The Career Musician

Learn the secrets of the music industry and how to navigate your career! Listen as host, NOMAD, interviews the most seasoned cats in the business about touring, session work, producing, self-management, and everything in between. The Career Musician (TCM) is a social network of pro musicians sharing knowledge and personal experiences in entertainment. Created by musicians, for musicians, and empowering musicians with strategies for a sustainable career. TCM is a proud member of Pantheon Podcasts, the first of it's kind, all music-based podcast network.

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1
The Immediate Family | Russ Kunkel EP. 111
Russ Kunkel, veteran touring and session ace shares how he's managed to getting called back throughout his incredible career.
47 min
2
Monetize Your Music Fan Base | Rick Barker EP. 110
Rick Barker drops some MAJOR knowledge on the music business. Listen and learn from the guru himself, right here on The Career Musician!
73 min
3
The Power of Positivity | José Elias & Richie P...
After recovering from a stroke, Jose Elias is playing sax again and is now developing a brand new type of saxophone designed for people with physical handicaps.
80 min
4
Everything Will Be Alright | Alfred Nomad EP. 108
Listen as young blood, Alfred Nomad shared how he's paved his own path, right here on The Career Musician Podcast!
57 min
5
Dr. Waddles, I Presume | Brandon Waddles EP. 107
Brandon is both a gentleman and a scholar! Listen to how he fuses the education world with the real-world work force in this episode of The Career Musician.
45 min
6
String Sessions From Anywhere | Nathalie Bonin ...
Nathalie is a killer musician, composer, aerialist, and kung fu master! Check out how she keeps up with all of it on this episode of The Career Musician Podcast!
51 min
7
From John Williams To Camila Cabello | Stevie R...
Join Stevie, Nomad, and Erik-G as they reminisce on working in major studio sound stages and strategies on how to keep the work coming!.
51 min
8
Scoring "Empire" From Home | Fil Eisler EP. 104
Fil Eisler walks us through his journey from heavy touring musician to powerhouse film/tv composer
46 min
9
Phil Collins' #1 Percussionist | Richie Gajate-...
Richie Gajate-Garcia has been one the most in-demand percussionists in the music industry for decades! Listen as he shares his wisdom and a some funny stories!
66 min
10
Elton John's Favorite New Band | Low Cut Connie...
Overnight success is never over night. Listen as Adam and Nomad discuss the hustle and grind that it takes to be a real career musician.
56 min
11
A New Day | Dave Koz EP. 101
The man, the myth, the legend! Hear all about how Dave Koz went from sideman to platinum-selling, headlining, legacy artist!
52 min
12
The Career Musician | NOMAD EP. 100
The Career Musician team celebrates the 100 episode milestone as NOMAD shares some CRAZY stories about the music biz!
87 min
13
Legendary Producer and President of The GRAMMYs...
Harvey Mason Jr. gives us a behind the scenes look into his early LA hustle days and how he paved his own road all the way to the top!
30 min
14
Sweet On Top Sync | Kristina Benson EP. 98
Kristina Benson shows us how her diverse skillsets serve her as a career musician. Listen and learn!
65 min
15
From Setting Up The Show To Rolling Out The Dou...
Zito teaches us how he successfully pivoted his career during the pandemic. What a story!
51 min
16
Lighting The Stage for Robert Plant & Keith Urb...
Seasoned veteran in the business, Chris Lisle, shows us how a gets it done behind the scenes!
68 min
17
Drummer for Alanis Morissette, Scott Weiland & ...
Victor Indrizzo gets up close and personal in this episode as he shares with us his past, present, and future as a successful career musician.
54 min
18
Hot 100 Mega Producer | Damon Thomas EP. 94
Damon Thomas gives us the inside scoop on his endeavors with The Underdogs, The Neptunes, Kenny "Babyface "Edmonds, and many Hollywood movie soundtracks..
50 min
19
David Foster House Band | Keith Nelson EP. 93
Listen in on an exclusive conversation between Keith Nelson and NOMAD on set with David Foster!
