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October 25, 2017
Show Notes Cheat Sheet Jonathan Cavier's Three Word Description "Atmospheric Acoustic Pop" Introduction Song "Phoenix" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PZKUmZvoUJo * This song is all about "rising from the ashes of a relationship". * Jonathan worked very hard to portray his vision for the song topic as well as display his band's live performance image. Johnathan's Process Then vs. Now * Not much has changed in the way he creates music but a lot has happened since then. * Jonathan has started recording in different studio locations including Capitol Records. * Since Jonathan has started recording here, he has challenged himself to write three songs every month. * "Its a fun process but it is a lot of work." * Although Jonathan is writing new material every month, he still enjoys to salvage old MIDI performances and pair them with new fresh ideas to finish songs that were started long ago. Jonathan Cavier's Latest Inspiration * Instead of making up characters and situations for song topics, Jonathan Cavier has been inspired to write a "thank you" song dedicated to all the people who has helped him achieve success. * He also finds himself interested in the concept of intention and manifesting something you focus on. He is excited to try and write a song to embody this topic. "Blue Room" Title Track Creative Process https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sfXphbCYKZA * While flipping through an art magazine, Jonathan stumbled upon a Picaso painting called "Blue Room". * Jonathan was moved by the painting and decided to make a story behind what he saw. * He even added elements in the painting that did not exist to help build his story. * The story he thought of consisted of a prostitute that is sitting in the room in the painting wondering what life would be like if she stopped her line of work. * Jonathan has been working on this song for 10 years now and has finally created a version and a music video that brings this story to life. * The melody came first when he wrote it on piano. "When You Come Around" Breakdown Song https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OIjniWNPNHM * This song is more of a love story but focuses on a tricky element of being in a relationship. * Sometimes one person's feelings in a relationship might progress faster than the other's. This causes a disconnect in a relationship. This is what "When You Come Around" is about. * When coming up with this scenario topic for the song, Jonathan liked to put himself in the shoes of the characters and experience the emotions they might feel in that situation. Links to Jonathan Cavier Jonathan's Official Website Didn't Catch the First Interview with Jonathan? http://www.taptomusic.com/074/ TAP To Music is here for YOU and thrives because of YOU! Creating quality music is no easy task. Thats why I release these episodes every week, to make sure you don’t give up on creating music. But thats not the only way I want to help. I am just a phone call, tweet, Facebook message, email, or Skype call away from your next creative endeavor. Here is how we can make this show great: * Know someone who might be a great fit for the show? Please fill out our guest form to submit a talented friend to be the inspirator.
August 30, 2017
Seth Hoffman is Back! Have you ever caught yourself thinking, "This has got to be a sign"? Maybe you've had the unshakable feeling of something in your gut that gives your insight. Well Seth has captured this phenomena in the form of song lyrics based off of a real experience in his own travels. Seth Hoffman believes it is important to not only follow these instincts but to become more familiar with when they happen. To hear the story behind Seth Hoffman's latest song "Signs", listen to the interview above. Updates on Seth Hoffman's Creative Process * Seth was formally a 5th grade school teacher back from episode 55 from season 1 of TAP To Music Podcast. * He would write songs for his students each year and play them on the first day of school. * He has discontinued his teaching job to pursue music. * He is now gigging all over the state of New Mexico as well as publishing a children's book based off of his song "Janie and the Hummingbird". Links to Seth Hoffman: Facebook Website ReverbNation Album on CD Baby TAP To Music is here for YOU and thrives because of YOU! Creating quality music is no easy task. Thats why I release these episodes every week, to make sure you don’t give up on creating music. But thats not the only way I want to help. I am just a phone call, tweet, Facebook message, email, or Skype call away from your next creative endeavor. Here is how we can make this show great: * Know someone who might be a great fit for the show? Please fill out our guest form to submit a talented friend to be the inspirator. * Want a shout out on the show? Please rate and review on iTunes. Let me know you did so by taking a screenshot of your review before you submit and send it to me. In your message, you can tell me what you are working on and i’ll promote it when I give you a shout out for your review. You can also upload files for me to interact with. Help me help you. Ive made it easy. * Have an idea for how the show can be better? I have created a swift and organized Collaboration Cue for you to submit your feedback in a fashion that best helps me. This saves both of our time! * Share the gift of inspiration by sharing...
July 26, 2017
Show Notes Cheat Sheet If you are listening on a podcast player, CLICK HERE to view the full Show Notes Cheat Sheet and watch Melissa's Live performance of "Holding On".  Melissa Rios Holding on LIVE Performance Melissa Rios's Current Creative Situation * Melissa has recorded and released her debut album "Love and Time" and now she is having fun sharing it with the world and building fans by giging around town and selling her CDs. * She is in the process of starting to record her new album. * "Having it done and recorded is very nice because I no longer have to isolate myself to focus making the album. Now I can go out and be social." Three Word Music Description "Raw, Acoustic, Soul"  Into Live Performance- "Love and Time" This song as well as the whole album is inspired by a relationship Melissa Rios was in. * "This song is about someone wanting to give a little bit more of themselves as well as wanting more from someone else." *  Melissa had about 40 songs written before she put together this album and she hand picked all of the songs that were about her relationship. Melissa's Favorite Element of "Love and Time" *  The vocal was something Melissa really enjoyed doing on this song because it allowed her to let loose and really process the emotion related to the topic of the song. * At first Melissa wasn't sure if her vocal technique would transfer well to the performance of the song but after she got her feet wet this became one of her favorite songs. Melissa's Influences * As far as an overall musical sound, the blues has really inspired Melissa. * For the lyrical side of things, Melissa enjoys artists such as: * Hozier * Ed Sheeran  * Jason Mraz * KT Tunstal * Adele * Melissa really enjoys how these lyricists are able to tell you exactly how they feel through song. * It seems that these artists get to say everything they need to say without leaving out any crucial details of the situation. * "Whenever I am writing, that is what I am trying to put out in the song." Melissa's Lifestyle * Melissa's life is all about music. * She performs, writes, and teaches music for a living. How Teaching Music Influences Melissa's Songwriting *  Melissa's been teaching for about 4 years. * "The more you teach, the more you realize your strengths and weaknesses." * Melissa has taught people how to play and write music from ages 6-60. * Be biggest skill Melissa has developed is discovering the "core" of something. * This allows Melissa to look under the hood of any topic and be able to identify the key components that make it work. * Once she has recognized that, the challenge is being able to explain something complex to someone else in a simple way. *  The same skill can be applied to songwriting. Writing a lyric that explains something complicated in a simple way is not an easy task and it becomes even harder when you have to match the right instrumental to the lyric. * Since Melissa teaches songwriting, she is in a really cool position because she is often the first person to hear her students' original songs. * After Melissa listens, they sometimes start working on the song together.
June 28, 2017
"Fill Me Up" Official Music Video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CFJiI7qha1o Amilia's Description of Her Music "Red, Dirt, Noir" Introduction song "Harlan" by Amilia K Spicer * This song is about a town in Kentucky called Harlan and it was not an easy song to write at first. *  The lyrics are based on the stories that Amilia's dad told her about when he was growing up in Harlan. * Visual landscapes and beautiful scenery from Amilia's home town in Pennsylvania also served as inspiration for the lyrics. * "This song is a tribute to my father." Recording Struggles for Harlan * When Amilia plays this song live, it has a distinctive building quality as the song progresses. * It was difficult to portray the same building quality through the recording process because each instrument of the song was recorded separately meaning the band did not all play the song live in the studio together. Surprises in the Studio * When recording her own harmonies for this song, she discovered a new way of stacking harmonies that ended up happening spontaneously while she was recording. * The way all of her voices sounded when she started to listen to them all at once was so powerful to Amilia that her heart started to beat fast through the rest of the recording session experience. Advice for Recording in the Studio * "Recording is such a different art than performing live and thats so different than writing a song." * There are so many opportunities to get stuck and become un-inspired. * Try picking up an instrument you don't know how to play and explore (outside the studio). * Follow your instincts inside the studio when you get the feeling inside you that something inside you wants to be heard. Relationship to Music * Amilia's relationship with music became very strained after a while because after all of the creative fun work is done, there is so much more work that involves a different type of perspective and mindset to make all of your creativity worth while in the end. * Amilia found herself in this stage longer than she would like to be. * Independent artists have to wear so many hats and now she is ready to put on the artist hat once again and reconnect with her creative side. The Songwriting Struggle * Amilia would find herself stuck in rhythm of the song to the point where she happened to fill in words to that rhythm that could be replaced by words that have more value or meaning to the song. Transitioning from Piano to Guitar * There are so many creative benefits to both instrument but when Amilia started to pick up the guitar, she felt a sense of freedom with the instrument because she can take it with her to many different type of places that influence her creativity. * The guitar also helped bring a social element into her creative process because a guitar has a way of bringing people together. Habits or Activities Outside of Music that Contribute to Amilia's Creativity * Yoga and Swimming are found to be really helpful for Amilia when she writes music. * The meditative and repetitive motion helps Amilia think about things in a different perspective. Breakdown Song "Fill Me Up" * This song was inspired by Amilia picking up the banjo for the first time. * "There is something about the tone or the twang of it that sent me to a back porch."
May 24, 2017
Alien Cowboy Official Lyric Video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QeMy_GMEgFc Kyle Martin's Newest Music Video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=byfOTxTmQjM "Two Big Holes" by Kyle Martin Song Kyle's Description of His Music * "West Rock" * Kyle used to learn classic "honky tonk" country songs but he would play them on an electric guitar with lots of distortion. Intro Song "Alien Cowboy" * The idea came from an acoustic guitar riff late at night. * It took a while for the idea to take form once the acoustic riff was established. * Once Kyle started thinking about the words "Alien Cowboy", the song hit it's tipping point and the rest of the song was written without many strikes of writer's block. * Kyle is a big fan of science fiction shows like "Star Trek" and "Star Wars" (this was part of  the inspiration behind "Alien Cowboy". * He also identifies with the title because in a way he thinks he represents the idea of an alien cowboy. "It was everything I wanted it to be." The Workflow * Kyle plays all of the instruments in studio except of the drums. * Eddie Garcia (local musician) played the drums on both of the records. * Jesse Korman helped Kyle produce the record at Elephonic Studios. Musical Influences Rock * Chuck Berry * Jerry Lee Lewis * Little Richard Country * Willie Nelson * Ray Price * Marty Robbins Classic Rock * Led Zeppelin * Van Halen (Huge fan) Current * Blackberry Smoke * Kentucky Head Hunters Lyric Writing * Little silly, little arrogant. "Its a little different." * He enjoys writing songs with a storyline. * Likes to from personal experiences because Kyle feels he can put more into a song if he feels personally connected to the story. Creative Space * If any type of idea hits Kyle, he will do his best to write it down on anything he can. Even if its a gum wrapper. * He will keep his idea with him throughout the day and slowly add onto it as the day progresses. * Once he has a few lines written he usually starts to think of a guitar part without even touching an instrument. * In some cases, Kyle will think of an idea and then come back to it months later and use his new perspective as inspiration to finish his half written song idea. Playing Live * Kyle is always searching for a great experience where the crowd is providing a "symbiotic relationship" with his performance. * This usually happens more often when Kyle plays to a smaller crowd because there is less distraction for audience members. Breakdown Song "Two Big Holes" * Played in drop D tuning with a kappo on the second fret. * "Slowly but surely it turned into a murder ballad." * "Two Big Holes was one of the first songs that Kyle did in the studio. * The lyrics stemmed from a hypothetical conversation that ends up with ...
April 26, 2017
Show Notes Cheat Sheet "Lose Myself In You" Official Music Video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZyGJsluRHIA "Lose Myself in You" Song: Inspiration Behind "Lose Myself In You" * Stemmed from a great session in front of her piano. * Emotions were strong and she channeled those emotions into the song. * Written in 30 mins. "Lose Myself in You" Evolution * Oriana worked with many other musicians and producers when writing this song before she found the right producer for the job. * She started with a rough idea which consisted of multiple experiences with similar emotional themes. * She brought the song to producer Koby Isrealite whom she's done many songs with in the past. * Her trust in Koby's musical ability was so strong, she asked him to "work his magic". Reaction to Koby's production: * "It really opened a new color to the song." Oriana's Favorite Song Elements * Towards the end of the song when she sang "Ah Ah". * "Everything is very fluid with depth to the instruments." Overal Reactions * With the music turning out so good, Oriana started to picture specific movements and dance moves. Roadblocks Quite easy process but... * Oriana took extra time on her vocals. * She is very picky with the way she choses to sing on her songs. * She generally sings differently when she is in the studio opposed to singing live at a show. * When she is singing int he recording studio, Oriana has noticed her voice sounds better when she sings with more breath and less velocity. * This makes for a very intimate sound which compliments the instrumentation nicely. Other People Involved * After a majority of the song was recorded she had her co producers look it over to try and add dynamics to the song by adding harmonies and strategic placement of chords to build up transitions. Current Musical Endeavors * Oriana joined a songwriting group. * This gives her a deadline, opportunities to collaborate, and a way to stretch her songwriting abilities. * This songwriting group asks each member to write one song per week while following specific sets of rules which dictate the subject matter and lyrics. Fan Q&A Questions from Oriana's fan Willem: 1. Q: "How did you achieve in your music to bring out your special sound?" A: After working with many producers Oriana met Koby Israelite. Together they crafted the "gypsy jazz" sound that Oriana Curls's fans have come to love. 2. Q: "How are you able to do so many creative things all the time?" A: Set a priority, seize the opportunity, make yourself available. Links to Oriana Curls and Koby Israelite Official Website Facebook  Twitter Instagram Youtube Koby Israelite  TAP To Music is here for YOU and thrives because of YOU! Creating quality music is no easy task. Thats why I release these episodes every week, to make sure you don't give up on creating music. But thats not the only way I want to help.
March 29, 2017
Show Notes Cheat Sheet Cover Songs vs. Originals Covers: James Patrick Morgan enjoys reimagining R&B and Pop influenced music while taking on challenges by covering artists like Mariah Carey and Jeremih. Based off of appearance alone, James does not look like the type to be singing hip hop and R&B rooted music so when he steps on the stage and starts singing one of those songs, people are captivated and interested on by the artist and song pairing. Using this element of surprise helps to make a memorable first impression. Originals: Through writing original music, James has found a way to express the diverse mixture of genres influences in his music. He is able to explore through collaboration with other artists from many walks of life to construct a cohesive sound that drives home a point through emotion and lyric. James's Influences: "I don't like to listen to one set thing. It is different everyday." John Mayer  Jeremih Daft Punk   Favorite Lyric: "City Love" by John Mayer "She steals my clothes to wear to work I know, her hairs are on my shirts" - John Mayer * Sharing such a small detail that paints a big picture in a song can have a profound impact on the listener which helps them love the song. Struggle: Portraying common and relatable emotions while allowing the listener to figure it out on their own by listening. Creative Space: * James prefers the quite to help collect his thoughts. * As a musician, he can hear so many sounds and song bits inside his head and being in a quite space allows him to sort through and accurately hear the bits of song ideas. * Public places also fills himself with a sense of urgency and accountability. * A coffee shop or a lounge type environment is a space that James enjoys creating. Instrument of Choice: Guitar is the instrument that James finds himself grabbing the most. "The guitar allows me to flow off of it and in return, it flows off me." Breakdown Song "Expected": This song is all about how many things don't go as planned and how people have a hard time dealing with this unfortunate occurrence. Links to James Patrick Morgan: Website Facebook Spotify  Instagram TAP To Music now has an exclusive listener's newsletter! What you can expect from the newsletter: * Updates about new episodes as they release. * Songwriting exercises, challeneges, and tips. * Valuable first-hand insight into host Nick's creative process while working in the studio with musicians as well as working on the podcast. TAP To Music is here for YOU and thrives because of YOU! Creating quality music is no easy task. Thats why I release these episodes every week, to make sure you don't give up on creating music. But thats not the only way I want to help. I am just a phone call, tweet, Facebook message, email, or Skype call away from your next creative endeavor. Here is how we can make this show great: * Know someone who might be a great fit for the show? Please fill out our guest form to submit a talent...
October 19, 2016
I am taking a strategic hiatus to design new episodes for season two and I can use your help! After successfully completing 79 different episodes that explore 38 different genres in season one, hosting this podcast has turned into a lifestyle. This has allowed me to form a clear vision for what the exciting direction of TAP To Music looks like. To ensure the future quality of TAP To Music, season two will not be released until the beginning of the new year. During the break I will be designing and refining my internal and external creative process related to TAP To Music Podcast. I will also be studying very hard to graduate with my degree in Marketing come December 2016. I have made this special episode announcement to let all of you listeners know that I am NOT giving up on this show, I am just taking some time to make it more enjoyable for you to interact with and to form a stronger bond with your creative process. Things You Can Expect in Season Two: * Improved show notes to help you stay inspired. * I plan to post new exciting content on social media based upon the episodes (videos, audio snippets, memes, quotes, and more). * Ponder Series episodes will be enhanced in terms of production quality and variety of subject matter. * New types of interviews will be introduced.  Your Feedback Matters! If you'd like to have an impact on what TAP To Music becomes in Season 2, please fill out this quick form. 4 Common Threads Found from Guests on the Show from Season One: * Whenever asked about their struggle when creating music, musicians seem to share the struggle of simplifying their music and making time to write in general. * Artists rarely have a single break through moment. * Most of the big changes in their career come from a collection of moments that collectively make a big break through. * Most songwriters claim the location where they write music changes frequently. * Most of the guests travel and collaborate a lot so they have to create on the go. * Other popular locations discussed on the show include their home studios and front and back porches. * It seems like musicians interviewed on the show haven't made strong connections to how activities they engage in outside of music carry over into their creative processes. This has made for a great topic of discussion during the interview.  During the Break... * Be sure to head on over to our social media pages to keep up with my creative process behind season two's creation, I will also be posting memorable moments form episodes from season one. * Facebook  * Instagram  * Twitter * Enjoy listening back to the 79 episodes of season one. * You can use them as a tool to help inspire you to create in times of writers block! * Please fill out the Season Two Feedback Form to help me when I am designing the new episodes for season two. (The form is located above the four common threads.) * I will still be accepting submissions to be a guest on the show during the break so if you want to be part of season two, please submit your music to the guest form. Thank you for all your patience and understanding.
October 12, 2016
"Nighttime" Official Music Video: Witness the song that Cranky George started with just one word. https://vimeo.com/182629451 Starting with humble beginnings, Cranky George tries their best not to limit themselves with the type of music they decide to write. With all of the members being multi instrumentalists with various cultural backgrounds, Cranky George dips their toes in many genres while maintaining their signature performance dynamic. Enjoy as the fiddle player Kieran Mulroney describes his own creative process along with the band's creative process when writing songs with interesting topics backed by unique arrangements. Show Notes Cheat Sheet: Members: * Dermot Mulroney - cello, mandolin, guitar, cymbals, vocals * Kieran Mulroney- violin, ukuleles, guitar, cowbell, vocals * Brad Wood - bass, hat-box bass-drum, vocals * James Fearnley - accordion, guitar, snare, melodica, vocals * Sebastian Sheehan - percussion 3 Word Description: * Heartfelt * All Skate (everyone plays their best) * Worldwide Intro Song "Nighttime": * The idea stemmed from the single word "she". * This led to the idea of how powerful it is to want to be held by and wanting to hold someone. * Kieran likes to let one word start a domino effect of inspiration for lyrics. * Melody helps to sustain the domino effect. "I just followed this one." Relationship to Music: * Kieran's musical abilities originated from being one of 3 siblings that play orchestral instruments. * He has a love for popular music but also appreciates the technicalities of classical music theory. Cranky George's Relationship: * Started as Cranky George Trio with: * Dermot Mulroney * Kieran Mulroney * James Fearnley * In the trio days they would divide the drum kit amongst members which turned out to be a performance dynamic they carried into the full band. * Dermot would play high hat on a foot pedal. * James played the bass drum with an old fashioned hat box. * Kieran played cow bell with his feet. * Types of genres that the band likes to explore: * Eastern European * Gypsy * Irish * American Folk * Pop Kieran's Inspirators: * Tom Waits  * Rufus Wainwright * Elbow Kieran's Favorite Lyrics: "The first heatbreak is like a slap in the face with broken glass." - Kieran Mulroney * Lyric from Tom Wait's song called "Picture in a Frame": "Im gonna love you till the wheels come off." Cranky George's Dynamic: * Any idea gets a fair chance and will be tested in front of a lie audience. * Since everyone plays multiple instruments, basic ideas can be built up quickly. "The discovery happens on top of the song."  Breakdown Song "Greenland's Ice": * Irish themed story song about hopelessness backed by up tempo music. * The accordion player brought the idea to the band. "It has a punkish ethic." * Kieran's favorite moment of the song is letting loose on fiddle in an irish context. Links to Cranky George: * Pledge Music * Official Website 
September 28, 2016
Project Grand Slam - "You Really Got Me" Official Music Video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aQ7R83qO2lw For Robert Miller's second appearance on the show, we highlighted what he and Project Grand Slam is currently working on and how the creative process has changed since he last joined us for an interview. Since December 2015, Project Grand Slam has released their new album "The Queens Carnival" and have reimagined "You Really Got Me" by the Kinks. This time, Robert has asked his own fans if they had any questions about Project Grand Slam's creative process. Their response was very warm and as a result, I asked three questions from the bunch of submissions. Show Notes Cheat Sheet Take a listen to episode 043 to hear a more in depth discussion with Robert Miller about his creative process:  http://www.taptomusic.com/robert/ About their cover song, "You Really Got Me": * During the creation of their last album "Made in New York", Project Grand Slam chose to do another classic rock cover of "Fire" by Jimmy Hendrix and really enjoyed the process. * Whenever playing a cover song, Robert Miller does not like to merely replicate the song. * He likes to "reimgaine the song while maintaining the original flavor of it." * The first time the band tried to play the song together it did not sound right so they focused on dialing in it's unique sound to bring out more rock influences. * Robert Miller likes to create an "Ah Ha" moment with their cover songs. * This dynamic makes listeners feel like they haven't heard the song and then once they hear the lyrics, they start to recognize the song. Working with the band: * Project Grand Slam is very diverse and comes from locations all around the world. * Robert Miller brings "bare bones" ideas to the group and then trusts in their creative ability to contribute their talent within the idea's guidelines. Project Grand Slam's current relationship to music: * Since the members are from so many places and are involved with many projects, not every band member can always attend every engagement. * Whenever this happens, Robert asks the band members if they know anyone that would be qualified for a given gig. * Keeping things "within the family" has developed a rotating cast with many influences all willing to play music in the Project Grand Slam style. Fan's questions: * Guada asked: What inspired you to start Project Grand Slam? * Founded in 2007. * Robert wanted to form a band that broke away from traditional jazz band names. * Project Grand Slam was inspired solely by James Bond's Goldfinger movie. * Carly asked: What was your favorite song to create on The Queen's Carnival? * "Every time I write a song, its almost like giving birth to a child." * Roberts favorite is "Lullaby For Julesy". * the_bacon_supreme on Instagram asked: Being that you're Jazz Fusion, who has been your biggest non- jazz influence in your creative process? * Jack Bruce, the bass player for Cream. Thank you Project Grand Slam fans for submitting your questions! Links to Project Grand Slam PGS Official Website Facebook  Twitter  TAP To Music is here for YOU and thrives because of YOU! Creating quality music is no easy task. Thats why I release these episodes every week, to make sure you don't give up on creating music.
