Atlanta, Georgia (PRWEB) April 29, 2015
At Technical Innovation, its no secret their focus is on providing clients with the best-in-class video-centric communication solutions. They achieve this by making sure their system designers are experts in everything from streaming video and on-demand rich media, to collaborative video conferencing, HDTV, and digital archiving and retrieval.
Not surprisingly, they also make sure their leadership team are industry pros, and they’re proud to introduce one today: Michael Wright.
Michael is responsible for sales, marketing, engineering and field operations. He is also directly involved in all strategic planning and maintains responsibility for any high-profile projects. Prior to joining TI in 1999, Michael held management and sales positions at Quantel and Sony.
So, in honor of International Guitar Month, Michael, an avid collector with an enviable guitar & bass collection, sits down to share the roots of his love of music – a little better.
Technical Innovation (TI): Tell us a little bit about Michael Wright.
Michael Wright (MW): Well, I was born in Muscle Shoals, Alabama in the mid-1960s – a pretty great time in that part of the world when it comes to musichome of Muscle Shoals Sound, where legends like Wilson Pickett, and Aretha Franklin came to play and record. Once word got out, then other greats came to tap into the local magic artists like Bob Dylan, Paul Simon and Bob Seger.
I grew up with music. I always loved playing and listening to it, and its carried over into my life in a huge way, influencing my work and igniting a passion for collecting guitars.
My wife of 26 years, Sherri, and I are the proud parents of 4 sons. Three of my sons are serious musicians: a drummer, a guitarist and a bass player. My oldest didn’t play but, instead, followed my passion for worship and became a pastor.
TI: When did you first fall in love with music?
MW: I guess I was heavily influenced not only by my environment, but also by my father. He worked at Sony, and I was exposed to the recording studio as well as the technical side of music creation. I had my own studio at 10 years old! (Laughs) Some kids are into sports, I was definitely into music. I used to hide in there, trying to slow down records, experimenting with the sound at different speeds, and trying to learn to riff to my favorite songs and artists. I was really influenced by Keith Richards as a guitar player. As a songwriter, James Taylors catalog was my classroom. But most significant for me was surely Paul McCartney. His singularly unique bass playing style has carried over into everything I do.
TI: Was it always the guitar? Did you have any other instruments you loved to play?
MW: Actually, I started out as a drummer! I think I drove my parents crazy playing those drums in my bedroom. But when I was 13, I discovered the guitar. That was it! I taught myself how to play. I toyed with drums, bass, piano – but the guitar was pretty tough. I definitely wasn’t a natural. I was in bands, but never as the guitarist. I was the drummer, then the bass player. Finally, when I was around 17 I finally became an official guitar player – seems funny to think about it now. I think I had to grow up a bit before I could really grasp the intricacies of the guitar, plus, I spent a lot of years on a four sting bass, so.
TI: How did you wind up in the technology integration space?
MW: After high school, I was presented with the opportunity to hit the road with a band. A classic teenager whod grown-up around the television industry and the music of Muscle Shoals, I was faced with the decision of traveling with a band or going to business school. What would you have done? (Laughs) Well, I didn’t. I opted out of the band and went to business school – Kennesaw State University. Not much of a rebel I guess (smiling), but I did get to blend my love of business with my love of music!
Straight out of school I ended up following my dads footsteps at Sony, in consumer electronics and then later in broadcast. Thats how I ended up at Quantel, a high-end manufacturer of broadcast equipment. In 1999, Sonny Davis, an icon in our industry, reached out to me with an invitation to join and eventually lead what would become Technical Innovations Broadcast Solutions Group. I’ve been here ever since!
TI: Did music and guitar influence your decision to go into this business?
MW: My passion for the transformative power of music has always had a big influence in my work at Technical Innovation. The launch of Blue Hat Design, a business group focused on providing presentation, performance and broadcast solutions to faith-based organizations, was an opportunity to merge that passion with my knowledge of system integration.
TI: I understand you are weaving your enthusiasm of guitar and your desire to help bring engaging worship experiences to organizations outside the traditional church setting by offering some type of portable solution. Can you tell me about that?
MW: Definitely. A big trend in the industry today is the multi-campus church – take 12Stone