20 min
20
When Johnny Cash Calls | Mac McDonnell EP. 92
Mac shares some amazing stories about his time touring with music legends and icons! Listen and Learn!
74 min
21
Jason Mraz' Guitar Doctor | Molly Miller EP. 91
Dr. Molly Miller is killing it at the top of her game, and as much as she's achieved in her career, she reminds us all that the most important thing is the music, baby!
56 min
22
Love Always Wins | KEM EP. 90
Grammy-nominated R&B singer/songwriter, KEM, gives us a behind-the-scenes look into the career of a multi-platinum selling artist.
48 min
23
2x Grammy Win With Willie Nelson | Matt Rolling...
Matt Rollings shares all about what has led him to become a multi-platinum, GRAMMY® Award-winning producer, pianist, and songwriter.
44 min
24
Akon's Right-hand Engineer | Matthew Weiss EP. 88
Matthew Weiss gives us a a tour of his mind and the strategies that landed him gigs with some really high-profile artists. Listen and learn on episode 88 of The Career Musician Podcast!
54 min
25
Songstress From Holland | Lucy Woodward EP. 87
Lucy Woodward shares her experience living in many places around the world, and her experience singing for some of the industry's biggest musical stars!
81 min
26
From Santana to Chicago | Walfredo Reyes Jr. EP...
Walfredo Reyes Jr. fills us in on how to properly manifest a success music career while also teaching us some life lessons.
82 min
27
Madonna And Beyond | Brian Frasier-Moore EP. 85
“I am not much impressed by drummers these days. I always end up preferring drum loops to live drummers. But when Brian plays, you pay attention.” – Madonna
69 min
28
Stevie Wonder's Guitar Ace | Errol Cooney EP. 84
Errol Cooney tells us how he's cultivated a career playing for Stevie Wonder, Christina Aguilera, Janet Jackson, and Lalah Hathaway.
70 min
29
From Bossa To Samba To Stage | Sandro Rebel EP. 83
Sandro Rebel tells us all about his Brazilian upbringing and performing credits with Frankie Valli, Sandra Crouch, Gloria Trevi, and many more!
58 min
30
From Janet to Gaga and More! | Jae Deal EP. 82
Jae Deal is a producer for the stars, using his talents as a mathematician and communicator to get the hard work done!
65 min
31
YouTube University Engineering Secrets | Wavy W...
Wavy Wayne is the epitome of a career musician entrepreneur. With a YouTube following of over 120,000 and a musical resume that speaks for itself, Wavy knows how to get it done!
78 min
32
The Career Dancer | Michelle Elkin EP. 80
Michelle Elkin is a Career Dancer with a long list of Hollywood credits that is known for working alongside some of the best Career Musicians in the biz!
64 min
33
Grammy Nominated Producer & Artist | John Stodd...
Pianist, songwriter, composer and producer, John Stoddart, has worked with some of the biggest names in the industry, and has gained a ton of wisdom in his years working with legends.
81 min
34
Out Of Hibernation | T. Bear EP. 78
Legendary artist and collaborator T. Bear has been hard at work with a new single that features a stacked cast of fellow legendary musicians.
67 min
35
Ozomatli | Ulises Bella EP. 77
Uli Bella , founding member of Ozomatli and all-around career badass, speaks with Nomad about everything from making music to Jiu Jitsu, and how it's all connected!
98 min
36
Beyoncé's Secret Weapon | Marta Sofia Honer EP. 76
More than just Beyoncé's secret weapon, Marta Honer provides strings for a long list of serious names while crushing it in film and T.V. sessions.
66 min
37
Smash Mouth Guitar-Star | Sean Hurwitz EP. 75
Holding down the guitar chairs with Enrique Iglesias and Smash Mouth, Sean has traversed the globe more than a few times while balancing his studio life.
64 min
38
Dr. Dre's Countryman | Curt Chambers EP. 74
Producer and songwriter for Dr. Dre and Eminem, Curt Chambers is blending genre lines with his own brand of country music.
