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Ep 96: Five Steps for the Modern Songwriter to Start Getting Placements
A cut from a live session Mike gave at the Austin Music Foundation, this talk is an hour deep dive on how to start getting your music into sync licensing as a songwriter today.
Sync licensing isn't a sprint; it's a marathon that requires dedication and self-investment. Mike firmly believes that every songwriter should know the rules of the game.
Episode 95: Why’d You Write a Book, Mike?
In the world of short form viral videos and online courses, why would someone create a physical book as a a teaching tool?
C.O.O. Heather Taylor, asks the hard hitting questions in this week’s Songwriting for Guitar Podcast Episode.
Pre-Order your copy of "The Songwriting Guitarist" here before Sept. 26th: https://www.
Episode 94: Co-Writing, The Second Hour
Now that you've completed the first hour of your co-writing session (following our previous episode, "Co-Writing, The First Hour"), you've gained insights into how to maximize that initial hour by focusing on building a strong connection with your co-writer and ensuring certain steps are addressed.
In the second hour, you may encounter two distinct paths. It may have gone well, and you're now prepared for what comes next, or it may not have gone as smoothly, leaving you wondering about the next steps and what to communicate.
Episode 93: Co-Writing, The First Hour
In the world of songwriting, collaboration can lead to the best results. It has the power to transform your creative process and elevate your songwriting to new heights. But, most people shy away from co-writing because of its challenges and the unknowns.
Mike shares invaluable tips and techniques for starting co-writing sessions on the right note. Tune in to to elevate your creative process and redefine your understanding of co-writing.
Episode 92: Leverage your Guitar to Get Great Gigs!
Why do some people get great gigs and others can’t get a feature at an open mic?
In this episode, Mike and SFG Coach, Brian Belonzi argue that your guitar playing is in fact the gateway to better paying gigs.
Tune in to learn how.
Episode 91: Unlocking Creative Potential - The Five Books You Can't Miss
There’s so many ways to digest a book, and so many topics that you can explore, sometimes it’s hard to nail it on the first try and people end up getting turned off by reading.
Mike believes reading the right books has been absolutely transformational and would like to share the top five books he sees that could unlock your creative potential.
Episode 90: Seids, Making it Happen
Driven by a genuine passion to make musicians' lives easier, she introduces her followers to exciting tech innovations that make production and music creation more accessible to the public.
You may already be familiar with her through social media posts where she teaches about Logic Pro, new plugins and production tips.
Unlike those who paint a picture-perfect image, Seids keeps it honest, relatable, and educational.
Jess Gramuglia - Life is Short
This episode is like a double shot of espresso, Mike Meiers and Music Supervisor, Jess Gramuglia bring a dynamic energy that will keep you engaged from start to finish.
Filled with insights, Jess shares her experiences in the industry, the big highs, the excitement and the challenges.
Episode 88: Be Relentless - A Coaching Client Success Story
An inspiring and empowering episode for anyone who finds themselves in pursuit of a dream but trapped in a cycle of doubt. Tune in as we dive into the extraordinary story of Chelsea Nettleton, an incredible songwriter and budding producer who has taken control of her direction and career.
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Episode 87: Music Reps in Sync Licensing
Ever wondered what it's like to have someone pitch your music for major opportunities? Tune into my discussion with Natalie Phan, the Founder and CEO of SoundSync Music Agency, specializing in representing Texas Pop artists.
It’s not straightforward or quick process. Natalie serves as the bridge between two different worlds: the artists and the music supervisors.
Knowing Your Songwriter Rights
Have you ever wondered what rights you, as a songwriter, actually possess? What is a PRO, and should you sign up for one? Do you own your publishing, masters, and mechanical licensing? How do you know for sure? And how do you get your co-writers to talk about rights without being awkward?
In this episode, we have a special guest and old friend, Entertainment Lawyer Megan Pekar, who will shed light on the legal aspects that songwriters need to know and why it's important.
It Has To Be A Great Song
In this episode returning guest host Josh Doyle and Mike chat on the telltale signs of a great song, how you can identify those hidden gems as well as insightful tips and strategies to help you hone your discerning ear.
Building a Brand with Lauren Bateman
Guitar and entrepreneurship? Just for the already successful business people or rockstar guitar players? Nope 👎
Have you ever thought about creating your own brand, running a guitar school/teaching lessons? If so listen to this episode ASAP!!!
Episode 82: Co-Writing is for Everyone
Co-writing is an essential skill for any aspiring writer, in any genre. It's also a skill that you can improve! We want to ensure that you can approach it with confidence and enthusiasm, rather than feeling intimidated by the idea of being an expert right from the start.
