The DNA Airwaves Podcast podcast

The DNA Airwaves Podcast

A weekly podcast that delivers engaging discussions and insights on life, love and music by some of Canada's top minds in entertainment and business. Engaging with our local community and the music we love; because it’s in our DNA! Follow us!

A weekly podcast that delivers engaging discussions and insights on life, love and music by some of Canada's top minds in entertainment and business. Engaging with our local community and the music we love; because it’s in our DNA! Follow us!

 

#205

Innovation with MAG Keyboards CEO Max Ghirardi

Max Ghirardi is the visionary CEO of MAG Keyboards, a leading producer of musical instruments based in Prague, Czech Republic (EU). Founded in 2001, MAG is the brainchild of Max, a passionate musician, Hammond organ specialist, and industrial engineer. The company crafts a range of top-notch instruments including organs, speakers, effects pedals, and keyboard accessories, all designed for superior quality and playability. Dive into the world of musical innovation with MAG Keyboards CEO Max Ghirardi. Explore the artistry and craftsmanship behind MAG's top-notch instruments in this captivating episode. ... Read more

Yesterday

42 MINS

42:30

Yesterday


#204

Know Yourself with Desarae Dee (Part 2)

Today's episode is the second part of our conversation with the incredibly talented Toronto musician, Desarae Dee. In this continuation, we delve deeper into Desarae's musical journey, exploring the inspirations behind her latest creations, her evolving sound, and the stories that fuel her passion for music. ... Read more

19 Feb 2024

39 MINS

39:59

19 Feb 2024


#203

Know Yourself with Desarae Dee (Part 1)

We're delighted to welcome back Toronto musician Desarae Dee to the podcast for another captivating conversation. Join us as we catch up with Desarae and delve deeper into her musical journey since our last chat. From new projects to evolving influences, we'll explore the latest chapter in her creative endeavors. Get ready for an engaging discussion filled with music, inspiration, and insights into Desarae's continued growth as an artist. Tune in and reconnect with this talented musician! ... Read more

12 Feb 2024

27 MINS

27:01

12 Feb 2024


#202

The many sounds of Nigeria w/ Lucky Benjamin

Join us for a captivating episode featuring our guest Lucky Benjamin, a talented musician from Nigeria. Dive into the rhythm of his early musical journey, the vibrant tapestry of the Nigerian music scene, and much more. It's a melodic exploration that unveils the rich heritage and diverse influences shaping his musical prowess. Don't miss this insightful conversation! Takeaways ---Nigeria has a vibrant Afrobeat scene with frequent events happening in different states. ---Local music can be best enjoyed in clubs, where the atmosphere is lively and energetic. ---Lucky Benjamin has worked with both gospel and hip-hop artists, showcasing his versatility as a music producer. ---The church Lucky attends has a high production level, attracting some of the best musicians in the country. ---Nigerian gospel music often has an American sound, showcasing the influence of different musical styles. ---Listeners can explore Lucky Benjamin's work and connect with him through his social media channels. Chapters 00:00 Introduction and Guest Introduction 01:21 Discussion on Nigerian Music Culture 02:21 Lucky Benjamin's Music Background and Inspirations 03:19 Influence of African Sounds on Lucky Benjamin's Music 04:15 Lucky Benjamin's Musical Journey and Teaching Experience 07:06 Different Sounds in Nigeria 09:29 Continuation of Music Career after High School 10:13 Studying Geophysics and Continuing Music 14:05 Changing Perception of Africa and Nigerian Music 15:44 Prominent Nigerian Stars and Dominant Music Genre 19:40 Afrobeat and its Origin 21:06 Impact of Afrobeat on Global Music Scene 24:15 Africa's Economic Boom and Perception Shift 25:30 Local Music Scene and Upcoming Artists 26:57 Afrobeat Events in Nigeria 28:02 Enjoying Local Music in Clubs 29:30 Working with Gospel and Hip-Hop Artists 30:04 Versatility as a Music Producer 32:05 The High Production Level of Lucky's Church 33:54 The American Sound of Nigerian Gospel Music 35:27 Lucky's Social Media Channels 36:14 Closing Remarks ... Read more

05 Feb 2024

42 MINS

42:40

05 Feb 2024


#201

The innovation of multitracks.com

Andre Favreau from Multitracks.com speaks on the companies growth, new features and the whole multitracks eco-system. ... Read more

31 Jan 2024

06 MINS

06:49

31 Jan 2024


#200

What's the difference between CCM & Gospel Music?

