Episode 10 - Matt Keene: The Power Of Saying No To People

I met Matt Keene a couple years back when he started managing one of my good friends. High of energy and appreciation of life, he is a great example of someone who has followed his passion over the years but made sure to stay true to what he valued the most. He genuinely cares about each and every single person he comes into contact with and will go the extra mile just to get to know someone's story and background. Even with suffering such a traumatic such as sudden cardiac arrest at the age of 17, he has been able to flip something so negative into a positive perspective on living each day to the best of his ability. All in all a class act and somebody who brings good into the world we live in today. Give this week's episode a listen below.  

Podcast Outline

  • Who is Matt Keene today?

  • Grew up in Berlin, New Hampshire

  • Went to University of New Hampshire

    • Captain of the baseball team

    • Mr. UNH

  • Worked for Verizon - Got experience working sales

  • Swag Sold Separately Blog - Focused on music  

    • Went live July 11, 2011

    • Put up links to ‘download’ music for visitors

  • Contacted a local bar at UNH and put together his first concert

    • Eventually led to him booking TimeFlies

    • Over 150 tickets were sold

  • “It's about making connections with the people”

  • The overall responsibility of being an artist manager  

    • There to give you feedback & advice but not to do the groundwork

    • Artist should focus on building brand & craft

  • Experienced Sudden Cardiac Arrest at 17 years old

    • Practicing with the football team and suddenly passed out

    • Face of the news all the way out in LA Times & was getting asked to speak at events about the incident

    • Raised over $120k for his foundation

  • Don’t take life for granted

    • Be thankful to see another day when you wake up

  • You can be batman if you want and live a double life - it comes down to how passionate you’re

  • Every person has a ‘brand’ in 2016

    • Social media presence on all platforms

  • Picture frame on the wall 10 years from now, who & what do we see?

    • In a suit, holding a baby, with his girlfriend by his side

  • Ask Bobbay a question

    • What inspired you to get ‘the beard of all beards’?

    • Where is Bobby Hobert going to be in 5 years?

  • Where to find Matt on social media

  • What two/three pieces of advice would you give to someone on the pursuit of their own passion?

    • It's okay to say no to people

    • Be honest