Today’s interview is a little different, a few months ago I had an idea to create a new series on the podcast that follows the progress of one independent artist and their career. I want to check in every month and understand what it’s like being an independent artist in today’s environment. I want to understand their struggles and talk about topics that other singer-songwriters are going through. Fortunately, Sophii Negus - an artist that we’ve worked with in the past - agreed to be our guinea pig.
In today's interview I sit down with the lovely Marie Naffah. A few years ago, Marie started a project called The Blindfold Project, where she took 6 blind musicians and created a documentary about being blind in the music industry. In the interview, we talk about what she learned from the project, how she was invited to speak at a Ted Talk and why there’s still a stigma with being blind in the music industry.
Episode 35 - In today’s interview, we managed to sit down with the founder of She Said So, Andreea Magdalina. She Said So is a global network of women who work in the music industry, there are events held in London, San Francisco, Dublin and even in Johannesburg. When we came across her organisation it was inspiring to see how it has gone global and how it has brought women around the world closer together. Each event is different and they cover a variety of topics. We all know that open discussions lead to change and Andreea is providing a safe place for women, and also men, to talk and change the music industry from within.
Episode 31 -The number of followers shouldn't be the reason for an artist to be active on social media. We look at what trends artists should be looking for.
Episode 29 - We recently uploaded our first album to Spotify and iTunes to help introduce a new audience to emerging independent musicians. We discuss how easy this process was and talk about some of our favourites found on the album as well as our future goals for streaming music.
Episode 27 - We've worked with a ton of artists. Want to know what separates the successful ones from those who weren't so lucky? Listen on and we'll explain how working with 300+ artists has helped us figure that out.
Episode 24 - Joshua and Peppe had a candid talk about the things that have gone wrong since creating Reload and taking the brand from just sessions to a much larger platform.
Episode 22 - Reload co-creators, Joshua and Peppe talk about how they started Reload Sessions and the Reload brand, also touching on the highs and lows they experienced.
Episode 18 - What makes a successful artist? There are lots of things to consider and lots of way to answer such a deep question!