I.T DIRECTOR – DJ CENTRAL TV | BLUE PIE PRODUCTIONS | PLANET BLUE PICTURES
I.T DIRECTOR AND FOUNDER – INDIESSTANDUP MEDIA
Michael grew up in the Quad City area in Illinois in the era of some of the greatest Soul music and the birth of Hip Hop. It was commonplace for the sounds of Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Earth Wind & Fire, The Whispers, Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, Atlantic Starr, and many other greats to fill the air in the Jones’ household. Those days fostered his love for music and have kept it in his heart to this day. Michael has been quoted as saying, “Music has spoken true to my soul since my younger years.”
At the age of 11, he began playing drums and started to see and feel music in a whole new light. The beats intrigued him and he drove his mother crazy tapping on every surface in the house, trying to mimic all of his favorite songs. He was later introduced to his musical idol Louie Bellson in Jr. High and it was an experience he would never forget. He continued to play Symphonic, Jazz and Marching band and occasionally sitting in with the Manny Lopez Big Band until he joined the Air Force at 18. Michael served 10 years in the Air Force and then attended Kaplan University for Software Engineering. It was through these two incredible experiences that he formed life long friendships and learned to be extremely focussed and disciplined.
His travels would eventually land him in Houston, TX, where his passion for music and appreciation of the Independent Artist compelled him to create IndiesStandUp.com in 2006. With the popularity of community based websites growing, he envisioned an online community for Indie Artists to be able to network and collaborate. The popularity of the site quickly grew, but there was always the feeling that it could be better.
In 2008, Michael launched IndiesStandUp Radio providing local, up and coming artists a royalty paid platform to have their music aired…free of charge. Michael continued to build on the company and the IndiesStandUp brand. In 2013, IndiesStandUp Media, LLC became a label partner with Blue Pie Records and Business Development Partner to DJ Central TV.
IndiesStandUp has now grown to offer a vast array of services including Brand Development, Music Publishing, Physical Product Distribution, Digital Distribution, and Music Video Licensing and Distribution, and Tour Booking. The company plans to launch a new Joint Venture TV Channel in 2016 with DJ Central called ” Indie Central TV “.
In 2015 Michael was appointed I.T Director for Blue Pie Productions USA, DJ Central Hong Kong and Planet Blue Pictures. Michael oversees a vast network of digital entertainment content management tools and systems. He manages the day to day global network requirements insuring that content flows to all corners of the globe and the company network of partners, labels and artists have 99% uptime on all their project management and royalty systems. Michael works directly with the boards of each company insuring world class management and reporting standards are maintained.
Michaels past times include martial arts, philosophy, and keeping up to date with the rapidly changing information technology worlds. He is married and a dedicated family man with 5 incredible daughters.