Episode 81: Syncs and Serendipity
Join us as we explore the world of music supervision with the incredible Mike Turner. As an award-winning music supervisor, editor, and producer, Mike brings a wealth of experience to the table.
Discover Mike's unconventional journey into the sync industry, from navigating the complexities of the role to stumbling upon unexpected opportunities.
Episode 80: What's in Your Briefs?
Discover the essential questions artists should ask when dissecting a brief and be empowered to make informed creative decisions! 🎙️💡
Musicians often find themselves perplexed when it comes to understanding briefs and end up creating content that doesn't align with the scene or the supervisor's requests.
Join Mike and Josh as they delve into the elusive world of sync licensing briefs.
Episode 79: Asking Questions
In this episode, we talk with Josh Doyle, a creator, mixing engineer, and entrepreneur in the music industry. We discuss the power of asking questions and how it has helped us in our own careers in licensing, producing, and developing songs!
We believe that asking questions is a continuing trait of successful people. In this episode, we explore why questions are opportunities, not something to be embarrassed or afraid of.
Riding the Wave of Change
Geoff Duncan's colorful journey is an inspiration to anyone in music. In this podcast, we'll explore the secrets of Geoff's successes and how to navigate big change in life.
We also delve into the pressures and quick turnarounds that come with opportunities, and how following through on your commitments can be scary but are not only necessary but worth it.
If his French Canadian accent doesn’t lure you in, this Growth Blueprint for musicians and online entrepreneurs might.
Building something from the ground up like a music career is full of disappointments and setbacks. Tune in to hear the six points that helped Chris Selim's career grow, because they are sure to help yours too.
We're diving deep into this niche world of sync licensing and Dave Kropf is here to drop some serious knowledge bombs. Production music has become increasingly popular in recent years. With streaming services on the rise, there's a huge demand for it. This episode gives amazing insight into what to expect from this facet of the industry and how to wrap your head around it. If you like analogies with your education, you won't want to miss this episode.
What causes some people to grow at a faster rate in their songwriting career?
Mike Meiers and COO of Songwriting for Guitar, Heather Taylor, dive deep into discussing people's resistance to collaboration and talk about three top reasons why.
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Lainey Dionne and I chat about the misconceptions of pop and why it gets such a bad rap. The truth is pop has heavily influenced music from the dawn of Western music to now, and it’s constantly evolving.
Lainey and Mike challenge you to find elements of the modern songwriting world and bring it into your own writing.
Have you ever had anyone say to you with great enthusiasm, “You should try out for American Idol!”? It’s a well intentioned but generally a misguided statement for musicians.
Our guest today and best bud of mine, Madeline Finn, is living proof it’s more something you get through than benefit from.
If one of the greatest skills in our lifetime is adaptability and discerning what’s true and false, this is the episode you’ve been waiting for.
Since we can’t always know what to pay attention to when starting out, industry sync experts Mike Meiers and Anthony Clint Jr. get together to dispel myths about this growing field so you can make informed decisions going forward.
Scaling Your Gigs
My friend Lainey Dionne has THE formula for getting your gigs to become a main source of income.
With some gigs you can get stuck and waste your time, but you don’t have. You can learn the signs to spot the good ones, know the ways to get them and then become such a boss you even know what you’re worth when booking them. There is a clear path to take your gigging mindset of a hobbyist to a gigging pro.
Episode 70: Lyft Affirmations
Last week's episode reminded me of my own first conference and how important this ONE thing I did was.
So many great things have come out of this technique that I call Lyft Affirmations. Heather Taylor and I sat down to chat about it in this week's episode.
Episode 69: Just Say Yes
Heather Taylor recognizes saying yes, and believing in yourself can be one of the hardest things to do. It took a lot for her to say yes to this opportunity she just came back from, but she’s so invigorated.
We talk about what taking a risk can feel like, what doors it can open up, what behind the scenes things can stop you and why YOU shouldn’t be the one to stop you.
Episode 65: Songwriting with Artist Lainey Dionne
What is working now in the industry as an artist?
Laiey Dionne is an award-winning, sync placing, indie-pop singing, songwriting, ROCKSTAR who graduated from Berklee. Find her most recent syncs on Making the Cut and Teen Mom 2.
My friend & Mentor, Josh Doyle Pt. II
Part two of my conversation with friend and mentor, Josh Doyle, is my favorite. Not just because of all the juicy information, and insight throughout this conversation with Josh, but because of our announcement!
Episode 63: My friend & Mentor, Josh Doyle
We’re chatting with Josh Doyle, one of my most valued mentors and founder of L.A. based record label and sync licensing company, 3 Theory Music. 3 Theory Music is a collective who have been placed with Amazon, Nike, Nintendo, Toyota, Netflix, HBO, and so much more.
