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Rudy Cardenas- The Wedding Session Rock Star (American Idol, Waiting for Monday)

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Rudy Cardenas talks about what it’s like to make a living as a singer in Los Angeles. He covers session work, wedding bands, and tribute acts as well as his new band project “Waiting for Monday” which is signed to Frontiers Records. Rudy gets candid about his time on Season 6 of American Idol and the ups and downs of that experience. He discusses what the audition process was like and how it’s effected his career since.

Waiting for Monday

https://open.spotify.com/album/764loqGIi3sdSlSARDkadp?si=0ltEZyxAT9-Mb8W7ydoZ_A

Rudy Cardenas: Fly

https://open.spotify.com/album/4ZxutH6i9OOUIjqTeV9e9c?si=ZQR9fzJaTfumNdRJGpBDYg

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Episode 12 · 2 months ago

Steve Ferlazzo- The Playing Comes First (Avril Lavigne, Nuno Bettencourt)

Keyboardist/vocalist/musical director, Steve Ferlazzo, gets real about his experience during the lockdown, missing out on a whole summer tour. He talks about his time at Berklee College of Music and the unique lessons he learned from the experience. He takes you behind the scenes of the Soundcheck Live jam in Hollywood, CA, the jam that he’s run for the last several years. Steve also talks about the importance and sometimes burden of social media.

Let It Be-

https://youtu.be/Qrkc640GsPI

Music Cares-

https://www.grammy.com/musicares/donations

Episode 11 · 3 months ago

Loren Gold- Everybody Makes Mistakes (The Who, Hillary Duff)

Keyboardist, songwriter, musical director, Loren Gold, talks about his time as musical director for Hillary Duff, Demi Levato, Selena Gomez and more. He recalls his audition for Roger Daltrey and how that eventually lead to his current job, keyboardist for The Who. He explains how he recorded his second record on a laptop and how he wrote two instructional books. Loren reveals his long time love of the bay area and for the San Francisco Giants. He also gives some free golf tips.

Loren Gold on Spotify:

https://open.spotify.com/artist/29yur1VaVHx6TJuE33Xv1h?si=olLPT2GvQzm1ch8WewkqJQ

Taylor Hicks Live:

https://youtu.be/6EMWyw4o2bs

Episode 10 · 3 months ago

Mike Hill- Don’t Be Afraid To Ask (Postmodern Jukebox, Mad T Party)

Bass player, Mike Hill, recalls his experience working in a hit show at a Disney Park.  He talks about how he was able to turn that fan support into a kick starter campaign that earned over $40,000 to make his “Love and War” album and documentary. He explains in-depth how he put together a team of players, singers, writers and a producer to create and record an album of all original music. He shares the lessons he learned from the process and the dynamics between producer and artist. Mike talks about his time on reality TV. He also opens up about the trials and tribulations of living and working in Los Angeles.

Love And War Album

https://open.spotify.com/album/70Y7fgBG0zG0NQierUZNwl?si=3vL3nS__Rkioi0mGfdEG7w

Acquiesce (Live)

https://youtu.be/e1n3B8SoVO0

Love And War Documentary

https://youtu.be/z-W9eEhwR1E

Post Modern Jukebox Open Letter

https://aristake.com/black-at-postmodern-jukebox

Amanda Palmer Ted Talk

https://youtu.be/xMj_P_6H69g

Episode 9 · 3 months ago

Michael Bluestein- Phantom Limbs (Foreigner, Enrique Iglesias)

Keyboardist, producer, singer/songwriter, Michael Bluestein, gets deep about the path of the artist and sideman. He tells the story of his audition for the legendary rock band, Foreigner and what it’s like playing with rock stars. He reminisces about his days at Berklee College of Music and how that helped him step up his playing. Michael announces the release of the new single with his duo, Tina Blue, which is a really cool cover of the Rolling Stones classic, “Paint It Black”. He also discusses some current ways to distribute your music.

Tina Blue- "Paint It Black" Video:

https://youtu.be/G_3lNGyPJ54

Tina Blue- “Paint It Black” Single:

https://open.spotify.com/album/3CYurq20faVkmtn3LxOeKw?si=MWSyI6jMRSmOBGp23FgZJw

Michael Bluestein Solo Artist:

https://open.spotify.com/artist/3lGrfajNh2erBB5l3G3fRJ?si=ZZ6VhUK6SkKWIT0BVXlUlw