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Amir Daiza

"It's Getting Better.": Concert Promoter, MCMC Co-director Answers Our Four Questions

 

 

This week, the Motor City Music Conference rolls into Detroit, and long time music and conference promoter, and MCMC Amir Daiza took a few moments out of the hecticness of putting this historic event together to answer thedetroiter.com's famous four questions by phone. (As told to Nick Sousanis.)

(For more on the conference, click here.)

WHY DETROIT?

Because I live here, I understand the market and I think Detroit is a great place. I was born in Iraq and came to Detroit at age 2 — this city has been my life even since. Detroit has helped me to develop into the person I am today.

WHY MUSIC/CONCERT PROMOTION?

How many people in their lifetime can enjoy their job more than I do? I enjoy what I do. I think that's the reason I've been successful. I'm in a fun business and it's been fun for me.

WHAT IS THE FUTURE OF DETROIT?

You just have to look at its past and you can see that it's just getting better. The situation is ever evolving. Detroit is undergoing a transformation from an industrial city into a city of life of culture. For a time it stagnated - because of this transitional period. We've gone through that already. As I see it, the future of Detroit looks very bright.

WHAT IS THE FUTURE OF MUSIC/CONCERT PROMOTION IN DETROIT?

One of the reasons that I put together the MCMC is because if you looked at the music of Detroit it's very strong in genres, but it's all fragmented. Basically MCMC bring different genres of music together to make it a stronger market. What better way of bringing people together than music?


Who will be the next detroiter to face our four questions? Watch this space...

For a look at detroiters past, here's a few:
Detroit Synergy co-founder David Naczycz
"The Passenger" writer/director Jamie Sonderman
DEQ founder, DJ Shortround
Author Lynn Crawford
Godfathers of Techno, Derrick May and Kevin Saunderson
Theatre Artistic Directors Oliver Pookrum and York Griffith
Art Gallery Directors Aaron Timlin, Phaedra Robinson, and Mitch Cope

Other (non-4 question) Detroiter interviews from our archives:
Artist Charles McGee
Artist Tyree Guyton
Artist Scott Hocking
Artist John Ganis
Sculpture Conservator Giorgio Gikas
Artist Peter Williams

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