Who Are We?
“Our Humble Host”
A San Diego native, Kevin went East to attended Belmont University in Nashville, TN where he studied Music and Music Business. After college, he joined the Atlanta based band Smalltown Poets who later signed a recording contract with a label under the EMI umbrella. Their self titled debut album received critical acclaim selling 200,000 copies and landing the guys with a Grammy nomination(See if you can spot him in this music video!). Now a resident in the Portland area, Kevin is currently a songwriter and collaborator in a brand new indie project called Hello Morning. On top of the CD Baby podcasts, Kevin also places music in film and TV and has had placements in national ads, major studio films, and on network TV.
Sometimes known as “Robert” in early episodes of the show (in order to avoid confusion with the other Chris), Chris now goes by “The Bolt.” The Bolt handles search marketing for the CD Baby brands. He runs his own search marketing blog, www.intuitivesearchmarketing.com and he’s proud inventor of the social media tool, www.niftybuttons.com. Chris is the DIY podcast’s post-production expert and is responsible for much of the music and creative transitions in the show. He has been participating in the west coast indie music scene since he was a teen. He’s lead a number of indie rock and folk bands, and released a successful indie album on the Bay Area’s TURN Records.
His current, ever-evolving, project is called Nervous And The Kid.
After years playing Jazz guitar and studying music theory and composition at the University of Richmond, Chris did the sensible thing. He started writing pop songs. He has released 4 critically lauded albums both as a solo artist and fronting the agitprop-prog-pop group THE SORT OFs. Chris frequently tours with his “solo” band, Chris Robley & the Fear of Heights, an indie-pop orchestra 4-14 members strong. He frequently lends his talents as a multi-instrumentalist to other Portland acts such as Norfolk & Western, the Rachel Taylor Brown Band, and The Imprints, as well as doing session work and producing albums by other artists. He works at CD Baby as an editor and occasionally lends his voice and opinions to the DIY Musician Podcast.