Taking Steps in a Positive Direction ft. Johnny Minardi (Elektra Music Group)

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Taking Steps in a Positive Direction ft. Johnny Minardi (Elektra Music Group)

Starting 2022 off with a banger! So happy to have the legend that is Johnny Minardi on the podcast. Johnny is the VP of A&R at Elektra records and one of the most inspiring people I have had the pleasure of speaking with. Through consistently finding the right path Johnny has created a well-rounded and balanced life with a great support network. This setup allows him to crush goals, inspire his peers, and teach the next generation on the way. I think we can all agree this is definitely something we are all working towards in our own lives and careers. Thank you for your knowledge Johnny, we collectively appreciate you!

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In this episode of the Don’t Shit On The Bus podcast we will learn:

• How Johnny went from working on street teams in Chicago to being the VP of A&R for Elektra Music Group
• How taking chances and rolling with the flow can create positive results
• That it is so important to have a positive mindset when meeting people
• What systems Johnny has in place to have a good support system around him

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(00:00) Intro
(03:17) Johnny gets on the bus
(04:30) What does a VP of A&R do?
(08:02) Working within subsidiary labels
(09:52) When Johnny and Adam first met
(10:45) Being hired on to work at Fueled By Ramen
(15:06) How Johnny got started in the music industry
(17:49) The first goal, working in the industry
(26:21) From LLR Records to working at Fueled By Ramen
(33:48) Being let go by Fueled By Ramen, working at Equal Vision, then back to Fueled By Ramen
(39:48) Going into situations with the right mindset
(43:02) Building a solid support system around you
(48:00) Top three nu-metal artist
(49:08) How Johnny finds new music and artist
(51:18) Top book of 2021 and 2022
(52:39) Failing a goal is okay
(55:27) Wrap up notes
(55:40) Shower Shoes

Johnny Minardi – Guest

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► Label: https://www.elektramusicgroup.com/

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Adam Elmakias – Host

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Edited & Produced by Connor Gaskey