Episode 322 MARIANNE BENNETT: Scoring Music To Tell A Story

“I love creating an amazing soundtrack for a ceremony.” Listen as Andy and his guest Marianne Bennett, the Founder, and CEO of Element Music, a very successful music and entertainment company in the event industry out of New York City, discusses why she believes that music should be scored to tell a story, how someone at the top of the industry handles her business and brings creativity to what she does plus much more on this episode of The Wedding Biz.

Marianne shares how she gets to know her clients and discovers the music that makes them feel something. She says that knowing a client’s favorite songs isn’t enough; you need to know how they want to feel during the event. Marianne also takes us through her interview process when she meets clients for the first time to determine their relationship with music.

Listen, as Marianne discusses why she believes that music should score a ceremony, as well as other segments of the celebration, and tell the story of the couple at their wedding. The decor, along with the music, set the tone for an event and make the experience special for the guests from the minute they walk in the door. Marianne also describes what she thinks is the hardest part of what she does overall.

Marianne believes it is possible to love the business side and still be an amazing creative. To balance both, you need to learn to look at business creatively and marry the two together because you can’t be a successful creative if you don’t make sure business is being taken care of.

Don’t forget to listen to Andy’s other podcast, The Music Makers. It’s behind-the-scenes stories from some of the most influential music industry pros around, including artists, recording engineers, record producers, songwriters, managers, record industry executives, and more. You can find The Music Makers podcast by searching for that term in your cell phone’s podcast app or visiting www.themusicmakers.com

 

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Show Highlights:

[02:55] Welcome to the show, Marianne!

[03:25] Marianne shares when she first started writing and creating music.

[05:26] Marianne speaks about being exposed to big names at CBS Records when she was hired as a mail clerk.

[07:00] She was offered an opportunity to work with CBS Records as an artist but turned it down.

[09:54] Marianne gives her definition of producing music.

[12:10] Marianne shares what she learned by working with Hank Lane Music and Starlight Orchestra.

[14:09] It’s not just about the band; it’s about connecting with the audience.

[16:10] Marianne speaks about what she does to get to know her clients.

[18:35] Knowing a client’s favorite songs is not enough; you need to know how they want to feel.

[19:09] Marianne discusses her process when meeting with a client the first time and finding out their relationship with music.

[21:27] Marianne says that when you really understand a person, you can bring them into your creative process.

[23:21] Marianne shares what she has learned during the pandemic and working remotely.

[25:32] Marianne believes that music should score a ceremony.

[27:14] Mariane speaks about what she means by the music should be scored to tell their story.

[28:46] “I love creating an amazing soundtrack for a ceremony.” 

[31:16] The important thing to know about music is that you need to choose the music that makes the client feel something.

[32:22] How do you look at the cocktail hour musically?

[34:32] Marianne believes that music and decor set a tone immediately when guests are walking in.

[37:59] How do you handle the music for dinner?

[40:06] Marianne chats about how she produces the music to get people on the dance floor.

[42:55] Marianne says that just because you like to sing a song doesn’t mean it’s great to dance to.

[43:39] What’s the hardest part of what you do overall?

[46:18] Marianne discusses how she balances her creative side with the business side of her company.

[48:42] Marianne believes you can love business and still be a great creative.

[51:31] Thank you so much for being on the show!

 

RESOURCES

 

Find Marianne:

Element Music

@elementmusicnyc

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VIDEO LINKS:

Element Music Commercial

Element Music Medley

Summer in the City

 

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Title Sponsor: This episode is sponsored by PartySlate – the first website designed specifically for event professionals and venues!

 

Mentioned:

Preston Bailey Episode 66 on The Wedding Biz

Preston Bailey Episode 88 on The Wedding Biz

Preston Bailey Episode 265 on The Wedding Biz

Preston Bailey Episode 321 on The Wedding Biz

 

Bryan Rafanelli Episode 84 on The Wedding Biz

Bryan Rafanelli Episode 247  on  The Wedding Biz

 

David Stark Episode 111 on The Wedding Biz

David Stark Episode 132 on The Wedding Biz

David Stark Episode 242 on The Wedding Biz

 

Episode 321 PRESTON BAILEY’S Big Announcement!

Andy is excited for this special episode with floral and event designer Preston Bailey. Listen as they discuss how Preston is handling the pandemic both personally and professionally, what he’s learned about himself, and how he’s using the slow down to further his path both personally and in the industry. Preston also has a big announcement he is sharing with us, plus much more on this episode of The Wedding Biz.

Preston shares how he is handling the pandemic and what he has learned during 2020. Preston discusses how he thinks the event industry will change once the pandemic has been eradicated. He believes that event professionals will need to become better salespeople because consumers will want more value for their money.

Preston is hosting his own podcast called Stop and Smell the Roses! Listen as he shares why this is a dream come true and the content listeners can expect to hear. Preston also speaks about his segment called Dear Preston, where he will answer listeners’ questions live on air. His podcast will air every other Thursday starting January 14th on The Wedding Biz Network. See you there!

