Category Archives: Q&A

HOME Elite Artist Spotlight: Natasha Blaine

Once a month, we are partnering with Helping Our Music Evolve (HOME) in East Nashville to feature an artist who is enrolled in the organization’s Elite Artist Program, which teams recording artists with HOME’s Verified Producers and other business professionals to accelerate the process of creating and monetizing their music.

First up is Natasha Blaine. A Seattle native, Natasha moved to Nashville in 2018, and has been captivating audiences in Music City with her jazz-influenced vocals and engaging live performances ever since. She just released her new single, “You Don’t Treat Me the Same,” co-produced alongside HOME-certified producer Allan Fine.

I had the chance to chat with Natasha about the new single, her creative process, and the joys of performing live. In the process, I could sense her genuine excitement for what the future holds. Read the interview below, and check out “You Don’t Treat Me the Same” when you get to the bottom!

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It’s Sunday Funday with Lord Goldie, Foundation Mecca, and Chaun Davis of ViB

“Sunday Funday” is more than just a country-hip hop crossover single. It’s a movement unto itself.

Today on The Quinn Spinn, we have the leaders of the movement joining us in a roundtable discussion. We go in-depth about the release, their big plans for 2022 (and beyond), and the ever-increasing presence of Nashville hip hop and R&B in the musical landscape.

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The Importance of the Artist-Audience Connection with Nathan Dohse, Founder of AGD Entertainment

Nathan Dohse is the founder of AGD Entertainment and the author of the Zero to 60 by AGD artist development program. In 8 years, AGD Entertainment and its team of artist coaches has helped hundreds of artists develop their careers as they navigate the ever-changing music industry.

Nathan has much to share with us, including the importance of storytelling as a means of connecting an artist with their audience. Get ready for an insightful journey today on The Quinn Spinn!

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Crowdfunding Spotlight: ‘Ten Year’ is ‘A Queer Story Not Just for Queer People’

We’re back with another Crowdfunding Spotlight — and this time, we’re taking a turn into the realm of musical theatre.

We had a chance to chat with Wesley King, a singer-songwriter and composer who, together with writing partner Jacob Heinz, is part of the creative force behind Ten Year. Ten Year is a musical which followed the journey of a gay man as he approaches his 10-year high school reunion, while addressing the feelings we all encounter when we come to a crossroads in life.

Hit the button below to donate, and learn more about Ten Year after the jump!

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Finding the Right Mix: The Long and Winding Road That Led Borderline Natives to Prominence

Borderline Natives have been tearing up Nashville’s alt-rock scene lately, developing their high-energy brand of pop punk at the height of the genre’s revival. However, like any worthwhile creative journey, it hasn’t been an easy road for the emerging four-piece.

Borderline Natives frontman Kevin Barry joins The Quinn Spinn today to give a detailed account of the band’s history, the lessons learned, and how it has all translated into the opportunities standing before this band of brothers.

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An Educational Conversation About the Cannabis and Robotics Industries with Calvin Gee and Sydney Smith

On this week’s episode of The Quinn Spinn, we welcome Calvin Gee and Sydney Smith of Commons Cannabis for an educational conversation that breaks down misconceptions about the cannabis industry. Calvin is also the CEO of Graisin Robotics, and offers us insights into the future of work and artificial intelligence, and the crossover between his two companies. And, of course, we chat about the Commons Cannabis-sponsored NashLive! event, A Night to Remember: A Belated New Year’s Experience, taking place on Friday, January 28 at The East Room.

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Crowdfunding Spotlight: With ‘Tarantula,’ Misty Dawn is Weaving an Empowering Story

The artist featured within our first-ever UMC Crowdfunding Spotlight is weaving a thoughtful and intricate web…

Misty Dawn is a singer-songwriter and entrepreneur with an extensive background in musical theatre and television. After spending a decade in New York City, The Texas native came to Nashville and developed a sound and style she calls “Show Country.” Misty draws influence from her vast and varied performing arts experience, while finding musical inspiration from jazz, showtunes, oldies, church hymns and — of course — classic country artists like Reba McEntire, Shania Twain, Kitty Wells, and Patsy Cline.

Misty has launched a crowdfunding campaign through February 14 (that’s Valentine’s Day!) for her upcoming project, Tarantula, an 8-song concept album tentatively set for release this fall. Tarantula will honor all of Misty’s influences — with a dash of soul and swing — as it walks the thematic tightrope between societal expectations and a woman’s pursuit of her dreams.

Learn more about Tarantula below the jump, and check out these links to support Misty and learn more.

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Guitar Shopping: The What, the Why, & the How with Music on The Move Studios’ Caitie Thompson

To put it short: I know VERY LITTLE about guitars. As a baby songwriter, I knew even less. So, I figured: what better way to make it easier for the next generation of songwriters, than to have all the questions I have answered by a professional! That professional is my amazing business partner — and guitar goddess — Caitie Thompson

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at info@musiconthemovestudios.com. Let’s get right down it!

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Evolving Through the Pandemic: Catching Up with CJ-0

A lot has happened since the last time we had CJ-0 on The Quinn Spinn. She was known as MOLLE. The world was juuuuuust going into COVID-19-induced lockdown. There was a lot we still had to learn about ourselves, and about each other.

Here we are 20 months later, and there is much to discuss. The pandemic and our individual journeys have informed great changes (and even progress!) since the last time we shared space in the studio. Join us today for an excellent conversation about healing, growth, and purpose!

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Self-Made Men: A Conversation with Tee Walls, Esquire, and Keith Mosley

Led by hip hop artist, producer, and entrepreneur Tee Walls, Wall to Wall Entertainment is an artist collective which also prominently features the talents of R&B singer Esquire and rapper/producer Keith Mosley. This driven trio of artists is doing everything they can to put themselves on the map, while fostering a creative community bound to impact generations to come.

Hear what these self-made men are working on, as we get ready to host them for A Night of Nashville Hip Hop at Cobra Nashville alongside Lord Goldie, Mr. 110, and Rambo Lee on Saturday, October 16.

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