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Windy Weekend Full Of Shows!

Posted: February 28, 2013 in February 2013

Sorry for not having a Spotlight Of The Week for this week, I’ve been super busy gearing up for this weekend. I recently got hired on by CookieCutter Magazine to be part of the East Coast photography team. EXTREMELY EXCITED!!! But…my first show as such will be this weekend. There will be 3 shows covered by the magazine that are all going on this weekend. I will be attending the 3rd Annual Gathering Show in Williamston, South Carolina. So, I will try my best to get 2 spotlights this next week for those who have been following that thread. Everyone who will be on the road traveling to any of the 4-5 shows taking place, please be safe! Looking forward to seeing tons of great cars, trucks, and project vehicles!
Until next time!





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Week 4 takes us to Maysville, Georgia, home of Kyle Roberts. I took a little time to catch up with him on a few topics. With work, school, and day to day life, it’s hard to find time to do what you love, but Kyle manages to do exactly that.

Who has been the biggest inspiration for you in the audio hobby?

It’s not just one person really, it’s the whole basshead community that got me in this sport. I remember my first show about 5 years ago and I just showed up not knowing anyone at the show or anything about the sport. Everyone there was very willing to answer questions I had and give me tips when I needed them. If the community hadn’t been so willing to help me I probably wouldn’t be answering these questions today.

Do people ever call you crazy for the amount of time and money you spend on audio equipment?

My parents absolutely hate the amount of time and money I spend, especially since I’m a broke college student. But my friends and Co-workers actually help out with installs when I need them to so they’re pretty supportive about it.

Show season is about to start, what is the one show you are looking forward to the most this year?

Stuntfest by far. I’ve put a lot of time and sweat into this setup and I can’t wait to show it off at a huge venue like that.

Do you think it’s harder to be considered a competitor being from the country?

Not really, I mean loud is loud no matter where we are from.

Is it hard for you to juggle work, school, and finding time to actually enjoy what you do?

Absolutely. Luckily I have a job where I can find time on the clock to work on my setup and my Co-workers enjoy helping me when they can. The down side of that job is I have to work Saturdays when most shows happen and I can’t trade days off because of school.

What is one piece advice you would want up and coming bassheads to know?

Listen!!! Most of these guys have been there and had the same problems you have so when they tell you something or show you a trick, pay attention, it could save time and headaches later.

There you have it. I’m finding a pattern that the best advice that can be given would be to listen to those around you. In any application in life, there is always going to be someone who has gone before you and can help you through whatever trials you may have. Until next week!


Getting psyched up for the 3rd annual Gathering in Williamston, South Carolina. It’s only 1 1/2 weeks away and I can’t wait! If you’re going to be in the Anderson or northeast Georgia area weekend of March 2nd and 3rd you CANNOT miss this show! Head on over to their facebook page to check out all the details on entry and spectator fees. And you can be sure you will be seeing me there.


Third week of Project Spotlight. This has been one of the more challenging projects I’ve worked on. Figuring out who to talk to and what to talk about has been the harder parts. Finding out interesting tidbits about the people around me and why they enjoy the hobby so much makes it all worth while. Today’s feature is one of my good friends that I’ve spent countless hours discussing the custom car world that we all live in. Here’s what long time competitor Josh Carpenter from Dillard, Georgia had to say.

What (or who) has been the biggest impact on you getting into custom cars and audio?

I grew up around cars and grew up racing karts / cars which of course sparked my interest in custom cars when I was 15 and got my first car.. My uncle had a Foxbody Mustang at the time with a Rockford system and was the first system I had ever truly listened to and I knew I wanted something similar so I jumped right in with a Audiobahn prefab box and amp. First show I ever attended had a USACI sound comp. which at the time I didn’t know there was such a thing. I metered for fun and ended up getting 2nd place with my prefab 10″ Audiobahn that no-body could believe that was all I had. From then I have been hooked.

Do you think it’s harder to be in both aspects (show and sound) than it is to be in just one?

It’s definitely harder to do both. For one the cost involved in keeping up with both show and sound is costly and the entry fees can rack up quicker when doing both. Also like in my case the rules get skewed out of favor like when “battery must be in factory location” but factory location doesn’t work on a bagged vehicle. There are sacrifices that have to be made though and have to decide which is more important and which can be put on the back burner.

