Looking Back at Year One of PyleStyle Events: Interview with Alicia Pyle
I’ve been trying to get Alicia to sit down with me to record an interview since New Year’s.
Well, I’ve finally succeeded.
Alicia has been performing and booking musicians for events for a long time. But it was just back in September of 2017 that we officially launched PyleStyle Events. Our goal was to bring the best local musicians together to help event coordinators, venue owners, or anyone else make their events fun, memorable, and successful.
Now that it’s been over a year, I thought it was a good time to reflect on what we’ve accomplished, how far we’ve progressed toward our vision, and where we might be headed. It’s been a whirlwind of a year, and Alicia has been working ridiculously hard in each of her myriad roles, so I also throw in a question about how she manages to balance everything.
Take a listen and let us know what you think. If you have suggestions for us on who to interview, what questions to ask, or anything else, just leave them in the comment section below or email me at email@example.com.
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Dennis interviews Alicia to get a progress report on their business. They discuss the original vision for the company, what some of the biggest disappointments and accomplishments have been, and what she has in mind for the future.
Alicia and Dennis talk to Jon about playing for weddings and other events, how he got into the music-booking business, and what he thinks about the Fort Wayne music scene.
Alicia and Dennis talk to Neso (aka Colin Mick) about his first album, which he's releasing while still a high school sophomore. Colin was once a student of Alicia's, and you'll hear right away what sets him apart from other aspiring musicians his age.
Alicia and Dennis sit down with Jim Amstutz, one of the owners of The Cottage Event Center in Roanoke, to discuss the joys and heartaches of running an event venue.
Alicia and Dennis go to One Lucky Guitar, and the adjoining venue, The B-Side, to talk to Matt Kelley about how he balances his work for the boutique creative agency with his artistic work. In addition to opening The B-Side to musicians from all over the country, Matt also plays in the amazing local band The Legendary Trainhoppers.
Alicia and Dennis welcome Joe James, John Forbing, Al Parr, and Leah Adams into her office for an impromtu - and insanely fun - interview about the upcoming release of Summit City Brass's first album of original tunes.
Dennis and Alicia visit Parkview Mirro Event and Conference Center to talk with sound technician Ryan Lentine about what goes into setting up sound for major events in the state-of-the-art venue.
Dennis and Alicia go to The Embassy Theatre in historic downtown Fort Wayne to talk with Events Manager Kelly Geiser about the range of events the venue plays host to, some of her favorite memories from the past years, and what the vision is for the future of this classic site in the heart of our city.
Alicia and Dennis visit The Charles to talk with the owners about the venue's new look, the joys and travails of hosting weddings and other events, and what's in store for the coming years.
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