We had the good fortune of connecting with Robin Taylor and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Robin, we’d love to hear about a book that’s had an impact on you.
A Practical Guide to Vibrational Medicine by Richard Gerber, MD answered a lot of questions I had and took me down my first rabbit hole of energy, chakras, using light to heal, general homeopathy

also Do Unto Animals by Tracey Stewart (comedian Jon Stewart’s wife) they just good people.
also anything written by Jackson Galaxy because cat’s love it when you build them stuff.

Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Inland Empire Touring, Inc has been around since 1998…a year after I moved to NYC from Washington State. Before that I was in Seattle promoting shows and bands as talent buyer of the OK Hotel for 5 years as well as booking shows in other rooms around the region and West Coast tours and into Canada under the Lobotomy Talent Group moniker. Apparently, I have a thing for awkwardly long company names. I got into this industry because at that time Seattle had a lot of women booking shows and running clubs, playing in bands..You know the slogan “if you can’t see it you can’t be it?” I saw it all over. Circa late 80’s, early 90’s….No one told me I couldn’t successfully run a booking agency and I was dumb enough to believe I could so here we are almost 30 years later talking about it. My brand is just my gut feeling about what I hear in a band when they play live or a see a comic’s set for the first time. You learn stuff along the way. It’s about relationships..being cool to people and hope they are cool back to you. Nothing is earned overnight. Organic growth is the best kind of fan retaining.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Oh man, I just moved from Williamsburg, Brooklyn where the pre pandemic culinary choices were limitless to a small town off the coast of Washington State where there not enough people who live here to fill a sold out show at Radio City Music Hall (capacity 6,000) to give you an idea of the contrast. With Covid and going thru the epicenter in NYC, my quarantine skills are strong. Once pandemic is over, I’ll get back to you on who’s got the best oysters and clam chowder.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Of course my Mom & Dad..Susan Jacobs who encouraged me to start my own thing in NYC, my clarinet teacher Mr. Bob Rosenquist..Steve Freeborn, MTV (first year) & SNL (all years), 70’s AM radio, Rush, David Bowie, Buddy Holly, Punk Rock..all of it

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