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Daily Inspiration: Meet Heidi and Sean Chapman

Today we’d like to introduce you to Heidi and Sean Chapman.

Hi Heidi and Sean, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
We started off as two school teachers who loved their day jobs but felt that we had more to offer our community. Both of us had musical backgrounds and experience with performing, but our current entertainment company Random Entertainment and associated musical projects have become successful beyond our wildest dreams!

Now we play 2-4 gigs a week in the Greenville area and beyond and have met so many fellow ´musicians as well as so many amazing music lovers in our area. Our emphasis is style diversity and community building through our live music performances. Over the years we have continued to build our visual brand and musical catalog and have played every kind of venue you can imagine.

When we think about where we started (an acoustic trio playing free gigs in the local coffee house) and look at where we are now (a group of 10 musicians who work all over the upstate, sometimes performing to very large crowds), we can’t help but be proud of what everyone involved has accomplished. The journey has not been without stress and bumps in the road, but it has taken us further than anyone could have imagined.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
As we previously mentioned, we have certainly had our share of setbacks- live music always seems to bring the drama out in people! We’ve made mistakes in hiring and team management; we’ve had to learn to let certain things go for sanity’s sake, and we have also battled burnout, people not taking us seriously because we don’t play our original music (that is in the works), and just normal band stuff, like dealing with people leaving for various reasons and trying to keep the momentum going even when you are having to catch new people up (it turns out that most people don’t want to learn 300 songs in a month!

Sometimes, we’ve felt the sting of being passed over for certain types of events- we’ve had to learn to use that as motivation to work even harder and go our craft, but it’s still a bitter pill to swallow. We’ve also had to learn that not every friendly person is a friend, and that sometimes, you have to work really hard just to maintain what you’ve accomplished. Success is not linear, and progress is hard to measure when you are in the thick of it!

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
We are both musicians in multiple projects that are managed by an entertainment company that we own called Random Entertainment. The bands we manage and perform in are called Randomonium (variety band), Nëon Ärcädiä (Immersive 80’s project), All Apologies (90’s tribute), and Yacht Rando (a yacht rock experience!)

We are really proud of the reach we have throughout the upstate, largely propelled by our social media presence, and of course, our musicians are the best! We are known for high-energy performances that involve the audience and that deliver a great diversity of music. We love using unusual instruments in our performances (kazoo, keytar, and others!) to add novelty and humor.

Alright so before we go can you talk to us a bit about how people can work with you, collaborate with you or support you?
We are in the process of really trying to take our promotional material to the next level, so any guidance regarding that is of course very welcome! As far as support, following our social media accounts is certainly appreciated! We are also not too proud to accept any financial backing, so if anyone is a millionaire out there and wants to sponsor us… let’s talk!

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Image Credits
Jack Beaman and Marcel Farge

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