Adam Murphy of Midwest Mixtapes: There are More People on the Streets than on the Internet
How many companies do you currently own/run at the current moment? Tell us about the struggles attached to promoting indie music, and changing with the market place as the music industry goes more viral and retail stores begin to close.
I own OutDaWoodworks Marketing & Promotions, LLC, OutDaWoodworks Radio (the longest running STL hip-hop show) and www.MidwestMixtapes.com. I have partners in Midwest Mixtapes; Mean Girlz Media, an old high school buddy, and Power God Allah (a.k.a. Ali of Nelly's crew St. Lunatics). The struggle has been more personal than anything. It sometimes takes away from family and friends. I've been getting on message boards since 1998. I've been making money from the net since 2003, but at the same time I still hunt out the CD stores. There are some still out there; the ones that are around adapted to the market. I still make money off the physical product. I own music websites and I still market with the thought in mind, there are more people in the streets than on the Internet.
What's next for you in this upcoming year, where are you going to take things in the future?
To be honest, Midwest Mixtapes is just going to keep growing. We recently teamed up with the new Independent Basketball Association St. Louis Trotters semi pro team. We are doing cross promotions with them. We plan on doing a scholarship with Nelly's EI school. Just attracting more and more DJs. I deal directly with the heads of several DJ crews throughout the Midwest. I have became really cool with quite a few good size blog sites.
How can indie artists go about submitting music to you?
They need to go to Midwest Mixtapes and all the info they need is on there to get placed on the site. As far as any marketing questions, just know I don't have time for any budgets less than $500. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org
Say something you've always wanted to say but never had a platform to speak on.
I want to say that if at 50% of these people who want to be in the music industry just went back to being fans, the industry would go back to normal.
Where can we find you or contact you?
You can find me every Sunday night on 89.5 FM the Wave from 8 p.m. to midnight. You can tune in from the radio if you live in the North County area or online at www.stlcc.edu/kcfv. You can follow me on Twitter