sche·mat·ic (noun): a diagram, plan, or drawing.
My name is Dave Elkins and I am the creator of Schematic and I am so grateful for your instant support and your blooming interest.
What exactly is Schematic?
Schematic is a culmination of creativity, art, thought, struggle, frustration, faith, innovation, and connection. Schematic is the plan to share these things through a community that we create together. Schematic listens to you and meets you where you are because Schematic is you! If you are an artist, a musician, a graphic designer, a photographer, a painter, a film maker, a writer, a poet, etc; if your passion is listening to music, finding new art, spreading the word about new music, connecting people, helping others in need, serving your community, then welcome to Schematic. Schematic is the community of artists, creatives, musicians, and people who simply enjoy connection through relationship and rely on each other to fulfill each others needs. In short, Schematic is meant to be a microcosm within the music and art industry that relies on grassroots growth through community.
Here are some ways I intend to do this:
Schematic Studios – One of my passions is music production and recording. From MAE’s first release (Destination: Beautiful) to it’s final trilogy, (m)orning, (a)fternoon, & (e)vening I have loved being in the studio helping with the creative process by crafting sonics, enhancing the songwriting process and helping the vision come alive through recording. I am always accepting submissions and looking for music to produce.
Schematic Management – For the last three years of MAE’s career, we chose to take a different approach to band management by handling the responsibility ourselves. My band went through two managers and met with dozens more before deciding to take on the role. Sometimes no one understands the needs, the vision, and the goals of the artist better than the artist. Being in a band for ten years and co-managing MAE for four has allowed me to be both on the inside and outside of the management process. Schematic is accepting submissions from artists interested in experimenting in a new style of management as well as seeking interns and talent scouts.
Schematic Records – The MAE trilogy was released under a label which was created and run by the “trilogy,” MAE’s three members. We set up our own record label because we believe that the music industry model is broken and that a drastic improvement is necessary. In fact, the model that Schematic proposes is run by the artist and its supporters. The relationship is symbiotic and simply one can not function without the other. While the current model is broken, I believe there are simple ways to overcome and fix it. It is time to meet the listener exactly where they are and empower them with the tools to spread the word while providing the incentive to do so. Great music is good enough! It just takes the community of supporters to be the foundation for growth. Music is the seed and you are the soil. If you are an artist with recorded or completed material and are looking for a label to partner with, Schematic is already taking submissions.
The Schematic Community – If you are an artist, a musician, a graphic designer, a photographer, a painter, a film maker, if your passion is listening to music, finding new bands, putting on shows, spreading the word about new music, connecting people, helping others in need, serving your community, then welcome to Schematic. Schematic needs you because Schematic is you. Schematic is the community of artists and art enthusiasts who rely on each other to fulfill each others needs. Are you looking to be involved in the music business someday but don’t know where to start? Are you looking for an internship to get your hands dirty and your feet wet? Schematic will be accepting applications as well as requesting participation for every step of the way.
Together we will create the diagram and the plan.
— David Elkins