The Music Biz Weekly Podcast

This week’s episode, August 3, 2012 – Questions to Ask When Working with Someone & Buying Your Numbers.

Each week Michael and Brian will discuss the latest events in the music business and music marketing events and techniques.


Join myself & Brian Thompson for a 1 hour episode as we shoot the shit on a variety of topics that are at the forefront of our minds, including an honest and up front discussion on “truthiness” in marketing, buying fans, plays and listens (or gaming the system), and being careful who you work with.

At the end of the podcast we mention the following blog post which we think every artist should read: 33 Ways to Make More Time in Your Life For Music-Making.

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Featured Track Of The Week: Matthew Fagan.

We’re stoked to announce our brand new Featured Track Of The Week, as selected from the submissions we received on the opportunity we created on our Music XRay account. If you want to submit your song to be featured, create a profile on Music Xray and send it to us here.

This week’s Featured Song of the Week is Gyspy Caravan from Matthew Fagan. Check Matthew out on Youtube and on his official website.

Matthew Fagan is a gifted virtuoso guitarist and specializes in playing a custom 10 string Spanish guitar and is Endoresed by Maton to perform Ukulele.

Matthew has toured with International Celebrities Natalie Cole, The Original Buena Vista Social Club, Billy Connolly, Shirley Bassey and Michael Crawford.

Matthew has developed a unique and versatile technique that crosses from Spanish Flamenco, Classical, Jazz, Latin, Bluegrass fingerstyle, electric rock and world music.

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About Michael Brandvold:

Michael Brandvold is a freelance music industry consultant based in Northern California. Having launched Michael Brandvold Marketing to leverage his years of experience to provide direction to large and small clients in the areas of online & social marketing as well as e-commerce and customer acquisition and retention.

Gene Simmons of KISS first tapped Michael’s skills as a pioneering online marketing strategist to launch and manage all aspects of’s multi-million dollar enterprise, including their ground-breaking VIP ticket program.

Michael has also managed the online efforts for Motley Crüe, Rod Stewart, Madonna, Ozzy Osbourne, Madonna and Britney Spears to name only a few.

About Brian Thompson:

Brian Thompson, Managing Partner for Thorny Bleeder Records, is a Vancouver based music industry entrepreneur, record label owner, artist manager, marketing consultant, radio promoter, publicist, web designer, blogger, and industry speaker.

Formerly the corporate head of music buying and marketing for a large national music retail chain, Brian has since moved on to become a well respected voice on the convergence of artist development, music marketing, social media, and technology.

Transcriptions done with assistance from Tak (pronouced TACK) from The Pawnshop Manual. Go check their music out at