Bringin' it Backwards
Bringin' it Backwards
Adam & Tera Lisicky
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“Bringin' it Backwards" podcast -- a platform for both legendary and rising musicians to tell their personal stories on how they achieved stardom, providing invaluable information for all artists and music enthusiasts to have access to meaningful, and memorable advice to inspire their own creative journeys. Support this podcast:
Interview with Monique Nikkole
We had the pleasure of interviewing Monique Nikkole over Zoom video! Brooklyn, NY songstress Monique Nikkole and H-Town heavy hitter Lil Flip sparked magic with their combined talents for the new single “Red Bottoms And Lingerie”. The chemistry between Monique Nikkole and Lil Flip is electric on this track and overflows on screen in the official music video! The anticipated new video features a fresh remixed remastered new version!! The new version was recently released with an official music video on all platforms!! "Red Bottoms And Lingerie" is a pivotal song for Monique Nikkole. A lot different from her classic R&B/Jazz roots and her first release “Say Yes” that put her on the map. This song was presented to her by her manager Michael Stemley. It was written by Ray Lavender and produced by C Scott / JHott Scott. Monique loved it and viewed it as a challenge! It was a total style flip. Short choppy cadence, more of “today’s” R&B sound. Monique, being the enigma that she is, did exactly what she always does. Made it her own and put her stamp on...letting her signature adlibs shine. The original version for this song dropped in January and has enjoyed early success! We want to hear from you! Please email #podcast #interview #bringinbackpod #MoniqueNikkole #zoom #aspn #americansongwriter #americansongwriterpodcastnetwork Listen & Subscribe to BiB Follow our podcast on Instagram and Twitter! --- Support this podcast:
Jun 13
24 min
Interview with Tarah Who?
We had the pleasure of interviewing Tarah Who? over Zoom video! Tarah Who? well, “she” equals “they,” and “they’re” a power duo masterminded by grunge-punk front-woman Tarah Carpenter, who channels explosive emotionality into rousing anthems alongside drummer/backing vocalist Coralie Hervé. Tarah Who? are set to release their new single “Illusion of Freedom” co-produced by Jason Orme (guitarist for Alanis Morissette) and Tarah, following the success of their 2020 EP “64 Women.” This EP was dedicated to 64 women who were detained in an immigration detention center in downtown LA on November 19, 2014 alongside Tarah herself. This powerful theme of immigration is something that crosses over into Tarah Who?’s new single as she examines her relationship with immigration having grown up in France, and now living in Los Angeles. Tarah was born in France and began smashing away at the drums at just 14 years old, ignoring those around her who suggested she try her hand at a more “ladylike” musical pursuit. Willful, and somewhat stubborn, she honed her chops, forged her own creative path, and branched out to bass, guitar, singing, songwriting, and producing. After a fateful move to Los Angeles, Tarah made her solo debut as Tarah Who? at a warehouse party. It was a gig she found on Craigslist, and it proved to be the perfect opportunity to share the songs she had been writing privately. Soon after Tarah connecting with drummer Coralie Herve and this is when the current incarnation of Tarah Who? was born. Stay tuned to Tarah Who?’s socials (below) for more information on the release of “Illusion of Freedom” and what Tarah Who? has in store for 2021. We want to hear from you! Please email #podcast #interview #bringinbackpod #tarahwho #zoom #aspn #americansongwriter #americansongwriterpodcastnetwork Listen & Subscribe to BiB Follow our podcast on Instagram and Twitter! --- Support this podcast:
Jun 12
28 min
Interview with Ruth B.
