Kingdom of Rock - Music Industry, Tech and Business

Matt Gibson and Michael Molenda

What's up Kingdom of Rock! Join Matt Gibson and Michael Molenda as they interview professional musicians, as well as experts in technology, business, marketing, sales, and entrepreneurship. The goal of Kingdom of Rock is to help musicians and creatives get better at music, tech, and business. Show guests include Steve Vai, Grant Cardone, DJ Scratch, Steve Lukather, Alex Winter, Stryper, Corrin Campbell (Indepreneur), Kevin Breuner (CD Baby/DIY Musician), Deadmau5, Poe, and many touring musicians, music supervisors, music directors, record producers, engineers, and backline workers from all over the world. We've interviewed tech experts, Silicon Valley bloggers, and futurists so we can alert musicians to all the emerging technology and opportunities for music makers. We also meet as a community several times a week on Clubhouse, Twitter Spaces, and Zoom, as well as host in-person meetups in Los Angeles. If you are interested in participating please DM us on social media, or use the form on our website to send us a message.

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The devastation of the COVID-19 pandemic wreaked havoc on the conventional music industry. But guitar superstar Steve Vai was not about to let lockdowns, cancelled concerts, and other dilemmas compromise his drive or productivity. In this episode, Vai shares with co-hosts Matt Gibson and Michael Molenda his buoyant outlook for maintaining—and even expanding—his creative mojo during a worldwide health crisis. There are lessons for every creator in Vai's wisdom.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/KingdomOfRock)

Mar 13

1 hr 5 min

On this episode of Kingdom of Rock, Matt Gibson and Yashi Brown spoke with Maroon 5 and Faith No More producer Matt Wallace.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/KingdomOfRock)

Feb 2020

1 hr 14 min

John Lee DumasThis week on Kingdom of Rock, John Lee Dumas speaks with Matt Gibson on business strategies for musicians - how to add value and provide a product to consumers. John compares the future of "musicpreneurs" with video game streamers - playing music, talking about it, and creators watching other creators so we can learn from each other. He discusses the importance of engaging with your audience one-on-one and receiving feedback on how your music can be better for them. Optimized content - answering messages from audience, being in tune with what they want and need (and being able to create products and/or content based on that feedback). He also speaks on his Freedom Journal - a goal-focused journal he developed to keep the user on track with what they want to achieve. Goal setting is important for musicians, too! This interview can be summarized with a quote from Albert Einstein: "Try not to become a person of success, but a person of value" If your music can help people through their struggles and inspire them, you have achieved something meaningful. If you want to reach out, you can find John on his website at EOFire.com.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/KingdomOfRock)

Jul 2018

15 min 8 sec

This week on Kingdom of Rock podcast for DIY Musicians, Amanda Bocchi and Matt Gibson spoke with Morgan Wade about her new album and tour and what she does to make her music business succeed.  Morgan tells us what it's like to quit your day job and start your first tour! DIY Musicians and music entrepreneurs - Listen in!Morgan Wade and The Stepbrothershttp://www.morganwadeandthestepbrothers.com/https://www.facebook.com/morganwadeandthestepbrothers/https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xVU5sBbXY_w&feature=youtu.be Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/KingdomOfRock)

Jun 2018

26 min 53 sec

 This week on Kingdom of Rock, guitarist Matt Gibson spoke with Twitter expert Madalyn Sklar about her experiences as a social media expert and the music industry! Co-Host Amanda Bocchi will return next week after she finishes her degree in Classical guitar from Hollins University! Madalyn Sklar is a serial entrepreneur, community builder and leading Twitter marketing expert. With 22 years digital marketing experience and 13 years social media marketing under her belt, it’s no surprise she’s ranked the #1 Social Media Power Influencer in Houston. Each week Madalyn hosts the #TwitterSmarter Twitter chat that brings together hundreds of people in an active one hour discussion revolving around Twitter marketing. Since launching two years ago, it has reached 4.64 billion impressions. She also hosts the weekly #SocialROI chat that’s presented by ManageFlitter. Madalyn interviews leading social media and marketing experts for her TwitterSmarter podcast and co-hosts the weekly Communities That Convert podcast with Kami Huyse. Huffington Post has named Madalyn one of 50 Women Entrepreneurs to follow.https://www.madalynsklar.com/  Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/KingdomOfRock)

May 2018

28 min 43 sec

This week on Kingdom of Rock podcast for DIY Musicians, co-hosts Matt Gibson and Amanda Bocchi talked about what it takes to run a successful Pledgemusic Campaign. Amanda is currently running her campaign in support of her new album Organ Donor until the end of April. You can check it out here: https://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/amandabocchiSupport the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/KingdomOfRock)

Mar 2018

33 min 41 sec

This week, Amanda and Matt spoke to author and radio persona Paul Porter. Paul is the author of Blackout - My 40 Years in the Music Business. He was also the programming director for BET and eventually purchaced his own radio station in Orlando, Florida. If you want to learn about how radio works or want to explore the dirty side of the music business, this episode is for you!  Paul shoots about as straight as you can get on every topic. We talk about everything from payola to a detailed breakdown of how to break a song on the radio and get it to chart! Matt and Amanda both agreed that Paul was one of the best guests ever. Enjoy! You are going to learn a lot...http://www.porteronair.comhttp://www.blackoutthebook.comhttp://www.raprehab.com Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/KingdomOfRock)

