Creating Space for Artistry | with Producer John Velasquez - Progressions: Success in the Music Industry

Episode 89

Published on:

3rd May 2023

Creating Space for Artistry | with Producer John Velasquez

Today’s guest is music producer, songwriter, and mix engineer John Velasquez. John has gone being signed to Cherrytree Records as a member of the band Max and the Moon to working behind the glass as a producer and songwriter for artist such as Zella Day, Lindsey Black, Ella Vos, and Vacations. We have a great chat about what skills make a producer irreplaceable in the room, why creating your own sounds and samples ages way better than using presets and splice loops, how to create a safe space for artists to be authentic, and when he learned the best way to collaborate is to never try to satisfy your own needs or ego.

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  • Chase the art and the money comes
  • The importance of being a great hang in the studio
  • Staying authentic as an artist
  • Advice for signing a record deal
  • Learning how to collaborate
  • Create like a child, edit like a scientist, detach like a warrior
  • Finding your tribe
  • Playing in Max and the Moon
  • Signing to management
  • Remote songwriting
  • Keeping your ego out of the room
  • Understanding how many projects you can take on
  • Applying business knowledge to your music career

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Guest: John Velasquez

Host: Travis Ference

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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.