We are definitely proud of this one. We have had a feature article in the works for quite a while for Mr. Jack Waites. An incredible guy with a heart of gold & innumerous joy within him. He’s also the fearless leader of the First Ear Music Blog & Movement (which just started a little over a year ago & continues to hit milestone after milestone: most recently the incredible feat of 100,000 plays on their SoundCloud (the chillest sounds you can ever hear).
Their new radio mixes are becoming quite the hit (reaching 5k+ plays and beyond on many) & they do an unbelievably fantastic job of covering talented undiscovered artists that deserve to be put on the map. Giving them a chance to shine.
More important than anything, I’m sure he would agree is that he has created / attracted a community of like-minded big-hearted musical fanatics in the First Ear Staff (its own family I’d say) and inspiring the affiliate family (their fans and all the artists they’ve covered). This sense of community is what makes one feel a sense of accomplishment and joy. It personally feels good to be in the midst of and know such good people – I feel like they are my friends even though they are thousands of miles away. A friendly incredible staff. None of that “too good for you” attitude you see at some blogs.
We wish them success for the future to come. And if this was JUST the first year, then WHAT THE HECK is in store to come over the next year?!!?. Just simply wondrous to imagine.
Jack’s Birthday and Staff Thoughts from Kulv Reyatt & Katy Mills
Dedication to This Badass Leader.. Just being himself. A winner.
For Jack’s birthday I wanted to do something important and special (happy belated!) so I asked Kulv and Katy (fellow FE staff members) what they had to say about Jack that inspired them.
We’ve also had the fortune to exchange pleasantries with Kulv (happy belated to him as well). Great guy and big supporter we can’t thank enough!
Here are the words and enjoy the celebration mix at the very bottom of the post! Thank you to the team also for always showing love to ProU! We are rooting you all on here always and on this journey together !
Katy: (when I talked with her she was VERY passionate about her work with FE & the movement / being there from the beginning)
He’s a sound guy, very passionate about what he does and easy to work with. Open minded and full of love for the music
He’s a funny guy, been working with him from the very first month the blog started running, so I have a trust with him and I do a lot for FE. We hope to continue for a long time!
Myself: I look up to this guy and the family and community he’s created. Always reaching out and caring for others. It’s just simply infectious. You could fill up an entire essay on his character and the impact he will have/has on the world. Salute to him.
I could write a lot about this man and get gushy but I think y’all should just do FE a favor and hit play and enjoy the heck out of the 100K celebration mix cause that’s what he’d want!
Shouts also to Kimi and Mike of the FE staff! (We didn’t get a chance to ask everyone from the FE team). Keep it up all! Thanks for your influence to the world through your blog & of course your ears first!