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Meet Tavis Minner

Today we’d like to introduce you to Tavis Minner.

Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
I’ve been a music educator for twenty-five years. I’ve been a performer all my life, both nationally and internationally. Singing and playing the piano in the church as a boy.

I soon began a beautiful relationship with music. I began collecting vinyl at an early age during the 80s. When CDs came along, however, I threw away all of my vinyl. Within the past six years though, my love of vinyl has resurged. The nostalgic feeling of placing an album on the turntable and dropping the needle on it is a feeling like none other. The sound, still, is incredible.

While looking on YouTube for a way to clean my vinyl, I came across different people showing their vinyl collections. I was hooked just watching them all show what they had acquired. I said to myself, “I can do that.”

I began with a video of me showing my father’s favorite holiday album, “Merry Christmas” by Johnny Mathis. I shared that while my father was picking cotton as a little boy during the winter, he never truly felt like it was Christmas time until he heard the holiday music of Johnny Mathis on his little radio. His father was stern, but he allowed my dad to listen to the music and give him a break from the hard work.

Afterward, I continued to make videos and show my other records. I decided to also showcase vinyl gear unboxings, setups, and turntable reviews. I began to acquire lots of followers and sponsorships as companies wanted to send me vinyl products and review them on my youtube channel.

Additionally, on my Youtube channel, I’ve secured interviews with some of my favorite performers, such as Shirley Jones of “The Jones Girls” and more. I’ve made some awesome friendships and have received tons of VCLT (vinyl community loves train). This occurs when others send you free vinyl without any expectations of you sending them back anything.

The vinyl community, as we call it on youtube, is a great community of diverse music lovers and vinyl enthusiasts of all music categories. I’m glad to be a part of such a loving place.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
Actually, it’s been a fun road. I try to make sure that I make videos when I want to. I never want it to be a chore. If that ever happens, I’ll stop.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I have been known as an award-winning music educator and performer.

I had the wonderful opportunity to have my own music tours in Eastern Europe for two years. Traveling and performing my own music with diverse musicians is a complete joy. Many of those performances are on my youtube channel.

I’m most proud of my decision to become a musician and an educator. Although I’ve moved on to pursue other performance and job opportunities, my earlier decisions to pursue music education will always be in my heart.

Do you have any advice for those looking to network or find a mentor?
I’ve always heard, “When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.” In my life, the best mentors came to me when I wasn’t really expecting it.

All I know is that I had a deep desire, and that would draw the best and brightest people my way to help in any way that they could.

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