Episode #08, Alan Cross: Reinventing Yourself and Finding Your Own Style
Alan Cross is an award-winning internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, biographer, voiceover artist, consultant, blogger and keynote speaker.
In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock and is a respected also known as a musicologist and documentarian. He’s written four books, writes a national newspaper column in Canada and co-hosts a weekly podcast called Geeks & Beats.
His most famous radio creation is the documentary The Ongoing History of New Music which has been running in Canada since 1993.
Other accomplishments include working with various music-related online startups (Songza, Rdio, Flink, Vintage TV), serving as Director of Content for The Science of Rock ’n’ Roll museum exhibit, script editing documentaries and co-hosting a touring theatre production with William Shatner.
His latest venture is Major League Mixes, a company that consults major and minor league sports teams on their music strategies. Their biggest client is the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Alan has been deeply involved exploring the present and future relationships between music, technology and social networking. More information can be found at www.ajournalofmusicalthings.com .
2:00: Commonalities between successful musicians.
8:15: Learning Interview Techniques
16:00: The 7 year rule in the music industry
24:00: Advice for how to deal with constant public exposure
31:00: Dealing with identity crises
40:00: Knowing when to give up
50:00: Getting your own style