This month we’re starting a new thang! Collaboration is one of the best kept secrets in music. This month’s meetup is in Reno, our hometown, at a local spot called Craft. Craft is known for having the largest collection of unique beer, wine, and spirits in the Reno/Tahoe Basin. It’s a low-key atmosphere with picnic… Continue reading The Remix: Monthly meetups for DIY Musicians
Every quarter, our team shares the songs that are on their minds and in their hearts. This playlist gives you a snapshot in time of our personal music tastes this spring and what they sound like together.
Shaughn Richardson, a musician, podcaster and community leader in Reno, NV took the time to talk to Ethan about all the different pieces that makes a song, as well as the importance of music in the political culture of today.
Ethan got a chance to talk to Maria Maita-Keppeler aka MAITA who is a singer-songwriter living in Portland. She’s the kind of songwriter who takes you on magnificent, moody, melodic journeys with her lyrics and her music. She is a recent signee to the Kill Rock Stars label and her label debut record Best Wishes… Continue reading Behind the Music: Maita
Ethan got a chance to talk to Gwendolyn Fitz is a singer-songwriter living in New York City. Although a classically trained musician in flute and voice, Gwendolyn loved to write song lyrics and picked up the ukulele to start a career in songwriting. With a love of both jazz and pop, Gwendolyn likes to fuse… Continue reading Behind the Music: Gwendolyn Fitz
Ethan interviewed the songwriter, songwriting expert, and co-host of the essential songwriting podcast, Sodajerker, Simon Barber. That’s a tongue twister! Although we can’t say “songwriting” that many times and fast, we don’t have to, because Simon’s creative and academic life is dedicated to the study of the craft, and has much to say. This interview… Continue reading Behind the Music: Simon Barber
Ethan talked to Royce Hall, a genre-bending Afro-futuristic/Black Liberation Soul/Funk/Hip-Hop music recording artist, multi-instrumentalist, arranger, composer, MC , vocalist, and actor based in Atlanta, GA (dang, impressive!). We’re inspired by how enmeshed in music they are since birth, and their expansive artistic pursuits. This interview has been edited for brevity and clarity. All photos courtesy… Continue reading Behind the Music: Royce Hall
Who is Max Martin? Max is a Swedish producer and writer whose rise to fame began in the late 1990’s when he co-wrote Baby One More Time by Britney Spears. Since then he’s written or co-written 24 of the top 100 Billboard Pop Hits, only to be bested by John Lennon and Paul McCartney of… Continue reading The ‘Melodic Math’ of Producer Max Martin
When it comes to song composition, there’s good news and there’s bad news. Bad news first. To be honest, writing songs is hard. The creative process is messy, and some days you just can’t get into the flow of it. Other days you’re antsy and distractable and would rather browse the phone book-sized Sweetwater catalogue… Continue reading 5 Songwriting Tips to Unstick You
Hey there! I’m Ethan. I’m one of the three founders of Tonic Audio Labs. It’s exciting to be working with musicians again! There are few endeavors in life that are more creative, soulful, and require as much effort to sustain as writing music. It’s a worthy endeavor, and I hope to use my experience in… Continue reading Founder’s Story: Ethan Clift