This week we covered some of the best of Philly, and in our opinion, and as it turns out, the voters of Philly’s best this week share the same opinion, the Electric Factory is one of the best venues in Philly. What exactly is your job at the factory?
“I am the Production Manager for the Electric Factory responsible for all aspects that pertain to production of an event at the club. My overall goal is to make sure a show runs as smooth as possible and that all involved, from the artist to the patron, have a great, safe experience at the Electric Factory.”
What do you think makes the factory such a great place to see a band? What sets it apart from other venues in the city?
“The Electric Factory is an old school rock club. This version was built on the reputation of the original that hosted some of the classics of rock and roll before they were classics. It has been the stepping stone for numerous acts over the last 20 years, as well as acts that are on their way to being classics. It won’t be mistaken for a theatre or a convention hall. It is not one of the cookie cutter Walmart of music venues.”
What challenges do venues, the Factory in particular, face today?
“The basic challenge is to give the people what they want and to try to stay in business doing so. There are a lot of costs that go into putting on a concert and they are still there whether you sell out the show or only sell 1 ticket. At this time, we are back to being a small local promoter in a city that now has 5 or 6 promoters. We need to maximize the opportunities to present great acts at great prices and capitalize on revenue streams that will keep us in business and ticket prices low enough for the patron.”
Mentioning the challenge of a smaller budget than some larger promoters may have,do you think some old school bands out there would still play the factory because of its combined years of rich history?
“In most situations, money talks, but there are some in the music industry that still appreciate the relationships that have built up over the years. There are also acts that refuse to play for the corporate giants so we have that on our side as well.”
What was your favorite show to put on there?
“That’s a tough question. I have done over a 1000 shows at the Factory to narrow it down to one favorite would be impossible. I would say my favorite show is the next one coming up because that means we are still producing shows and I am still getting paid doing what I love to do.”
Is there a band you’d love to see come back to play or even one that hasn’t played before?
“I would love to see Govt Mule come back to the Factory.”
Anything exciting coming up that you’d like people to know about?
“October marks the 20th anniversary of the opening of the Electric Factory. Not many clubs have been able to stay open for that long. We have upgraded our sound and lighting system and are improving on every aspect that we can to celebrate our 20 years of being the biggest best rock club in Philly.”
Are you doing anything special for the 20th anniversary?
“We intend to do multiple things throughout the year to celebrate 20 years of success. There will be a press conference on September 16th outlining some of our plans.”