We caught up with Brian Barber to see how he has been doing since we talked to him last. Looks like things have been going well for the team!

What have you been up to?

I’ve been working hard in the studio every chance that I get. Since I linked up with MouseQuake and James Kline (of Banger Boy Studio in Arlington, TX), it’s been non-stop work. Currently, I’m working on four different projects.

What events/music/products have you been promoting?Brian Barber

I’ve been mostly promoting the music being produced and the services offered by both Sound Mentality and Banger Boy Studios. The most recent event that I have coming up would be the “2013 A3C Festival ‘Pro-Audio Experience’ with iStandard Producers Showcase @ SAE Institute in Atlanta, GA on October 3,2013.” I am blessed to be the featured producer for winning the 2012 A3C Festival iStandard Producers Showcase held in Atlanta, GA as well.

How has your business developed since the last time we caught up with you?

The business has definitely developed into a solid entity. We’ve been blessed to have the right people to come in at the right time so that business will run fluidly.

What do you have planned in the coming months?

In the coming months, we have a few more showcases coming up and of course, even more projects and opportunities to take advantage of. Candace Manns from CManns Management, LLC continues to have me on a tight schedule which helps me to stay consistence and hungry!

What future projects can we look forward to?

Be on the lookout for, new projects coming from Dallas-native, C’Thru and Wisconsin-native, Juq’o Vibe with features from DeeRick.

Social Networks:



FB: Brian Barber (Music Producer)

Vine: B. Barber of SMP

Visit the Sound Mentality Website HERE

Listen to Sound Mentality on SoundCloud

Banger Boy Studio

James Kline – Owner

Mouse Quake – Sound Engineer

FB: Banger Boy Studio – Arlington, TX 817-987-1104

Visit the Banger Boy Studio Website HERE

Candace Manns (Entertainment Manager)

C.Manns Management , LLC Entertainment Management Company

MANNS: (979) 209 – 4486



Business Spotlight: Above & Beyond Management, Pete Kolo

Above & Beyond Management (A&BM) is a management firm that specializes in artist development and promotion, offering an abundance of services all under one roof. Specializing in music, video, production, engineering, concerts, clothing, contracts, consulting, event coordination, DJ services and more, Above & Beyond is your one-stop entertainment company. Pete Kolo, Chief Operating Officer of A&BM tells FYI Houston more about himself and how you can get connected with the company here.

Kolo, a native of Lagos, Nigeria, has been in Houston for 18 years. During this time, he was able to find his passion for music and has been working to cultivate it ever since. Influenced by his family’s love for music, Kolo wrote his first song in 6th grade. He is also an extremely talented musician, fluent in piano, flute, drums, and saxophone. He combines all of his talents to reach one goal: Determined to be the best…and that determination sparked the birth of Above & Beyond Management. We must add that some of his entrepreneurial motivation came when he learned the value of money & wealth and its benefits.

Established in 2010 in Houston, A&BM has been making major strides since its inception. So far they have worked on numerous projects including commercial projects with 97.9 The Box radio station, and are also subcontracted with Universal Record Company. Their range spans from hip-hop and international pop albums to music videos, beats, mixing and mastering records, and event hosting. With its mission to revitalize the music industry with a new and refreshing sound, Above & Beyond Management aims to connect to fans through innovation and positivity.

-Coyo Alexander

Want to be a part of the A&BM team? They are looking for 2 talented and motivated interns NOW! Gain valuable experience in the industry and enhance your current abilities. Show them what you’ve got! #PVAMU #TSU #UH apply now!

Get connected with #TheAnBM:

Facebook: Above & Beyond Management
IG: PeteKolo
Twitter: @petegotbeats #TheAnBM
YouTube: TheAnBM

Business Spotlight:, Dominic DaBonus (A1HH) is the official go-to music media site for all things underground and mainstream. Want to broaden your audience? Connect with Dominic DaBonus and his team over at A1HH and they will definitely put you in the mix.

