Mike Christian, drummer

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Abigail Hoyt

 

What is their occupation?     

Plays in a cover band called Full Tilt

 

How did they get started?

I had a couple of friends that also played instruments like keyboard and guitar and we decided to get together and create a cover band and we did that over in my friends basement.

 

What are their clients typically looking for?

Most of the time its people who are at bars sometimes we get hired for private parties and festivals.

 

What do they like about the business?

Well, I suppose just like any other musician I have a passion for music, being with a group of individuals that have the same passion as me.

 

What they find most challenging?

Musicians are kind of an odd group of people so the personalities are pretty wild, trying to come to together and come to an agreement is difficult.  

 

What’s the biggest change they’ve seen in the business in the last 5 years?

The biggest one is equipment that is used, a lot of the equipment has gone digital and now everything is wireless and also bar owners don’t pay bands as much as they used to so its hard to find a place worth while.

 

What are their plans for next year?

Nothing different, just to help increase the quality of the band.

 

What opportunities do they see in Indiana?

The opportunities in Indiana for bands like ours aren’t great and I don’t see them changing or getting better as far as quality.

 

Any advice to people considering going into the music and entertainment business?

Just like anything else do what you like to do and opportunities will start popping up.

Kenny Phelps - Drummer and Record Executive

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Kenny Phelps - Drummer and Record Executive

 

Author:

Tyler Thom

Posted Date:

June 13, 2016 5:49 PM

What is your occupation? I am a professional musician/record company owner.

 

What services do you offer? (Recording, performing etc.) As a musician, I tour off & on with Dee Dee Bridgewater and also record CDs and commercials for various artists and agencies.

 

What are your clients typically looking for? Depending on the client, being able to performing a variety of different musical styles is a must. Also being responsible & dependable is important. When traveling, it is important to respect cultural differences and having the ability to work with different musicians on a social level as well as a high musical level is very important.

 

What skills are required to do your job? Reading music and having knowledge of the business is important. Time management and being able to make decisions is at the top of the list of necessary skills.

 

What do you like about the business? (Music business or recording business)  Having a vision and a plan is what I like most about the business. The ability to move from an idea to the final product and also the management. To help facilitate and oversee the project is very inspiring to me. While recording music, it's the same but the difference is that you're responsible for your contribution and you may not see the big picture.

 

What do you find most challenging? The most challenging thing for touring is the travel but on the businessside it is keeping up with the new technology.

 

What is the biggest change you have seen in the business in the last 5 years? The advancement of social media and the ability to stream live opened up so many possibilities for musicians.

 

What are your plans for next year?  I am hosting a radio show on WICR the summer of 2016 and will be teaching at Butler University in the fall.

 

Any advice to people considering going into the music and entertainment business?My advice is for you to follow your passion and work hard to achieve your desired goals. You will only live once so determine to never live with regret.

 

Jason King (The Vogue in Indianapolis) Entertainment Manager / Talent Buyer

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Interview with Jason King of The Vogue - Indianapolis

Interviewed by Stacy Riddle

June 7, 2016 via email

What is your occupation?

  Entertainment Manager / Talent Buyer

How did you get started in your job? The industry?

    I am the owner of IndyMojo, an Indiana based concert promoter and music blog.

What services do you offer?

   The Vogue offers 150+ concerts per year.

What are your clients typically looking for?

   Great shows and affordable drinks.

What skills are required to do the job?

   Knowledge of music (past & present), In tune with current trends, Marketing, Finances, etc.

What do you like about the business?

   Seeing shows, rush of a big crowd.

What do you find most challenging?

   Forecasting ticket sales.. some shows do great..other shows are a grind to sell tickets.

What’s the biggest change you’ve seen in the business in the last 5 years?

   Millennials. They don’t jump in the car with their pals and go on an adventure.. they use their smart phones to know exactly what, when, where. Everything is a destination to them. 

What are your plans for the Vogue in the next year?

   Book more shows! Sell more drinks!

What opportunities do you see in Indiana?

   I see larger bands coming to the market.. we have been building our scene and Indy is no longer the “fly over” market it once was.

Any advice to people considering going into the music and entertainment business?

   Find the right mentor and hold on tight.. don’t risk your own money until you have it to lose.

Any thing else you’d like to add?

   I think that’s it. ;)

Antonio Heard, DJ

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Shawntiana Boyd

Antonio Heard

June 7, 2016

Phone Interview

 

What is their occupation?

 

DJ

 

How did they get started?

 As a kid Antonio would always listen to DJ’s such as Grandmaster Flash and Jam Master Jay hopeful to one day acquire the skills of such DJ’s.  At the age of 10 Antonio begged his mom and dad for his first set of equipment which was a Kaoss Pad. Christmas of 2000 Antonio received his first set of equipment which was not exactly a Kaoss Pad but it was close enough.  He would rehearse and rehearse for hours in his room to different songs he could play and what kind of persona he wanted to hold.  Antonio adds that, “Learning how to use my equipment did not come easy.  I read the instruction manual hundreds and hundreds of times and tried my best to master the arduous skill of DJ’ing.”  He always had a niche for the art of DJ’ing.

 

What services do they offer?

 Antonio offers his art to night clubs, private parties, events, anything you can think of.  Rates vary depending on the occasion, how many hours the event runs, and traveling expenses.

 

What are their clients typically looking for?

 Clients typically search for a DJ who is skilled in the art of Dj’ing.  “Customers want to be well aware that I can customize their event.  If they want a certain genre played can I play the most popular songs for that genre?  Can I keep the crowd dancing the whole event?  Am I able to handle song request from the guest?  Do I have back up equipment in case of a malfunction? These are just majority of the questions I receive when it comes to client bookings.  I understand why these would be common concerns of theirs.  You want a great DJ or your event can take the wrong turn.  I want to retain old customers and longevity.  I want my returning customers to spread word of my services to new customers.  I always make a great effort in making sure my customers are happy.  They are part of my success.”

 

What skills are required to do the job?

 “I would say skills you need for this job are a passion for DJ’ing first and foremost and staying tech savvy.  With these skills there is no doubt that you will survive in this business.  Passion will take you a long way, you cannot be in the business just for the money.  In my opinion you will not last long.  You have to also stay tech savvy and that goes as far as keeping up with technology and being well rounded.  You have to cater to your customer’s individual needs.  There is not one customer that is the same.”

 

What do they like about the business?

