The Punk Rock MBA

Finn McKenty interviews people who are making a living doing something they love: from musicians to filmmakers, designers, visual artists, engineers, athletes, business owners, writers - anybody who has turned their passion into their career. The goal is always to pull out and of the big ideas that will help you quit your day job-- or if you're already doing what you love, help you level up your game, grow your business and make your life even more awesome. If you are a creator or entrepreneur of any kind (or would like to be either of those things), then this show is for you!

Music Interviews
Laowhy86 (YouTuber)
Matt "C-Milk" joins the podcast to discuss his time in China and his YouTube channel, Laowhy86.
63 min
Corporate Social Media Accounts Suck!
Finn dives into why social media accounts suck.
12 min
Tuck O'Leary (Fit For A King)
Finn chats with Tuck O'Leary about Fit For A King and FeaturedX.
65 min
How YouTube changed my career (really fun inter...
Finn joins Input Doc from Clyde Golden to discuss building a personal brand.
36 min
Tony Lovato (Mest)
Tony Lovato joins the podcast to talk about Mest, how he's handling COVID, and more.
56 min
Stop Playing the Blame Game!
Finn Mckenty talks about playing the blame game.
13 min
URM Podcast with Jesse Cannon and Johnny Minardi
Finn McKenty joins Eyal Levi on the URM Podcast with Jesse Cannon and Johnny Minardi.
101 min
How I Made $1 Million
Finn McKenty dives into how he made $1 million.
15 min
Sara Dietschy (YouTuber)
Finn talks to Sara Dietschy about her YouTube channel, how she monetizes her content, and more.
52 min
Working with Periphery
Finn McKenty discusses how he was able to work with some great bands.
13 min
Connie Sgarbossa (SeeYouSpaceCowboy)
Finn Mckenty chats with Connie Sgarbossa of SeeYouSpaceCowboy.
54 min
Student Loans
Finn Mckenty breaks down how you can handle your student loans.
11 min
Mary Zimmer (YouTuber + Voice Coach)
Finn McKenty chats with Mary Zimmer about voice lessons, creating content, and more.
56 min
Viewer Comments
Finn answers viewer comments from his YouTube channel.
25 min
Glenn Fricker (YouTuber)
Glenn Fricker joins the podcast to discuss YouTube strategy.
52 min
Adulting for -Core Kids
Finn Mckenty dives into the things that he wish he knew in his 20s.
20 min
Joe Escalante (The Vandals, Kung Fu Records)
Joe Escalante joins the podcast to chat with Finn about the music business, working in TV, and more.
39 min
I Went Back to College at 25
Finn Mckenty discusses why he went back to college at 25.
17 min
Lil Lotus
Finn Mckenty chat with emo rapper Lil Lotus.
47 min
Why Does the Scene Hate Money?
Finn Mckenty dives into why the scene hates money.
12 min
Designalily (Product Designer)
Finn Mckenty chats with Product Designer Designalily.
51 min
How Much Money I Made Every Year (15-36)
Finn dives into his finances.
14 min
Tommy Rogers (Between The Buried And Me)
Tommy Rogers of Between The Buried And Me joins the podcast to discuss what quarantine life has been like, how to act in the studio, and more.
61 min
How I Deal with Depression and Anxiety
Taken from Finn's second YouTube channel, here's how he deals with depression and anxiety.
10 min
July 2020 Q&A
Finn takes the audience's questions and answers them.
42 min
Deanna Chapman (PRMBA Podcast Producer)
Deanna Chapman, the producer of this podcast, joins to talk all about podcasting.
51 min
Josh Scandlen (Heritage Wealth Planning)
Finn joined Josh Scandlen's podcast to discuss how he's risk-averse, starting his YouTube channel, and more.
53 min
John Browne (Riffhard, Monuments)
John Browne knows a thing or two about playing guitar. He joins the podcast to discuss Riffhard, being in Monuments, and more.
59 min
Darold Pinnock (Passion Behind The Art Show)
Darold Pinnock is the host of Passion Behind The Art Show and he's spent over a decade in the design world.
48 min
Ian McFarland (Godfathers of Hardcore)
60 min
Vanessa Van Edwards (Author, Educator)
Vanessa Van Edwards is the author of Captivate: The Science of Succeeding with People and the Lead Investigator at Science of People.
29 min
Kevin Jordan (This Wild Life)
Kevin Jordan of This Wild Life joins the podcast to discuss what it's like being a duo, the Warped Tour day, doing what makes sense financially, and more.
