PM: What background do you and Jim Kramer have that makes you confident in the future of Castle Studio?
DB: Jim and I both have strong backgrounds in music, but in different ways. He used to work in the industry as a booking agent for a lot of big bands, and has a solid business-oriented mind. Plus, I know the local scene in New Paltz. I know the young musicians and some of the long-time veterans. I have connections at the college and some of the local music businesses in town and they’ve really helped me out with referrals. The reciprocal, collaborative nature of the music community here has really been a blessing.
PM: What variety of events do you currently hold at Castle, and what long term ideas do you hope to explore and bring to fruition over the next two years?
DB: There are a lot of ideas cooking in the pot right now. Yoga classes with live music, monthly jam sessions, big cookouts with great local bands, live art installations during concerts, flow arts, hopefully even a mini-festival. I think we’ll just have to wait and see.