 Antonio finds the drive and energy he gets from others that are in the entertainment industry as the best part of the business.  It gives him constant motivation to perform at his ultimate level.  He has been in the business for six years and there has been times where he did not have the drive and passion because others around him did not have a drive and passion.  It was a time where he was surrounded by those who were only in the business for money and he truly had a passion for the art of DJ’ing and his niche was not enough.

 

What they find most challenging?

 “The most challenging thing is learning how to brand yourself.  It will not be a walk in the park when it comes to doing so.”

 

What’s the biggest change they’ve seen in the business in the last 5 years?

 “Biggest change I have seen in this business within the last five years is DJ’s slowly stepping over to producing as well.  Producing is something I have experience with as well but not so much.”

 

What are their plans for next year?

 “My plans for next year are to breakout nationally.  I am not going to speak on it much.  Actions speak louder than words and I am slowly getting my foot in the door nationally.”

 

What opportunities do they see in Indiana?

 “I see a vast amount of opportunities in Indiana today.  It all starts with networking and building your network.  Networking can take you a long way.  It can be something as small as a conversation with a server at your favorite restaurant.  That server can know somebody who may know somebody that’ll land you an opportunity you probably would have never landed if you would have not had that simple conversation.”  He makes it very known that networking is very important and the use of social media makes it 100 times easier to network today.  You can take advantage of any opportunity with networking.

 

Any advice to people considering going into the music and entertainment business?

 “Advice I have to those going into the business is surround yourself with like minded people, maintain a positive image, and respect everyone you come in contact with.  You want to surround yourself with those who have the same goals as you or goals bigger than your wildest dreams.  Always give yourself a challenge.  Maintaining a positive image is very important you do not want to be known as someone who is bad with business or is hard to work with due to your negative attitude.  I was raised to greet the janitor the same way I greet the CEO no matter your status in life we are all owed some form of respect.”

Richard Ogle-Violinist

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Author:Rachel French

What is their occupation? 

-Full time student at Ivy Tech and a violinist in a country band mainly on the weekends.

How did they get started? 

-My mother played the violin and I played it all through school and continued after I graduated.

What services do they offer? 

-We typically do shows on the weekend wherever we can get a spot. 

What are your clients looking for? 

-Our clients are looking for upbeat music and to have good music to dance to. 

What do you like about the business? 

-Hmm... Well what I like quite a bit is that, at least in Indiana, the music scene is a relatively close knit group who are all for each other. I've sat in with bands, and members from those bands have set in with my bands, and networking is great in that there isn't this idea of cutthroat competition. We all want to see each other do well, and we all want to help each other out.

What do you find most challenging? 

-The pay is not enough to be a full time musician so thats a downside but it's mostly about providing that upbeat atmosphere. 

What is the biggest change you've seen in the business in the past 5 years? 

-The desire for certain music changes over time and it's interesting to see the music needs of different people as time goes on. 

What are your plans next year? 

-I will still be in school and still finding venues to perform in. Basically I plan on doing what I am doing right now. 

What opportunities do you see in Indiana? 

-In Indiana, although there is a chance to "make it", going in with that mindset can be a problem. If you go in with the mindset that you will get to play the music that you love in a lot of really cool venues, there are a ton of opportunities. There are so many startup labels and studios, venues and bars are popping up all the time, and if you really love playing and put in the time, you will get to spend a lot do time playing music for a lot of people who appreciate you.

Do you have any advice to people considering going into this business?

-Be realistic with your expectations, but you have to have fun doing what you're doing. If you're in it for money or anything such as that, people will see through the BS, and you just aren't going to be fully in it yourself.

Garrett Weber – Singer and Band Manager

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Garrett Weber – Singer and Band Manager  

 

Interview with Garrett Weber, Singer and Band Manager  

Nicole LaFave performed the interview

Date of Interview: June 11, 2016

Communication Method: Phone

 

What is your occupation?

My occupation is singer and manager for my band, Straight to the Guillotine. I also book events for the band and perform other managerial tasks.

 

How did you get started with your band, Straight to the Guillotine?

Originally, it was just me wanting to do music. I had a friend who had a friend who wanted to start a band. It was a pre-started band as far as music goes, but I came along an was able to write some things. I feel that I was able to push the band a lot throughout the process.

 

What services do you offer?

We get asked to do charity events and a few local touring events. For the local touring events, it is mostly with smaller bands. We have done events for animal shelters, a Sandy Hook event, Toys for Tots, and other charity events.

 

What are your fans and clients typically expecting of you?

Our clients who ask us to attend events expect that we are energized, practiced and well-versed in our craft because people want to have a show. For fans, it is roughly the same thing. They hear what we put online and to a degree, expect that. We try to keep it original every time because my personality is a little off towards the death metal genre. So they expect a level of entertainment, because my personal style is to be weird and quirky with a lot of dark music lovers and head bangers.

 

What skills are required to be a singer and band manager?

To do my job, the vocal portion itself takes a lot of training before hand because it uses a lot of falsetto. That’s not exactly something you learn classically. Beyond that, it is a lot of practice and a lot of PR work. Again, there is a lot of booking and talking to whoever I can to get us into shows. There are lot of one-on-one conversations through social media that take place to help spread around our band as much as possible.

 

What do you like about the business?

I like how fast-paced it is now. We don’t get to play as much as we’d like to anymore, but through social media, it’s still been just as steady with new fans. Especially in areas that we’ve never been -- we are popular overseas, especially in Singapore. I enjoy being able to do what I want to in my band, and I enjoy putting myself out there. I am glad that I’ve been able to be received well throughout most of my endeavors with that.

 

What do you find most challenging with your music business?

The booking portion is mostly the most challenging. For the most part, our band is all fully employed somewhere else, so it’s hard to work with those schedules. Also, locally, the music scene has been on a decline for a while, so it has been hard to get people to come out for our shows without a lot of extra effort. Making posters and social media posts has been time-consuming, and it’s hard to get people with busy lives to continuously come to our shows.

 

What’s the biggest change you’ve seen in the music business in the last 5 years?

There has been a shift from how our product gets out there. Before, we mostly did shows, whereas now, most of the promotion is done through social media. I know a lot of bands who do most of their work in the studio instead of in shows to put their music out there. It makes people less willing to go to shows because everything is availability digitally. Then, why would they want to go see us? It’s something that has been a struggle for a while.

 

What are your plans with the band for the next year?

We are hoping to release the album, finally. Everything is being mixed and mastered, and hopefully we can work out a tour after it is released in order to promote it. We want to get it out to the people, both in the digital and physical format.

 

What opportunities do you see in Indiana specifically?