Feb 2018

56 min 31 sec

This week on Kingdom of Rock, Matt Gibson spoke with sales, marketing and business guru Grant Cardone.  He addresses why musicians and artists struggle with the concept of making money. Listen now and let Grant hit you between the eyes with some great advise and motivation!Grant Cardone is a well known author of the 10x Factor and the creator of the 10x Growth Convention. He is an entrepreneur with the creation of 6 companies under his belt. Through his real estate holdings, Grant is well on his way to becoming a billionaire.  We brought Grant on the show to help you understand the kind of energy it takes to create that amount of wealth.  Amanda Bocchi and I are both fans of the 10x Factor and use principals found in Grant's writing and live videos to build our business.Favorite Quotes from the interview:"If you have great art and you sit in your living room and play to yourself you are selfish and self-centered."Links:www.grantcardone.comhttps://www.foxmovies.com/movies/the-greatest-showmanhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=djsara2WXNc https://10xgrowthcon.com/ Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/KingdomOfRock)

Jan 2018

24 min 31 sec

This week on Kingdom of Rock, Amanda Bocchi and Matt Gibson spoke to guitar shredder and YouTube star Annie Grunwald about her experiences in the music business. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PKyQGcdze1chttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0jGVkfbPkz0Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/KingdomOfRock)

Jan 2018

28 min

This week, Matt Gibson spoke with Great White guitarist Mark Kendall. Mark talks about his vast experiences in the music industry in a Grammy nominated hard rock band that sold millions of records.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/KingdomOfRock)

Dec 2017

32 min 9 sec

 This Week on Kingdom of Rock Podcast for DIY Musicians Matt Gibson and Amanda Bocchi spoke to sales and marketing expert Wes Schaeffer.  If you are looking for business and sales training, this is the episode for you!https://www.thesaleswhisperer.comSupport the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/KingdomOfRock)

Dec 2017

1 hr 6 min

This week on Kingdom of Rock Podcast for DIY Musicians, Amanda Bocchi and Matt Gibson spoke with guitarist and entrepreneur Nick Able. Nick is best known for touring with Ravi Shankar and his family as a guitarist.Nick shares his experiences as an entrepreneur and he tells us about the mechanics behind building and managing a guitar membership site for legendary guitarists Andy James and Frank Gambale.Topics covered Include:Elance - recruiting help for your businessBuilding a teamFour Hour Work Week - Tim FerrisPat Flynn - Smart Passive Income - Will it FlyBusiness Automation via the InternetDaniel Tomkins http://daniel-tompkins.com/Andy James https://andyjamesguitaracademy.com/Frank Gambale http://www.frankgambaleonlineguitarschool.com/http://rockstarmarketing.co.uk/ Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/KingdomOfRock)

Nov 2017

42 min 47 sec

Photograph by Neil ZlozowerThis week on Kingdom of Rock Podcast for DIY Musicians, Matt Gibson spoke with Bill Lonero about his experiences as a guitarist, entrepreneur and inventor. Bill talked about his journey from an office worker in 2003 to a full time musician and business owner.Recently Guitar Player Magazine recognized his band Lonero in the 50th Anniversary Edition. The album, Defiant Machine was selected by Guitar Player Magazine as one of the most noteworthy albums in the last 50 years.He talks about the importance of having regular band rehearsals and practice and how that has been a valuable pillar to he band's success.Many musicians have aspirations to achieve the title of Rock Star.  Matt and Bill discussed the hard work it takes to attain the status of "Rock Star" and how many musicians don't comprehend or like the idea of all the work it takes. A quote he mentioned was "Success is achieved when effort exceeds desire".We talked about the fascinating creation of his company and invention, Straptight Straplocks who are endorsed by Joe Satriani, Glenn Hughes and Andy Timmons. Websites discussed:http://billlonero.com/https://www.facebook.com/BillLoneroThe Big Shorthttp://straptight.com/ Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/KingdomOfRock)

Nov 2017

38 min 54 sec

This week on Kingdom of Rock, Matt and Amanda spoke with emerging artist and college student Ava Baker aka Ava Camille about her music career.Episode Highlights:Ava sings her amazing song For the Sake of a Stranger's TouchAva talks about her goals as an artistMatt Gibson and Amanda Bocchi talk to Ava about the importance of being known as a person to your fans. Knowing your identity as a person and artist Getting your social media profiles in order The importance of Creating Content Connecting with YOUR people Making friends in media and journalism Choosing your friends by networking Look for the people that have already done what you want to do Reverse Engineering Successful artists Pick ONE social media to master getting traffic to your website Creating a team Writing Blog posts on your website to get search engine traffic SEO How to get known as an artist and a person simultaneouslyBooks and People Mentioned in this interview: Grant Cardone - 10x Factor Tim Ferris - Four Hour Work Week Miley Cyrus Audible.com Fiona Apple Facebook Page:   https://www.facebook.com/avacamillemusic/Twitter @avacamille Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/KingdomOfRock)

