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Meet Noah Smith of Beats Freaks Geeks

Today we’d like to introduce you to Noah Smith.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Noah. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
Beats|Freaks|Geeks was started with the intent of providing a foundation for talented music producers of all levels. I wanted to create an event that would be similar in structure to an “open mic” night but for producers/beatmakers. An event that would also cater to various styles of music production as well as experience.

When coming up with the concept, I found it important to create a name/brand that would embody the essence of what the events would be all about. So I decided to take three things I really enjoy, music, meeting fellow creative weirdos and vintage Sci-Fi movies; Beats, Freaks and Geeks!

After the concept was thought out, it was then on to the challenging task, finding a suitable venue. That was probably the toughest part as the venue would play a huge role into the aesthetics of the event. After a few unreturned calls and emails from other venues, I ended up stopping in A Simple Bar. I remembered it from when it was under a different name and ownership but when I met with the new owners I was blown away by how much they re-did the venue. I knew that this was the spot for Beats|Freaks|Geeks. And after a great conversation and pitching my concept, they ok’d me for the first event.

Our first event was held on August 30th of 2017, and to my surprise, it exceeded all of my expectations. I mean, this was the first time I’ve ever organized an event, so the fact that anyone showed up was a blessing lol. I had that whole, “if you build it, they will come” feeling after that.

There’s this saying, “Motivation follows action”. So once I knew it could be done, I was fired up to keep this thing going. What started as a solo experimental endeavor is now a 3 person team comprised of myself, Nick “Bttrswts” our resident DJ/Music Curator and Aaron “Chizz” our Artist Relations Coordinator. Together we continue to stay true to the concept of showcasing some of LA’s emerging music talent while also creating a brand that welcomes all creative spirits.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I can honestly say for the most part it has been a smooth road. We owe a lot of that to the amazing talent that reaches out to us monthly for the opportunity to play at our events. I would say our biggest struggle is getting the support from individuals outside of the music world. People who are open to vibing out to something different and music that they are not necessarily familiar with. Also hosting a Tuesday night event can be tricky. As we continue to grow we hope to move our events to a more prime day of the week.

Please tell us about Beats Freaks Geeks.
Beats|Freaks|Geeks is an event, entertainment and lifestyle brand. We host a monthly producer and indie-artist showcase at A Simple Bar in Los Angeles. We also dedicate our website along with social media platforms to the promotion of emerging and undiscovered producer talent.

As a company, we are most proud of providing a foundation for artists no matter what their accomplishments may be or what genre they may cater to. Whether they have produced for Grammy Award-winning artists or just make beats as a hobby if the music is dope we give everyone the opportunity to play at our events. It is such a great feeling when you see all of these creative minds come together and network with each other and create friendships. I hope one day we can say that some of the biggest songs of tomorrow came from the foundation that we are building today.

I feel that the one thing that sets us apart from others that host similar events is that we are inclusive. We welcome everyone to submit for the opportunity to play at our events. There is no specific genre we cater to and we work very hard to create an environment that makes everyone feel like they are a part of our little family.

Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
Playing “Super Mario Bros” in our family room while my father blasted all of his favorite songs on his Hi-Fi stereo system. He would have the music so loud but I loved it, jamming to all of the classics. I’m pretty sure my love for music came from those moments.

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Jordan Sotero

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