Created with Sketch.
The Happy Musicians Podcast
51 minutes | Aug 29, 2022
075 Jenna McSwain: Growing Organic Gigs and Folk Soul Music Magic
Jenna McSwain–singer-songwriter, pianist, mother–on gardening, allowing abundance, leaving a teaching gig to be a full time artist, getting in touch with our bodily experiences, organically grown gigs, navigating the impulse to make your bandmates happy while honoring your own desires, mom lessons.
77 minutes | Aug 8, 2022
074 Noah Baerman: Gratitude For Music & Dealing With Grief
Noah Baerman–pianist, composer, educator, and activist–on playing with a physical disability, being open with our challenges, performance injuries, therapy mindsets, gratitude for our time with music, dealing with grief through composition, chasing truly selfless acts, crossroad moments, and "the process of the pursuit" of enlightening experiences.
69 minutes | Jul 11, 2022
073 Jamison Ross: Layers of Musical Awareness, Our Biggest Fears, and The Reason Why Records Still Matter
Jamison Ross–soul singer, drummer, and Affective Music label owner–and I share our biggest fears and dreams right now. We talk about accessing new layers of awareness, interpreting spectrums of music, gospel chops, being afraid people won't hear you, making big career moves, understanding layers of fear, the ceiling for transplants in a music scene, and figuring out what you want. Jamison is out to define this era of Soul music and it was an honor to talk with him at the outset of this journey.
83 minutes | Jun 13, 2022
072 Nick Finzer: A Wholesome Take on Music Business and Marketing For Musicians
Nick Finzer–trombone maestro, educator, and Outside In Music label owner–on finding and connecting with people that care about what we do and answering the big question; Why should anyone care about your music? Listen for why websites and email still definitely matter, hyphenating your career, using a media company mindset, building a hedgehog concept, and putting value to our expertise. If you want to get into the step-by-step details, go buy his book Create, Connect, Repeat!
75 minutes | Jun 6, 2022
071 Hannah Johnson–She Enjoyed a Gig For The First Time Ever and We're Gonna Talk About It
Hannah Johnson–drummer, teacher, and a true personal pal–on being a goober, the magic of having a best friend, femininity in music schools, finding a life-changing mentor, the toxic chase of impressing jazz bros, public school substitute teaching, the art of being a good friend, teaching girls to play loud, fast, and take of space, and my Brain Blade fandom. Also... we're making a record!
70 minutes | Apr 18, 2022
Repost: Meagan Johnson – Alexander Technique For Musicians (Guided Exercises!)
Revisiting a must listen episode from the early days bc I'm having "one of those weeks". In NYC for the week so hmu if you wanna connect! Meagan Johnson joins Tanner Guss to discuss the Alexander Technique as a wellness practice for musicians. She breaks down what the technique is, the benefits it offers, and talks us through several exercises. Our conversation also explores performance anxiety, taking our play seriously, the problems of overly goal-oriented learning, and how to find a certified Alexander Technique teacher.
59 minutes | Apr 11, 2022
070 Cyrille Aimée: Strategies For Finding “The Moment” When You’re Stuck In Your Head On Stage
Cyrille Aimée–vocal sensation and life-improviser–on how her students sound incredible and they don't know it, and strategies for getting back the moment. We talk about finding permission to stop judging ourselves, putting health before work, figuring our where "home" is as an adult, how to live a freer lifestyle but still take care of business, building a Patreon community, and getting off grid and building a house in the jungle. We also get into and her experience on the trail with last week's guest Gaspard Panfiloff.
54 minutes | Mar 28, 2022
069 Gaspard Panfiloff: This Guy Plays Concerts On Top of Mountains & It's My New Favorite Thing
Gaspard Panfiloff–French balalaïka maestro–shares about his incredible mountaineering concert series Tournée Des Refuges. In our hike of a conversation we pass mountain energy, how to get people off our phones and into the music, turning a performance into an experience, the magic of music, building a mobile recording studio in a truck, enhancing band camaraderie, and how starting is the hardest part.
91 minutes | Mar 21, 2022
068 Rushad Eggleston: Musical Quests, Eternal Kazoo Solos, and the Price of Authenticity
Rushad Eggleston–sonic pioneer & cello-goblin–on spiraling out of control, embracing chaotic good, climbing trees, letting our inner jester and wizard coexist, getting out of things you don't want to do, faith formulas, exploring the void, dad speeches, making up a language, imaginary lands, different zones of consciousness, brown rainbows, and sounding bad on purpose.
73 minutes | Mar 15, 2022
067 Matthew Kilby: Creating a Sustainable Creative Practice and Actually Enjoying It
Matthew Kilby–of Ep. 1 fame–is back to debrief on two years of funding his original pop music by teaching middle school percussion. We also talk about collaboration, getting the cops called on him for practicing, process over product, controlling the uncontrollable, role models, valuing discomfort, and how to tell students they don't sound good. Our first conversation covered much more of his teaching philosophies and it's wonderful. Definitely a personal favorite... there's a reason he's back on the show!