Growth, mostly. Like I said, there has been a decline for people who want to attend music events locally. I want to try to revitalize it to what it was years ago. Fort Wayne, where we are located, definitely needs revitalizing. Eventually we can branch out to other areas of Indiana too.

 

Do you have any advice to people considering going into the music and entertainment business?

Be willing to work. It is not an overnight thing, and if it is, it’s not usually going to be long lasting. You see all the stars that pop up huge after their first hit, and two years later, no one knows who they are. It’s all about working hard, being happy, and spreading your work to as many people as you can.

 

Any other advice, or anything else you’d like to add?

Keep making music! It doesn’t matter who likes it or not. It doesn’t matter if you’re doing it for fun or for money. Just keep music alive.

Henry Mackowiak, Sigma Chi Rho Chapter event music coordinator/music promoter.

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Email Interview with Henry Mackowiak, Sigma Chi Rho Chapter event music coordinator/music promoter.

Friday June 10th, 2016

Nick Carmola conducted the interview

 

What is your current occupation?

 

I am a full time student, working on becoming immersed into the entertainment/music world. Specially, I would like to be in the Hip Hop industry. I do all the planning for my fraternity whenever we have an event that needs some sort of music entertainment. My position is the music event coordinator. I book performers/DJs to come host a party or philanthropy event at our house.

 

How did you get started? Did this start in college?

 

Hip-Hop has been a part of my life forever. I was really into starting free style rap battles in high school. These were very informal but I was relied on to organize them so it could be free flowing and fun. When I got to college and joined a fraternity I started doing it again. I eventually helped an older student in the frat plan music for events. When he graduated I started doing it on my own.

 

 

Ok, you’re hosting an event…What kinds of clients are you looking for?

 

I would want to interview them first and get to know what type of people I am working with. If it’s a philanthropy event then we are really looking for a DJ that can have clean/radio edited music. Those type events require music that puts people in a good mood. For our other events we would plan case by base. There could be different themes so I would question them about their styles if they have multiple facets to their performance. If we are booking a performer we usually go with someone from our school or maybe an alumni. We have many liability issues so that is always the best way to book a performer.

 

What is the skill set that you need to have for this position?

You need to have lots of energy. For me, it’s a never ending job. I constantly get emails, texts and calls updating me on the bits and pieces of hosting an event. That being said, you need to be well organized and know how to sort your priorities. Sometimes, sending an extra email or text, asking for an update can really help move the process forward. You also need patience when dealing with all sorts of people.

 

What do you like about this position?

I love being in charge of how an event sounds. My job is to make sure that people enjoy their time and appreciate the music they are hearing. It all becomes worth it when you see people in the moment having a good time.

 

What is the most challenging part of being the event music coordinator?

You never know when something will come up. People get sick, DJs cancel on you, equipment goes missing, stuff gets unplugged. When you’re doing this kind of work, you never know what you’re going to get on a day to day basis. It’s really challenging not to panic if something goes wrong. Sometimes you want to get mad but you remember that things happen sometimes.

 

What’s the biggest challenge you've had in the past 3 years?

I actually had a DJ not show up to a huge event. He planned to bring all the equipment and everything. Luckily, my fraternity brothers stepped up and were able to put on a flowing music show by opening a bunch of Youtube pages on a lot of tabs.

 

What are your plans after you graduate next year?

I would like to spend time with some of the performers I got to know at school. They are doing a lot of studio work on campus and I would like to help promote and manage events for them. I recently got a new camera and have gotten involved with producing music videos. I will stay in this area for about 2 years and after that I will look to branch out and take my talents somewhere else.

 

What opportunities do you see in Indiana?

Indiana has great colleges. Purdue, Indiana, Indiana State, Butler, Ball State, Notre Dame and many others provide all sorts of opportunity. Campus life crazy! I see college campus’ as a huge opportunity for exposure.

 

Any advice for people thinking about getting into this kind of work?

Be ready to work with all different kinds of people. Some will be great to work with, others not so much. You need a positive attitude and the ability to put others before yourself.

 

 

Anything else you would like to add?

Follow my friend Aaron on instagram! @Doubleamuzic He does great work!

Dave Fields, Brand Manager/Mornings 99.5 WKDQ Townsquare Media of Evansville/Owensboro, Inc.

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Misty Eastep

Dave Fields, Brand Manager/Mornings 99.5 WKDQ Townsquare Media of Evansville/Owensboro, Inc.

June 10, 2016

1.    How did you get started working in the music/radio industry? I started with a college internship with a group of radio stations in Rochester, NY.

2.    What skills are required to work on the radio as a dj and morning show host? You need to be able to tell a story in a clear and concise way. You need to be able to make the listener feel like you have a one on one connection with them. Also, you can’t be afraid to try something new and make a fool of yourself.

3.    What are the biggest changes that you have seen throughout your career? If you have worked on the radio in other states, is it different than working on the radio in Indiana? If so, how? The biggest change is how technology has changed the industry for both good and bad.  The good is that with computers and ipads, we can broadcast live from anywhere there is an internet connection. Live remotes are much easier to do and sound much better. The over the air quality is amazing. The bad is that computers allow voice tracking. This is one DJ the ability to broadcast their show anywhere. You lose some of the local element of radio when you have some one that lives in another state that voice track a show.  I have worked in 7 other states besides Indiana and in my opinion radio is the same. You are still trying to be live and local. It is just a matter of knowing the area that you are broadcasting in. From Montana, to Florida, to New York to Indiana, you are still trying to do the same thing, connect with the local audience.

4.    What do you like the most about your career?  No two days are the same. When I come into the studio, even with the show planned out you never know what will happen. A guest may say something and take the show in a whole new direction.

5.    What do you find most challenging about your career? Finding quality dedicated people to work with. With voice-tracking, there is no over-night training ground for DJs to develop their skills. Plus DJs now have to do so much more than just on-air work…blogs, videos, etc…A lot of new people have the illusion that you do your show and go home. It is not like that anymore.

6.    What do you find most rewarding about your career? The ability to impact people’s lives. Whether it is making sure they laugh on the way to work to getting that Cancer patient’s dream to come true and meet their favorite artist. There are so man moments that can change people’s mood, day, even life. The fact that I can have a small part in making someone feel better is amazing.

7.    What advice would you give to anyone that is interested in starting a career in the music/radio industry? Never say no. If you are interning or at your 1st job and the PD asks you to do something like work the weekend, emcee and event, run the board….do it! Pay your dues and make yourself invaluable to the team. As a PD myself, knowing I can count on someone is a huge plus!