In this thought-provoking episode, the hosts engage in a spirited discussion exploring the nuanced differences between Contemporary Christian Music (CCM) and the rich tradition of Gospel Music. From the historical roots to the distinctive styles and cultural influences, join us as we delve into the unique characteristics that define these two genres. It's a musical journey that sheds light on the diversity and vibrancy within the world of Christian music ... Read more

29 Jan 2024

54 MINS

54:13

29 Jan 2024


#199

Divine Brown: Spotlight on Broadway's Great Comet in Canada

Join us as Divine Brown takes center stage, discussing her pivotal role in the Canadian premiere of Broadway's "Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812" by Dave Malloy. Delve into her insights on musical theatre, the creation of her docu-concert, and more! ... Read more

22 Jan 2024

45 MINS

45:13

22 Jan 2024


#198

Our final thoughts: Shannon Sharpe and Katt Williams

From time to time we like to chat about conversations that for a moment capture the attention of the world in main stream media. Here are our final thoughts on the conversation with Katt Williams and Shannon Sharpe! ... Read more

18 Jan 2024

16 MINS

16:04

18 Jan 2024


#197

Katt's out the bag!

Join us in this episode as our hosts dissect the infamous Katt Williams interview. They also dive into a candid conversation about stand-up comedy, reaction videos on the internet, and more laughter-filled revelations. ... Read more

15 Jan 2024

57 MINS

57:13

15 Jan 2024


#196

Elevation Music: Replay

Our guest today is musician LJ Mitchell. LJ is currently the musical director for the Elevation Church in Charlotte, North Carolina. Elevation church for anyone who doesn't know is one of the larger churches in the US with over 12 locations in the US and Canada with a weekly attendance of well over 25,000 people. We talk to LJ about how he had almost given up on his love for playing the keys when the chance of a lifetime presented itself, the journey from Toronto to Charlotte, and some of the conversations currently circulating regarding the current state of gospel music. It's funny but the more we think about all the incredible musicians and artists, we notice more often that their success is really about progress meeting with opportunity and he is just another example of that so please enjoy his story. ... Read more

12 Jan 2024

59 MINS

59:45

12 Jan 2024


#195

Afrobeats Mix: Melodies from Nigeria - WhizKid, Burnaboy, Davido

In this snippet, The Honest Guy talks about his connection to Afrobeats as a Nigerian artist, his creativity and writing process. ... Read more

09 Jan 2024

10 MINS

10:40

09 Jan 2024


#194

The Honest Guy's musical journey

Embark on a journey through the melodious chapters of Mubarak Adeyemi's life. Join us as "The Honest Guy" shares insights into his early musical odyssey and unravels the magic behind his songwriting process. ... Read more

08 Jan 2024

44 MINS

44:03

08 Jan 2024


#193

Reaching your full potential in 2024

On this week's Flashback episode, Anthony and Diriki discuss the passing of legendary Canadian hip-hop artist Pat Stay and the uncertainty of everyone's time on earth. They also examine what a successful life means to them and share some thoughts on how to obtain it. ... Read more

04 Jan 2024

49 MINS

49:24

04 Jan 2024


#192

2023 in Review: Unwrapping Our Best Episodes

Join us in this special episode as we wrap up the year by revisiting the standout moments from our best episodes in 2023. Reflect on the insights, laughter, and memorable discussions that made this year exceptional. ... Read more

01 Jan 2024

39 MINS

39:19

01 Jan 2024


#191

A few things Musicians should NEVER do!

Take a listen to this short list and let us know your thoughts! ... Read more

27 Dec 2023

08 MINS

08:57

27 Dec 2023


#190

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays!

Tune in to our festive episode as we unwrap a sleigh full of Christmas topics! From navigating the digital wonderland of online Christmas shopping to sharing our favorite yuletide tunes, we've got your holiday cheer covered. Join the jolly conversation as we dive into Christmas movie classics, explore quirky traditions and much more! ... Read more

25 Dec 2023

27 MINS

27:01

25 Dec 2023


#189

Sandra Tyler: Pioneering Rhythms and Empowering Black Voices in Canadian Music

In this episode, we're honored to have Sandra Tyler as our guest. With a remarkable 26-year career shaping the music industry, Sandra takes us on a journey through her visionary initiatives. From the launch of 91.5 The Beat to the iconic "Beat Rocks the Block" concert in downtown Kitchener, Sandra's impact is undeniable. As the Marketing Director for The JUNO Awards and Canwest, she has been a driving force for change, championing racialized communities. We delve into her commitment to social change with programs like "Artists Against Bullying" and the renowned Mel Brown Music Festival. Explore the heart of Canadian music with "Black Exposed," KW's groundbreaking primetime FM radio show on 98.5 CKWR, where Sandra exclusively showcases Black Canadian artists. Join us for our chat with Sandra emphasizing the importance of highlighting Black accomplishments to empower the next generation of Black youth in the music scene. ... Read more

