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Ronny Robinson, Musician
Meet Ronny Robinson: Home-schooled mama's boy. Self-described misfit. Mechanic by day and songwriter by night. Before he turned 18, Robinson never celebrated a single birthday or holiday. His songwriting style pulls together these uncommon life experiences to create songs that tilt on the edge of somber but are ultimately saved by tones of childlike wistfulness.
Robinson's roots in the over-saturated Chicago pop-punk scene of the early 2000s would surprise you — especially after hearing the soulful melodies and nuanced and intelligent lyrics of his Elliott Smith-esque offerings on his current EP "Just Another Boy." The ironically titled EP includes tracks which will all at once stun you, comfort you and let you sink into a deep hole — while leaving glimmers of light to guide you through. The songs expose a familiar, human voice, not overproduced and alien, but warm and real. With lyrics like "Like a die with no dots/A brain in a box/I am as useless to you" you can feel the prowess of this underground and yet-to-be-fully-recognized talent from the Windy City.
Robinson was formerly in the Chicago band Witroy, and has recorded with Craig Miller of Danger Is My Middle Name. His debut release of his EP "Just Another Boy" garnered positive reviews and impressive iTunes downloads through grassroots and word-of-mouth marketing. Robinson has played at Chicago music landmarks like Beat Kitchen, Double Door and Elbo Room.
John Smith, Music Business Professional
A successful bass-drum duet of Cream's "Sunshine of Your Love" during a 3rd grade talent show sparked John's visionary career in music. After graduating high school at 16, he sharpened his business sense by founding Sample Productions, which he built while completing college degrees from University of Wisconsin, Full Sail University and music programs across the globe. He took on the Director of Project Development position for Generic Music Group where he deftly molded independent acts for major label deals and executed marketing strategies. Through Sample Productions, he worked as a consultant, branding strategies for Fortune 500 corporate clients like Company One, Company 2 and Company 3. He went on to found Sample Inc., in an effort to marry the perfect song to the perfect audience. He is a sought-after music industry speaker and commentator.
Danger Is My Middle Name, Band
To stand out among the post-pop-punk excesses of the Chicago music scene, Craig Miller was told “You need a great story.” The story behind Danger Is My Middle Name is that there is no story. There is no meet-cute, no luck and no fairy tale. Their story is the story of countless bands — they met, they wrote, they played — and it worked. But unlike other bands, it continues to work. The lack of flash suits Miller (bass), Gabe Atkins (vocals, guitar) and William Cox (guitar) and their hardworking, no b.s. attitudes.
Giving fans from the Midwest markets of Minneapolis, Iowa City, Milwaukee, Grand Rapids, Dayton, St. Louis, and Northwest Indiana what they want — strong, classic pop-punk hooks and quirky, original riffs, has paid off for DIMMN with independent success to the tune of 60K+ digital downloads, spots at Warped Tour, SXSW, Milwaukee’s Summerfest, Florida Music Festival and tours across the U.S.
Danger’s “Revenge On The Radio” EP, (released September 2007) hit Chicago like a hurricane and rapidly destroyed college radio playlists and major market stations like Q101 Chicago, KRQ Tucson and 107.7 Seattle with its popular title track. Alternative Press Magazine, PureVolume.com and iSound.com reviewed and featured the EP. In 2009, DIMMN recorded their anticipated follow-up EP with producer Marc McClusky (Farewell, Hit The Lights, Ludo). Released in July 2009, “Sink Or Swim” featured seven songs and received positive press from AbsolutePunk.net, FriendsOrEnemies, iSound.com, and Buzznet.com. A featured CD on PureVolume.com, it was downloaded over 5,000 times during a free, week-long pre-release. As of March, 2010, “Sink Or Swim” still had a place in the Top 100 Unsigned Band releases on SmartPunk.com.
DIMMN is driving the resurgence of competent songwriting, on-stage skills that don’t involve laptops, and a determination to connect with fans — not just sell them a product. This band is the unsung underdog of Chicago. Keep listening; “Danger” will only get better from here.
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