Websites, Bookkeeping, and Social Media management

Management and Booking

Biography

A few pictures from over the years.

I think I owe my love of music to my mother. She was a fan of music…even saw Elvis in his prime. We used to listen to AM radio every morning while getting ready for school. I owe my entrapeneurship to my dad. He always had a side hustle going on. So I owe them a lot for making me who I am today.

Like most young teenagers, my experiences in the music business began by being part of a garage band. My first live show ever was for a group of patients at a mental hospital in Columbia, SC and it was a most incredible experience to be a part of. From that first live show, I knew I wanted music to be part of my life. I have always been a science geek. Over the years I became a pretty descent bass player and played in a wide variety of bands.

While attending college, I had the opportunity to accept a position at a commercial nuclear power plant as a non-licensed operator. With that, I moved to upstate South Carolina. With that job came shift work and two weeks of every 10 was basically going to school to learn the job. I did well there and was able to get my Reactor Operators license and then a Senior Reactor Operators license. Since the job was primarily shift work, I was able to work the job as well as play music.

The doors really began to open to the business of music once I became the bass player for Jackyl. We played locally for several years. Ever the entrepreneur, I used the connections from being part of Jackyl to branch into other areas of music. As the bands popularity grew, it became possible for the band to play full time. At that point I stopped playing the bass in the band and took on the roll as the bands manager. It was in that role that I gained valuable experience in managing as well as booking the band in venues all over the east coast. But since I was not on the road I was able to dabble in other areas as well.

I began promoting concerts in upstate South Carolina. I was able to make some connections with some big time promoters which afforded me the opportunity to get some shows with bands who you would recognize, but I did my share of working with bands that were upstart projects as well. Some shows were successful…and some not so much…but all provided me experience and a knowledge bass to work from. It was during that time that I started a production company and was able to provide sound and lights for acts I worked with as well as touring acts coming through the area. It was in the middle of all this that I was able to get a Senior Reactor Operators license for a nuclear power plant.

As Jackyl became more successful and the lineup finalized, the hunt for the record deal began. I learned a great deal about the music business from that experience. With the record deal in place I also began to work with other bands at various levels of involvement. I worked with local, regional and even a few national acts with recording contracts with major labels who were household names. I became very involved with the merchandising side of the music business and have since owned and/or operated merchandise companies that handled tour merch for touring artists.

As time continued, I managed and booked several bands along the way. Working with those bands led to learning the recording business and the existence of Red Arrow Studio. As part of Red Arrow Studio and with the help of some very good people we managed to produce a live concert broadcast once a week for a few years. Between the concert series and the studio, I had a steady stream of bands and musicians to help when I could and also to learn from at every opportunity. From the studio came other opportunities. I learned how to mix and produce records. I gained a pretty solid understanding of royalties, copyrights, trademarks, etc. In fact, I briefly had a record label. One of my proudest moments in music was when an article about Red Arrow Studio was featured in the national magazine about recording studios called Mix Magazine.

With all of these irons in the fire, it was crucial that I learned how to keep track of a business. I became quite good with bookkeeping for all of my business ventures. I learned how to handle payroll, 1099’s, tax filings, etc. using Quickbooks. 

But the studio was not to survive. With the onset of Covid as well as some personal health issues I was forced to close Red Arrow Studio and move on. Red Arrow Entertainment now have a successful website division, I am doing bookkeeping for both musical and non-musical business, and am also doing social media marketing for several area businesses. While I love playing music, I also love doing business! Thanks mom and dad..and the saga continues…!

Biography

A few pictures from over the years.

I think I owe my love of music to my mother. She was a fan of music…even saw Elvis in his prime. We used to listen to AM radio every morning while getting ready for school. The Beatles and Elvis help make me who I am today.

Like most young teenagers, my experiences in the music business began by being part of a garage band. My first live show ever was for a group of patients at a mental hospital in Columbia, SC and it was a most incredible experience to be a part of. From that first live show, I knew I wanted music to be part of my life. Over the years I became a pretty descent bass player and played in a wide variety of bands.

The doors really began to open to the business of music once I became the bass player for Jackyl. We played locally for several years. Ever the entrepreneur, I used the connections from being part of Jackyl to branch into other areas of music. As the bands popularity grew, it became possible for the band to play full time. At that point I stopped playing the bass in the band and took on the roll as the bands manager. It was in that role that I gained valuable experience in managing as well as booking the band in venues all over the east coast. But since I was not on the road I was able to dabble in other areas of music.

I began promoting concerts in upstate South Carolina. I was able to make some connections with some big time promoters which afforded me the opportunity to get some shows with bands who you would recognize, but I did my share of working with bands that were upstart projects as well. Some shows were successful…and some not so much…but all provided me experience and a knowledge bass to work from. It was during that time that I started a production company and was able to provide sound and lights for acts I worked with as well as touring acts coming through the area. And in the middle of all this I was able to get a Senior Reactor Operators license for a nuclear power plant (but that is another story altogether).

As Jackyl became more successful and the lineup finalized, the hunt for the record deal began. I learned a great deal about the music business from that experience. With the record deal in place I also began to work with other bands at various levels of involvement. I worked with local, regional and even a few national acts with recording contracts with major labels who were household names. I became very involved with the merchandising side of the music business and have since owned and/or operated merchandise companies that handled tour merch for some touring artists.

As time continued, I managed and booked several bands along the way. Working with those bands led to learning the recording business and the existence of Red Arrow Studio. As part of Red Arrow Studio and with the help of some very good people we managed to produce a live concert broadcast once a week for a few years. Between the concert series and the studio, I had a steady stream of bands and musicians to help when I could and also to learn from at every opportunity. From the studio came other opportunities. I learned how to mix and produce records. I gained a pretty solid understanding of royalties, copyrights, trademarks, etc. In fact, I briefly had a record label. One of my proudest moments in music was when Red Arrow Studio was featured in the national magazine about recording studios called Mix Magazine.

 

But the studio was not to survive. With the onset of Covid as well as some personal health issues I was forced to close Red Arrow Studio and move on. I now have a successful website company called Red Arrow Web Design and am diving head first back into booking and managing local and regional bands. While I love playing music, I also love doing the business of music!