Russ Gaines

Russ Gaines

Overland Park, Kansas, United States
Member since July 24, 2008
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1992 The University of Missouri-Columbia , BA , Anthropology

I am a(n):


If you're an entrepreneur or corporate innovator, why?

I want to invent something cool.

My favorite startups:

I respect them all.

What's most frustrating and rewarding about entrepreneurship/innovation?

It's always a tough road but you own it (or a part of it), at the end!

What's the No. 1 mistake entrepreneurs/innovators make?

They Quit & Don't Follow Their (Original) Vision.

What are the top three lessons you've learned as an entrepreneur?

1) Never Quit, 2) Work with Great People and 3) Think BIG.

Full bio

Prior to having & during the development of the initial concept for TMN (as “The Music Maker Channel”), I have been actively involved in all areas of the music business, for my entire life. I have worked as an independent field sales representative for many well known product lines - such as Monster Cable, AKG, Digitech, Soundcraft, TC Electronic, Peavey Architectural Acoustics, ESP Guitars & Spector Basses. Also, I have owned & operated for 9+ years my own internet-based, specialty recording store (, have run a private recording studio in the Kansas City area, became a certified Pro Tools recording engineer, have been a guitarist from an early age and toured the Midwest USA extensively during the mid-90’s in two (2) alternative rock bands. In addition, I served as the Operations Manager & Technology Sales Consultant for the Mars Music superstore location in Olathe, KS & worked previously at a large ($3m+) independently-owned guitar store in Overland Park, KS (Guitar World). With these many music industry experiences, I have seen “every playbook” in the industry (wholesale/rep, chain/independent retail dealer, playing musician & consumer), as a whole. 

This broad combination of experience provides me with a unique perspective on how TMN can benefit the entire industry and give it an easily recognizable new brand and “focal point” to fuel its’ growth far into the future and into new consumer demographics.