The Big Break

The Big Break

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Have you ever wondered who is responsible for the songs you hear on the radio? Thousands upon thousands of artists pour their hearts and souls into work that most people will never know even exists. What separates the hits? Every week I sit down with songwriters responsible for some of the biggest songs that sweep the world to find out: how did they get there? What was their journey? My name is Gary Young, and this is The Big Break.


James ‘Keyz’ Foye
Nov 12 • 46 min
James Foye, better known as Keyz, is part of the Grammy winning production duo The Upperclassmen. In the early years of high school James was making beats and immersing himself in music. His talent did not go unnoticed either- receiving a Grammy…
Ashanti Floyd - The Mad Violinist
Nov 5 • 58 min
Crossing over styles and merging sounds has always been a big part of the evolution of music, and few musicians have had the same impact as Ashanti Floyd, better known as the Mad Violinist.Ashanti was born into music. Both his mother and father were…
Fly By Midnight
Oct 29 • 47 min
Justin Breit and Justin Slaven, known as Bryte and Slavo, make up the pop duo Fly By Midnight.The pair first met at a songwriting session in New York, and instantly connected. After a few sessions working together, they decided to join forces.They built a…
Eddie Grey
Oct 22 • 51 min
Some musicians have made their career being a specialist. Being the go-to for one part of the process.But, the music industry is shifting to require each music creator to wear more hats, and our guest this week does just that.Eddie Grey is a music…
Kuk Harrell
Oct 15 • 55 min
If you’ve heard a pop song in the last two decades, odds are you’ve been witness to the work of our guest this week.Kuk Harrell is the vocal producer in the music business. He’s won 5 Grammy awards, and has worked with nearly every superstar making music…
Mario Lalli
Oct 8 • 59 min
Desert Rock is a sub-genre of rock known for it’s free-form, and trance-like grooves made popular by notable bands such as Queens of the Stoneage, and Kyuss. How do sub-genre’s get created? What inspires a style? We’ll learn in a minute because our guest…
Brandyn Burnette - Eman8
Oct 1 • 58 min
The boom and bust of the music industry creates some incredible life lessons. One month you’re on top of the world, the next you’re scrounging for any kind of placement.This is especially true for our guest this week, Brandyn Burnette.Brandyn got his…
Schmarx and Savvy
Sep 24 • 74 min
Marc Schneider and Savannah Giersch are the songwriting and producing duo Schmarx and Savvy. After being introduced by a mutual friend, the two began to write music together while living on opposite ends of the country. Some months later the pair…
Mr. Robotic
Sep 17 • 60 min
Marcas Harris treats his music career like a business.Music for marcas started as battle-rapping in the lunchroom in high school. After gaining recognition in the battle-rap scene under the name “Bullet”, Marcas began to book shows around his hometown of…
Beat Billionaire
Sep 10 • 45 min
Shamann Cooke grew up in Richmond, Virginia. As an escape from the drugs and violence in his neighborhood, he began rapping, and cultivating himself as an artist. When he got recognized at a rap battle in New York, Shamann was connected to industry…
Ben Tankard
Sep 3 • 47 min
Things don’t always go according to plan, and that rings especially true for our guest this week, Ben Tankard.Ben had just joined the NBA when an injury ended his basketball career before it even had a chance to start. After a few years of working as a…
Daniel Capellaro
Aug 27 • 62 min
You know the feeling when everything seems to be falling into place? Things just seem to work out in a way that seems too good to be true?That’s exactly what it was like for our guest this week, Daniel Capellaro. See, after he learned guitar and started…
Andrew Cedar
Aug 20 • 43 min
Our guest this week is producer and songwriter Andrew Cedar. Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few years, you’ve probably heard his songs Flo Rida, Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth. That includes Grammy Nominated song, “See You Again.”Andrew…
Amadeus
Aug 13 • 50 min
Antwan Thompson, better known by his producer name, Amadeus, is a heavy hitter in the music industry. He has credits with an extraordinarily long list of superstars which includes Jennifer Lopez, Trey Songz, Justin Bieber, Tyga and many more.Growing up in…
Damon Sharpe
Aug 6 • 36 min
A lifetime performer, Damon Sharpe started his career as a touring dancer when he was only 15 years old.His early success as a dancer led to multiple acting jobs, a television show, and even a record deal before it all came crashing down around him,…
Andrew Kirk
Jul 30 • 52 min
Andrew Kirk started out in music as the drummer for his church’s band and before he knew it, he was 18 years old and touring around the U.S. with them.Being barely out of high school and touring the country may sound like he’d made it, but it was only the…
Emile Ghantous
Jul 23 • 62 min
Emile Ghantous is a grammy nominated record producer and songwriter. He has credits with artists like Pitbull, JoJo, Charlie Wilson and dozens of other household names.But, before he was producing songs for big-time artists, he was just a kid buying the…
Tami LaTrell
Jul 16 • 76 min
What happens when one of your songs is picked up by a superstar before you’re even 20?That’s exactly what happened to our guest this week. Tami Latrell-Harris is a multi-platinum, Grammy-nominated songwriter with an unbelievable resume of work under her…
Jahlil Beats
Jul 9 • 53 min
Orlando Tucker is our guest this week on the big break. If you’re not familiar with that name, you’ll definitely know his production tag, Jahlil Beats.Jahlil was born into music. From the age of 3 he was learning about music production from his father,…
Jane’t Sewell
Jul 2 • 72 min
This week on The Big Break we are joined by Jane’t Sewell, who is responsible for the massive hit “Empire State of Mind” performed by Jay-Z and Alicia Keys.Janet started her career at a young age. A blend of business and creativity, she dedicated herself…
Sermstyle
Jun 25 • 56 min
Jamie Sanderson, better known as Sermstyle, grew up in Newcastle in Northern England. He started off as a hip hop producer, but as he networked and grew his following on Twitter he developed a fascination for Pop music and the global influence it has. He…
John Chisum
Jun 18 • 55 min
John Chisum is a lifetime singer, songwriter, and Christian music producer based in Nashville, Tennessee.As a young man, John moved to Nashville to pursue his dreams of songwriting. When he connected with legendary gospel songwriter Bill Gaither, he was…
Eric Dan
Jun 12 • 80 min
Eric Dan is the man behind ID Labs, a Pittsburgh recording studio that oversaw the development of superstars Wiz Khalifa, and Mac Miller.Eric dove head-first into music at a young age, trying his hand at various instruments and stage performances, while…
Frankie Storm
Jun 5 • 43 min
Frankie Storm is the songwriter behind hits like “Don’t Stop the Music” by Rihanna, and “Lightweight” by Demi Lovato.Frankie started singing in her church choir and learning different instruments in her teens. Her career took off when a rapper asked her…
Bruce Waynne Part 2
May 28 • 57 min
Today we reunite with Bruce Waynne, part of the producing duo Midi Mafia to hear the rest of his story. Where we left off, Bruce and his partner David Swift had rented a large studio house and were diving into the R&B scene. From there, Bruce learned…
Bruce Waynne Part 1
May 10 • 58 min
Bruce Waynne of Midi Mafia joins us to discuss his journey through the music industry. Bruce grew up in the Bronx, slinging mixtapes and CD’s in his local neighborhood, and his experiences creating music helped propel him to heights he couldn’t imagine as…