34 min
39
On Tour With Jason Derulo | Ericka Guitron EP. 73
Ericka Guitron is a self-starting musician who took her experience touring with a pop star and made her own career out of it.
44 min
40
Same Name Different Game | Steve Sinatra EP. 72
Acclaimed drummer Steve Sinatra aims to heal himself and others using alternative methods based around Source, Science, and Sound.
63 min
41
The Queen of Jazz Funk | Maysa Leak EP. 71
Songwriter, Singer, Entrepreneaur, and Label Owner — Maysa Leak has a lot to share with NOMAD and aspiring Career Musicians!
57 min
42
I Wrote That | J. Que Smith EP. 70
Songwriter and fitness enthusiast J. Que Smith goes over his routines with Nomad as they reminisce.
68 min
43
Artist Rep With Purpose | Larry Klenc EP. 69
Have you always wondered what it takes to get an endorsement? Larry Klenc will help you undestand the ins and outs of this piece that is part of the greater music business!
54 min
44
You Might Remember Me From TV | Erskine Hawkins...
Music director, keyboardist and producer – Erskine Hawkins is a seasoned pro who knows a thing or two about playing keys on the road and in the studio.
94 min
45
Back In Love With Guitar | Kevin Chokan EP. 67
Funk/RnB guitar master Kevin Chokan talks about how he's made a solid career and reputation for himself.
84 min
46
Real Musicians Don't Starve | Michael Elsner EP...
Michael Elsner has over 2,000 placements in the Film and TV licensing world. Listen as he tells you how you can achieve the same!
68 min
47
Keeping It Classy With Cardi B | Chloe Flower E...
Classically trained pianist Chloe Flower bridges worlds with her original music, and she's a dedicated philanthropist with a mission to end human trafficking once and for all.
61 min
48
NY Guitar In An LA World | Joe Augello EP. 64
Nomad's guitar-slinging brother from another mother, Joe Augello, speaks about his experiences as a go-to guitar man in NYC and L.A.
42 min
49
The Voice Of Hunger Games | Sunna Wehrmeijer EP...
Sunna Wehrmeijer reflects on the journey that brought her to the silver screen and beyond.
50 min
50
West Coast Hybrid | Norwood Fisher EP. 62
Norwood Fisher of Fishbone has accomplished a lot for himself since he helped form the band in 1979.
67 min
51
Young Gun Drums | Jason Hartless EP. 61
This career musician is hitting his stride at the ripe age of 25, drumming for rock legend Ted Nugent and other big stars!
66 min
52
Deep Pocket Bass | Dwayne Smitty Smith EP. 60
Dwayne Smitty Smith on coming up in the industry. He shares his personal experiences and unique insight he's gained after years of working amongst pros.
51 min
53
Movie Magic Musician | Carl Rydlund EP. 59
Carl Rydlund has achieved so much and specialises in two unique sectors of the music industry.
76 min
54
Guitar Sophisticate | Tariqh Akoni EP. 58
Nomad's good friend Tariqh has earned a lasting reputation in the music industry.
85 min
55
The Immediate Family - Renegade Music | Steve P...
As the third guitar slinger of The Immediate Family band, Steve Postell unveils the secrets of his success in the music biz as a heavy hitter session cat, composer, producer and much more!
67 min
56
The Immediate Family - W² | Waddy Wachtel EP. 56
Legendary studio & touring guitarist, composer, producer extraordinaire Waddy Watchel talks about his illustrious career in the big game!
73 min
57
The Immediate Family - Kootch | Danny Kortchmar...
Legendary songwriter, producer, guitarist and now frontman of The Immediate Family, "Kootch" talks about the gems he penned, the sessions he played, and the stages he graced with the greats!
55 min
58
Panicked At The Discotheque | Nicole Row EP. 54
Bassist for Panic! At The Disco, Nicole Row, tells us what it's really like to be a modern day rock star!
101 min
59
The Muse From Argentina | Raul Ferrando EP. 53
When you hear strings in the background of a track and actually recognize the emotional power they have, that's what Raul does!
