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From the Desk of Doug Daniel: How ECE’s CEO Looks at the World

Once a quarter, ECE’s CEO, Doug Daniel, shares a more personal post full of musings and/or insight. Today he is giving the world a glimpse of how his perspective has been shaped through travel. Buckle up for this fun ride. 
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We did it! Blog post number one is in the books. Done. Our blogapalooza journey is well underway. The world tour is coming to a town near you. Hide the kids! I loved hearing from so many of you back in April. You all had really cool things to share and no one said that I put them to sleep… at least not to my face. In particular, I enjoyed hearing your take on the fourteen life lessons we talked about. A few of you had great stories, and I appreciate you sharing them with me.

But that mess was pretty heavy. Lots of somber, sober, stone-faced deep-meaning life stuff that deserves a minute to think about. So, as promised last time we met, let’s not be serious at all this time. As you’re reading, know I’m having a lot of fun typing this. Fun because I’m going to give you a little insight as to what gets pinballed around in my head most days when not hammering away at important ECE business. A sort of glimpse of how Doug looks at the world.

First, we need to lay a little foundation. I like to travel. You got that from the last blog post. When my paycheck comes, I save a little bit, pay my bills, blow a little bit on other Daniels… and most of whatever is left gets spent on going places. That being said, there are a couple places that I keep going back to for a variety of reasons such as family, close friends and because they are just damn cool places. I’m looking at you, NYC and Los Angeles. I have probably spent more time in those two places over the years than all the other places added up. Much of what you see in me has been shaped in some way by the experiences I have had travelling — specifically, spending time in those two places.

Let’s keep moving. The reason I share this is because, as I mentioned above, it’s a lot of what has shaped my tastes and my views on the world. Aaaaaaand, on one pretty normal day, walking the NYC Highline in Chelsea, I look up and spot a billboard. In big letters, I read: “NYC. Tolerant of your beliefs. Critical of your shoes.” And I stopped. It hit me. That IS me. I am open to just about any idea and belief and person. I just have two rules: 1. Don’t tell me how to think or believe, and 2. Your belief doesn’t screw your kids up. That’s it. Just those two rules. As long as you’re good on those, I am totally open to whatever weird, quirky, insane way you see life.

Now that we’ve addressed the first part of that phrase, let’s talk the second part. The fun part. The part where I say that I will ALWAYS have an opinion about the “shoes” you wear. It’s who I am. I want to know what kind of music you like. I want to know what you were thinking when you bought those jeans. I’m trying to figure out why you don’t have an iPhone. What kind of guitar do you play? Endless.

Not my proudest quality, but I’m sharing stuff and that’s what we’re all here to do together, right?! Check this out… I feel like if I can dish out the critique, then I should be able to man up and take it, too. Right?!

Ok, so here goes. I’m listening to the new Tennis record and the new Ryan Adams record. I wear them both out and can’t stop. Baseball is the best sport ever invented for a thousand reasons and the best team in baseball has always been the Dodgers. I just turned 50, but have invested way too many years of wearing skinny jeans to quit now. I have a record player and listen to it a lot, but have no illusions that records are going to revive the record business. It’s stamp collecting with cooler “stamps.” I put wax in my hair, but I always prefer to be wearing a hat. My wife is the coolest, prettiest and most fascinating person I have ever met. I’m obsessed with everything about her. I Google “new iPhone release date” way too much. Chris Robinson from the Black Crows was in my 3rd grade class, and I still think they and the Stones are the best rock bands to exist. I miss my mom everyday. The two last best shows I saw were Phantogram and Spoon. I don’t think pointy guitars are cool. Rock music was always intended to be played on a Les Paul, through a Marshall. I go to therapy and it works. In fact, it wakes me up to all the really unhealthy people walking around me… and, yes, I’m critical of them too! I hardly watch any network TV. Can you imagine if Bob Dylan had to pass through three judges on a network talent show to have made it? Being a dad is the best and most important job I do. I’m always 100% totally down for just about any music documentary. Some people think that education is the biggest crises facing us. I think it’s Driver’s Ed. Why doesn’t everybody have Spotify premium and Satellite radio? I love to read, but far too many days run out of time without an opportunity. I’m getting ready to start Trouble Boys and the best one I have read in the past few years was the Jerry Weintraub biography. It’s called, “When I Stop Talking, You’ll Know I’m Dead.” And, that is the perfect place to stop.

Have a great rest of your summer. Thank you so much for taking the time to read this ramble. Like last blog, reach out to me, but please be gentle when you criticize my “shoes.”

