Indie Band Guru is a Music Review Blog and Artist Development Company focused on helping independent bands build their careers and get the exposure they deserve. Every band needs a little help. We have the Knowledge to get you Known!
The Indie Band Guru is here to help introduce you to great new independent music. We also provide tips on how to advance your own music career with promotion and marketing advice.
We offer all kinds of services to help independent bands get noticed and expand their fanbase and are expanding these services all the time. Let us know what you need help with and we will make it happen. Come along for the ride as we build our team and help all the hard-working bands out there striving for more.
About The Staff At Indie Band Guru
Keith Profeta – Founder – CEO
‘He has loved music more than anything since he was a baby’, says his mother. She says ‘Keith used to demand that she put on the Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of The Moon album while he lay on the shag carpet and stare at the ceiling.’
Jumping in and out of bands starting at age 16, Keith never really found his true calling in front of the microphone. At that point he started managing a friend’s band, handling all the behind the scenes work in making the band a success. Never being satisfied, Keith started a fanzine to find more great music and reviewed 100’s of band’s demos, offering them straightforward tips on how to get to the next level in their careers. A few bands really struck and he was signed on to be a promoter for them eventually turning it into a full-time booking agency working for a few bands and becoming the sole booking agent for a few venues in New York City.
To expand his knowledge Keith then attended the Berklee College of Music and earned a degree in Music Business. This led to a position at a music marketing firm in Manhattan to continue learning about the business side of music. Trying to take it to the next level an indie record label/management company was formed to help bands achieve success in the drastically changing music industry. There were some ups and downs and more lessons were learned. Today the dream continues at Indie Band Guru, staying busy in music and helping guide musicians to the promised land of a successful career in music.
Sam Reed – Editor – Photographer – Publicist
Fueled by a passion and sense of comfort found in music, Sam Reed has nearly six years invested into working in the music industry. Coming from Buffalo, NY, a much smaller music city than most, she has spent years traveling across the country to chase music and cities where it emanates strongest while maintaining a strong sense of home and community among the underdogs. As a lifelong fan of the live concert experience, it was a seamless transition into live music photography and journalism. Traversing festivals and providing content for multiple publications over the years, she takes pride in highlighting acts of every size and genre, and finding a unique light to feature them in. When she isn’t working with Indie Band Guru, Sam also spends a great deal of time working alongside Girls Behind The Rock Show, a non-profit agency that supports and empowers women in music, combining her passions with her drive to help people. You can follow Sam on her socials, @samreedphoto across all platforms!
Darius McGrew – Contributor
Darius is a young, inspired writer who really brings an all-new sense of life to Indiebandguru. Currently an English major at Florida State University, he’s constantly working to polish his writing and communication skills and hopes to one day combine those skills to change the world.
Growing up, his taste in music was overwhelmingly rap influenced. He spent most of his time jamming and reciting lyrics from artists like Lil Wayne, Kanye West, Common, Childish Gambino, and J Cole. As he grew and matured, however, so did his taste in music. These days Darius is an avid fan of electric-blues, acoustic-folk and when done correctly, roots and psychedelic rock.
At just 20-years-old, Darius doesn’t quite know where he’s headed just yet – but he knows it’s somewhere big.
Fun Fact: He frequently performs live Spoken Word Poetry on campus at FSU and in surrounding areas.