We had the good fortune of connecting with Pierre de Reeder and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Pierre, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
Having started a number of small businesses along my way, I would say that none of them had terribly complicated considerations going into them, and mostly relied on passion and opportunity. I wanted to chase what I was interested in, which was mostly in the arts, and convinced myself there was something pragmatic in the way I was going about it… that there is fruit to be reaped by just doing it, as it were. I suppose there is always fruit with that analogy, but whether it’s big and juicy, just a modest berry, or dried and rotten, are all up for possibility. I guess I thought I would at least be a diligent waterer and not let the latter happen.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’m lucky to be working in multiple areas of the music world, as a musician (Rilo Kiley, solo recording artist), producer, audio engineer, art director, owner of a number of recording studios and a small record label, and a good handful of other this’s and that’s. I guess you could say I diversified, and that has been important for me in many ways. On the one side it’s just more fun to get your hands dirty in a lot of different things, on the other it’s more practical to have a lot of little tributaries of income feeding into what hopes to be a larger stream. No different than a lot of folks I suspect… it’s still all a hustle. But I do get to spend my time working with all sorts of great musicians and artists, building and providing creative spaces for people to work at, and have an outlet and purpose to an almost hoarderish propensity for collecting vintage audio gear, microphones and instruments.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I’d say… wow, you flew? And then I wouldn’t be able to hang out because… Ok, dumb answer.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
This list could be too long, because so many have helped and supported me… but will keep it both short and long by saying my family: which includes my parents who have passed, my mother was particularly supportive of whatever road I wanted to travel, my wife and kids, my in laws, my sisters, and of course my friends.
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