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The Unstarving Musician

The Unstarving Musician’s Podcast features interviews with indie music artists an industry pros who share their experience and expertise on songwriting, recording, touring, getting gigs, marketing, and much more. It’s all intended to help indie artists to more of what they love–make music.

Aug 16, 2019

Simon Tam, founder and bassist of The Slants | Matal v. Tam | Author of Music Business Hacks The Daily Habits of the Self-Made Musician and host of the Music Business Hacks podcastIn this dual interview episode, I speak with Simon Tam about all he’s doing for the music community through podcasting, public speaking and writing. We also talk about his activism and support for other artists. Then we switch seats and Simon interviews me for his Music Business Hacks podcast.

Episode Highlights

We start the conversation by talking about Simon’s process for creating 300+ podcast episodes to date, and go on to discuss:

  • His passion for the business side of music
  • Representation of Asian Americans by Simon and The Slants
  • The Supreme Court battle for his band’s name
  • Simon’s suggestions on how art and business can successfully combine
  • How and why Robonzo started his The Unstarving Musician podcast
  • The joy of curating the expertise of musicians
  • Creating moments of connection on stage as a musician

Key Points

  1. If you’re persistent, strategic and consistent, you’ll see major growth in your music career.
  2. Dress the part. Work on your craft. Serve the audience and your band members.
  3. Community is key. Focus on building relationships.


“You need to tackle the business side of things with the same level of creativity, the willingness to experiment, the willingness to know yourself. Your uniqueness. What makes you distinct?”
—Simon Tam

“Begin with a vision of what you’d like, and then work out the steps to get there.”
—Simon Tam

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