Tomorrow is the North Central Florida Gainesville Music Summit, founded by entrepreneurs “Big Amp Parker “and “C.Wakeley”. This is an event that is looked forward to by many in the independent music industry. Loudd Magazine sat down with Mr. Big Amp Parker to find out exactly does this event bring the North Central Florida region.
LOUDD: Tomorrow on Sept 17th, is the “Gainesville Music Summit “, can you tell us the history of this event?
Big Amp: This is our 14th music summit, and we do them all in Gainesville. Except for one year we did in Tampa, when Florida hosted the Super Bowl. This event was started by me and my partner “C. Wakeley”.
LOUDD: What was the inspiration that motivated you to have this event in the North Central Florida area?
Big Amp: Well, I am from here for one, and the popular belief is that, there is a need is here in N. Central Florida for an event that that informs the public about proper etiquette the music industry. Since I was 20yrs old, the vision for me has always been to level off the playing field, so that N. Central Florida would have the opportunity to shine, and be well respected along with other cities in America.
LOUDD: The music industry is probably one of the most interesting, but yet the most difficult. How does someone planning a future in the music business prepare oneself for this?
Big Amp: You have to stay prayed up, and be mentally strong, committed, and persistent. Prepare first by being honest, and doing inventory in the mirror with your skill set.
LOUDD: There are 3 elements that make just about anything successful, and that’s a goal, a plan, and a team. Tell us how the Gainesville Music Summit can prepare a future artist for success?
Big Amp: Gainesville Florida Music Summit can help you prepare by introducing you to some of the other entrepreneurs outside of your market. Also, it will give you tips and access to people who make a living doing what you aim to do. It will motivate and encourage you get to achieve your goals, and you will see that your dreams are within reach with knowledge.
LOUDD: How important is it for artists, promoters, managers, venue owners, and the media to have a connection that intertwines with the community?
Big Amp: We should have connection network, and be involved in our community. There are different ways not just monetary. We have to invest time effort because we can’t just do business and take and never give back. That’s like planting, but never watering a flower, what good can come from that? The community will support you, but it has to be a two way street.
LOUDD: Tell us some of the weakness that a person in the industry may have, and how can they correct them?
Big Amp: Not being able to take creative criticism for one, being under prepared, and lazy. Having no understanding of business problems, and solutions can be very destructive to your dream. Consider the source. Plan, prepare, and expect greatness. Nothing can fix lazy but an altering life experience. Please people, if you don’t understand business put some on your team who does
LOUDD: What are some of the names that will be giving us some knowledge about the music industry?
Big Amp: There will be very fundamental panels, as well as a few special guests, Blizm w/K-100 Radio, Tony Go Hard, DJ Rell, and many more. The public will be catered to with plenty of knowledge.
LOUDD: What do you want everyone that attends the Gainesville Music Summit to go home with?
Big Amp: I hope everyone walks away with a sense of urgency to succeed, and more contacts. Motivation with a plan to do better, and an execution game to follow through.