September 22, 2016
Listening to Angie's Creative Process with a podcasting app? CLICK HERE for the show notes cheat sheet. "Country Radio" Music Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6HAMMYf-LFc There is no doubt that country rocker Angie Bruyere has found her lane in her creative process and her music career. She has put in the hard work and time needed to finally break though with her creative career. Along the way, she has identified what works for her and what it takes to work with many influential people in the music industry. Angie's Creative Process Notes Introduction song "The Gift": * This song was written during a difficult time in Angie's life. * Angie was going through a breakup at the time. * After her 2nd work shift after a long day just before getting emotional, she grabbed her guitar and wrote this song. "In struggle and in pain, there's a beautiful gift." Angie's relationship to music: "Its a complete love affair like nothing I've ever had." Influences: * Willie Nelson * Rolling Stones * Dolly Parton * Shovels and Rope * Emmylou Harris Favorite Lyric "Hey girl like I always said, I always prefer your lips red. Not like the good lord made but what he intended." - Roger Waters Angie's Struggle * "I struggle when it's not authentic." * She does not like to plan writing sessions. "Its easy to write a song in struggle." * Angie enjoys a glass of whine on her porch when she writes. Other influences on Angie's creative process: "You want to be authentic? Make it your lifestyle." * She moved to Topanga, California. * Built a bar. * Built a stage. * Built a studio. * She invites the most creative people around to surround themselves with positivity and creativity. Creative space: * Angie really enjoys writing in the desert to help her think. * This strategy helps her feel small to gain a greater perspective. Instrument of choice: * Acoustic guitar. * Works with fender. "The guitar puts me at peace." Breakdown song "You": * The idea stemmed from a challenge to prove someone wrong about what it's like to work with "girl singers". * "You" turned into one of Angie's favorite songs that she has ever written. * The melody and music came first and then the lyrics came. Links to Angie and The Deserters: Official Website Facebook Twitter Instagram  Youtube TAP To Music is here for YOU and thrives because of YOU! Creating quality music is no easy task. Thats why I release these episodes every week, to make sure you don't give up on creating music. But thats not the only way I want to help. I am just a phone call, tweet, Facebook message, email, or Skype call away from your next creative endeavor. Here is how we can make this show great: * Know someone who might be a great fit for the show?
September 7, 2016
If you are listening to this interview with Cody Webb on a podcast app, CLICK HERE for the show notes cheat sheet! "More Than A Little" Lyric Video by Cody Webb https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QnBK0vcEwSY Say hello to Cody Webb, our first country artist to come on TAP To Music Podcast! It may sound easy to be a country artist. Long days of fishing by the lake, hunting, dating, and dancing but writing songs about this "simple life" is no easy task. Cody Webb, a country artist residing in Nashville Tennessee knows first hand what it takes to write a hit country song. In 2015, Cody performed in 58 cities at 100+ venues, alone. Keeping things "simple but profound" might just be the key to Cody's continued success. Show Note Cheat Sheet from audio interview with Cody Webb above: Cody's 3 word description of his music:  "Energy, lyrics, and guitar." Intro Song "My, My, My, Girl": * Four different songwriters collaborated on this song. * They ended up having 5 versions of the song before they found the right arrangement. * His wife gave him the idea for the song title. Twitter Poll for listeners: https://twitter.com/taptomusic/status/773757505209901056 Cody's relationship with music: Started early because... * His dad was in a band. * His mom was a music minister at a church. "I was in the studio before I was born." Cody's Influences: * Lynyrd Skynyrd  * The Allman Brothers Band  * Matchbox Twenty * The Goo Goo Dolls Favorite Lyric: Cody likes lyrics from the song "Those I've Loved" by Eric Church. "I remember waitin’ by the curb with Mr. Murphy When daddy picked me up from school his eyes were red We drove to the hospital in a hurry Where my family gathered round my Grandpa’s bed He was my best friend He taught me how to fish And I cried listenin to my daddy pray For one of those I’ve loved along the way." Notes on co-writing: "Its like fishing man, sometimes you catch a bunch and sometimes you don't so just wake up and do it the next day." * Come prepared with ideas to bring to the table. * Help the people you are writing with feel comfortable. Song Breakdown: "A good sign of a hit is when you come up with something you feel you've already heard." * "More Than A Little" was written on Trey  Matthew's (a co-writer's) porch. * They first found the melody and created a rough draft of the song in a couple of hours. * They lived with the song for about three months and then met back up and re wrote most of the lyrics but kept the melody. Links to Cody Webb: Official Website Youtube Facebook Twitter Instagram Buy the EP  Listen on Spotify TAP To Music is here for YOU and thrives because of YOU! Creating quality music is no easy task. Thats why I release these episodes every week,
August 31, 2016
Listening on a podcasting app? CLICK HERE for the full show notes for this episode! Show Notes Cheat Sheet on Creative Triggers From Audio Episode Above: What is a creative trigger? It is an event or circumstance that is the cause of a particular action, process, or situation (in this case songwriting). Sitting around and waiting for inspiration has its pros and its cons but when relying on your creative ability to support your livelihood, the cons quickly outweigh the pros on this approach. As professional or aspiring professional artists, we need to look deep within our own creative processes to pinpoint what works for us so we can sustain our career as songwriters. Here are some tips and tricks to help identifying the forces that trigger our creativity and inspiration: 1. A Way of Thinking To be able to start looking for creative triggers in our lives we need to first give ourselves permission to do so. This means forming the right mindset. Here are the three elements i've thought of that boost your creative awareness: * Form the desire for self-improvement.  * This is all about having an open mind. * Remember, whenever trying something new, there will be periods of discomfort or feelings of awkwardness. Don't let these excuses stop you from reaching new heights in your life. * Choose to be reflective. * This means looking for cause and effects throughout your days. Ask yourself questions like, what made me feel this way today? * Try to pinpoint what has caused emotions, feelings, and urges throughout your day to start seeing what outside or inside forces are influencing your moods. * Be observant (expand your scope).  * This is similar to being reflective except it is taking your reflective thought one step further. * Once you start to identify your cause and effects (in the reflective stage), see if these create trends throughout multiple days or weeks. * This will allow you to start noticing patterns in how you construct your days and how those choices lead you to feel a certain way. After exercising this mindset stage, you will now be equipped to turn these thoughts into action. 2. A Way of Acting I am a strong believer that experience makes you smarter so go out there and spend some time with yourself. Learn about how you respond in certain situations. As you are experiencing life, try to see if your activities are contributing to your creativity in any way. Take control of the time you have free and spot those creative triggers! * Making decisions with a purpose in mind.  * It is too easy to say "yes" to many tasks and activities that others ask you to do during your precious time. It is much harder to start saying "no". * As you go about your day, every decision you make can have an effect on your mood later in the day. Depending on when you like to write music, you might be too exhausted by the time you get around to it. * Develop a sense of control over your day.  * My theory is this exhausted feeling can be attributed to a lack of empowerment or a feeling of a lack of control over your day. * Whenever you get something done on your terms, you feel empowered so you are more likely to take on a new task because you feel charged by your accomplishment. * That new task might just be your decision to sit down and write or finish a song. * Creating efficiency.  * Now that you have control over your day and it fills you with energy to do more, this might just mean that you decide to write songs more often. * Because of the empowered state you are in when sitting to write a song,
August 24, 2016
If you are listening on a podcasting app, CLICK HERE to view the full show note cheat sheet for Lilah Rose's creative process! If there is one thing about Lilah Rose's music, it has history, roots, and meaning. Her abstract style has really manifested into something beautiful with her newest album that was recently released on August 19th! Enjoy hearing all about the ups and downs of her creative process along with her songs "Young Together" and "Be Somebody" by pressing play above these show notes. "Be Somebody" Music Video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YU5U3Q9QUZM The Show Note Cheatsheet for Lilah's Creative Process 3 Word Combo * whimsical * emotional * melodic Notes on her intro song "Young Together" * Captures her childhood memories with a friend that unfortunately passed away. "Melancholy bliss of growing up." * The writing process went smooth because Lilah tries not to force herself to write. * She waits for moments when she can write naturally and honestly. * These moments are spread out and sporadic but may come in waves. "Its weird because I cant write all the time, its very intentional." * Some of her songs are weird and poetic because of this "intentional" style. Lilah's Relationship With Music * Starts with her Dad and his red Gibson guitar. * Started recording her ideas in college when she got a laptop. * Now she has restored her dad's Gibson and uses it to write and perform. Lilah's Inspirators * A local band from Albuquerque called "You" * The Beatles  * Led Zeppelin  More Electronic * Air * M83 * Enya * Grimes Breakdown Song "Be Somebody" * The idea came to her on a hot lazy day when she decided to write emails to booking agents for gigs. * The song is all about being the best version of yourself even when you are going through tough times. "Taking on heavy moments and filling them with love and feeling them with love." * Melody and lyrics came at the same time. Links to Lilah Rose Facebook  Bandcamp  lilahrosemusic@gmail.com Youtube  TAP To Music is here for YOU and thrives because of YOU! Creating quality music is no easy task. Thats why I release these episodes every week, to make sure you don't give up on creating music. But thats not the only way I want to help. I am just a phone call, tweet, Facebook message, email, or Skype call away from your next creative endeavor. Here is how we can make this show great: * Know someone who might be a great fit for the show? Please fill out our guest form to submit a talented friend to be the inspirator. * Want a shout out on the show? Please 
August 17, 2016
Listening with a podcasting app? CLICK HERE for the full show notes for this episode! Choosing quality over quantity has ruled the day again! Thank you for your patience and for allowing me the extra time to ponder on the subject of technical listening. I am very excited to share the ideas that I have come up with based off of past experiences from guests on the show and from my own creative experience. Here is the cheat sheet for this episode of the ponder series: Technical Listening Definition: A way of analyzing your inspirator's (influence's) music to allow you to identify emotional and physical similarities in their playing or singing style to help improve your musical abilities. Purpose of Technical Listening: * Self improvement * Inspiration Different Purposes for Listening to Music: * Emotional * To confirm a feeling you might be having at a given time. * To make you feel nostalgic about a certain time period. * To help make you feel a desired emotion. * Physical * To get people to dance together or with themselves. * To encourage exercise by listening to motivational or upbeat music. * Social * To help form a sense of identity. * To create a culture or a feeling of belonging. * Technical * To improve understanding of what is possible in music creation. * Helps find similarities in your own musical abilities through comparison. * To become inspired. Origin of Inspiration: Episode 073 with Saxophone Player Joshua Coleman All pre and post production was done by Host Nick Johnson.  Want to see the creative process behind these episodes? Follow Nick Johnson on Snapchat. Snapchat: taptomusic TAP To Music is here for YOU and thrives because of YOU! Creating quality music is no easy task. Thats why I release these episodes every week, to make sure you don't give up on creating music. But thats not the only way I want to help. I am just a phone call, tweet, Facebook message, email, or Skype call away from your next creative endeavor. Here is how we can make this show great: * Know someone who might be a great fit for the show? Please fill out our guest form to submit a talented friend to be the inspirator. * Have you thought of a question for a future episode of the ponder series? Submit it here. * What are you jamming to lately? I would love to share playlists on Spotify! Send me an email containing your Spotify information at: tapsubmissions@gmail.com and i'll follow your account. This way I know what kind of music to try and get on the show. * Want a shout out on the show? Please rate and review on iTunes. Let me know you did so by taking a screenshot of your review before you 
August 10, 2016
Are you listening to this interview on a podcasting app? CLICK HERE for complete show notes and resources discussed. Jonathan Cavier, a very experienced musician from Phoenix Arizona is on a mission to reinvent his position in the music industry. Once part of the internationally successful atmospheric pop duo, EyeTalk Jonathan is looking to use the talents formed in his past 10 year and 5 album endeavor to curate his own sound. In this episode (074), Jonathan gives great insight into his unique creative process. Here are the main take aways and resources from our discussion above: "Pearl" Official Music Video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B0zSdSWHQE4 "January" Official Music Video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IrbgeWLDWkE Notes about Jonathan Cavier's general creative process: * Likes to write his songs in the winter. * He enjoys repurposing old recorded ideas to bring him out of writers block when he cant think of anything new at that moment. * Lots of his songs are not "true to his life" because he enjoys making up scenarios or using real scenarios outside of his experience to use as song topics. * He likes to create a hybrid of electronic and natural instruments when constructing his songs in the studio. * Has built his songwriting technique around the particular combination of gear he is used to using. Habits outside of music that help him become a better musician and songwriter: * Spends his mornings playing tennis or engaging in some kind of physical exercise to get his mind off of everything else and to condition his body for the demands of performing. * Tennis allows him to build up a good habit of depending on him to overcome a task or obstacle. Jonathan's Inspirators (past and present influences): * Kiss * Paul Stanley (Mentor) * Cheap Trick  * Robin Zander (Mentor) * Japan * Steve Jansen (Mentor) * David Sylvian (Mentor) * Iva Davies of Icehouse  * Taylor Swift  * Demi Lavato  Links to Jonathan Cavier: Official Website Facebook Twitter TAP To Music is here for YOU and thrives because of YOU! Creating quality music is no easy task. Thats why I release these episodes every week, to make sure you don't give up on creating music. But thats not the only way I want to help. I am just a phone call, tweet, Facebook message, email, or Skype call away from your next creative endeavor. Here is how we can make this show great: * Know someone who might be a great fit for the show? Please fill out our guest form to submit a talented friend to be the inspirator. * Want a shout out on the show? Please 
August 3, 2016
Hello listeners, This is your host Nick Johnson doing my best to be open and honest with all of you by not leaving you in the dark this week. Give this episode a listen to hear why I need some more time to ponder for the next ponder series episode. Stay tuned for next week's interview with pop/rock hybrid artist, Jonathan Cavier. Stay inspired! TAP To Music is here for YOU and thrives because of YOU! Creating quality music is no easy task. Thats why I release these episodes every week, to make sure you don't give up on creating music. But thats not the only way I want to help. I am just a phone call, tweet, Facebook message, email, or Skype call away from your next creative endeavor. Here is how we can make this show great: * Know someone who might be a great fit for the show? Please fill out our guest form to submit a talented friend to be the inspirator. * Want a shout out on the show? Please rate and review on iTunes. Let me know you did so by taking a screenshot of your review before you submit and send it to me. In your message, you can tell me what you are working on and i'll promote it when I give you a shout out for your review. You can also upload files for me to interact with. Help me help you. Ive made it easy. * Have an idea for how the show can be better? I have created a swift and organized Collaboration Cue for you to submit your feedback in a fashion that best helps me. This saves both of our time! * Share the gift of inspiration by sharing your favorite episode with a friend. * Have an idea for the ponder series? Submit your ideas. * Have an answer of a ponder series episode? Submit your answers. PHONE: *Request by email* SKYPE ID: nicktapstomusic Want to support the show and it's social media efforts? Rate and Review Tweet Us
July 27, 2016
Are you listening to this interview on a podcasting app? CLICK HERE for complete show notes and resources discussed. This dedicated and artful saxophone player Joshua Coleman has experienced something that many of us (if not all of us) fear. After becoming a victim of a very violent crime at an ATM in Albuquerque New Mexico, Joshua has embarked on a challenging journey to maintain his spirit and his love for fitness and music. Here is this episode's cheat sheet: Relationship to music: This is his survival mechanism as well as his vehicle for his career. Inspirators (his influences): Candy Dulfer  David Sanborn Dave Koz Russell Watson Outside of music habits: * Climbing in the Sandia Mountains * Biking * Competitive figure skater Links to Joshua Coleman: Facebook Official Website This Episode's Twitter Poll: https://twitter.com/taptomusic/status/758447432669683712 TAP To Music is here for YOU and thrives because of YOU! Creating quality music is no easy task. Thats why I release these episodes every week, to make sure you don't give up on creating music. But thats not the only way I want to help. I am just a phone call, tweet, Facebook message, email, or Skype call away from your next creative endeavor. Here is how we can make this show great: * Know someone who might be a great fit for the show? Please fill out our guest form to submit a talented friend to be the inspirator. * Want a shout out on the show? Please rate and review on iTunes. Let me know you did so by taking a screenshot of your review before you submit and send it to me. In your message, you can tell me what you are working on and i'll promote it when I give you a shout out for your review. You can also upload files for me to interact with. Help me help you. Ive made it easy. * Have an idea for how the show can be better? I have created a swift and organized Collaboration Cue for you to submit your feedback in a fashion that best helps me. This saves both of our time! * Share the gift of inspiration by sharing your favorite episode with a friend.
July 20, 2016
Are you listening to this episode,  "A Path To Collaboration" on a podcasting app? CLICK HERE to view full show notes with pictures. Collaboration can be a delicate process, there is a fine line between staying in creative flow and clashing with you collaborative buddy's ideas. Here is a mental checklist to help make sure your collaborative sessions start off on the right path: * Assess the amount of inspiration you have. * This will determine the amount and type of brainstorming you will need to develop your ideas for your newest song. * Lots of inspiration = less brainstorming and more time spent sharing your vision for your song with your collaborative buddies. * Low amounts of inspiration = more brainstorming with your collaborative buddies to gain inspiration, direction, and purpose for your song. * Brainstorming period (separate from collaborative period). * Form a mindset of awareness through this stage. * Realize every idea and decision made at this time forms a path of connection with the person you are brainstorming with and with the eventual result of your song. * Be ready to ditch an idea for a better path. * Collaborative period. * By this time you have already spent the time discussing and trying out different things to find purpose and direction for your song with your collaborative buddy through brainstorming. * Be ready to explain your ideas in as many ways as possible. This includes verbally, sonically with an instrument, and visually. * You are both in this together so try to be as encouraging as possible but be honest when an idea strays from the purpose of the song (it is not entirely a bad thing.) This shows that your collaborative buddy is thinking outside the box but needs to focus his or her thinking in the confines of the song's purpose. * This is the stage where brainstorming is still allowed but it needs to stay within the parameters of your song's purpose to ensure progress. This week's question:   What has or hasn't worked in your collaborative efforts? Here is how to submit your answer about A Path To Collaboration: Snapchat: taptomusic OR Submit your answer through email.   TAP To Music is here for YOU and survives because of YOU! Creating quality music is no easy task. Thats why I release these episodes every week, to make sure you don't give up on creating music. But thats not the only way I want to help. I am just a phone call, tweet, Facebook message, email, or Skype call away from your next creative endeavor. Here is how we can make this show great: * Know someone who might be a great fit for the show? Please fill out our guest form to submit a talented friend to be the inspirator. * Have you thought of a question for a future episode of the ponder series? Submit it here. * What are you jamming to lately? I would love to share playlists on Spotify! Send me an email containing your Spotify information at: tapsubmissions@gmail.
July 13, 2016
Are you listening to Ashley's interview on a podcasting app? CLICK HERE to view full show notes with pictures and music videos. * Want to help give Nick feedback with a listeners opinion? Fill out the Collaboration Cue. * Have an idea for the ponder series? Share your ideas. * Have an answer of a ponder series episode? Share your answers. Dare Ya Music Video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3zivJvtlGxU https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JYUa-qKzzwo Notes on Ashley J's Creative Process Being a writer, Ashley J is faced with many sources of inspiration throughout the day. Whether she is asked to collaborate on a song or she is writing one of her own, she is always trying to show a real side of her. Here are a couple highlights discussed from the interview: Ashley's song Cali was written in London with Morton and Richelle. At the time they were writing, they already had the music so they were all sitting together listening to the song and writing song ideas in the note apps of their phones. Ashley's Favorite lyric from Dare Ya Ashley's Inspirators Johnny Cash Dolly Parton Celine Dion Justin Timberlake Links to Ashley J Official Website Facebook Twitter TAP To Music is here for YOU and survives because of YOU! Creating quality music is no easy task. Thats why I release these episodes every week, to make sure you don't give up on creating music. But thats not the only way I want to help. I am just a phone call, tweet, Facebook message, email, or Skype call away from your next creative endeavor. Here is how we can make this show great: * Know someone who might be a great fit for the show? Please fill out our guest form to submit a talented friend to be the inspirator. * Want a shout out on the show? Please rate and review on iTunes. Let me know you did so by taking a screenshot of your review before you submit and send it to me. In your message, you can tell me what you are working on and i'll promote it when I give you a shout out for your review. You can also upload files for me to interact with. Help me help you. Ive made it easy. * Have an idea for how the show can be better? I have created a swift and organized 
July 6, 2016
In order to get the most creativity and inspiration out of your days, understanding how time management, finding your inner child, and choosing your environments when planning your day will vastly improve your creative process. Past inpirators that stress daily planning: Rachel London Episode 042 Sheldon Botler Episode 060 Kwame Binea Episode 34 Inspiring quotes (Click here to see meme quotes.): 3 Ways To Start Planning Your Day: * Time Management (Things to ask yourself.) * What obligations do I have today? * What is one activity that my future self will thank me for? * What will I do to get my mind off of things? * Is there anything selfless I can achieve today? * Getting in touch with your inner child. (Find playtime.) Elements of finding playtime: * Creates context for interaction. * Creates direction and focus for your mind. * Helps reveal what you really want to do. * Choosing environment. (Where will you go?) *Be aware that your environment can have subtle or extreme effects on your inspiration. Consider these elements indoors:  * Number of people. * Size of the room. * Objects that can make up the room. * Purpose of the room. Consider these elements for outdoors:  * Time of day. * Number of people. * Urban or more wild? * Purpose of the location. Here is how to submit your answer about craftsmanship: Snapchat: taptomusic OR Submit your answer through email. TAP To Music is here for YOU and survives because of YOU! Creating quality music is no easy task. Thats why I release these episodes every week, to make sure you don't give up on creating music. But thats not the only way I want to help. I am just a phone call, tweet, Facebook message, email, or Skype call away from your next creative endeavor. Here is how we can make this show great: * Know someone who might be a great fit for the show? Please fill out our guest form to submit a talented friend to be the inspirator. * Have you thought of a question for a future episode of the ponder series? Submit it here. * What are you jamming to lately? I would love to share playlists on Spotify! Send me an email containing your Spotify information at: tapsubmissions@gmail.com and i'll follow your account. This way I know what kind of music to try and get on the show. * Want a shout out on the show? Please 
June 29, 2016
"I Don't Believe It" Music Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=soUJ9D9FA7o  About Rachael Sage and Her Vision: Rachael Sage has a lot to offer when it comes to the creative process. Pulling from many artistic disciplines (graphic designing, painting, dance, and music), Rachael is able to visualize what her song will sound like and how she wants to write it from a very early stage. Even though she may have a visual plan, she is still open to the possibilities of what the song may become on its own and very receptive to the creative input she receives from her audio engineers and producers. Musically ambitious and emotionally accessible, her latest shimmering collection, Choreographic, is a tribute to her very first love: Dance. "Making this album was a meditation on my life-long relationship to ballet and more recently, to lyrical dance. Connecting to music through dance is what prompted me to become a songwriter in the first place. It was time to get back to my roots." Sage began recording “Choreographic” in August 2015, with her live touring band The Sequins along with a handful of special guests, supported by Grammy® winning co-producer Andy Zulla (Idina Menzel, Rod Stewart) and Grammy® nominated engineer John Shyloski (Johnny Winter, Dianna Ross). Mindful of how the music needed to feel “danceable”, Zulla, who worked as both a producer and composer on the popular Broadway-themed TV show “Smash”, says he wanted to reunite with Sage on this project “because I felt like I really had a firm grasp on Rachael’s new material and the full circle of her music being embraced by the lyrical dance community. We hadn’t worked together in over a decade, but we’ve known each other since she was fourteen…there’s a huge amount of trust there." Rachael Sage's Inspirators: * Glen Hansard for his fusion of irish and folk influences and his arrangements that give a theatrical and classical feel. * Elvis Costello  for his prolific live performances and artistic lyrics. * Prince for his emotional accessibility. * David Bowie for his artistic ability to push the boundaries in performance dynamics, and songwriting topics. Rachael Sage's Favorite Lyric by Elvis Costello: "Put your big toe in the milk of human kindness. Have you ever seen the like of this human mankind? If a boy or girl is cute we simply shoot to starry heights. Any maybe any might." - Elvis Costello Rachael Sage's Struggles: * Carving out the time to write. * She gives her laptop to her tour manager to eliminate distractions. * Writing topically. Links To Rachael Sage: Facebook Official Website Twitter  Spotify Have a question for a future ponder series episode? Submit your questions with this link. TAP To Music is here for YOU and survives because of YOU! Creating quality music is no easy task. Thats why I release these episodes every week, to make sure you don't give up on creating music. But thats not the only way I want to help. I am just a phone call, tweet, Facebook message, email, or Skype call away from your next creative endeavor. Here is how we can make this show great: * Know someone who might be a great fit for the show?
