Interview with Andrew from SongsToWearPantsTo.com – Music Genius

Contact: pantaloons [at] gmail.com
Twitter: http://twitter.com/andrewismusic
Websites: http://www.songstowearpantsto.com/
Career: Works random hours on Songs to Wear Pants to . com
Passions: “Music, for sure.  Gardening, nature, human and environmental rights,children, food.  I am passionate about passion!  I love to see people find and explore and develop their passions.”

A few weeks ago Yu-kai Gchats me with “Dude, I just found the most amazing music in life!”  Yu-kai doesn’t really listen to music much, so for something to really catch his attention must be very impressive.  He tells me about this guy who writes songs about Superman being better than Spiderman, and how all of his songs are created from his reader suggestions.

After listening to about 50+ of his songs, I have to say that this guy is a music genius.  His songs are witty, comical, fun, and moving.  Not only is he extremely talented, but he’s also a super nice guy.  He actually composed our Awesome Revolution music intro that freakin rocks!

In a lot of ways, Andrew reminds me of my younger brother: musician, love for plants and gardens, and a free spirit.  Right after our interview, I showed Andrew’s music to Jay (my brother) and he totally loved it. I think they would get along great.

Enjoy the vid!

Conversation Breakdown

1:20 – Tell me about the origins of SongstoWearPantsto.com

Andrew was looking for a way to make money during a summer, and he decided to post on eBay and auction off his musical talent.  You can bid on his auction, and the winner would win a complete custom song that Andrew built from scratch.  After realizing the potential of what he was doing, Andrew decided to make it a full-fledged site.

1:57 – What is the first song someone should listen to as an intro to what you do?

http://www.songstowearpantsto.com/songs/this-girl/

2:40 – There are so many people pursuing a career in music.  What advice can you give to someone who is too caught up in the mainstream?

Keep the focus on what you love.  As a music lover, it is very easy to get caught up in the business side of the industry.  The most important thing to remember is to have fun and stay true to your music.

4:01 – After going through music school, do you see any tangible benefits from attending music school?

The connections you make are big benefits; however, it is definitely not a requirement.  One can easily become fully enriched in music if one takes the time to read books, analyze all types of music, and keep an open mind.

5:08 – What do you do outside of music?

Andrew likes to garden.  He especially loves plants that he can eventually eat.

Best quote: “I think it’s magical and fun to take care of something from when it’s just a seed, to when it grows into something that can actually feed you.”

6:21 – Tell me about your recent marriage.  Did the music win her over?

His wife doesn’t care about his music!!!  She is very supportive, but music is not something that she is super passionate about.

This is such a great example of opposites attract.

7:52 – Where does the name “Songs to Wear Pants to” come from?

Back when Andrew was in high school, he was sitting in the living room with his parents and all of a sudden: “song to wear pants to” just penetrates his brain.  The title has stuck with him ever since.

8:31 – Can you share your musical talent with us LIVE

http://www.songstowearpantsto.com/songs/lonely/

10:14 – Can you put your creative thought process into words?

I’ve always been curious about the creative thought process of an artist.  Andrew tries to put his musical talent into words so we can see what he sees.

11:35 – Is there a special place you go to to get in your music zone?

Andrew is in his element in his studio.  The inspiration for a song can come from anywhere at anytime.

12:45 – What is in the future of SongstoWearPantsto.com?

Andrew does not think about the future too much.  He would like to switch to a royalty model which would allow him to scale his business a lot better.

Grace Boyle – Small Hands and Huge Ideas!

Contact: gracekboyle [at] gmail.com
Twitter: @gracekboyle
Websites:
http://www.smallhandsbigideas.blogspot.com/
Career: Business Development at Lijit
Passions: “I would say that I infuse passion into everything that I do, meaning that the mundance doesn’t exist for me. Specifically, I am passionate people and the connections we can make, travel, photography and art, cuisuine/food (I’m Italian, it runs in my blood), digital media, education in all its forms.”

So one day I was online searching for a cool addon for my blog, and I find out about this site called Lijit.com.  First of all, the name itself is pretty sweet, so they already got me interested.  I then go out and Tweet: “Hey, does anyone have any experience with using Lijit?”  Not 5 minutes goes by when Grace Boyle shoots me a Tweet, then an email, and then customizes a Lijit search bar just for me.  Now that’s building customer relationship!

Grace is such a sweet and fun person.  She has really tiny hands, hence the blog name, but I think she has one of the biggest hearts.  She wants to someday have here own traveling food critique show, which I sincerely hope she starts someday soon because I will be watching every single episode.

Grace was like a perfect student, had 5 internships as an undergrad, and could have gotten any corporate job she wanted.  Instead, she chose to chase her dreams, move west, and join a startup.  All I can say is that you should always follow your heart, and never let what you’re “supposed to do” influence want you “want to do.”  Enjoy!