Episode 62: Playlists are a Songwriter's Best Friend
Playlist challenge! I challenge you to build better habits around listening to new music. Consistently listening to new and current music in your genre will do more for your music than you know!
Episode 61: Seth Mosley
Grammy-Winning Producer, Songwriter, Podcast Host, Publisher and Educator at Full Circle Music Academy Seth Mosley has some thoughts on shifting gears in the music industry.
5 DAY BOOTCAMP (LIVE)
Listen to this week's episode to get your personal invitation and to hear what a past bootcamper has to say about the lasting effects of their experience.
Bootcamp: May 19 - 23rd, 2022
Song Critiques with Josh Seawell
Have you ever wanted a song critique, but weren’t sure how to go about it? Or maybe you’ve asked for a critique, but you never heard back. It's common even to be intimidated by the idea of sharing your songs with professionals, but that all has the potential to change.
Let's get you in a helpful mindset before you ask for a song critique from a pro!
Episode 58: Student Success Story feat. Dan Walker
Listen to his episode to hear how one student has transformed his entire outlook and future in music.
Dan says, “Don’t let fear hold you back".
What does the work ethic of an up and coming country artist and songwriter look like? Megan Barker is the person to tell you. The grind is no stranger to Megan. And neither is the music industry. She shares insights that span generations.
Catch more from Megan on Jammin’ in Jammies podcast.
BIG announcement for the SFG team! Heather Evans is coming on board as an artist and sync coach and we could't be more excited!
Get to know Heather and her story on this special podcast episode.
Enjoying the Process
Don't let it be drudgery all the way! If you've been discontented recently, this is the episode for you. Listen to the end for five tips to start finding joy in the process again.
Are you afraid there’s no opportunity for you to pursue your passion? This is the episode for you. Tamara is here to encourage other artists and share her wealth of knowledge about being a performing artist, getting into sync licensing and everything in between.
From busking on the street to having his song used in a Starbucks campaign, John doesn't keep his steps to success a secret.
Meeting of the Minds
You may have heard the word, "mastermind" being thrown around, but do you know what it is, and more importantly, how it can benefit you as a creative type? Listen-in to hear Mike's experience and why he believes finding one can turn out to be a pivotal career decision.
Self doubt might as well be a big flashing sign saying, "PAY ATTENTION!". Tune in to hear how to offset this tricky trap. With a new perspective, you can make decisions for your career in a more productive and soul fulfilling way.
Six Tips to Get Your Organized
We're celebrating episode 50 here at the Songwriting for Guitar Podcast!
As a thanks for listening, Mike gives his top tips so you can stay productive, even in the hustle and bustle of the holiday season.
Talking with the CEO & co-founder of “We Should Write Sometime”, this episode examines the landscape of co-writing and the reasons collaboration is the best path to success.
Most importantly, now you don’t have to be in a music city to write songs professionally anymore.
Episode 48: Marketing with Rick Barker
Rick Barker resigned as Taylor Swift’s manager in 2008 to focus on helping artists all over the world build, grow, and monetize their fanbases. In this episode, Rick zeroes in on the common sense practices that artists should be following to navigate marketing in today’s musical landscape.
Gabe Schillinger is a music producer who has worked with some of the biggest names in hip hop like Snoop Dogg. In addition to that, he also teaches entrepreneurs in music and other industries how to grow and scale their businesses!
Creating Impactful Guitars
Want to know my biggest secret when it comes to recording impactful guitars? We're talking about the one concept that every recording professional knows, and the key to doing it well.
Episode 45: Production, Entrepreneurship & Licensing w/
Anthony Clint Jr.
Get the inside scoop about being a music entrepreneur and the world of production and licensing for TV, film, & media. @Clintmusic has worked with Grammy nominated artists as well as had major placements in the sync world.
Dreams vs. Goals
Wake up! I think you're dreaming! In this episode, we talk about turning your dreams into reality, because I don't want your music dreams to stay a dream.
Episode 43: Student Success Story with Neil Turk
Mike talks with current student Neil Turk, about his turning points that have guided him into the best year of his life. He credits Mike’s course, Riff to Radio as one of those beginning turning points. Take a listen to Neil's story and get inspired, you might hear a lot of yourself in it.
Ever wonder what it takes to get your songs into film and TV?
This week, Mike talks with longtime music supervisor Jody Friedman about common mistakes and myths around licensing.
Legendary Descendents/All guitarist Stephen Egerton opens up about his early influences, the progression of his signature style, and the way his mind processes music.
Founder of the Rockstar Advocate, Suzanne helps artists develop a mindset of self-care and sustainability.
Lisa discusses the importance of mindfulness when it comes to all aspects of a career in music.
Madeline King & Nolan Jack
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