Dee Kei Waddell: Setting Boundaries, Giving Value, and the Mixing Music Podcast - Progressions: Success in the Music Industry

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22nd Jun 2022

Dee Kei Waddell: Setting Boundaries, Giving Value, and the Mixing Music Podcast

Today’s guest is recording studio owner, mixer, podcast host, and entrepreneur Dee Kei Waddell. Not only has he worked with artists such as Kanye West and The Game, but his podcast Mixing Music, is one of the top shows in the industry. His interests don’t stop with music though. He is also a co-author of three children’s books and a co-founder of LaunchPod Media, a podcast marketing and analytics firm. We have a great chat about the importance of setting boundaries, why he mixes bass first, how to build a personal brand, and why you should make a career out of the things you’d do for free.

In this episode we'll dig in on...

  • Finding the entrepreneurial spirit
  • Mixing 1000 songs in a year
  • Hating inefficiency
  • Music as a form of therapy
  • Applying the general principles of economics to your music career
  • There's no such thing as emergencies, people can wait
  • The importance of giving back and how that can help you grow
  • Building a personal brand
  • Shadow testing and advertising
  • Hacking the algorithm with SEO to increase discoverability
  • Being a plug-in hipster
  • The Go Giver
  • 4 Hour Work Week
  • Atomic Habits

Learn More About Dee Kei Waddell...

Dee Kei Website: https://deekeimixes.com

Mixing Music Podcast: https://mixingmusicpodcast.com

Children's Books: https://deekeiandkayoko.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/deekeimixes/

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Credits:

Guest: Dee Kei Waddell

Host: Travis Ference

Editor: Stephen Boyd

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Progressions: Success in the Music Industry
Host Travis Ference chats with music producers, engineers, mixers, artists, musicians, and songwriters about the tips, tricks, mindsets, and ideas that helped them define their careers.
Insightful conversations about building and maintaining a fulfilling and successful career in the music industry. Music producers, engineers, mixers, artists, songwriters, musicians, composers and various other audio professionals sit down and share the tips, tricks, mindsets and ideas that helped them define their careers.

Created and hosted by Grammy nominated recording and mixing engineer Travis Ference, Progressions: Success in the Music Industry is inspired by the journey of his career so far. Travis is determined to set the next generation of music creators up with the tools they need to define their own success and live a happy, healthy, and prosperous career in the music business.

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Travis Ference

Travis Ference is a Grammy nominated mixer, producer, and recording engineer based out of Los Angeles, CA. With over a decade of experience in the music business he has worked on multiple #1 albums, several top 10's, numerous RIAA platinum and gold certified records, as well as hit TV shows and blockbuster films. His work can be heard on more than 15 million albums sold and billions streams worldwide.

The inspiration for his podcast came from his journey over the last 5 years to redefine what success is for him, to take control of his time, and to ultimately live the life he wants while making the records he loves.