June 22, 2016
Picking up and writing in your journal might be the best thing you can do as a songwriter. I have high expectations for you but you can do it! Main Question: What does your journaling style look like? Here is how to submit your answer about journaling: Snapchat: taptomusic OR Get in contact through email.  Different ways to journal: Important note... Make sure you include the date and time of your journal entry. Audio (Voice Note App) Video (Front Facing Camera) Typing (Note App) Pencil and Paper Different reasons to journal and questions to get you started: Discover new song ideas in two ways: 1. Journal before bed. Ask yourself... * What was the one moment in my day that gave me the biggest emotional reaction? * What did I struggle with the most today? * What did I overcome today? 2. Journal when you wake up. * Write about your dreams. * Try to list all the details of your dream you can remember. Improve your relations with your bandmates: * After something good or bad happens with a band mate, write down what happened with them. DO NOT focus on just the bad moments. Make sure you have balance between the good and bad encounters with your band mates. * What was your emotional state during the moment you are journaling about? Improve your performances: Starts with recognizing the right time to journal! (I suggest any downtime you might find.) * Who touched you emotionally during, before, or after your performance? Find words for the emotions you were feeling. * When did you feel the most comfortable during your performance? * When did you feel the most discomfort? Become more familiar with your creative process: Important note: Analyze and journal about your creative process right after you create. * What instrument did you use? * Why did you pick the instrument? (What about your instrument makes your song sound the way it does?) * What distracted you during your session? * What did you want to portray through your song? A feeling? Perspective? * Sum up your session in one emotion. * What was the final result and why did it come out this way? TAP To Music is here for YOU and thrives because of YOU! Creating quality music is no easy task. Thats why I release these episodes every week, to make sure you don't give up on creating music. But thats not the only way I want to help. I am just a phone call, tweet, Facebook message, email, or Skype call away from your next creative endeavor. Here is how we can make this show great: * Know someone who might be a great fit for the show? Please fill out our guest form to submit a talented friend to be the inspirator. * Have you thought of a question for a future episode of the ponder series? Submit it here. * What are you jamming to lately? I would love to share playlists on Spotify! Send me an email containing your Spotify information at: 
June 15, 2016
Interpretation is such a driving force in the context of music and Oleg has taken this trait and ran with it. With his love for music and experimental attitude towards it, he has taken many classics such as, 'When You are Smiling' (written by Larry Shay, Mark Fisher, and Joe Goodwin) or 'Hello, Dolly!' (written by Jerry Herman) and rearranged them 100%. He even brought many of these pioneer artists into the studio with him! Here are some of his thoughts on it: “Recording the album was definitely like a dream come true. This is my story. I interviewed all these people through the years and I couldn’t imagine that artist’s that I idolized since my childhood would record duets with me in the studio,” explained Oleg. “All of them were so respectful and supportive. It was a joy from the first session to the last. They also respected the fact that a foreigner like me promotes American music. These songs and artists are known worldwide and if we can appeal to different countries through this music, my mission would be complete,” he added. Oleg's Music Video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LxmtO3_5xVI Here are some of Oleg's influences: Listen to 'Duets with My American Idols' These artists not only inspired Oleg to cover their songs, they entered the studio to help him. Lanie Kazan Bobby Rydell Gary U.S.Bonds Tony Orlando Melissa Manchester Ben E. King Chris Montez Lou Christie Peggy March B.J. Thomas Links to Oleg Frish: Official Website Facebook Twitter  Youtube TAP To Music is here for YOU and survives because of YOU! Creating quality music is no easy task. Thats why I release these episodes every week, to make sure you don't give up on creating music. But thats not the only way I want to help. I am just a phone call, tweet, Facebook message, email, or Skype call away from your next creative endeavor. Here is how we can make this show great: * Thought of a great question for a future episode of The Ponder Series? You can submit your questions for me to break down here. * Know someone who might be a great fit for the show? Please fill out our guest form to submit a talented friend to be the inspirator. * Working on a song and could use a listener's perspective? Send me your questions along with any files that might help me keep you on the songwriting path here. * Want a shout out on the show? Please rate and review on iTunes.
June 8, 2016
Perfecting your craft. Hello everyone! Hope you all enjoyed Moyer's creative process on the previous episode. Today is the start of something new! It's called the ponder series and it will help us all to get thinking thinking about our craft (songwriting) to develop insights and manifest breakthroughs to help us to create music. Question: How necessary is craftsmanship to songwriting? To answer, ask yourself, "What does craftsmanship mean to me as an artist?" I am very excited to hear from you all so please submit your answers. REMEMBER! If you are listening to this episode, it is never too late to submit your answer even if this episode is from months ago. I still want to hear from you and connect with you. Here is how to submit your answer about craftsmanship: Snapchat: taptomusic OR Submit your answer through email. TAP To Music is here for YOU and survives because of YOU! Creating quality music is no easy task. Thats why I release these episodes every week, to make sure you don't give up on creating music. But thats not the only way I want to help. I am just a phone call, tweet, Facebook message, email, or Skype call away from your next creative endeavor. Here is how we can make this show great: * Know someone who might be a great fit for the show? Please fill out our guest form to submit a talented friend to be the inspirator. * What are you jamming to lately? I would love to share playlists on Spotify! Send me an email containing your Spotify information at: tapsubmissions@gmail.com and i'll follow your account. This way I know what kind of music to try and get on the show. * Want a shout out on the show? Please rate and review on iTunes. Let me know you did so by taking a screenshot of your review before you submit and send it to me. In your message, you can tell me what you are working on and i'll promote it when I give you a shout out for your review. You can also upload files for me to interact with. Help me help you. Ive made it easy. * Have an idea for how the show can be better? I have created a swift and organized 
June 1, 2016
After close to ten years song writing, MOYER found his way into a new hybrid of music. His choruses are catchy and his process is strategic but at the bottom of it all, he likes to make sure songwriting remains a fun and relaxing activity instead of something he is forced to do. By keeping an independent status, MOYER is able to achieve and maintain such a standard with his music. Listen in as he reflects on how his song writing has changed over the years as well as how he wrote "Brothers". Links to MOYER: Facebook Youtube Email MOYER to get "See You Soon" and "Brothers" for FREE!  MOYER'S Live Music Video "Without You." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7fcKXNjbgWw TAP To Music Website Resources: Collaboration Cue (Give Nick feedback for the show.) Ask Nick a Creative Question Become or Suggest a Guest for TAP To Music  TAP To Music is here for YOU and survives because of YOU! Creating quality music is no easy task. Thats why I release these episodes every week, to make sure you don't give up on creating music. But thats not the only way I want to help. I am just a phone call, tweet, Facebook message, email, or Skype call away from your next creative endeavor. Here is what I can do for you: * Found yourself caught in a creative block? Sometimes all you need is an outside opinion to spark a new idea. Thats what i'm here for, you can bounce your ideas off of me to generate new ones for yourself! * Finished your song and looking for feedback? I can write reviews and share your music. * Want a shout out on the show? Please rate and review on iTunes. Let me know you did so by taking a screenshot of your review before you submit and send it to me. In your message, you can tell me what you are working on and i'll promote it when I give you a shout out for your review. * Are your crowd funding your creative project? I can help spread the word and help back if I believe in the campaign. Help me help you. Ive made it easy. * Have an idea for how the show can be better? I have created a swift and organized Collaboration Cue for you to submit your feedback in a fashion that best helps me. This saves both of our time! * Share the gift of inspiration by sharing your favorite episode with a friend. SEND ALL INQUIRIES TO: tapsubmissions@gmail.com PHONE: *Request by email* SKYPE ID: nicktapstomusic Want to support the podcast? Rate and Review
May 26, 2016
I sure have spent a lot of time thinking about the future of the show and the future of your listening experience. Thanks to all of the listeners who have given me feedback and encouraged me to keep going! Your support has made for this new found vision I am sharing on today's episode and the show's new chapter in general. Here is a recap of all the necessary info you need to know for the future: New Chapter Means New Ways to Connect (THE WEBSITE IS FINISHED!) http://www.taptomusic.com/ Here are the new quick and easy ways to connect with me and share your feedback: * Collaboration Cue  * Become or Submit a Guest for the Show * Ask Me a Creative Question Social Media Model Let the collaboration begin in this new chapter of TAP To Music! I cannot wait to hear from you. Facebook - Will be for extra inspirational content related to interview and conceptual episodes on the show. We're talking hand written lyrics, music videos, stunning images and more! Twitter - Will be for poll questions related to specific episodes and general show feedback for innovative measures. Instagram - Get a glimpse into my creative lifestyle as a host of the podcast as well as an artist. Snapchat - Interact with me when you are listening to episodes. You can answer questions, ask me questions, give me feedback, ask for feedback on your music and much more! TAP To Music is here for YOU and survives because of YOU! Creating quality music is no easy task. Thats why I release these episodes every week, to make sure you don't give up on creating music. But thats not the only way I want to help. I am just a phone call, tweet, Facebook message, email, or Skype call away from your next creative endeavor. Here is what I can do for you: * Found yourself caught in a creative block? Sometimes all you need is an outside opinion to spark a new idea. Thats what i'm here for, you can bounce your ideas off of me to generate new ones for yourself! * Finished your song and looking for feedback? I can write reviews and share your music. * Want a shout out on the show? Please rate and review on iTunes. Let me know you did so by taking a screenshot of your review before you submit and send it to me. In your message, you can tell me what you are working on and i'll promote it when I give you a shout out for your review. * Are your crowd funding your creative project? I can help spread the word and help back if I believe in the campaign. Help me help you. Ive made it easy. * Have an idea for how the show can be better? I have created a swift and organized Collaboration Cue for you to submit your feedback in a fashion that best helps me. This saves both of our time! * Share the gift of inspiration by sharing your favorite episode with a friend. SEND ALL INQUIRIES TO: tapsubmissions@gmail.com PHONE: *Request by email* SKYPE ID: nicktapstomusic Want to support the podcast?
May 26, 2016
I Never Missed an Episode for A Whole Year! Thank you for believing in this show and showing interest in the delicate art of the creative process! I cannot wait to re introduce TAP To Music Podcast in a couple of months with new guests and episode styles. Here is to an upcoming one year Anniversary! Ryan Wenze's EP "Embers" Facebook Page Bandcamp  Here are the ways you can give feedback:  Email:  tapsubmissions@gmail.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/taptomusic/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/taptomusic Instagram: @taptomusic_podcast Skype: nicktapstomusic Phone: *request by email* TAP To Music is here for YOU and survives because of YOU! Creating quality music is no easy task. Thats why I release these episodes every week, to make sure you don't give up on creating music. But thats not the only way I want to help. I am just a phone call, tweet, Facebook message, email, or Skype call away from your next creative endeavor. Here is what I can do for you: * Found yourself caught in a creative block? Sometimes all you need is an outside opinion to spark a new idea. Thats what i'm here for, you can bounce your ideas off of me to generate new ones for yourself! * Finished your song and looking for feedback? I can write reviews and share your music. * Want a shout out on the show? Please rate and review on iTunes. Let me know you did so by taking a screenshot of your review before you submit and send it to me. In your message, you can tell me what you are working on and i'll promote it when I give you a shout out for your review. * Are your crowd funding your creative project? I can help spread the word and help back if I believe in the campaign. Help me help you. Ive made it easy. * Have an idea for how the show can be better? I have created a swift and organized Collaboration Cue for you to submit your feedback in a fashion that best helps me. This saves both of our time! * Share the gift of inspiration by sharing your favorite episode with a friend. SEND ALL INQUIRIES TO: tapsubmissions@gmail.com PHONE: *Request by email* SKYPE ID: nicktapstomusic Want to support the podcast? Rate and Review Tweet Us Like ...
May 26, 2016
RJ Comer really has a grip on his creative process. Being open and saying things the way they are with no apologies is one of his specialties as a song writer. Learn how his two songs "Nightly Suicide" and "The Moon Ain't Fallen On Me Yet" came to be and how they made it on his album "Nightly Suicide". RJ has been on both sides of the music industry as a signed artist and now currently an independent artist. Lots to learn on this episode with RJ. RJ Comer's Special Message: "If every fan set aside $50 per year to spend on their favorite artist, we can transform the indie music scene." Who's on RJ Comer's playlist? Chris Stapleton Nathaniel Ratliff Chris Janson- "Better I Don't"  RJ's Favorite Lyric: "I think i'll just sit here and drink." -Merle Haggard Links to RJ Comer: Facebook  Instagram Twitter  Youtube TAP To Music is here for YOU and survives because of YOU. Creating quality music is no easy task. Thats why I release these episodes every week, to make sure you don't give up on creating music. But thats not the only way I want to help. I am just a phone call, tweet, Facebook message, email, or Skype call away! Here is what I can do for you: * Found yourself caught in a creative block? Sometimes all you need is an outside opinion to spark a new idea. Thats what i'm here for, you can bounce your ideas off of me to generate new ones for yourself! * Finished your song and looking for feedback? I can write reviews and share your music. * Want a shout out on the show? Please rate and review on iTunes. Let me know you did so by taking a screenshot of your review before you submit and send it to me. In your message, you can tell me what you are working on and i'll promote it when I give you a shout out for your review. * Are you crowd funding your creative project? I can help spread the word and help back if I believe in the campaign. Help me help you. Ive made it easy. * Have an idea for how the show can be better? I have created a swift and organized Collaboration Cue for you to submit your feedback in a fashion that best helps me. This saves both of our time! * Share the gift of inspiration by sharing your favorite episode with a friend. SEND ALL INQUIRIES TO: tapsubmissions@gmail.com PHONE: *Request by email* SKYPE ID: nicktapstomusic Want to support the podcast and get in touch? Rate and Review Tweet Us Like us on Facebook Email me directly: tapsubmissions@gmail.com
May 26, 2016
This local New Mexico band Countdown To Overkill is up to something special! Based off of a short story that lead singer Jim Cheshire wrote, the band formulated their album "Games of the Heart" to bring this story to life. If you are a fan of A Day To Remember, I strongly recommend listening to this interview and their music. Countdown To Overkill Band Member Influences: Jim Cheshire (Vocals)- A Day To Remember AJ Culley (Guitar)- Angus Young and Joe Satriani Wade Benavides (Drums)- Travis Barker from Blink 182 Jorge Garcia (Bass)- Rise Against and Billy Talent Links to Countdown To Overkill: Facebook Twitter Official Website Bandcamp TAP To Music is here for YOU and survives because of YOU. Creating quality music is no easy task. Thats why I release these episodes every week, to make sure you don't give up on creating music. But thats not the only way I want to help. I am just a phone call, tweet, Facebook message, email, or Skype call away! Here is what I can do for you: * Found yourself caught in a creative block? Sometimes all you need is an outside opinion to spark a new idea. Thats what i'm here for, you can bounce your ideas off of me to generate new ones for yourself! * Finished your song and looking for feedback? I can write reviews and share your music. * Want a shout out on the show? Please rate and review on iTunes. Let me know you did so by taking a screenshot of your review before you submit and send it to me. In your message, you can tell me what you are working on and i'll promote it when I give you a shout out for your review. * Are you crowd funding your creative project? I can help spread the word and help back if I believe in the campaign. Help me help you. Ive made it easy. * Have an idea for how the show can be better? I have created a swift and organized Collaboration Cue for you to submit your feedback in a fashion that best helps me. This saves both of our time! * Share the gift of inspiration by sharing your favorite episode with a friend. SEND ALL INQUIRIES TO: tapsubmissions@gmail.com PHONE: *Request by email* SKYPE ID: nicktapstomusic Want to support the podcast and get in touch? Rate and Review Tweet Us Like us on Facebook Email me directly: tapsubmissions@gmail.com
May 26, 2016
Continuing to stay connected with the reason you make music is always essential to a sustainable music career. Ethan Tucker may not be striving to be the next pop star but he is working day and night to connect with your heart. On this interview Ethan shares his songs "Cool Kids" and "This Has All Been A Dream". Enjoy as he tells the story behind their origins and specific creative processes used to write them. Ethan's Influences: * Muddy Waters * Mississippi John Hurt * Bob Marley * Slightly Stoopid * Jimi Hendrix Ethan Tucker's Favorite Lyric: "Fast women and slow horses." - Tom Waits Interact with Ethan Tucker: Official Website Facebook  Twitter Youtube Channel  TAP To Music is here for YOU and survives because of YOU. Creating quality music is no easy task. Thats why I release these episodes every week, to make sure you don't give up on creating music. But thats not the only way I want to help. I am just a phone call, tweet, Facebook message, email, or Skype call away! Here is what I can do for you: * Found yourself caught in a creative block? Sometimes all you need is an outside opinion to spark a new idea. Thats what i'm here for, you can bounce your ideas off of me to generate new ones for yourself! * Finished your song and looking for feedback? I can write reviews and share your music. * Want a shout out on the show? Please rate and review on iTunes. Let me know you did so by taking a screenshot of your review before you submit and send it to me. In your message, you can tell me what you are working on and i'll promote it when I give you a shout out for your review. * Are you crowd funding your creative project? I can help spread the word and help back if I believe in the campaign. Help me help you. Ive made it easy. * Have an idea for how the show can be better? I have created a swift and organized Collaboration Cue for you to submit your feedback in a fashion that best helps me. This saves both of our time! * Share the gift of inspiration by sharing your favorite episode with a friend. SEND ALL INQUIRIES TO: tapsubmissions@gmail.com PHONE: *Request by email* SKYPE ID: nicktapstomusic Want to support the podcast and get in touch? Rate and Review Tweet Us Like us on Facebook Email me directly: tapsubmissions@gmail.com
May 21, 2016
The Making of Rogue Planet and it's Future Plans In this episode I show you how I made "Rogue Planet" a beat  for a fellow artist named RJ Trujillo. Each sound can be given a meaning or a greater purpose in relation to the MC's lyrics. Enjoy a beat breakdown and the full reveal at the end and hopefully it might spark a creative idea within yourself. Here are a couple of things that I think are important to remember when creating (beats specifically) and will be found mentioned in the breakdown of Rogue Planet: * Don't give up on a sound too quickly. It can be used as your stepping stone for the next better sound. * When recording natural instruments such as hand drums and guitars, make sure to try your best to capture the moments of natural inspiration by allowing yourself the time to experiment and connect with the song. * Sometimes a scratch track can stem the final idea. * Try to be aware of how a listener might perceive your song at any given point. If you have a feeling they might get tired of hearing the chorus in the same fashion, switch it up. In my case, I switched up the whole beat! TAP To Music is here for YOU and survives because of YOU. Creating quality music is no easy task. Thats why I release these episodes every week, to make sure you don't give up on creating music. But thats not the only way I want to help. I am just a phone call, tweet, Facebook message, email, or Skype call away from your next creative endeavor. Here is what I can do for you: * Found yourself caught in a creative block? Sometimes all you need is an outside opinion to spark a new idea. Thats what i'm here for, you can bounce your ideas off of me to generate new ones for yourself with the power of brainstorming. * Finished your song and looking for feedback? I can write reviews and share your music. * Want a shout out on the show? Please rate and review on iTunes. Let me know you did so by taking a screenshot of your review before you submit and send it to me. In your message, you can tell me what you are working on and i'll promote it when I give you a shout out for your review. * Are you crowd funding your creative project? I can help spread the word and help back if I believe in the campaign. Help me help you. Ive made it easy. * Have an idea for how the show can be better? I have created a swift and organized Collaboration Cue for you to submit your feedback in a fashion that best helps me. This saves both of our time! * Share the gift of inspiration by sharing your favorite episode with a friend. SEND ALL INQUIRIES TO: tapsubmissions@gmail.com PHONE: *Request by email* SKYPE ID: nicktapstomusic Want to support the podcast and get in touch? Rate and Review Tweet Us Like us on Facebook Email me directly: tapsubmissions@gmail.com
May 21, 2016
How far are you willing to creatively stretch when creating music? How do you even go about deciding which songs see the light of day on the album? These are a couple key takeaways from today's interview with Idalee. What about his story? HE CAME TO IN THE HOSPITAL WITH A CRIMINAL COURT SUMMONS And he narrowly escaped jail simply because no one was in the car he smashed into. Drunk and on cocaine he crashed his car into a parked government vehicle and put his head through he windshield. After years in Los Angles making music, his lifestyle caught up with him. It squandered his demo deal with Geffen Records and his relationships with some music industry heavy hitters. He brought his demons with him when he moved back home to the Washington D.C. area. And he finally ended up in a stretcher. He’d had a number of softer wake up calls before but he says this was the one that came right before death. He feels this was his true second chance at life and he had to make good on it. Hear all about how Idalee's new EP "Starting Now" was written, conceived and produced and hear two big hits from the EP "Starting Now" and "Heal". If you enjoyed this episode with Idalee be sure to thank him on Twitter @idaleemusic. Important Links to Idalee: Official Website Listen on Spotify Watch on Youtube Heal Documentary/Music Video Resources: "Something in the Way" by Nirvana  TAP To Music is here for YOU and survives because of YOU. Creating quality music is no easy task. Thats why I release these episodes every week, to make sure you don't give up on creating music. But thats not the only way I want to help. I am just a phone call, tweet, Facebook message, email, or Skype call away! Here is what I can do for you: * Found yourself caught in a creative block? Sometimes all you need is an outside opinion to spark a new idea. Thats what i'm here for, you can bounce your ideas off of me to generate new ones for yourself! * Finished your song and looking for feedback? I can write reviews and share your music. * Want a shout out on the show? Please rate and review on iTunes. Let me know you did so by taking a screenshot of your review before you submit and send it to me. In your message, you can tell me what you are working on and i'll promote it when I give you a shout out for your review. * Are you crowd funding your creative project? I can help spread the word and help back if I believe in the campaign. Help me help you. Ive made it easy. * Have an idea for how the show can be better? I have created a swift and organized Collaboration Cue for you to submit your feedback in a fashion that best helps me. This saves both of our time! * Share the gift of inspiration by sharing your favorite episode with a friend. SEND ALL INQUIRIES TO: tapsubmissions@gmail.com PHONE: *Request by email* SKYPE ID: nicktapstomusic Want to support the podcast and get in touch? Rate and Review Tweet Us Like us on Faceb...
