Building a Career as a Professional Guitarist | with Adam Tressler - Progressions: Success in the Music Industry

Episode 88

Published on:

19th Apr 2023

Building a Career as a Professional Guitarist | with Adam Tressler

Today’s guest is session and touring guitarist and songwriter Adam Tressler. Adam has performed or recorded with a long list of artists including Aimee Mann, Selena Gomez, Lil Nas X, Camila Cabello, Lord Huron, and many more. He’s also played on scores for TV shows such as Modern Family, A Million Little Things, Central Park, and films like Birds of Prey, and This is the Year. We cover everything from the importance of having a strong network to tips for touring musicians and how he broke into the Los Angeles studio session scene.

πŸ—’ In this episode we'll dig in on... πŸ—’

  • Learning to play over 50 fretted instruments
  • Signing a publishing deal
  • Exploring the Los Angeles songwriting scene
  • Playing SNL
  • Building a strong network
  • Breaking into the film score session world
  • Touring with Aimee Mann
  • The role of musicians unions
  • Remote session work
  • Reading Music
  • Getting the most out of a music education

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Guest: Adam Tressler

Host: Travis Ference

Editor: Stephen Boyd

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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.