These are the faces of WHAP!, who previously owned this site. They are the faces of two lovely and beautiful ladies, Dani (on the left) and Erika (on the right).
They managed the site from 2006 till 2008. I don’t know why they let such a domain go, but I think it has a very beautiful and unique name. On the site there was some information that I gathered, but mainly it seems that they used the site to promote music and other outdoor entertainment services.
At WHAP! Productions Artist Management our philosophy is simple: we love what we do and we work hard at it. We genuinely enjoy our responsibilities and the people we work with and aim to approach every situation with a friendly and diplomatic demeanor.
Dani Vachon is the owner and key person for all 3 bands currently on the roster. She has worked in many facets of the music industry over the past 10 years: distribution, retail, artist, tour manager, event promotion and production, graphic design, and web zine editor. She also currently owns Sound Document, a record label. She has been in management since January 2006. Dani makes a point of attending at 3-6 international festivals per year, which has helped her build a valuable network of fascinating people.
Erika Kumar is presently assisting Dani, absorbing industry knowledge like a sponge, so that she may one day manage her own bands. She has a communications degree and a bubbly, out-going personality. In the past, Erika has worked for Adbusters Magazine and as a stylist for magazines and film. Erika is also blessed with perfect hair.
I took time to figure out what type of content to publish on this site. First of all, since it has a nice name, and such beautiful faces in the pictures above, made me decide to re-post some content which relates to what they were doing.
After much thought, I decided to create content concerning music. I’ve collected a few interesting posts which are worthy reading and you can access them by clicking through various posts below..
Being in the music industry has been one of the most rewarding and satisfying accomplishments in my life. Choosing this path has brought me nothing but joy and I would not have it any other way. With a career as a music promoter, I can comfortably say I have made great achievements that have left most of my clients more than satisfied and the community too.
My love for music did not come as a coincidence. I was born in a family where music was the order of the day. My father was a minister in our local church and was in charge of the church choir. This saw my siblings and I participate in so many church affairs. My sister and brother joined the church choir at a very young age and my family also expected me to follow my elder siblings’ footsteps. My case was different because I did not have the urge to sing in the church choir but rather felt like getting involved in a different way.
My church choir was a re known one in the region for its prowess in singing. One day after finishing college, I stumbled upon an advertisement for a competition among choirs. I shared this information with my father who was by then the head minister in the church. The winning choir would get a recording deal with one of the top recording studios in the region. They went ahead, joined the competition and finally emerged winners in the competition. Since I played a great role in encouraging and coordinating the choir during the competition they chose me as their promoter immediately after recording their first single. I was in charge of promoting their album and this is where I realized what I really wanted to do.
There was no turning back for me as a music promoter from here although things were not all rosy. In my so many visits to studios and recording label companies, I met different people. My hard work and ability to get artists recording deals did not go unnoticed and soon I had a number of artists under me. It is then that I realized that I could turn my interests into profit making activities. I opened my own company and took with me the few artists I had at that time. This officially marked the beginning of my career as a music promoter. I was well known for my persistence until the artist I was promoting gained recognition.
Initially my company was small and had a small number of artists. After a year of hard work and personally promoting all the artists, the fruits of my hard work started to show. I specifically believed in one thing: the success of any artist under me would be my success too. The only time I could take a back sit was when I saw an artist get recognition for their work. This made me and my company very popular and in no time most of them approached me to be their promoter. Hard work does pay because it saw the company grow to be a very competitive one amongst its competitors.
As all this was happening, one of the saddest things happened. My mother was diagnosed with invasive ductal carcinoma breast cancer and succumbed to it a few years later. This took a great toll on me and my siblings because she was a great woman. As a way of appreciating her, I took to corporate social responsibility. I opened up a cancer foundation program in Vancouver. The main aim of this program was to give free cancer screenings to the less fortunate and provide counseling to those that already had cancer and were undergoing treatment. This was my own way of appreciating my mother for the phenomenal woman she was and also making sure that I give the less fortunate in the community a chance to be bit cancer.
Throughout my high school life and college life, I struggled with weight issues. This was one of the reasons why I did not join the church choir because I was very conscious of my weight. I could not stand before a gathering because of my weight issues. Immediately I started promoting the choir’s first album, I lost a lot of weight because of running up and down to try and promote their albums or singles.
Because of my weight challenges earlier in my life, I opened a gym where the charges were very favorable to all people. My main aim was to allow those who could not afford expensive gyms a comfortable place to help them keep fit. I was not fortunate to leave in a community where such a facility existed when I was growing up and this was my way of helping out.
To date, mine is a story of rugs to riches and great success and I still top the chats as one of the top music promoters in the industry.
My Poor Background
I never fathomed that I would one day become an events manager; music was never my thing from the word go. My name is Robert Foster and this is a story about how I became successful in the music industry.
