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E105:First Release In 17 Years, Working The Music Industry & Dealing W/ Losing A Friend W/ Rene Mata

E105 :

On this episode we interview Rene Mata from Reach NYC after his band came out with their first release in over 17 years! We learn why they gap and why the come back with his hard rock band. The podcast was recorded while Rene was in studio to work after the show so we also hear from band guitarist Nick Cavagnaro and producer and former guitarist of Anthrax and current lead guitarist for Volbeat Rob Caggiano. We talk through stories in the scene, working in the music business, and unfortunately the groups experience with their friend Chester of Linkin Park’s suicide. Very interesting but heavy episode hitting these topics. Let us know what you think.

In This Episode We Cover

  • Growing up as a 90’s kid loving music

  • Music appreciation and perspective

  • Long term friendships in bands

  • Early hardcore and metal influences in music

  • Getting turned down from record labels

  • Connecting people

  • When things go down with your record release

  • Working for labels

  • Managing producers

  • You need to go all in

  • Being honest with yourself and your clients

  • Dealing with a close one’s suicide


“ I’m gonna give you respect I don’t care if you are a garbage man or if you’ve sold 20 Million records I’m gonna treat you the same.” - Rene Mata

“ You’ve gotta be committed to going all the way for it, there’s no putting your foot in, you gotta go all the way. But you do have to be honest with yourself. What am I lacking?”

“You need the friction sometimes to make good art.” - Host Dave Swillum

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