Nov 2017

29 min 3 sec

This week on Kingdom of Rock, guitarists Matt Gibson and Amanda Bocchi spoke to Michael Molenda, Editor in Chief of Guitar Player Magazine. Michael shared about the challenges of running a major magazine for guitar players. We also conversed about how running a magazine has changed in the new music business and how the magazine has shifted to serve the needs of guitar players. We touched on the changes in the industry now that the power for your career is in your hands and the pros and the cons of the new DIY music industry.Other topics covered:The Guitar VirtuosoSocial media StrategiesHow to Find your PeopleClick Bait vs Quality ContentWashington Post Article About the Decline of the Guitar - George GruenGuitar Heros and MillennialsFeminism and Female guitaristsTips for DIY musicianshttp://www.guitarplayer.com  Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/KingdomOfRock)

Oct 2017

42 min 43 sec

This week, Amanda Bocchi spoke with country music and rockabilly legend, Wanda Jackson about her experiences as a musician starting in the 50's on tour with Elvis to her current pursuits as a touring musician and author.  Amanda and Wanda talk about her struggles getting her music on the radio as a female artist in a male dominated music industry.  She also touched on the importance of faith in God and what it takes to strike balance as an artist with a family. She is releasing her new autobiography on November 14th, 2017.Wanda Jackson's debut single, "You Can't Have My Love," reached the Top 10 while she was still a sixteen-year-old high school student. She hit the road after graduation, playing package shows with Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Elvis Presley, who gave Wanda his ring and asked her to be "his girl." With Presley's encouragement, the Oklahoma native began recording rock music, often releasing singles with country on one side and rock on the other during her decade-and-a-half tenure on Capitol Records.Favorite Interview Quote: " God can see around the bend in the roads and we can't. So we have to keep surrendering our will to Him so He can guide us safely through life..."What others Say About Wanda Jackson:“I love her. She’s so brilliant. I don’t think Rollin’ in the Deep would exist if it wasn’t for Wanda Jackson.” —Adele "Look around today and you can hear lots of rocking girl singers who owe an unconscious debt to the mere idea of a woman like Wanda. She was standing up on stage with a guitar in her hands and making a sound that was as wild and raw as any rocker, man or woman, while other gals were still asking, 'How much is that doggy in the window?'" —Elvis Costello“She’s influential to every modern female singer, whether they know about her or not. She broke down those walls in the beginning, when it was the hardest to do.” —Jack White“There’s an authenticity in her voice that conjures up a world and a very distinct and particular place in time.” —Bruce Springsteen"As you look up the history of your roots in music, you don’t find a lot of women. But Wanda Jackson was right there, at the beginning of it….“I learned to sing rock ’n’ roll by listening to Wanda Jackson, but I learned about country music from her, too.” —Cyndi LauperWanda's Links:http://www.wandajackson.com/https://www.facebook.com/WandaJackson/Book Preorder https://www.amazon.com/Every-Night-Saturday-Country-Journey/dp/1947026011/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1502237483&sr=1-3 https://twitter.com/wandajofficial  Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/KingdomOfRock)

Oct 2017

24 min 14 sec

This week on Kingdom of Rock, Amanda Bocchi and Matt Gibson spoke with legendary Kiss and Grand Funk Railroad guitarist Bruce Kulick about his experiences in the music industry. We talk about everything from product launches, record companies, Kiss, Gene Simmons, radio stations and Bruce offers up some gems! He has an entrepreneurial spirit and is a really great example for us to follow when we approach our music based business.Links to Bruce Kulickhttp://www.kulick.net/https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3lp7XzFMH-s Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/KingdomOfRock)

Oct 2017

52 min 1 sec

This week on Kingdom of Rock Podcast for DIY Musicians, Amanda Bocchi spoke with Christine Stevens. Christine Stevens is a music therapist who travels as a director of health and wellness for Remo drums around the world to do sonic healing and drum work. Christine has developed a method of sonic healing to address the spiritual, physical, mental and emotional dysfunction humans experience.  You can check out Christine at Upbeat Drum Circles http://www.ubdrumcircles.com/ Christine is also the author of Music Medicine - a book about sonic healing.https://www.amazon.com/dp/B008S28ITM/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1 Interview Highlights:Remo was on the forefront of developing women’s drums and empowering women drummers. http://remo.com/Four elements of music discussed in the interview.Rhythm - correlates to the bodyHarmony - Everyone singing together (drum circle, choir)Melody - The Heart. (the flute)Silence - element for the mindWomen’s March in Washington DC https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2017_Women%27s_March“Music is born in silence.”“Music is a global language.”“Music belongs in your life.”If you’re sick the shaman would ask you…when’s the last time you sang, where’s the last time you danced?Participating in music is more effective in healing than listening to music.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/KingdomOfRock)

