Looking to understand the music industry more? When it comes to the business side of things, Rodney Holder is your man! Teaching Music Business Studies at Southbank Tafe College since 1999 and playing with the Australian legendary band Alchemist (see my chat with fellow Alchemist great, Adam Agius), Rod has decades of experience both in theory and in practice when it comes to all facets of the industry.
In addition to his formal teaching and artist experience, Rodney is also the host of the popular podcast Music Business Facts. Providing up and coming independent artists, band managers, label owners, publicists to name a few with critical and valuable content from some of the world’s greatest names in the industry.
Greatest names? Just from a musician perspective, Rodney has had Dave Lombardo (Slayer/Suicidal Tendencies), David Ellefson (Megadeth), Mickael Akerfeldt (Opeth), Vinnie Paul (Pantera/Hell Yeah), Devin Townsend (Strapping Young Lad) to name a few that have feature on his show. Throw in industry giants such as Michael Chugg (Concert Promoter), Andy Farrow (Band Manager), Jadden Comerford (Label Owner) and you have one of the best resources of expertise and knowledge for anyone looking to increase their skill set and find success in music.
I sat down on the banks of the Brisbane River with Rodney to chat about his years in music, finding leverage from some of the industry’s greats, reflections of time in Alchemist, tools/tips for others, future plans and much more.
Be sure to reach out to Rodney and say hi through his website, check out his podcast (I can’t recommend it enough!) and definitely go back and reacquaint yourself with Alchemist.
— Andy Dowling (@AndyDowling) September 7, 2017