When a passion for music and a love of the community come together, awesome things are created: meet Forest City Records’ Richard Gracious and Jamie Faye Ryan.
As a frontman for the band Mountain of Wolves, Richard’s passion for music led his drive to start his own record label. After joining forces with his long-time friend, Jamie, the pair created Forest City Records and haven’t looked back since.
We talked to them about how they made their creativity a reality. Here’s what they told us:
What inspired you to start your business or creative endeavour?
I saw a need in London for a support system for musicians that London lacked and wanted to fill it.
What is the biggest obstacle you’ve had to overcome?
Figuring out how to turn my idea into a money making business.
What is your most memorable moment?
Our business debut and seeing the support London had to offer.
What advice would you give to someone just starting out?
Take the chance, you will learn as you go!
Why did you decide to choose the location of London, Ontario for your business?
London is a relaxed atmosphere and is a comfortable place to live and do business.
What’s your favourite part of being a local business?
All the partners available and the community involved in running a business.