I love the people, the music, the City of Columbus.
There is truly an unbelievable amount of musical talent within the confines of I-270 and throughout the State of Ohio. Every single night of the week, you have the opportunity to witness someone perform. They are acting out a passion within themselves to make music. That is an incredibly unique human experience that happens all the time here in Columbus.
One of the most troublesome things with the music industry is there seems to be an "inevitability" to the process. An artist has to make friends with someone in the industry and they help introduce someone who can get them to talk to someone who can get them to play for someone who could get them possibly signed. It's confusing, exhausting - and to be perfectly frank with you - I think it's wrong.
"In The Record Store" began on February 2nd, 2015 through a shared passion for music. We have listens in Detroit, Los Angeles, Dallas, New York, and Seattle. Not to mention "ITRS" is heard in Canada, France, Mexico, the UK and beyond.
We also have a regular feature with the great program Good Day Columbus on Fox 28. Through that, we've been able to put great acts on TV like Playing to Vapors, Phillip Fox Band, Earwig, MaryLynn, Simba Jordan, and so many more.
More recently, we've joined forces with the excellent local music school GROOVE U. Dwight and his staff are fantastic. They've given us permanent space to record. We're excited to work with students at the school in many ways. Not to mention, this affords students the opportunity to sit "front row" and work directly with some of the best in Columbus' music scene.
Almost two years in to this rodeo. About to enter our third year with over 50 episodes and a merch store, too. So, what is next for us?
At the moment, we have several projects in the works. Most of which we can't say much about. But, what we can guarantee is this will be our best year yet. And we mean it.
The first thing we're going to do in 2017 is begin regular blog content from podcasts we've already recorded. These interviews are too good to just stay in MP3 format. We have a team of writers that is already on board and we'll introduce you to them soon. They are great.
We will announce new developments as we're able, but for the meantime there is some credit needed where it is certainly due.
I want to give a special shout out to my co-host Grand Gundlach. He is one of the nicest guys you will ever meet with an insane knowledge and curiosity about music.
Our producer Mel Millimen. This guy researches, books, and puts all over our shows together for us. A hard worker and a heck of a nice guy, too.
Nothing but love for the staff and students at GROOVE U: Dwight, Sarah, Luke, and Eric.
In closing, my message is this: Don't be jaded by the stagnant inevitability of the way things seem or used to be. The music industry is rapidly changing. Columbus and Ohio's music talent is absolutely exploding. We're going to be there to capture it all so you can "Discover Better Music" in more ways than one. - Vince