Infectious Magazine: Hey, thank you for taking the time to speak with me. How are you?
Bernie Walters: I am fine thanks…
IM: What can you tell me about the founding of the MOVE music festival? What inspired this, and what efforts went into turning this dream into a reality?
Bernie Walters: I have been to numerous festivals over the past few years and noticed some problems in them that I thought could be done better. Then I started working in the Albany area about 3 years ago and felt a need for an event such as this to highlight the regions talent. Albany is situated at a great crossroads it only made sense.
The efforts were many but the trick was putting the right dedicated people together.
IM: One of things I found so inspiring about your business and the festival as well, is the commitment to promote not only talented or ‘sellable’ artists, but musicians that really breathe music and have that passion 24/7. What musicians have inspired you in that way?
Bernie Walters: Their are numerous musicians in the festival that I am sure breathe music 24/7 but I don’t know them all yet. To call out my own band that I represent would seem too partial. Not sure if this answers your question or not.
IM: How did your company come to be?
Bernie Walters: My company Indian Ledge Records was started by my partner Nick Cosimano about 5 years ago. He had a dream and a goal. He started with just the record label and since I became his partner about 3 years ago we have expanded into Publishing (which is my background) and management and production. Which is why it is now called Indian Ledge Music Group.
IM: What advice do you have for musicians looking to be signed to labels, management, public relations, etc?
Bernie Walters: My advice would be for them to stay true to their music and not try to ride a fad. Try all aspects of the business to get where you want to be and always, send out nothing but the best quality sounding music to anyone.
IM: What advice do you have to music professionals (not musicians) about making their mark in such a competitive industry?
Bernie Walters: I think I have to make my mark first before I can be of any help to other music professionals. But if I could share one piece of advice it would be to make as many contacts in the industry as possible.
IM: Thank you for taking the time to speak with me. Is there anything else you’d like to add?
Bernie Walters: I think we covered it. Thank you and I hope you can attend.
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