We had the good fortune of connecting with Katie Page and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Katie, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
My thought process behind starting Abundant Artists was simple. I wanted and still want to connect people.
I recall, in detail, going around to local music shows (almost nightly) & was shocked on how seldom connected the music scene was throughout San Diego. I realize that it is a big city & each of these artists have a lot to focus on so that is where I came in. I wanted to create a network that would allow artists to see, to know where other artists are playing — what venues are regularly booking and which artists are constantly gigging. The artists journey can carry a solitary burden at times and knowing that there are others around also in their journey, can lighten the load.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
The process in creating Abundant Artists took some time — as many good things do. It is always exhilarating when I get to support and promote people doing what they love.
The challenge: When the pandemic spread across the world–it was a tough time for the San Diego musicians and creatives. With the countless hours of “gig-hopping” and growing personal relationships with many of the musicians, I wanted to provide a platform where they could still play out and connect with their fans. The local livestream came into play. 4 nights a week, I would gather 4 musicians a night to play 30 minute livestream sets. That morning I would create a chatroom with all of them–share them the schedule so they could promote one another — like a live show bill. It was beautiful to witness artists from across the county show up–listen–connect. This part of the story helped alleviate the hardships we all faced during 2020.
Today, I am living in Montana– started a local promotion and booking agency and it is all because of the hard efforts put forth in supporting local music.
If there is anything I want the world to know is that we are all connected — we need each other to keep driving, pushing and inspiring.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Great question! I love being a tour guide, especially in San Diego. A few of the top items are taking the drive down the coast showcasing the different beach towns — pulling off to one of the beaches to enjoy the water and the sand. Heading closer to Ocean Beach and grabbing a snack at wonderland pub. I would drive through balboa park as we head into downtown–finding a rooftop bar, going to half door brewing company and also to the public library. I love the rooftop access of the library downtown(amazing views!) Then heading over to Coronado whether by car or by ferry. As the sun sets I would catch live music at Tin Roof and other local music joints to support the local scene.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Yes, there is more than one. The first person that comes to mind is Amanda Cogan–she is a radiant connector and she is responsible for her open invitations to open mics & unraveling my passion for creating music. That was the catalyst to diving into the local music scene. Shane Hall is another inspiration to me–a friend yet also someone that has captivating drive to keep taking steps towards what he loves. ( I also bought my beautiful guitar from him — forever grateful for that!) Last but not least is Madison Noccon. Madison took the reigns of Abundant Artists after I had to leave San Diego. Her courage to take on this role is one thing but her desire to lift up and support the music scene to the degree she does blows me away.
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