I would like to shine the spotlight on the many people who provide guidance, knowledge and marketing direction and tips for musicians. The people behind the websites and blogs that you visit. Who are they? What do they like? Get to know who these people that are sharing their experience with you. Take a minute to answer some questions. No real requirements, anyone who has a blog or website that provides marketing services and information for musicians is welcome to submit.
Today we shine the spotlight on Hubert Sawyers III of FiV Music Business Services.
1. What is your name and email address?
Hubert Sawyers III, learn [at] fryinginvein.com
2. What is your website url and name?
FiV Music Business Services – FryinginVein.com
3. What is your Twitter username?
4. Give us a one sentence pitch for what you do and why we need to visit your site?
I am a digital communication strategist with a deep passion for helping music acts effectively use the Internet in a DIY capacity.
5. One word of advice you would give a band that you just saw in a club?
Quit. That is unless you have serious goals that have brought forth a real plan of action on how you plan to achieve those goals. You are only cluttering up the space and making it hard for legit artists.
6. Your first concert? Who, Where and When?
It is hard to say, but my first memorable concert experience was at The Blind Pig in Ann Arbor with Minnesotan hip hop group Atmosphere as the headliner. It was back in the early 2000s. I paid $5 to see them and it was the first time I was ever mesmerized by a performer. Slug with hypeman Eyedea was a brilliant pairing. RIP Eyedea.
7. Your first album?
Again, it is a faint memory. I am not sure if I bought it or someone else did. I used to do a lot of cassette dubbing back in the day. The first standout record I ever had in my possession though was Stakes is High by De La Soul. I listened to that CD the entire summer it came out and it changed my life. My perception of the power of music had changed upon hearing the title song. It also helped that it was one of the only CDs I took with me to Japan, which was another life-changing experience at 15, along with A Tribe Called Quest’s Beats, Rhymes and Life.
8. Do you prefer CD, Vinyl or Digital and why?
In the car, I prefer CD. At home, I love vinyl. I am a vinyl junkie. It doesn’t matter the genre. As long as the sounds are rich or it’s bugged-out, it is likely that I would love to have it on vinyl.
9. Are you or were you ever in a band?
I pursued a career as a hip hop artist right out of college. It is what got me to where I am today. I went to school for International Relations and learned marketing through forced real world practice. When I realized how important positioning was as well as understanding your end-user, making songs got A LOT harder. That is when I put down the mic, grabbed my laptop and rarely looked back. You can peep one of my songs on my Soundcloud (soundcloud.com/HubertGAM) or this ode to Detroit album my friend made a few years ago (http://www.divshare.com/direct/5043799-7f8.rar).
10. If you could be a rock star, who would you be?
That’s easy – Lenny Kravitz. You’re my boy, BLEW!
Do you provide marketing knowledge and assistance to musicians? Take a minute to answer some questions and you can be profiled.