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A of the I Radio Network Podcast Episodes

Grammy Award Winning James Auwarter

On this episode of the Artists of the Industry Podcast we have a conversation with Grammy Award Winning Recording Engineer and Chicago area Recording Studio Owner, James Auwarter.

What do 31 Grammy nominations, educating young people about the music business, work ethic, being self-aware, and the importance of people skills have in common? The foundation above has allowed our next AOFTHEI Podcast guest the privilege of working with some of the most notable artists in the music industry like Kanye West, Yo-Yo Ma, Kirk Franklin, Kurt Elling, Bob Mintzer, Adam Levine, Cowboy Troy, Tom Higgenson (Plain White Tees), Donald Lawrence, Hezekiah Walker, Rihanna, Anthony Hamilton, John Legend, Rodrigo Y Gabriela, Lupe Fiasco, Mavis Staples, and many more.

James has built a career in the music business that spans many years and several genres and styles of music. He teaches at a college level, incorporating important life skills beyond talent, musical chops and engineering skills. James mentions the use of the Myers & Briggs personality test to understand yourself first, while developing skills as a people person and staying steps ahead of the client in the room in order to stand out as a true professional. James and many in the industry that have risen to the top of the very competitive music business landscape, have a common belief, that the secret is no secret, but instead, a self awareness and real life human understanding of what it takes to be at the top of your game, making a living at what you love to do.

Music Therapy – Healing Through Music

In this episode we have a conversation with Music Therapist, Lindsay Rossmiller. Together we discuss the alternative healing therapy of music and how professional Music Therapist, Lindsay Rossmiller achieves amazing results in assisting young people with traumatic life experiences and special needs to navigate, find their voice and find a new way of finding healthy solutions for emotional and developmental challenges.

Music therapists primarily help clients improve their health in several domains, such as cognitive functioning, motor skills, emotional development, social skills, and quality of life by using both active and passive music experiences such as free improvisation, song, dance, listening, and discussion of music to achieve treatment goals.

Music has been found to be an effective tool for music therapists through extensive research. It is beneficial for any individual, both physically and mentally, through improved heart rate, reduced anxiety, stimulation of the brain, and improved learning.

Lindsay has had a variety of clinical experience. She has worked with individuals spanning in age from early childhood to end of life to address physical, developmental, cognitive, spiritual, emotional, and social needs through music therapy. Lindsay’s current specialization involves the use of a person-centered, music-centered approach to Music Therapy with adolescents on the autism spectrum, and adolescents with multiple physical and developmental disabilities.

Lindsay obtained her degree in Music Therapy from the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire, and completed her clinical music therapy internship at The Center for Discovery. She is a board certified music therapist (MT-BC), and is a member of The Illinois Association for Music Therapy, and The American Music Therapy Association.

Artists of the Industry and Lindsay Rossmiller recently met through the studio’s network of local professional musicians. A forum discussion centered around a collaboration working with special needs children through local schools in where AOFTHEI can partner with music therapists and educational foundations to best utilize their facility and collaborative soon became an idea that needed to become reality.

In this episode Lindsay brings true life experiences and case studies to demonstrate how Music Therapy works.

Entrepreneurial Success through Loyalty, Passion for People and the love of Business With Jim Carlson

Jim Carlson is the former President and CEO of American Audio Visual Center, Inc., a Scottsdale Arizona based audio visual company that specialized in rental of av equipment and multimedia production at hotels and convention centers. Starting his own business in 1993, spotlighted in Inc. 500 Magazine’s list of fastest growing privately held companies and eventually growing annual revenue to over $125 million dollars and selling the business to the largest audio visual service provider in the industry. His company coined and trademarked tagline “The Extreme Customer Service Company” and was known for bringing a creative and differentiating his approach from others in the hospitality and events business. Jim’s customers included some of world’s most well-known corporate, hotel and resort brands and ownerships.

Jim Carlson weathered downturns in the economy including the tragedy of 911 and its effect on the convention, travel and hospitality business, losing over a million dollars in revenue on September 11th, 2001. This is a story of survival, loyalty and a family like culture that has allowed Jim the title of successful entrepreneur, business leader and mentor. He attributes his successful moments in life to the people around him, the teams, his employees.

Fast forward…

The new chapter includes both Carlson AV where he now operates a team in three big New York area hotels and has partnered with his long term colleague and employee, Duane Tornquist, SVP of Creative Tech and Chief Marketing Officer of American AVC to form Artists of the Industry.

Taking what they did best, creating loyalty from people, teams and customers and bringing new B2B technologies to market, Artists of the Industry is Jim’s new passion along with his love for the game of golf.

We hope you enjoy this episode that finds business partner and Host of the Artists of the Industry Podcast, Duane Tornquist interviewing his longtime friend Jim Carlson about his career, life as an entrepreneur, the loyalty of others, dedication to his people and what’s next.