Oct 2017

1 hr 4 min

Ryan Roxie (L) and Alice Cooper perform in concert at ACL Live on February 12, 2015 in Austin, Texas.Ryan Roxie, Alice CooperThis was originally shared on Facebook live, and Instagram live.This week on Kingdom of Rock, guitarist Matt Gibson spoke with longtime Alice Cooper guitarist Ryan Roxie.Ryan Roxie began playing with Alice Cooper for what began as a year long tour over 20 years ago. Ryan wants you to know, rock-n-roll isn't dead. Unless it's dead in your mind. 20 year old kids are still showing up to Alice Cooper shows, singing every word. pProof that rock-n-roll is alive and well.Special guest Nita Strauss, drops in to say hello to Ryan and Matt.Ryan Roxie talks about his experience in the 1990's band Electric Angels out of LA. Lost in the Atlantic is an album recorded with Atlantic records in the early 90's that was never released, until now that is. The first album was recorded in 1987. Takeaways:Your song isn't a product, it's a promotional tool. The revenue streams have been siphoned from the traditional model. The song is no longer king. People expect to hear your art for free, and buying the art isn't necessary. The albums that Ryan has sold the most copies is because  he has built a personal relationship with his fan-base. He stands outside venues before and after shows, shaking hands, taking selfies. Relational promotion.Learn guitar through your hero. The goal is to eventually write your own music.On Playalongmusic.com (Best of Alice Cooper series) Ryan Roxie teaches the 5 most popular Alice Cooper songs. https://playalongmusic.com/videolessons?view=video&typeId=30&productId=4239#prod_li_4239Rock-n-Roll 101-Ryan Roxie explains the basics for guitar. The blueprint four guitar-the newest in the Ryan Roxie education series-learn a song in four days, and learn guitar in four months. https://www.playalongmusic.com/ryan-roxieSo many musicians are used to living in crisis. Matt Gibson asks Ryan Roxie how to position yourself as a musician for more opportunities. Lots of players spend time learning their craft, but how much energy do musicians put into learning the music business? What musicians don't realize is they need to be their own managers also. If you can find a manager once you're in the position of needing management, do it. If not, listen to this podcast. Alice cooper has had one manager in his career. Then the manager gets to create opportunities while the band gets to deliver soul punching music every night.Until we can all be like Ryan Roxie, manage yourself.If you enjoyed this episode, please share and subscribe to the Kingdom of Rock podcast on  https://www.facebook.com/korpodcast/ Show notes written by Amanda Bocchi. Jazz Americana guitarist and singer-songwriter, Amanda Bocchi, is a host on Kingdom of Rock podcast for DIY musicians. She interviews female musicians and authors to increase dialogue surrounding feminism and music entrepreneurship. Amanda is a DIY musician, recording her second album called Organ Donor. Her sophomore album is a reflection of her experience struggling through heroin addiction and her transformation into the light of recovery. http://amandabocchi.com  Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/KingdomOfRock)

Jul 2017

19 min 13 sec

What's up Kingdom of Rock! This week, Amanda Bocchi spoke with Atlanta artist Indie from Indie Killed the Pop Star. They spoke about her experiences as an Opera singer and Independent Artist. Indie tells her story of overcoming vocal nodules and re-branding her art as a singer-songwriter distinguished by her powerful opera vocal chops.  In addition, Amanda and Indee talk about the challenges of anxiety and how that affects the trajectory of a music career. She is currently working on a new album that she hopes to release in 2017.  In Indie's own words, it is heavily influenced by the band Radiohead.  She has been writing the songs since 2009 and she hopes to release the first video Youngblood with a grassroots team of her friends. Relevant Links and Topics Discussed:Baby Robot Media PR http://www.babyrobotmedia.com/Indie uses the Law of Attraction to bring in musical and business partners.She supplements her performance income with being a Music Teacher for 40 students.Being thrifty helps with making ends meetThey discuss how to convert social media likes to customers and fans that show up to shows.One of the highlights of the interview was the discussion about music scenes in major cities such as New York, LA, Nashville, Atlanta, Austin etc. It is amazing how many musical opportunities you have available in a major city.  There can be hundreds of events that you can play.  If you are a musician struggling in your small or medium size town, perhaps you should move to a large city and give that a shot. Little fish in a big pond is not always bad!Quotes:"You don't need a music degree to play at Starbucks!" - Amanda Bocchi"When you love it, go for it! This is your life. Go for your dreams". - IndieSing for Your Life BIOIndee Killed the Pop Star, an indie-folk band from the deep South, combines classical inspiration with a rock-pop mix for audiences around Atlanta. With hints of opera and jazz bursting through the vocals, strings and woodwinds provide a bright backdrop for songs about love, pain, healing and... cats. Lead singer Indee, a self-described "bad-ass rockstar bitch", made a huge impression three years ago, placing fourth runner-up in the first season of Atlanta's Sing For Your Life competition. Since then, her and her band have played venues around the city and around Georgia, creating genre-twisting, original songs and breathing fresh air into the local music scene.  Jennifer "Indee" Zuiff - Vocals, guitar, and ukuleleRicky Saucedo - Clarinet, fluteBen Rezaeinia - Viola, violinJared Lanham - PercussionAmy Dixon - Backup vocalsWebsites and Social Mediahttp://indee.info/https://www.facebook.com/indeekilledthepopstar/https://www.reverbnation.com/indeekilledthepopstarhttps://youtu.be/VKWgc78CBfUSupport the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/KingdomOfRock)

May 2017

57 min 18 sec

Hello and welcome to our New co-host, Amanda Bocchi! This week, we talk about what it means to be a producer in today's music business. Matt interviews legendary rock producer Max Norman. Max talks about how a producer functions in the making of a modern record, the pros and cons of hiring a producer and shares some tips he has learned in the studio with Ozzy Osbourne, George Lynch, Megadeth and more!More about Max: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Max_NormanMore About Amanda: www.amandabocchi.comSupport the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/KingdomOfRock)