Vicki Gillaspy Owner of G. Scotten Talent Center

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Interview by Lucas Coleman with Vicki Gillaspy Owner of G. Scotten Talent Center

 

What is/was your occupation?

“I’m a dance educator”

How did you get started with that?

“I started taking dance as a child at the age of 3. My mother got me involved because of how active I was as a child. Honestly, my grandmother told my mom to put me in classes. “

What services do you offer?

“My dance studio offers educational and performance experience. For 15 years students from HSE and Fishers high school have benefitted from GSTC training. We also have voice and piano lessons but that is not our number one focus. Our major demographic is a dance lover as we have over 100 students enrolled and 50 competitive dancers. We teach anything from hip hop and tumbling to Jazz and ballet.”

What are all of the students usually looking for when it comes to picking a studio?

“The students are usually looking for convince and a family friendly environment.  Also, usually they do not know what they are looking for so they hear of us through their friends and peers at school.”

 

 

 

What skills are required to do your job?

“You must have a good personality to be a dance teacher and a very creative mind. A dancer mind and someone who can break down music and really visualize what goes on within the song to make the song beautiful on stage.”

What do you like about the dance industry and your personal dance studio?

“I like having the opportunity to be able to give the children a dance education and broaden their horizon. I love brining in popular guest teachers from places like dancing with the stars to expose them to different styles of dancing from all over the nation and even the world. Dance saves lives.”

What do you find most challenging with this industry?

“Making choices on my professional instinct and trying not to let my personal opinions get in the way of some decisions individuals make.”

What is the biggest change you’ve seen in this business in the last 5 years?

“I think children are advancing quicker at younger ages with the amount of time they are spending at the studio and the amount of money parents are willing to spend on their child is going up. Parents love to see their children succeed and happy.”

What are your plans for next year?

“We are going to start incorporating new dance curriculums that all dance teachers can follow so all students are on the same page.”

What opportunities do you see in Indiana?

“There is a lot of community involvement in the state of Indiana including the Fishers festival parade or as big as the 500 festival parade. Everyone in Indiana is very hard working which makes the dancers from the state easier to train.“

Any advice for people wanting to go into the music and entertainment business/dance career?

“Everyone has equal opportunity so go for it. Never quit and keep going if you really think you can reach your end goal. The pyramid just keeps getting smaller the older you get and the harder you work, so just keep working and growing no matter what. Don’t give up.”

Brittany Feitner, radio host

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Interview with Brittany Feltner, Radio Host

 

Logan Stowers performed the interview

 

  • What is their occupation?
    • Brittany’s occupation is an on-air DJ during the summer for Cougar Radio

 

  • How did they get started?     
    • Brittany got her start during her years in high school, taking classes in the radio program. After graduation, Brittany was offered a summer job as a permanent radio host for the program.

 

  • What services do they offer?
    • Cougar radio offers a radio program based off of classic rock genre music. They offer commercial free radio service

 

  • What are their clients typically looking for?
    • Their clients typically look for a radio program with limited commercial interruptions in the rock genre.

 

  • What skills are required to do the job?
    • Skills required to do this job is knowledge concerning rock music, sound equipment, strong communication skills, quick on their feet, and strong leadership skills.

 

  • What do they like about the business?
    • Brittany said that what she likes most about her job is the control she has. She likes being able to make executive decision and build a playlist of music she knows her audience will enjoy.

 

  • What they find most challenging?
    • Brittany said that she finds airtime the most challenging. She said that she knows her audience will tune in to listen to classic rock, but that she struggles to get the younger generations to steer away from the “rap” and appreciate rock music.

 

  • What’s the biggest change they’ve seen in the business in the last 5 years?
    • The biggest change they’ve seen is the technological advances in music. Things aren’t as they were in earlier generations. Things are more techno and auto tuned, unlike earlier generations where “music spoke for itself”.
  • What are their plans for next year?
    • Next year Brittany plans on bringing more students into the program to get a sense of what broadcasting will be like if they plan to pursue this later on in life.

Tony Sandleben, board op for Indiana Public Radio

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Kyle Parker

Tony Sandleben

6/10/16

In person

 

I was blessed beyond words to have the opprotunity to sit down and talk shop with with a radio board op for Indiana Public Radio, none other than Tony Sandleben. Tony has been operating the board for a little bit longer than a year now, he has racked up a very good amount of knowledge on the radio industry. Here are the highlights of my conversation with Tony.

As stated earlier, Tony is a board op for Indiana Public Radio (IPR). He got his start while doing his studies at Ball State. The services he offers include but are not limited to: Switching between programming, doing station identification check ins, fielding questions from callers and recording station promotions. Some of the skills he said they need to be a board op for IPR is you have to have a calm voice. You also have to have a wide range of knowledge for many software that is used in the industry. His clients are usually looking for news and information, so he provides them with the different news programs that give them the news they want. He also says that another big thing is the classical music. Many of his listeners enjoy the classics, so the station offers programs that provides that kind of music. When asked about his thoughts about changes in the music industry. He said that it hasn't really been about the music recently. It has been more based off of who can make the biggest headline outside of the studio. With all of the superstars doing crazy things now, we don't really appreciate their music any more than we do their antics. When asked about the biggest challenge he faces he said it was providing programming that everyone enjoyed. He said as a station that is rare when stacked up against other stations in the viewing area, it is important to give everyone what they want so they can reach the most amount of viewers. When asked what he likes about the industry, he said that the music industry is such a unique thing because of how influencial music is. He says that music can be the most important thing in someones life, influencing them to do so many things, so being a medium for people to enjoy some of their favorite things, thats what he loves most about this job. Tony says that his future plans don't involve the music industry, but he will use the skills he has aquired through this job. When asked about Indiana's potential he said that the potential is huge! With Indiana becoming a bigger part of things nationally, he says why can't we become a bigger part of the music industry, we are creating places that are inviting to business owners, so anything is possible. But he warns that we have to retain the talent that Indiana produces. With a lot of the talent going to Nashville, so to make it big, Indiana needs to keep that talent here. When asked about advise, he said that you have to be willing to go above and beyone what they expect of you. If you show everyone that you you are willing to work hard for it, you will be rewarded for it later.

