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.
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.
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.