by Nick Spacek
What You Do For Money Honey takes us beyond the music and into the cubicles, behind the desks, and on top of what local musicians do to pay the bills.
Eric Melin has been the drummer for quite a few notable local pop rock outfits, all of whom have made a major impact on the scene: Truck Stop Love, Ultimate Fakebook, and now the Dead Girls. In addition, his movie reviews are found on Scene-Stealers, as well as in the Lawrence Journal-World.
You've many irons in the fire: the Dead Girls, Scene-Stealers, "Mean" Melin airaoke...how do you pay the bills, sir?
Well, I didn't learn how to be a social media guru just by blogging about movies and my band. I am actually the communications guy for Spiral16. We are a tech firm based out of Overland Park that offers companies a web-based platform to listen, measure, and visualize their brand's online presence. If you want to find out who's talking about you online and what they're saying, we can help. The software scours the Internet and spits out all this crazy useful information in charts and graphs and 3D visual maps so you can see how everything people are saying on the Web is connected. Once you know who's saying what, you can start engaging them and doing crisis management, customer service, or whatever. It's pretty awesome.
You can hear Melin tomorrow on Kansas Public Radio during Morning Edition as he discusses this year's Academy Awards with Laura Lorson.