Welcome to Magnetic’s Industry Focus, a series where we highlight the major players working behind the scenes of the EDM biz. These are the folks running the record labels, representing the artists, promoting the shows and just getting it done. They may not get the shine of the DJs on stage, but they work just as hard making sure the parties are packed, the music is perfect and that the artists are where they need to be. We’ve decided to shine the light on the behind the scenes movers and shakers.
Today we highlight videographer/Photographer Kyle Neary AKA Mr. 650. Check out his latest video and some words below:
How did you start your career in the electronic music business?
I was in my first year of college in Atlanta when I was introduced to the electronic music scene. I found some videos online that CrazyChris had made for Steve Aoki, capturing the DJ’s, crowd and whole experience at a club and was blown away by the idea of being able to do that myself. With little experience, having only filmed skateboarding videos up until then, I borrowed my friend’s camera and convinced Le Castle Vania to let me film his “Fuck Yesss” Party in Atlanta, for free. After producing the first video for them, I got offered work filming for other parties in the city, which awesome since I didn’t realize I could be paid for doing something like this. Fast forward two years, Steve Aoki came to Atlanta, I filmed his show, made a video and sent it to him, and after some persistence, I was on tour with him shortly after. It’s amazing, I never thought I’d be able to create a career like this for myself.
What is the best part of the business?
I’ve made some of my best friends on the road. Getting to travel the world, experiencing life to the fullest with them has definitely made it not feel like work and I’m extremely thankful for that.
What are the biggest challenges?
Balancing my home life with my work life. I love being home with my family and my dogs, more than anything. But, I ALWAYS say yes to jobs and take every opportunity to work with new artists or festivals, because this could all be over tomorrow and I want to take advantage of every opportunity while I can.
What career advice would you recommend to someone just starting off?
Persistence, persistence, persistence.
Its a long road and your not going to get to where you wanna go fast, so just keep pushing cause you will make it. It took me 3 years of making less than 100 bucks a month to make this a career for myself. Good work always shows and someone will recognize it and give you a chance, that’s what Steve Aoki did for me, gave me my first big break and ill always owe him for that.
What does electronic music mean to you?
It really means a lot to me because its proof something that was nothing only a few years ago in the states can be something so massive. It’s crazy that a group of people that share the same passions can really change things.
What cities/regions do you think electronic dance music is best thriving?
South America has the most emotional, passionate, enthused fans I’ve ever seen. I’ve seen girls and guys in tears seeing their favorite artists in person and you can’t fake that emotion, it’s just so real. People come out in the thousands to every show I’ve ever been to, I haven’t ever seen a show that had less than 3000 people at it.
If you weren’t in the music biz, what would you be doing?
That’s a scary question. I think I’m doing exactly what I was meant to do. So to think differently is definitely scary to think about. I think I would still be shooting but probably for motocross. Although, I don’t think I’d be making a living at it, I’d probably have a side job doing something I hated. Haha...