Do you ever feel like you have to choose one or the other to please other people?

At times I feel like that especially after a show that has show only or sound only but at the end of the day I try to remember I’m building it for me to enjoy.

Do you think the older generation has problems accepting the younger competitors at shows?

The older generation seems to think that the music and burps are just a bunch of young punks that have nothing better to do.. In fact the last show I went to that had sound and show a couple of older guys were knocking my truck and made comments about how young kids do that when they looked inside and seen my batteries and amps… So they definitely discriminate against us sound guys.

What has been the best car show you have attended?

My favorite show I attended so far was the old NOPI Nationals back when they were at the speedway.. But since they are no longer (at least not the way they were then) then my favorite current show would have to be Spring Break Nationals.. Great location, great atmosphere and of course the best sound cars and some awesome demo / show cars on the show floor.

What is the one best piece of advice you have been given about the car show scene?

Well I have learned a lot since I started and have received some good advice but actually one my the biggest things I have learned is that there is always some who is louder, someone with more money and someone who is always willing to knock you down a peg or two.. I will admit I used to be cocky about it and a good friend at a show ended up setting me straight on a few things… In short I got beat by an SQ car in a SPL competition and I learned a huge lesson that day.. I am thankful for it and he knows who he is…


I hope these articles are able to give people a new outlook on how those that are in the audio and custom car hobby actually are. There is nothing that these people wouldn’t do for their friends when in need.

Showing the love for friends and love for the hobby on valentine’s day! Have a great day everyone!

2nd installment of Project Spotlight takes us to the small town of Hiawassee, Georgia. Hiawassee is the hometown of this week’s feature, Zach Taylor.

When did you first get interested in car audio?

Jeez, it probably first sparked my interest when I was in middle school. I always thought it was cool hearing the high school kids in the parking lot with their setups blasting. I’ve been hooked ever since.

Do you think people that specialize in audio are looked down upon at car shows?

Of course, and it sucks! We get a bad wrap, mainly because of a small percentage of the community who doesn’t know how to be respectful. It’s sad that a community that pretty much any member of would give the shirt off his back to help another gets looked down upon the way it does.

Do you think being on an audio team gives you an advantage in competition?

Any time you can be around a group of people interested in the same hobby there is an opportunity to learn something. Car audio is a game where there is ALWAYS something to learn. Gives those less experienced a chance to learn from those who have been around, and a helping hand is never a bad thing if an issue arises!

If there was one thing you could change about how the world views the hobby, what would it be?

I’d like for everyone to actually be able to see the community for what it is, a group of people who would do anything for one another. A group who will help out in any way possible. Not just a bunch of punks who disturb everyone at red lights.

Do you think it’s important to try to help steer the “next generation” of bassheads towards the right products or do you think they should figure out what is right or wrong on their own?

I think it’s important to help when you can. I personally don’t like to push my opinions on equipment on others as everyone is allowed to like/run whatever they like. I do however enjoy sharing the knowledge I’ve picked up over the years to help steer them in the right direction in the hobby in general. It’s important because they are the future of this hobby.

How has social media like Facebook and car audio forums helped you in your own builds?

I think in a way it’s helped, and in a way it’s hindered. I almost miss the days when everything was more secretive. You didn’t know what changes might have been made until you pull up at a show. Made you always have to stay on your toes. Also seemed back before the forums/Facebook, that there was a lot less nonsense and pointless drama popping up. On the other hand, the amount of knowledge that can be shared now can make the difference from someone being happy with their Sony Xplods and Legacy amps to someone becoming a big time member in the audio community. It helps spread the knowledge and word of the hobby to people who otherwise might not realize any of it. If I had to lean a direction on whether it helped or hindered more, I would definitely say it helped more. I know that I myself have learned a good bit from reading the forums/groups/etc and I’ve seen several people learn and their builds grow.

Do you have any words of wisdom for those reading?

Never be afraid to ask questions. A question not asked is a question not answered. Never be too proud to ask for advice, and sometimes it’s better to sit back and listen. I know those would have helped me tremendously along the way!


And there you have it. Hearing is not the same as listening. Allowing is not the same as acceptance and understanding. There is a bigger family in this hobby than anyone could imagine, and I, for one, am glad to be a part of it. No matter how small.
Until next time…