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Charlotte is known for banking and football. But what can be said of the Charlotte music scene? Join award-winning host Joni Deutsch for Amplifier, the new music podcast from WFAE, where we shine a light on the artists who call Charlotte home. You just might find a new favorite song along the way.
 
Do you market events or venues? Do you want to learn more but don't have time to do it? Introducing The Amplifier Event Marketing Podcast, your chance to listen in on a “no holds barred” conversation about marketing events and venues from the best in the business. Our goal is to educate, inspire and entertain you, while you hear straight talk from our guests about what works and what doesn’t when trying to pump up the volume for your event or venue. And unlike most conferences or webinars, y ...
 
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Without a doubt, Charlotte-based band Moa made the most out of 2020. From contributing an original song to the Netflix true crime documentary “Night Stalker” to hosting an eye-catching virtual performance at Charlotte’s Neighborhood Theatre and releasing a hauntingly beautiful debut album, the four-piece ambient music group created sparks in a year…
 
What are the TOP 10 Opportunities hidden in plain sight or available right now to grow and scale your business now EVEN IF you were affected by the pandemic? That’s what this episode is all about, along with the latest trends, gadgets and investments to focus on to take advantage of the current climate and use it to grow your wealth instead of stay…
 
For the past five years, singer-songwriter Jim Sharkey has taken the 200-year-old lilt of traditional Irish folk music and placed it in a 21st-century context (with contemporary references to Facebook, Whitney Houston and even the 2019 Women’s World Cup). On his 2019 full-length release “A Lovely Day,” Sharkey sings to the theme of home: of … Conti…
 
WOW. The end of 2020 is here and I, for one am glad to see it go… but I am looking forward to the year ahead and reflecting on all of the GREAT things that happened this past year. That’s why we’re gifting you with a REWIND episode of our #1 downloaded podcast episode today! Have a listen and enjoy. It’s a great one and I’m super grateful for YOU! …
 
As NPR Music shared, “2020 was a year defined by the sounds of rage, resolve, mourning and solidarity.” That includes the sound of Grammy-nominated North Carolina trio The HamilTones (Tony Lelo, J. Vito and 2E), who released the incredibly profound record “1964” and shared joyful splendor through “A HamilTones Christmas.” After gracing the world’s …
 
Admittedly the last 8 months have been rough on most of the world. Who could have imagined we’d be here, in a real-life pandemic? It’s straight out of a sci-fi movie. We’ve been dealing with restrictions, lockdowns, isolation, and businesses closing, evolving, and changing on a dime. It hasn’t been easy… But believe it or not, right NOW is one of t…
 
For the past 20 years, Boris “Bluz” Rogers has expanded the boundaries of poetry, spoken word and musical storytelling. As an Emmy Award-winning performer, he has shared the stage with legends like Outkast, Pink Floyd and Gil Scott-Heron. As a poetry slam master and coach, he’s risen through the ranks of spoken word and inspired … Continue reading …
 
The past few years have shown that nerd culture is the new cool, with “Black Panther” becoming the first comic book film to score a Best Picture nomination at the Oscars, “Game of Thrones” becoming a cultural phenomenon and even Walt Disney World opening up its first official Star Wars-themed hotel in Florida. Which makes … Continue reading "ENCORE…
 
Do you have a list a mile long of stuff you NEED to get done but you keep procrastinating? Your business and personal growth may DEPEND on you checking off those important things on the list but still… you can’t seem to get them done. We ALL struggle with procrastination… but why? And how do you get past it so you can move forward and grow? Today w…
 
Alfred Sergel IV has three decades of experience as a professional jazz musician — not as a jazz singer or jazz pianist, but as a jazz drummer. Between performing with Grammy honorees and recording with Billboard-charting artists, Alfred (or, as his friends called him, Al) still finds time to create original music that merges new-age … Continue rea…
 
How do you get access to the unreachable? How do you become unforgettable? That’s the focus of this episode of Capability Amplifier. 15 years ago, Mike Koenigs called a good friend who was buying three people $12,000 Rolex watches and thought he was crazy. “Why?” He asked! Keep reading or start listening… You know that amazing, warm, fuzzy feeling …
 
