“I’m not quite sure what the hell Jay and Chandler are doing with this Music Geek thing. I can tell you they are two of the most earnest and knowledgeable fans of music I have ever met. When they get enthusiastic about something you’re going to hear about it. Chandler is some kind of rocket scientist with the inner workings of the computer webbing and Jay is, at the core of things, a drummer. Drummers always find a way to be heard”.
— Craig Northey of The Odds
Music Geek was created in 2008 shortly after Jay Coyle left a marketing position at EMI CMG in Nashville. Jay’s first project under the Music Geek moniker was doing work as band archivist and product development for Canadian music veterans, Barenaked Ladies. Since then, Jay has worn a lot of hats including sales, marketing, artist development, business development, tour management, and product manager. In 2010 Chandler Coyle joined the team and Music Geek expanded to include all kinds of digital media services. Music Geek’s mission is to help further the careers of artists while partnering with them in a “D.I.Y. +” sort of way to have long-lasting and fan-focused careers. Music Geek’s main focus is to serve the artist by super-serving the fans.
The Music Geek Team
Jay Coyle – Music Geek
A life-long music geek, Jay can still recall riding in the family station wagon listening to the AM hits of the early 70’s and tuning into Casey Kasem every week to be exposed to the new singles of the day. Jay started reaching for his own stars at the age of 7 with the purchase of his first album (The Beatles Help!). This life changing event started his omnivorous passion for hearing and knowing everything about bands. He turned this musical obsession into a real hobby when he started playing drums at the age of 10 and had already formed a band by the time he bought his first drum set at the age of 11. Jay would play in several bands at one time all throughout junior and senior high school and even picked where he would attend college by its location and what the town could offer in terms of music (he picked Athens, GA and the University of Georgia for those keeping score). Nowadays, his wife and three small children all share in Jay’s oversized music collection that takes up what should be the family’s living room. In fact, his collection rivals most of the indie records stores that have come to know Jay in all the towns that he has lived in (Rochester, Athens, Atlanta, and Nashville).
Chandler Coyle – Digital Geek
Chandler can’t remember a time in his life when music didn’t consume him. From listening to the AM radio in the car or in the kitchen with his mom, to sitting with his dad listening to jazz records on the weekend. When he was nine, the family inherited his great-grandfather’s upright Steinway piano and Chandler started taking piano lessons. Within a year, after he had discovered Kiss, Sweet, Bay City Rollers, and Rush, he convinced his parents to buy him a guitar. He played in bands throughout high school and college. Chandler grew up in the era of the live album and has a special affinity for live music and live recordings. His live recording collection easily rivals Jay’s whole record collection. Soon after college he discovered another passion, the internet, and soon he was building web sites for anyone that would let him. After spending ten years running a web development firm serving the non-profit sector, Chandler decided to let his inner music and digital geek flags fly and join his brother in this fledgling venture. Chandler is also an Online Music Marketing instructor at BerkleeMusic.com.