Technology Drives The Art With Robert Margouleff

A pioneer in the music business and ahead of his time at many times in musical history including in 2017. Grammy Award winner, Robert Margouleff is an American record producer, recording engineer, electronic music pioneer, audio expert, and film producer. Having worked with musical icons such as Stevie Wonder, Robert Moog and Devo just to name a few, and brining a mix of technology, experimentation, art, passion, discovery and collaboration to every project and idea, Robert remains a important figure to the future of music. Robert is now in the center of immersive audio with Hear360 in a similar way that he was when he helped introduced synthesizers in popular music. Robert has many stories to tel including his work with Andy Warhol and owns the phrase, “Technology Drives the Art”.

Robert’s Margouleff’s “Technology Drives the Art” drew deep parallels with Artists of the Industry. Over 25 years ago Duane met Robert at Ocean View Digital Mastering where Robert was mastering a live album recorded using solar power for Green Pease in 1991. Through social media in which both Robert and Duane continue to share the interworking of their company’s milestones and news, they discovered and started to follow each other closely and eventually connected for this fascinating podcast. Robert and Duane share not only a love for music, collaborating with talented people and a love for living life, but also their pioneering technologies in the world of immersive, VR and AR technologies where audio now plays a critical role. For more information about Robert, please visit his website http://www.margouleff.com/

SAE Institute Chicago and AOFTHEI, The Details Matter

Tony Tobias, Career Advisor at SAE Institute, Chicago and former SAE student, Justin James, discuss the business of music, the details that matter and what it really takes to get noticed. It’s not what is on the surface but what is inside. At a recent composer gathering at Artists of the Industry in Northbrook, Illinois, the two commandeered the Podcast Desk and discussed their relationship and the transition from student to career at AOFTHEI, relationship and their love for hard work, music and culture.

The Space Between

JaNae Contag, a Kansas City native, received her MFA in Visual Art from Washington University in St. Louis and her BA from Trinity University in San Antonio with majors in Art, Political Science and Spanish. As an Artist Support Grant Recipient through the Regional Arts Commission (RAC) of St. Louis, she recently completed a film project documenting declining indoor malls in the Midwest. Another recent project, NÆ, investigates architectural form through music, transforming her original lyrical manifestos into pop music. Contag has exhibited her work in San Antonio, Austin, Maine, Chicago, New York and St. Louis, most notably at The Luminary Center for the Arts, The Kemper Art Museum, The Well Slept Film Fest in Chicago, Co-Lab Project Space in Austin, Texas, and the Offline Space at Central Booking in New York.

A of the I VR Project

Game developer, VR artist, entrepreneur, snowboarder, cat lover and a development partner for Artists of the Industry’s new VR business. Spencer talks about his partnership with A of the I and his take on the VR opportunity which entails education, entertainment and a new content marketing platform.

A of the I Radio Network Podcast Episodes

Grammy Award Winning James Auwarter

On this episode of the Artists of the Industry Podcast we have a conversation with Grammy Award Winning Recording Engineer and Chicago area Recording Studio Owner, James Auwarter.

What do 31 Grammy nominations, educating young people about the music business, work ethic, being self-aware, and the importance of people skills have in common? The foundation above has allowed our next AOFTHEI Podcast guest the privilege of working with some of the most notable artists in the music industry like Kanye West, Yo-Yo Ma, Kirk Franklin, Kurt Elling, Bob Mintzer, Adam Levine, Cowboy Troy, Tom Higgenson (Plain White Tees), Donald Lawrence, Hezekiah Walker, Rihanna, Anthony Hamilton, John Legend, Rodrigo Y Gabriela, Lupe Fiasco, Mavis Staples, and many more.

James has built a career in the music business that spans many years and several genres and styles of music. He teaches at a college level, incorporating important life skills beyond talent, musical chops and engineering skills. James mentions the use of the Myers & Briggs personality test to understand yourself first, while developing skills as a people person and staying steps ahead of the client in the room in order to stand out as a true professional. James and many in the industry that have risen to the top of the very competitive music business landscape, have a common belief, that the secret is no secret, but instead, a self awareness and real life human understanding of what it takes to be at the top of your game, making a living at what you love to do.

Music Therapy – Healing Through Music

In this episode we have a conversation with Music Therapist, Lindsay Rossmiller. Together we discuss the alternative healing therapy of music and how professional Music Therapist, Lindsay Rossmiller achieves amazing results in assisting young people with traumatic life experiences and special needs to navigate, find their voice and find a new way of finding healthy solutions for emotional and developmental challenges.

Music therapists primarily help clients improve their health in several domains, such as cognitive functioning, motor skills, emotional development, social skills, and quality of life by using both active and passive music experiences such as free improvisation, song, dance, listening, and discussion of music to achieve treatment goals.

Music has been found to be an effective tool for music therapists through extensive research. It is beneficial for any individual, both physically and mentally, through improved heart rate, reduced anxiety, stimulation of the brain, and improved learning.

Lindsay has had a variety of clinical experience. She has worked with individuals spanning in age from early childhood to end of life to address physical, developmental, cognitive, spiritual, emotional, and social needs through music therapy. Lindsay’s current specialization involves the use of a person-centered, music-centered approach to Music Therapy with adolescents on the autism spectrum, and adolescents with multiple physical and developmental disabilities.