In September 2019, hip-hop publication XXL posed a question: “Is North Carolina next up?” What they’re referring to, in part, is the A+ rap and hip-hop talent coming out of North Carolina including prominent names like J. Cole, DaBaby and Lute. When it comes to Southern-fried rap and hip-hop in the Queen City, Elevator Jay … Continue reading "ENCOR…
 
Imagine piloting a plane that’s 1000 miles away from land and your engine starts to fail… what do you do? If you’re an entrepreneur, you can relate to this scenario because you’re dealing with lots and lots of different “plane crashes” all the time, right?. You need to be agile and change your focus to survive, especially in the climate we’re opera…
 
“The music is serious, but I never take it seriously. I believe that you can make deeply personal music without sacrificing a sense of humor or self-awareness. It’s equal parts therapy and irony. Don’t tell my therapist” The coronavirus outbreak has spurred a number of musicians to “press pause” on their plans, whether it was … Continue reading "Ti…
 
Two words and one 3×5 card that pitched and closed one of the most recognizable TV shows from the 1980s in seconds … what was it? What’s the fastest way to stand out, be distinctive, get attention, and be referable in six seconds or less? On the latest episode, you’re going to meet Scott McKain. He’s done everything from playing the villain in a We…
 
Self-taught on the drums at the age of 6. Raised on a mix of A Tribe Called Quest, Chuck Berry, and Lauryn Hill. Taking meetings with Jay-Z’s record label Roc Nation before her debut release even dropped in 2017. Just like her music, the stories of up-and-coming R&B star Cyanca are anything but ordinary. “It … Continue reading "ENCORE: Neo-Soul Art…
 
Have you ever wondered how to charge $50,000, $250,000, $500,000, or MORE for a professional service or product? Or how to go from getting paid for doing to getting paid for knowing to getting paid for actually BEING? How do you sell something like that? Influence a prospect? What IS the enrollment process? What kind of questions do you have to ask…
 
“Democracy is not something that happens only at election time, and it’s not something that happens just with one event. It’s an ongoing, grassroots building process.” Long before the coronavirus pandemic, Charlotte musician Si Kahn understood the power of resilience. For the past 55 years, Kahn has dedicated his life’s work to civil rights activis…
 
Imagine having clients BEGGING to work with you and saying things like, “I’ve been looking for someone like you forever! How can I work with you right now? Imagine being able to find BIG opportunities that produce tons of money for really long periods of time. Today on the show we’ll reveal new thinking to manifest money (even during a global pande…
 
Without a doubt, the coronavirus pandemic coupled with ongoing demonstrations and protests have changed the landscape for conversations and creative output. In particular, musicians have taken this time for self-reflection on the state of the music industry and their individual responsibilities in moving the conversation forward. For Charlotte-base…
 
What’s the “Golden Thread” that unites front stage and backstage, or sales and fulfillment of a successful business? Think about the customer’s journey … all of the team stakeholders … sales, program advisors, coaches, etc. How can a business leader ensure that there’s a “through line” so everyone is on the same page even though they all have diffe…
 
If you lived in Charlotte in the early 2000’s, you lived through the golden age of Rock En Español in the Queen City. Latin reggae band Bakalao Stars (led by Christian Anzola) took root during this fertile musical period, a time of locally-produced and supported Latin music which was heralded as “the soundtrack of Charlotte’s … Continue reading "EN…
 
On the show this week, Dan Sullivan and I tackle the topic of how to create a perfect Simplifier-Multiplier moment. Funnily enough, Dan and I are really good examples of a Simplifier (Dan) and a Multiplier (me). But these are not personality types; they’re operating modes.Von Mike Koenigs and Dan Sullivan
 
As America reckons with racial injustice, the music industry has scrambled to show its support for the Black community. Recording companies took a day off work and opened up their checkbooks with #BlackoutTuesday. Major labels like Warner Music Group and Sony Music created multi-million dollar funds to combat systemic racism. Here in Charlotte in r…
 
