Davina Sowers and her band-mate, bassist Michael Cavale, recently joined us for DIY 360. Davina has a huge blues belter voice and amazing blues piano skills. She and Michael entertained the rapt audience with their brand of New Orleans and cabaret influenced blues and soul. Davina talked about managing the career of her up-and-coming, world touring band—doing everything from booking the band, doing web-design, writing the songs and networking with musicians and entertainment business all over the web and world. Michael taked about his transformation from heavy metal guitar shredder to jazz hipster. Davina left students with a great list of resources for up-an-coming musicians, managers and booking agents which you can get from Rebecca Buller at firstname.lastname@example.org. It was a great end to the Early Fall DIY 360 series.
DIY 360 is a weekly event hosted by Adam Levy. The goal is to introduce students to professionals in the field who have been successful, frequently by adapting to changes in the business where they make use of multiple skill sets. Guests share information about their careers, their philosophies about professionalism and their art. Guests often give advice to budding artists, entertainment business professionals, producers and engineers. DIY 360 is an opportunity for students to network with those working in the field and with each other as they work toward career success.