Mixmaster presents "100 Creatives," in which we feature cultural entrepreneurs of Dallas in random order.
Gavin Mulloy knows music, knows pretty much everyone in Dallas, and wants to put on some seriously good shows that get you out of your house, away from the TV and your favorite reality stars, and off of YouTube, because the best music happens live. Seriously. It does, and Mulloy, the Marketing Manager at Trees and the Bomb Factory, is well aware of that fact. But how did Mulloy go from concert poster-making artist to marketing maven? It's all in the timing, baby.
"Clint and Whitney Barlow took a chance on reopening Trees when Deep Ellum wasn't at its strongest and made a tentpole for the neighborhood. Last spring, I was kind of looking for work, and they were expanding...timing is everything but sometimes you have to nudge it." And Mulloy was just the person they needed to revitalize the venue since he has a knack for getting people to come to events and getting those events publicized.
"As a kid, I always had this dream...that I had an island and my friends and I were the only ones who got to go there. And it was like magic. That's what drives me to day. To make someone's night feel like they made it to that island. To make someone's night excellent. I always wanted to make my parties better, different, new..."
If you had to describe your aesthetic in five words, what would they be? Clean, Massive, Simple, Tomorrow, Yesterday
What in your daily life inspires you? My family. The people I work with coming up with a great idea. Doing stuff people haven't done before. People that have thrown parties and concerts in the past. And, mostly the local artists here.
What's your contribution to Dallas music scene? I play a mean air sax...I just try and make everything a bit better and make sure that people know about events they would enjoy. There's so much cool going on in this city and we should love it for that. I want every day to be like the Mavericks Championship Parade day. Also, to teach the kids starting out in this the mistakes I've made so they won't have to waste time making them and the world progresses. Shout out to my homies The Mike Mills, Sahrmann the Indian, Lil Baby Effaz, and The Big Red Bomber Tim Dyer.
What brought you to Dallas and what is keeping you here? I moved here freshman year of high school and my friends drove into Deep Ellum every weekend. I'm not really sure what kept me here because there's a lot of life I don't understand, but I'm glad it worked out this way. I love it here. I want to stay in Deep Ellum for the rest of my life. Oh, and the Libertine. I like that place.
What's your next big project? The Bomb Factory. 2713 Canton. Thebombfactory.com
What is something that you want Dallas to know about you/What is something that Dallas doesn't know about you? My grandma bought a Camaro and named it after me. I want to be like that kind of person when I grow up. I'm 37.
What's one music trend you want to see die this year? I really hate what people do to trends because all that happens is someone comes along and tries to bleed all the money out of it. A banjo is just craft beer, dub step is just a kale salad. Make trends, don't chase em.
A mystery producer offers you unlimited funds for life. What will you do with it? Book massive bands at the Bomb Factory. Oh, and buy the Dallas Cowboys. Move them back to Dallas.
100 Creatives: 100. Theater Mastermind Matt Posey 99. Comedy Queen Amanda Austin 98. Deep Ellum Enterpriser Brandon Castillo 97. Humanitarian Artist Willie Baronet 96. Funny Man Paul Varghese 95. Painting Provocateur Art Peña 94. Magic Man Trigg Watson 93. Enigmatic Musician George Quartz 92. Artistic Luminary Joshua King 91. Inventive Director Rene Moreno 90. Color Mavens Marianne Newsom and Sunny Sliger 89. Literary Lion Thea Temple 88. Movie Maestro Eric Steele 87. Storytelling Dynamo Nicole Stewart 86. Collaborative Artist Ryder Richards 85. Party Planning Print maker Raymond Butler 84. Avant-gardist Publisher Javier Valadez 83. Movie Nerd James Wallace 82. Artistic Tastemakers Elissa & Erin Stafford 81. Pioneering Arts Advocates Mark Lowry & Michael Warner 80. Imaginative Director Jeremy Bartel 79. Behind-the-Scenes Teacher Rachel Hull 78. Kaleidoscopic Artist Taylor "Effin" Cleveland 77. Filmmaker & Environmentalist Michael Cain 76. Music Activist Salim Nourallah 75. Underground Entrepreneur Daniel Yanez 74. Original Talent Celia Eberle 73. Comic Artist Aaron Aryanpur 72. Classical Thespian Raphael Parry 71. Dance Captain Valerie Shelton Tabor 70. Underground Culture Mainstay Karen X. Minzer 69. Effervescent Gallerist Brandy Michele Adams 68. Birthday Party Enthusiast Paige Chenault 67. Community Architect Monica Diodati 66. Intrepid Publisher Will Evans 65. Writerly Wit Noa Gavin 64. Maverick Artist Roberto Munguia 63. Fresh Perspective Kelsey Leigh Ervi 62. Virtuosic Violinist Nathan Olson 61. Open Classical's Dynamic Duo Mark Landson & Patricia Yakesch 60. Rising Talent Michelle Rawlings 59. Adventurous Filmmaker Toby Halbrooks 58. Man of Mystery Edward Ruiz 57. Inquisitive Sculptor Val Curry 56. Offbeat Intellect Thomas Riccio 55. Doers and Makers Shannon Driscoll & Kayli House Cusick 54. Performance Pioneer Katherine Owens 53. Experimental Filmmaker and Video Artist Mike Morris 52. Flowering Fashioner Lucy Dang 51. Insightful Artist Stephen Lapthisophon 50. Dallas Arts District 49. Farmer's Market Localvore Sarah Perry 48. Technological Painter John Pomara 47. Progressive Playmakers Christopher Carlos & Tina Parker 46. Purposive Chef Chad Houser 45. Absorbing Artist Jeff Gibbons 44. Artistic Integrator Erica Felicella 43. Multi-talented Director Tre Garrett 42. Anachronistic Musician Matt Tolentino 41. Emerging Veteran Actor Van Quattro 40. Festival Orchestrator Anna Sophia van Zweden 39. Literary Framer Karen Weiner