Doug Daniel
As President & CEO, Doug is an expert on all things ECE --- as he should be since he's worked here twice! His daily duties include: fire fighting, juggling, peacemaking and dreaming up ways to make ECE the best company it can be.

Like Every Great Performance, ECE Touring Has Made A Costume Change.

ECE Touring, the performing arts division of ECE, today announced the official launch of its new branding and redesigned website, ecetouring.com. The rebrand comes six months after ECE unveiled a new name and look.

The rebrand includes a modern logo that ties in with the ECE brand while accentuating the uniqueness of ECE Touring.

“ECE Touring is essentially a boutique booking agency that specializes solely in touring entertainment. Our roster is carefully curated with artists who create community interest and engagement and sellout shows, and we can provide a level of service that is simply extraordinary in our industry. This rebrand is exciting because it allows us to highlight the niche areas we excel in, while forming a closer bond between ourselves and the overall ECE brand,” stated Senior Managing Partner, Kris Kaminski.

ECE Touring’s revamped website is mobile-friendly and offers quick and easy access to the division’s exclusive artist roster, artist information and showcase schedule. With a click of a mouse or swipe of a screen, visitors can watch videos of the performers in action, download marketing materials and learn about educational outreach opportunities.

“The evolution of the ECE Touring brand is an important step in the overall rollout of our company’s new brand identity. This division is the perfect package. It offers the quality talent and impeccable service found at smaller agencies all while being backed by the largest, full-service agency in the country. Their new logo and website better represents this relationship,” says ECE President, Doug Daniel.

Check out ECETouring.com!


About ECE Touring

ECE Touring has been known for over 20 years as the go-to provider of exceptional and engaging artists for the country’s premier performing arts venues and universities. Clients choose ECE for quality acts – artists who will sell tickets, get rave reviews, and have audiences asking for more. ECE Touring is known for attention to detail, great customer service and a dedication to making every show go smoothly. Learn more at www.ecetouring.com and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

Artist Spotlight: The Royal Suits

Artist Name: The Royal Suits
Hometown: Asheville, NC

Band Members:
Matt Williams – Vocals, Guitar, Violin
Adriana Rosen – Vocals
Roddy Wilder – Vocals
Rich Brownstein – Keyboards
Ryan Reardon – Bass
Jon Lauterer – Drums

Connect with The Royal Suits
Facebook: @theroyalsuits
Insta: @royalsuitsavl

See The Royal Suits LIVE!
June 15, 2017 // 7:00pm-10:00pm
Alive After 5 – EpiCentre
Charlotte, NC

The Royal Suits are a diverse, stylish, energetic, and highly sought after party band that performs popular and danceable genres of music – from current Top 40 and indie rock to funk, classic rock, Motown, and beyond. A true “music lover’s” band, The Royal Suits take every tune seriously and put their own original spin on it to ensure that you can feel the authentic and special energy that only comes from musicians who care about the music- AND your event’s success.

We sat down with the band to play 20 Questions and get a better understanding of who makes up this energetic ensemble.

1. How did you get your start?
I (Rich Brownstein) was approached by ECE agent Ellie Schwarz about creating a band. Ellie explained to me that ECE was looking to create a young/hip group that was a little edgier than what you’d expect from a standard wedding band. From the beginning, Ellie and I wanted to create something that lived up to ECE’s high level of expectations, but also be unique in all aspects of what we do. The first thing was to bring in Ryan Reardon and Matt Williams.  On top of being stellar on bass, Ryan is phenomenal cellist. Matt is not only the band’s guitarist and one of three lead vocalists, but is also virtuoso violinist. Having that string duo would allow the Suits to be able to do all aspects of the wedding, ceremony, cocktail hour, as well as reception.

The rest fell into place from there. Jon Lauterer (our secret weapon on drums) had played in a group with Ellie. Adrianna Rosen, (the good looks and bubbly personality of the Suits) had played with Matt, Ryan and I at different times. The last piece to the puzzle was Roddy Wilder. Roddy is an unbelievable bassist, and equally as talented on vocals. Roddy and Matt were in a hip hop group together in college, so the band can be performing Frank Sinatra during the dinner set, and close out the evening with a 90’s hip hop medley that brings the house down every time!

