Episode 15 – The Will Ackerman Interview

Will Ackerman, Founder of Windham Hill Records, and one of the greatest Record Producers of our times, talks with Matthew Mayer about music, life, creative approaches, mentorships and more. This intimate and real conversation highlights the Grammy Award Winner’s journey, key moments throughout his life, and how he became an instrumental figure for so many artists and listeners throughout the world.

Will released his first album “In Search of the Turtle’s Navel” from his very own label, Windham Hill Records decades ago. He has gone on to release albums by well known artists like George Winston, Alex De Grassi, Robbie Basho and More. With over a 45 year professional career, Will Ackerman’s recordings and performances have touched millions of lives.

Will Ackerman continues to work as a producer out of the studio he has built in Dummerston, Vermont – Imaginary Road Studios.

More information on William Ackerman can be found at https://www.williamackerman.com

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Episode 14 – Matthew Mayer Interviews George Winston – Part II: Thank You George

Matthew Mayer continues to talk with the legendary, and one of the foremost instrumental composers of our time, George Winston, in this anticipated Part 2 interview on the Going Solo Podcast titled: “Thank You George.”

In this episode, Winston continues to share insights with Mayer about his approaches to creativity and life in general. From his influences from James Booker to Professor Longhair, as well as the importance of listening to your subconscious.  As Winston travels to another performance on the road, towards Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Mayer and Winston cover a wide variety of topics beyond music.

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.

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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.

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