“If you want to make money with your music, make it happen…you just gotta find the way.” – Donald Malloy
In this episode of the MFM Speaks Out, Adam Reifsteck interviews trumpeter and producer Donald Malloy, aka Wave Magnetik. The topics discussed include how he infuses jazz with electronic dance music to reach new audiences, creative ways to monetize music online while live gigs have been canceled as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the importance of reclaiming respect for the livelihood of musicians.
The following music featured in this episode is from Virtual Vibes EP by Wave Magnetik:
In this episode of the MFM Speaks Out, Dawoud Kringle interviews LaRonda Davis, National President of the Black Rock Coalition (BRC), co-founder and CCO of Flaming Yoni Productions, and Group Creative Director of Publicis.
The topics discussed include the history of the BRC, it’s mission and accomplishments, their unique approach to music activism and their relationship with organizations such as MFM, AFM, Local 802, combating racism in the music industry, surviving the COVID-19 pandemic, and looking toward the future.
Visit LaRonda Davis and the BRC at http://blackrockcoalition.org/
In this episode of MFM Speaks Out, Adam Reifsteck interviews percussionist and composer Ed Hartman. The topics discussed include the evolution of Hartman’s music career, the challenges musicians continue to face during the Coronavirus pandemic, and how to get started in the world of sync licensing as a lucrative income stream.
Ed’s music has been heard on television (HBO, NBC, ABC, CBS, MTV, Discovery, Green, TLC, WE, Travel, Women, Animal Planet, MSNBC) and in feature films, shorts commercials, documentaries, and even a planetarium. Ed’s score for As the Earth Turns (also co-producer), has helped the film get into over 100 festivals, over 100 awards and nominations, including 29 for best score.
In this episode of MFM Speaks Out, Dawoud Kringle interviews master pianist, composer, producer, music educator, music activist, and MFM Advisory Committee Member Arturo O’Farrill. The topics discussed include the evolution of Latin Jazz, O’Farrill’s work as a composer, his recent CD release and collaboration with Dr. Cornel West “Four Questions,” his involvement with Musicians For Musicians, music activism, and his spiritual philosophies on music.
“85% of People Are More Scared of Financial Ruin than Dying of Corona?!” – Keith Levenson
In this episode of “MFM Speaks Out,” Adam Reifsteck interviews Broadway music director Keith Levenson, who’s a member of MFM, about the evolution of his music career over the years, how the pandemic has affected the livelihood of professional musicians, and the importance of coming together as a community to be advocates for change.