We had the pleasure of interviewing Ruth B. over Zoom video! 25-year-old multi-platinum Ethiopian-Canadian singer and songwriter Ruth B. is excited to share her new album Moments In Between, executive produced by Patrick Wimberly (Beyonce, Solange, Blood Orange, Ellie Goulding), on Downtown Records / The Orchard. Moments In Between is a raw emotional accounting of the anxieties and uncertainty Ruth faces as a woman in her mid-twenties, giving voice to her inner strife via warm vocals, shapeshifting textures, and hazy harmonies. The new album serves as the follow-up to Ruth’s gold-certified 2017 debut Safe Haven – a critically acclaimed release featuring “Lost Boy,” a Peter Pan-inspired piano ballad that went viral when she was still a teenager. Ruth made a number of unexpected breakthroughs when creating Moments In Between: from revelations of being scared to ask for help (“Princess Peach”) to reflections on self-growth (“Situation”) and romance (“Holiday”). On Moments In Between, Ruth pushes her musical and personal dynamic to a new level of boldness and sophistication, embracing her most beautifully strange impulses while delivering her most impactful work to date. From woozy R&B and pop beats to guitar driven tracks and folk-like reveries, the songs on Moments In Between showcase Ruth B.’s ability to seamlessly traverse a multitude of musical stylings, and will surely add to her 1.5 billion artist streams to date. Ruth B. credits her songwriting and storytelling abilities to her upbringing as the daughter of Ethiopian immigrants, listening to the music of her parents’ homeland alongside American icons like Stevie Wonder and Lauryn Hill. For this project, Ruth also worked with producers Justin Raisen (Angel Olsen, Santigold) and Doug Schadt (Maggie Rogers, Ashe) who encouraged her to dig deeper in the writing and recording process than she ever has before. “Writing songs has always been therapeutic for me,” says Ruth, “and I hope that hearing my songs helps other people in the same way. Whether they’re feeling lonely or heartbroken or happy, I want them to know that someone else understands what they’re going through.” Last month, Ruth B. announced her upcoming bespoke Global Digital Tour, in partnership with Moment House and sponsored by Moment House is a premium digital live platform that connects artists and their core fans for global, elevated ticketed experiences — called Moments. Ruth will be hosting exclusive Moments for several different areas/regions: North & South America, Asia, Australia & New Zealand, and Europe, UK & Africa. Full dates below. Learn more about Ruth B.’s Moments and buy tickets HERE We want to hear from you! Please email #podcast #interview #bringinbackpod #RuthB #zoom #aspn #americansongwriter #americansongwriterpodcastnetwork Listen & Subscribe to BiB Follow our podcast on Instagram and Twitter! --- Support this podcast:
Jun 11
29 min
Interview with Jesse Royal
We had the pleasure of interviewing Jesse Royal over Zoom video! Jesse Royal - one of Jamaica’s most charismatic young stars - releases his sophomore album Royal via Easy Star Records. The singer-songwriter has been a key player in the island’s current reggae movement along with his contemporaries Chronixx, Protoje, and Koffee, and returns this summer with his modern take on the genre. On Royal, Jesse’s messages are rich and conscious, possessing the fervor of reggae and Rastafari at its core while mixing in elements from a multitude of genres. Jesse collaborated with like-minded colleagues to let the creativity flow. He tapped guest vocalists from the incarcerated dancehall legend Vybz Kartel, Grammy-nominated reggae star Protoje, Ghanian lyricist Stonebwoy, former Raging Fyah lead vocalist Kumar, rising Jamaican singer Samory I and the island’s versatile artist/producer Runkus on the 11-track set. The Royal album incorporates live instrumentation and programmed riffs, experimental and traditional sounds, all of which contribute to Jesse’s most impressive body of work to date. The rich production features Grammy-winning Sean Alaric (responsible for Koffee's "Throne" and Teyana Taylor's "Bad") who produced over half the album, along with Jesse Royal himself, Natural High, Dretegs, iotosh, Yared Lee, Romario Bennett (also known as Runkus) and Wayne Thompson. The LP follows his 2017 debut Lily of Da Valley, which held the #1 spot on U.S. Billboard Reggae Album chart for consecutive weeks, but Royal is a much more liberating album for Jesse. Listen to Royal: This Sunday, June 13 in Miami, FL, Jesse Royal celebrates his release with his first performance to a live audience since the COVID pandemic. See tour dates and more details below. We want to hear from you! Please email #podcast #interview #bringinbackpod #JesseRoyal #zoom #aspn #americansongwriter #americansongwriterpodcastnetwork Listen & Subscribe to BiB Follow our podcast on Instagram and Twitter! --- Support this podcast:
