#032: How to Become an In-Demand Session Guitarist, Gigging Musician & Music Producer with Michael Flanders

Michael Flanders is the go-to guy in the Queensland music scene. Listen to this podcast to learn how Michael started from scratch and rose to become a professional musician, a gigging and in-demand session guitarist and a music producer. He shares his story of how he started out and what it’s like working in the music industry. He also shared some great tips and advice for players who want to make it big in the music scene.

  • How Michael started in music.
  • The story of how he became to go-to guy in the Queensland music scene.
  • How the music industry works in terms of publishing and songwriting.
  • Tips for building better timing and rising to the standard of world-class players.
  • Michael shows us the Nashville Number System.
  • The importance of regular practice for musicians.
  • Michael’s advice for musicians who want to take the leap and make the move to cities with bigger music scenes.
  • Mistakes you need to avoid as guitar players or session musicians.
  • Advice to rapidly accelerate your success as a musician.

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Today’s Guest

Australian award-winning producer and writer Michael Flanders and co-founder of Pacific International music publishing moved to the USA in Feb ‘07 to head up Pacific International Music. During this period, he has built a healthy publishing catalog of over 1,100 songs and having administration on 12 other existing catalogs with high profile names attached. His production credits include Josh Arnold, Nik Phillips, Jill King, Garrison Starr, and American Idol Semi-Finalist Siobhan Magnus and Multi-Platinum selling artist Nikki Webster to name a few.

In the 1980s and 1990s, Flanders achieved acclaim in his native Australian market; first as a staff songwriter with Warner/Chappell Music, then as a producer for Alternative and Pop acts in Australia. He received ARIA (Australian Record Industry Association) recognition for his work with the Australian pop artist Chaise, producing a string of hit singles album that spawned a number one hit song for her, Only Be Me. Flanders’ trademark as a producer has been his experimental and hook heavy approach to creating organic-sounding records. He is known for his involvement in a project from conception to finished product.


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