Dominic established the site in 2009 along with his business partner, with visions of creating a hub where all of Houston’s music could be showcased and appreciated. With Dominic being an artist at heart, he has a special affection for those following their dreams and grinding to get their music heard. He tells us, “I do it for artists that want to be heard with a spin for the exclusive. “ The team at A1HH pride themselves on their ‘gumbo pot’ method of showcasing music, expressing that the most unique aspect of their business is “That there are no politics. We have everything. We can go from the [darkest] underground artist to the most popping red carpet celebrity. We have been doing that from the start. Most sites can’t do that. People on [our] team are artists at heart so they see their work as art. Not like your average blogger or reporter.”

The site was originally known as, and catered to the ‘hipster’ or ‘constant rapper’. Once the new slang ‘A1’ gained popularity in Houston, Dominic changed the website’s name to fit. The idea was ingenious he claims, because the term can so easily be applied to music. The term ‘A1’ means “official”, so when the music is of great quality, it’s considered “A1”. This also allowed the site to broaden its base and expand to all types of music—as long as it’s official.

So if you have the kind of music that deserves to be presented to the public, Dominic and A1HipHop will take care of you. He and his team enjoy helping underground artists shine, as well as keep you informed on the latest news and trends in the industry. A1HipHop has big plans to expand in the near future, so get in the mix now!

-Coyo Alexander

Follow him on twitter @dabonus

Business Spotlight: Verticality Pole Fitness

“My students motivate me—I want to bring them the best class I can possibly provide.” –Christine Spiro, Owner, Verticality Pole Fitness

Nestled comfortably in the quiet and conservative River Oaks area of Houston, TX, lies an extravagant dance and fitness studio unlike the traditional ones familiar to the neighborhood. Welcome to Verticality Pole Fitness, an innovative dance studio that offers pole dancing fitness classes that combine elements of dance, gymnastics, strength and flexibility into a fun and empowering workout as way to get fit and stay in shape.

Founder, Christine Spiro began her journey with a vision to design a workout that women (and men—yes, men) of all ages could enjoy and continue long term. Six years ago, Christine struggled with motivation during her mundane workout routine and found it difficult to remain consistent. She had heard about pole dancing, and decided to give it a try. Christine exclaims, “It was the most challenging—and fun—workout I had ever done, and I still love it today!” The rest is history. Christine opened the doors to Verticality Pole Fitness in June 2011.

While you may be thinking of exotic dancing while imagining pole dancing, understand that pole dancing is an art that has been proven as a great way to condition, tone the core and lower body, as well as stretch the muscles. The best thing is that you won’t notice you’re working out! Christine strives to design classes that are focused on having fun and building confidence, all while getting in shape. You will also appreciate the personal attention you will receive in the small classes. Spiro is dedicated to providing customers with the best experience possible. She explains, “I want to grow by satisfying the needs of our current customers. My biggest challenge is putting together a class each week that pleases our customers. I want to offer a class that is fun, challenging, and safe; which can be quite a balancing act.”

If you’re not ready for pole dancing just yet, don’t fret. Verticality Pole Fitness also offers chair and belly dance classes if those are more your speed. They also offer private lessons, as well as private parties for those who want to celebrate a special occasion, or just get a group of friends together for a fun night out. Whatever experience you’re looking for, Christine Spiro at Verticality Pole Fitness has got you covered.

-Coyo Alexander
Facebook verticality pole fitness
Twitter @verticalityfit
Youtube channel: verticality fit


Shatoia Nicole was born a fashionista, and has always dreamed of owning her own retail store or boutique one day. But she never expected to be an owner at 24 years of age. After gaining valuable experience in the retail and fashion industry for over 5 years, she was finally able to launch Glam Luxe Accessories in June 2011, selling items via social networks. As Glam Luxe Accessories became more popular, Shatoia Nicole decided to add on new merchandise selections and changed the name to Luxe Moda. The rest is history.

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Beat Beast–Jarvis Kibble

“I’m just a fresh sound. I’m not trying to re-invent the wheel, just putting my twist on it.”


Jarvis ‘Beat Beast’ Kibble is a prime example of what can be accomplished no  matter where you come from or what your surroundings are. Born and raised in the Hiram Clarke neighborhood on the Southside of Houston, Texas, Jarvis’ works have transcended beyond his city and landed nationwide onto some of hip-hop’s most popular tracks. So far, Jarvis has produced music for artists such as Z-Ro,   J-Dawg, Rick Ross, Mos Def, Gillie da Kid, Big Sean, and Kanye West to name a few.

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