May 20, 2016
There are many uses of music, some more powerful than others. Grace Kelly Younger however has developed a relationship with music that will serve as her tool for writing a new chapter in her life and she is ready to share it with the world in hopes of helping others through troublesome times. She graciously shared two songs that have not been released to the public prior to this interview to help illustrate her creative process. She also reveals how she came about her name Monaco and her album title "Memoirs of Monaco". If you enjoy this episode, please don't forget to thank @GoodChoiceGrace on twitter. Links to Grace Kelly (Monaco): Facebook Youtube SoundCloud TAP To Music is a fanarchy and survives because of YOU. Creating quality music is no easy task. Thats why I release these episodes every week, to make sure you don't give up on creating music. But thats not the only way I want to help. I am just a phone call, tweet, Facebook message, email, or Skype call away! Here is what I can do for you: * Found yourself caught in a creative block? Sometimes all you need is an outside opinion to spark a new idea. Thats what i'm here for, you can bounce your ideas off of me to generate new ones for yourself! * Finished your song and looking for feedback? I can write reviews and share your music. * Want a shout out on the show? Please rate and review on iTunes. Let me know you did so by taking a screenshot of your review before you submit and send it to me. In your message, you can tell me what you are working on and i'll promote it when I give you a shout out for your review. * Are you crowd funding your creative project? I can help spread the word and help back if I believe in the campaign. Help me help you. Ive made it easy. * Have an idea for how the show can be better? I have created a swift and organized Collaboration Cue for you to submit your feedback in a fashion that best helps me. This saves both of our time! * Share the gift of inspiration by sharing your favorite episode with a friend. SEND ALL INQUIRIES TO: tapsubmissions@gmail.com PHONE: *Request by email* SKYPE ID: nicktapstomusic Want to support the podcast and get in touch? Rate and Review Tweet Us Like us on Facebook Email me directly: tapsubmissions@gmail.com
May 20, 2016
How do musicians deal with constant "rejection" throughout their career? Even developing a strong and clear business plan can be very difficult in this ever evolving music industry. Sheldon Botler (@SheldonBotler) has helpful perspectives when it comes to confronting these challenges as well as not letting these challenges negatively affect the sound of his music. On the creative side, Sheldon Botler exclusively shares one of his demo songs called "Maybe It's the Moon" from his new album he is working on. Ways to connect and support Sheldon Botler: Become a patron on Patreon Buy/Listen to Sheldon's Music Facebook  Official Website Photography Services  Some of Sheldon Botler's Influences: Donny Hathaway Stevie Wonder Mali Music Esperanza Spalding  Andy Allo Michael Glines Special shout out to Terri the Harp Player  for leaving such a generous and honest iTunes review! TAP To Music is a fan-archy and survives because of YOU. Creating quality music is no easy task. Thats why I release these episodes every week, to make sure you don't give up on creating music. But thats not the only way I want to help. I am just a phone call, tweet, Facebook message, email, or Skype call away! Here is what I can do for you: * Found yourself caught in a creative block? Sometimes all you need is an outside opinion to spark a new idea. Thats what i'm here for, you can bounce your ideas off of me to generate new ones for yourself! * Finished your song and looking for feedback? I can write reviews and share your music. * Want a shout out on the show? Please rate and review on iTunes. Let me know you did so by taking a screenshot of your review before you submit and send it to me. In your message, you can tell me what you are working on and i'll promote it when I give you a shout out for your review. * Are you crowd funding your creative project? I can help spread the word and help back it if I believe in the campaign. Help me help you. Ive made it easy. * Have an idea for how the show can be better? I have created a swift and organized Collaboration Cue for you to submit your feedback in a fashion that best helps me. This saves both of our time! * Share the gift of inspiration by sharing your favorite episode with a friend. SEND ALL INQUIRIES TO: tapsubmissions@gmail.com PHONE: *Request by email* SKYPE ID: nicktapstomusic Want to support the podcast and get in touch? Rate and Review Tweet Us Like us on Facebook Email me directly: 
May 20, 2016
Tranquility Sparks Inspiration In this episode, I describe a experience that led me to write potential lyrics for a future song. All of this was sparked by a relaxing day at the spa. By using my relaxation as fuel for inspiration I had a writer's block free writing session in front of majestic scenery. It all hit me right after my massage and full body wrap when I was slowly escorted into a relaxation patio that overlooked a golf course with the monumental Sadia Mountains filling it's horizon. Once I sat down and settled into my cushy lawn chair, I realized to notice how this experience was affecting my mental and physical state. Upon this reflective thought brought a surge of pure and instantaneous inspiration. I quickly went to the lobby and found myself a clipboard, pen, and paper. Once I returned back to the relaxation patio, I snacked on a cranberry scone and my emotions drive my pen. By the time I wrote all the relevant lyrics I could think of, I had a potential song named "Tranquility". Listeners! Please let me know what you think about this style of episode so I can consider introducing more like it in the future. I would also love to hear what you think about "Tranquility". Stay inspired, Nick Johnson Want to support the podcast and get in touch? Rate and Review Tweet Us Like us on Facebook Email me directly: tapsubmissions@gmail.com TAP To Music is here for YOU and survives because of YOU. Creating quality music is no easy task. Thats why I release these episodes every week, to make sure you don't give up on creating music. But thats not the only way I want to help. I am just a phone call, tweet, Facebook message, email, or Skype call away! Here is what I can do for you: * Found yourself caught in a creative block? Sometimes all you need is an outside opinion to spark a new idea. Thats what i'm here for, you can bounce your ideas off of me to generate new ones for yourself! * Finished your song and looking for feedback? I can write reviews and share your music. * Want a shout out on the show? Please rate and review on iTunes. Let me know you did so by taking a screenshot of your review before you submit and send it to me. In your message, you can tell me what you are working on and i'll promote it when I give you a shout out for your review. * Are you crowd funding your creative project? I can help spread the word and help back if I believe in the campaign. Help me help you. Ive made it easy. * Have an idea for how the show can be better? I have created a swift and organized Collaboration Cue for you to submit your feedback in a fashion that best helps me. This saves both of our time! * Share the gift of inspiration by sharing your favorite episode with a friend. SEND ALL INQUIRIES TO: tapsubmissions@gmail.com PHONE: *Request by email* SKYPE ID: nicktapstomusic
May 20, 2016
From the sounds of Bambi's music, her creative process seems to be very experimental. Her original hybrid of mixing the electro world with the acoustic and folkish songwriter approach translates very nicely to the songs she has created. Gain a unique insight into her thought processes behind writing and composing this type of music. For instance, do you take the time to reflect on how you process your emotions through your instrument? Bambi can help you start to think creatively about your own strategies towards creation. Here are some links to interact with Bambi Wolf: (Be sure to thank her on Facebook if you enjoyed this interview.) Facebook  Official Website  TAP To Music is a fanarchy and survives because of YOU. Creating quality music is no easy task. Thats why I release these episodes every week, to make sure you don't give up on creating music. But thats not the only way I want to help. I am just a phone call, tweet, Facebook message, email, or Skype call away! Here is what I can do for you: * Found yourself caught in a creative block? Sometimes all you need is an outside opinion to spark a new idea. Thats what i'm here for, you can bounce your ideas off of me to generate new ones for yourself! * Finished your song and looking for feedback? I can write reviews and share your music. * Want a shout out on the show? Please rate and review on iTunes. Let me know you did so by taking a screenshot of your review before you submit to iTunes and send it to me. In your message, you can tell me what you are working on and i'll promote it when I give you a shout out for your review. You deserve the recognition! * Are you crowd funding your creative project? I can help spread the word and help fund if I believe in the campaign. Help me help you. Ive made it easy. * Have an idea for how the show can be better? I have created a swift and organized Collaboration Cue for you to submit your feedback in a fashion that best helps me. This saves both of our time! * Share the gift of inspiration by sharing your favorite episode with a friend. SEND ALL INQUIRIES TO: tapsubmissions@gmail.com PHONE: *Request by email* SKYPE ID: nicktapstomusic Want to support the podcast and get in touch? Rate and Review Tweet Us Like us on Facebook Email me directly: tapsubmissions@gmail.com
May 20, 2016
After working with Zuavé for close to seven years, we have finally settled into a sound that Zuavé likes to call his own. If you enjoy hip hop beats with smooth lyrics, you'll really appreciate hearing how we constructed Zuavé's breakdown song "She On It". Just to give you a taste of what kind of artist Zuavé is, its important to know that his main focus is telling a story and bringing the listener along for a familiar ride full of life's experiences while dating a significant other or living the single life. "She On It" Music Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NPS_ZE0bG0Q Links to Zuavé: Official Website Facebook Instagram: @__Zuave__ TAP To Music is here for YOU and survives because of YOU! Creating quality music is no easy task. Thats why I release these episodes every week, to make sure you don't give up on creating music. But thats not the only way I want to help. I am just a phone call, tweet, Facebook message, email, or Skype call away from your next creative endeavor. Here is how we can make this show great: * Know someone who might be a great fit for the show? Please fill out our guest form to submit a talented friend to be the inspirator. * What are you jamming to lately? I would love to share playlists on Spotify! Send me an email containing your Spotify information at: tapsubmissions@gmail.com and i'll follow your account. This way I know what kind of music to try and get on the show. * Want a shout out on the show? Please rate and review on iTunes. Let me know you did so by taking a screenshot of your review before you submit and send it to me. In your message, you can tell me what you are working on and i'll promote it when I give you a shout out for your review. You can also upload files for me to interact with. Help me help you. Ive made it easy. * Have an idea for how the show can be better? I have created a swift and organized Collaboration Cue for you to submit your feedback in a fashion that best helps me. This saves both of our time! * Share the gift of inspiration by sharing your favorite episode with a friend. PHONE: *Request by email* SKYPE ID: nicktapstomusic Want to support the show and it's social media?
May 20, 2016
I've been promising all of you listeners that I will start sharing some of the things I am learning while working at The Lab studio. Today Ryan Wenze and I share some demos we are working with to use create our first album together. We break down a song we wrote together called "Vapor Trails" and talk about the working dynamic we share when creating music. Enjoy this episode filled with live examples and a complete breakdown of the song's lyrics. Links to Ryan: Instagram: @rwenze  Email: wenze74@gmail.com Bandcamp Spotify TAP To Music is here for YOU and survives because of YOU. Creating quality music is no easy task. Thats why I release these episodes every week, to make sure you don't give up on creating music. But thats not the only way I want to help. I am just a phone call, tweet, Facebook message, email, or Skype call away! Here is what I can do for you: * Found yourself caught in a creative block? Sometimes all you need is an outside opinion to spark a new idea. Thats what i'm here for, you can bounce your ideas off of me to generate new ones for yourself! * Finished your song and looking for feedback? I can write reviews and share your music. * Want a shout out on the show? Please rate and review on iTunes. Let me know you did so by taking a screenshot of your review before you submit and send it to me. In your message, you can tell me what you are working on and i'll promote it when I give you a shout out for your review. * Are you crowd funding your creative project? I can help spread the word and help back if I believe in the campaign. Help me help you. Ive made it easy. * Have an idea for how the show can be better? I have created a swift and organized Collaboration Cue for you to submit your feedback in a fashion that best helps me. This saves both of our time! * Share the gift of inspiration by sharing your favorite episode with a friend. SEND ALL INQUIRIES TO: tapsubmissions@gmail.com PHONE: *Request by email* SKYPE ID: nicktapstomusic Want to support the podcast and get in touch? Rate and Review Tweet Us Like us on Facebook Email me directly: tapsubmissions@gmail.com
May 20, 2016
Listen in to here a live interview coming from The Lab Studio in Albuquerque New Mexico as I talk to Seth Hoffman about his origins of inspiration and creative processes. Being a 5th grade teacher, Seth has set out to inspire and empower the youth he teaches by writing songs for them that make them think about how they want to live their lives. The songs Seth shares on today's episode are all live performances at the time the interview was recorded. If this episode has inspired you, please be sure to thank Seth on Facebook by liking his page or sending him a little message. Links to Seth Hoffman: Facebook Website ReverbNation Album on Amazon Album on CD Baby TAP To Music is here for YOU and survives because of YOU. Creating quality music is no easy task. Thats why I release these episodes every week, to make sure you don't give up on creating music. But thats not the only way I want to help. I am just a phone call, tweet, Facebook message, email, or Skype call away! Here is what I can do for you: * Found yourself caught in a creative block? Sometimes all you need is an outside opinion to spark a new idea. Thats what i'm here for, you can bounce your ideas off of me to generate new ones for yourself! * Finished your song and looking for feedback? I can write reviews and share your music. * Want a shout out on the show? Please rate and review on iTunes. Let me know you did so by taking a screenshot of your review before you submit and send it to me. In your message, you can tell me what you are working on and i'll promote it when I give you a shout out for your review. * Are you crowd funding your creative project? I can help spread the word and help back if I believe in the campaign. Help me help you. Ive made it easy. * Have an idea for how the show can be better? I have created a swift and organized Collaboration Cue for you to submit your feedback in a fashion that best helps me. This saves both of our time! * Share the gift of inspiration by sharing your favorite episode with a friend. SEND ALL INQUIRIES TO: tapsubmissions@gmail.com PHONE: *Request by email* SKYPE ID: nicktapstomusic Want to support the podcast and get in touch? Rate and Review Tweet Us Like us on Facebook Email me directly: tapsubmissions@gmail.com
May 20, 2016
Ever wondered how a full metal band writes in the studio? Some of Walls Within's techniques in the studio might surprise you. For instance, the band will roughly record each of their parts and then piece the song structure together using the computer. That way it saves a lot of time and effort. Once the band comes up with a solid structure, they practice it live as a band and then take it back to the studio to get a real good quality recording. Walls Within Bio: Walls Within is an original four piece progressive metal band from Albuquerque, formed in 2010. The band’s approach to music can be described in a few simple sentences: Write songs that are heavy, yet melodic; brutal, but beautiful; hard-hitting, technical and complex, but not so much as to become unreachable. Walls Within does not exist solely to provide mundane, pedestrian music; they strive to make sounds and write lyrics the listener will feel to their core and find something within that they can make their own. Band's Links: Twitter ReverbNation Facebook Youtube Soundcloud TAP To Music is here for YOU and survives because of YOU. Creating quality music is no easy task. Thats why I release these episodes every week, to make sure you don't give up on creating music. But thats not the only way I want to help. I am just a phone call, tweet, Facebook message, email, or Skype call away! Here is what I can do for you: * Found yourself caught in a creative block? Sometimes all you need is an outside opinion to spark a new idea. Thats what i'm here for, you can bounce your ideas off of me to generate new ones for yourself! * Finished your song and looking for feedback? I can write reviews and share your music. * Want a shout out on the show? Please rate and review on iTunes. Let me know you did so by taking a screenshot of your review before you submit and send it to me. In your message, you can tell me what you are working on and i'll promote it when I give you a shout out for your review. * Are you crowd funding your creative project? I can help spread the word and help back if I believe in the campaign. Help me help you. Ive made it easy. * Have an idea for how the show can be better? I have created a swift and organized Collaboration Cue for you to submit your feedback in a fashion that best helps me. This saves both of our time! * Share the gift of inspiration by sharing your favorite episode with a friend. SEND ALL INQUIRIES TO: tapsubmissions@gmail.com PHONE: *Request by email* SKYPE ID: nicktapstomusic Want to support the podcast and get in touch? Rate and Review Tweet Us Like us on Facebook Email me directly: tapsubmissions@gmail.com
March 21, 2016
Sometimes, starting off a song by keeping it simple can be one of the hardest techniques to writing music. When you are feeling inspired and motivated, there are so many sounds and feelings you want to portray through your song that it becomes too busy too quickly and suddenly you find yourself stuck in the dreaded writer's block. C'nky has some solutions to this. For this episode I bring to you a very versatile and talented artist from South Africa. C'nky Siwela is looking to heal and unite with his music. With powerful and relatable lyrics backed by a strong EDM beat, C'nky sure has made his mark throughout the airwaves. Enjoy hearing about his creative process from across the world! LINKS TO C'NKY: Reverbnation Facebook Youtube Twitter Soundcloud Wehttp://www.cnkysiwela.com/bsite TAP To Music is here for YOU and survives because of YOU. Creating quality music is no easy task. Thats why I release these episodes every week, to make sure you don't give up on creating music. But thats not the only way I want to help. I am just a phone call, tweet, Facebook message, email, or Skype call away! Here is what I can do for you: * Found yourself caught in a creative block? Sometimes all you need is an outside opinion to spark a new idea. Thats what i'm here for, you can bounce your ideas off of me to generate new ones for yourself! * Finished your song and looking for feedback? I can write reviews and share your music. * Want a shout out on the show? Please rate and review on iTunes. Let me know you did so by taking a screenshot of your review before you submit and send it to me. In your message, you can tell me what you are working on and i'll promote it when I give you a shout out for your review. * Are you crowd funding your creative project? I can help spread the word and help back if I believe in the campaign. Help me help you. Ive made it easy. * Have an idea for how the show can be better? I have created a swift and organized Collaboration Cue for you to submit your feedback in a fashion that best helps me. This saves both of our time! * Share the gift of inspiration by sharing your favorite episode with a friend. SEND ALL INQUIRIES TO: tapsubmissions@gmail.com PHONE: *Request by email* SKYPE ID: nicktapstomusic Want to support the podcast and get in touch? Rate and Review Tweet Us Like us on Facebook Email me directly: tapsubmissions@gmail.com
March 17, 2016
Elliot the lead singer really gave us a clear picture of how his band The Future Thieves writes music together. They started off writing music by themselves and then contributing their ideas when they met up but that system quickly changed when they only started writing as a band all together. There is much to be learned when you create in a group of other like minded individuals. Elliot Collett did a fantastic job articulating this point. After we got a good idea of how Future Thieves operates we honed in on their song "Nightmares" as Elliot broke down how the idea was formed and how the band wrote it. Listen in. Stay inspired. If you enjoyed this episode and/or their music, don't forget to thank Elliot and the band on twitter @Future_Thieves! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IP7fC20_PZk Links to Elliot and The Future Thieves: Official Website Listen on Spotify  Facebook Page Twitter: @Future_Thieves Soundcloud Youtube Channel TAP To Music is here for YOU and survives because of YOU. Creating quality music is no easy task. Thats why I release these episodes every week, to make sure you don't give up on creating music. But thats not the only way I want to help. I am just a phone call, tweet, Facebook message, email, or Skype call away! Here is what I can do for you: * Found yourself caught in a creative block? Sometimes all you need is an outside opinion to spark a new idea. Thats what i'm here for, you can bounce your ideas off of me to generate new ones for yourself! * Finished your song and looking for feedback? I can write reviews and share your music. * Want a shout out on the show? Please rate and review on iTunes. Let me know you did so by taking a screenshot of your review before you submit and send it to me. In your message, you can tell me what you are working on and i'll promote it when I give you a shout out for your review. * Are you crowd funding your creative project? I can help spread the word and help back if I believe in the campaign. Help me help you. Ive made it easy. * Have an idea for how the show can be better? I have created a swift and organized Collaboration Cue for you to submit your feedback in a fashion that best helps me. This saves both of our time! * Share the gift of inspiration by sharing your favorite episode with a friend. SEND ALL INQUIRIES TO: tapsubmissions@gmail.com PHONE: *Request by email* SKYPE ID: nicktapstomusic Want to support the podcast? Rate and Review Tweet Us Like us on Facebook Want to be the Inspirator on TAP To Music? Submit all music to: tapsubmissions@gmail.com I listen to everything and consider all submissions.
March 17, 2016
Mike Bazini aka DJ Butterface wears many hats when he enters the studio. He is a musician, producer, and DJ which allows him to create for many different purposes. His music can be heard in video games (Extreme G3, Acclaim Entertainment), local independent films and television shows (HBO Boxing, CBS NFL/Basketball, MTV Cribs, Room Raiders), and his original compositions have been used for several New York City theater productions. Enjoy this interview with Mike. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vmb82BUbeU0 Links to Mike Bazini (Dj Butterface): Soundcloud Official Website Mega Tormenta Video  TAP To Music is here for YOU and survives because of YOU. Creating quality music is no easy task. Thats why I release these episodes every week, to make sure you don't give up on creating music. But thats not the only way I want to help. I am just a phone call, tweet, Facebook message, email, or Skype call away! Here is what I can do for you: * Found yourself caught in a creative block? Sometimes all you need is an outside opinion to spark a new idea. Thats what i'm here for, you can bounce your ideas off of me to generate new ones for yourself! * Finished your song and looking for feedback? I can write reviews and share your music. * Want a shout out on the show? Please rate and review on iTunes. Let me know you did so by taking a screenshot of your review before you submit and send it to me. In your message, you can tell me what you are working on and i'll promote it when I give you a shout out for your review. * Are you crowd funding your creative project? I can help spread the word and help back if I believe in the campaign. Help me help you. Ive made it easy. * Have an idea for how the show can be better? I have created a swift and organized Collaboration Cue for you to submit your feedback in a fashion that best helps me. This saves both of our time! * Share the gift of inspiration by sharing your favorite episode with a friend. SEND ALL INQUIRIES TO: tapsubmissions@gmail.com PHONE: *Request by email* SKYPE ID: nicktapstomusic Want to support the podcast and get in touch? Rate and Review Tweet Us Like us on Facebook Email me directly: tapsubmissions@gmail.com
January 20, 2016
A singer songwriter based out of Albuquerque New Mexico, Eryn Bent is very in tune with her creative process and expresses this very clearly during her interview. Hear about her deepest struggles when writing music as well as her technique for wrapping her head around a complicated song topic. The two songs Eryn shares are "Let Me In" and "Friends, Foes".  It was a pleasure talking with Eryn today, if this episode inspired you, please don't forget to thank Eryn on twitter @Eryn_Bent and pass on the inspiration by sharing this with a friend. Links to Eryn Bent: Facebook Twitter Spotify Her album "Firefly"  TAP To Music is here for YOU and survives because of YOU. Creating quality music is no easy task. Thats why I release these episodes every week, to make sure you don't give up on creating music. But thats not the only way I want to help. I am just a phone call, tweet, Facebook message, email, or Skype call away! Here is what I can do for you: * Found yourself caught in a creative block? Sometimes all you need is an outside opinion to spark a new idea. Thats what i'm here for, you can bounce your ideas off of me to generate new ones for yourself! * Finished your song and looking for feedback? I can write reviews and share your music. * Want a shout out on the show? Please rate and review on iTunes. Let me know you did so by taking a screenshot of your review before you submit and send it to me. In your message, you can tell me what you are working on and i'll promote it when I give you a shout out for your review. * Are you crowd funding your creative project? I can help spread the word and help back if I believe in the campaign. Help me help you. Ive made it easy. * Have an idea for how the show can be better? I have created a swift and organized Collaboration Cue for you to submit your feedback in a fashion that best helps me. This saves both of our time! * Share the gift of inspiration by sharing your favorite episode with a friend. SEND ALL INQUIRIES TO: tapsubmissions@gmail.com PHONE: *Request by email* SKYPE ID: nicktapstomusic Want to support the podcast and get in touch? Rate and Review Tweet Us Like us on Facebook Email me directly: tapsubmissions@gmail.com Want to be the Inspirator on TAP To Music? Submit all music to: tapsubmissions@gmail.com I listen to everything and consider all submissions.
