Nik Hughes: Building Fans, the Eco-System of Music, and How to Audition - Progressions: Success in the Music Industry

Episode 49

Published on:

8th Sep 2021

Nik Hughes: Building Fans, the Eco-System of Music, and How to Audition

This week's guest is drummer, percussionist, and manager Nik Hughes. Nik is a member of the band Youngblood Hawke, who burst on the scene with their platinum hit "We Come Running." He's also currently playing drums for Bush and in the past he's recorded or toured with artists such as Andy Grammer, Bishop Briggs, Puddle of Mudd, Emily Osment, and many more. Along with all of his playing experience he's also worked on the business side of music, working in management and also briefly holding a label position at Big Deal Music. We chat about releasing music, the importance of supporting each other, and how to audition.

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

  • Being in Youngblood Hawke
  • Safe touring
  • Reading between the lines on auditions
  • Playing in Bush
  • Understanding the label side as an artist
  • Always learning new skills
  • Transitioning into management and business
  • Recording drums last
  • Jazz drumming influencing rock drummers
  • Label services
  • Playlisting
  • Building long lasting friendships with other bands
  • Knowing who you are as an artist
  • Playing with Bishop Briggs
  • Dealing with record labels

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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.
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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.