In this conversation, Rotundo discusses his transition from being in a duo to pursuing a solo career with Kurt Oran and Nick Tressler (Nicky T). He shares his songwriting ideas and the process of creating music. The conversation also touches on the challenges of the music industry and the importance of quantity in songwriting. Rotundo talks about his experiences with TikTok and comedy, as well as dealing with haters and trolls. The conversation explores the boundaries of genres and the evolution of country music. It emphasizes the importance of authenticity and relatability in art and the freedom of expression in comedy and music. The conversation concludes with a discussion on the impact of artists on genre-bending and the revitalization of rock music through country.

This conversation covers various topics related to the music industry, including the evolution of music genres, the challenges of following trends, the impact of TikTok on the industry, and the consequences of music being pulled from platforms. The conversation also delves into the personal experiences of the participants during the COVID-19 pandemic and the changing landscape of music promotion. The importance of band dynamics and mutual respect in the industry is highlighted, along with the lessons learned from military backgrounds. The conversation concludes with a discussion on the value of hard work and the sacrifices made by others in pursuit of their dreams. In this conversation, the guests discuss the importance of realizing and chasing one’s dreams, balancing dreams with responsibilities, and appreciating the support of parents. They also talk about the music release process and the satisfaction of creating art. The guests share their experiences working with producers and building relationships in the industry.

They discuss the challenges and wins in growing a brand and the excitement of being in Nashville. The conversation concludes with a discussion on favorite albums and the impact of music. Takeaways Transitioning from a duo to a solo career involves finding your sound and exploring your creativity. Songwriting is a personal and subjective process, and good music is ultimately about relatability and connection. The music industry is constantly evolving, and artists need to adapt to changes and embrace genre-bending. Authenticity and the freedom of expression are crucial in art, and artists should not be limited by genre boundaries. The success of an artist is determined by the quality of their music and their ability to connect with their audience.

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