Jan 2017

1 hr 11 min

This week on Kingdom of Rock, Matt Gibson talks with the author of Rock and Roll High School, Marisa Tellez.Topics Discussed:Organizing your ideas and picking the best onesHow to tell YOUR storyDefining a main topicHow writing can affect your musicWhy musicians should write a bookAdvantages of being "Old School"http://marisatellez.com/Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/KingdomOfRock)

Aug 2016

31 min 59 sec

Matt Gibson talks with lead vocalist of Lords of the Trident and honorary pillager, Fang von Wrathenstein. Topics DiscussedGetting the right PR guyHow a theatrical stage show can get fans to your gigsHow music is similar to politicsHow to use digital downloads to your advantageHow downloads can be more profitable than selling CDsPR guy or making a connection?Farming it out to give yourself a boostDifferent styles of live show appealMaking your business personalSupport the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/KingdomOfRock)

Jul 2016

45 min 10 sec

Topics Discussed:Teaching music in ChinaMusic opportunities abroadGetting businesses to approach youPromoting your gig to the right peopleAdvantages of playing in small public venuesHow the music business varies in different countriesHow to make a record release profitableTourism in ChinaGetting the financial  support you need to make a recordSupport the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/KingdomOfRock)

Jul 2016

33 min 41 sec

This week on Kingdom of Rock, Matt Gibson chats with Grammy Award winning guitarist Frank Gambale.  Frank is the the undisputed genius who originated the sweep picking technique and elevated it to a precise art form now standard in the guitar lexicon. The 'Gambale Sweep Picking Technique' continues to inspire generations of musicians.As jazz legend, Chick Corea, describes Frank 'He is one of the most incredible guitarists on the planet. Everything he touches with his guitar turns gold, always has.' While John McLaughlin's tongue-in-cheek response to his finesse is'I'd like to cut his hands off.'A musician's musician, gifted composer, brilliant innovator and author of numerous instructional books and DVDs, Frank continues to reach unprecedented sonic and technical heights. His six string prowess and seemingly limitless vision point towards an exciting future of ground breaking music.http://www.frankgambale.comhttp://www.frankgambaleonlineguitarschool.com/ Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/KingdomOfRock)

Jul 2016

34 min 50 sec

Tyler Drew Morris is a 18 year old teenage guitar prodigy from the suburbs of Boston, Massachusetts. Tyler has played with various artists including Sammy Hagar, Vince Neil, Phil Collen, Yngwie J. Malmsteen, Rudy Sarzo, Robert Sarzo, Leslie West, Mark Farner, Ronnie Montrose, Kip Winger, Lita Ford, George Lynch, Ritchie Kotzen, Bruce Kulick, Joe Stump, Mark Hudson, Fred Coury, Robert Marcello, Gary Hoey, Robben Ford, Joey Stefko, Kasim Sulton, Sandy Genarro, Juma Sultan, Teddy Andreadis, Rob Affusso, Gary King, James Montgomery, Jennifer Batten as well as many others in the local Boston Music Scene. Tyler has been on stage at the Hollywood House of Blues, Gibson Hollywood Showroom, Bethel Woods Woodstock Performance Center, The Cutting Room in Manhattan, BB King’s Blues Club in West Palm Beach, BB King’s Blues Club in New York, The Cutting Room New York, The Hard Rock Cafe Boston, Fusion 5, The Tavern, The Sea Note, Tupelo Music Hall, The Larcom Theater, Mechanics Hall, The Regent Theater, The Corrib, The Miami Beach Bandshell as well as many other places in and around Boston. Tyler has recorded with Eddie Kramer at East West Studios in Hollywood, Waterville Studios, Taylor Barefoot Productions and Mad Oak Studios. In January of 2015, Tyler released his debut album, “And So It Begins”, which was featured in Guitar Player Magazine, Vintage Guitar Magazine, Heavy Riff Magazine in Mexico, Gitar Plus Magazine in Asia, Metal to Infinity and Korea Guitar as well as many other online Magazines and media outlets. Tyler currently performs in the local Boston area 3-5 times a week. Tyler demonstrates for Dean Guitars, REVV amps and Fishman Electronics.Topics Discussed:Tyler's influences and historyThe fall and return of vinyl salesThe importance of an album coverHow a manager affects your incomeUnderground clubs and the cover sceneVenue Sizes and paying the bandSupport the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/KingdomOfRock)

Jun 2016

50 min 34 sec

Matt Gibson chats with music business expert, producer, and drummer Loren Weisman about his career as a ghost drummer and his journey as an artist and business owner.Episode 31Topics Discussed:Loren's progression as a musicianMixing and Producing other musiciansHow to get yourself out as a newer musicianThe GrammyFollowing a nicheThe record dealLosing it all and making it backLoren's Links:Podcast: http://waitwhatreallyok.com/Listen to The Artist's Guide to Success in the Music BusinessWebsite: http://lorenweisman.com/Loren Weisman One Sheet PDFhttp://lorenweisman.com/one-sheetConsulting Options & Services Menu PDF:http://lorenweisman.com/consulting-optionsSpeaking Menu & Talk Titles PDF:http://lorenweisman.com/speaking-menuSupport the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/KingdomOfRock)

