Licensing a song may have once come with accusations of selling out, but today, getting a song on a movie, TV show or commercial can be one of the most lucrative moves for a musician. So how does licensing work, and how can an artist up their chances of making a deal?


Ritchie Young (Loch Lomond)
Kat Olsen (Marmoset)

Listen To This EpisodeEpisode #76: Music Licensing w/ Marmoset and Loch Lomond

In this episode, we delve deeper into the recent immigration issues surrounding SXSW and Trump’s travel ban, with commentary provided by national and international musicians, attorneys, and other artist advocates.


Kevin Erickson (Future of Music Coalition)
Matthew Covey (Tamizdat)
Cherine Amr (Massive Scar Era)
Ami Dang (Musician)

Listen To This EpisodeEpisode #74: Turned Away At The Border

Treefort Music Fest is a 5-day music and arts festival in Boise, Idaho. This year’s festival was one of the most successful yet, and bolstered Treefort as a great alternative to SXSW. We headed to Boise to talk with performers and host a panel on the current state of the music industry.


Sharlese Metcalf (KEXP)
Jess Caragliano (Terrorbird Media)
Karl Hofstetter (Joyful Noise)
Zeke Howard (The Brigade)

Listen To This EpisodeEpisode #73: Treefort Panel w/ Terrorbird Media, KEXP, Joyful Noise & The Brigade

As long as there’s been music, there’s been music criticism. Like many professions, music review has been indelibly changed by the Internet. For a while, a numerical rating on Pitchfork could make or break a band, and lead to a sold out album. Blogs and social media emerged, and suddenly, truly everyone was a critic.


Greg Kot (Sound Opinions)
Jim DeRogatis (Sound Opinions)
Julianne Escobedo Shepherd (Jezebel)
Bob Ham (Paste)
Ben Ratliff (New York Times)

Listen To This EpisodeEpisode #72: The Current State of Music Criticism

Podcasts have surged in popularity over the last few years, and have proved to be a great way to connect with your audience — so why don’t more musicians take advantage of the format?


Hrishikesh Hirway (Song Exploder)
Shane Told (Lead Singer Syndrome, Silverstein)
Joe Pug (The Working Songwriter)

Listen To This EpisodeEpisode #71: Musicians Who Podcast