Tell us a little about yourself and your experience.
I started out on the touring side of the music industry, being fortunate enough to have done such great festivals like Vans Warped Tour, opening for Blink-182 on the Honda Civic tour, and touring overseas in the Middle East playing for the US troops in Kuwait, Qatar and Bahrain. From massive amounts of touring and networking brought me to where I am today hosting the Undiscovered Sound on Idobi Radio with Season 2 premiering October 18th! I also am co-owner of "The Warehouse" A multi complex recording studio, broadcast studio and T-shirt printing facility opening later this year!
I currently also manage a few bands, work as a freelance A&R, and songwriter/producer most recently working alongside Multi Platinum Producer Mike Plotnikoff for a new project debuting in 2018!
What drove you to choose your career path?
I've always had a love for music and artist discovery, I would always listen to the radio, especially to the top countdowns with Casey Kasem and Ryan Seacrest, I loved the idea of a set amount of songs that were played in a countdown with information on the artists, and I'm very excited to keep that type of format going on the undiscovered sound, each week with 10 new bands from all around the world with info on each artist and where you can catch them live!
How did you go about getting your job? What kind of education and experience did you need?
Shortly after graduating high school I started touring the country in multiple bands, while I did attend school for audio but later dropped out to tour on an even bigger level in a bus , The best education I got was pounding the pavement for years, touring the world, making lots of great connections and friends, it's not always about where you went to school or if you graduated but more about who you know and how hard you want to work!
What do you actually spend the majority of your time doing?
The majority of my time is spent finding these new bands from all around the world for The Undiscovered Sound, Definitely don't have a regular sleep schedule sometimes I'll be up till 4am listening and researching!
When not working on things for the Undiscovered Sound, I stay busy producing and writing and have been in the process of a TV series launching in 2018! Watch this space!
What misconceptions do people often have about your job?
As far as Radio goes not really too sure about any misconceptions people would have but as far as A&R or artist development goes, some young bands can get the wrong idea of what artist development is and maybe expect things to be moving faster when the key to this industry is things take time!
What are your average work hours?
I can honestly say I work around the clock, no set hours really! Usually always working, phone in hand emailing and discovering new artists!
What personal tips and shortcuts have made your job easier?
Being very organized helps a lot! Especially in radio, lots of submissions will come in and you have to keep track of each artist, what the song is, where they're from. Positivity definitely makes any job easier, I try to never get frustrated but hardly ever find myself getting frustrated as I absolutely love what I do!
Do you have any advice for people who need to enlist your services?
I am always available and willing to have a chat! Whether you're a young new band or are interested in the show, my contact info can be found at www.theundiscoveredsound.com.
What do you do differently from your co-workers or peers in the same profession?
I would like to say what stands out about the Undiscovered Sound from other music discovery shows out there is that I will feature 10+ bands from all around the world in metal, pop punk and indie, with in-depth information on each artist and where you can catch them live! I have also found it useful to team up with great events that showcase new talent such as covering emerging rock and metal festivals like Carolina Rebellion, Chicago Open Air and Louder Than Life, teaming up with Danny Wimmer Presents as a media partner including the undiscovered sound launching ticket giveaways for each festival!
I also was very excited this year to bring bands entered into the Ernie Ball play Warped contest, from the start to the end including the winners and grand prize winner Silver Age! Being involved with Ernie ball and Vans Warped Tour is absolutely amazing as they support new music and artist discovery!
What's the worst part of the job and how do you deal with it?
There is no worst part :) I absolutely love what I do!
What's the most enjoyable part of the job?
The most enjoyable part is definitely talking with the artists! I personally reach out to all the bands that are played on my show in advance and build a relationship with them. I don't like just playing something random, I like to connect to the artist learn a little more about them, I have to be into it if I'm going to play it, I don't play anything I don't like!
What kind of money can one expect to make at your job?
There's lots of money to be made in this business for sure, hundreds to Millions, but you can't just settle on one thing, this is why I have the radio show, a recording studio, working as a songwriter, artist development and still touring in bands, sometimes it takes a few different avenues to be successful when others are lucky and can make it overnight! There's no right or wrong way!
How do you move up in your field?
Lots of hard work, dedication, tenacity and pounding the pavement! Never stop, even when times are hard you can't give up! Stay connected and reach out to others in the field you want to succeed in, and look for mentors!