Music Star Scott Page: Let’s start a movement called “Go Small Now”

The movement that I propose is, “Go Small Now.” The whole goal of that is to do the least you can do. What I mean by that is don’t try to save the world, just do the smallest thing you can do every day that makes a difference. That could be as little as taking […]

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The movement that I propose is, “Go Small Now.” The whole goal of that is to do the least you can do. What I mean by that is don’t try to save the world, just do the smallest thing you can do every day that makes a difference. That could be as little as taking a gum wrapper off the floor and throwing it away. If everybody took care of the space around them, the world would be a beautiful space. It’s funny you should ask because that’s a movement I am starting.

I had the pleasure to interview Scott Page. Scott is a musician, technologist and entrepreneur who is currently the CEO of Think:EXP, a Los Angeles-based effort that he describes as a “live immersive experience and media company.” He has played saxophone and rhythm guitar for some of the most iconic bands in the world including Pink Floyd, Supertramp and Toto. As an entrepreneur Page has lead several ventures including Walt Tucker Productions, an art and video production company where he produced projects for The Rolling Stones, Janet Jackson, Garth Brooks and many others. He was also founder of 7th Level Inc, a CD-ROM gaming educational software company who produced the world’s first interactive musical cartoon. Page has also lectured at numerous new media conferences and universities. He was featured as a guest mentor on the weekly syndicated radio show Business Rockstars. He has also been an adjunct professor at the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music. Aside from that Page has originated several notable charity fundraising benefits and events and concerts. He was named one of “The Top 100 Multimedia Producers” by Multimedia Magazines, one of “The 100 Coolest People in Los Angeles” by Buzz Magazine, and one of the “50 New Media Innovators” profiled in Pioneer Electronics’ Multimedia Frontier.

Thank you so much for joining us Scott. Can you tell us a story about what I led you to this specific career path?

I grew up in a musical family and was around music all my life…but the truth is… I studied to be an architect. I got into a band with Jeff Porcaro and David Paich called “Personal Soul.” Jeff and David were the founders of Toto later on. The reason I got into the business is I was working for a company as a draftsman. We started playing gigs with this band and we were winning all of the Battle of the Bands. What really motivated me was, on my drafting gig I would drink 10 cups of coffee a day, but at the band gigs there were a lot of girls. I decided “this is for me”, and that’s the truth. I was motivated by the women.

Can you share the most interesting story that occurred to you in the course of your music career

That’s a seriously open-ended question. Where do I go, where do I start with that one? We have a code of ethics amongst all of us musicians, we don’t talk about our stories. Not what you want to hear. I can tell you this I’ve had a lot more fun than any human being and I’m alive to talk about it.

What are some of the most interesting or exciting projects that you were working on now?

Building Think:EXP, which is our immersive entertainment company. “Think:EXP strives to revolutionize the entertainment industry by bridging the gap between the human spirit and technological innovation with one-of-a-kind live, immersive concert experiences.” Currently myself, Stephen Perkins from Jane’s Addiction, Kenny Olsen founder of Kid Rock’s Twisted Brown Trucker Band, Norwood Fisher from Fishbone along with Derek Day and Roberta Freeman, have been performing sold out concerts at the Wisdome in downtown LA. Our first experience is a Pink Floyd Experience played in this 360 degree dome, which is a wild, shared virtual reality encounter. We recently played the O.Z.O.R.A. festival in Budapest. The exciting thing about that was that we were the only live band along with world famous DJ Gaudi at this EDM Festival. We were headliners and we will mashed Beyond The Wall, our own spin on the songs of Pink Floyd as opposed to a tribute with EDM.

Who are the most interesting people you have interacted with? What was that like? Do you have any stories?

I’ve been very fortunate to have worked with a lot of very talented people through the years. Probably if I was to mention one of the most interesting people it would be Quincy Jones. I learned a lot from Q, but not so much about music, more about life. I learned how to treat people and how important it is to listen. He is a monster listener. The one thing I love about Quincy is when you are talking to him, he is 100% focused on you. The world could be rocking, and he sees you from across the room, you become the only one that he’s talking to, not like a lot of other people where you can see that they are thinking of something else while they’re talking to you. Dave Gilmour clearly from a musical side changed my musical playing. He made me realize the importance of playing a melody and how that translates to people really communicating. Sometimes as musicians we get into musical gymnastics that no one can understand except the musician. After playing with Dave I became really focused on playing melodies that people could hear.