Lindsay obtained her degree in Music Therapy from the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire, and completed her clinical music therapy internship at The Center for Discovery. She is a board certified music therapist (MT-BC), and is a member of The Illinois Association for Music Therapy, and The American Music Therapy Association.

Artists of the Industry and Lindsay Rossmiller recently met through the studio’s network of local professional musicians. A forum discussion centered around a collaboration working with special needs children through local schools in where AOFTHEI can partner with music therapists and educational foundations to best utilize their facility and collaborative soon became an idea that needed to become reality.

In this episode Lindsay brings true life experiences and case studies to demonstrate how Music Therapy works.

Entrepreneurial Success through Loyalty, Passion for People and the love of Business With Jim Carlson

Jim Carlson is the former President and CEO of American Audio Visual Center, Inc., a Scottsdale Arizona based audio visual company that specialized in rental of av equipment and multimedia production at hotels and convention centers. Starting his own business in 1993, spotlighted in Inc. 500 Magazine’s list of fastest growing privately held companies and eventually growing annual revenue to over $125 million dollars and selling the business to the largest audio visual service provider in the industry. His company coined and trademarked tagline “The Extreme Customer Service Company” and was known for bringing a creative and differentiating his approach from others in the hospitality and events business. Jim’s customers included some of world’s most well-known corporate, hotel and resort brands and ownerships.

Jim Carlson weathered downturns in the economy including the tragedy of 911 and its effect on the convention, travel and hospitality business, losing over a million dollars in revenue on September 11th, 2001. This is a story of survival, loyalty and a family like culture that has allowed Jim the title of successful entrepreneur, business leader and mentor. He attributes his successful moments in life to the people around him, the teams, his employees.

Fast forward…

The new chapter includes both Carlson AV where he now operates a team in three big New York area hotels and has partnered with his long term colleague and employee, Duane Tornquist, SVP of Creative Tech and Chief Marketing Officer of American AVC to form Artists of the Industry.

Taking what they did best, creating loyalty from people, teams and customers and bringing new B2B technologies to market, Artists of the Industry is Jim’s new passion along with his love for the game of golf.

We hope you enjoy this episode that finds business partner and Host of the Artists of the Industry Podcast, Duane Tornquist interviewing his longtime friend Jim Carlson about his career, life as an entrepreneur, the loyalty of others, dedication to his people and what’s next.

Technology Drives The Art With Robert Margouleff

A pioneer in the music business and ahead of his time at many times in musical history including in 2017. Grammy Award winner, Robert Margouleff is an American record producer, recording engineer, electronic music pioneer, audio expert, and film producer. Having worked with musical icons such as Stevie Wonder, Robert Moog and Devo just to name a few, and brining a mix of technology, experimentation, art, passion, discovery and collaboration to every project and idea, Robert remains a important figure to the future of music. Robert is now in the center of immersive audio with Hear360 in a similar way that he was when he helped introduced synthesizers in popular music. Robert has many stories to tel including his work with Andy Warhol and owns the phrase, “Technology Drives the Art”.

Robert’s Margouleff’s “Technology Drives the Art” drew deep parallels with Artists of the Industry. Over 25 years ago Duane met Robert at Ocean View Digital Mastering where Robert was mastering a live album recorded using solar power for Green Pease in 1991. Through social media in which both Robert and Duane continue to share the interworking of their company’s milestones and news, they discovered and started to follow each other closely and eventually connected for this fascinating podcast. Robert and Duane share not only a love for music, collaborating with talented people and a love for living life, but also their pioneering technologies in the world of immersive, VR and AR technologies where audio now plays a critical role. For more information about Robert, please visit his website http://www.margouleff.com/

SAE Institute Chicago and AOFTHEI, The Details Matter

Tony Tobias, Career Advisor at SAE Institute, Chicago and former SAE student, Justin James, discuss the business of music, the details that matter and what it really takes to get noticed. It’s not what is on the surface but what is inside. At a recent composer gathering at Artists of the Industry in Northbrook, Illinois, the two commandeered the Podcast Desk and discussed their relationship and the transition from student to career at AOFTHEI, relationship and their love for hard work, music and culture.

The Space Between

JaNae Contag, a Kansas City native, received her MFA in Visual Art from Washington University in St. Louis and her BA from Trinity University in San Antonio with majors in Art, Political Science and Spanish. As an Artist Support Grant Recipient through the Regional Arts Commission (RAC) of St. Louis, she recently completed a film project documenting declining indoor malls in the Midwest. Another recent project, NÆ, investigates architectural form through music, transforming her original lyrical manifestos into pop music. Contag has exhibited her work in San Antonio, Austin, Maine, Chicago, New York and St. Louis, most notably at The Luminary Center for the Arts, The Kemper Art Museum, The Well Slept Film Fest in Chicago, Co-Lab Project Space in Austin, Texas, and the Offline Space at Central Booking in New York.

A of the I VR Project

Game developer, VR artist, entrepreneur, snowboarder, cat lover and a development partner for Artists of the Industry’s new VR business. Spencer talks about his partnership with A of the I and his take on the VR opportunity which entails education, entertainment and a new content marketing platform.