Tal Oz: Record Labels, A&R, and Always Moving to What's Next - Progressions: Success in the Music Industry

Episode 71

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20th Jul 2022

Record Labels, A&R, and Always Moving to What's Next | with Tal Oz

Today’s guest is manager and independent record label owner Tal Oz. Tal began his career on the engineering side, working at Interscope, where he would eventually transition into A&R. He continued his A&R path at Mom+Pop Music before moving into producer, mixer, and artist management. Some of his current management clients include Doug Schadt, Evan Sutton, and Rob Cohen. He’s also recently co-founded a boutique independent label called Hundred Days. We have a great chat about switching from the recording studio to the record label, 100 hour work weeks, assisting Jimmy Iovine, and the importance of finding the the next thing that excites you.

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

  • Working in a hotbed of amazing major label artists
  • The recording studio is a service business
  • Seeing the writing on the wall of the future of engineering
  • Switching into the label side and working as Jimmy Iovine's Assistant
  • Linn Drum Samples
  • Understanding record deals, what you get and what you give up
  • Management for producers and engineers
  • Learning to read the data
  • Finding a unique element to define a sound
  • Scaling as an independent artist
  • Creating a brand as an engineer or mixer... it's about value
  • Leaving college to attend Musician's Institute
  • Engineering for Ron Fair
  • Stephen Pressfield "The Art of War"
  • Tiago Forte "Building a Second Brain"
  • The Defiant Ones documentary

Travis' Intro: Planning for Creativity

Learn More About Tal Oz...

Website: https://talozz.me/

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Credits:

Guest: Tal Oz

Host: Travis Ference

Editor: Stephen Boyd

Theme Music: inter.ference

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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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Created and hosted by Grammy nominated recording and mixing engineer Travis Ference, Progressions: Success in the Music Industry is inspired by the journey of his career so far. Travis is determined to set the next generation of music creators up with the tools they need to define their own success and live a happy, healthy, and prosperous career in the music business.

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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.