Jun 11
35 min
Interview with Frankie Pine
Together with American Songwriter and Sean Ulbs of The Eiffels, we had the pleasure of interviewing Frankie Pine over Zoom video! Frankie Pine, who works under the banner Whirly Girl Music, is an award-winning music supervisor creating memorable, provocative, and engaging soundtracks for high-profile film and television projects. Her most recent work can be seen in the Golden Globe and Critics  Choice Award-nominated series, ‘The Flight Attendant’ starring Kaley Cuoco, ABC’s new series ‘Big Sky’and Amazon Studios’ feature film ‘Sylvie's Love’starring Tessa Thompson. Her diverse work spans multiple genres, from  popular  television  dramas  like ‘Nashville’ (ABC/CMT), Marvel’s ‘In Humans’ (ABC), ‘The Newsroom’ (HBO), and ‘The  Ranch’ (Netflix), to comedy features like ‘Santa  Claus  2’ and ‘The Tooth Fairy,’ to  indie  box office hits like ‘Magic Mike.’ In recent years, she has been in demand for streaming projects like ‘The  Stranger’ (Netflix), ‘Daisy Jones and the Six’ (Amazon), and ‘The Looming Tower’ (Hulu). Pine has received a  total of  10 Guild of Music  Supervisors Awards nominations, winning Best Music Supervisor in 2013 for her work on ‘Magic Mike,’ and in 2014 and 2015 for ‘Nashville.’ Along with her television expertise, she has extensive film credits, serving as music consultant on successful films such as Steven Soderbergh’s ‘Ocean’s 11, 12 and 13,’ and on the soundtrack for the Academy Award-winning movie ‘Traffic’ for which she received a Grammy nomination. In addition to her work as a music supervisor, Pine has also served as a Music Consultant for ABC Television,  Interim  Music  Executive at New Line Cinema, and as Music Executive at PolyGram Filmed Entertainment, which included overseeing music for ‘Dead Man Walking,’ ‘Notting Hill,’ and ‘The Big Lebowski.’ Pine is a long-time member of the GMS and previously served on the Board of Directors for many years. We want to hear from you! Please email #podcast #interview #bringinbackpod #zoom #aspn #americansongwriter #americansongwriterpodcastnetwork Listen & Subscribe to BiB Follow our podcast on Instagram and Twitter! --- Support this podcast:
Jun 10
36 min
Interview with Matt Lutz of Music Benefactors
We had the pleasure of interviewing Matt Lutz, the founder and CEO of Music Benefactors over Zoom video! Music Benefactors is a brand new company, taking a whole new approach to SEC registered crowdfunding with a sole focus on the music industry. Recording artists and independent music businesses are able to raise capital for new projects and monetize catalogs by partnering with fans and investors. Recording artists, indie labels, music publishers, venues and other music businesses are able to use the platform to further connect with fans. Unlike traditional crowdfunding, fans and investors share the income that the projects generate. Independent businesses can raise up to $5 million per year. Today, Music Benefactors has officially announced and launched their first artist partnership with the band, The Latin Dead, a new band fusing the music of The Grateful Dead with Latin Jazz. On the launch of Music Benefactors, founder and CEO Matt Lutz shares, "Music Benefactors wants to be the go-to funding source for the music industry. We can structure favorable funding solutions for nearly any independent music business; recording artists, indie labels, music publishers, venues, producers and music technology businesses. "Music Benefactors gives artists the money needed to be truly independent. In the past, “independent” has meant not being signed to a major label and too poor to properly market music. We want artists to be well-funded independents with control of their music. Fans and investors help them accomplish this." He continues, “Fans have always driven the music business. Our platform enables them to take larger roles in helping artists make great music. Fans are providing the capital, which allows independent artists and music businesses to compete and thrive in an industry dominated by enormous corporations.” For more information, please visit We want to hear from you! Please email #podcast #interview #bringinbackpod #zoom #aspn #americansongwriter #americansongwriterpodcastnetwork Listen & Subscribe to BiB Follow our podcast on Instagram and Twitter! --- Support this podcast:
Jun 9
32 min
Interview with Mekka Don
