Thom Monahan: Sonic Explorations, Scripted Podcasts, and Why Everything Matters - Progressions: Success in the Music Industry

Episode 37

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15th Jun 2021

Thom Monahan: Sonic Explorations, Scripted Podcasts, and Why Everything Matters

Today's guest is producer, engineer, and musician Thom Monahan. Thom spent the first 15 years of his career as a touring musician before transitioning to working behind the glass. Since then he has worked with artists such as Neko Case, Fruit Bats, Stevie Nicks, Vetiver, and Medicine. He's also done work as a composer, doing scores for nearly a dozen documentaries, and several podcasts and web-series. Most recently he has taken his passion for music and creative sound design into the podcast world with his work with Treefort. We have a great chat about reducing creative friction, working on projects you are passionate about, and the future of scripted podcasts.

In this episode, we'll dig in on...

  • Reducing creative friction
  • The new digital nature of collaboration
  • Capturing the magic of a band in the room
  • Making microphones out of a boombox
  • Editing as a form of production
  • The future of scripted podcasts
  • Learning from everybody around you
  • Understanding the format you are writing music for
  • Tape Edits
  • Keeping perspective when doing a "money gig"
  • Committing to yourself and your vision

Learn More About Thom Monahan...

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thommonahan/

Listen to "Killing Hollywood: The Cotton Club Murder" Here

Treefort: https://www.treefort.fm/

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Credits:

Guest: Thom Monahan

Host: Travis Ference

Editor: Travis Ference

Theme Music: inter.ference

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About the Podcast

Progressions: Success in the Music Industry
Interviews highlighting successful careers in music and breaking down the steps it took to achieve their goals.
I do not believe the people who have thriving careers and fulfilling lives in music can look back and attribute it all to “luck”. At some point in their career they committed themselves to a goal and took steps to achieve that goal. That's what Progressions is here to highlight. We will set you up for success by bringing you an array of interviews with guests from all parts of the industry. By focusing on identifying significant steps and turning points in their careers we hope to inspire you to set big goals for yourself and by doing so design the music career that you've always dreamed of.
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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.