65 min
60
Silent Partner | Daryl Simmons EP. 52
Daryl Simmons, Grammy Award-winning R&B songwriter, musician, record producer and music consultant who is best known for his association with the LaFace Records production duo of L.A. Reid and Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds.
40 min
61
Managing Your B(r)and | Xander Smith & Baron Gr...
With a rock-star name like Xander, half the battle has already been won! But seriously, Xander discuses the music biz with mutual good friend Baron Grafft and Nomad .
113 min
62
Pantheon Podcast Network | Christian Swain & Je...
Without The Pantheon Podcast Network you might not be hearing this podcast at all! Nomad talks with one of the founders Christian Swain and the technical director for the network Jerry Danielson in this hilariously entertaining episode!
46 min
63
It's Called Rock 'n' Roll | Kevin Martin EP. 49
Kevin Martin lead singer of 90's rock band Candlebox amongst others, talks about the realities of shooting straight up the charts and selling millions of records.
93 min
64
From Russia With Groove | Dmitry Gorodetsky EP...
Bassist for Charlie Puth and a star studded list of others, Dmitry Gorodetsky is every bit of a Career Musician from the World Tour arena to the elite Hollywood Studios!
99 min
65
Making Mega Trax | Derek Jones EP. 47
Derek Jones of Megatrax gives us the inside scoop on music libraries/catalogues, TV and film music, and how to generate your own work and demand!
82 min
66
Lady Gaga's Gentleman Guitarist | Tim Stewart E...
If you've seen a Lady GaGa concert, or Rhianna, or a whole slew of other top notch celebrity artists, then you've seen Tim shredding on guitar to arenas and stadiums across the globe!
82 min
67
Modern Renaissance Man | Jack Piatt EP. 45
Jack Piatt gives us a peak under the hood into JAMMCARD, how to build camaraderie in the music industry, and that time he got tasered at Frank Sinatra's house!
102 min
68
The Career Musician News Brief | Resources to ...
In this TCM News Brief special episode, Nomad talks to South FL Career Musician Jessi Campo about helpful resources available to the music community during the COVID-19 crisis.
23 min
69
Turnin' The Tables | DJ K Yung EP. 44
The first DJ on The Career Musician, DJ K Yung tells Nomad and special guest host Lovely Lola about how she relates to the turn tables just as a musician does to their instrument.
90 min
70
Who's Got The Time | Florian Simmendinger EP. 43
NAMM 2020 brought Florian and Nomad together for this episode explaining the concept of Soundbrenner time keeping pieces.
14 min
71
The Hollywood Score | Tim Davies EP. 42
From the Scoring Stages of Burbank and LA, to the National Symphony Orchestra, Tim Davies knows how to arrange, conduct, and orchestrate the show!
78 min
72
Trailer | Why The Career Musician
Nomad explains WHY he created The Career Musician Podcast and divulges some of Season 3's esteemed guests!
8 min
73
The Low Down | Derek Frank EP. 41
Derek Frank tells us just how he holds down the bottom end for Gwen Stefani and Shania Twain.
60 min
74
Aquí Me Tienes | Manuel Romero EP. 40
Representing a fresh hybrid of authentic Mexican music with a modern twist, Manuel Romero is a talented Latino crooner.
48 min
75
Trailer | Who Is Nomad pt. 2
Nomad continues telling his story as a Career Musician from the stage to the studio and everything in between!
14 min
76
Trailer | Who Is Nomad pt. 1
Creator & Host of The Career Musician Podcast, Nomad delivers a brief bio blurb about his career and chosen alias.
4 min
77
Drummers Unite | Richie Pena, James Agnew, Rash...
Drummer round table at a gig in Chicago whilst on the road! With Richie Pena, James Agnew and Rashid Williams.
30 min
78
Gospel Guitar Guru | Rick Watford EP. 38
Rick Watford is a staple in the Gospel and RnB hit record making industry. Humility meets wondrous talent is where Rick's fingers join his soul!
37 min
79
A New Face For RnB | DW3 EP. 37
"Down With Three" explain what it's really like to be in a long term band relationship as they move up the charts and tour the globe!
