I attended the University of Colorado where I studied music management and audio engineering. The program required each student to study an instrument; I studied guitar. I was very blessed to have some amazing instructors including Bill Porter. A side note about Bill, he was one of the first inductees into the Audio Engineers Hall of Fame. He engineered an incredible number of classic recordings for artists such as Elvis, Chet Atkins, and Roy Orbison ( just a few of the legends he worked with).
About the time I graduated, Bill decided to leave the university and returned to running a recording studio. We had become good friends and he offered me a job as an engineer and producer at the studio he was running. I spent the next 5 years working with Bill and receiving a master education in audio engineering from the man with golden ears.
After working with Bill, I decided to head out on my own and opened my own studio. The studio catered primarily to advertising clients. I had the opportunity to create music and worked with many wonderful clients (including Valvoline, McDonalds, and Fazolies). I also had my first opportunity to begin working with music libraries and had cuts used in the Olympics, Monday Night Football, A&E Biography, Sports Illustrated and the list goes on and on.
After being an owner of a commercial studio for several years, I decided to leave the studio and ventured into television production. I had the opportunity to be the VP of Creative for a major television production company which gave me the chance to learn how editors and television producers use music in their productions.
After leaving the network, I returned to my roots in music production and began to explore the world of Royalty Free Music licensing. I have worked hard to build a library (over 400 full-length tracks) and have been blessed enough to make the majority of my living the last several years licensing my music through online RF libraries. I have licensed over 30,000 tracks online. You can hear my music at the website my wife and I manage at AudioUnderscores.com.
I have learned a great deal about navigating the online licensing world. I have had great success and made many mistakes. I hope that by sharing my experience with you, I can help you learn from my experience.