Romi Mayes

Romi Mayes

Curbside Concerts Canada

Winnipeg born, globally travelled and world renown musician Romi Mayes is a Juno nominated, CFMA nominated, 6 time Western Canadian Music Awards winner. Her in-depth experience in the music industry has offered her a vast knowledge of the business which led her to start Sure Shot Bookings in 2010, booking tours and events for others.

Romi has recently turned her attention off the promotion of her own artist career to focus on employing Canadian musicians and improving the music industry for those following in her footsteps. Her latest endeavour is as Senior Producer for Curbside Concerts Canada, which blossomed in the face of Covid to employ musicians and safely bring live music to communities across the country.

Where are you based?

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Where do you work? What do you do?

I am the Senior Producer for Curbside Concerts Canada. We are a live music delivery service. We facilitate entertainment bookings for private parties to corporate events. I am also a “lifer” musician and performer.

What are you listening to?

I’m diggin’ the new Shovels and Rope album today, but I usually stick to my collection. Blues, roots, classic country, funk, motown, classic rock, 80s, and the odd sprinkle of Snoop Dogg to get hyped.

How do you discover new music?

I get pitched music a lot through my producer position, so that’s always a nice way to discover music. I always appreciate getting set links to music I’ve never heard before.

What formats do you usually listen to? LP, CD, Cassette, Digital, Streaming Services? Why?

I can’t get rid of my old cassettes, but I don’t have a way to listen to them anymore. I would say I split my listening between vinyl and digital.

“I constantly endorse and encourage others to check out what I’m listening to, especially if it’s independent”

Where do you do most of your music listening?

At home or live at shows. With my gal pals over for wine, I’ll spin vinyl and when I’m having a day of getting work and errands done, I’ll toss on an Apple Music or Spotify list I’ve made.

How do you find and listen to pre-release music?

I am lucky enough to have so many talented friends that are recording artists, so I get sent mixes to check out all the time before they are released.

What are your frustrations with listening to music digitally? Any benefits?

The most obvious frustration of listening to digital music is the bullshit pay artists get for that golden ear candy.

How do you keep track of everything you are listening to?

I don’t keep track of music. I listen to it, and if I love it, I’ll save it and then buy it. I try to let music come to me rather than seek it out.

Do you tip other people off to new music? How?

I constantly endorse and encourage others to check out what I’m listening to, especially if it’s independent and needs to be heard.

Anything you want to “promote”?

Check out the entire roster of over 100 artists across Canada through Curbside Concerts. These are hard-working musicians who deserve any gigs I can get them. And, of course, I’m a proud Winnipegger, so there are countless hometown bands that deserve the world. Check it all out!

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