December 21, 2015
In today's episode, i'd like to include you in all of the creative projects i've been involved in with Howard Wulkan in hopes to help you gain inspiration to keep creating authentic content. Basically, help me help you. If you find yourself stuck in writers block or you need an opinion to help you further a creative project, please get in contact with me using the links below. If you are interested in contacting Howard, you can reach him at howard@thelabnm.com My goal is not to invade your creative space but to provide another perspective or opinion to keep your inspiration flow flowing if you will. Say you are stuck on a lyric, or need a chord to help round out the progression. Either way, I am of service to you free of charge as long as you identify that you listened to this episode when you reach out to me. Links to Music Discussed with Howard: Flordemayo CD Caid's EP  The LAB Facebook The LAB Website  Cinder Cone Media Records Cinder Cone Media Bandcamp  TAP To Music is here for YOU and survives because of YOU. Creating quality music is no easy task. Thats why I release these episodes every week, to make sure you don't give up on creating music. But thats not the only way I want to help. I am just a phone call, tweet, Facebook message, email, or Skype call away! Here is what I can do for you: * Found yourself caught in a creative block? Sometimes all you need is an outside opinion to spark a new idea. Thats what i'm here for, you can bounce your ideas off of me to generate new ones for yourself! * Finished your song and looking for feedback? I can write reviews and share your music. * Want a shout out on the show? Please rate and review on iTunes. Let me know you did so by taking a screenshot of your review before you submit and send it to me. In your message, you can tell me what you are working on and i'll promote it when I give you a shout out for your review. * Are you crowd funding your creative project? I can help spread the word and help back if I believe in the campaign. Help me help you. Ive made it easy. * Have an idea for how the show can be better? I have created a swift and organized Collaboration Cue for you to submit your feedback in a fashion that best helps me. This saves both of our time! * Share the gift of inspiration by sharing your favorite episode with a friend. SEND ALL INQUIRIES TO: tapsubmissions@gmail.com PHONE: *Request by email* SKYPE ID: nicktapstomusic Want to support the podcast and get in touch? Rate and Review Tweet Us Like us on Facebook Email me directly: tapsubmissions@gmail.com
December 20, 2015
If there is anything this world needs its an abundance of thinkers. That is just what L-FRESH The LION, Australian artist is creating with his thought provoking hip hop music. With no fear to talk about political and social issues on and off the recording, L-FRESH is on a mission to influence the world. At present, he is an ambassador for All Together Now, Australia’s only national charity that exists solely to address racism. With exceptional rhythm, flow, and presence L-FRESH works very hard on his music. Enjoy hearing about his creative process. L-FRESH The LION Music Videos https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aiIj-enNs34 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uD48yhenAu8 Here is where you can find L-FRESH The LION: Official Website  (http://l-fresh.com/) Spotify Player  Facebook Twitter (@LFRESHTHELION) TAP To Music is here for YOU and survives because of YOU. Creating quality music is no easy task. Thats why I release these episodes every week, to make sure you don't give up on creating music. But thats not the only way I want to help. I am just a phone call, tweet, Facebook message, email, or Skype call away! Here is what I can do for you: * Found yourself caught in a creative block? Sometimes all you need is an outside opinion to spark a new idea. Thats what i'm here for, you can bounce your ideas off of me to generate new ones for yourself! * Finished your song and looking for feedback? I can write reviews and share your music. * Want a shout out on the show? Please rate and review on iTunes. Let me know you did so by taking a screenshot of your review before you submit and send it to me. In your message, you can tell me what you are working on and i'll promote it when I give you a shout out for your review. * Are you crowd funding your creative project? I can help spread the word and help back if I believe in the campaign. Help me help you. Ive made it easy. * Have an idea for how the show can be better? I have created a swift and organized Collaboration Cue for you to submit your feedback in a fashion that best helps me. This saves both of our time! * Share the gift of inspiration by sharing your favorite episode with a friend. SEND ALL INQUIRIES TO: tapsubmissions@gmail.com PHONE: *Request by email* SKYPE ID: nicktapstomusic Want to support the podcast and get in touch? Rate and Review Tweet Us Like us on Facebook Email me directly: tapsubmissions@gmail.com
December 20, 2015
Joining us today is FRASE a multi instrumentalist, singer, and producer. Known for his soulful voice and catchy music, FRASE writes to appeal to the human condition. The things that we cant control as humans. Enjoy hearing about his creative process and the influences that he uses to create. FRASE Music Videos https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2teZUw5QBpY https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8-3lGU7Y-g Here are links to FRASE: Facebook Official Website Soundcloud Page  TAP To Music is here for YOU and survives because of YOU. Creating quality music is no easy task. Thats why I release these episodes every week, to make sure you don't give up on creating music. But thats not the only way I want to help. I am just a phone call, tweet, Facebook message, email, or Skype call away! Here is what I can do for you: * Found yourself caught in a creative block? Sometimes all you need is an outside opinion to spark a new idea. Thats what i'm here for, you can bounce your ideas off of me to generate new ones for yourself! * Finished your song and looking for feedback? I can write reviews and share your music. * Want a shout out on the show? Please rate and review on iTunes. Let me know you did so by taking a screenshot of your review before you submit and send it to me. In your message, you can tell me what you are working on and i'll promote it when I give you a shout out for your review. * Are you crowd funding your creative project? I can help spread the word and help back if I believe in the campaign. Help me help you. Ive made it easy. * Have an idea for how the show can be better? I have created a swift and organized Collaboration Cue for you to submit your feedback in a fashion that best helps me. This saves both of our time! * Share the gift of inspiration by sharing your favorite episode with a friend. SEND ALL INQUIRIES TO: tapsubmissions@gmail.com PHONE: *Request by email* SKYPE ID: nicktapstomusic Want to support the podcast? Rate and Review Tweet Us Like us on Facebook Want to be the Inspirator on TAP To Music? Submit all music to: tapsubmissions@gmail.com I listen to everything and consider all submissions.
December 20, 2015
With music being in the forefront for the majority of his life, John Hanifin has quite a unique and thorough creative process. He actually produces a whole demo of the song before he brings it to his band and then they dissect the different parts. With influences like Dave Matthews Band and some of the greatest composers, John Hannifin Band leaves no melody unturned when writing their songs. John Hanifin Band Music Videos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_kHTZeYaqXc https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3PzZ0wEBkZA Links to John Hannifin Band: Official Website Youtube Channel TAP To Music is here for YOU and survives because of YOU! Creating quality music is no easy task. Thats why I release these episodes every week, to make sure you don't give up on creating music. But thats not the only way I want to help. I am just a phone call, tweet, Facebook message, email, or Skype call away! Here is what I can do for you: * Found yourself caught in a creative block? Sometimes all you need is an outside opinion to spark a new idea. Thats what i'm here for, you can bounce your ideas off of me to generate new ones for yourself! * Finished your song and looking for feedback? I can write reviews and share your music. * Want a shout out on the show? Please rate and review on iTunes. Let me know you did so by taking a screenshot of your review before you submit and send it to me. In your message, you can tell me what you are working on and i'll promote it when I give you a shout out for your review. * Are you crowd funding your creative project? I can help spread the word and help back if I believe in the campaign. Help me help you. Ive made it easy. * Have an idea for how the show can be better? I have created a swift and organized Collaboration Cue for you to submit your feedback in a fashion that best helps me. This saves both of our time! * Share the gift of inspiration by sharing your favorite episode with a friend. SEND ALL INQUIRIES TO: tapsubmissions@gmail.com PHONE: *Request by email* SKYPE ID: nicktapstomusic Want to support the podcast? Rate and Review Tweet Us Like us on Facebook Want to be the Inspirator on TAP To Music? Submit all music to: tapsubmissions@gmail.com I listen to everything and consider all submissions.
December 20, 2015
A virtuoso trumpeter, pianist, and composer/arranger, Brandon Ridenour is a winner of the 2014 CAG Victor Elmaleh Competition. His wide-ranging activities as a soloist and chamber musician paired with his passion for composing and arranging are manifested in his versatile performances and unique repertoire. As a graduate of The Juilliard School and an alumnus of The Academy (Ensemble ACJW), Brandon has had extensive training that helped him develop and never loose sight of "how" he plays. This means it is not all about what notes are played but how they are played increases their significance. Achievements:  * Brandon has appeared as a concerto soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Grand Rapids, and Edmonton Symphony Orchestras. * He has played with leading ensembles including the New York Philharmonic, International Contemporary Ensemble, the Knights, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra in Europe. * Other solo performances include the Kennedy Center, Walt Disney Hall, and Carnegie Hall, where he most recently appeared in a performance of “Penny Lane” alongside Sting and James Taylor. Brandon Ridenour Music Videos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AficA-FPYyg https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zpyimqGJwMY Links to Brandon Ridenour: Official Website TAP To Music is here for YOU and survives because of YOU. Creating quality music is no easy task. Thats why I release these episodes every week, to make sure you don't give up on creating music. But thats not the only way I want to help. I am just a phone call, tweet, Facebook message, email, or Skype call away! Here is what I can do for you: * Found yourself caught in a creative block? Sometimes all you need is an outside opinion to spark a new idea. Thats what i'm here for, you can bounce your ideas off of me to generate new ones for yourself! * Finished your song and looking for feedback? I can write reviews and share your music. * Want a shout out on the show? Please rate and review on iTunes. Let me know you did so by taking a screenshot of your review before you submit and send it to me. In your message, you can tell me what you are working on and i'll promote it when I give you a shout out for your review. * Are you crowd funding your creative project? I can help spread the word and help back if I believe in the campaign. Help me help you. Ive made it easy. * Have an idea for how the show can be better? I have created a swift and organized Collaboration Cue for you to submit your feedback in a fashion that best helps me. This saves both of our time! * Share the gift of inspiration by sharing your favorite episode with a friend. SEND ALL INQUIRIES TO: tapsubmissions@gmail.com PHONE: *Request by email* SKYPE ID: nicktapstomusic Want to support the podcast? Rate and Review Tweet Us Like us on Facebook Want to be the Inspirator on TAP To Music? Send all music to: tapsubmissions@gmail.com I listen to everything and consider all submissions.
December 20, 2015
The Humble Grapes are comprised of songwriters Brie Capone and David Kaufman. Together they enjoy discovering humor in many types of situations and using such a light hearted spirit to write with each other. Influenced by classic rock, they like to infuse their own pop and soul sound into the mix, creating a very original and catchy jam. Enjoy diving into the multiple stages of their creative process. If you enjoyed this episode be sure to thank The Humble Grapes on Twitter @thehumblegrapes. TO CLICK LINKS ON SHOW NOTES, TAP ON THE ALBUM ARTWORK (iTunes Player) "Brooklyn Bridge" Music Video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y2L_mnT2iKE Link to The Humble Grapes: Official Website TAP To Music is here for YOU and survives because of YOU. Creating quality music is no easy task. Thats why I release these episodes every week, to make sure you don't give up on creating music. But thats not the only way I want to help. I am just a phone call, tweet, Facebook message, email, or Skype call away! Here is what I can do for you: * Found yourself caught in a creative block? Sometimes all you need is an outside opinion to spark a new idea. Thats what i'm here for, you can bounce your ideas off of me to generate new ones for yourself! * Finished your song and looking for feedback? I can write reviews and share your music. * Want a shout out on the show? Please rate and review on iTunes. Let me know you did so by taking a screenshot of your review before you submit and send it to me. In your message, you can tell me what you are working on and i'll promote it when I give you a shout out for your review. * Are you crowd funding your creative project? I can help spread the word and help back if I believe in the campaign. Help me help you. Ive made it easy. * Have an idea for how the show can be better? I have created a swift and organized Collaboration Cue for you to submit your feedback in a fashion that best helps me. This saves both of our time! * Share the gift of inspiration by sharing your favorite episode with a friend. SEND ALL INQUIRIES TO: tapsubmissions@gmail.com PHONE: *Request by email* SKYPE ID: nicktapstomusic Want to support the podcast and get in touch? Rate and Review Tweet Us Like us on Facebook Email me directly: tapsubmissions@gmail.com
December 20, 2015
Project Grand Slam has released three albums. Their latest album "Twenty" is a compilation CD featuring 16 of his favorite compositions recorded over the last twenty years with Project Grand Slam and The Robert Miller Group. There is lots to learn from this interview which touched on the current state of the music business, tips on how to go about improvising, and a reality check for songwriters. Robert has a lot of experience working with professional musicians and writing many types of music. New York City Groove Music Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ptGNf97tB8E Here is where to find Robert Miller and Project Grand Slam:  PGS Official Website Facebook  Twitter  TAP To Music is here for YOU and thrives because of YOU! Creating quality music is no easy task. Thats why I release these episodes every week, to make sure you don't give up on creating music. But thats not the only way I want to help. I am just a phone call, tweet, Facebook message, email, or Skype call away from your next creative endeavor. Here is how we can make this show great: * Know someone who might be a great fit for the show? Please fill out our guest form to submit a talented friend to be the inspirator. * Want a shout out on the show? Please rate and review on iTunes. Let me know you did so by taking a screenshot of your review before you submit and send it to me. In your message, you can tell me what you are working on and i'll promote it when I give you a shout out for your review. You can also upload files for me to interact with. Help me help you. Ive made it easy. * Have an idea for how the show can be better? I have created a swift and organized Collaboration Cue for you to submit your feedback in a fashion that best helps me. This saves both of our time! * Share the gift of inspiration by sharing your favorite episode with a friend. * Have an idea for the ponder series? Submit your ideas. * Have an answer of a ponder series episode? Submit your answers. PHONE: *Request by email* SKYPE ID: nicktapstomusic Want to support the show and it's social media efforts?
December 20, 2015
Learn first hand what it is like to be a independent artist with major label distribution from Rachel London. With her honest writing style and brave voice, Rachel has experienced many successes and struggles within her music career and we are here to discuss many of them. The two songs Rachel shares in today's interview is her never before released demo "Gimme Gimme" and her hit single "Runnnin". Enjoy her stories full of inspiration and truth on episode 042 of TAP To Music Podcast. Rachel has so much to give when it comes to creating music and living a healthy lifestyle to promote happiness. Which brings me to wonder, what does your artistic lifestyle look like? What are some of the things you are doing to stay inspired? What activities do you do that have nothing to do with music but in some way attribute to your success with music? I'd love to hear about it, tell me on Twitter @taptomusic  or post on my Facebook wall. I understand if you don't want to tell me publicly, send me an email:  tapsubmissions@gmail.com https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ctjPOM9UfIQ If you enjoyed this episode with Rachel London, please be sure to thank her on Twitter: @xoRachelLondon Links to Rachel London:  Official Website Twitter: @xoRachelLondon Youtube Channel Runnin Lyric Video Want to make an impact on Rachel's career? Become a Patron  TAP To Music is here for YOU and survives because of YOU. Creating quality music is no easy task. Thats why I release these episodes every week, to make sure you don't give up on creating music. But thats not the only way I want to help. I am just a phone call, tweet, Facebook message, email, or Skype call away! Here is what I can do for you: * Found yourself caught in a creative block? Sometimes all you need is an outside opinion to spark a new idea. Thats what i'm here for, you can bounce your ideas off of me to generate new ones for yourself! * Finished your song and looking for feedback? I can write reviews and share your music. * Want a shout out on the show? Please rate and review on iTunes. Let me know you did so by taking a screenshot of your review before you submit and send it to me. In your message, you can tell me what you are working on and i'll promote it when I give you a shout out for your review. * Are you crowd funding your creative project? I can help spread the word and help back if I believe in the campaign. Help me help you. Ive made it easy. * Have an idea for how the show can be better? I have created a swift and organized Collaboration Cue for you to submit your feedback in a fashion that best helps me. This saves both of our time! * Share the gift of inspiration by sharing your favorite episode with a friend. SEND ALL INQUIRIES TO: tapsubmissions@gmail.com PHONE: *Request by email* SKYPE ID: nicktapstomusic Want to support the podcast and get in touch? Rate and Review
December 20, 2015
By taking in experiences from playing in a band and collaborating with artists, Sarah Borges is embarking on a new chapter of her career by being a solo artist. Get a real taste of her artistry as she shares the stories behind "Daniel Lee" and "Caught By The Rain". She also explains her creative space and tactics for tapping into new creativity when she falls short. Sarah's Live Performance: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gaa9-9wJoHU Links to Sarah Borges: Official Website TAP To Music is here for YOU and survives because of YOU. Creating quality music is no easy task. Thats why I release these episodes every week, to make sure you don't give up on creating music. But thats not the only way I want to help. I am just a phone call, tweet, Facebook message, email, or Skype call away! Here is what I can do for you: * Found yourself caught in a creative block? Sometimes all you need is an outside opinion to spark a new idea. Thats what i'm here for, you can bounce your ideas off of me to generate new ones for yourself! * Finished your song and looking for feedback? I can write reviews and share your music. * Want a shout out on the show? Please rate and review on iTunes. Let me know you did so by taking a screenshot of your review before you submit and send it to me. In your message, you can tell me what you are working on and i'll promote it when I give you a shout out for your review. * Are you crowd funding your creative project? I can help spread the word and help back if I believe in the campaign. Help me help you. Ive made it easy. * Have an idea for how the show can be better? I have created a swift and organized Collaboration Cue for you to submit your feedback in a fashion that best helps me. This saves both of our time! * Share the gift of inspiration by sharing your favorite episode with a friend. SEND ALL INQUIRIES TO: tapsubmissions@gmail.com PHONE: *Request by email* SKYPE ID: nicktapstomusic Want to support the podcast and get in touch? Rate and Review Tweet Us Like us on Facebook Email me directly: tapsubmissions@gmail.com
December 20, 2015
Walt Kruhoeffer, the host of Bands Beyond Labels Podcast and lead guitarist of the band The Lost Wheels opens up the doors to his creative world of music. He shares what makes for a memorable guitarist, dynamics of finding your voice in a band, and a useful philosophy while you're creating music. Enjoy this one with Walt. Links to Walt Kruhoeffer:  Bands Beyond Labels Podcast  The Lost Wheels Official Band Website  "Letters" Military Tribute Song TAP To Music is here for YOU and survives because of YOU. Creating quality music is no easy task. Thats why I release these episodes every week, to make sure you don't give up on creating music. But thats not the only way I want to help. I am just a phone call, tweet, Facebook message, email, or Skype call away! Here is what I can do for you: * Found yourself caught in a creative block? Sometimes all you need is an outside opinion to spark a new idea. Thats what i'm here for, you can bounce your ideas off of me to generate new ones for yourself! * Finished your song and looking for feedback? I can write reviews and share your music. * Want a shout out on the show? Please rate and review on iTunes. Let me know you did so by taking a screenshot of your review before you submit and send it to me. In your message, you can tell me what you are working on and i'll promote it when I give you a shout out for your review. * Are you crowd funding your creative project? I can help spread the word and help back if I believe in the campaign. Help me help you. Ive made it easy. * Have an idea for how the show can be better? I have created a swift and organized Collaboration Cue for you to submit your feedback in a fashion that best helps me. This saves both of our time! * Share the gift of inspiration by sharing your favorite episode with a friend. SEND ALL INQUIRIES TO: tapsubmissions@gmail.com PHONE: *Request by email* SKYPE ID: nicktapstomusic Want to support the podcast and get in touch? Rate and Review Tweet Us Like us on Facebook Email me directly: tapsubmissions@gmail.com
December 20, 2015
Larry Brown Jr. has something very special to share with you. His album, The Music and The Movement compliments your day and many common activities you partake in throughout it. From spoken word poetry to instrumental jazz Larry explains his reasons for creating such an album and he also shares the songs "U" and "Dream Chasers". Other topics discussed include a way to define success, following a feeling instead of technical skill, and collaboration. Enjoy this one with Larry Brown Jr. Links to Larry Brown Jr.:  Facebook Twitter @_iamLBJ Instagram @_iamLBJ ReverbNation TAP To Music is here for YOU and survives because of YOU. Creating quality music is no easy task. Thats why I release these episodes every week, to make sure you don't give up on creating music. But thats not the only way I want to help. I am just a phone call, tweet, Facebook message, email, or Skype call away! Here is what I can do for you: * Found yourself caught in a creative block? Sometimes all you need is an outside opinion to spark a new idea. Thats what i'm here for, you can bounce your ideas off of me to generate new ones for yourself! * Finished your song and looking for feedback? I can write reviews and share your music. * Want a shout out on the show? Please rate and review on iTunes. Let me know you did so by taking a screenshot of your review before you submit and send it to me. In your message, you can tell me what you are working on and i'll promote it when I give you a shout out for your review. * Are you crowd funding your creative project? I can help spread the word and help back if I believe in the campaign. Help me help you. Ive made it easy. * Have an idea for how the show can be better? I have created a swift and organized Collaboration Cue for you to submit your feedback in a fashion that best helps me. This saves both of our time! * Share the gift of inspiration by sharing your favorite episode with a friend. SEND ALL INQUIRIES TO: tapsubmissions@gmail.com PHONE: *Request by email* SKYPE ID: nicktapstomusic Want to support the podcast and get in touch? Rate and Review Tweet Us Like us on Facebook Email me directly: tapsubmissions@gmail.com
December 20, 2015
There is so much to life that can be used for inspiration. Abdominal does a great job with taking notice and capturing his thoughts for potential song ideas. From there he turns to his band mates and crafts a stripped down sound full of rhythm and soul. Abdominal has also taken the time to consider what type of message he wants to portray to his audience. He likes to pick topics that are personal in his life but topics that he knows he shares in common with many people. Enjoy listening to how Abdominal takes on writer's block as well as how he and his band crafts their music in the studio. Abdominal's Music Videos of Discussed Songs: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8OXBuGMvO6g https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UXSW16rqDFw Links to Abdominal: Website Bandcamp Facebook Youtube Channel  TAP To Music is here for YOU and survives because of YOU. Creating quality music is no easy task. Thats why I release these episodes every week, to make sure you don't give up on creating music. But thats not the only way I want to help. I am just a phone call, tweet, Facebook message, email, or Skype call away! Here is what I can do for you: * Found yourself caught in a creative block? Sometimes all you need is an outside opinion to spark a new idea. Thats what i'm here for, you can bounce your ideas off of me to generate new ones for yourself! * Finished your song and looking for feedback? I can write reviews and share your music. * Want a shout out on the show? Please rate and review on iTunes. Let me know you did so by taking a screenshot of your review before you submit and send it to me. In your message, you can tell me what you are working on and i'll promote it when I give you a shout out for your review. * Are you crowd funding your creative project? I can help spread the word and help back if I believe in the campaign. Help me help you. Ive made it easy. * Have an idea for how the show can be better? I have created a swift and organized Collaboration Cue for you to submit your feedback in a fashion that best helps me. This saves both of our time! * Share the gift of inspiration by sharing your favorite episode with a friend. SEND ALL INQUIRIES TO: tapsubmissions@gmail.com PHONE: *Request by email* SKYPE ID: nicktapstomusic Want to support the podcast and get in touch? Rate and Review Tweet Us Like us on Facebook Email me directly: tapsubmissions@gmail.com