An interesting person I met was Lady Diana. We did a royal command performance for her with Supertramp. Supertramp was her favorite band. What we did was the Princess Trust to raise money for young entrepreneurs and to help support the businesses which are close to my heart. The thing that was fascinating about her was she was extremely beautiful when you saw her in person. She was so vibrant. Her eyes were gorgeous, and it never really came across in the photos. I had no idea. You could tell that she was a very special person and really unique.

The other one would be Diana Ross who I learned a ton from. She taught me a whole lot about entertainment. She taught me how to get a crowd up on their feet. She was one of the most extraordinary talents that I’ve met. She had some magic powers that I’ve never seen before. I’ve worked with a lot of big-time celebrities through the years, but I’ll never forget the first day I saw her. I couldn’t take my eyes off her and it fascinated me because I couldn’t understand why. She just had this magnetism that was extraordinary. She taught me so much because I watched her closely every night perform in front of 16,000 people standing on stage even if her voice was shot. She had the most incredible power to move audiences. By watching her every night I started to learn so much about entertainment techniques. When I watched her play every night, she had a set of patterns that would get everybody up every night. I watched and studied her like crazy. She taught me the importance of show business in the sense of how to entertain the people.

Which people in history inspire you the most? Why?

First of all I’ve never been a big history buff. I think for me in history it’s always been the great avatars, including everyone from Buddha, to Lao Tzu, Carl Jung, Alan Watson, who are all philosophers.

How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world?

“The Grand Scientific Musical Theater” was a project I created in 1992. It was a multimedia concert and fundraiser to benefit the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. The event raised 1.5 million dollars. It was a one-time live concert event as well as an audio/ video film-recording with artists including: Cirque du Soleil, Graham Nash, Todd Rundgren, Edgar Winter, The Turtles, and others. Through Think:EXP I am currently involved with the Harold Robinson Foundation, an organization designed to help counter social and economic disparities in South LA by building bridges between student groups through unconventional means. The Markham Middle School in Watts is plagued with gangs on each corner and children who if not for the Harold Robinson Foundation would never have left South L.A. The foundation sends the children and their family to camp for a life changing and inspiring experience. Think:EXP raises money to benefit the foundation as well as helping in the creation of a music program for the children of Watts.

You are a person of great influence. If you could start a movement that would bring the most amount of good for the most amount of people what would that be? You never know what your ideas can trigger.

The movement that I propose is, “Go Small Now.” The whole goal of that is to do the least you can do. What I mean by that is don’t try to save the world, just do the smallest thing you can do every day that makes a difference. That could be as little as taking a gum wrapper off the floor and throwing it away. If everybody took care of the space around them, the world would be a beautiful space. It’s funny you should ask because that’s a movement I am starting.

Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them thrive and not burn out?

I think the most important thing is the days of just being an artist and just writing songs and relying on other people to make them famous are pretty much over. It’s really a direct to consumer world. You have to take a business point of view and think like a start-up business. Today I believe is the greatest time in history for the independent artist, because whoever owns the audience wins. Because of all of these mobile devices who now have the ability to go direct to the audience it’s best to get educated and learn basic business principles, and make the business as important as the art. Business is art. To put the two together is really important for an artist today. That is if you don’t want it to be a hobby. Hobbies are fine but if you actually want to make it in the business you have to learn business today.

What are your five things I wish someone told me when I first started and why please share a story or example for each.

Don’t quit your day job, (lol). It ain’t easy having this much fun! Thou shalt not look upon tuning as law but strive for something that sounds good. Don’t get too hung up on perfection, but make sure that it’s got soul. Be careful of the solo button. Thou shall not put thy faith in the critic…’s his record doing? It ain’t what you play, it’s what you say!

Is there a person in the world or in the US home we would love to have a private breakfast or lunch with and why?

Eckhart Tolle. He’s probably been the biggest influence in my life because he made me realize that taking an inward journey is the single most important thing anyone can do. He also taught me how not to take life too serious, and learn to except all things.

How can our readers follow you on social media?

All of my social media handles are under @IAmScottPage

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