Jun 2016

48 min 47 sec

Join Matt Gibson and Erin Cell as they discuss how you can use Periscope to engage with your Twitter audience.Special Guests:Bruce Garber- live video hostVicki FitchTopics Discussed:How Periscope connects to social mediaComparing other live video hosting websitesFrom Twitter star to Periscope starThings to consider when starting on PeriscopeWhats the difference in Social Streaming, Live Streaming and Social ConversationRepurposing your content on PeriscopeThe BlabjackAccount takeovers to reach a new audienceSupport the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/KingdomOfRock)

Jun 2016

1 hr 28 min

Join Erin Cell and Matt Gibson as they discuss how musicians can use Twitter to enhance their music marketing efforts and build their community!Topics Discussed: Who uses Twitter? Managing your followers Using direct messages Importance of  engaging with your followers Repurposing your contentPeople Mentioned: Gary Vaynerchuck Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters Grant Cardone Ceelo Green Social Media ExaminerPrograms:Meet Edgar - schedules social media posts from categoriesStatusBrew - an easy way to follow/unfollow Twitter and Instagram followersBuffer - manual social media scheduling tool Subscribe to the Kingdom of Rock Podcast for DIY Musicians on:Android iTunes StitcherSocial LinksFacebook Twitter Google+Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/KingdomOfRock)

Jun 2016

1 hr 3 min

Anthony Vincent from Ten Second Songs is a YouTube superstar.  If you haven't seen his cover of Dark Horse by Katy Perry, you may live under a rock.  In this week's episode of Kingdom of Rock, Matt Gibson chats with Anthony about his rise to Internet fame and his musical projects and dreams.Topics discussed: Changes in the music industry Attach yourself to some kind of content worth something There is no such thing as a digital product Fiverr History of Ten Second Songs 4 million views and 100k subscribers in the first week for Dark Horse Currently has 2 million subscribers Ways to monetize your channel Alice Cooper www.patreon.com Goals for the future Jack Black and Tenacious D You have to find your own way Connect to the fun of what you are doing Don't broadcast a desperate energy  when pursuing your dreams Is there any hope for rock and metal? Pyretta Blaze the cat Type O Negative The Big Four Within the Ruins Dave Grohl @foofighters What is rock music? Twenty One Pilots James Hetfield Twisted Sister Having the freedom to work on your own music Set the Charge Joe Satriani - Strange Beautiful Music Dio Ratt Iron Maiden Motley Crue Advice to new musicians getting started online Making it depends on what your version of "making it" is Anthony Vincent Music YouTube channel Set the Charge YouTube Channel Subscribe to Kingdom of RockAndroid iTunes StitcherSocial LinksFacebook Twitter Google+Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/KingdomOfRock)

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May 2016

45 min 43 sec

 Part two of a two part discussion on Snapchat for musicians.  Join Matt Gibson, Erin Cell, Austin Iuliano and surprise guest Joel Comm as they discuss Snapchat marketing for musicians.  Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/KingdomOfRock)

May 2016

41 min 30 sec

Snapchat is the newest "next thing" in social media.  Join Matt Gibson, Erin Cell and special guests Austin Iuliano and Joel Comm as they discuss how you should be using Snapchat for your music based business. This is part 1 of 2.http://austiniuliano.com/http://sociallypowered.com/http://joelcomm.com/  10 Tips to Create and Grow Your Snapchat Following by Matt Gibson via Hypebothttp://www.hypebot.com/hypebot/2016/04/10-tips-to-create-and-grow-your-snapchat-following.htmlSupport the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/KingdomOfRock)

May 2016

52 min 37 sec

Facebook is the place on the internet where almost all of your future fans and customers hang their hats.  In this episode of Kingdom of Rock, guitarist Matt Gibson and social media rock star Erin Cell talk about how to optimize Facebook to promote your music, improve your online branding and make more money.  You can like Kingdom of Rock on Facebook here:https://www.facebook.com/korpodcast/   Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/KingdomOfRock)

May 2016

51 min 1 sec

Jazz violinist Christian Howes is doing a lot of things right with his business that we all can learn from.  In this episode Christian give us some great tips and practical strategies for generating more revenue with our music. We talk about his experiences as a performer and music educator as well as his online marketing strategies and personal take on "how to approach sales" while maintaining your artistry. http://christianhowes.com/about/http://christianhowes.com/whatwedo/http://creativestrings.christianhowes.com/http://christianhowes.com/2015/01/24/rocking-electric-violin-solo-video-and-commentary/https://youtu.be/iKvolRdRS64Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/KingdomOfRock)

Apr 2016

57 min 4 sec

The Dead Daisies - Marco Mendoza - The Gov 3.12.14 © Sue HedleyThe Dead Daisies is a great band with a great lineup.  A great band needs a great bass player to be the glue to hold it all together.  Marco Mendoza is that guy. It's not just the fact that he has played with so many legendary bands and musicians - Marco is real.  If you didn't know that before now, you will definitely know it by the end of this chat!I'm not going to lie, this is a LONG talk. It is 100% unedited.  I was going to split it into two or three episodes but I just couldn't make myself do it.  It was just so real and inspirational.  Make sure you listen to it all.  Marco is the kind of person and musician you want to be.  He will never be without work because of his character and drive.  Learn this model and follow it ;)On a side note, Marco spilled the beans on the new and upcoming Dead Daisies album name.  I don't think anybody else knows either ;)  I'm going to make you listen for it though haha!Also, if you live in Europe you will regret not seeing him on tour on your town so check out www.marcomendoza.com or the poster below for the dates.  Get out there and say hi! Lastly make sure you get out and see Marco and the Dead Daisies on Tour with Kiss this summer and fall!http://thedeaddaisies.com/shows/Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/KingdomOfRock)

