many weeks on the Beatport Top 100 list and has also released multiple tracks that broke into the top 10.
60 minutes | Nov 15, 2021
PLP 088: ZeXter on Music Production, Label Releases, and European Influences
Beatport on the collaborative Devil’s Breath release by Black Square Recordings, and has also released on a variety of labels including Pure Dope Digital, Format Recordings, Intact Dark Balance, Southern Exposure, and is a regular with White Line Music. ZeXter’s unique sound stems from his love of European dance music, his classical instrument training, and his degree in sound design.
53 minutes | Nov 1, 2021
PLP 087: Kofla on Producing Latin Tech House and Networking
Today's guest is Kofla: a Columbian drummer who brings groovy Latin vibes to his tech house tracks and has been tearing up venues all over Atlanta from boat parties to major clubs.
53 minutes | Oct 18, 2021
PLP 086: David López on Audio Engineering, Gain Staging, and Mixing
Today I’m joined by David López, an audio engineer, consultant, educator, producer, DJ, and Ableton Certified trainer. As Didactic, he performs in various genres from electronic pop to reggae to downtempo to house music. He has over 20 years of experience and holds a degree in audio technology from SAE where he also spent seven years teaching recording arts and sciences.
53 minutes | Oct 4, 2021
PLP 085: aboywithabag on House Music, Label Releases, and Branding
Today I’m joined by Sai Aditya, better known as aboywithabag. Sai is a multi-talented producer who was born in India and spent time growing up in both south India and in Chicago. He’s an up-and-coming house music producer with his first release on Dim Mak Records two months ago. Sai has been generating a lot of interest online with his high-energy, danceable tracks which resulted in a recent interview with EDMIdentity.
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