Monique Powell Of Save Ferris On Taking Control Of Her Band’s Business Amidst Music Industry Upheaval

HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA – APRIL 29: Monique Powell of the band Save Ferris performs at the Back to the … [+] Beach Festival at Huntington State Beach on April 29, 2018 in Huntington Beach, California. (Photo by Harmony Gerber/Getty Images)Getty ImagesIn 2003, following the release of two studio albums via major label Epic, third wave…

Monique Powell Of Save Ferris On Taking Control Of Her Band’s Business Amidst Music Industry Upheaval

HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA – APRIL 29: Monique Powell of the band Save Ferris performs at the Back to the … [+] Beach Festival at Huntington State Beach on April 29, 2018 in Huntington Beach, California. (Photo by Harmony Gerber/Getty Images)Getty ImagesIn 2003, following the release of two studio albums via major label Epic, third wave Orange County, California ska act Save Ferris called it a day.Following neck and spinal chord issues and radical surgery, frontwoman Monique Powell relaunched the group ten years later. The comeback fulfilled a promise to her father, who passed away shortly after the release of the 2017 Save Ferris comeback EP Checkered Past.During the ten year layoff, the music industry underwent massive upheaval in the internet era. Following lawsuits with former band members, Powell took ownership of her group, reemerging in a vastly different landscape with a keen eye on the business side and more creative control than ever before.“I get to make all of the decisions now. Because I own the band. There’s no one telling me, creatively, what direction I have to go. I’m not on a label. I’m my own label. I’m my own boss. I’m my own designer,” Powell told Forbes. “Don’t get me wrong, it takes a village. My husband designs all of my shirts and he does all the merch. I have great management. I have amazing booking agents. So I’m lucky – but I also get to choose now what’s right for me and what’s right for the band and what’s right for our stage performance. It’s very fulfilling in that I finally get to express this side of myself.”I spoke with Monique Powell backstage at Riot Fest in Chicago about adjusting to a quickly changing music industry, her music and her art and what the future holds for Save Ferris. A lightly edited transcript of our conversation follows below.So the band went away initially in 2003 right as the music industry was starting to undergo pretty massive change. What was it like bringing Save Ferris back in 2013 and being introduced to such a radically different business model? Monique Powell: You are so correct. So much changed in ten years. I feel like the seal had been broken on the time capsule and someone let me out. Because it was such a huge learning curve. I had to learn how to do stuff really quick. And I made a lot of mistakes. I didn’t know what I was doing. No one wanted to manage me at the time. They were like, “You’re too old and you’re not r
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