Pianist Martin Mayer’s Big Bet in Canada Made Him a Star in China + CIMA Pres. Andrew Cash
Martin Mayer explains how an expensive bet at 19 & made him a star in China. Plus, CIMA’s new president Andrew discusses the intersection of music & politics
Our feature interview this week is with Canadian concert pianist and composer Martin Mayer, who’s had a fascinating career as a major star in China while being relatively unknown in his home country. Martin tells Mike his story and how a large and risky investment as a teenager kick started his music career, and then how that led to a chance email and his first major tour of China. It’s quite the story!
But first, Mike meets Andrew Cash, the professional indie musician and former NDP MP who has been named as the new president of the Canadian Independent Musical Association (CIMA). Andrew discusses his time in politics and how the music industry can most effectively lobby governments, the state of Canada’s indie music sector coming out of the pandemic, and more.