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Surviving the Music Industry

Oct 8, 2019

Producing and writing some of the biggest tracks and records of 2018-19, listening to the universe, and breaking down the music of Ian Fitchuk. Starting in Illinois, we work on the life and ideas of Ian all the way up to Kacey Musgraves', Golden Hour's success and beyond. 


Ian Fitchuk's credits range from co-writing hits with Kacey Musgraves' to playing any instrument in the studio with major and indie acts. Presently his studio work ranges from singer-songwriter and Americana, to pop, rock, country music and the occasional gospel track. He has written and produced with Maren Morris, Kacey Musgraves, Andrew Combs, Lucie Silvas, Jacob Whitesides, Mindy Smith, and Drew Holcomb among others. In recent years, he has also collaborated with artists as diverse as James Bay, Cam, Kesha, Brothers Osborne, Shania Twain, Shawn Mendes, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Amy Grant, Jake Bugg, and Buddy Miller. He recently began composing for TV, including a track featured in ad for Google and several songs in the primetime hit, Nashville on ABC. In 2019, Ian was nominated and tied for most ACM nominations in categories like Producer of the Year, as well as Album of the Year, Bass Player of the Year, Drummer of the Year, Piano/Keyboards Player of the Year and Specialty Instrument(s) Player of the Year, for his contributions to Kacey Musgraves’ Golden Hour


In our conversation, we get to know what Ian gravitates toward in a session. Is it the people or the universe directing your actions and even the music? Not to mention, what holds most people back or puts people in a position to not move forward? But before we talk about music, we get to understand how Ian's early life echo's his talent. We also breakdown some of Ian's biggest projects in recent years including Ruston Kelly's Dying Star, Maren Morris' Girl, Kacey Musgraves' Golden Hour, Susto, and others. We talk about taking risks, calibrating success, and creating an environment and balancing friendships in music.