JKC Clients Make the Right Moves at NAMM 2018

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ESP Guitars made a big change for the 2018 NAMM Show, and it worked better than we could have imagined. For years and years, the company had ensured a lively booth by focusing their NAMM promotions on events, rather than their own spectacular products. When we started working with ESP for the 2005 NAMM Show, they had their booth […]
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Interview: Diamond Rowe (Tetrarch)

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In this recent interview for ESP Guitars, I had the opportunity to talk to Diamond Rowe, a black woman who is the lead guitarist for a metal band called Tetrarch. She was a smart, kind, funny, and well-spoken lady, and doing the interview was an absolute pleasure. There are a few things I wanted to note […]
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JKC Quoted in Recording Magazine 30th Anniversary Issue

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Not long ago, I was contacted by my colleague and friend of about 20 years, Mike Metlay. As the editor of Recording Magazine, he was preparing an article for their 30th anniversary issue, and put out a general question to people involved in the industry: “If you could give one piece of advice to a fellow […]
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Steve Klopmeyer (1941-2017)

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My father, Steve Klopmeyer, passed away on Friday September 8, 2017. To the best of my knowledge, he hadn’t been ill. In fact, just the Sunday before his death — like nearly every Sunday for decades — he’d been on the golf course, enjoying time with his buddies and hitting the ball better and further […]
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Interview: Robert Vigna (Immolation)

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One of my main tasks for my longterm client ESP Guitars, whom we’ve served since 2004, is to make the best use of their extensive artist relations roster. In the world of musical instruments — and especially for guitars — the way a manufacturer makes use of their high-profile customers can be a make or […]
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GC Pro Helps Church at Viera Keep Up with their Fast Growth

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JKC created this press release/web profile article for Guitar Center Professional. Contact us to see how we can make compelling content for you too. Standing in front of the Allen & Heath dLive S7000 at Church at Viera are (left to right) Pastor of Worship Arts Trevor Hislop, Technical Director Doug Schaefer, Production Director Eli […]
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Interviewing Musicians for Musicians

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There have been a number of people who look at interviews of musicians, and think, “I could do that.” It seems fairly straightforward, right? You ask the person a few questions, capture their responses, and you’re all set. Well, what really matters is the goal of your interview. If your job is to interview musicians for the […]
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2017 NAMM Show Report

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  2017 marked the occasion of my 24th consecutive year of working with exhibitors at the winter NAMM Show. My first year working NAMM was 1993, which seems roughly 17 million years ago (and still sometimes feels like yesterday). There are many aspects to working a NAMM Show in my youth that are markedly different […]
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Interview: Vernon Reid (Living Colour)

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I’ve interviewed a lot of musicians, audio engineers, and music producers. How many, exactly? Well, I started doing it professionally in 1993, and stopped counting at a thousand, which was quite some time ago. Especially with an artist-centric company like ESP Guitars, talking to rock stars can practically be a daily occurrence. Despite the frequency of […]
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Client Spotlight: ESP Guitars

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We started working with ESP Guitars in 2004. It was kind of an interesting twist of fate that led us to this great client with whom we’ve worked ever since. Directly previous to starting JKC, I’d been an in-house marketing director of TASCAM, the professional audio division of TEAC. At the time, my counterpart at ESP […]
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