We had the pleasure of interviewing Mekka Don over Zoom video! Mekka Don makes his highly anticipated return to music today with "Still Dope," an anthem of unity and upliftment highlighting the brilliance of Black lives. Produced by Tha Audio Unit, Mekka Don captures a message of unapologetic self-love and a call-to-action of perseverance amid oppression and discrimination; racist systemic forces made to deter Black people from the light, love, and happiness that everyone has a human right to enjoy. Serving a music comeback filled with purpose and passion, Mekka Don cites the murder of George Floyd and other incidents as the watershed moments that sparked the creation of this exceptional anthem of Black excellence and exuberance. "Sill Dope" marks Mekka Don's first music release since his 2018's Nip and Tuck," which received undeniable success with 500,000 views across social media channels via the #NipAndTuckChallenge, over +100,000 adds across editorial playlists, and praise from CBS Atlanta, Source Magazine, Right This Minute, ThisIs50 and more. ABOUT MEKKA DON Mekka Don is an artist, consultant, lawyer, author, entrepreneur, and host who has pushed the boundaries in music and business. He has become a vocal leader in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion initiatives and was recently selected to serve on the Executive Committee of the Big Ten Conference's Equality Coalition. Throughout his career(s), he has expanded the frontiers and sparked conversations about non-conventional ways to approach entrepreneurship, mentorship, and race relations. As a result, he has been featured in several media including MTV, ESPN, Bossip, New York Daily News, The American Bar Association Journal and many more. As an author, Mekka Don published a fiction novel entitled, "Grime and Glory," which is a fiction novel designed to dispel stereotypes about Black athletes. The book was inspired by Mekka Don's experiences as a college football player at The Ohio State University. He is currently working on a children's book as well. As a lawyer, Mekka Don has helped aspiring artists, celebrities, and athletes secure fair deals and just compensation. He has been a tireless advocate for his clients and has helped many of them avoid serious pitfalls. Some of his clients include SWV and Gareon Conley. Mekka Don is committed to making the world a better place for all citizens and has been a mentor to many young people. He is outspoken on social media with a substantial following and is committed to being a positive mouthpiece for social justice. We want to hear from you! Please email #podcast #interview #bringinbackpod #zoom #aspn #americansongwriter #americansongwriterpodcastnetwork Listen & Subscribe to BiB Follow our podcast on Instagram and Twitter! --- Support this podcast:
Jun 8
26 min
Interview with Rachel Baiman
We had the pleasure of interviewing Rachel Baiman over Zoom video! In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month this May, indie-folk artist Rachel Baiman spoke with Good Morning America about why she turns to music and art when her mental health is suffering and the five songs that make her feel better, here: On her forthcoming ‘Cycles’ album (6.11 via Signature Sounds), Baiman dissects and empathizes with the mental cycles of individuals and today (5.24), she illuminates what that looks like for her own self-worth with a performance of “Hope It Hurts.” Watch here: Filmed at Maison des Merveilles in Nashville, TN by Kaitlyn Raitz (Sarah Jarosz, Jillette Johnson), the “Hope It Hurts” is an expression of anger and rejection, fueled by a personal experience that many musicians face in the entertainment industry — being told their no longer a good investment. She explores how damaging this experience is for self-worth, esteem and overall mental health. "I wrote this song after being dropped by my first booking agent of over 5 years, out of virtually nowhere, with an extremely impersonal email,” says Baiman. "Being told I was no longer a good investment was both a personal and artistic blow and also a realization of the viciousness of the music industry. I really believed that I was on the verge of reaching a new level of success, and when your team gives up on you, that can go away in an instant. That kind of raw rejection fuels a lot of existential questions about worthiness and self esteem.” Fans can expect a plethora of these raw, emotional acoustic performances from Baiman on tour this summer. On Saturday, June 12, she’ll celebrate the ‘Cycles’ album release in Nashville, TN at City Winery. Find tickets and more information, here: We want to hear from you! Please email #podcast #interview #bringinbackpod #zoom #aspn #americansongwriter #americansongwriterpodcastnetwork Listen & Subscribe to BiB Follow our podcast on Instagram and Twitter! --- Support this podcast:
Jun 7
44 min
Interview with Major Murphy
We had the pleasure of interviewing Major Murphy over Zoom audio! Today, Major Murphy — Jacob Bullard (guitar, vocals), Jacki Warren (bass, vocals), Brian Voortman (drums), and Chad Houseman (guitar, keys, percussion) — share Access, their second album for Winspear. Waxahatchee’s Katie Crutchfield says Access is “an album to blast at an unruly volume to soundtrack an experience one might have standing at that crossroads,” and it’s a record that exudes melodic exhilaration and earnest feeling while tackling adult themes of parenting, accountability, and building a sustainable artistic life. Listen to and order Access here: Recorded at Russian Recording in Bloomington, IN between late 2018 and early 2020 with Mike Bridavsky and Ben Lumsdaine, Access is a project built on Bullard’s burgeoning songwriting prowess and a restless, childlike creative spirit informed by Bullard and Warren’s newfound parenthood. In five years, Major Murphy has evolved from three jamming roommates into the four piece it is now. Bound by a love for bands from Wings to Junip, Bullard, Voortman and Warren plucked their band name out of an extraterrestrial themed book, and, with the help of Winspear, got off the ground releasing two home recorded EPs in 2015 and 2017. The band’s debut LP No. 1 was soon to follow in 2018, and was praised for its “easy, gorgeous harmonies, shimmering production, and timeless subject matter” by Gorilla vs. Bear. Together, with the help of longtime collaborator but newly minted member, Chad Houseman, Access became the band’s first attempt at a more deliberate and conceptual creation. We want to hear from you! Please email #podcast #interview #bringinbackpod #zoom #aspn #americansongwriter #americansongwriterpodcastnetwork Listen & Subscribe to BiB Follow our podcast on Instagram and Twitter! --- Support this podcast:
Jun 6
40 min
Interview with Exit 216
We had the pleasure of interviewing Exit 216 over Zoom video! Exit 216, the duo comprised of hit songwriter Steven Battey ("One Number Away" by Luke Combs, “Sugar” by Flo Rida, “Buzzin” by Mann) and Cole Burkett, has teamed up with songwriter and artist Nikki Williams on their new single, “Robbery". Produced by David Mescone and co-written by Steven Battey, Nikki Williams, and David Mescone, “Robbery” is about carrying the unique and unmistakable style of confidence. Williams, Battey, and Burkett sing of entering and commanding a room and being entirely unapologetic. Make heads turn, let them stare, and don’t be sorry for it. Exit 216 and Williams want to spark inspiration for others to approach life in the same way. Exit 216’s journey began in January 2020 when Battey was seeking a duo partner and was introduced to Cole Burkett. Battey had the idea of forming a duo that could incorporate and deliver a natural country soul sound without straying away from what country music listeners gravitate towards. After a few songwriting sessions together, the strength of the music was undeniable.  Together, Battey and Burkett formed Exit 216 (a reference to the exit home to Nashville International Airport). Since their formation, the two have been writing and recording music that was set to be released in early 2020, but like so many other artists, due to the spread of COVID-19, release plans were halted.  It wasn’t until Battey co-wrote “Brother,” and the two came together to record the track, that they felt compelled to release the new song to enforce positivity, encourage others, and stimulate change. While Steven was making his way in Music City, Cole Burkett was a high school student residing in Smyrna, Tenn. Burkett had an exceptional, raw musical talent for his age. Still, his sights were set on playing college baseball and continuing his education. The future of these two collaborating would seem highly unlikely.  Burkett graduated high school in 2017 and turned down a baseball scholarship to put his energy into songwriting. By the time he was 19, he already had a robust catalog of songs and began to garner the attention that would lead him to work with some of Nashville's top writers and producers. Burkett started to earn a name for himself for the gift he had, not only as a natural songwriter but as a premier vocalist and player. For more information, visit or follow them on Facebook and Instagram. We want to hear from you! Please email #podcast #interview #bringinbackpod #zoom #aspn #americansongwriter #americansongwriterpodcastnetwork Listen & Subscribe to BiB Follow our podcast on Instagram and Twitter! --- Support this podcast:
Jun 5
36 min
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