Mike Brennan, drummer and songwriter

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Kim Weber reporting on Mike Brennan on 6-11-2016 via email and phone

  • What is your occupation?
    • Drummer and songwriter 
  • How did you get started?
    • When I was 16 I started up a metal band with a friend from work, that lead me to the rest of the local music scene where I bounced around a few different bands. 
  • What services do you offer?
    • We can be booked for whatever show you want us to play if you pay our guarantee. We change the guarantee based off of how far we have to travel for the show. 
  • What are your clients typically looking for?
    • A band to put on a show that has high energy and brings in a large crowd. 
  • What skills are required for you to do your job?
    • Be a talented musician and know how to transport/set up a drum set and merchandise.
  • What do you like about the business?
    • Playing music with friends live has always been the best feeling ever. 
  • What do you find most challenging?
    • Getting to the show/setting up at the show.
  • What’s the biggest change you've seen in the business in the  last 5 years?
    •  The main genre of the local music scene has changed drastically. 
  • What are your plans for next year?
    • Two of us have moved out of town, but we are still looking to write another album and record it if/when we’re all back in Indiana.
  • What opportunities do you see in Indiana?
    • A large but loyal music scene of fans. 
  • Any advice to people considering going into the music and entertainment business? Find the right people to start the band and give it your all. Don’t get discouraged after bad sets or frustrating things that come with being in a band.

Jacob Kowai, b105.7 Team Lead for Emmis Communication

Added on by Robert Willey.

Hannah File with Jacob Kowal

b105.7 Team Lead for Emmis Communication

Skype interview -June 4th, 2016

Can you tell me about your position in radio and what you do? 

Lead for b105.7 deal with on air/online content for the radio station. Monitors feedback on people enjoying the music or not. Also deals with marketing and promoting for the radio station at concert around Indy.

What is the skill set for this job?

Knowledge of today’s hits but also for past hits. Must be able to talk on the spot and also be comfortable with talking on air. Have a sense of budgeting while also knowledge of advertising and marketing. Must be able to build relationships with businesses and artist.

  

How did you get started?

Freshmen year applied for a part time promotion job at Emmis communications and slowly climbed throughout the years.

 

You work for b105.7, tell me a little more about what services they offer?

On air advertising, online advertising, allow new and old artist to stay in the loop of todays and past music. Helps with creating concerts at local venues as last year they brought Rick Springfield to fishers for a concert.

 

What are you clients typically looking for?

Looking for events that we can come to and help advertise their business while also playing music and having a radio show at the store. Also artist while being interviewed on air are looking to promote their new music or tour to the public.

 

You’ve been in this business for a few years, what do you like best about it?

I like the fact that I get to promote the station while at concerts and getting to meet new and upcoming artist. Also the atmosphere that Emmis has is very fast and exciting.

 

What has been the biggest challenge?

With radio listeners slowly being taken by streaming services like Spotify and Pandora its hard at times with coming up with new ideas to get listeners to follow the station.

 

What’s the biggest change they’ve seen in the business in the last 5 years?

We have changed a lot of our faculty and have moved to hiring more young individuals and letting go older staff members so we can bring in new and relevant ideas.

 

What opportunities do they see in Indiana?

The biggest opportunity he sees in Indiana is that country music is becoming bigger and bigger every year in Indianapolis. The amount of country shows that are coming to klipsch is insane.

Any advice for someone considering going into the music and entertainment business?

If I had a recommendation for students looking to go into the music business in Indiana it would be for sure to go into something country related.

Any thing else they’d like to add?

The radio business is a tough field but it is absolutely worth it in the end.

Interview with Aaron (Stix) Smith, drummer

Added on by Robert Willey.

Interviewer:Emerald King

Interviewee:Aaron (Stix) Smith- Professional Drummer

 

Interview conducted via email on 6/11/16

 

At what age did you notice your interest in drumming; and what made you continue to pursue the title?

"At the age of 2. And I had a feeling that drumming was my calling!

How did you get started and who introduced you?

"My cousin would play drums at church and I used to watch him, so then I got started."

So with drumming what kind of services do you offer?

"The services I offer are; if you need a drummer for events, bands, and artists. If you need music, then I am hired to professionally play music for whomever hires me. I teach lessons, and sometimes get hired to teach drum master classes. I record for records and albums; tour and participate in studio sessions."

For most of your clients what do they typically look for, as in, what service is more common?

"Just learning their music!"

What do you like about the business?

"I like the fact that I am my own boss."

What are some challenges that may have been presented to you?

"Challenges is competition, staying relevent, and coming up with ways to evolve and stay in the music game."

So you went to Rio to teach lessons, could you tell me about the experience?

"The experience was great! Amazing musicians, amazing people who were hungry to learn more about drums! So many people came out! Over 200 people came out to hear me play drums!"

Do you ever get nervous on stage?

"Never get nervous!"

What age group is mostly represented?

" It just depends on musical skill level. It doesn't really have an age. But I'd say on average, 25 is usually when an elite musician starts his mainstreem career. Playing for the Beyonces' and Justin Biebers' of the Industy, but it can happen at an earlier age as well."

What are your goals for next year?

"My goal next year is to do a drum master class tour in multiple cities in Brazil."

And do you have any advice to give to people who may get into the music business?

" And my advice to anyone who wants to become a professional musician, is have tough skin. It is a very harsh environment and you must wear tough skin in order to survive and succeed. But it's possible."

Interview with Bruce Jones, A&R for Unfold Management

Added on by Robert Willey.

with Christopher Shipps, June 8th, 2016

What is their occupation?

Music A&R for Unfold Management.

How did they get started?

“I got started in college helping produce and manage my friends who were artist. After college, I worked for a label and soon had to undergo a A&R role to help with releases and collaborations and loved it ever since.”

What services do they offer?

Unfold offers management for artist including booking shows, career advice, and sponsorship endorsements.

What are their clients typically looking for?

Clients are typically looking for help booking shows and having a platform where they can focus solely on the music and less of the intense business of the music industry.

What skills are required to do the job?

“A skill you must have for the job is the ability to have a good ear for music and be able to work with a artist with a vision for longevity in their career. It's not always easy to spot raw talent but once you know the industry your dealing with things will start to become natural”

What do they like about the business?

“I love the music. I also like to see a artist flourish and develop into a brand that is recognized across the globe!”

What they find most challenging?

“The most challenging part is locating talent with a incredible work ethic. Artist can have the vision but if the work ethic doesn’t follow it things will be held at a standstill or prolonged.”

What’s the biggest change they’ve seen in the business in the last 5 years?

“The business is always rapidly changing, the biggest change I have seen in the last 5 years is that most artist want to remain independent instead of working with a major label. That use to be a measurement of the success of the artist (landing a major deal) but now a days the artist want to remain in control of how they market and produce their music.

What are their plans for next year?

