"Chertkow and Feehan are the ideal mentors for aspiring Indie Musicians who want to navigate an ever-changing music industry."

-Billboard Magazine


Randy Chertkow

Randy has played music all his life, including jazz, rock, and classical music. His instruments include baritone, tenor, alto, and soprano saxophones, flute, Bb and bass clarinet, guitar, bass, and anything else he can get his hands on. He started at the challenging New Trier High School Jazz program and went on to study jazz at Berklee College of music and then completed a Perfect Set course at the Bloom School of Jazz. He writes, records, and performs with Beatnik Turtle as well as performing both music and comedy improv with theater companies around Chicago. 

Randy is a musician, author,  journalist, public speaker, and instructor. Professionally, Randy is also an enterprise-class IT professional with over 20 years of experience as an infrastructure architect in Fortune 500 companies, and a sales engineer for a major software vendor. He has a business bachelor's degree, and an M.S. in Computer Science: Data Communications, with a secondary concentration in Artificial Intelligence.

Jason Feehan 

Jason is a multi-instrumentalist who records, engineers, mixes, and produces music. He founded the author's band, Beatnik Turtle, in 1997, growing it from a four-piece band into an eight-piece rock machine with a full horn section and a recording studio all its own. Jason is a very prolific songwriter and has written close to a thousand songs, three of which are actually not too bad.

Jason is a musician, author, journalist, public speaker, and instructor. Professionally, Jason is a licensed attorney who also specializes in project and program management, product management, and business operations. Basically, he improves things and gets stuff done -- whether it’s for Fortune 500 businesses or his own band, Beatnik Turtle (which successfully released one song a day for all of 2007). He has a Bachelor of Science in Political Science and Psychology and a J.D.

The authors’ band, Beatnik Turtle, is a horn-powered pop-rock band based in Chicago. They have recorded twenty albums, released over five hundred songs, and successfully completed a song-of-the-day project where they released one song for every day of 2007. They’ve written music for TV, commercials, films, podcasts, theater (including Chicago’s Second City), and have licensed music to Disney/ABC Family and Viacom.