Don’t forget to listen to Andy’s new podcast, The Music Makers. It’s a podcast about behind-the-scenes stories from some of the most influential music industry pros around, including artists, recording engineers, record producers, songwriters, managers, record industry executives, and more. You can find The Music Makers podcast by searching for it in your cell phone’s podcast app or visiting www.themusicmakers.com

 

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Show Highlights:

  • [02:06] Welcome back to the show, Preston!
  • [02:48] Preston shares how the pandemic has affected him.
  • [04:12] Preston has learned that the only certainty is that nothing is certain.
  • [05:00] How has the pandemic impacted your business?
  • [06:58] Preston believes that once they have eradicated the pandemic, the event industry will be different.
  • [09:05] Preston speaks about pricing post-pandemic and learning to be better salespeople.
  • [11:35] The big announcement is that Preston Bailey will host his podcast!
  • [12:02] Preston discusses why this is a dream come true for him.
  • [14:56] What can the listeners expect to hear about on your podcast?
  • [17:28] Preston shares what listeners can ask during his Dear Preston segment.
  • [18:21] Andy shares how you can leave Preston a voicemail question.
  • [19:24] Starting January 14th, the podcast will air every other Thursday.
  • [21:19] Thank you for listening!

                                                                

 

Find Preston:

Preston Bailey

Stop and Smell the Roses Podcast

@prestonbailey

Instagram | Pinterest

@prestonbaileyonline

Facebook

Preston Bailey Episode 66 on The Wedding Biz

Preston Bailey Episode 88 on The Wedding Biz

Preston Bailey Episode 265 on The Wedding Biz

 

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Title Sponsor: This episode is sponsored by Kushner Entertainment 

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Episode 320 Andy’s Reflections on 2020 with Jennifer Stein

Are you ready for something a little different? Andy is being interviewed by his good friend Jennifer Stein, the Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Destination I Do Magazine. Listen, as Andy gets a little personal and allows us to see a side of him that maybe we’ve never seen before as they discuss the craziness that was the year 2020, what he wants to change in the future and the plans he has for 2021 all on this episode of The Wedding Biz.

Andy shares how the pandemic has affected his life professionally in both negative and positive ways. He talks about the biggest thing he has learned during 2020, launching The Wedding Biz Network, a new podcast he launched called The Music Makers, and some exciting things that will be announced on The Next Level on Wednesday, January 6th. 

Congratulations, Andy, on your New Year’s Eve engagement! Listen as he shares the amazing things that have happened in his personal life since the quarantine at home orders and how this last year has changed his outlook on life both personally and professionally. If you want to get to know Andy a little better, you don’t want to miss this one of a kind episode.

Don’t forget to listen to Andy’s other podcast, The Music Makers. It’s behind-the-scenes stories from some of the most influential music industry pros around, including artists, recording engineers, record producers, songwriters, managers, record industry executives, and more. You can find The Music Makers podcast by searching for that term in your cell phone’s podcast app or visiting www.themusicmakers.com

 

SUPPORTING THE WEDDING BIZ

Become a patron and support Andy and the show: If you are so inspired: contribute

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Show Highlights:

[02:43] Welcome back to the show, Jennifer!

[03:07] Jennifer shares what the holidays looked like for her.

[03:58] Andy speaks about having his family close for the holidays.

[06:16] Andy discusses what was going on with Kushner Entertainment before the pandemic set in.

[09:29] What was it about your partnership with your music business partner that gave you back your passion for the work?

[11:45] Andy shares how working with Sean Low has helped him with his companies.

[13:05] Andy talks about the impact of the pandemic on his business.

[15:31] What’s the biggest thing you have learned this year?

[16:43] Andy speaks about how The Wedding Biz has worked with the pandemic.

[18:38] Andy announces a new show launching on The Wedding Biz Network in the new year.

[21:15] Andy says that the network has been on his mind for a while, but the extra time he’s had during the pandemic has allowed this to become a reality.

[23:31] Do you feel like good things have come out of this health crisis?

[25:50] Andy discusses how the pandemic has affected his personal life.

[27:32] Andy shares that he just got engaged on New Year’s Eve!!

[29:37] Has this experience of 2020 fundamentally changed your outlook on life?

[32:37] Jennifer agrees with Andy that Joe Biden, and his administration, is the right person for the country right now.

[34:40] Andy believes that, for the most part, the event industry will come back full force once this pandemic is over.

[37:13] Jennifer, thank you for coming on the show!

 

RESOURCES

 

Find Jennifer:

Jennifer Stein Episode 145 on The Wedding Biz

Destination I Do Magazine

Destination I Do Blog

Facebook

Instagram | Twitter

 

Follow The Wedding Biz on Social: 

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The Wedding Biz on Instagram: @theweddingbiz

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The Music Makers Podcast

 

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Title Sponsor: This episode is sponsored by Kushner Entertainment 

www.KushnerEntertainment.com