Episode #5: Andrew Horowitz

Episode #5: Andrew Horowitz

Andrew Horowitz first turned heads in the music world as one-fifth of the band Tally Hall. Shortly after graduating from the University Of Michigan along with the other members of Tally Hall, a record deal was inked with Atlantic Records -- via prior In A State guest Leigh Lust -- and Marvin's Marvelous Mechanical Museum was released in 2008. Prior to this, Horowitz was a winner of a John Lennon Scholarship for songwriting.

After Tally Hall ceased to be as a full-time band in 2011, Horowitz moved on to doing his own thing as a producer, songwriter and a developer for other artists. In turn, the discography of Andrew Horowitz includes artists like Jidenna, John Legend, Craig David, Celine Dion, needtobreathe and Lindsay Stirling. Horowitz has also released solo recordings under the name "edu" and regularly hosts showcases in which emerging talent performs.

Upcoming gigs and further credits for Andrew Horowitz can be found at www.andrewtheproducer.com. Porter Block visited Horowitz at his Williamsburg studio for an episode of In A State, in the process learning of how the Brooklyn performer evolved from a major label artist into a prolific independent creative force.

Episode #4: Willie Nile

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Episode #4: Willie Nile

Nearly four decades into his career as an acclaimed singer and songwriter, Willie Nile first turned heads with his self-titled 1980 album, as recorded for Arista Records. He has since amassed quite the collection of celebrity admirers, including Bruce Springsteen, Bono, Paul Simon, Lucinda Williams, and The Who's Pete Townshend. Nile's recording and performing credits -- beyond his 11 studio albums -- include Ringo Starr, Tori Amos, Elvis Costello, and the Barenaked Ladies.

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Episode #3: Marshall Crenshaw

Marshall Crenshaw first achieved mainstream success with "Someday, Someway," a Top 40 hit in 1982. Success would continue with 1983's Field Day and 1985's Downtown albums. Crenshaw also turned heads on the big screen for his portrayal of Buddy Holly in the 1987 film La Bamba.

Even if you haven't heard one of Marshall Crenshaw's albums or seen him in concert, odds are that you know his music. He co-wrote the Golden Globe-nominated title track to the movie Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story. The Gin Blossoms hit "Til I Hear It From You" -- as later covered by America -- is another key collaboration of his. "You're My Favorite Waste Of Time" has been sung by Bette Midler, Ronnie Spector, Freedy Johnston, and the duo of Matthew Sweet and Susanna Hoffs. Spector has also performed "Communication," "Something's Gonna Happen," "For Her Love" and "Whenever You're On My Mind." S Club 7 recorded the aforementioned "Someday, Someday." Kelly Willis has interpreted "Whatever Way The Wind Blows."

Porter Block had the pleasure of interviewing Crenshaw for In A State, visiting the singer/songwriter at his home in Upstate New York. More on Marshall Crenshaw can be found at www.marshallcrenshaw.com.

Episode #2: Leigh Lust of PledgeMusic

Recognized as one of the world's Top 10 Most Innovative Companies Of 2015 In Music by Fast Company, PledgeMusic is the world's leading online, direct-to-fan music platform. Leigh Lust is the North American VP of A&R for PledgeMusic, having brought in artists like The Flaming Lips, Def Leppard, Lindsey Stirling and Missy Higgins for PledgeMusic campaigns. Prior to landing at PledgeMusic, Lust had tenures in A&R at Atlantic Records, Capitol Records, Virgin Records and Elektra Records. He signed and/or worked with Jet, Halestorm, Blind Melon, Tally Hall and Stereolab. After leaving Atlantic, Lust moved onto artist management. Both passionate about music and a pleasure to talk with, Lust caught up with Porter Block for an in-person chat at PledgeMusic HQ. He was candid about "the good old days" of the music business, while also optimistic about where the industry is going.

Recognized as one of the world's Top 10 Most Innovative Companies Of 2015 In Music by Fast Company, PledgeMusic is the world's leading online, direct-to-fan music platform. Leigh Lust is the North American VP of A&R for PledgeMusic, having brought in artists like The Flaming Lips, Def Leppard, Lindsey Stirling and Missy Higgins for PledgeMusic campaigns.

Prior to landing at PledgeMusic, Lust had tenures in A&R at Atlantic Records, Capitol Records, Virgin Records and Elektra Records. He signed and/or worked with Jet, Halestorm, Blind Melon, Tally Hall and Stereolab. After leaving Atlantic, Lust moved onto artist management.

Both passionate about music and a pleasure to talk with, Lust caught up with Porter Block for an in-person chat at PledgeMusic HQ. He was candid about "the good old days" of the music business, while also optimistic about where the industry is going.

Episode #1: Jeff Kilgour of The Syndicate

Jeff Kilgour is the Vice President of PR and Artist Development at The Syndicate. Based in New Jersey, previous campaigns of The Syndicate include Maroon 5, Daft Punk, The Killers, Kings of Leon and Pearl Jam.

Prior to joining the team of The Syndicate, Kilgour was the founder of Tijuana Gift Shop and an employee of both KOCH Records and Kayos Productions, leading to work with Dio, Alice Cooper, Peter Murphy, Luscious Jackson, KRS-ONE and Slash. Recent accounts of Kilgour's include Andrew W.K., Chicano Batman, Nothing But Thieves, POP Montreal, Comedy Central Records and Iceland Airwaves.