“Unfold plans to continue expanding the amount of artist that are managed within the company. This includes helping artist book shows and touring, help artist locate sponsorship deals and endorsements, help with marketing and press releases insuring the success and longevity of an artist/client. I am excited to continue to accruing artist with talent and incredible work ethic and we will have to see what unfolds… ”

 

Any advice to people considering going into the music and entertainment business?

“Good advice in the entertainment industry is to conduct excellent and honest business with people. Word of mouth travels fast so it always a good to have a solid reputation and image. People enjoy working with individuals who posses those traits and makes things seem more natural and easy flowing business wise.”

Interview with Eddie Guanajuato, band and choir teacher at Cardinal Ritter High School

Added on by Robert Willey.
  • What is their occupation?
  • Eddie Guanajuato is a band and choir teacher at Cardinal Ritter High School.
  • How did they get started?
  • Eddie always loved music growing up. In middle school he picked up the alto saxophone and played in the school band. Eddie continued performing in band in high school. He attended the Indiana University School of Music and goy hid bachelors of music education and a master’s of science in secondary school administration.
  • What services do they offer?
  • Eddie tutors band students outside of his job at Cardinal Ritter. He is also the marching band director.
  • What skills are required to do the job?
  • What do they like about the business?
  • Eddie said that he really just loves teaching his students and allowing them to grow as musicians. He also loves to see that “ah-ha!” moment when students finally play a challenging piece correctly.
  • What they find most challenging?
  • Eddie said that it is hard sometimes to balance everything with band and the school as well as doing what he loves outside of his job, which is playing in a jazz band. He wishes that he had more time to spend playing the alto saxophone.

 

Interview with Shawn Davis, Professional Bassist

Added on by Robert Willey.

Date: June 7, 2016

Ayrian Armstead performed the interview

In-Person/Via Email

What is your occupation?

Professional Bassist.

When did you start playing?

“I started playing instruments back when I was a toddler. Probably at age 3-4 but not professionally, I was about 15 years old.”

How did you get started?

“Growing up music was always around.  Mom was a singer, and sang when she was pregnant with me. My grandfather was profession musician. It was just apart of my DNA.”

Who inspired you the most

“I was most inspired by cousin Anthony Harmon to play bass.  He played for a lot of well know gospel artist."

What kind of services do you offer? Such as when people call you for gigs?

I'm hired to give the artists what they want.  Normal duties are to be on time, learn and know the music, and deliver it just like the artist expects you too. I also arrange and produce music for artists.  And I also lead as the Music Director too.”

I said, “Sounds like a lot of hard work…”

“Yeah it can be but I love it but last week I had to learn and play 25 songs.”

What skills are required for you to play as well as you do?

“It just requires dedication and professionalism.  Everyone plays and at all different skill levels, styles, etc.  anyone can get work as a musician."

What do you like about the business?

My favorite thing is continual growth that is easily accessible ... Learning new styles and meeting new people. There no ceiling as far the growth you can have in the business.”

What did you find most challenging about the music industry?

“It's a dog eat dig industry! No body is going to hand you anything!”

What's the biggest change you seen in the business in the last few years?

“True musicianship has gone on the back burner. Back in the days when technology wasn't as advanced you had to be on you’re a game! All of the musicians came in together and recorded simultaneously! Now days everything is so digital and mistakes can be altered so you don't even truly have to be good!  The need for the musician will go away if it doesn't change.  But I think slowly but surely real music will be back at the top!

What is your future plans with your profession?

“I would love to tour with mainstream artists and perform all over the world. Performance is where I get the most joy out of my career.”

What opportunities do you see in Indiana? Or if there is any here?

Not many opportunities as far the mainstream scene goes.  I see myself living in LA or somewhere that the music scene is rolling.”

Do you have any advice to give someone that is considering the music industry?

“Yes!  Music is universal!  There's no right or wrong to do it.  Never compare yourself to another's success.  Your road is your road.”

Is there anything else you want to add to the interview?

“I don’t have anything else. Thank you.”

Interview with Joy Caroline Mills, singer/songwriter

Added on by Robert Willey.

Katie Maclin exchanged emails with Joy Caroline Mills in June, 2015.

What is your occupation?

I am an independent touring singer/songwriter. I book all of my own shows and negotiate my contracts. I also produce my own music.

 

How did they you get started?

I got started by auditioning my material in local coffee shops, calling venues, and e-mailing venue owners when I was 13. I played all kinds of shows, both paid and unpaid until I established the reputation I wanted.

 

What services do you offer?

Currently, I only offer my skills as a live acoustic music performer. 

 

What are your clients typically looking for?

My clients who book me to entertain at their venues typically look for a quality EP, compatible availability, and how big the fan base is. 

 

What skills are required to do your job?

I have to be business savvy, and not take things personally if a venue doesn't respond when I reach out to them to get booked. I have to be able to market myself and argue for compensation. Some graphic design experience is helpful, as well as knowing how to write a pitch in an e-mail. At the actual show, I have to be able to perform well and stay calm under pressure. I also have to be social and network with as many people as I can.

 

What do you like about the business?

 

I get to meet all kinds of people, and I get paid to play music. There's nothing better.

What they you most challenging?

Perseverance. It gets extremely discouraging, and not everyone likes what you're doing. Someone always wants to be the critic.

 

What’s the biggest change you've seen in the business in the last 5 years?

I have noticed two things. Women don't have to be a size 0 to be successful in music. We've seen Adele, Meghan Trainor, Ella Henderson, Kelly Clarkson, etc. sell smash hits without being skinny. The other thing I've noticed is that live music is experiencing a rebirth. People are going to see shows again.

 

What are your plans for next year?

I'm planning on continuing to tour nationally, attend some songwriting conferences in Los Angeles, and maybe even move to California.

 

What opportunities do you see in Indiana?

Opportunities in Indiana are very few, but they're out there. Basically I've had to make my own opportunities, and network within a very close-knit community. It's important to be kind to everyone you meet, because everyone knows everyone in the Indianapolis music scene. 

 

Any advice to people considering going into the music and entertainment business?

Make sure you've got a thick skin. Know who you are as an artist/engineer/performer, and always fight for what you know you deserve. 

 

Any thing else you'd like to add?

Nope. :)

 

Interview with Jeff Slepak, HS band director and musician

Added on by Robert Willey.

Ethan Rosuck performed the interview

What is/was your occupation?
Out of college, high school band director and overall musician for bands around my area.


