Episode 10: Mike Shea

Mike is the founder of Alternative Press Magazine. AP is one of the longest lasting music publications in America and has been instrumental in launching the careers of artists such as Nine Inch Nails and Marilyn Manson to Korn and Rob Zombie to Fall Out Boy to My Chemical Romance and the list goes on. He is the Executive Producer for the AP Music Awards and hosts his own podcast for AP called "Backstage Pass”. You can find him on Instagram @mikesheaap and his magazine @altpress.
 

Episode 9: Kim Zide

Kim is the Vice President of Artist Relations for Mike Davis Productions. She’s been managing Pantera for 24 years. She managed Pantera while they were an active, touring band and helped to market them as they transitioned into a legacy act. She has also managed Dimebag Darrell’s Estate for the last 5 years. During her 9 years as a manager at Concrete Management, she worked with Pantera, White Zombie, Anthrax, Ministry, Prong, Down, Fear Factory, and more.  She has spent the last 18 years participating & fundraising for Walk MS. Her team has raised over $350,000. You can find her on Instagram @concretekz
 

Episode 8: Tim Borror

Tim is a Senior Agent in the New York office of United Talent Agency.  He is responsible for discovering promising new talent, developing careers for his roster of artists and booking large scale tours for some of today’s most influential bands including Lamb of God, The Original Misfits, Clutch, Killswitch Engage, and Opeth just to name a few. You can find him on Instagram @ichoosefun.
 

Episode 7: Scott Lee

Scott is the co owner of the VIP ticketing company Sound Rink. He is also the co-owner of Modern Empire Management where he guides the careers for such artists as Jason Richardson, Kublai Khan, Currents, Enterprise Earth and many others. Scott is also the founder of the New England Metal and Hardcore festival and was the producer for it's first 16 years. You can find his company on Instagram @sound_rink.
 

Episode 6: Ash Avildsen

Ash is a wearer of many hats and one of the most innovative entrepreneurs in the business. He is a former booking agent and the current founder and CEO of Sumerian Records and Films. Sumerian Records is the home of Jonathan Davis, Body Count, Animals as Leaders, Crosses and Asking Alexandria just to name a few. On the film side he is a director, screen writer, producer and actor. He is also the founder and producer of the annual Summer Slaughter Tour and this year will be it’s 12th year! You can find him on Instagram @ashavildsen and his company @sumerianrecords.
 

Episode 4: Eric German

Eric is a lawyer and partner at the law firm of Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp where he currently represents dozens of artists, songwriters and producers with a wide range of talent ranging from AWOLNATION to Asking Alexandria and newcomers Bad Wolves. He began his career litigating copyright and technology cases for major record companies including the seminal case against Napster. He is a life long Metal Head and avid consumer, analyst and supporter of all things hard rock and heavy metal. You can find him on Instagram @ejgerman
 

Episode 3: Mike Mowery

Mike is the owner of Outerloop Management where he handles the careers of Refused, Darkest Hour, Good Tiger and many more. He also runs Outerloop Records and has an intensive coaching platform as well. He is the owner of this very podcast network Jabberjaw media and the reason why we can all be here! You can find him on Instagram @mikeoloop and his company @outerloop.group and the network @jabberjawmedia.
 

Episode 2: Ryan J. Downey

Ryan is master of many! He is a reporter, producer, and editor for media outlets such as MTV, Billboard, Marvel, MTV video and Music Awards, Alternative Press and Machinima just to name a few. He is an artist manager where he handles the careers of bands and producers alike. He is an avid podcaster of which he hosts Speak and Destroy, a podcast about all things Metallica! You can find him on Instagram @superherohq and his podcast @speakndestroy.
 

Episode 1: Brian Slagel

Brian is the founder and CEO of Metal Blade Records where he has released seminal albums from Slayer, Mercyful Fate, Cannibal Corpse, Amon Amarth, King Diamond, and Cryptic Slaughter to just name a few. Metal Blade was also the home to the iconic compilation series Metal Massacre which was the very first break Metallica ever received. He has penned the book For The Sake of Heaviness: The History of Metal Blade Records where he had some nice things to say about me so that’s pretty cool! You can find him on Instagram @brianslagel and his label @metalbladerecords

Episode 0: Welcome to A New Level

Hey there. This is Blasko. You may know me from my other podcast ManageMental where my co-host Mike Mowery and I discuss the hottest topics and strategies in the music business. Or you may know me as the bass player for Ozzy Osbourne… Or you may know me as the crazy cat guy on Instagram. Either way, you are here and I am happy to have your attention.

What you may not know is that I started my career in the music biz when I was still a teenager in High School. My first band got a record deal and we released 3 albums before we broke up in 1988. I have gone on to play bass for some of the biggest and baddest names in Heavy Metal.

Over the years I have amassed quite the network of friends and colleagues. Managers, record label executives, attorneys, A&R guys, booking agents, publicists, radio programmers and the list goes on.

I thought it might be interesting to start a podcast where I interview all of these people. We all started out with one simple thing. Passion. Passion for the music. We weren’t just handed our careers. We earned them.  We had no unfair advantages. We are not magicians. We are not superheroes.

I want to share all of our stories with you. How did we get here? What drove us? What inspired us? What keeps us doing this now and how do we see into the future? But even more importantly how can you learn from this? How can these stories inspire you? My mission for this podcast is to empower you to take your future into your hands and chase your dreams. We all faced adversity and criticism but we overcame it. You can, too.

In Season One, I invite you to meet the masters. Some of the greatest people in the business representing both past and present some of the greatest names of the genre: Slayer, Pantera, Rob Zombie, Anthrax, Ministry, Lamb of God, Clutch, Refused, Mastodon, King Diamond, Dillinger Escape Plan, Amon Amarth and even Jackson Galaxy. We dive deep into their origins and follow their paths as they grow and innovate into uncharted territory. I have known these people on a personal level for decades and even I learned something from these conversations. I know that you will as well. At risk of being redundant these stories are truly inspiring. You want a career in the music business? It can be done. We all did it and now you can learn how.

So, on Tuesday, July 3rd I will dropping season 1 Netflix binge listen style. All 10 episodes are each about 30 minutes long and will be available on all platforms so you can download them and listen at your leisure. Thanks for listening and thanks for allowing me to guide you in your search for A New Level.