Apr 2016

1 hr 17 min

 Kevin Breuner is the Vice President of Marketing for CD baby and the host of the CD baby DIY Musician podcast. He is also one smart cookie when it comes to making money in today's music business! This week on Kingdom of Rock, Kevin shares a birds eye view of what many artists are doing to make a significant amount of revenue with their music!  We also talk about Kevin's experiences as a touring musician and recording artist with the Smalltown Poets and the lessons learned from being a podcast host since 2008.We also talked about CD Baby's DIY Musician Conference on September 30 - October 2, 2016 in Chicago, IL!  I plan on attending this year so be sure to let me know if you are going to be attending and we will hang!  It's only $99.00 for a ticket and around $150 per night for a hotel room so it is very affordable.Also, be sure to subscribe to the CD Baby DIY Musician Podcast.Websites mentionedhttp://cdbabypodcast.com/http://smalltownpoets.tv/http://www.cdbaby.com/http://www.diymusiciancon.com/http://kevinbreuner.com/  Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/KingdomOfRock)

Apr 2016

45 min 43 sec

"Warrant is an American Band."Guitarist and founding member of Warrant, Erik Turner joins us this week and talks about the ups and downs of the music business and what it means to release an album in today's music industry.  Erik also talks about the challenges of managing a large music library as well and tells us about his experiences with getting music placed on television and film.Websites Mentioned in this episode: http://www.warrantrocks.com/http://www.downboysmusic.com/http://www.southcoastwinery.com/wineryErik's Wood        Erik's Signature Wineshttp://store.wineresort.com/cart/prod/Erik-Turner-Dog-Day-Afternoon__13DOGDAY.aspxhttp://store.wineresort.com/cart/prod/Erik-Turner--EPIC-Day-Chardonnay--2010__10CHEPIC.aspxOther Linkshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0V8uSouJrRYMatt's Favorite Warrant song  - Uncle Tom's Cabinhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bx6f68Wd9dchttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rrSdXtFJG20Dick Von Rock - Erik Turnerhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P18bFrbZQ3o(function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v2.3"; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);}(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk'));Episode 21 is LIVE! This week Matt Gibson talked about the modern music business with WARRANT guitarist Erik Turner! Enjoy!http://www.kingdomofrock.com/warrant-erik-turner/Posted by Kingdom of Rock Podcast for Musicians on Monday, April 4, 2016Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/KingdomOfRock)

Apr 2016

25 min 57 sec

If you are a guitar player or aspiring audio engineer, you have probably heard of the Riffs, Beards and Gear YouTube channel.  I have been a fan for awhile myself!  Riff and Beard Master, Ryan "Fluff" Bruce and I talk about his take on how to build a successful YouTube channel. We also get into the making of the new Rest, Repose album (with fellow You Tuber Jared Dines), facing life's challenges and dealing with the conflict between art and marketing. We also chat about how much we like hamburgers (yes!) and tonsils (not really). You will just have to listen...http://www.blackmetalbicycle.com/https://www.youtube.com/user/fluff191https://www.facebook.com/RestRepose/Photo by Caught Alive! Media https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bFGbVCs9AwoSupport the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/KingdomOfRock)

Mar 2016

53 min 51 sec

Alex Winter is a Hollywood director of award winning documentaries about technology and music such as Deep Web and Downloaded. He is also the actor that played Bill S. Preston esq in Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure!This week on Kingdom of Rock, host Matt Gibson talks to him about his latest project: a comprehensive documentary of rock pioneer Frank Zappa!  This is a bit off the beaten path but I really believe that this could be one of the most important music films of our lifetime.  I hope each and every one of you will consider making an investment in music culture by supporting this very important Kickstarter.The main purpose of the Kickstarter is to raise enough funds to preserve Frank's vault of analog tape, photos, music and movies. If we can get to the stretch goal of 3 million dollars, Alex can make the entire film independently and maintain creative control.  This will be the best scenario to preserve Frank's legacy.I also have a nice chat with Alex at the end of the show about the state of the music and film industry that you won't want to miss! Websites Mentioned in this Episodehttp://alexwinter.com/https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/alexwinter/frank-zappa?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=aw&utm_campaign=launchhttp://www.deepwebthemovie.com/http://downloadedthemovie.com/http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0935664/ Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/KingdomOfRock)

Mar 2016

35 min 40 sec

Kate Erickson from Entrepreneur on Fire explains how to get organized better than anyone I know! I'm sure that has something to do with being part of the duo that runs one of the most successful business podcasts in the world. With monthly revenue of almost a half a million dollars, Kate and John Lee Dumas are crushing it (as people in this headspace often say)! Kate's specialty is getting organized and streamlining your business. This is especially important if you do everything like so many of us do in the music business. Music entrepreneurship is work! You sell your music, streamline your digital distribution, polish your music marketing, choreograph your live music show, tweak your image, manage your website and social media accounts, book your shows, fix your bus and practice your art. You simply can't be too organized when you have so much to do! We get into to everything from being organized, prioritizing your talks and the value of having a coach. Enjoy the show and be sure to check our her audio blog Kate's Take!http://www.eofire.com/http://www.eofire.com/audio-blog/https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/kates-take/id906547288Kate will be speaking at podcast movement 2016 so don't miss it! http://podcastmovement.com/ I will be there as well ;)Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/KingdomOfRock)