How did you get started with that?
“I went into college thinking I would be a performer so I started as a music performance major. However, I did get some advice to double major and I followed that because with music business, performance, education, it is easy to double major. That is because there is so much overlap between music that I could do much more in college in the 4 years that I wanted to graduate in. In about my third year of college, the head director at WMU retired and a new one came in. He told the ensemble that most of you are music education or music business majors so we aren’t going to have rehearsals for band pretending to be a professional organization that you can find in many other colleges and ensembles. Every day in rehearsal is going to be like a lab on how to best teach music in schools or in the business world. So all of the pedagogical stuff was explained as we went through the course and living the student end of it, I saw how much of a great impact it could have on musicianship. By the end of that first year with the new director, I was getting more interested in the teaching aspect with also having some part in recording in the music business. For performance wise, I played in short 2 week gigs and responded to various ads in the paper for ensembles who needed payers so I could still play but at the same time move away from that to focus more of business and education.” 


When you started, what were schools looking for in an applicant much like yourself?
“Schools want to have people who are good musicians, although you are rarely going to be asked to play an instrument like in an audition. They are more interested in your academic preparation, and looking at your transcript with how well you did in your classes. For popular jobs, an awful lot of people would apply for one job and I could tell you from 2 experiences being on the higher end, no 4 experiences! My most recent one was hiring my replacement band director and I will never forget it because we had over 300 people apply for the job and I had to narrow it down to less than 10 people, and it was not easy. Each of those people would come to Stevenson and conduct one of the bands in class while being observed by people in the fine arts department and we went from there. But when I was early on at Stevenson, I built a relationship with all of the Junior High Schools that fed into Stevenson to grow the program because my teaching in Texas was built all on that model to have that sense of continuity. Every week I was in each school at least once and the principals trusted me. So when those people retired, which were successional like every 2 to 3 years, they invited me to be part of the hiring process/committee to find the directors replacement. It was not really official, I made basic yes and no piles and sat in on the interview part. You also really need to stand out with grades you know you have to show that you are serious enough that you take care of yourself academically. And I think of what people look for in the business overall, is the enthusiasm and the mind-set of what a person really wants to do with trying to be helpful and showing what you know. Overall: Smart, confident, enthusiastic, track record of working hard shown with what you have. If you have experience, especially with recording, companies really look at the track records you have with enthusiasm on the part students when you talk to their coworkers or former students.”


You were a director for a long time. If you had to describe the basic skills to do that job, what would they be?
“I’m not going to promise to spit these out in an order of importance as it will be a little bit random! You have to have a real thorough understanding of music and that is not always a given I’m afraid especially when it comes to recording… You have to have a clear pedagogical approach on how to teach recording, music, the various instruments, and little nuts and bolts of a recording studio in ways that are logical and understandable by students and now, coworkers. Because of the 2 different things I did, I worked with people of various ages in a big gap, from 14 to anyone who is an adult! You have to be able to express yourself through stories and analogies and so on so you can meet people where they are in your explanations. Another skill set is organization especially in a community like Stevenson is. Being as complex as it is, I was lucky to have already taught for 10 years in Houston Texas as an assistant to a guy who had established a strong program and while it was never as big as Stevenson got so I really understood what and how to do it. When Mrs. D and I started at Stevenson, it was about 53 students was the entire program. So I think one of the important aspects was having some experience as people would say, a view from the mountain top you know you’ve been up there and have seen what’s possible, what students and coworkers are capable of, what a program can become so that when you are starting up a program that has returned to the ground floor and needs to grow again, you aren’t feeling your way along with that growth rather that you are helping it come back to a place that you have experienced. I was lucky to have that experience but I think that played into my hiring. The principal at the time needed someone who would stay a long time at the school and has experience in education and recording because recording was just starting up at Stevenson. He was thinking, here is someone who has worked in a program that looks like what we want this program to be. I consider myself very very organized, logistical things, kind of like playing in that stuff hence the program grew to 5 bands and 360 people. Being a team player with coworkers/colleagues is very important. I was lucky to be in with other colleagues that shared a vision of what a music department could be. Band was not separate, orchestra was not separate, and chorus was not separate as we all had the same ideas! We want the music department to look this way. And a lot of that was the Stevenson culture, but we were all team players. So in essence, you have to understand music and for me, recording well, you have to teach and how to do it and there is a lot more to it, like the art of knowing how to do it. You also have to be very encouraging of others to make their own discoveries with leadership components. You also need to foster independence in the coworkers and students. Leaders, drum majors, head directors, are essential. And finally, highly, highly, and did I mention highly organized?”


What was the one thing you found most challenging being a director and recorder?
“Well, this will probably sound like a typical answer to an interview question. The thing I found the most challenging I also found to be the most rewarding which was the Stevenson culture and this was fit me very naturally this okay lets never be satisfied with where we are. Let’s always look at how something went or whether it’s an event or the whole school year or something in-between those in the scale and think how could it be better next time around. And so this constant analysis and strife to make it different and better is always a challenge, but that is what makes it fun. I would think it would be terribly boring to do the same do the same things in recording and conducting over and over again in its regards.”