68 minutes | Mar 7, 2022
066 Sammy Miller: Starting a Band, Selfless Playing, & Bringing Generosity Back to Music
Sammy Miller–drumming bandleader of The Congregation–on turning a concept into a reality, his time at Juilliard, finding home on the instrument, what it means to be a student of the music, family bands, treating music as a service, starting a band and keeping it together, finding gigs in NYC, why your sock choice matters, and his new virtual teaching platform Playbook.
57 minutes | Feb 22, 2022
065 Quinn Sternberg: Finding Family Through Bands, Defining Merit, & Accepting Himself as “guy from small town in midwest”
Quinn Sternberg is a bassist and composer. He's also "guy from small town in midwest" and that's enough. We talk about finding family through bands, anime, why making records still matters, bringing purpose to lame gigs, morning routines, getting to gigs on time, asking what is merit?, the importance of $20 gigs, and trucker hats. Listen to Quinn's new album Cicada Songs here!
73 minutes | Feb 14, 2022
Mikel Patrick Avery: Song Titles, Mentorship Among Friends, and Wanting Something That Doesn’t Want You
Mikel Patrick Avery–interdisciplinary artist–on being your full self as a leader and sideperson, how he started music as a lie, artistic identity, managing how our art is received by people, escaping the shackles of tradition, and what to do when you’re interested in doing lots of different things.
11 minutes | Feb 7, 2022
(BONUS) René Marie: Liner Notes Round
Some additional thoughts on important ideas from my conversation with René Marie. Going forward, these solo "liner notes" episodes will only be available to my Patreon supporters over at patreon.com/thehappymsucians You can join our wholesome-minded musician community for as little as $3 a month!
101 minutes | Feb 7, 2022
064 René Marie: Starting a Career at 42–How to Follow Our Inner Note & Make Music on Our Own Terms
René Marie–Grammy nominated singer who didn't start her career until she was 42–on following our inner note, sticking it to the patriarchy, getting hit by buses, getting out of an abusive relationship, recognizing a weed from a plant (not about gardening), accepting dormant periods, performing original material, doing "the shit", and why getting your boss to sing is more important than a Grammy nomination. In a span of two decades, 11 recordings and countless stage performances, vocalist René Marie has cemented her reputation as not only a singer but also a composer, arranger, theatrical performer and teacher. Guided and tempered by powerful life lessons and rooted in jazz traditions laid down by Ella Fitzgerald, Dinah Washington and other leading ladies of past generations, she borrows various elements of folk, R&B and even classical and country to create a captivating hybrid style. Her body of work is musical, but it’s more than just music. It’s an exploration of the bright and dark corners of the human experience, and an affirmation of the power of the human spirit.
73 minutes | Jan 31, 2022
063 What It Means to Be a Happy Musician
My recent interview on The Misfit Musician podcast with Bronwyn Beth! We talk about what I've changed my mind about since starting the show, what happiness means to me these days, sustainability, and the importance of having open conversations with other artists. When it comes to musician mental health two heads are way better than one.
78 minutes | Jan 24, 2022
062 Richard Wolf: Music as the Bridge to Mindfulness and Playing Our Spiritual Keyboard
Richard Wolf–multi-platinum music producer, Emmy-Award winning composer, mindfulness teacher–helps us understand the what and why of meditation. We get into panic attacks, checking ourselves before we wreck ourselves, creating space in our lives, the notes of enlightenment, a guided meditation, zen and the art of film composing, and exploring some of the bridges between music and mindfulness. Richard hosts the Wolf In Tune podcast and is the author of In Tune: Music as The Bridge to Mindfulness, which are both lovely and highly recommended.
75 minutes | Jan 17, 2022
061 LIVE @ JEN: 40 Hopeful Chats About Enjoying The Gig (ft. Lots of New Friends)
Over 40 mini interviews (miniviews) with wholesome folks at the 2022 JEN conference in Dallas. I'm feeling supercharged from all these hopeful perspectives! What's something you do to enjoy the gig? What's your favorite thing about music? What makes you hopeful about the future of music? What would you do to improve jazz education? Should music be easy? What's a record everyone should listen to?
67 minutes | Jan 10, 2022
Sean Jones – (REPOST) Overcoming Fear, Embracing Resistance, and the Universal Potential of Vibration
Sean Jones – trumpet icon, education trailblazer, bandleader, and composer – joins me to talk practice routines, your local weather channel, getting stranded on a cruise ship, insecurity, creations of time, the ancestral pipeline, the importance of resistance, and E pluribus unum.
102 minutes | Dec 30, 2021
060 Kenny Werner: Becoming the Instrument, Lessons on Self-Mastery from Music to Life
Kenny Werner–acclaimed pianist, composer, and famed author of Effortless Mastery–is here to discuss his new book Becoming the Instrument. We talk about finding The Space, MSD (music school disease), applying musical mastery to our lives, how to let go of the need to sound good, a 20 sec meditation for fellow lazy yogis, treating music as a spiritual practice, letting the hands play, how to actually make progress when practicing, and lima bean cans.
Terms of Service
Do Not Sell My Personal Information
© Stitcher 2022