Growing up as a kid, my mum who was my only family used to work as an attendant in a restaurant. Due to the nature of her job, she would at times work late and thus there were many days that I would fall asleep before she arrived. It may have bothered me many times, but we had to make ends meet. It was the only way that a poor family like the one that I hailed from would survive. Therefore most evenings, I would stay either with a nanny that she hired, or when things were not ok – pocket wise – I would be all alone.
Mom usually encouraged me to work hard and put a lot of efforts in school so that I would lead a better life. I obeyed her and my performance in school was amazing. During the holidays, mum would send me to stay at my aunt’s place because she knew my loneliness and cared much about me. My stay would extend till schools reopened.
A new life
As much as I loved my mom, there are things about her that I really detested. One such behavior was when she came with men at home after work. Although it was about making ends meet, I didn’t; like anything about this because there are times that she would get hit by them to an extent that she would skip work the following day or two. But then she was my mum and there are some things that I couldn’t question.
One holiday while at my aunt’s place, she came to visit us accompanied by a man. I didn’t think much about it till the holiday was over and I went back home. That when I came to realize that they were dating. Nothing fancy about it; I figured out that this would be momentary and she would get dumped soon rather than later.
I was completely wrong, because this man came to be my foster father. They eventually got married. At first I didn’t get along with my ‘new’ dad but with time, we became friends. He treated my mum and I with kindness and I felt a sigh of relieved. By then I was in my first year at high school. He took care of us and even took me to a better school. I loved the change and turn of everything.
My ambitions shift
While in the new school, I took time to adapt and it is during this challenging moment that I made friends with a guy named James. James was a cool boy at school, but not good in science or mathematics and mostly relied on me to help him. I obliged at his numerous requests and this solidified our friendship.
During the holidays, we would go to his place and he would often visit me too. His dad was an artiste manager. His folks loved me and became fond of me. My parents too loved James.
The disappointing divorce
As I was almost to graduate, something unlikely happened. Mum and dad had a disagreement which went to become nasty. By the time that I was graduating, they had filed for a divorce and were living separately. We were back to our old life of impoverishment. Mum had earlier quit work and it was becoming increasing difficult for us to pay our bills. Everything was even worse than it used to be.
Mum became stressed and she seemed to infect me with the ‘infection’. However, James stood by me and would always encourage me and support me with some cash that I would later take home.
Then one day, James suggested that he talk to his dad and see if he would be ready to get me any work in his artiste management business. That’s how I ended up as a clerk in their business, tasked to keep records of artistes and upcoming events and all the arrangement in place.
Five years later, I had much experience, and through with the connections that I had made and the experience gained, I started, a small business as an events promoter which too date has grown so enormous that I love every bit of my efforts.
My Wild Fantasies
Music was my thing ever since I was a little girl. However, I never pursued it as much because I had a lot of work to do at school and my parents expected much of me. That does not mean that I never considered music as a source of livelihood. I would write songs during my free time and I would make some pennies selling them, if my clients felt that they were good – it was much like gambling. That didn’t deter me though. It was much of a side hustle, thus I had nothing to lose.
When I joined college, I continued to write and practice a few lines whenever I was free. I would fantasize about making it ‘big’ in music but I usually doubted myself. During one of my solo performances in the inter-colleges music festival, all my doubts faded. I met Davis, who was a judge at the event and also a professor in music. He must have been thrilled by my performance because he promised to hook me with a recording label so that I could try my luck – something which he did.
When, I was introduced to the manager of the label, I was much overwhelmed and since he wanted to see my ability, I concentrated much in try to compose songs which would entice the music production label. I did all this at the expense of my class work didn’t realize it until end of semester exams were almost to commence.
Having not prepared adequately for my exams, I knew that my parents would be disappointed in me if I got bad grades. I didn’t want this to happen and therefore the last resort to ensure good grades was to cheat in the exams. That was a mistake that I did. I planned the best way to cheat during all the papers that I hadn’t prepared well. During the exams, I tried all means to ‘pass’ and the first papers went well without much fuss.
This wasn’t with the third paper, because the invigilator caught me in the ‘act’. I pleaded with her to forgive me because I knew the dire consequences which awaited me, she was reluctant. I tried to convince her to let me reseat the paper but she was still adamant and she ended up reporting to the school administration.
Upon a series of events which followed saw me suspended from the school for two years. This was not only devastating to me but also to my parents. I had really failed them. There was nothing that they were ready to hear from me.
More Devastating Woes
I had forgotten much about the songs that I had written; partly because of what had happened at school, and also because my parent would not hear of it. However, after the first month at home, I decided to contact the manager of the production house. He was glad that I called him and explained to me how he had tried to reach me unsuccessfully. He requested me to meet him because he wanted me to record a song with his studio
I felt that I desperately needed to prove to my parents that I wasn’t such a worthless bitch as my dad had called me. Therefore I sneaked from home that afternoon and went to meet him. We talked a lot about my songs and he was willing to let me record two of my songs that he considered would be a hit. This really excited me. The excitement was short-lived, when he requested for the recording fees – a thing I couldn’t afford.
