I recently sat down with TAXI’s Michael Laskow to be grilled on Songwriting and the Music Business. Here is my interview (reposted from Ustream).
Interviews John has done with music industry people.
“No cue sheets, no pay.” That’s the mantra you need to remember when you’re dealing with film/TV music. Sometimes it’s easier said than done. When my friend, topical songwriter Smokey Miles (aka Count Smokula) started to tell me the story of his “Balloon Boy” song and it’s use on TV surrounding that hoax, I though [...]
Interview with John Braheny by Doak Turner Founder of The Nashville Muse John Braheny is a music industry consultant and mentor/coach for performers and songwriters. He and Len Chandler co-founded the legendary Los Angeles Songwriters Showcase (LASS), a national non-profit service organization for songwriters, from 1971 until joining forces with the Songwriters Guild of America [...]
(This interview was conducted by John Braheny for the Los Angeles Songwriters Showcase Musepaper in April, 1987. For a current update on the continued success of Diane Warren, go to her website at http://www.realsongs.com At the time of this interview, Diane Warren is reveling in the fact that her Starship hit single, “Nothing’s Gonna Stop [...]
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wYxVX39NwOk[/youtube] Legendary songwriting coach and author of The Craft and Business of Songwriting, John Brahney, hanging with TAXI CEO, Michael Laskow, in his office.
Danny Elfman has been referred to as “Hollywood’s hottest film composer.” Working primarily with director Tim Burton, Elfman has scored the soundtrack to Beetlejuice, Batman, Edward Scissorhands, Batman Returns, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Mars Attacks!, Sleepy Hollow, Planet of the Apes, Big Fish, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and Corpse Bride, among others. He is [...]
Alan Silvestri is an Academy Award nominated film score composer. He is best known for his numerous collaborations with director Robert Zemeckis, having scored Forrest Gump, the Back to the Future trilogy, Contact, Cast Away, Romancing the Stone, and The Polar Express. Aside from his collaborations with Zemeckis, Silvestri is known for his work in [...]
Thom Bell is the beloved record producer behind much of the “Philadelphia soul” subgenre of music in the 1970s. While working for Atlantic Records, he produced artists such as Dionne Warwick, James Ingram, Johnny Mathis, Billy Paul and Elton John, and even teamed up, briefly, with the Stylistics.
Diane Warren is one of the most successful and prolific songwriters to ever work in the music industry. She was the first songwriter in the history of Billboard to have seven hits, all by different artists, on the singles chart at the same time. This interview was conducted by John Braheny for the Los Angeles [...]