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.