Episode 13 – Matthew Mayer Interviews George Winston – Part 1: You Can Call Me George

Matthew Mayer interviews one of the foremost instrumental composers of our time, George Winston, in this Part 1 of 2 Going Solo Podcast Episode Series titled “You Can Call Me George.”

George Winston talks to Matthew Mayer about his growing up in Eastern Montana, and important influences from James Booker to Professor Longhair. Winston also discusses his approach to music and the importance of being able to fluctuate between linear thinking and being open to serendipity.

George Winston is undeniably a household name. He’s inspired fans and musicians alike with his singular solo acoustic piano songs for more than 40 years while selling 15 million albums. A tireless road warrior playing nearly 100 concerts annually, live performance for Winston is akin to breathing. Winston’s music is evocative, offering us all a chance to take a step back from our perpetually busy lives and let our minds adventurously wander.

George Winston’s new album ‘Restless Wind’ is a portrayal of Winston’s place in a chaotic world – his compositions extend solace with an idiosyncratic grace.

In basketball there is Michael Jordan, in boxing there is Mohammed Ali, and in solo performing, there is George Winston.

Follow George Winston on Twitter at @gwinstonpiano ‏ and on Facebook at @georgewinstonpiano.

Follow Matthew Mayer on Twitter at @mayersolopiano and on Facebook at @mayersolopiano.

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George Winston

Episode 12 – With Gratitude – Interview with Award Winning Author Marala Scott

Award Winning Author, Inspirational Speaker, Ghostwriter, Poet, and Oprah Ambassador of Hope, Marala Scott, speaks with Matthew Mayer about her newest release “With Gratitude” and the importance of recognizing Gratitude in your life. Marala gives us the positive inspiration we all need in life.

Oprah Winfrey honored Marala Scott as one of her five Ambassadors of Hope in 2009 and stated, “A childhood of abuse almost kept Marala Scott from a life of happiness…until she discovered how to use her story to help others.”

Marala reveals an unparalleled passion and ability to inspire others. If you are looking for ways to reframe your mind, to learn from negative experiences, and turning your life to the positive, listen to Marala talk about “With Gratitude”.

With Gratitude is now available everywhere books are sold!

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5 Myths of Being a Musician with a Day Job

In follow up to Matthew Mayer’s blog post on the CD Baby DIY Musician Blog website, Mayer spends this episode addressing in more detail his 5 Myths of Being a Musician with a Day Job, and also addresses feedback received from the article.

If you are a “creative” with a “day job”, you will want to hear tune into this episode!

Matthew Mayer is a #1 Billboard Recording Artist who is the owner and founder of SoloPiano.com, Produces The Going Solo Podcast, and has released solo piano music for over 2 decades.

For more information on Matthew Mayer, check out music at matthewmayer.bandcamp.com – Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/mayersolopiano and on Instagram @mayersolopiano.

Episode 10 – You Have Permission – Going Solo with Cheryl Engelhardt

Matthew Mayer speaks with Award Winning Composer, Songwriter, and Career Coach, Cheryl Engelhardt. Cheryl talks about her journey as a musician, author, and speaker, as well as the importance of giving yourself permission to succeed. Covering topics like anxiety, balancing your life, redefining your life, the importance of calendars, and so much more!

If you are a DIY Musician, Creative, Author, or on your own creative, you do not want to miss this talk with Cheryl!

For more information on Cheryl Engelhardt visit her webpage at http://www.cbemusic.com/  – Follow her on Instagram at @cbemusic and Twitter at www.twitter.com/CBE and check out her blog at http://www.cbemusic.co/livingongigging

Cheryl Engelhardt also has her own podcast at http://www.inthekey.co/keypodcast

Matthew Mayer is a #1 Billboard Recording Artist who is the owner and founder of SoloPiano.com, Produces The Going Solo Podcast, and has released solo piano music for over 2 decades.

For more information on Matthew Mayer, check out music at matthewmayer.bandcamp.com – Follow him on Twitter @mayersolopiano, Instagram @mayersolopiano.

