Dotted Music isn’t the same old agency that claims to be the best. In fact, that’s not even what we strive for. What we strive for is an honest connection – a connection to the artists we work with and the art that they’re creating. We know that you have a passion and lust for what you’re doing and we want to help the world realize it just as much as you do. And we get it, because we here at Dotted Music are also artists. Consisting of a team of musicians, marketers, graphic designers, videographers and photographers, we have the knowledge and expertise to make your brand stand out. We believe in the artists we work with and we do absolutely everything in our power to ensure your voice is heard in this digital age.
With a blog that features posts by leading industry professionals, musicians, and even university lecturers, Dotted Music is at the forefront of the music industry conversation. Although web presence isn’t just textual. The launch of our Stand Above The Noise video interview series sees some of the leading music biz professionals enter the picture.
Maybe you aren’t quite ready to utilize our services but are still searching for more knowledge than our blog and videos have to offer. No need to weep and feel hopeless at this point… we have recently launched our extensive educational platform called We Spin. This service allows for you to really get into our minds and learn everything (truly, everything) you would need to know to launch yourself into the next steps of your career. You can trust the Dotted Music team to share our know-how with you.
So, feel free to read our bios below to get to know us better and search around the site for services we offer. You could even email, call or Skype us to connect directly. We truly do want to connect with you and hear all about your artistic creations and pursuits.
This is a personal invitation to join us. Let us connect the music industry dots for you.
Andrew Apanov | Founder, CEO
Musician's Web Keeper
Deriving his verve for life and the music industry from the strong sea air of the Baltic, Andrew’s experience far supersedes the days of his childhood when his primary involvement in music was a talent for the accordion. Until 2012, Andrew spent eight years as the Editor and then Editor-in-Chief of Ultimate-Guitar.com, the world’s largest guitar website. His experiences had taken him from working with all four (at the time) major labels and Slash’s team, to the production of chart-topping mobile music apps.
During the same time, Andrew graduated from Kaliningrad’s Technical University where he also co-organised several dozen electronic music events (and DJed at all of them), bringing and playing on the same stage with most of his favorite drum & bass artists within a five years period. He was also a radio host at both an internet and local pirate FM radio station, then a band manager and marketing instructor at his friend’s music academy.
Opening the Dotted Music blog in 2009 changed Andrew’s priorities for good, and now he dedicates 100% of himself to helping musicians be heard (online, particularly). Besides working on the blog and the agency, in 2013 he launched an educational platform and community for electronic artists called We Spin, as well as Stand Above The Noise – a video series for indie musicians, directed by his wife Katya. Not limiting himself to the music world, Andrew is mastering the art of Instagramming his cat Hank and exploring craft breweries in Poland, where he moved to last year.
Justin Ellenson | PR & Marketing Manager
Hailing from the prairies of the Midwestern United States, to the idyllic Northeast seaside, and now settling into the lush landscaped Pacific Northwest, Justin is an all-around music aficionado. After hearing how terrible he was on clarinet at 11 years old, his folks bought him his first drum set and he’s never looked back.
A lifelong musician and lover of the arts, he brings his knowledge and expertise to represent the musical arts worldwide. Music isn’t just a job for Justin, but a lifestyle that is lived with every grain in the body, soul and mind.
When he’s not working for Dotted Music, he finds time to play percussion in the Seattle-based folk-pop band The Horde and the Harem. He also enjoys riding his Surly, crafting home-made Margherita pizzas and continually searching for the perfect IPA.
Frederic Sahyouni | COO
Up On The Road
Fred comes to Dotted Music with more expertise in the business world than the rest of the team combined. Holding a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing and years of experience as the CFO of a gold mining exploration, there is nothing that this whiz can’t handle. His management of financial and marketing aspects is what keeps this company afloat.
After living his whole life in Montreal, Canada he has recently taken a leap and decided to journey the world while working from the road. His travels have brought him to China, Nepal, Thailand, New Zealand, and many more. These travels are offering us something special as he is able to write about the experience living in different cultures and share them with the Dotted Music readers. Follow Fred’s personal travel blog, Up On The Road (link below), and become as envious as us that we can’t join him on his travels.
In his spare time, Fred likes to think that he was a Beat poet in a past life, attending jazz performances in small New York and San Francisco bars in the 50s.
Victor Marak | CEO Assistant
Victor SR Marak is a security researcher, electronic musician and backpack traveler. He likes to make and break software, and was into music production prior to joining the Anti-Virus industry. Victor plays the piano and loves composing music of all genres.
His debut EP “My Never Ending Wish” under moniker Emotion Coder was an exclusive release at Beatport in late 2012. He loves being an apprentice in music business and marketing with Dotted Music. Victor also loves cats :)
Leonid ‘lgcl’ Udovenko | Graphic Designer
Less Words, More Action
Our graphic designer doesn’t like talking about himself, at all. And we are more than fine with his modesty, as his work truly speaks for itself. More than just a brilliant graphic designer and typography fanatic, Leonid is also a professional graffiti artist.
Anastasia ‘Lin’ Komleva | Web Designer
Photography & Design
Anastasia is the designer and developer behind Dotted Music’s web presence and numerous clients’ projects. A web and flash designer and developer by trade, Anastasia is also a photographer in her spare time.