44 min
Tim Cayem (YouTuber, Podcaster)
Finn joined Tim Cayem on the Cayem Interviews Podcast to discuss being a creative, his background with zines, and more.
68 min
Dan Tsurif (VP Artist Management & Digital Str...
Dan Tsurif is the VP of Artist Management & Digital Strategy at BRXND. He works with Zakk Wylde and Black Veil Brides, among others.
60 min
Joey Sturgis (Producer + Entrepreneur)
Joey Sturgis is a successful producer, the founder of Joey Sturgis Tones, and one of the co-founders of URM Academy.
69 min
Kelly Mason (Photographer)
Kelly Mason is a photographer who has worked with The Wonder Years, toured with PVRIS, and created the mid-2000s emo bracket.
56 min
Sunny Singh (hate5six)
Sunny Singh runs the hate5six YouTube channel where he releases footage of live shows. He also created an app called Sage that recommends bands based on ones you already enjoy.
45 min
Aram Arslanian (Betrayed, Cadence Leadership)
Finn joined One Step Beyond: The Cadence Leadership Podcast to chat with Aram Arslanian about bringing your whole self to work.
79 min
Chris Garza (Suicide Silence)
Chris Garza, the guitarist and founding member of Suicide Silence, joins the podcast to discuss being in a band in SoCal, having a foundation, and more.
48 min
Kyle McCutchen (Kindred Jiu Jitsu)
Kyle McCutchen runs adult classes at Kindred Jiu Jitsu. He joins the podcast to discuss how he got into jiu-jitsu, why you don’t need to be in shape to start training, how it has changed over the years, and more.
55 min
Paul Conroy (Impact Real Life)
Paul Conroy joins the podcast to talk about building businesses, working with Rob Dyrdek, and more.
64 min
Randall Pich (CEO, Live Fit Apparel)
Randall Pich went from being in a band to being the CEO of a successful apparel company, which isn't an easy thing to do.
21 min
Matt Heafy (Trivium)
Matt Heafy is the guitarist and vocalist of Trivium. He also runs a successful Twitch channel where he shares content from the band and streams while playing video games.
41 min
Big Herc (Youtuber)
Big Herc is a former inmate who now makes a living as a YouTuber, motivational speaker, and author.
30 min
Spencer Charnas (Ice Nine Kills)
Spencer Charnas of Ice Nine Kills joins the podcast to go deep into his influences, what it was like for INK to become more popular after years of work, and much more that you won't want to miss out on.
50 min
Dee Murthy (Group Chat, Five Four Group)
Dee Murthy is the co-founder of Five Four Group and he co-hosts Group Chat with Chris "Drama" Pfaff and Anand Murthy. In this bonus episode, he discusses his journey into podcasts.
33 min
Brendan Murphy (Counterparts)
Brendan Murphy is the singer of Counterparts, a Candian band that has built up a following in the United States. He dives into the challenges of coming to the U.S. to tour, how the band has progressed, and more.
59 min
Brokencyde (Mikl Shea)
Brokencyde's Mikl Shea joins the podcast to chat about how much hate the band received, what it was like being on TRL, and more.
42 min
Drew Russ (Music Video Director)
Drew Russ is a music video director who has worked with A Day to Remember, Beartooth, Pierce the Veil, and many more. He joins the podcast to discuss his start in making music videos, what advice he has for aspiring creators, and why he's not a huge fan of low-fi videos.
50 min
Tony Cappocchi (Dragged Under, Pretty Good Agents)
Tony Cappocchi is the singer of Dragged Under and is also a talent manager at Pretty Good Agents. He works with creators to obtain branded deals for their YouTube channels, Instagram accounts, and more.
42 min
Matt Halpern (Periphery)
Matt Halpern spent years working towards making his creative work a full-time career. Now he's in Periphery, loves teaching others how to play drums, and works on GetGood Drums.
65 min
Melissa Marie (Millionaires)
Melissa Marie is one-half of the duo Millionaires. She got her start in the Myspace days and continues to foster her fanbase.
48 min
Our Last Night (Matt & Trevor Wentworth)
Matt and Trevor Wentworth discuss what it's like to be known as a cover band, why they LOVE Spotify, and more.