December 20, 2015
Have you ever had the idea of using a magazine as your source of inspiration for songwriting? Emily Clibourn talks about her unique strategies for creating music as well as some of the more psychological aspects of being an expressive artist. Learn what its like to be in the studio with her as well as what she likes to do outside of music. Enjoy this inspiration-packed episode with Emily Clibourn. "Burgundy" by Emily Clibourn Music Video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mcoSp11YyxY Links to Emily: Soundcloud  Official Website TAP To Music is here for YOU and survives because of YOU. Creating quality music is no easy task. Thats why I release these episodes every week, to make sure you don't give up on creating music. But thats not the only way I want to help. I am just a phone call, tweet, Facebook message, email, or Skype call away! Here is what I can do for you: * Found yourself caught in a creative block? Sometimes all you need is an outside opinion to spark a new idea. Thats what i'm here for, you can bounce your ideas off of me to generate new ones for yourself! * Finished your song and looking for feedback? I can write reviews and share your music. * Want a shout out on the show? Please rate and review on iTunes. Let me know you did so by taking a screenshot of your review before you submit and send it to me. In your message, you can tell me what you are working on and i'll promote it when I give you a shout out for your review. * Are you crowd funding your creative project? I can help spread the word and help back if I believe in the campaign. Help me help you. Ive made it easy. * Have an idea for how the show can be better? I have created a swift and organized Collaboration Cue for you to submit your feedback in a fashion that best helps me. This saves both of our time! * Share the gift of inspiration by sharing your favorite episode with a friend. SEND ALL INQUIRIES TO: tapsubmissions@gmail.com PHONE: *Request by email* SKYPE ID: nicktapstomusic Want to support the podcast and get in touch? Rate and Review Tweet Us Like us on Facebook Email me directly: tapsubmissions@gmail.com
December 20, 2015
Gain an insight into how a composer for film and movie scores creates music that is unappologetically loud and epic. Colin Thomson is a very driven individual with great work ethic that created and hosts The Modern Musician Show Podcast. During the interview we talked about the power of visualization and how Colin uses it to craft a sonic space to work it. Each contribution to a given song has an effect on what people visualize when they listen to the music. The types of chords and scales used also have an effect on the overall emotions of the listener. Listen in as Colin describes the different scenes he visualizes as he breaks down "Traveling Montage". Video of Colin Thomson Playing a Piece https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ZAjn98kqcc Links to Colin Thomson The Modern Musician Show Facebook  Twitter  TAP To Music is here for YOU and survives because of YOU. Creating quality music is no easy task. Thats why I release these episodes every week, to make sure you don't give up on creating music. But thats not the only way I want to help. I am just a phone call, tweet, Facebook message, email, or Skype call away! Here is what I can do for you: * Found yourself caught in a creative block? Sometimes all you need is an outside opinion to spark a new idea. Thats what i'm here for, you can bounce your ideas off of me to generate new ones for yourself! * Finished your song and looking for feedback? I can write reviews and share your music. * Want a shout out on the show? Please rate and review on iTunes. Let me know you did so by taking a screenshot of your review before you submit and send it to me. In your message, you can tell me what you are working on and i'll promote it when I give you a shout out for your review. * Are you crowd funding your creative project? I can help spread the word and help back if I believe in the campaign. Help me help you. Ive made it easy. * Have an idea for how the show can be better? I have created a swift and organized Collaboration Cue for you to submit your feedback in a fashion that best helps me. This saves both of our time! * Share the gift of inspiration by sharing your favorite episode with a friend. SEND ALL INQUIRIES TO: tapsubmissions@gmail.com PHONE: *Request by email* SKYPE ID: nicktapstomusic Want to support the podcast and get in touch? Rate and Review Tweet Us Like us on Facebook Email me directly: tapsubmissions@gmail.com
December 20, 2015
On many different street corners, crowds of people would form to watch Dub Fx's amazing beatboxing ability that he uses to craft songs. Now Dub Fx is touring the world and filling stadiums where he plays his songs filled with positivity and self empowerment. Enjoy listening to the stories behind his songs "Run", "In My Head", and "Senorita" as well as his take on writing lyrics in this fascinating interview. When it comes to creating music, i'd say Dub Fx is a natural. He works off of complete impulse and intuition when he is in the creative zone. He stated that he does not like to think too much about the music he is creating and it is almost as if he is channeling a higher power to guide his creative decision. This angle of choosing not to analyze what he is doing seems to really work to his advantage. It almost gives himself the freedom to create in general. When one listens to his lyrics and arrangements its hard to believe something so complicated and authentic can come so naturally. Dub FX Music Videos Discussed https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rBmMzabdEKQ Want to hear more Dub FX? Official Website  TAP To Music is here for YOU and survives because of YOU. Creating quality music is no easy task. Thats why I release these episodes every week, to make sure you don't give up on creating music. But thats not the only way I want to help. I am just a phone call, tweet, Facebook message, email, or Skype call away! Here is what I can do for you: * Found yourself caught in a creative block? Sometimes all you need is an outside opinion to spark a new idea. Thats what i'm here for, you can bounce your ideas off of me to generate new ones for yourself! * Finished your song and looking for feedback? I can write reviews and share your music. * Want a shout out on the show? Please rate and review on iTunes. Let me know you did so by taking a screenshot of your review before you submit and send it to me. In your message, you can tell me what you are working on and i'll promote it when I give you a shout out for your review. * Are you crowd funding your creative project? I can help spread the word and help back if I believe in the campaign. Help me help you. Ive made it easy. * Have an idea for how the show can be better? I have created a swift and organized Collaboration Cue for you to submit your feedback in a fashion that best helps me. This saves both of our time! * Share the gift of inspiration by sharing your favorite episode with a friend. SEND ALL INQUIRIES TO: tapsubmissions@gmail.com PHONE: *Request by email* SKYPE ID: nicktapstomusic Want to support the podcast and get in touch? Rate and Review Tweet Us Like us on Facebook Email me directly: tapsubmissions@gmail.com
December 19, 2015
How do you define success? What are the things that make you grateful? These are a couple of bonus topics that Kwame Binea visits in this interview about his creative process. Kwame really gives the listeners a look at the big picture behind his music as well as the little moments that inspired his songs, "Let Go" and "Hold On". He has fed his recording and live endeavors with an unyielding spirit and intestinal fortitude that is strikingly visible in his artistic growth. He continues to draw a legion of loyal fans with electrifying and inspirational performances at most of New York City’s most celebrated venues including Brooklyn Bowl, Mercury Lounge, Rockwood Music Hall, Sullivan Hall, The Bitter End and Joe’s Pub. Kwame's Music Videos https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xRhb2Yqd5bM https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uSnk-C54OV4 How to get involved with Kwame's movement: Shakedown Website  Email your "pay it forward" experiences to: tapsubmissions@gmail.com TAP To Music is here for YOU and survives because of YOU. Creating quality music is no easy task. Thats why I release these episodes every week, to make sure you don't give up on creating music. But thats not the only way I want to help. I am just a phone call, tweet, Facebook message, email, or Skype call away! Here is what I can do for you: * Found yourself caught in a creative block? Sometimes all you need is an outside opinion to spark a new idea. Thats what i'm here for, you can bounce your ideas off of me to generate new ones for yourself! * Finished your song and looking for feedback? I can write reviews and share your music. * Want a shout out on the show? Please rate and review on iTunes. Let me know you did so by taking a screenshot of your review before you submit and send it to me. In your message, you can tell me what you are working on and i'll promote it when I give you a shout out for your review. * Are you crowd funding your creative project? I can help spread the word and help back if I believe in the campaign. Help me help you. Ive made it easy. * Have an idea for how the show can be better? I have created a swift and organized Collaboration Cue for you to submit your feedback in a fashion that best helps me. This saves both of our time! * Share the gift of inspiration by sharing your favorite episode with a friend. SEND ALL INQUIRIES TO: tapsubmissions@gmail.com PHONE: *Request by email* SKYPE ID: nicktapstomusic Want to support the podcast and get in touch? Rate and Review Tweet Us Like us on Facebook Email me directly: tapsubmissions@gmail.com
December 19, 2015
Sometimes music doesn't need to be written by you to sound original. Justefan has taken songs from Miles Davis and Keith Jarrett and arranged them in a way that puts a fresh spin on classic songs. Justefan's instrument of choice is the vibraphone and is accompanied by a bassist Tim Ibsen and drummer Xavier Breaker. Enjoy listening to how this trio became so conditioned by touring and giging that when it came time to record in the studio, they played live and chose the best performance. Also enjoy Justefan's breakdown of his song "Blue and Green". "Love Lockdown" by Kanye West Cover https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SaiLqNIfK5k Best Places to Find and Connect with Justefan: Official Website  @justefan Instagram  TAP To Music is here for YOU and survives because of YOU. Creating quality music is no easy task. Thats why I release these episodes every week, to make sure you don't give up on creating music. But thats not the only way I want to help. I am just a phone call, tweet, Facebook message, email, or Skype call away! Here is what I can do for you: * Found yourself caught in a creative block? Sometimes all you need is an outside opinion to spark a new idea. Thats what i'm here for, you can bounce your ideas off of me to generate new ones for yourself! * Finished your song and looking for feedback? I can write reviews and share your music. * Want a shout out on the show? Please rate and review on iTunes. Let me know you did so by taking a screenshot of your review before you submit and send it to me. In your message, you can tell me what you are working on and i'll promote it when I give you a shout out for your review. * Are you crowd funding your creative project? I can help spread the word and help back if I believe in the campaign. Help me help you. Ive made it easy. * Have an idea for how the show can be better? I have created a swift and organized Collaboration Cue for you to submit your feedback in a fashion that best helps me. This saves both of our time! * Share the gift of inspiration by sharing your favorite episode with a friend. SEND ALL INQUIRIES TO: tapsubmissions@gmail.com PHONE: *Request by email* SKYPE ID: nicktapstomusic Want to support the podcast and get in touch? Rate and Review Tweet Us Like us on Facebook Email me directly: tapsubmissions@gmail.com
August 22, 2015
Its pretty difficult to mix relevant lyrics with a throwback sound. Annique has found just the right recipe for such a sound. Highly influenced by iconic singers like Nat King Cole or Amy Winehouse, Annique shares her creative process and origins of inspiration for the songs she writes. Enjoy her song breakdown of "Never Forget The Times" and her intro song, "Loved Not Understood". Its not too uncommon people underestimate what it takes to become a professional in the music industry. Annique even sheds a little light on this during her interview with stories about how she decided to pursue music and what she had to do to get there. Links to Annique: Website Facebook  Twitter Youtube Instagram  Pinterest  Music Videos by Annique https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oMlpJRkeqUY https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7o2UDg46SRA TAP To Music is here for YOU and survives because of YOU. Creating quality music is no easy task. Thats why I release these episodes every week, to make sure you don't give up on creating music. But thats not the only way I want to help. I am just a phone call, tweet, Facebook message, email, or Skype call away! Here is what I can do for you: * Found yourself caught in a creative block? Sometimes all you need is an outside opinion to spark a new idea. Thats what i'm here for, you can bounce your ideas off of me to generate new ones for yourself! * Finished your song and looking for feedback? I can write reviews and share your music. * Want a shout out on the show? Please rate and review on iTunes. Let me know you did so by taking a screenshot of your review before you submit and send it to me. In your message, you can tell me what you are working on and i'll promote it when I give you a shout out for your review. * Are you crowd funding your creative project? I can help spread the word and help back if I believe in the campaign. Help me help you. Ive made it easy. * Have an idea for how the show can be better? I have created a swift and organized Collaboration Cue for you to submit your feedback in a fashion that best helps me. This saves both of our time! * Share the gift of inspiration by sharing your favorite episode with a friend. SEND ALL INQUIRIES TO: tapsubmissions@gmail.com PHONE: *Request by email* SKYPE ID: nicktapstomusic Want to support the podcast and get in touch? Rate and Review Tweet Us Like us on Facebook Email me directly: tapsubmissions@gmail.com
August 22, 2015
There are tons of take aways and inspiration in this interview with Dylan Emmet, especially when he breaks down "Thats Right". Dylan really showed how this song evolved from being just an average hip hop song to adding another pivotal element to be a multi genre song. He introduced big reggae influences by adding skanking chords on the guitar which led him to beef up the structure of the whole song. On the interview Dylan shows you the demo and plays the guitar live to show you how much of a difference it made. You can find Dylan's live video performance of the interview on TAP's Facebook. If you enjoyed this episode, don't forget to thank Dylan on Twitter @DylanEmmet. Want to listen to more of music by Dylan?  Website Facebook Youtube Instagram: @dylanemmet Remember, TAP To Music is here for YOU and survives because of YOU. Creating quality music is no easy task. Thats why I release these episodes every week, to make sure you don't give up on creating music. But thats not the only way I want to help. I am just a phone call, tweet, Facebook message, email, or Skype call away! Here is what I can do for you: * Found yourself caught in a creative block? Sometimes all you need is an outside opinion to spark a new idea. Thats what i'm here for, you can bounce your ideas off of me to generate new ones for yourself! * Finished your song and looking for feedback? I can write reviews and share your music. * Want a shout out on the show? Please rate and review on iTunes. Let me know you did so by taking a screenshot of your review before you submit and send it to me. In your message, you can tell me what you are working on and i'll promote it when I give you a shout out for your review. * Are you crowd funding your creative project? I can help spread the word and help back if I believe in the campaign. Help me help you. Ive made it easy. * Have an idea for how the show can be better? I have created a swift and organized Collaboration Cue for you to submit your feedback in a fashion that best helps me. This saves both of our time! * Share the gift of inspiration by sharing your favorite episode with a friend. SEND ALL INQUIRIES TO: tapsubmissions@gmail.com PHONE: *Request by email* SKYPE ID: nicktapstomusic Want to support the podcast and get in touch? Rate and Review Tweet Us Like us on Facebook Email me directly: tapsubmissions@gmail.com
August 22, 2015
Reggae, Pop, Soul is how Rebecca describes her music. She is a big believer in positivity and likes to write about the nuances of love. Enjoy Rebecca's breakdown of "Sweet Things" and how she goes about writing music. I find it very interesting to observe how many people write songs about love but not one two songs are the same. Each have their own type of love involved because we all know how complicated love can be. This just goes to show how many possibilities and angles of a given topic or subject matter there are. As long as your intensions are original, you will never find yourself writing the same song over and over again even if its about the same subject. Links to Rebecca:  Facebook  Website "Sweet Things" Video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G3ir97wemwI TAP To Music is here for YOU and survives because of YOU. Creating quality music is no easy task. Thats why I release these episodes every week, to make sure you don't give up on creating music. But thats not the only way I want to help. I am just a phone call, tweet, Facebook message, email, or Skype call away! Here is what I can do for you: * Found yourself caught in a creative block? Sometimes all you need is an outside opinion to spark a new idea. Thats what i'm here for, you can bounce your ideas off of me to generate new ones for yourself! * Finished your song and looking for feedback? I can write reviews and share your music. * Want a shout out on the show? Please rate and review on iTunes. Let me know you did so by taking a screenshot of your review before you submit and send it to me. In your message, you can tell me what you are working on and i'll promote it when I give you a shout out for your review. * Are you crowd funding your creative project? I can help spread the word and help back if I believe in the campaign. Help me help you. Ive made it easy. * Have an idea for how the show can be better? I have created a swift and organized Collaboration Cue for you to submit your feedback in a fashion that best helps me. This saves both of our time! * Share the gift of inspiration by sharing your favorite episode with a friend. SEND ALL INQUIRIES TO: tapsubmissions@gmail.com PHONE: *Request by email* SKYPE ID: nicktapstomusic Want to support the podcast and get in touch? Rate and Review Tweet Us Like us on Facebook Email me directly: tapsubmissions@gmail.com
August 22, 2015
It has been a blast for the last 27 interviews or so. I have learned many techniques and strategies to help create music and never run out of inspiration. I am here to share some of my new observations. I'll share some memorable moments from past interviews as well as some of my own suggestions for writing music. Oh, and we cant forget the new mission for TAP To Music! With advances in technology and an abundance of people there are more independent artists in the world than ever before. While this is a great opportunity to experience more new music more easily, we as listeners cannot forget to show appropriate support for these hard working creatives. Without our feedback and devotion to sharing their music, they cannot afford to continually provide us with the quality music we love. Thats why i've made it my new mission to reach out and use TAP To Music Podcast as a hub for connecting artists with fans and vice versa. Enjoy this behind the scenes take on TAP To Music Podcast. Want to support this new episode?  Rate and Review  Tweet Us Like us on Facebook TAP To Music is here for YOU and survives because of YOU. Creating quality music is no easy task. Thats why I release these episodes every week, to make sure you don't give up on creating music. But thats not the only way I want to help. I am just a phone call, tweet, Facebook message, email, or Skype call away! Here is what I can do for you: * Found yourself caught in a creative block? Sometimes all you need is an outside opinion to spark a new idea. Thats what i'm here for, you can bounce your ideas off of me to generate new ones for yourself! * Finished your song and looking for feedback? I can write reviews and share your music. * Want a shout out on the show? Please rate and review on iTunes. Let me know you did so by taking a screenshot of your review before you submit and send it to me. In your message, you can tell me what you are working on and i'll promote it when I give you a shout out for your review. * Are you crowd funding your creative project? I can help spread the word and help back if I believe in the campaign. Help me help you. Ive made it easy. * Have an idea for how the show can be better? I have created a swift and organized Collaboration Cue for you to submit your feedback in a fashion that best helps me. This saves both of our time! * Share the gift of inspiration by sharing your favorite episode with a friend. SEND ALL INQUIRIES TO: tapsubmissions@gmail.com PHONE: *Request by email* SKYPE ID: nicktapstomusic Want to support the podcast and get in touch? Rate and Review Tweet Us Like us on Facebook Email me directly: tapsubmissions@gmail.com
August 22, 2015
Ever wonder how a rock artist manages to keep belting out lyrics time after time? Eric Blaze, a rock artist from Albuquerque New Mexico lets us in on his secret to screaming in a way that sounds good with music. Also, Eric explains what keeps his life creative and how he manages to live his life on his own terms. Enjoy this rocking interview and be sure to head over to our Facebook page for music videos and visuals of Eric. If you enjoyed this episode, please don't forget to thank Eric on Twitter! @EricBlaze007 Here is where to find Eric's Music:  Blaze Music "Get It Together" Music Video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_UwieBTKaR0 TAP To Music is here for YOU and survives because of YOU. Creating quality music is no easy task. Thats why I release these episodes every week, to make sure you don't give up on creating music. But thats not the only way I want to help. I am just a phone call, tweet, Facebook message, email, or Skype call away! Here is what I can do for you: * Found yourself caught in a creative block? Sometimes all you need is an outside opinion to spark a new idea. Thats what i'm here for, you can bounce your ideas off of me to generate new ones for yourself! * Finished your song and looking for feedback? I can write reviews and share your music. * Want a shout out on the show? Please rate and review on iTunes. Let me know you did so by taking a screenshot of your review before you submit and send it to me. In your message, you can tell me what you are working on and i'll promote it when I give you a shout out for your review. * Are you crowd funding your creative project? I can help spread the word and help back if I believe in the campaign. Help me help you. Ive made it easy. * Have an idea for how the show can be better? I have created a swift and organized Collaboration Cue for you to submit your feedback in a fashion that best helps me. This saves both of our time! * Share the gift of inspiration by sharing your favorite episode with a friend. SEND ALL INQUIRIES TO: tapsubmissions@gmail.com PHONE: *Request by email* SKYPE ID: nicktapstomusic Want to support the podcast and get in touch? Rate and Review Tweet Us Like us on Facebook Email me directly: tapsubmissions@gmail.com
August 20, 2015
Meredith has a way with words and a way of making those words felt through her music. Learn how she captures moods in music and shares with other musicians by collaborating and thinking outside of the box for project ideas. Lets talk about collaboration shall we? Just because you are working with someone on a project does not mean that they have to be involved in every step of the project. Collaboration can be as simple as asking someone if you can take a picture of them to use as inspiration. Thats exactly what Meredith did on a street called Central in Albuquerque New Mexico. Lots to learn in this interview.  Also, she breaks down her song "One Against Three" which is all about writers block and getting over self doubt. Thirty Minutes Music Video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=12USGHo3pxI Here is where you can find more from Meredith: Official Website  Wildwood's Website Facebook  TAP To Music is here for YOU and survives because of YOU. Creating quality music is no easy task. Thats why I release these episodes every week, to make sure you don't give up on creating music. But thats not the only way I want to help. I am just a phone call, tweet, Facebook message, email, or Skype call away! Here is what I can do for you: * Found yourself caught in a creative block? Sometimes all you need is an outside opinion to spark a new idea. Thats what i'm here for, you can bounce your ideas off of me to generate new ones for yourself! * Finished your song and looking for feedback? I can write reviews and share your music. * Want a shout out on the show? Please rate and review on iTunes. Let me know you did so by taking a screenshot of your review before you submit and send it to me. In your message, you can tell me what you are working on and i'll promote it when I give you a shout out for your review. * Are you crowd funding your creative project? I can help spread the word and help back if I believe in the campaign. Help me help you. Ive made it easy. * Have an idea for how the show can be better? I have created a swift and organized Collaboration Cue for you to submit your feedback in a fashion that best helps me. This saves both of our time! * Share the gift of inspiration by sharing your favorite episode with a friend. SEND ALL INQUIRIES TO: tapsubmissions@gmail.com PHONE: *Request by email* SKYPE ID: nicktapstomusic Want to support the podcast and get in touch? Rate and Review Tweet Us Like us on Facebook Email me directly: tapsubmissions@gmail.com
August 17, 2015
