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Getting a Head Start in the Music Business

South Carolina Business Review
SC Public Radio

Our next guest is a recording artist, producer, entrepreneur, and hip-hop activist. As a musician, he has opened for national acts, including Notorious B.I.G., Snoop Dogg, and Lauryn Hill. And ten years ago he partnered with the Jam Room’s Jay Matheson in Columbia, SC to open a hip-hop centric recording studio and eventually began teaching music business classes at Jay’s Midlands Audio Institute.

Mike Switzer interviews FatRat Da Czar, co-founder and manager of The Boom Room Recording Studio in Columbia, SC.

After almost 20 years, Mike Switzer retired from Wells Fargo Securities in 2001 as Senior Vice President/Investment Officer and Certified Portfolio Manager. In 1999, he and his wife, Maggie, purchased and operated for eight years the Baskin Robbins ice cream store on Forest Drive in Columbia. They grew the store from a bottom-tier operation in the Baskin Robbins franchise system to one in the top 5% nationwide within three years, tripling sales along the way. While operating the ice cream store, Mike and Maggie received patents for a portable ice cream sink and fold-down sneezeguard they invented and in 2002 started Magnolia Carts, an ice cream cart manufacturing company, which they sold in 2013.