The Unstarving Musician podcast, hosted by Robonzo, features interviews with independent music artists who share their experience and expertise on recording, touring, getting gigs, the creative process, marketing, and more. It’s the podcast intended to help independent music artists better understand the marketing, business and creative processes that empower us to do more of what we love–make music.

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Testimonials & Reviews

One thing I really admire about your podcast is that it provides insights from so many different points of view, and it’s very eye-opening. A couple things that some of your guests have said made me think, “I never really thought of that.” It can be something simple or something profound. It is a binge-worthy podcast!

Thank you for keeping me company during depressing lock down, when I missed playing live & feeling worthwhile to the world. I’m still hooked & often go back & listen again to old episodes when I need help with something.

JJ Lovegrove, Singer Songwriter

Really enjoying your podcasts! I am a fellow KOMPOZ user and fan and collaborator with Peter Rand. Your Podcast with him was really great, and I have been going through each episode while riding the train. Super Interesting stuff and you have a great interview style! I haven’t finished listening to them all yet, but I am gonna keep working my way through. Thanks for making my journey feel a little shorter!

Timothy Reid, Guitarist, Songwriter

I gotta extend a personal thank you to you, and with an extra helping of gratitude. Putting it out there is one step that is very important, and it leads to other steps on our journey, that’s for sure. In my experience, people often have a considerable influence on the path that gets set before us, and you are such a person in my life. I am blessed that you reached out to me and helped to get the ball rolling for me to be a presence in the South Bay music scene. I could write the chapter of a book about your personal involvement in connecting me to a plethora of players, through both your personal invitations to get me out to sit in and for the recommendations you made for others to hire me.

Kevin Coggins, Pro Drummer | Educator , San Jose School of the Blues

Hi, Roberto… Just wanted to say many thanks for the advance copy of your guide! It is awesome! I’m about halfway through, and it’s been so helpful already. Looking forward to buying the published version. You are the bomb!

Lynn Bartholomew, Gigging Musician | San Jose, California

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Robonzo | Pro Drummer & Vocalist | Creator & Host of The Unstarving Musician Podcast | Author, The Unstarving Musician's Guide to Getting Paid Gigs