Get into the mind of a soulful and thoughtful songwriter that likes to give her listeners a sense of presence in the stories she sings.  Yosi Mesbah talks about how to approach writing touchy social topics as well as using inspiration in her dreams to write music. Lots to learn from Yosi, here is where you can find more from her: Yosi's Links: Cellar & Sky Album Facebook  Twitter  Want to support the podcast?  Rate and Review  Tweet Us  Like us on Facebook TAP To Music is here for YOU and survives because of YOU. Creating quality music is no easy task. Thats why I release these episodes every week, to make sure you don't give up on creating music. But thats not the only way I want to help. I am just a phone call, tweet, Facebook message, email, or Skype call away! Here is what I can do for you: * Found yourself caught in a creative block? Sometimes all you need is an outside opinion to spark a new idea. Thats what i'm here for, you can bounce your ideas off of me to generate new ones for yourself! * Finished your song and looking for feedback? I can write reviews and share your music. * Want a shout out on the show? Please rate and review on iTunes. Let me know you did so by taking a screenshot of your review before you submit and send it to me. In your message, you can tell me what you are working on and i'll promote it when I give you a shout out for your review. * Are you crowd funding your creative project? I can help spread the word and help back if I believe in the campaign. Help me help you. Ive made it easy. * Have an idea for how the show can be better? I have created a swift and organized Collaboration Cue for you to submit your feedback in a fashion that best helps me. This saves both of our time! * Share the gift of inspiration by sharing your favorite episode with a friend. SEND ALL INQUIRIES TO: tapsubmissions@gmail.com PHONE: *Request by email* SKYPE ID: nicktapstomusic Want to support the podcast and get in touch? Rate and Review Tweet Us Like us on Facebook Email me directly: tapsubmissions@gmail.com
August 17, 2015
Get the feel for how the vocal duo Dire Docks work together to write music in this episode of TAP To Music. Jessie and Rannie really work hard to portray emotions in a elegant and poetic way. In this interview you will hear "Alone With You" and "In Waves". Being part of a duo takes a lot of patience and trust but having someone to turn to and bounce ideas off of can often eliminate writers block and inspire to be the best artist you can be. Jessie and Rannie make a great team and together they form visions for songs and help each other with every step of their creative process. Enjoyed this episode? Be sure to think Dire Docks on twitter @diredocks. Here is where you can find more of Dire Docks:  Facebook  Their Website  YouTube  Twitter Instagram Listen to "In Waves" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qR9JyrqkWe0 Listen to "Alone With You" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yzYjQIhZXuI TAP To Music is here for YOU and survives because of YOU. Creating quality music is no easy task. Thats why I release these episodes every week, to make sure you don't give up on creating music. But thats not the only way I want to help. I am just a phone call, tweet, Facebook message, email, or Skype call away! Here is what I can do for you: * Found yourself caught in a creative block? Sometimes all you need is an outside opinion to spark a new idea. Thats what i'm here for, you can bounce your ideas off of me to generate new ones for yourself! * Finished your song and looking for feedback? I can write reviews and share your music. * Want a shout out on the show? Please rate and review on iTunes. Let me know you did so by taking a screenshot of your review before you submit and send it to me. In your message, you can tell me what you are working on and i'll promote it when I give you a shout out for your review. * Are you crowd funding your creative project? I can help spread the word and help back if I believe in the campaign. Help me help you. Ive made it easy. * Have an idea for how the show can be better? I have created a swift and organized Collaboration Cue for you to submit your feedback in a fashion that best helps me. This saves both of our time! * Share the gift of inspiration by sharing your favorite episode with a friend. SEND ALL INQUIRIES TO: tapsubmissions@gmail.com PHONE: *Request by email* SKYPE ID: nicktapstomusic Want to support the podcast and get in touch? Rate and Review Tweet Us Like us on Facebook Email me directly: tapsubmissions@gmail.com
August 17, 2015
Get a real good idea of how Gabrielle Jackson writes music and maintains inspiration. Her laid back, acoustic sound leaves me with a smile and the way she portrays her music through video matches her style nicely. Enjoy this relaxed interview. Ways to contact Gabrielle: Facebook Website  Twitter  TAP To Music is here for YOU and survives because of YOU. Creating quality music is no easy task. Thats why I release these episodes every week, to make sure you don't give up on creating music. But thats not the only way I want to help. I am just a phone call, tweet, Facebook message, email, or Skype call away! Here is what I can do for you: * Found yourself caught in a creative block? Sometimes all you need is an outside opinion to spark a new idea. Thats what i'm here for, you can bounce your ideas off of me to generate new ones for yourself! * Finished your song and looking for feedback? I can write reviews and share your music. * Want a shout out on the show? Please rate and review on iTunes. Let me know you did so by taking a screenshot of your review before you submit and send it to me. In your message, you can tell me what you are working on and i'll promote it when I give you a shout out for your review. * Are you crowd funding your creative project? I can help spread the word and help back if I believe in the campaign. Help me help you. Ive made it easy. * Have an idea for how the show can be better? I have created a swift and organized Collaboration Cue for you to submit your feedback in a fashion that best helps me. This saves both of our time! * Share the gift of inspiration by sharing your favorite episode with a friend. SEND ALL INQUIRIES TO: tapsubmissions@gmail.com PHONE: *Request by email* SKYPE ID: nicktapstomusic Want to support the podcast and get in touch? Rate and Review Tweet Us Like us on Facebook Email me directly: tapsubmissions@gmail.com
August 17, 2015
This quirky singer songwriter really draws you in with lyrics that make you dance them away with catchy melodies. The surprising thing is Justin doesn't write down his lyrics because he believes they loose personal value when they are written.  The songs he shares on this episode are "7 Legs Like Tree Trunks" and "The Toad Song". Here is a taste of Justin's personality found off his Facebook bio: "Justin has seen every episode of Seinfeld. Justin picks raspberries in his pajamas every morning. Justin avoids toll roads. Justin is glad you're here." Here is how you can find more from Justin Farren:  Website  Facebook  Youtube  Music Video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mbGIPj7ZMGc TAP To Music is here for YOU and survives because of YOU. Creating quality music is no easy task. Thats why I release these episodes every week, to make sure you don't give up on creating music. But thats not the only way I want to help. I am just a phone call, tweet, Facebook message, email, or Skype call away! Here is what I can do for you: * Found yourself caught in a creative block? Sometimes all you need is an outside opinion to spark a new idea. Thats what i'm here for, you can bounce your ideas off of me to generate new ones for yourself! * Finished your song and looking for feedback? I can write reviews and share your music. * Want a shout out on the show? Please rate and review on iTunes. Let me know you did so by taking a screenshot of your review before you submit and send it to me. In your message, you can tell me what you are working on and i'll promote it when I give you a shout out for your review. * Are you crowd funding your creative project? I can help spread the word and help back if I believe in the campaign. Help me help you. Ive made it easy. * Have an idea for how the show can be better? I have created a swift and organized Collaboration Cue for you to submit your feedback in a fashion that best helps me. This saves both of our time! * Share the gift of inspiration by sharing your favorite episode with a friend. SEND ALL INQUIRIES TO: tapsubmissions@gmail.com PHONE: *Request by email* SKYPE ID: nicktapstomusic Want to support the podcast and get in touch? Rate and Review Tweet Us Like us on Facebook Email me directly: tapsubmissions@gmail.com
August 17, 2015
Today we have a very talented musician and artist on the show. Nick Johnson is the inspirator and plays acoustic guitar in a fingerstyle fashion. This means he is basically a one man band on the guitar by incorporating percussion, lead, and rhythm guitar parts all at the same time. The craziest part is he sings as well! Its really fun to watch this style of music performed so here is some links to both the songs played on today's show. At times, Nick describes how he can be playing two different time signatures on each hand and even sometimes singing simultaneously. That's what his whole song "Split Decision" is all about. Most aspiring musicians and artists have a common goal of turning their music careers  into full time jobs. At the time of this episode, Nick Johnson is currently striving to make that goal into a reality. This is no easy task and can be the reason for people giving up their instrument entirely. Nick speaks about how he is able to juggle being a giging musician while working a day job. I'll give you a hint, it involves a lot of discipline and time management. Music Videos of Nick Johnson: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w6uIr-rwtlM Live and Learn Music Video  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eJKPkVQCUhk Split Decision Music Video  Ways to contact Nick Johnson: Instagram  Facebook  TAP To Music is here for YOU and survives because of YOU. Creating quality music is no easy task. Thats why I release these episodes every week, to make sure you don't give up on creating music. But thats not the only way I want to help. I am just a phone call, tweet, Facebook message, email, or Skype call away! Here is what I can do for you: * Found yourself caught in a creative block? Sometimes all you need is an outside opinion to spark a new idea. Thats what i'm here for, you can bounce your ideas off of me to generate new ones for yourself! * Finished your song and looking for feedback? I can write reviews and share your music. * Want a shout out on the show? Please rate and review on iTunes. Let me know you did so by taking a screenshot of your review before you submit and send it to me. In your message, you can tell me what you are working on and i'll promote it when I give you a shout out for your review. * Are you crowd funding your creative project? I can help spread the word and help back if I believe in the campaign. Help me help you. Ive made it easy. * Have an idea for how the show can be better? I have created a swift and organized Collaboration Cue for you to submit your feedback in a fashion that best helps me. This saves both of our time! * Share the gift of inspiration by sharing your favorite episode with a friend. SEND ALL INQUIRIES TO: tapsubmissions@gmail.com PHONE: *Request by email* SKYPE ID: nicktapstomusic Want to support the podcast and get in touch? Rate and Review Tweet Us Like us on Facebook Email me directly: tapsubmissions@gmail.com
August 17, 2015
Who makes the artists vision of their song accurately come to life? Sometimes they even exceed their expectations. The producer does and in this case, Mr. Jones does.  Hear about the long nights and hours of listening to a melody or parts of a song over and over again. The producer does all thats necessary in the name of making the songs the best it can be. Not only does a producer have to have good ears and an impeccable sense of tempo, they must possess very accommodating relationship skills. Balancing on the beam of knowing when to give in and speak up all while keeping the present recording artist happy is a very delicate trait that takes refining. Mr. Jones says he even likes to build a relationship outside the studio with the artists he likes to work with. Getting to know how the artist uniquely functions while their creating happens to be very valuable when in the studio and the artist is having trouble making a particular music decision. Say they are trying to decide how they want to overdub some of their vocals or their instrument. Being familiar with their personality and musical taste can aid the producer to give proper guidance whenever they are asked for their creative opinion. Big thanks for Mr. Jones to share his creative process with us, don't forget to thank him on Twitter!  @contactmrjones Here is where you can find Mr. Jones: Official Website Twitter: @contactmrjones Instagram: whoismrjones TAP To Music is here for YOU and survives because of YOU. Creating quality music is no easy task. Thats why I release these episodes every week, to make sure you don't give up on creating music. But thats not the only way I want to help. I am just a phone call, tweet, Facebook message, email, or Skype call away! Here is what I can do for you: * Found yourself caught in a creative block? Sometimes all you need is an outside opinion to spark a new idea. Thats what i'm here for, you can bounce your ideas off of me to generate new ones for yourself! * Finished your song and looking for feedback? I can write reviews and share your music. * Want a shout out on the show? Please rate and review on iTunes. Let me know you did so by taking a screenshot of your review before you submit and send it to me. In your message, you can tell me what you are working on and i'll promote it when I give you a shout out for your review. * Are you crowd funding your creative project? I can help spread the word and help back if I believe in the campaign. Help me help you. Ive made it easy. * Have an idea for how the show can be better? I have created a swift and organized Collaboration Cue for you to submit your feedback in a fashion that best helps me. This saves both of our time! * Share the gift of inspiration by sharing your favorite episode with a friend. SEND ALL INQUIRIES TO: tapsubmissions@gmail.com PHONE: *Request by email* SKYPE ID: nicktapstomusic Want to support the podcast and get in touch? Rate and Review Tweet Us Like us on Facebook Email me directly: tapsubmissions@gmail.com
August 15, 2015
Dream big and don't limit yourself to certain talents. Oriana Curls encourages others to do just this on this interview where she talks about her dreams for performing her music. She also breaks down her song "Love Me Hurt Me" and talks about her overall creative process. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jLZZy-9j2T8 Oriana's Biography: Oriana Curls is a French Jazz , Pop and Cabaret Singer-Songwriter based in London. Her talent as a songwriter and her impressive four-octave range voice has already allowed her to work with some of the best musicians, writers and producers throughout London. Please enjoy listening to what inspires Oriana as an artist and how she wrote "Love Me Hurt Me". Links to Oriana:  Official Website Twitter  Facebook TAP To Music is here for YOU and survives because of YOU. Creating quality music is no easy task. Thats why I release these episodes every week, to make sure you don't give up on creating music. But thats not the only way I want to help. I am just a phone call, tweet, Facebook message, email, or Skype call away! Here is what I can do for you: * Found yourself caught in a creative block? Sometimes all you need is an outside opinion to spark a new idea. Thats what i'm here for, you can bounce your ideas off of me to generate new ones for yourself! * Finished your song and looking for feedback? I can write reviews and share your music. * Want a shout out on the show? Please rate and review on iTunes. Let me know you did so by taking a screenshot of your review before you submit and send it to me. In your message, you can tell me what you are working on and i'll promote it when I give you a shout out for your review. * Are you crowd funding your creative project? I can help spread the word and help back if I believe in the campaign. Help me help you. Ive made it easy. * Have an idea for how the show can be better? I have created a swift and organized Collaboration Cue for you to submit your feedback in a fashion that best helps me. This saves both of our time! * Share the gift of inspiration by sharing your favorite episode with a friend. SEND ALL INQUIRIES TO: tapsubmissions@gmail.com PHONE: *Request by email* SKYPE ID: nicktapstomusic Want to support the podcast and get in touch? Rate and Review Tweet Us Like us on Facebook Email me directly: tapsubmissions@gmail.com
August 15, 2015
I have excellent news, I have received my computer and it is in great condition! Showing you a different side of me as the host of TAP To Music has been a true pleasure. Here are the lyrics to "Night Terrors" a song inspired by a night full of insomnia. Ways to show support:  Tweet me @taptomusic Post on my Facebook Wall Rate and Review "Night Terrors" Lyrics:  Loosing sleep  Got my mind on scary things  They make me shake and tremble.  All these shadows that resemble my past.  Ive got to push through.     It takes the bigger part of me to stand my ground.    Sound asleep.  Cant seem to shake off all these creeps.  They're crawling up my shoulders My sheets are getting colder still.  I want to catch you.  Just so i can see if you are real.  Or just a false sense of a fear.    What's that sound? Its creaking on the ground  The wood floors are old and battered My courage slowly shatters as My back turns to strangers.    Is there luck for me?   CHORUS Frozen here i lay  (Will i make it?) Wet skin turning grey.  (Can i take it?) Im Waiting for the day  (To be saved)   All these terrors push me round.  When comes the change?  Rollin round and round  The sweats wont go away.  Why cant i sleep the night away? And feel safe.  TAP To Music is here for YOU and survives because of YOU. Creating quality music is no easy task. Thats why I release these episodes every week, to make sure you don't give up on creating music. But thats not the only way I want to help. I am just a phone call, tweet, Facebook message, email, or Skype call away! Here is what I can do for you: * Found yourself caught in a creative block? Sometimes all you need is an outside opinion to spark a new idea. Thats what i'm here for, you can bounce your ideas off of me to generate new ones for yourself! * Finished your song and looking for feedback? I can write reviews and share your music. * Want a shout out on the show? Please rate and review on iTunes. Let me know you did so by taking a screenshot of your review before you submit and send it to me. In your message, you can tell me what you are working on and i'll promote it when I give you a shout out for your review. * Are you crowd funding your creative project? I can help spread the word and help back if I believe in the campaign. Help me help you. Ive made it easy. * Have an idea for how the show can be better? I have created a swift and organized Collaboration Cue for you to submit your feedback in a fashion that best helps me. This saves both of our time! * Share the gift of inspiration by sharing your favorite episode with a friend. SEND ALL INQUIRIES TO: tapsubmissions@gmail.com PHONE: *Request by email* SKYPE ID: nicktapstomusic Want to support the podcast and get in touch? Rate and Review Tweet Us Like us on Facebook Email me directly: tapsubmissions@gmail.com  
August 14, 2015
What happened last night? After waking up from a good night sleep I woke up to a computer that would not turn on and it made me think. Overcoming adversity is very challenging at times. I like to turn to two traits, adaptation and innovation. In this episode, I used my iPhone 6 plus to podcast from my backyard where I introduce a new type of episode, Nick's personal song breakdown. I give some insight into the app I used to pull off this task to make up for his absense of my computer due to a computer meldown. I will be podcasting from my phone to give you a little perspective on the type of artist I am until my computer returns from repair. The song I will be sharing is called Night Terrors. Everyone has them and one night I could not sleep so I started to write about the thoughts and feelings behind having night terrors. QUESTION: If you had the opportunity to ask one of your favorite music artists a question about how they create music, what would your ONE question be? Submit your questions to: tapsubmissions@gmail.com TAP To Music is here for YOU and survives because of YOU. Creating quality music is no easy task. Thats why I release these episodes every week, to make sure you don't give up on creating music. But thats not the only way I want to help. I am just a phone call, tweet, Facebook message, email, or Skype call away! Here is what I can do for you: * Found yourself caught in a creative block? Sometimes all you need is an outside opinion to spark a new idea. Thats what i'm here for, you can bounce your ideas off of me to generate new ones for yourself! * Finished your song and looking for feedback? I can write reviews and share your music. * Want a shout out on the show? Please rate and review on iTunes. Let me know you did so by taking a screenshot of your review before you submit and send it to me. In your message, you can tell me what you are working on and i'll promote it when I give you a shout out for your review. * Are you crowd funding your creative project? I can help spread the word and help back if I believe in the campaign. Help me help you. Ive made it easy. * Have an idea for how the show can be better? I have created a swift and organized Collaboration Cue for you to submit your feedback in a fashion that best helps me. This saves both of our time! * Share the gift of inspiration by sharing your favorite episode with a friend. SEND ALL INQUIRIES TO: tapsubmissions@gmail.com PHONE: *Request by email* SKYPE ID: nicktapstomusic Want to support the podcast and get in touch? Rate and Review Tweet Us Like us on Facebook Email me directly: tapsubmissions@gmail.com Resources Opinion App Thank you so much for your patience! Nick Johnson
August 14, 2015
Learn about reggae and how Sage Gray has used this genre to spread a message of unity, and positive growth. He does this with a very unique approach, his instrument of choice is the celtic harp and uses many acoustic instruments to build his songs. Enjoy learning about the harp and how he fits it into the genre of reggae. Sage Gray's links:  Official Website Facebook The Challenge: Describe Sage Gray's music in three words by tweeting us @taptomusic with #thegarden. Want to share this interview? Tap To Tweet!  TAP To Music is here for YOU and survives because of YOU! Creating quality music is no easy task. Thats why I release these episodes every week, to make sure you don't give up on creating music. But thats not the only way I want to help. I am just a phone call, tweet, Facebook message, email, or Skype call away! Here is what I can do for you: * Found yourself caught in a creative block? Sometimes all you need is an outside opinion to spark a new idea. Thats what i'm here for, you can bounce your ideas off of me to generate new ones for yourself! * Finished your song and looking for feedback? I can write reviews and share your music. * Want a shout out on the show? Please rate and review on iTunes. Let me know you did so by taking a screenshot of your review before you submit and send it to me. In your message, you can tell me what you are working on and i'll promote it when I give you a shout out for your review. * Are your crowd funding your creative project? I can help spread the word and help back if I believe in the campaign. Help me help you. Ive made it easy. * Have an idea for how the show can be better? I have created a swift and organized Collaboration Cue for you to submit your feedback in a fashion that best helps me. This saves both of our time! * Share the gift of inspiration by sharing your favorite episode with a friend. SEND ALL INQUIRIES TO: tapsubmissions@gmail.com PHONE: *Request by email* SKYPE ID: nicktapstomusic Want to support the podcast? Rate and Review Tweet Us Like us on Facebook Want to be the Inspirator on TAP To Music? Submit all music to: tapsubmissions@gmail.com I listen to everything and consider all submissions.
August 14, 2015
The Lymbs have really put a lot of thought into their music and their sound. It is easy to get lost in the loud noises of rock but Jeff Bell and Gage Bickerstaff have done a great job breaking through the noise. Enjoy their interview full of tips and tricks on how to write original music. THE CHALLENGE: Tweet us @taptomusic and let us know how you would describe their music in three words with #moon. Here is where you can find more from The Lymbs:  Official Website https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FDCkQ8JBqg8 TAP To Music is here for YOU and survives because of YOU! Creating quality music is no easy task. Thats why I release these episodes every week, to make sure you don't give up on creating music. But thats not the only way I want to help. I am just a phone call, tweet, Facebook message, email, or Skype call away from your next creative endeavor. Here is how we can make this show great: * Know someone who might be a great fit for the show? Please fill out our guest form to submit a talented friend to be the inspirator. * Working on a song and could use a listener's perspective? Send me your questions along with any files that might help me keep you on the songwriting path here. * Want a shout out on the show? Please rate and review on iTunes. Let me know you did so by taking a screenshot of your review before you submit and send it to me. In your message, you can tell me what you are working on and i'll promote it when I give you a shout out for your review. You can also upload files for me to interact with such as pictures, or music. Help me help you. Ive made it easy. * Have an idea for how the show can be better? I have created a swift and effective Collaboration Cue for you to submit your feedback in a fashion that best helps me. This saves both of our time but makes for great results! * Please share the gift of inspiration by sharing your favorite episode with a friend. PHONE: *Request by email* SKYPE ID: nicktapstomusic Want to support the show and it's social media?
August 11, 2015
Connect with water and embrace all that it does for our lives with today's inspirator Mary Isis and her song "Praise the Water". Mary finds many influences in nature and in her travels and in result, writes with a purpose to enhance people's lives in a positive manner. She has such a unique way of creating music and she loves to introduce new instruments in the mix all the time.  A little message from Mary about how you can find her music:  My website , www.maryisismusic.com, which has links to listen to all of my music for free as well as my lyrics, bio, videos and more!  My music production website: www.nectarianmusic.com, which features other albums I have helped to produce and also sing harmonies and play music on. "Like" My Facebook page to stay in touch with new releases and happenings:www.facebook.com/nectarianmusic.com My travel blog: nectarianjourney.tumblr.com which is a detailed chronicle of our international travels and our continued musical and healing arts journeys. We consider ourselves "ambassadors of aloha." How to share this interview: Click to Tweet!  TAP To Music is here for YOU and survives because of YOU! Creating quality music is no easy task. Thats why I release these episodes every week, to make sure you don't give up on creating music. But thats not the only way I want to help. I am just a phone call, tweet, Facebook message, email, or Skype call away from your next creative endeavor. Here is how we can make this show great: * Know someone who might be a great fit for the show? Please fill out our guest form to submit a talented friend to be the inspirator. * Working on a song and could use a listener's perspective? Send me your questions along with any files that might help me keep you on the songwriting path here. * Want a shout out on the show? Please rate and review on iTunes. Let me know you did so by taking a screenshot of your review before you submit and send it to me. In your message, you can tell me what you are working on and i'll promote it when I give you a shout out for your review. You can also upload files for me to interact with such as pictures, or music. Help me help you. Ive made it easy. * Have an idea for how the show can be better?
