So, here’s something cool. If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter you probably saw that I was involved in the making of a couple music videos for a one Mr. Bebo Norman. Bebo’s got a new record coming out and we had the opportunity to film some music videos for the release. Three to be exact.
On top of taking a step in the direction of something I have always wanted to be involved in, this week was a much larger step in the life of SkörInc. With these videos and a couple others under our belt, I’m thrilled to announce the birth of SkörMedia. Armed with a handful of cameras and the talent of Mr. Ryan Slaughter, this addition to SkörInc is a long awaited one.
Along with websites now, SkörInc can now offer EPK’s, Music Videos, ‘The Making Of” videos and any other film related products. I couldn’t be more excited.
This has been a pretty major week for us, and there’s still a ton on the way. Lots of crazy stuff in the works. I’m going to try to be more active on here, so keep checking back for updates.
Well, if you follow me on Twitter or Facebook you probably saw yesterday that the new SkörInc.com launched. We’re super excited to start taking things to the next level. We’ve got some fun ideas for different sites as well as what we will be doing with some of the artists on the road. Lots. Anyway when you get a sec, head over to the new site, poke around, let me know what you like, don’t like, or anything else. Jordan did an amazing job on this build so he needs some love.
Also, we’ve got a new blog over there as well so it’s probably going to show up a little less here, and more over there when it’s Skör related material. Other than that it’s back to your regularly scheduled web browsing. Have a great Thursday.
It’s team building week this week with SkörInc. Okay. I’m totally joking, but we are getting together for a little quality time at Lake Erie. You know. Because that’s what teams do right? Go to Lake Erie?
Seriously though. Since we are spread out all over the country, we’ve decided to take this long Labor Day Weekend and join up for a little regrouping and hang time. Not to mention, since we are all over the country, our families have never met, so it’s a great time to make that happen. We’ve gotten busier and busier and it’s time to take a moment to have some fun, get to know each other a little better and hit it hard when we come back.
I thought about making some shirts, but I couldn’t think of anything awesome enough. Let’s hear it. What should this SkörInc weekend be called? Best name gets a digital high five from me.
The following text is from Seth Godin‘s book ‘Linchpin’. I didn’t write the book or the following paragraph, but I think these few paragraphs, along with most of the book is what SkörInc has strived to be from the beginning so I thought I’d share.
“Madison House is a Colorado-based music management and booking firm. They represent artists like Bill Kreutzmann, The String Cheese Incident, and Los Lobos.
As the music world comes crashing down they are thriving. How’d they do that?
Because of people like Nadia Prescher. Nadia is one of the people who runs the firm, and like her peers, she loves the music. She comes to the shows when she doesn’t have to, works on the details that aren’t part of her job, and expends emotional labor because she can, not because she’s told to.
Successful musicians have plenty of choices. If they pick Madison House, it’s going to be because the people at the firm care enough to make a connection, not because they are the lowest-price alternative. Every PR and professional service firm can learn from this. When your people do what they do because they love it, it works. Even if they aren’t as technically adept as the competition.” – Seth Godin – ‘Linchpin’ (page 205)
Thanks Seth, for the reminder that we’re heading in the right direction.
I’ve decided to put together a little reading list. I think I mentioned it a while back on Twitter or something, but I’ve decided to start a little SkörInc book club. You know, stuff that’s relatively related to what we do as a job, and stuff that I’ve heard is good. Okay it’s not really like a book club in the Oprah sense of the word, but I’ve mentioned these books to the SkörInc team and we’re working our way through them, so I thought I’d mention them on here in case anyone else was interested in reading along.
As you can see by my awesome green check mark up there, I’ve only made it through the first book. But I’m over halfway through the second and the third, forth and fifth are starting at me from the corner of my desk. Now, I’m not the best ‘book reviewer’, so just take the fact that I’m recommending these books as my review.
The Five Dysfunctions Of A Team: Patrick Lencioni
Seems like a good place to start right?
Linchpin: Seth Godin
I’ve had more quotes stuck in my head from this book than any other ‘business’ book I’ve ever read.
Delivering Happiness: Tony Hsieh
I’m continually blown away by the way this company is run. Can’t wait to start this one.
Fortunes Fool: Fred Goodman
Music Industry? Check. Crisis? Check. How could it not interest me?
ReWork: Jason Fried And David Heinemeier Hansson
Internet nerds and ‘outside of the box’ thinkers. Sign me up.
So there it is folks. The SkörInc reading list so far. Anyone read any of these? Any other ones you recommend?
So, check it out. I don’t remember when I met the guys in The Afters, but I know we’ve known each other for a while. Talk about some genuinely nice guys. We don’t see each other often enough, but when we do they are nothing but an awesome hang. So naturally, it really excites me to announce (again) the newest members of the SkörInc family.
And here’s the thing. Yeah, these guys are an awesome hang, and they are nice and you all should like them as people and all that, but have you heard this single? For real. “Light Up The Sky” is ridiculous. Amazing groove. Amazing melody. Great vibe. An all around SOLID song. And you guys know me on here, I’d be pushing this song on here even if I wasn’t working with them as a “client”.
Now, we’ve got a whole new site planned to launch later this evening, but I wanted to tell you guys about this EP right off. So now it’s time to head over to iTunes and spend the best $3 you’ll spend today on The Afters – Light Up The Sky EP. And obviously, I’ll let you know when we officially launch the new website.
We’ve had the amazing opportunity to work with one of Christian Music’s most powerful voices. Not only has Natalie won all sorts of Dove Awards and sold tons of records, but she’s also unbelievably involved in the war against human trafficking and slavery. Well, if you haven’t heard we just launched the brand new NatalieGrant.com. Not only that, but we’ve got some pretty cool things planned for the release of Natalie’s new record ‘Love Revolution’ as well.
So, you know how this works. I need you to head over to Natalie’s site click around, let me know what you think, and then spread the word like crazy about how awesome it is. You people are the SkörInc street team so it’s time to spread the word.
Remember when I said it was a busy week for SkörInc? Well, I wasn’t joking. This week we also launched a brand new AddisonRoad.com complete with the opportunity to download the entire record before it’s out. That’s right. Pre-order the record today and download the entire thing right now. And just so you know, I’ve heard the record and in perfect Addison Road form it’s amazing. Very solid songs.
So head over and check out the new site. As always, let me know if there’s anything broken or looking weird, or just let me know what you think. And while your there, pick up a copy of the new record ‘Stories’. You won’t be disappointed.
It must be ‘spring cleaning’ time because over at SkörInc we’ve got all sorts of new stuff rolling out. The most recent re-design we’ve launched is for the Katina boys. It’s been an absolute privilege to work with these guys over the past couple years. They are unbelievably genuine, kind guys and happen to have amazing musical talent. I’m sure most of you already know all about them, but if you don’t check them out. And at the very least, check out their new site and let me know what you think.