2. Where is your favorite place you have played?
Any venue that has an exorbitant amount of coffee for the band! There’s so much that goes into a performance – from early bus calls, to load-in, to sound check, to throwing a killer party, all the way to packing up – being treated as part of the family for a day really makes the overall experience feel like home.  – Adriana Rosen

3. What has been your most memorable gig?
It has to be the gig in Charleston the day after Prince died. The lights literally fell from the ceiling  onto the band. It really felt like there was a force with us the entire evening driving us to play better than we ever had. Matt was on death’s doorstep. He had a combination of strep throat, mixed with a high fever, a debilitating headache, etc.  How he was able to perform that night, and do it at such a high level still blows all our minds!  For the band’s encore, we played “Purple Rain,” with everyone singing the falling rain call at the end. There literally was not a dry eye in the audience.  – Ryan Reardon

4. What are you listening to right now?
Our van, we call her “The Swan,” makes quite the interesting noises sometimes. She can be quite loud, so more often than not we are listening to the sounds of our own voices, yelling to one another over the Swan’s cacophony. – Ryan Reardon

5. If you could meet any artist, dead or alive, who would it be?
Prince! – The whole band agrees

6. What is your favorite song to play?
Without a doubt, our 90’s hip-hop medley! As we bounce from hit to hit, the room becomes everyone’s favorite club. West Coast classics, East Side jams, down South bangers… it’s straight money!  You gotta’ experience it to believe it. – All

7. What would be your ultimate gig?
We aspire to be the first live band to play on the moon. Richard Branson- are you listening? #sirrichardtakemetothemoon – Ryan Reardon

8. What is your favorite snack on the road?
Anything homemade. I love finding little surprises on the road, like seafood markets near beach gigs, or farm cheese shops like the one we stop at near Blowing Rock, NC.  – Jon Lauterer

Leftover pizza. – Roddy Wilder

Butterfingers. – Rich Brownstein

9. What is your favorite thing about being a musician?
When the whole band is in complete sync with each other, and what we’re creating onstage captures the complete attention of the audience. Nobody is looking at their phones, or talking, for a brief period of time we’re all sharing the same moment together.  – Rich Brownstein

10. What is that one song that is guaranteed to get everybody out on the dance floor?
“I Want You Back” by Jackson 5. It’s one of very few songs that appeals to all generations, and gets everyone out on the dance floor. – Rich Brownstein

11. What is special about the Royal Suits?
I love that we can go from Motown to classic rock to hip hop throughout the night and do it smoothly, tastefully, and professionally. – Ryan Reardon

We are a band of characters and we wouldn’t be the same without each one of us.  Our collective specialties extend beyond the stage, enriching every aspect of what we do.  – Matt Williams

12. What was the first concert you attended?
Janet Jackson. – Roddy Wilder
Huey Lewis and The News.  – Jon Lauterer
Neil Diamond. – Rich Brownstein
Shania Twain. – Adriana Rosen
Beatles tribute band. – Matt Williams
The Tea Party.  – Ryan Reardon

13. What is the one thing you want potential clients to know about you?
From the time we are booked, to the last note we play, our focus is 110% on delivering the most unforgettable party ever. – Matt Williams

14. What do you never leave home without?
“Cleveland” our portable suit steamer! We can’t be called Royal Suits and be looking all scrappy and road-worn. – Ryan Reardon

15. If Hollywood made movie of your band, which movie stars would play the roles of your band members?
We will go with our look-alikes:
Matt- Seth Rogen
Ave- Natalie Portman
Roddy- Kevin Hart
Rich- Ralph Machio (aka “The Karate Kid”)
Jon- Brad Pitt or Joe Biden
Ryan- Benedict Cumberbatch

– Adriana Rosen

16. What is one of the things on your bucket list?
Fly across the Grand Canyon in a wing suit while singing “I Believe I Can Fly.” – Adriana Rosen

17. If you could go anywhere in the world on vacation, where would you go?
The North Pole, cuz… Santa. – Matt Williams

18. What makes you laugh the most?
Our road trips!  All of us have been in too many bands to count, and we agree unanimously that we’ve never laughed more with a group than we do with the Royal Suits. It isn’t even close! – Adriana Rosen

19. What would you sing at karaoke night?
“Virtual Insanity” – Jamiroquai or “Walking In Memphis” – Marc Cohen
– Roddy Wilder

20. What would you do if you won the lottery?
We would put together an all-star band to play on the moon, and we would be part of it (of course) along with Bruno Mars, Justin Timberlake, Flea, Trent Reznor, Beyoncé, Stevie Wonder, Questlove, Nile Rodgers, Ariana Grande, Sheila E., Andre 3000, Jimmy Page, and if none of these folks are still around by the time our lucky number comes up, at least we could count on Keith Richards.  – All 🙂

Stephanie Flury
As the marketing director for ECE, Stephanie is a strategizing, storytelling, analytics-loving, brand ambassador.