Dear Producers of all shapes, sizes, and degrees of experience,
Below is the first of hopefully many producer interviews. I created this (potential) series in hopes that it will shed light on certain key questions that many of us have. What is the producers role? How has production changed in the digital age? How does one save, or just as importantly MAKE money as a producer?
It is my hope that these interviews will give you a look into the style and thought process of these producers while allowing you to reflect on your own. Your feedback is greatly appreciated – what kinds of questions would you like to hear answered? What genres would you like to hear discussed?
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INTERVIEW WITH PRODUCER ZACH BERKMAN:
Zach Berkman is a singer, songwriter, producer, engineer, and friend who I met while studying at NYU’s Clive Davis Department of Recorded Music. I conducted my first interview with him since I am familiar with his body of work and have witnessed, first hand, his growth as an artist and a businessman. He co-wrote the song “A Drop in the Ocean” with singer/songwriter and TuneCore user Ron Pope, which was recently featured on MTV’s Total Request Live.
1. When did you decide you wanted to be a producer?
I guess to some degree I decided in high school that I wanted to be a music producer. My involvement with music was through being a singer/songwriter, which I still am, and I did the math. There are thousands of people out there who play acoustic guitar and sing and want to do it for a living, and I could only think of 15 acoustic musicians who were big enough to be on tv at the time. I knew that I wanted to be on the creative side of music making and that just being able to write songs and sing didn’t put me on the opposite side of “the glass.” So I was lucky enough to study at NYU in the Clive Davis Department of Recorded Music. It became apparent pretty quickly that the kind of input you can have as a producer was the kind of input I was excited to have.
Continue reading TuneCore Producer Series: Interview with Zach Berkman
I loved Nine Inch Nails "Pretty Hate Machine" when it came out. I used to DJ and Head Like Hole was a constant player at The Chameleon – a Lancaster, PA based live music/dance club located near my college Franklin & Marshall. I was so proud of myself for picking up on the sample of Jane’s Addiction on the album (and awed by Trent for using it).
Love them or hate them, Nine Inch Nails matter. And Trent Reznor has been nothing but true to his vision and himself.
Over the years on my record label spinART I have had the privilege of working and releasing many of the artists I loved in college (and in some cases high school – still praying for a Feelies reunion) – from The Pixies to Echo & The Bunnyment to Roddy Frame (Aztec Camera) to The Church to Camper Van Beethoven to Stephen Duffy (Lilac Time) to The Wedding Present and more.
Now through TuneCore I get the privilege of stating I have, in some capacity, "worked" with Nine Inch Nails. Granted, all we did is deliver the new album Ghosts I-IV to AmazonMP3 (Amazon’s digital download store) but for me, this small action allows a feeling of accomplishment and appreciation.
The new album is a 34 track collage of unique sounds – and unique sounds is what Trent has been making for over two decades (if not most of his life). And true to form, he did it on his own with no label with a small twist, the entire album is available for just $5
It’s cool to be part of it!
The following is my very in depth interview with the legendary keyboardist from The Doors, Ray Manzarek. I talked with Ray about past, present and future, and I got some great stories and insights. There are even some stories about The Doors I've never heard before, and I've read a bunch of the books! I also talk with Bal, who made the album, Atonal Head, with Ray as a complete collaboration. Bal is a trumpet player/composer/producer extraordinaire working out of LA. He also does many clinics and seminars on recording and preforming. This was a life-long dream come true. I have been a Doors fan ever since falling in love with music, and I will remember this forever. *Also included for your listening pleasure is "Shinjuku Nights" from Atonal Head by Ray Manzarek and Bal. Hope you enjoy!
Please put your hands together…or rattle your jewelry…
Legendary artist and TuneCore customer, Ziggy Marley won a Grammy!
From his website:
Los Angeles, CA (February 16th, 2007) â€“ Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Ziggy Marley, won the award for Best Reggae Album at the 49th Annual GRAMMY Awards on Sunday, February 11th for his second solo studio album Love Is My Religion (Tuff Gong Worldwide). This marks Marley’s 1st win as a solo artist and his 4th total in the Best Reggae category. Marley has three previous wins with Ziggy Marley & The Melody Makers.
“I’m honored and appreciative that this very personal album was acknowledged by the Recording Academy,” said Marley after receiving the award.
Love Is My Religion expands upon the personal, social and political themes explored in Ziggy’s debut CD, Dragonfly, peppering a reggae core with African percussion and other flavors. Ziggy serves as the album’s songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer. The album was independently released on July 4th, 2006 and is currently being sold exclusively through Target. “One of my father’s goals was to release an album independently. His plan was to do that after the release of his final album on a major label â€“ unfortunately, he never had the chance,” shared Ziggy. “This album and the way it is being sold is important to me in honoring my father’s spirit.”
Ziggy Marley’s early immersion in music came at age ten when he sat in on recording sessions with his father. He later joined his siblings to front The Melody Makers, whose eight best-selling albums generated such chart-topping hits as “Tomorrow People” and “Tumbling Down” Ziggy’s solo debut, Dragonfly, was released in 2003 and featured such artists as Flea and John Frusciante (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Mike Einziger and DJ Kilmore (Incubus). For more information on Ziggy Marley, please log on to www.ziggymarley.com.
We congratulate him on all the success of his album, and look for more to come!
An interview with Izzy Stradling from Guns N’ Roses – making the albums, the rise to fame, leaving the band and what happened next
Check out Izzy’s solo albums available now in