Valentiger is a completely independent music organization. Within it, I am firstly a traveling, performing singer/songwriter as well as studio engineer, producer, promoter, web site manager and graphic artist. The work requires networking and social skills, dedication, consistency and creativity, with man-hours and effort well-exceeding that of a 40-hour work week. The organization was very much built from the ground up beginning in 2002 with partner, Scott Rider, who handles nearly all booking, finances and most public relations within the operation. The group averages 100+ performances per year, not including hosting a weekly open-mic night. In addition, Valentiger tours the country both performing and promoting twice a year when not recording or producing new material. In short, I write songs, seeing them through several stages until a physical form such as a compact disc or vinyl record is reached - even MP3. My job thereafter is to sell the music in a way that is consistent with the values of our company. In January 2010, I created ABOVEBOARD MUSIC in association with ASCAP to aid in copyright and licensing, landing a recent success with Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers. The current ad campaign, Chevy Drives The Motor City, features Valentiger's "Leaving Town," airing regionally on FSN Detroit through November 2010. The band's newest release is set for winter 2011, with a tour setup revolving around a showcase at SXSW in Austin, TX in association with Flying Dog Brewery.
Grand Valley State University, Seidman College of Business, Business Management, Grand Rapids, MI
||Sparta High School, Sparta, MI