Tag Archives: Gerard Longo

#TitanUp with Nate Bain, Social Media Director for the Tennessee Titans

Nate Bain is the Director of Social Media and Influencer Marketing for the Tennessee Titans. He and the organization are also avid supporters of independent music, having hosted the first-ever Titans Battle of the Bands last year at Fifth & Broadway in Nashville.

Today on The Quinn Spinn, we welcome Nate for a discussion on social media, community building, the Nashville music scene, and even a little bit of football.

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The First-Ever UMC Weekly PodGuide!

In case you didn’t know, we have an official podcast. Not only do we have an official podcast, but a lot of our friends have podcasts, too, full of insightful conversations and witty banter around music, creativity, and life itself.

So, we got to thinking: what if we provided a weekly guide highlighting these podcasts, to give the people something to look forward to? Just like that, the UMC Weekly PodGuide was born!

To start, here are a few episodes worth your drive time — all of which are set to drop this week!

Enter the PodGuide

Shirtless Scotty and Getting Real About Causes (ft. The OG Quinn Spinn Family)

The real question is not whether Scotty does this episode shirtless. It’s how many members of the OG family spend the episode partially nude — and on 6/9, no less!

It’s not all fun and games, however. After the clothes go back on, a discussion about the causes we support takes a serious turn, and we look to use our usually-silly platform to make the world a better place.

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Finding Support from the Indie Music Media

Musicians: whether it feels this way or not, opportunities to be seen and heard are all around you. I would know – I happen to run an independent music publicationa podcast, and an event production company. So, when Luke Holden and I divided up the articles for Muze’s “10 People Musicians Need on Their Side” series, I laid claim to the “Media Supporter” archetype right away.

What I didn’t want to do, though, is just have this be an op-ed about all of the things I look for when considering whether to feature an artist or their music. So, I received an assist from a couple of my peers in the industry for their takes on what they’re looking for, where they find new music, and other tips and tricks that will help you identify the right opportunities.

Redfin Reveals Must-Try Hidden Restaurant Gems in Nashville (ft. UMC Founder Gerard Longo)

Here’s something fun for your weekend: I was selected by Redfin to share one of my top restaurant picks in Nashville as part of their Hidden Gems in Nashville: Local Foodies Reveal the Must-Try Restaurants feature.

If you know me, you know that I’ve got a sweet tooth, so I decided to shout out East Park Donuts & Coffee, located at 700 Main St. in East Nashville. Here’s what I had to say:

“If you have a sweet tooth, you can’t go wrong at East Park Donuts and Coffee. You can tell that East Park makes their products with love and creativity, and you can taste the high-quality ingredients in menu staples like the strawberry-frosted ‘EP’ (have you ever watched The Simpsons? It looks just like Homer’s go-to snack). Other menu gems include the ‘Brown Butter,’ which is the perfect blend of sweet and salty, and the ‘Maple Bacon,’ which is every bit as savory as it sounds.”

That’s just the icing on the cake… er, donut. There are tons of great picks from other local experts, and you can find the full list here.

What it Means to Choose Yourself (Solo Mission #11)

Raise your hand if you’re a recovering people pleaser!

If that sounds like you, then you know it can be a challenge to learn how to choose yourself — or, what “choosing yourself” even means.

I’ve recently come to my own discovery, and I want to share it with you.

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What is Gained from Letting Go? (Quinn Spinn Solo Mission #9)

As we continue our journeys as humans and entrepreneurs, we often come face to face with the reality that nothing lasts forever. We all encounter situations where we must let go — of situations, habits, and even relationships.

Letting go can be hard, but it doesn’t come without silver linings.

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Unscripted and From the Heart: Thoughts on the Healing Journey, Relationships, and Family (ft. Foundation Mecca and Lord Goldie)

A few weeks ago, we celebrated Sunday Funday with Lord Goldie, Foundation Mecca, and Chaun Davis of ViB. However, after the episode was when things got even more real.

Foundation and Goldie stuck around after the show, and we went extra deep on life, our relationships, and our own healing journeys — while the Zoom meeting was still recording the whole thing! The raw honesty and vulnerability is quite unlike anything we’ve ever presented here at The Quinn Spinn, and we wanted to make our truth available to you as a bonus episode!

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The 10 People Musicians Need on Their Side

As we’ve pointed out plenty of times on the Muze blog, it takes a village to build a career in the music industry. No one artist – or industry professional, for that matter – can go it alone. And fortunately, you don’t have to.

This article is dedicated to helping you know what to look for – and what roles to fill – when building your team. And of course, you’ll need more than musical talent in your midst to bring your career to the top. Let’s explore the different roles together, shall we?

Your Artist Brand: A Uniquely True Story

Over the past few weeks, we’ve taken the time here on the Muze blog to discuss effective ways to get your music (and your story) in front of the masses. We coached you up on the components that should go into your Electronic Press Kit (EPK). Then, we covered what to do with it next – that is, how to identify the right opportunities for your music, and best practices for using your EPK to pitch your art to tastemakers.

With all of that said, there is an important part of this whole process that deserves a deeper dive – and it’s making sure that you have your story straight.

Indeed, any independent musician – any “singer-songwriter from Anywhere, USA” – can put together an EPK and send it out to media, talent buyers, and other music industry tastemakers. However, it takes a truly unique individual to stand out and endear themselves among the pack. It takes a compelling story – dare we say, a personal brand – to connect you to your potential audience.

In this article, we’ll cover:

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