We had the good fortune of connecting with Eric Schneider and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Eric, is your business focused on helping the community? If so, how?
Growing up in a household that encouraged me to pursue my artistic talents, I’ve always valued creativity as something that should be valued on a community level. Art is one of the most therapeutic ways of processing daily life, and for many artists it is the only way they feel comfortable sharing their deepest emotions. For those reasons I feel incredibly honored to be able, with a recording studio that I own and operate, to offer an artistic outlet. The region where our studio is located is largely low-income and located away from major cities. Artists in the area don’t necessarily have the best access to quality recording like they would get in New York or Atlanta. Helping my city share its thoughts and unique experiences via music is how my business flourishes.

Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
The business I own is a small-town recording studio on the Eastern Shore of Maryland called The Top Floor. Having been raised in a community that encouraged college education over starting a business, the most difficult part of startup was the necessity of leaving school in order to focus on the business. There was always a lot of pressure around me to do things the “straight-and-narrow” way with a college degree and a nine-to-five job. Not everyone is going to believe in your vision so I advise up and coming entrepreneurs to be prepared to start off by yourself. It took several years to really get established, but today I’m excited to see some of our artists making successful moves with their music. The Top Floor is all about big ideas and providing a safe-space for those ideas to be heard and acted on.

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.
Of course, if you’re coming to Maryland’s Eastern Shore you have to go to the beach at Ocean City. We have an enormous boardwalk with hundreds of local businesses to shop and eat at. We are most definitely a party city and all of us from the area can enjoy a night on the town. Seacrets is probably the most popular drinking spot. We’re known for our blue crabs so out-of-towners definitely will want to indulge in that as well. Finishing out the night by the beach on the boardwalk and listening to our street performers is also a must.

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?
My shoutout would be to my hometown of Baltimore. More specifically to the hometown audio engineers, rappers, singers, and other creatives that took me under their wing and into the diverse world of music that exists in my home city. Specifically I want to shout out Sounds Of A Millionaire for showing me that passion can become a lifestyle and a career if you work smart and hard.

Website: thetopfloorstudios.com

Instagram: @topfloorericc

Image Credits
Austin Holden Doug Brown

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