We had the good fortune of connecting with Cy Simonton and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Cy, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
My thought process behind starting CBDB was to use my advertising/design background and treat the band like a brand. First, we needed a clean and easily recognizable logo to embody the good reputation and trust we were building with fans through our songs, shows and merchandise. That is still the way we try and run it today.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I think the best art we have made (music or otherwise) is the direct result of true collaboration between members of the band and the artists that we choose to work with. Everyone brings their own perspective to anything and being able to give up a little control of the vision can be huge in letting the project become something bigger and better than you imagined.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I’m living in Nashville, TN these days but if I come back to Atlanta I have to catch a Braves game and get some BBQ from Spiced Right in Roswell. My folks live around the corner from there and I love the Brunswick stew and hash brown casserole.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
There have been a lot of people that have put their love, time and talents into helping CBDB along the way. Our marketing director, Brittan Allison, has put in countless hours keeping us organized and keeping the presentation of our socials consistent, clear and on brand. Her vision and dedication have helped us greatly along the way. She is also an incredible fiancéé!
Kinsey Blake Haynes