The Big Break

It’s not often that the world sees a living legend, someone who’s work changes the landscape of their field before their very eyes, but that’s exactly what we have in Bobby Messano.


Bobby has been in the music industry for over 40 years as a guitarist. He has seen some of the biggest bands rise to stardom, and even knew some of the artists while they were just kids. His influence can be seen all over the world in bands like Metallica, Poison, Eric Clapton, and tons more.


Bobby joins us for a special in-person interview to talk about his experience in music, and how he has manages to stay not only relevant, but influential all these years. We hope you enjoy hearing Bobby’s story on this episode of the Big Break.




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Show Notes


1:36Welcome Bobby


2:40A quick synopsis on Bobby Messano


4:08Starting in Rock, and shifting to the Blues


5:05David Hasselhoff and other early works


6:56Bobby’s “Big Break” meeting Les Paul and getting connected with Sire Records


8:18When did you first get interested in music?


9:45The influence of The Beatles


10:45When did you first think you could make money from music?


12:45Working at the post office, and making the decision to pursue music


14:12Shopping for bands, and finding Stanky Brown


15:24Sending demos, and getting in touch with Swan Song Records


18:14Starting to tour, and opening for Kansas


20:13“When you’re in the situation, if you’re gearing yourself to become a pro, you have to be one of 

them, a peer.”


21:53Meeting Eric Clapton


24:36How did things develop after you started touring?


26:14Can you explain the session versus touring environments?


28:22Which did you prefer? Touring or Sessions?


29:42When did you realize that making music for other people wasn’t enough for you?


30:20Joining Stars, and touring with major bands like Rush and Ted Nugent


32:47Learning about the flow of money in the music industry


34:19The influence that Stars had on bands like Metallica, Bon Jovi, Poison, and more.


36:03When did your solo work start?


38:05Writing for others, versus writing for yourself.


41:43Sustaining yourself as a musician


43:35ASCAP and BMI, and learning to pay attention to royalties


45:49What are the things that an artist can do themselves compared to what a label offers?


47:45Music pirating


50:00How do you feel about streaming?


50:50XM Radio


55:00What got you to Fort Collins, Colorado?


58:10“You’re never a hero in your home town.”


59:57“Do not undercut yourself.”


61:07What’s next for you?


62:45Longevity


65:16The power of a song


68:57“When you’re writing songs, think about who’s listening”


70:10The songs in the little plastic boxes


75:40“Do not stop being writers.”


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While the limelight goes to the performers, the heart and soul of the music business is the songwriter. My Big Break explores the stories of these unsung heroes who largely operate behind the scenes, writing and producing the music we all love. How did they write their hit song? What’s the secret to a sustainable creative career in music today? And most importantly… how did they get their Big Break? 


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