Why Music on The Move Studios? A Chat with Co-Founders Erin McLendon & Caitie Thompson

The idea behind Music on The Move Studios all started because I saw a need to showcase the independent female artists outside of a writer’s round, outside of Nashville’s infamous Lower Broad, and create an all-new experience for the music lover in town. Thus, Women on Fire was born in January of 2019. Unfortunately, that title was already trademarked; so, when it came time to rebrand, I took the name of the television show (that had also been temporarily shut down due to COVID, stay tuned for more on that!) and made it our entire brand. 

By now, you’ve already learned what Music on The Move Studios is all about. Now, it’s time to learn why it was created. For this, I chatted with my co-founder, Caitie Thompson

EM: So, why did you want to work with me, Caitie? 

CT: I wanted to work with you because I thought that your idea behind an “all female showcase” with an “all female backing band” was genius. There is so much talent in Nashville, but it is so hard for women to acquire shows, because we’re judged solely on our gender and appearance, not our abilities. That is powerful. Then, during the shutdown, we came together once a week for our online power music hour, “Tune Up Tuesdays”. It became very clear to me that we both had a deep passion for teaching music, and creating opportunities for other musicians. Thus, Music On The Move Studios was born, and the start of our empire. (Muah ha ha ha!) 

EM: YES! Exactly. The female perspective — not only from an artist standpoint, but also from a musician’s perspective — was so important to me. Once we started Tune Up Tuesdays, I knew we needed to build something from that! 

Our EMPIRE has begun! BOW DOWN PEASANTS! (Kidding. Kind of.) We have so many projects in the works. What would you say you’re most excited about and why?

CT: I am excited for literally all of it, but the one thing I am probably most excited about currently is our podcast, Paradox Jukebox. I enjoy talking to the featured artists from the showcase about their music, who they are, and also featuring their current releases. It’s a great way for their fans to get to know them on a personal level, and also a great way to pull back the veil on the music industry for those who are still learning. 

EM: You’re also featuring music industry professionals, correct? 

CT: Yes! Part of my goal is to bring on industry pros who can provide guidance, give insightful knowledge on various topics, like management, songwriting, production, licensing, copyright law, and more.

EM: I think it’s so important to highlight not only the artists, but also the people behind the scenes in the music industry! I don’t know about you, but I forget that outside of Nashville, there are terms like A&R, Writer’s Rounds, and cuts that aren’t widely recognized. I’m so excited that you and I are both trying to make the ins and outs of the music industry easier to understand! 

On that note, you and I both have a passion for teaching. Personally, I love sharing my passion for music and my education with anyone and everyone who will listen! What made you get into teaching and why do you love it? 

CT: My passion for teaching began at a very early age. I was fifteen and my band director needed someone to come to the middle school and teach the sixth grade percussionists a few of their parts. I was happy to volunteer, because I was super passionate about percussion, and I thought it would be fun. Turns out, it was life changing. I love teaching so much because, when you see the “a-ha!” moments, or you witness a student nail a piece that they have been toiling over, the look of pride in their eyes is the most rewarding thing. In that moment, they saw themselves achieve something great, and when a person can achieve something they have worked hard for, they can do it time and time again. More importantly, that’s a life lesson they’ve learned. 

EM: I absolutely agree. That lightbulb moment is such a rewarding experience as a teacher, but also, for the students! I love seeing that spark go off when they nail their songs! 

Personally, I focus on both technique, which is the physical aspect behind singing, and also the mental aspect and the psychology of performance anxiety. While I’m focusing on it from a performance perspective, I’m finding it’s helping my students confidence grow in general. Would you agree that music lessons have a profound effect on someone’s overall well-being as a human? (Is that too deep?) 

CT: I agree one hundred percent! The life skills that being a musician teaches you are invaluable. Hard work, dedication, and perseverance can teach you a lot, but playing an instrument also brings you (and others around you) joy and happiness. So, not only do you have every reason to be proud of your musical gift, you can share it with others so that they get to experience it with you. 

EM: One hundred percent. Age and level of experience absolutely don’t matter to us at Music on The Move Studios, as long as you’re ready and willing to learn! 

We can’t wait to bring you our brand new series of DIY music education videos coming soon, along with all of the other projects we’re building! We are constantly growing and creating more experiences not only for the music student but the music lover in general so you definitely don’t want to miss out! Thanks so much for chatting with me, Caitie! Now let’s go TAKE OVER THE WORLD, MUAHAHA. 

Again, kidding…ish.

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