Mar 2016

23 min 38 sec

Podcasting is a unique and personal way to connect to your fans and it's exploding!Join me this week as I speak with podcast coach and consultant David Jackson from the School of Podcasting about how musicians can leverage podcasting to build their brand and build relationships with their customers.Websites mentioned in this Episode:http://schoolofpodcasting.comwww.eofire.comhttp://powerofpodcasting.com/askthepodcastcoach.com/live(function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v2.3"; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);}(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk'));Episode 17 is live! Musicians! Have you ever considered starting a podcast to keep in touch with your fans? Check out...Posted by Kingdom of Rock Podcast for Musicians on Monday, February 29, 2016 Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/KingdomOfRock)

Mar 2016

37 min 18 sec

Bass player Billy Sheehan from the Winery Dogs is a master of his instrument.  He DEFINITELY knows the music business! Billy has played with hundreds of rock legends, heck, he IS a rock legend!  Join me as we discuss his perspective on the modern day music business.  We also talk about hamburgers...Where can I find the best replica watches? Here are the best replica watches and the cheapest fake watches watches, Rolex replica watches. (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v2.3"; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);}(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk'));Episode 16 is LIVE! What a pleasure it was to chat with Billy Sheehan from The Winery Dogs and Mr Big about the music...Posted by Kingdom of Rock Podcast for Musicians on Thursday, February 18, 2016 Stuff we talked about in the interview:Winery Dogs Tour http://www.thewinerydogs.com/Ok GoThink and Grow RichTony MacAlpine Benefithttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g3oDAcSGY40Line 6  Helix http://line6.com/helix/ Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/KingdomOfRock)

Feb 2016

35 min 40 sec

Today I spoke with Guitarist Rob Michael about how he makes $75,000 as a guitarist in San Francisco, CA.  Rob talks about his 35 year journey as a full time musician and what you can do to make a decent living off the grid of the music business.  Check him out at http://www.atmostrio.com https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3k38m9sFFtYSupport the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/KingdomOfRock)

Dec 2015

38 min 29 sec

If you like heavy metal or thrash, David Ellefson needs no introduction. As bassist and co-founder of the iconic band Megadeth, David has pretty much seen or done it all in the world of rock and roll and especially in the music industry. In this amazing chat, David breaks down the walls and stereotypes of what it means to be a rock star and what it takes to make a living as a music entrepreneur in today's world. We talked about his current and upcoming tours and projects with Megadeth, Dollskin and Metal Allegiance and honestly just had a great conversation about music and life. I hope you all find it as informative and uplifting as I did! After the interview, I talked to David about my dream to be a rock star and shared some of my concerns about being able to take care of my family as a full time artist. His advice to me was "follow the music where it takes you".That got me thinking and I came up with this: Sometimes we try so hard to control our destinies that we miss the destiny right in front of us. Live the best life you can for the benefit of yourself and others right here -in the destiny you are living - maybe the music will take me somewhere else? Time will tell! Until next time - keep dreaming my friends! MattSupport the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/KingdomOfRock)

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Dec 2015

34 min 52 sec

John Oszajca may not be a household name but I can't imagine many musicians that haven't heard of Music Marketing Manifesto! John is the creator and CEO of MMM and today John and I discuss how you can sell more music using the concept of direct response marketing. I think you will really find this episode informative and relevant to your quest to become a successful music entrepreneur.http://www.musicmarketingmanifesto.com/Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/KingdomOfRock)

Dec 2015

29 min 52 sec

On today's episode, Matt Gibson is joined by co-host Wagner dos Santos and special guest host Nina Noir !  The topic of discussion is how to wear the two hats of artist and salesperson simultaneously.Be sure to like us on Facebook!(function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = "//connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v2.3"; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);}(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk'));http://www.kingdomofrock.com/why-musicians-are-afraid-to-sell-to-their-fans/Posted by Kingdom of Rock Podcast for Musicians on Sunday, December 13, 2015Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/KingdomOfRock)

Dec 2015

41 min 19 sec

Every musician needs a website that can grow with their business.  In this episode I teach you about all of the building blocks you need to build your own website.Resources Covered - Some of these are Affiliate LinksGoogle Domains https://domains.google.comLiquid Web Liquid WebGenesis Framework StudioPress Themes for WordPressStudiopress Themes StudioPress Themes for WordPressConvertkit ConvertKitBlab BlabYoast SEO https://wordpress.org/plugins/wordpress-seo/Wordpress www.wordpress.org Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/KingdomOfRock)

Dec 2015

29 min

John Huldt and I finish up our informative interview about what it takes to make a living as a guitarist in LA!Websites Mentioned in the interviewwww.sivers.orgwww.carvin.com Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/KingdomOfRock)

Dec 2015

23 min 38 sec

In this episode of Kingdom of Rock I spoke with Los Angeles guitarist and music entrepreneur John Huldt!  We covered a variety of topics to include how to determine your monetary value as a musician.Support the show (https://www.buymeacoffee.com/KingdomOfRock)

Dec 2015

20 min 58 sec