18 Dec 2023

39 MINS

39:51

18 Dec 2023


#188

Preparation as a Musical Director

Sam Williams of SSP Music Group shares some gems on his preparation process as a Music Director! ... Read more

13 Dec 2023

09 MINS

09:13

13 Dec 2023


#187

Sam Williams: Crafting Music and Building Bridges

In this episode, we sit down with the exceptionally talented Sam Williams, a producer and multi-instrumentalist, who has not only carved out a niche for himself in the music industry but has also ventured into creating his own record label. Join us as we delve into Sam's journey, exploring his musical prowess, production insights, and the exciting world of running a record label. It's a conversation filled with music, creativity, and the entrepreneurial spirit. Tune in for a glimpse into the multifaceted world of Sam Williams. ... Read more

11 Dec 2023

45 MINS

45:31

11 Dec 2023


#186

Defining the sound of your brand

Shez Mehra, VP of Growth at Songtradr gives us a comprehensive breakdown on how to define your Brands sound & on the flip side what this does to the customer experience. To listen to the full episode check out episode #171 ... Read more

08 Dec 2023

10 MINS

10:01

08 Dec 2023


#185

The Cultural Significance of learning music

Corey Butler, professor at the esteemed York University chats about the importance of learning and teaching culturally relevant music! ... Read more

07 Dec 2023

08 MINS

08:47

07 Dec 2023


#184

Corey Butler: Maestro of Melody and Musical Visionary

In this episode, we are honored to host Corey Butler, the visionary Founder and Executive Director of Zamar Music Inc. Corey brings a wealth of experience, having served as the Musical Director of the Juno Award-winning Toronto Mass Choir for over a decade. His songwriting collaborations include the esteemed Carvin Winans, a Grammy Award-winning Hall of Fame inductee. As a prolific pianist, music professor at York University, and accomplished producer, Corey has left an indelible mark on the Canadian music scene. Join us as we explore his journey, from playing alongside legends like Jackie Richardson to curating docu-concert performances that celebrate love, equity, and diversity. Corey Butler's impact on music education and performance is nothing short of extraordinary, making this episode a must-listen for music enthusiasts and aspiring artists alike. ... Read more

04 Dec 2023

34 MINS

34:35

04 Dec 2023


#183

Life after near death with David Ditchfield

Today's episode features, painter, composer and author of SHINE ON David Ditchfield. We chat about David surviving a life changing near death experience, his recovery both physically and spiritually, and the inspiration behind his art. Social Media links David’s Website: https://www.shineonthestory.com David on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/david_ditchfield/ David on Threads: https://www.threads.net/@david_ditchfield David on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/DavidDitchfieldNDE David on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DavidDitchfieldNDE David on SoundCloud: https://www.soundcloud.com/davidditchfield David on X: https://twitter.com/DavidDitchfield ... Read more

27 Nov 2023

37 MINS

37:31

27 Nov 2023


#182

Global music licensing for artists and music buyers: Songtradr

In this episode meet ShezMehra, Vice President and Head of Growth at [Songtradr] (https://www.songtradr.com/) . Shez's journey through the music industry is nothing short of remarkable. His career took off as Drake's first DJ, propelling him into the heart of the music scene. With a unique blend of musical insight and an innate understanding of industry trends,Shezhas since become a driving force behind the innovative developments in the intersection of music, technology, and film. His expertise extends beyond the realm of technology – it delves into the very fabric of culture and artistry. From sparking discussions about the evolving nature of creativity to challenging preconceived notions about the human touch in art, the conversation promises to be thought-provoking and enlightening. Enjoy responsibly! ... Read more

20 Nov 2023

29 MINS

29:31

20 Nov 2023


#181

Oaktone "Stage tools for storytellers": Founder Jeff Caylor

This weeks episode features Jeff Caylor founder of Oaktone. Jeff is also a music producer and Ableton Live specialist currently living and working in Hong Kong.With writing and production credits on more than 10 albums and several more singles, his most recent commercial work has focused on artists local to Hong Kong. An Ableton Certified Trainer since 2013, Jeff focuses on solutions that exploit technology to support the story, deploy automation to enhance the message and free the performer to focus on the room. ... Read more

13 Nov 2023

29 MINS

29:39

13 Nov 2023