014 – Henry Pile & Tom Melchior: Concept56 & Retrograde

Had an absolute blast sitting down backstage at Marathon Music Works and talking with creative entrepreneurs, Henry Pile and Tom Melchior. These two are overwhelmingly involved in so many great things happening in Nashville right now, one of the biggest being Concept56, a Jagermeister ground breaking project catering to young creatives. Nashville is the second city in the US chosen to be a part of this project all spear headed by Tom and Henry. They put together a team of five talented creatives from Nashville, all above the age of 21, and went through a 6 month process during which they designed and produced the event of a lifetime. This event is called Retrograde and will be happening this Saturday, October 8th, at 8 PM at Nashville Sporting Goods Co on 8th Ave.   10291202_1316807248335343_842465118256867026_n

Henry Pile is the general manager for Exit/In, Marathon Music Works, William Collier’s and Hurry Back. He is also co-owner of Tom, Dick & Harry, a marketing and consulting agency based out of Nashville. And lastly, he is an account executive for Fox Fuel Creative and a writer for Native Nashville.

Tom Melchior is the director of marketing for Exit/In, Marathon Music Works, William Collier’s and Hurry Back. He is also the community manager for Red Bull Sound Select, head music columnist at 12th & Broad, and a band manager for the Cordovas.

It was awesome to hear how these two hustle daily, whether it be juggling family, managing their time with either their full time or part time gigs, and making time to enjoy all that Nashville has to offer. Both gave fantastic tips on how they transitioned from corporate America to the start up lifestyle and give an “in” on what it takes to live this kind of life. “Everybody is trying to figure out how to get ahead. The difference is a lot of people want to work together to get there and you can find those people. Folks like Tom, folks like the guys here at Marathon and Exit, the people at Red Bull, all of these people want to figure out how to work with big communities of people” says Henry in the interview. It’s a very common theme among the creative community in Nashville. Everyone is super willing to work together and build each other up and this is one of the things that makes Nashville so unique and desirable.

Henry and Tom gave us a few extra tickets for the big event, Retrograde coming up this weekend. Be sure to shoot us an email or reach out on social media for tickets. Follow Concept56 on social media at Concept56Nashville. The event is a free event, you just need to register through the website using a code you can either find on social media or on tickets. Lots of excitement around the event, up and coming musicians, live art, multiple bars, and lots of drinks!

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Hope everyone enjoys the episode!

Audio Editing by Andrew Freels