Conversation Breakdown

1:19 – What inspired you to start your blog?

Grace started blogging in 2005 with a company blog.  Once she graduated college, she felt that she had a lot to say and decided to put her own creative ideas online and share it with the world.

2:19 – You graduated Summa Cum Laude, had 5 internships, and seemed to be on the path for the corporate world. What made you want to join a startup?

Grace has had very diverse internships: she’s worked at large corporate agenecies, for a non-profit, and for startups.  Grace loves the personal touch at startups and the fact that everyone at a startup is so passionate about the direction and vision of the company.

4:12 – Does working at a startup inspire you to some day start your own company?

Both of Grace’s parents were entrepreneurs, so she definitely grew up with the spirit.  She is happy in her position right now because she’s learning a whole lot, and hopes to one day apply everything that she has learned and use it for her own startup one day.

5:30 – How did you get your job over at Lijit.com?

It took Grace 1 month to get it.  She wasn’t even looking for a job at Lijit, but the opportunity opened up and she took it.

8:47 – Why did you start “What inspires you” on your blog?

Grace had been talking to a lot of amazing bloggers and they were inspiring her.  But she couldn’t find THE place to find out what inspires and motivates people.  She therefore decided to make her blog the place where you can find out what truly inspires people.

10:06 – What inspires you?

Grace loves to travel, experiencing other cultures, is inspired by family, food, and people.  She loves to connect with people and collaborate with them.

12:01 – If you never had to work another day in your life, what would you be doing?

Grace would become a traveling food critique.  It combines all of her passions: travel, food, writing, and people.

13:20 – What’s your 30-second pitch for why bloggers should use Lijit search?

Check them out here at http://www.lijit.com/

Dorie Morgan – Taking the Wasteland out of Suburbia

Contact: doriemorgan [at] gmail.com
Twitter: @brstngphnx
Websites: http://www.dorieannmorgan.com/
Career: Document Control Specialist for a small pharmaceutical R&D/Contract Manufacturer/Consulting company
Passions: “I am passionate about life in the suburbs becoming something other than a wasteland. I am passionate about community – not keeping up with the Jones’ but creating small business and organizations that add value to a community of people.”

Growing up, my Dad constantly told me to never get married before I was 30.  In fact, my Dad suggests to never get married at all and have lots and lots of women… hahaha.  So because of this type of up-bringing, I really don’t understand the mentality of people who get married in their early 20’s.

I’m so glad that I was able to chat with Dorie Morgan because she gave me such a real, honest, and open look at the world of a happily married 20 something.  In fact, her view on life is a stark contrast to mine: she feels love is a choice, she got married to her husband without even going out on a first date, and she separates work and life.  Nevertheless, she is an amazing person who has such a big heart.

Throughout our interview, you’ll find out about Dorie’s entrepreneurial aspirations and how she hopes to help out her suburbian community.  She has big plans for 2009, and I wish her the best of luck.

Enjoy the interview!

Conversation Breakdown:

1:14 – How did your blogging career start?

Dorie started blogging in 2002, where she wrote a lot about her college experiences, including a lot of BUI (Blogging Under the Influence) posts.

Man… I have done some drunk dialing in my day.  I can’t imagine what kids do nowadays: Drunk Tweeting!

2:35 – What has been the favorite post that you have written?

Craving Community

2:54 – What inspired you to write Craving Community?

Dorie loves the receiving aspect of community.  She loves building upon relationships and interacting with other people.  However, there are times when she just doesn’t want to be a part of the community.  Sometimes she just wants to relax and get away from things.

3:54 – How to you keep your work and life balanced?

Dorie blogs at 5am.  It frees up her day and allows her to focus on her full-time during the day and focus on her husband in the evening.

5:00 – Does your husband have a blog?

No, but he does comment as his alter-ego.

5:47 – Are you feeling the stress from the economy and the housing market since you recently bought a house last year?

Dorie and her husband were extremely smart when purchasing their house.  They made sure that they would be able to pay off the mortgage with only one of their full-time incomes.  As long as one of them has a full-time job, they’ll be fine.

6:53 – When did you get married and how did you know that you were married?

Dorie was 24 and Bryan was 23.  The unique thing is that Dorie and Bryan decided to get married after only one date!

9:41 – What are your entrepreneurial aspirations?

Dorie and Bryan want to own their own real estate construction company.  They want to rent out their homes to people who need the space, and at the same time, improve the neighborhoods and bring community value to the community.

11:06 – What is it like to start an entrepreneurial venture with your husband?

Dorie loves the fact that she can wake up at 3am with a great idea and wake up her husband to tell him the idea.  Their business relationship works because they have excellent communication and the same goals.

13:13 – In 2009, what is in store for Dorie Morgan?

Professionally, Dorie wants to finish her apartment and start renting it out.

Personally, she wants to keep moving forward with her blog and launch Change Blogger Philadelphia.