He was quick to comfort me and told me that he would help me record the songs for free provided we strike a deal about the sharing of revenue if the songs made well. Part of the deal also was for me to make love to him. I detested this vehemently but I really needed to have the songs produced.
I told him to give me time to think about it. After three days, I was with him in a hotel and we had sex. However, he didn’t keep part of his bargain and every time that I called him, he would hung up the phone. He also had me restricted from his office.
I then missed my periods. A pregnancy test came out positive. I couldn’t believe that I had lost both the heavens and the earth. I came to realize that my naivety had given me the bitter taste of the world.
My name is James and my stage name is Szars. I hail from Uganda in Africa. I ventured into the music industry as soon as I soon as I completed my high school studies. Together with my two former classmates, we started producing secular music which became successful within a short time. Although we labored hard, we did very well in the industry. We produced several hit songs together, hence we enjoyed massive air play in the local radio and TV stations, as well as we were able to secure well paying gigs. Moreover, we at times secured well-paying advertising contracts and also participated in some sponsored events which too had good pay.
I loved how we became fond with girls and the cheering of the crowd whenever we performed. I loved such a life. We were celebrities and always felt honored. But the life of a celebrity means spending a lot and living a posh lifestyle. This meant that we saved very little. Therefore, at times when I was alone, I felt that I was not making any meaningful progress in my life. One thing, I wanted to save enough to enable me join college, but four years in the music industry, I still had little to show of it. This always made me feel that I needed a change; a change into my lifestyle.
From Secular to Gospel
I didn’t know what I exactly needed in life, until I met a gospel artiste who had just a year in the music industry and was living a better life. He had even managed to venture in the real estate market where he was killing it big. This tickled something in me. I researched and realized that my counterparts in the gospel industry were really making good money. Unlike us in the secular music, gospel artistes were making good sales since their fans were buying their albums unlike ours which had multiple cases of piracy. I decided to become a gospel artiste.
I went to church that Sunday and confessed that I wanted to get saved. As usual, I was celebrated for this bold move which too meant that I detach from my secular group of artistes. I was then to start producing gospel music.
Within a few months in this new life, I released a gospel album which got accepted very much. It became a hit and within two week of releasing it I made a record of selling almost 10,000 copies. This was great money.
Money is usually the source of all evils. With the good money that I was making and the new fame, I got tempted to my old ways of life. As much as I tried to control myself, there was this urge to pounce at the several girls who were ‘running’ after me, or the urge to go for a drinking spree. One weekend, I gave in to the latter and secretly went to a club for a drink. It was a strippers’ club where I joined my old folks.
One drink became too many and soon I was drunk behold reproach and hooked up with a whore at the club. This was a great mistake because I never knew that there were some paparazzi at the place who took some photos of me in my drunken state.
The following day while relaxing at home, I got a call from a friend who told me that I was trending in the social media for all wrong reasons. I instantly checked and realized that my pictures of the previous night had been leaked out and all fingers were pointing at me. My downfall had begun…
A Tough Life
After college, I had some hard time getting any meaningful employment. However much I tried, I couldn’t secure a good job; Most of the time I would get casual work which was temporary and paid meager wages. I just worked so that I could be at a position to take care of my bills. I lived a life of from-hand-to-mouth which was very disappointing. As time went by, I got fed up by that life because I hardly saved anything, which meant that further education was far from becoming a reality.
I then decided to join the bandwagon of unemployed youths who were seeking online jobs. I never had a computer with me, so I would go to a cyber café to do my research. This was such an easy task since I had to find money to cater for the charges involved. Thus, I still had to take casual jobs. For several weeks, I researched and made several applications to various sites to write articles for them. I made several pitches, but they were all turned down.
This really traumatized me. I felt that I hated life and that I was destined to die a poor man. I tried writing for content mills for some pennies, and this too did not work as I expected because of the little pay. There was no better choice, so I stuck to writing for them. I must admit that my command in English was good and I wrote good articles. To attest to this, I usually would receive tips at times because of the good work that I did.
Signs of Hope
One day, I took a task to write for a client who needed an article for a music magazine. I did my research and came up with a piece of writing that really made the client so happy that he contacted me personally. He wanted me to work for him in his music blog. During the six months that I worked for him, I got good pay and immense experience that I decided to start my own blog. The blog took time to pick but some it started to generate decent traffic.
Seeing this, I turned the blog to a music magazine and I became the editor having source several writers to write for me. I generated decent income, from the showbiz industry and also through advertisement in my web magazine. I was also able to meet some bigwigs in the music industry and I felt that everything was eventually working for me.
Today, I still blog and I have a successful web magazine and I also work part-time as a web zine editor to other music sites. I plan to venture in events’ promotion and artiste management as soon as I feel that I’ve networked fully to ensure some prosperity.