Today, we're going to dissect the most common sales challenges you’ll hear AND give you word-for-word scripts, plus a link where you can download the transcripts and adapt them to your business, no matter what your product or service is.Von Mike Koenigs and Dan Sullivan
 
Opportunities from contributing music to the hit Cartoon Network show “The Boondocks” to performing with Marsalis jazz family royalty, it’s no wonder Charlotte native Harvey Cummings II has been called a “jazz legend in the making,” mixing the classic riffs of Coltrane with the hip-hop sensibilities of J. Cole. “We’re trying to push jazz forward, ……
 
Across the city and country, music venues remain closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. According to a June survey conducted by the National Independent Venue Association, 90% of independent music venues could close permanently within the next few months. As that association puts it, “Unlike restaurants or grocery stores, venues have no way to piv…
 
Sheri Salata grew up outside of Chicago and worked with the daytime television titan for more than 20 years with one of the most heralded jobs on the planet as the executive producer of “The Oprah Winfrey Show.” In this episode, Sheri gives us some AMAZING takeaways from her tenure working with Oprah.…
 
Progressive R&B artist and Charlotte native Whitney Hall is a self-described “trifecta:” a black lesbian woman who is proudly centered in communities of color, LGBTQIA+ and music. On the 50th anniversary of Pride’s Stonewall Uprising, amid nationwide demonstrations against police brutality and systemic racism following the death of George Floyd, Wh…
 
I’m ready to focus on all of the good that’s come out of the last few months. How about you? It takes a VERY special person to be able to see the opportunities in something as devastating as a global pandemic, but those who take action and turn those opportunities into something unique are the brave ones.…
 
The past week has been like no other. For millions of Americans, the trauma and the heartbreak is profound following the death of George Floyd, who was killed by a Minneapolis police officer. On Tuesday, the music industry launched #TheShowMustBePaused, a statement of solidarity in response to Floyd’s death and the #BlackLivesMatter movement. As a …
 
In recent weeks, local music advocates David “Dae-Lee” Arrington (Grammy-nominated producer and co-founder of FAIR PLAY Music Equity Initiative) and Rick Thurmond (lead for Charlotte Center City Partners’ Music Everywhere CLT) have established the Charlotte Music Community COVID-19 Relief Fund, designed to help local creatives who have lost income …
 
As a result of the coronavirus pandemic and stay-at-home orders, remote education and virtual programs have seen a massive uptick in recent months. That includes virtual music lessons from organizations like Charlotte’s Bold Music Lessons, which brings music to homes and creates teaching jobs for musicians who’ve lost work as a result of the pandem…
 
“Jah” is more than a shortened form of Jehovah. For Charlotte artist Joel Aloise, founding member and guitarist for the Latin reggae band JAHlistic, the word “Jah” is a mantra to be fully, transparently and wholeheartedly authentic in both life, love and music. “Reggae is on the rise. Latin music as well. It was always … Continue reading "‘Reggae I…
 
There is no denying it. We are living in a world where we are inundated all day long with horrific news of the global pandemic and economic crash, and it's unclear when it will end or how quickly we will recover. Needless to say, we are all navigating some pretty overwhelming emotions, so in light of the current situation, I wanted to send you a ra…
 
It’s been nearly a month since COVID-19 shut down Charlotte in practically every way imaginable. For the local music scene, that means venues of all shapes and sizes closing their doors and hundreds of concerts being canceled or postponed until the coronavirus outbreak comes to an end. But that hasn’t put a stopper on Charlotte’s … Continue reading…
 
Since Amplifier debuted in 2018, we’ve had the pleasure of featuring a wide variety of rock artists on this podcast: alt rock, indie rock, psych rock, punk rock, pop rock. But today’s episode marks a first with Charlotte-based math rock band Cuzco, hailed by Volume Magazine as “a world of odd time signatures, not-so-typical rhythmic … Continue read…
 
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