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Ep. 34 – Kirill Was Here, professional party thrower who began career as nightlife photographer

Kirill Bichutsky AKA ‘Kirill Was Here,’ is a professional party thrower and nightlife photographer who has amassed millions of followers across his social media platforms.  Having started out as a nightlife photographer who befriended comedians and DJ’s, Kirill soon began to see his pictures take off in the New York City nightlife scene.  He would eventually become the go-to guy for nightclub promoters looking to raise the profile of their venues. Today, he is considered the top nightclub party thrower who brings hundreds and even thousands of people out to his epic nightlife events.

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Ep. 30 – Melissa Eckman, social media entrepreneur who left accounting career to pursue a better balance of financial freedom and happiness

Melissa Eckman is a social media entrepreneur and influencer whose prime focus is on yoga, health, wellness and beauty.  After having founded the online community Yogspiration in 2013, she left her accounting career in 2015 to pursue her dreams of becoming a lifestyle entrepreneur through various Internet and web-based platforms.  

A story of grit, hustle and determination, Melissa’s journey reminds us that life is about pursuing goals and chasing dreams so that we can achieve our most optimal, truest potential.

Learn more about Melissa and her ventures at the following websites:

www.melisfit.com

www.yogspiration.com

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Ep. 21 Recap – Tim DePasquale

Tim DePasquale is a music producer and talent manager who has toured with Machine Gun Kelly and now lives at Mike Busey’s world-famous Sausage Castle in Orlando, Florida.  His passion for music can be clearly felt throughout our conversation and his love and respect for MGK and Busey is clearly evident.  With years of production experience under his belt, Tim now seeks to make a splash in the music industry as he teased the fact that he has several pop records coming out within the next year that have potential to be big.  Considering he operates most of his production activity currently from the “Castle” headquarters, I have no doubt we will be hearing more of Tim in the years to come.

Ep. 28 – Yana Haber, mom, wife and fashion influencer spreading positivity throughout the world

Nate sits down with his wife, Yana, to discuss a variety of every day life topics, including parenthood, marriage, living your truth, being vulnerable and putting yourself out there, tuning out the negativity from the outside world and hopes and aspirations we seek to achieve in life.

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Ep. 21 – Tim DePasquale, music producer and talent manager

Tim DePasquale is a music producer who has worked and toured with Machine Gun Kelly.  He currently manages Mike Busey and is a member of Busey’s world famous Sausage Castle.

In this episode, Tim shares stories from the road as a member of MGK’s crew.  He talks about his continued path within the music industry and how he linked up with Mike Busey in 2017.  Tim sheds light onto the crazy life that is the Sausage Castle, perks that its members receive, and his aspirations for 2018 and beyond.

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Ep. 12 Recap – Justin Nyce

Talk about a “dream job.”  That’s what I thought of when I sat down to rap with local Cleveland DJ, Justin Nyce.  Imagine getting paid to play music at the hottest night clubs –  surrounded by beautiful women, booze and euphoria.  For Justin, there’s no imagining :: it’s reality!

Justin is proof that hard work, dedication and commitment (i.e. he hasn’t missed a Saturday set in years) leads to success.  He is also proof that in order to find success, you must chase your dreams.  Your passions.  Or else you will be stuck living a life for everyone else — unfulfilled, lost and hopeless.  This could have been Justin’s path had he not put the brakes on college and pursued his dream of becoming a staple in the electronic dance club music scene.

We spoke on the college thing quite a bit during the episode.  Again, I am not anti-college by any means.  If I came across that way, it was not my intent.  I believe that college is the stepping stone to a vast array of opportunities — lawyer, doctor, engineer, financial planner/investment banker.  It is a necessity if you have hopes of pursuing a continuing education career and using that degree toward becoming a specialist in the fields listed above (and several others not listed).  But I am somewhat anti-college if you are simply going because you have nothing else to do and decide to get a degree in communications all the while racking up student loan debt and getting fat on pizza and beer.  If you are coming out of college with no real path or direction, I have a problem with that.  Especially when you owe tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars of debt and have no real way to make it up.  And especially considering how technologies have changed the way of the world and have provided an abundance of opportunities to become successful without the college diploma.

Overall, I found my conversation with Justin to be inspirational in that here’s a local kid from Akron who is now resident DJ at some of Cleveland’s top spots.  I look forward to his continued rise in the DJ industry and hope to see him at some of the world’s hottest clubs in years to come.

 

Ep. 12 – Justin Nyce, nightclub DJ

Justin Nyce is one of the resident DJ’s at FWD Day + Nightclub and Magnolia Cleveland.  His energy, creativity and strong background in percussion are the recipe behind his diverse multi-genre sets.

In this episode, we hear about Justin’s path from disengaged college student to committed nightclub DJ.  We hear about how Justin pursued his dreams in the electronic dance music/DJ world, working small bars from the time he was a teenager to now the largest nightclubs Cleveland has to offer.  We hear about the constant grind that the most successful DJ’s endure and how treating this as a business (and not pleasure) above everything else is critical to success.  We hear about Justin’s strong affiliation with FWD Hospitality Group and how they have continued to grow together as one tight-knit family.  We end with a discussion about Justin’s future plans and his outlook on the entire dance music industry.

Justin’s website: www.justinnyce.com

Hear Justin’s latest mix (over 20K downloads): Club Killers

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Ep. 8 Recap – Bobby Rutter

Bobby Rutter is one of the few people responsible for bringing back some amazing day and nightlife entertainment options to Northeast Ohio.  A full-time insurance attorney by day, he has been able to leverage his success in the legal world and translate that into chasing his ultimate dreams of becoming a nightlife/nightclub owner and entrepreneur.

I was fascinated by our hour-long conversation, one that provided many lessons on business and on life.  One of the greatest takeaways was that true entrepreneurs can foresee the future and have that gut instinct on when something feels right.  Bobby and his partners knew :: FWD Day + Nightclub not only could be, but would be, a success in Cleveland.  While the majority of people told Bobby he was crazy to think a full outdoor club would be sustainable in Cleveland – a city that gets about three to four months of “pool weather” per year – he and his partners/advisors knew otherwise.  Their thoughts were that Cleveland people would come out strong during the summer months since we crave the outdoors and crave the type of scene that is so often left for only the big cities.  And boy were they right!  FWD is killing the Cleveland game and is perfectly complemented by its sister club, Magnolia Cleveland, some 100 yards down the street.  While FWD is the wild, high energy, large outdoor electronic dance music mecca (think Las Vegas), Magnolia is the small, quaint, artsy underground vibe (think New York City).  While both offer completely different social experiences, they both offer the opportunity to enjoy some of the world’s best music, vibes and scenes.

I look forward to seeing what Bobby and Co. do next.  It sounds like this just may be the beginning of their climb in the entertainment and nightlife industry.  Stay tuned.

Ep. 8 – Bobby Rutter, nightlife entrepreneur and attorney

Bobby Rutter is a nightlife entrepreneur who owns FWD Day + Nightclub and Magnolia Cleveland.  He also practices as a full-time insurance attorney at the law firm, Rutter & Russin.

In this episode, we hear about Bobby’s path from practicing lawyer to nightlife entrepreneur.  We hear about how hospitality has always been a major part of his life and how he was able to employ his unique management style to successfully create some of Cleveland’s premier clubs.  We talk about how he has been able to attract celebrities and well-known DJ’s to perform at his venues, and end with his plans for future growth within the industry.

FWD Day + Nightclub | Magnolia Cleveland

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