The Career Musician
Managing Your B(r)and | Xander Smith & Baron Grafft EP. 51
May 18, 2020 · 1 hr 56 min
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Xander is joined by mutual good friend of Nomad and his, Baron Graft who initially brought these two together for this podcast. What ensues is a fun convo about music and life and how the business of sales is so closely related to the entertainment industry!

Outside is the sophomore release from LA singer/songwriter Xander Smith. Making records in 2014 typically means you now bring a laptop along with your old beat up Gibson J-45 -- no matter what, wherever you go. So, all last year, Smith found himself not only touring, but writing/tracking on three continents. The result is 10 new gems featuring musicians from LA to Manchester to Moscow. Members of New Order, Jack Johnson, Johnny Marr Band, Draco Rosa, Herb Alpert/Lani Hall, The Go Gos and Adam Lambert all put their stamp on this new album.

While Smith sold out two pressings of his debut record, Hey San Pedro, out of the trunk of his car--Jay Z style—and then online and at shows, labels/distributors around the globe have caught wind of his music and constant touring. Outside will now reach North America, Europe, Russia and Australia/New Zealand. “Say Anything” is the first single which features Bernard Sumner (Joy Division/Electronic/New Order) on melodica/backing vocals. His band mates Stephen Morris, Phil Cunningham and Tom Chapman, along with many other gifted players help Smith craft a record that covers a lot of ground within the singer/songwriter genre. Nods to legends Nick Drake, Big Star, Jack Johnson, Bright Eyes and Paul Simon are all apparent as Smith presents his stories and melodies, blending in these different influences with his own honest, straight forward approach.




This show is part of Pantheon Podcasts.

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