What is the biggest change you have seen in the your work world in the past 5 to 10 years?
“I may go back and add to it and maybe even shift it but the first thing that comes to mind… I heard someone else quote someone else saying what’s been the biggest change in education these past several years of your career and this person said, (I used to spend all of my time and energy teaching my students. It feels like more recently I have to spend most of my time and energy proving to people that I teach students.) And now, that did not manifest in as bad a way for me as it does for other people at other schools. Just on my way out of Stevenson, you can tell that there are more standardized testing and there would be a lot of brand new things I would have to learn about and go through more hoops and it would all be peripheral to the core jobs I always did and still do today. The way I recorded and taught students, taught music, technology, helped the program achieve and grow in context of all the other parts of the music department. But there is a lot of peripheral stuff that teaches must do because there is a general suspicion, not on everybody, but on some people. You end up with Common Core emphasis and it would get more specific in each department of the district. All this accountability testing stuff is really for the academics for music is a huge distraction in what teachers could be teaching their kids about real world stuff and to have more interaction. Everyone buys in to this cycle of continuous improvement at a personal level and all this other stuff is just like it just went all away. Computer Science, for example, is always changing, and the teachers have to always stay me chapter ahead of they students. What makes a good HS music and recording educator today is the exact same stuff that made a good educator 40 to 50 years ago. For business and performance, I think there are a lot of challenges with the technology that now makes it very easy for people who want to make a living at performance to not be able to because you want to make records but now everyone can download and share their stuff and buy all accounts that I keep in touch with. The recording industry, from my experience, is a very big machine that is really built to keep the machine well oiled and growing and enriched. The artists, and we can all think of people that are household names as artists and they are the small percentage of people trying to make a living at performing their music for the rest of the planet. These few golden platinum albums are selling people away and everyone else you know they have a tough time doing it. And I do worry a lot I guess about the democratization of music too. The concern is if you want to play the whole career through the traditional path of trying to sign a major label and get your 25 cents per record or something or a penny or two per radio play that might happen and that is because companies do not sell the recordings like they used to. I grew up in the days of vinyl. Unfortunately, even when I was teaching,  technology has improved so greatly that I miss records. I went to the record store and I paid $10 for this piece of vinyl and you knew the record company was a getting a line share of it and the artist was getting a fair amount of that. This is balanced out, I suppose, that technology now allows people to record themselves. I myself have never worked with big artists but with a bunch of students and more communal groups. My last major project, was with a guitarist that I know who put together an album and I saw it unfold over the course of a year. She found musicians to collaborate with, she found the producer (me), and we did a lot of studio time and I know that she did invest a lot of $ into making this project happen. But she published it somewhat independently. She sold her own records from her own website but she will not have the bigger connections to get her way out. The whole universe, as I’ve come to accept, is constantly changing and things get easier and harder too. I think the soul of musicians will keep going but I think it is sad that it is becoming harder to make a living at it which I might think be the case. If a person was into playing an instrument that could potentially be in one of the major symphony orchestras that pay a living wage and I am not exaggerating these numbers that if the CSO wants to replace 1 of their 3 trumpet players, there will be 600 to 700 applicants and they’ll invite 80-100 to a first round audition then pick a pool from there. If you want to get together with your friends and polish up your garageband, its even gotten where live performance opportunities are tougher too. I mean, so when I started out, you could go to a bar or restaurant and there would be a 4 or 5 piece band or hotel lounges with a show band, businesses have gotten large and cheap about that stuff. They would rather have a jukebox or one guy with a guitar and a microphone just singing. Pushing your own way and making you own way I think is even harder than ever before. When I first learned about Pit Orchestras on one of the band trips to NYC, they were huge, but more and more that gets downsized today because producers want to save money.”


What are your plans for this upcoming year?
“I’m kind of excited because told myself several years ago that I wanted to get together with somebody who is very proficient at teaching jazz improv and so just last month, I have started those lessons. This lady was a pretty successful lady in NY and she moved to Chicago quite some time ago. I had a student about 15 or more years ago at Stevenson and she started taking lessons with this Audrey Morrison and I started seeing after about a month or so that she would come into jazz band with all of this confidence and understanding and her improvised solos were just blossoming in front of me and I thought okay, I have played in many jazz bands before, and that student made me want to go more into the improv mode for jazz band when I had some time. So I thought this student is passing me up and I know that when I have time, so now I am doing it! I’m playing in the Buffalo Grove Community Band and Jazz Band and it has one day a week rehearsals and it’s a few gigs a year and that’s okay. I would like to get myself to a place to find a gig with a big band in a jazz setting! There is nothing more fun for me now than playing in a big band as a trombone player.”


Do you have any words of advice for people going into what you have done?
“As it is the case for high schoolers going off to college, my father wanted to assert some opinions and here’s what you ought to do things. I wanted to go off and just be a performing trombone player and my father was in business and had his own business and he was very assertive that I take business classes. I took those classes and ended up doing that as a background with education too. They are important classes and it is just legendary that people who are passionate about their music and tune out everything else get taken advantage of and don’t manage their well-being if they’re not financially savvy. I’m grateful that I have that understanding of the business and the financial world and I would say that people should take the basics and definitely some music business classes if possible in college. When I was leaning towards teaching too, my parents were skeptical about how teachers would make a living. I think, for me, the stars aligned in a way I can’t explain or understand because I have been fortunate enough to only have had 2 jobs along with recording in my career. 10 years in Houston and I landed with a guy who was a terrific mentor. I brought what I knew back to Chicago at Stevenson for 24 years and low and behold, this is under extreme thread of turning something into not at all good but I was in all of this when teachers paid into pensions and states and schools aid into pensions and right now, I have modest wants and needs, and I have a pension that will take care of me for the rest of my life! My advice to people is to follow your passion, not to be cliche, but be smart about it and think about how do I trust when I’m young and what I see most is my immediate passion for what interests me now, that I got to step back and take a view of my future too. Later in life, paying the rent, buying the groceries, or even a family! Take coursework that makes you knowledgeable about how life works. Getting to expand your horizons, like in philosophy, this is how the human life works in the world, so take as many courses as you can! And finally, keep updated with technology! It is moving all the time and so someone who is getting started needs to keep up, regardless of the industry you will be going into.”

Interview with Earl Keith, singer in Caligula's Birthday Party

Added on by Robert Willey.

Interview by Danielle Pieratt

1. What is your band position?  My name's Earl, and I play guitar and am the lead singer in the group. I'm the voice of the group, I'd say.

2. How did you get started?  I started with the trumpet when I was about 11. That got me excited about music and playing the guitar to me seemed cooler to do at the time. So I learned to play and met some cool people who wanted to play along with me.

3. What services do you offer? I offer composed sounds for people to enjoy and tie to their lives.

4. What are your clients looking for?  Listeners want good music from good people. 

5. What skills are required to do the job?  Musical skills! Skills coming from playing stuff over and over and over. Also people-skills. A big part of spreading your music comes from networking with people, so people-skills are huge.

6. What do you like about the music business?  The music business truly still stands as a way of spreading good music to good people who like music. And there are enough people in the industry who believe that mission statement and that's why we're still here.

7. What do you find most challenging?  Getting. Gigs. Man it's hard getting gigs where you want because as a band whom no one knows, it's atypical for someone to branch out and book someone like us; unheard. 

8. What's the biggest change you've seen in the band within the past years?  I've seen us get better and better. But our progress goes in waves, really. There are months where we play and compose and write and it's a success. But then there are spans of time where we're lazy and don't get a thing done.

9. What are your plans for next year?  Next year we're going to play lots and lots of shows here in Bloomington and hopefully do some recording!

10. What opportunities do you see in Indiana, if any?  Indiana, in some places, are just filled with fantastic people everywhere. And talented people. There are wholesome people just looking to contribute to our collection of music as humans.

11. Any advice to people considering going into the music and entertainment industry?  My advice is to get as good as you can be. That's insanely important, to outwork everyone else. The second biggest thing is to expand your social network as much as possible. The more people you become friendly with, the more you're able to find opportunities in the biz.

Caligula's Birthday Party