29 min
Doc Coyle (Bad Wolves, God Forbid)
Doc Coyle is the guitarist for Bad Wolves and the host of The Ex-Man podcast. He got his start in the 90s as a member of God Forbid. On this episode, he shares his insights into how things have changed over the years, what his blogging days were like, his love of the NBA, and much more.
60 min
Chris Rawson (Stick To Your Guns)
Chris Rawson of Stick to Your Guns and Walls of Jericho has learned a lot through the hardcore music scene. He joins the podcast to share his experiences in various bands, how what he saw from the scene impacted him, and how becoming a parent can change everything.
45 min
Negotiating a Marketing Deal with Alt Press (wi...
Finn McKenty appeared on Ray Harkin's podcast 100 Words or Less to chat about a marketing deal that he negotiated with Alt Press.
46 min
Ray Harkins (100 Words or Less, Taken)
Ray Harkins has been in the podcast game for years now. He’s the host of 100 Words or Less and currently works for iHeartRadio in their podcast division. Prior to that, he worked at Midroll, which is one of the biggest podcast advertising companies. With his insight, Ray is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to knowing what makes a podcast work, when you should start monetizing, and how the business works overall.
52 min
Psych IRL
Psych IRL is a YouTube channel with 180k subscribers that discusses the various themes in pop culture and the internet through the lens of psychology. Donna dropped by the podcast to discuss how her work as a YouTuber affects her mental health, what she does to cope with it, making new plans for her channel, and how she approaches her work.
48 min
Shinigami is hard to label - “alternative rapper” is probably the easiest term to use, but whatever label you want to use, he’s quickly become one of my favorite newer artists. He’s built a following of over 1 million Spotify listeners in just a few years with nothing more than a super simple home studio and his creativity, and I find his approach incredibly inspiring as an example of how every creator should think and act. He joins the podcast to talk about his DIY path to success, still feeling self-doubt, how he approaches his music and social media content, and so much more.
55 min
Rock Feed (Brian Storm)
Rock Feed is a YouTube channel run by Brian Storm that is focused on bringing you music news outside of the blog and website format. He’s interviewed some of the biggest names in the rock scene like Corey Taylor, Three Days Grace, and more. Rock Feed also constantly brings the most important news that you need to know. He’s built up the channel and is quickly approaching 500,000 subscribers. If you’re interested in how a YouTube news channel is run, you won’t want to miss out on this deep dive into Rock Feed.
56 min
Furnace Fest (Chad Johnson & Johnny Grimes)
The legendary Furnace Fest is BACK to celebrate its 20th anniversary, and Chad Johnson and Johnny Grimes are here to talk about how they're making it happen (along with some very accomplished people like Mike Ziemer). They break down how they get bands like August Burns Red, Converge, Shai Hulud and Knocked Loose on board, how to draw fans in, the logistics of putting such a big event together, and much more. If you've ever wondered what it takes to produce a festival, this one is for you!
49 min
Eyal Levi (URM Academy, Daath)
Eyal Levi is the CEO of URM Academy, an online school for rock and metal producers that gives students direct access to the raw tracks for bands like A Day To Remember, Bring Me The Horizon, Meshuggah, Periphery, and dozens more. Prior to that, he was a producer who worked with bands like Chelsea Grin, The Contortionist and The Black Dahlia Murder and the founder of Daath, who put out a handful of albums on Roadrunner and Century Media. We brought him on to discuss a very important and poorly understood topic: how to get important people to say yes to working with you!
52 min
Adam Elmakias (Photographer)
Adam Elmakias has been a premier photographer in the music scene for years. He’s toured with artists such as A Day To Remember, Diplo, All Time Low, and many others. In this episode, we dive into what it takes for him to go on tour these days, how important it is to believe in what you’re doing, how to stay relevant, and much more.
62 min
Josh Manuel (Issues)
You might know Josh Manuel from Issues, but did you know about his time in Nashville or his passion project? If not, this is the episode for you. We dive into how being multifaceted will benefit you, being real with others, and discuss whether or not being in a big city is necessary. There’s a ton to learn in this episode, so hit that play button.
45 min
Johnny Franck (Bilmuri, ex-Attack Attack)
Johnny Franck of Bilmuri (and formerly Attack Attack) joins the podcast to discuss how to make a living as a musician, what he was able to learn from rappers, and what you should do instead of worrying about what gear you have. We dive deep into...
55 min
Introducing the Punk Rock MBA Podcast
Finn McKenty launches the Punk Rock MBA Podcast.
2 min