August 11, 2015
Christopher Davis is a trumpet player that really embodies his personality through the notes he plays with his trumpet. Jazz is his playing style of choice and he has recently released an album called "Eventide" and he is very excited to share it with you. Chris Davis shares stories of early in his music career, his music college experience and how he goes about approaching each song authentically. If you are driving, watching the sunset, or just looking to groove then you are in for a treat! Here is where you can find more of Christopher Davis's music and work: Behind The Note Website  TAP To Music is here for YOU and survives because of YOU! Creating quality music is no easy task. Thats why I release these episodes every week, to make sure you don't give up on creating music. But thats not the only way I want to help. I am just a phone call, tweet, Facebook message, email, or Skype call away from your next creative endeavor. Here is how we can make this show great: * Know someone who might be a great fit for the show? Please fill out our guest form to submit a talented friend to be the inspirator. * Working on a song and could use a listener's perspective? Send me your questions along with any files that might help me keep you on the songwriting path here. * Want a shout out on the show? Please rate and review on iTunes. Let me know you did so by taking a screenshot of your review before you submit and send it to me. In your message, you can tell me what you are working on and i'll promote it when I give you a shout out for your review. You can also upload files for me to interact with such as pictures, or music. Help me help you. Ive made it easy. * Have an idea for how the show can be better? I have created a swift and effective Collaboration Cue for you to submit your feedback in a fashion that best helps me. This saves both of our time but makes for great results! * Please share the gift of inspiration by sharing your favorite episode with a friend. PHONE: *Request by email* SKYPE ID: nicktapstomusic Want to support the show and it's social media?
August 11, 2015
What a great time it was talking to Bree Castello about her unique approach to creating music. Recording in the studio with her sounds super fun! Big shout out to Lij Shaw at Toy Box Studio in Nashville who produced Bree and introduced her to me. Bree talks about overcoming adversity and ultimately meeting her band mates who gave her the confidence she needed to take her career to the next level. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_a4Qef7UB5o Here is where you can find Bree Castello's music: Facebook Twitter Instagram Lij Shaw's Studio: http://www.thetoyboxstudio.com/ TAP To Music is here for YOU and survives because of YOU! Creating quality music is no easy task. Thats why I release these episodes every week, to make sure you don't give up on creating music. But thats not the only way I want to help. I am just a phone call, tweet, Facebook message, email, or Skype call away from your next creative endeavor. Here is how we can make this show great: * Know someone who might be a great fit for the show? Please fill out our guest form to submit a talented friend to be the inspirator. * Working on a song and could use a listener's perspective? Send me your questions along with any files that might help me keep you on the songwriting path here. * Want a shout out on the show? Please rate and review on iTunes. Let me know you did so by taking a screenshot of your review before you submit and send it to me. In your message, you can tell me what you are working on and i'll promote it when I give you a shout out for your review. You can also upload files for me to interact with such as pictures, or music. Help me help you. Ive made it easy. * Have an idea for how the show can be better? I have created a swift and effective Collaboration Cue for you to submit your feedback in a fashion that best helps me. This saves both of our time but makes for great results! * Please share the gift of inspiration by sharing your favorite episode with a...
August 11, 2015
In this episode of TAP To Music we gain insight into indigenous music with lots of percussion and native flute. Jim Kinney gives us a creative tour of how he creates music and a unique perspective on how various instruments represent elements of the planet we live on. Here is where you can find Jim and his music: Website TAP To Music is here for YOU and survives because of YOU! Creating quality music is no easy task. Thats why I release these episodes every week, to make sure you don't give up on creating music. But thats not the only way I want to help. I am just a phone call, tweet, Facebook message, email, or Skype call away from your next creative endeavor. Here is how we can make this show great: * Know someone who might be a great fit for the show? Please fill out our guest form to submit a talented friend to be the inspirator. * Working on a song and could use a listener's perspective? Send me your questions along with any files that might help me keep you on the songwriting path here. * Want a shout out on the show? Please rate and review on iTunes. Let me know you did so by taking a screenshot of your review before you submit and send it to me. In your message, you can tell me what you are working on and i'll promote it when I give you a shout out for your review. You can also upload files for me to interact with such as pictures, or music. Help me help you. Ive made it easy. * Have an idea for how the show can be better? I have created a swift and effective Collaboration Cue for you to submit your feedback in a fashion that best helps me. This saves both of our time but makes for great results! * Please share the gift of inspiration by sharing your favorite episode with a friend. PHONE: *Request by email* SKYPE ID: nicktapstomusic Want to support the show and it's social media?
August 10, 2015
Take a nice trip to the times we call vintage with today's inspirator Kira Hooks. Her music is full of instruments that make up a reminisant sound of the big band era. Kira is based out of Los Angeles, California and is always looking for people to collaborate with while having a great time creating music. Her album is titled Elephant Heart and she is in the process of working on her next album which will be a bit more stripped down. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pOw4VdkOI9o Here is where you can find Kira: Website Youtube iTunes Instagram Facebook Twitter Bandcamp TAP To Music is here for YOU and survives because of YOU! Creating quality music is no easy task. Thats why I release these episodes every week, to make sure you don't give up on creating music. But thats not the only way I want to help. I am just a phone call, tweet, Facebook message, email, or Skype call away from your next creative endeavor. Here is how we can make this show great: * Know someone who might be a great fit for the show? Please fill out our guest form to submit a talented friend to be the inspirator. * Working on a song and could use a listener's perspective? Send me your questions along with any files that might help me keep you on the songwriting path here. * Want a shout out on the show? Please rate and review on iTunes. Let me know you did so by taking a screenshot of your review before you submit and send it to me. In your message, you can tell me what you are working on and i'll promote it when I give you a shout out for your review. You can also upload files for me to interact with such as pictures, or music. Help me help you. Ive made it easy. * Have an idea for how the show can be better? I have created a swift and effective Collaboration Cue for you to submit your feedback in a fashion that best helps me. This saves both of our time but makes for great results! * Please share the gift of inspiration by 
August 10, 2015
Ayron Jones is trying to bridge the gap between soul, blues, and rock in his band Ayron Jones And The Way and doing a hell of a job. The song discussed in today's episode is inspired by Ayron's relationship with his mother and he has some interesting opinions about his relationship with it. Ayron has big plans for his upcoming album and is very excited to take his music to the next level. Enjoy this interview with great music and real stories. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6pyMVroYL14 Here is where to find Ayron and his music: Band's Website  Twitter Facebook Youtube Soundcloud Instagram TAP To Music is here for YOU and survives because of YOU! Creating quality music is no easy task. Thats why I release these episodes every week, to make sure you don't give up on creating music. But thats not the only way I want to help. I am just a phone call, tweet, Facebook message, email, or Skype call away from your next creative endeavor. Here is how we can make this show great: * Know someone who might be a great fit for the show? Please fill out our guest form to submit a talented friend to be the inspirator. * Working on a song and could use a listener's perspective? Send me your questions along with any files that might help me keep you on the songwriting path here. * Want a shout out on the show? Please rate and review on iTunes. Let me know you did so by taking a screenshot of your review before you submit and send it to me. In your message, you can tell me what you are working on and i'll promote it when I give you a shout out for your review. You can also upload files for me to interact with such as pictures, or music. Help me help you. Ive made it easy. * Have an idea for how the show can be better? I have created a swift and effective Collaboration Cue for you to submit your feedback in a fashion that best helps me. This saves both of our time but makes for great results! * Please share the gift of inspiration by 
August 10, 2015
Get a little perspective on how it is to be a piano player in a folk rock band called The Noms. This is not your typical folk rock band. First of all each member sings in the band making for a strong and clear 5 part harmony behind two lead singers. Josh Herrera, the inspirator shares "Reflection" which is played at the end of the interview, and also has some interesting outlooks on how to stay inspired within a band. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jN-fF4Qqt48 Here is how to find Josh and The Noms: Website Facebook Twitter New Album - Something Beautiful on iTunes TAP To Music is here for YOU and survives because of YOU! Creating quality music is no easy task. Thats why I release these episodes every week, to make sure you don't give up on creating music. But thats not the only way I want to help. I am just a phone call, tweet, Facebook message, email, or Skype call away from your next creative endeavor. Here is how we can make this show great: * Know someone who might be a great fit for the show? Please fill out our guest form to submit a talented friend to be the inspirator. * Working on a song and could use a listener's perspective? Send me your questions along with any files that might help me keep you on the songwriting path here. * Want a shout out on the show? Please rate and review on iTunes. Let me know you did so by taking a screenshot of your review before you submit and send it to me. In your message, you can tell me what you are working on and i'll promote it when I give you a shout out for your review. You can also upload files for me to interact with such as pictures, or music. Help me help you. Ive made it easy. * Have an idea for how the show can be better? I have created a swift and effective Collaboration Cue for you to submit your feedback in a fashion that best helps me. This saves both of our time but makes for great results! * Please share the gift of inspiration by sharing your favorite episode with a friend.
August 9, 2015
Today's inspirator is Ben Lawry, a singer songwriter from Albuquerque New Mexico who writes with purpose and emotion. He shares his song "Pressure" in this episode which was the last song written about his emotional state before his album launch. Ben's album "Between Grace and Pride" embodies many different emotions. In fact, each song on the album is named after a different a different emotion. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YmgNe2Utx14 Here is where to find Ben: iTunes Album Between Grace and Pride Facebook Official Website Twitter TAP To Music is here for YOU and survives because of YOU! Creating quality music is no easy task. Thats why I release these episodes every week, to make sure you don't give up on creating music. But thats not the only way I want to help. I am just a phone call, tweet, Facebook message, email, or Skype call away from your next creative endeavor. Here is how we can make this show great: * Know someone who might be a great fit for the show? Please fill out our guest form to submit a talented friend to be the inspirator. * Working on a song and could use a listener's perspective? Send me your questions along with any files that might help me keep you on the songwriting path here. * Want a shout out on the show? Please rate and review on iTunes. Let me know you did so by taking a screenshot of your review before you submit and send it to me. In your message, you can tell me what you are working on and i'll promote it when I give you a shout out for your review. You can also upload files for me to interact with such as pictures, or music. Help me help you. Ive made it easy. * Have an idea for how the show can be better? I have created a swift and effective Collaboration Cue for you to submit your feedback in a fashion that best helps me. This saves both of our time but makes for great results! * Please share the gift of inspiration by sharing your favorite episode with ...
August 9, 2015
Chaz Langley has really big plans for his song "When Will It End" and did a great job of taking us to the moment when the song idea came to him on a normal day watching the news. Chaz has written music for commercials and companies like Pepsi and Coke. Enjoy the great advice and crafty answers to the questions in this interview. Be sure to tweet us @taptomusic and describe Chaz's music in three words. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FlJFkFdn_D0&list=PLXi3_EcljUoX6wKYQ2KISlUCixr5wbFxl https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CEdKSjZGYxQ Ways to find and Contact Chaz: Website Facebook Twitter Instagram Youtube Self-Titled Album TAP To Music is here for YOU and survives because of YOU! Creating quality music is no easy task. Thats why I release these episodes every week, to make sure you don't give up on creating music. But thats not the only way I want to help. I am just a phone call, tweet, Facebook message, email, or Skype call away from your next creative endeavor. Here is how we can make this show great: * Know someone who might be a great fit for the show? Please fill out our guest form to submit a talented friend to be the inspirator. * Working on a song and could use a listener's perspective? Send me your questions along with any files that might help me keep you on the songwriting path here. * Want a shout out on the show? Please rate and review on iTunes. Let me know you did so by taking a screenshot of your review before you submit and send it to me. In your message, you can tell me what you are working on and i'll promote it when I give you a shout out for your review. You can also upload files for me to interact with such as pictures, or music. Help me help you. Ive made it easy. * Have an idea for how the show can be better? I have created a swift and effective Collaboration Cue for you to submit your feedback in a fashion that best helps me. This saves both of our time but makes for great results! * Please share the gift of inspiration by 
August 9, 2015
Today's inspirator Bree Noble shares some touching stories behind her music and talks about her constant source of inspiration. Bree is the host of Women of Substance Podcast where she shares quality music from independent and label female artists 24/7 online. Being quite the influencer in the music industry, she also mentors female artists through the ever-changing music industry. Here is how you can find Bree's podcast: Women of Substance Radio Facebook Twitter Here his how you can find Bree: Website Facebook Twitter TAP To Music is here for YOU and survives because of YOU! Creating quality music is no easy task. Thats why I release these episodes every week, to make sure you don't give up on creating music. But thats not the only way I want to help. I am just a phone call, tweet, Facebook message, email, or Skype call away from your next creative endeavor. Here is how we can make this show great: * Know someone who might be a great fit for the show? Please fill out our guest form to submit a talented friend to be the inspirator. * Working on a song and could use a listener's perspective? Send me your questions along with any files that might help me keep you on the songwriting path here. * Want a shout out on the show? Please rate and review on iTunes. Let me know you did so by taking a screenshot of your review before you submit and send it to me. In your message, you can tell me what you are working on and i'll promote it when I give you a shout out for your review. You can also upload files for me to interact with such as pictures, or music. Help me help you. Ive made it easy. * Have an idea for how the show can be better? I have created a swift and effective Collaboration Cue for you to submit your feedback in a fashion that best helps me. This saves both of our time but makes for great results! * Please share the gift of inspiration by 
August 8, 2015
Kevin Craine, host of Everyday MBA Podcast also has a musical side as he share's his finger picking good acoustic guitar music on episode 005 of TAP To Music Podcast. He shares a story about Chicken Man, who inspired his song "Mahaulepu Serenade" and even treats us to a live performance to show us his favorite set of lyrics. Enjoy this one with Kevin Craine. Links to Kevin Craine: Kevin's Music Everyday MBA Podcast Kevin's Book- First Time Guitar Buyer Send an Email to tapsubmissions@gmail.com for a free download of any of the songs Kevin played on this episode. TAP To Music is here for YOU and survives because of YOU! Creating quality music is no easy task. Thats why I release these episodes every week, to make sure you don't give up on creating music. But thats not the only way I want to help. I am just a phone call, tweet, Facebook message, email, or Skype call away from your next creative endeavor. Here is how we can make this show great: * Know someone who might be a great fit for the show? Please fill out our guest form to submit a talented friend to be the inspirator. * Working on a song and could use a listener's perspective? Send me your questions along with any files that might help me keep you on the songwriting path here. * Want a shout out on the show? Please rate and review on iTunes. Let me know you did so by taking a screenshot of your review before you submit and send it to me. In your message, you can tell me what you are working on and i'll promote it when I give you a shout out for your review. You can also upload files for me to interact with such as pictures, or music. Help me help you. Ive made it easy. * Have an idea for how the show can be better? I have created a swift and effective Collaboration Cue for you to submit your feedback in a fashion that best helps me. This saves both of our time but makes for great results! * Please share the gift of inspiration by sharing your favorite episode with a friend.
August 8, 2015
You are in for a treat with episode 004 of TAP To Music. The inspirator of this episode is Jonny Freesh interviewing from Indonesia. Jonny is a comedic rapper who likes to approach music in a goofy fashion but has really shown his skills in the song "Jatuh" which he shares at the end of the interview. His album is titled Love, Unicorns & Missing Pants. Here is where you can listen to more of his music and reach out to Mr. Freesh. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=szMUN8T3B9Q Links to Jonny Freesh: Johnny Freesh Music Facebook Page Website TAP To Music is here for YOU and survives because of YOU! Creating quality music is no easy task. Thats why I release these episodes every week, to make sure you don't give up on creating music. But thats not the only way I want to help. I am just a phone call, tweet, Facebook message, email, or Skype call away from your next creative endeavor. Here is how we can make this show great: * Know someone who might be a great fit for the show? Please fill out our guest form to submit a talented friend to be the inspirator. * Working on a song and could use a listener's perspective? Send me your questions along with any files that might help me keep you on the songwriting path here. * Want a shout out on the show? Please rate and review on iTunes. Let me know you did so by taking a screenshot of your review before you submit and send it to me. In your message, you can tell me what you are working on and i'll promote it when I give you a shout out for your review. You can also upload files for me to interact with such as pictures, or music. Help me help you. Ive made it easy. * Have an idea for how the show can be better? I have created a swift and effective Collaboration Cue for you to submit your feedback in a fashion that best helps me. This saves both of our time but makes for great results! * Please share the gift of inspiration by sharing your favorite episode with a friend. PHONE: *Request by email*
August 8, 2015
The inspirator on this episode is Caid, a hip hop artist with blues roots writing from Albuquerque New Mexico. Caid shares great stories about overcoming adversity and believing in yourself no matter the external circumstance. Caid loves feedback about his music so feel free to contact him on Facebook. Now Caid is working on his first album with one EP already released though Cinder Cone Media Record Label. Caid's Inspirator: Eyedea Links to Caid: EP "Will Rap For Change" Facebook Page Soundcloud TAP To Music is here for YOU and survives because of YOU! Creating quality music is no easy task. Thats why I release these episodes every week, to make sure you don't give up on creating music. But thats not the only way I want to help. I am just a phone call, tweet, Facebook message, email, or Skype call away from your next creative endeavor. Here is how we can make this show great: * Know someone who might be a great fit for the show? Please fill out our guest form to submit a talented friend to be the inspirator. * Working on a song and could use a listener's perspective? Send me your questions along with any files that might help me keep you on the songwriting path here. * Want a shout out on the show? Please rate and review on iTunes. Let me know you did so by taking a screenshot of your review before you submit and send it to me. In your message, you can tell me what you are working on and i'll promote it when I give you a shout out for your review. You can also upload files for me to interact with such as pictures, or music. Help me help you. Ive made it easy. * Have an idea for how the show can be better? I have created a swift and effective Collaboration Cue for you to submit your feedback in a fashion that best helps me. This saves both of our time but makes for great results! * Please share the gift of inspiration by sharing your favorite episode with a friend.
August 8, 2015
In this episode Dave Booda is the inspirator for the day on TAP To Music. His soulful voice accompanied by moody piano makes for a great foundation to showcase his poetic lyrics. The song he will be sharing is called "Stay Beautiful". Enjoy this episode filled with relationship-driven stories and valuable quotes. Dave's Inspirators: John Mayer and Arie Hest Links to Dave Booda: Facebook Page  Email- davebooda@gmail.com iTunes Album: Datcho Willy Darken the Page Podcast  TAP To Music is here for YOU and survives because of YOU! Creating quality music is no easy task. Thats why I release these episodes every week, to make sure you don't give up on creating music. But thats not the only way I want to help. I am just a phone call, tweet, Facebook message, email, or Skype call away from your next creative endeavor. Here is how we can make this show great: * Know someone who might be a great fit for the show? Please fill out our guest form to submit a talented friend to be the inspirator. * Working on a song and could use a listener's perspective? Send me your questions along with any files that might help me keep you on the songwriting path here. * Want a shout out on the show? Please rate and review on iTunes. Let me know you did so by taking a screenshot of your review before you submit and send it to me. In your message, you can tell me what you are working on and i'll promote it when I give you a shout out for your review. You can also upload files for me to interact with such as pictures, or music. Help me help you. Ive made it easy. * Have an idea for how the show can be better? I have created a swift and effective Collaboration Cue for you to submit your feedback in a fashion that best helps me. This saves both of our time but makes for great results! * Please share the gift of inspiration by sharing your favorite episode with a friend. PHONE: *Request by email* SKYPE ID: nicktapstomusic
July 26, 2015
Songs can be our most vivid documentations of the places and experiences we most love. In this very first episode of TAP To Music, Kevin Herig gives his take on being open to taking in inspiration and having good reasons surrounding his songwriting. He shares is song "Aptos" and talks about the vivid scenery which makes up the inviting imagery of his lyrics. Inspirators: Jack Johnson, Brandon Boyd Favorite Lyric: Jack Johnson- Wasting Time, "If we already knew everything that everybody knows, we would have nothing to learn tonight." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xAPlpJLZ2s0 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PxyncXa4Iq8 Contact Kevin: Website Rock 101 Aptos Music Video Facebook iTunes Album TAP To Music is here for YOU and survives because of YOU! Creating quality music is no easy task. Thats why I release these episodes every week, to make sure you don't give up on creating music. But thats not the only way I want to help. I am just a phone call, tweet, Facebook message, email, or Skype call away from your next creative endeavor. Here is how we can make this show great: * Know someone who might be a great fit for the show? Please fill out our guest form to submit a talented friend to be the inspirator.   * Working on a song and could use a listener's perspective? Send me your questions along with any files that might help me keep you on the songwriting path here. * Want a shout out on the show? Please rate and review on iTunes. Let me know you did so by taking a screenshot of your review before you submit and send it to me. In your message, you can tell me what you are working on and i'll promote it when I give you a shout out for your review. You can also upload files for me to interact with such as pictures, or music. Help me help you. Ive made it easy.   * Have an idea for how the show can be better? I have created a swift and effective Collaboration Cue for you to sub...
July 26, 2015
This is the very first episode of TAP To Music Podcast where host Nick Johnson explains what you can expect out of future interviews. By answering some of the questions that will be asked in the interviews, Nick allows you to get a feel for what kind of topics will be discussed. Hi Nick here! The idea of TAP To Music was inspired by many influences in and outside of the studio. Power house podcaster John Lee Dumas amongst other business podcasts like Internet Business Mastery and Art of Charm all attribute to the motivation needed to start this project. All other inspiration stems from experiences recording with artists in my music studio. By observing how different types of music artists create, I became very fascinated in asking people about their own unique creative process. TAP To Music is here for YOU and survives because of YOU! Creating quality music is no easy task. Thats why I release these episodes every week, to make sure you don't give up on creating music. But thats not the only way I want to help. I am just a phone call, tweet, Facebook message, email, or Skype call away from your next creative endeavor. Here is how we can make this show great: * Know someone who might be a great fit for the show? Please fill out our guest form to submit a talented friend to be the inspirator. * Working on a song and could use a listener's perspective? Send me your questions along with any files that might help me keep you on the songwriting path here. * Want a shout out on the show? Please rate and review on iTunes. Let me know you did so by taking a screenshot of your review before you submit and send it to me. In your message, you can tell me what you are working on and i'll promote it when I give you a shout out for your review. You can also upload files for me to interact with such as pictures, or music. Help me help you. Ive made it easy. * Have an idea for how the show can be better? I have created a swift and effective Collaboration Cue for you to submit your feedback in a fashion that best helps me. This saves both of our time but makes for great results! * Please share the gift of inspiration by sharing your favorite episode with a friend. PHONE: *Request by email* SKYPE ID: nicktapstomusic Want to support the show and it's social media?
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