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Meet Steven Susman of Visionary Noise Records

Today we’d like to introduce you to Steven Susman.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I was a soap vendor at one Houston’s For the Community Festivals in 2014. I got involved later with Micah Jackson, longtime friend, and owner of Visionary Noise. I booked some acts for some of the twice-yearly fests in later years. Running my own business as a mechanic was a soul-killing experience as I later determined. Music had been and always will be a major love and a major factor in my entire life.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Involvement in the music business is never a smooth road. There is a myriad of dishonest people and just plain haters in this industry. It’s hard to get people to come out to shows, even harder for them to stay enthused in the enculturation of the whole thing.

To me, music isn’t just a hit single, it is a body of work, no matter what genre. From an album project, a show, even negotiating a contract you’re faced with a lot of opposition, and negative forces.

We’d love to hear more about your work.
I began as an A@R person for Visionary Noise Records. I’ve expanded out into management, logistics, artist support and even dusted off my songwriting skills. I’m known as a go-getter. That if I believe in my clients, and their product, I will promote endlessly them and their product.

I also try to involve myself in the making of the product if they so desire, to achieve the best product and possible outcome for their work. We’re most proud of the quality of the whole product. At Visionary Noise, we’re seeking something unique. We don’t want just a few singles to be popular- we’re looking to turn back time, where the artist’s whole album is one that has 12 good songs.

A Visionary Noise show is one, we hope you walk away from, feeling not only was your ticket dollar well spent, but that you are looking forward to the next show, and that you will bring all of your family and friends to the next one.

What were you like growing up?
I was not a popular kid. While everyone was enamored with whatever was the latest flavor on popular radio, I was the kid that was still listening to Neil Young, Kiss, and everyone on the soundtrack of Woodstock. Instead of playing football, I was in my room writing songs, trying to learn guitar, soaking up the music culture as a whole.

As a youngster, I spent a lot of time with aunts and uncles who exposed me to a lot of classic rock, like Uriah Heep, Neil Young, Beatles, Hendrix, the Yardbirds and so many more I cannot name them all. In school, I didn’t follow the norm, I was my own person, which downright scared and in some ways alienated me from the “in crowd.”

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Doria Rosa

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