Episode 9 – Getting Your Song Placed – Music Supervision with Doug Diamond

Matthew Mayer interviews renowned music supervisor, Doug Diamond, talking about getting your song placed, what an artist should be considering when submitting their music to get placed in a TV or commercial, and the one thing NOT to do when trying to get your song placed through a music supervisor.

Engineer, Producer, Music Supervisor, Doug Diamond has been writing, recording, producing, mixing and mastering music for most of his life. He has over 25 years of experience in the industry. A former staff engineer at world-famous Ocean Way Recording in Los Angeles, he graduated with honors from the recording program at The Grove School of Music (1990) and completed his Music Business Master Certification from the Berklee College of Music between 2010-2012.

In his Ocean Way days, Doug worked with many top recording artists such as Natalie Cole, Bonnie Raitt, Stevie Nicks, The B-52’s, Meatloaf, Michael Bolton, Mick Fleetwood, Michael Jackson and many others, as well as with some of the top record producers in the world such as T-Bone Burnett, Don Was and film composer Hans Zimmer. Doug was also involved in a number of Hollywood films such as The Hand That Rocks The Cradle, The Power Of One, several Disney films, and Levi’s Jeans TV commercials.

Since then, he has had the opportunity to work on thousands of independent artist’s projects from all walks of life, from all over the world, in most musical genres, as well as projects for major labels, major publishing companies, indie music companies, TV production companies and many others.

Matthew Mayer – Twitter: www.twitter.com/mayersolopiano

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Episode 8 – Start With Where You Are – My Coffee with Kabir Sehgal

New York Times and Wall Street Journal Best Selling Author Kabir Sehgal has coffee with Matthew Mayer in Downtown Wall Street the morning before the 60th Annual Grammy Awards Show. Kabir shares unique insights on creative processes, connecting the dots on seemingly unrelated topics, and how this Grammy Winning Producer balances multiple projects at once.

For more information on Kabir Sehgal, visit his webpage at http://kabir.cc/ and follow him on Twitter @HiKabir

For more information on Matthew Mayer, check out his newest piano album at matthewmayer.bandcamp.com and follow him on Twitter @mayersolopiano

Episode 7 – I Am Matej Mestrovic – The Croatia Tour Ep. 3

Matthew Mayer and Matej Mestrovic
Matej Mestrovic and Matthew Mayer in Croatia

Matej Mestrovic is one of Croatia’s most versatile, original, and talented artists alive today. In this 3rd and final episode of my 4-City tour in Croatia, I talk to Matej on a variety of topics including social media marketing, what success means as an independent musician, and how he manages his time. I also capture our final car ride together after performing our last show in Varazdin, Croatia, before traveling back to the United States.   This is Matej Mestrovic!

Episode 6 – I Am Lucky – The Croatia Tour Ep. 2

In front of the striking Adriatic Sea with Hakan and Zlatko on our way to our 3rd piano show in Split, Croatia.

In this episode of my 4-City tour in Croatia,  I sit down and have lunch with Turkey Pianist Hakan Ali Toker in the city of Rijeka (off the coast of the Adriatic Sea) and talk about the history of music and what it takes in today’s music industry to succeed. I also interview the amazing piano technician Zlatko Pavlinic as we travel from Rijeka to Split down the breathtaking Adriatic Coast.  We get an insight into the special friendship of Zlatko and Matej Mestrovic after 10 years of performances and traveling….as well as learn a little bit more about the magic of Matej Mestrovic!

Episode 5 – I Am Happy – The Croatia Tour Ep. 1

In this episode of The Going Solo Podcast, I travel half way across the world to the beautiful country of Croatia to share my experiences of being the opening act for 3 World Class Musicians.  Episode 1 captures interviews and insights from renowned musicians Matej Mestrovic and Hakan Ali Toker, while documenting my first international tour performance. A combination of real-time interviews with intimate narrations, I journey into a world unknown, taking the stage on a 4-City Croatia Tour.