19 min
80
Miracle Guitar Man | LA Williams EP. 36
LA Williams talks with us about his personal triumph with kidney disease and how he has kept pressing on as a Career Musician in the face of adversity.
46 min
81
Philthy Phunk | Philip Lassiter EP. 35
Philip 'Philthy' Lassiter, horn section leader for the late great Prince, talks about his Phunky Music Life!
57 min
82
The Script of the Grammys | Rodney Alejandro EP...
From the Grammy board to the World stage Rodney Alejandro talks about the Script of his musical journey.
72 min
83
Yes Cliff Will | Clifton Williams EP. 33
As an emerging piano/keys powerhouse, Clifton Williams asks all the right questions for his quest as a mega-successful Career Musician.
26 min
84
Here To Stay | Darryl Williams EP. 32
Darryl Williams tells all about the transition from sideman to frontman with his bass front and center, Darryl is "Here To Stay!"
24 min
85
Diversify With Ziggy Beats | Ziggy Diaz EP. 31
Ziggy truly understands the key of sustaining the life of a Career Musician via diversification in more ways than one.
38 min
86
Who's On Third? | Frank "Third" Richardson EP. 30
Third is the consummate Career Musician drummer that now is a member of a hot new band to be on the lookout for!
39 min
87
The LA-List Premier Musical Director | Rickey M...
As the 2019 Emmy's are upon us, this was the perfect time to showcase Rickey Minor's insight of what it takes to be the most in demand Music Director for all things TV and otherwise!
23 min
88
A-List Perspective | Nathan East & Tom Keane EP...
Nathan East, bassist for: Eric Clapton, Daft Punk, Phil Collins, talks with Tom Keane - producer for: Josh Groban, Chicago, Julio Iglesias, at their LA studio about the shifting landscape of the music biz!
30 min
89
A Song Without Words | Wayne Linsey EP. 27
You've seen and heard Wayne on TV either on American Idol or The Tonight Show and much more!
66 min
90
Planetwood Studios | Catharine Wood EP. 26
Engineer, producer, composer Catharine Wood discusses what it's like to be a sole proprietor in the modern day LA music scene.
25 min
91
Bass Player To Hit Record Maker | Derek DOA All...
DOA tells us his initial signing with Michael Jacksons publishing company, selling tracks to Bobby Brown, and touring the globe with Janet Jackson for Rhythm Nation!
46 min
92
I’m Not Only A Drummer, I Play One On TV | Nate...
The Voice also has a drummer. His name is Nate Morton and he's the career musician that gets to play on TV every week!
46 min
93
From Jailhouse to Production House | Michael Ra...
Rock star and production music composer expert Michael Raphael explains his career trajectory from rocking stages all over the world to rocking in his posh home studio in LA!
58 min
94
Rise Up and Compose | Elvin Ross EP. 22
Elvin Ross is a staple of the TV/Film/Play composition world as Tyler Perry's literal right-hand-man, Elvin has composed and produced much of the programming you've watched!
53 min
95
Possible Chops | Dave Hooper EP. 21 pt. 2
LA session/touring drummer Dave Hooper talks about his new website which makes even the most mind boggling "drumming chops" possible!
55 min
96
Possible Chops | Dave Hooper EP. 21 pt. 1
LA session/touring drummer Dave Hooper talks about his new website which makes even the most mind boggling "drumming chops" possible!
62 min
97
United We Stand AFM | John Acosta EP. 20
President of the Musician's Union, John Acosta tells us the benefits of being a member and dispels some of the myths of the AFM.
51 min
98
Going Viral | Marty Schwartz EP. 19
As one of the premier YouTube guitar instructors, Marty talks to Nomad about the process of building his virtual empire.
71 min
99
The Human Beatbox | Doug E. Fresh EP. 18
Nomad caught up backstage with Doug E. Fresh on the co-bill for a Babyface concert in Jax, FL.
10 min
100
Adam Blackstone Covers the BASS-ics | EP. 17
BASSic Black Entertainment CEO, Adam Blackstone shares insight of being a high profile Music Director.
18 min