Music Biz 101 & More is the only FREE advice talk show in America broadcast & podcast on college radio that focuses on the business side of the music & entertainment worlds. Hosted by William Paterson University’s Dr. Stephen Marcone & Professor David Philp, the show airs each Wednesday at 8pm on WPSC-FM, Brave New Radio.
DIY Artists Zach Matari And Enki Bello – Music Biz 101 & More: The Podcast
In this episode of the Music Biz 101 & More radio show, independent artists Zach Matari and Enki Bello discuss the challenges they face in the DIY music industry, how they use social media, how they fund their activities, and much, much more. They also perform live, so don’t miss this.
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We introduce our producer, Phillip Gorokhovsky, first thing. That’s always very important and you don’t want to forget him. We go on to mention that co-host extraordinaire, Dr. Steve Marcone, was off on assignment and unable to participate in this, the greatest interview ever to take place.
At about 5:45, both Enki and Zach introduce themselves and give a 30-second to 1-minute description of who they are and what they’re doing.
As you continue to listen, you hear how Enki wants to keep learning about the business side of the music industry and how Zach balances college classes and life on the road.
At 11:45, Enki talks about the record deal she has in Colombia, how she got it and what the company does to support her.
Enki talks about how she’s making money at about 14:40. Mostly through private shows at the moment, such as business conferences.
We talk about Zach at 16:00. Here’s there, so he can be part of the discussion. It starts with a connection he made with a Latino group and how that led to a tour of the Dominican in 2013.
Thanks to our producer, Phillip, we talk about the culture of radio in the Dominican Republic at 19 minutes in.
Enki talks about her axe, the electric harp, around 21 minutes and how unique it is. Then, we take a question via tweet:
— Arielle Tolome (@ArielleTolome) April 2, 2015
The answer to the tweet, by Zach, is interesting. He talks about how he got to tour with Jacob Whitesides and how that has led to other shows, tours and festivals. Zach also talks about how his fan tweets have helped him get events. We’re in the 24-minute area now. Quick break at 26 minutes.
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At 27:21, listen to Tim Gysin’s jingle for this awesome Music Biz 101 & More radio show/podcast. Thank you, Tim. You are loved. We’re back and this is great. At 29:30 you’ll hear Zach and Enki perform Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud” live in the studio.
We’re done with Ed Sheeran at 33 minutes in. Then, Zach sings a bit of his tune, “Up To You,” a capella (that means with no instruments). Here’s the full song in its native YouTube environment.
Zach speaks more about how his funding takes place around 35 minutes in.
But enough about Zacharia. Because Enki has more for us. She plays a very cool instrumental version of Taylor Swift’s “Blank Space” at around 36:30. In case you want to hear more of her music, go to her SoundCloud account by clicking on the big old picture and audio thing-er-ma-bub below:
At 41 minutes in, we talk all about how Enki’s and Zach’s social media strategies, including Enki’s use of a photographer and videographer.
At 44 minutes, Zach talks about how he captures “moments” while on stage, during and after shows. “I like the sweaty selfie.”
Philp asks what Zach and Enki’s stage plans are, meaning, do they tell the audience to tweet them or follow them and, most important, engage with them.
We also talk about the banners that Zach and Enki use on stage. Look at Enki’s banners at the top of this page in the montage picture.
At 50 minutes, we ask a question for Tim Gysin (who had tweeted it in): What has been the best promotional strategy you’ve used to get your name out.
At 51:40, our artists are asked what the most difficult challenge is that they face each day.
55 minutes in, Professor Philp asks the most important question of the night: Are you glad that you went to college? If you could do it all again, would you still go to college?
Your Ally Mac Project streams us out as we await the next great podcast.
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