We had the good fortune of connecting with Charles Alloway and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Charles, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
I had always had a deep love and respect for the power of music. Even though Hard Rock and Heavy Metal are my genres of choice, all genres of music are equally important. I spent the better part of 20 years behind a drum kit. I have been in several bands that basically went nowhere. It was not because our music was subpar, we didn’t know how to market ourselves. Since I have not been able to be behind a drum kit for 7 years now, I wanted to do what I could to help the Independent and Underground bands gain as much traction and exposure as possible. With that, The Mind of Little Rage podcast was born. I have gained the understanding that all bands, no matter how big or small, start off as an Independent/Underground band. If I can be a small part of a band or group of musicians reach their goals, that is reward enough for me. I am not sure if this can be called a “business”. I have made very little in revenue. That is ok. I have merch that I would up giving away to those who wanted it. I have no meaningful sponsors. Still, this is all ok, because this is a true labor or love. I love and respect every guest and band I have been blessed to feature on the podcast. The bands make the podcast what it is, I am just the moderator.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I am a drummer by choice. I come from a long line of musicians. My grandfather and uncles are all musicians. There was always a love of music. It started with my Granny, Dorothy. She would always play George Jones and Elvis records. She was the first person to instill a love of music in my life. The same could be said for my mother. She also has a deep love of music, and it is part of my DNA. I have spent 20 years playing drums in various bands. Behind a drum kit is where I am at my most comfortable. Being in different bands, I have learned what it takes to make that dynamic work. Being in a band is just like being in a marriage. There is give and take, compromise, and dedication. Without those fundamentals, no band will survive. It is the support of your bandmates that will determine your success, Being a lover of music, both as a listener and a musician, I have learned that music can be a very powerful force. It can be healing, it can also let an individual release the stresses of life in a positive and healthy way. With the podcast, I want the world to take notice of the spirit of Independent music. Learn that just because these bands are not on mainstream radio, they are just as good, if not superior, as the songs we hear on terrestrial radio.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
In a world post-Covid 19, I would take my best friend to see many of the amazing live music venues that Houston, Texas has to offer. The first place would be The Acadia Bar. Amazing sound and lights, An atmosphere that is second to none. We would also go to BFE Rock Club, Warehouse Live, and and Hard Rock Cafe. We would try to see as many live shows as we could squeeze into the time we had available. Of course there would be a trip to Galveston and a trip home to the beaches of Brazoria County. When you get a chance to go home and see your friends and family, you don’t pass it up.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
There has been a lot of people who have contributed to the success of the podcast. I have to say that from the very beginning there have been there when I needed them. First is Donny Phillips, bassist for the band Letters of Transit. We have been as close as brothers since 7th grade. Donny is the person I can bounce ideas off of and he will give me honest answers. He also is not afraid to tell me if something is not good. I appreciate that more than I could ever express. Secondly, Wes Thurman. Wes is the man who created the logo for the podcast. It is a perfect representation of my personality. Wes has also been someone who was, and still is, very instrumental in my life. We were in a band together and have been friends for the majority of our lives. Both of them are my brothers. Next is Yvonne Loveland of Voodoo Queen Management. She reached out to me early on and was instrumental in getting many of my first interviews set up for the show. She has been a steadfast supporter of this podcast and I consider her a close confidant. Lastly, every band and musician I have had on the show. Without them, this podcast would not be as successful as it has become. The musicians are the lifeblood of this show. I can never repay them for what they have brought to the podcast and to my life,