The Music Gardener recently had the opportunity to visit Yamaha’s Artist Relations office with Byron “Mr Talkbox” Chambers. As an artist manager, I have formed relationships with many of the instrument dealers but Yamaha was one of the few on my short list that I hadn’t connected with. The ironic thing is that their headquarters for North America Artist Relations is located in Franklin, TN which is right in my back yard. Byron secured an endorsement deal from Yamaha earlier in the week so we went by for a visit.
Ben James, Yamaha Artist Relations Guru, gave us the tour. Yamaha keeps a low profile in Franklin to avoid heavy tourist traffic. So low that you would never know this beautiful office space even existed on the 2nd and 3rd floor of one of the old buildings on the Franklin Square. Beautiful hardwood floors and ceilings, floor to ceiling windows overlooking main street and a wonderfully stated kitchen. Best of all is the artist room which houses the Yamaha Discklavier Baby Grand along with a Yamaha home theater complete with a leather sofa. The office has such a cool vibe that Byron and I thought about moving in. We are excited about Byron’s new relationship with Yamaha and he is looking forward to making some great music together with them.
Byron “Mr Talkbox” Chambers “Ground Zero”
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