10 Questions with ... Dixie Tipton
November 10, 2015
BRIEF CAREER SYNOPSIS:
Intern at B96 Radio in Chicago. Assistant at JMA to eventually Head of HAC at JMA. Promoted throughout my 10+ years at Epic Records from the Midwest Regional to the Sr. Director of Rhythm to VP of Top 40. Started at Capitol as VP of Rhythm one year ago.
1. What was your first gig in the music business?
The summer between my Junior and Senior year of college I interned at B96 in Chicago for Todd Cavanaugh and Erik Bradley (ask Rick Cooper about this story he loves to tell it). Then I got my first paid gig answering phones at Jeff McClusky and Associates.
2. When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I was always fascinated with Politics and our Legal System and ultimately dreamt of being a Judge. In High School, I ran our State Senator's Youth Re-election Campaign and while in Graduate School a classmate introduced me to then, State Senator Barack Obama and I really enjoyed volunteering during his Presidential campaign. Fun Fact: I was in Grant Park the night President Obama gave his victory speech!
3. NY or LA?
Neither is home for me, so ideally I'd love to be bi-coastal.
4. What's it like working in an iconic music industry building, like the Capitol Records building?
It makes me feel like I have an obligation to keep its rich history and iconic reputation alive. I also love the excitement of never knowing who I'll run into recording in the studios on any given day.
5. How do you relieve stress?
Stress? What's that?! I played sports my entire life so I love being active, especially outside. That is the beautiful thing about living in LA, the ability to enjoy the outdoors 12 months out of the year. (I sure didn't get that growing up in Chicago).
6. What's the toughest part of being on the road, working?
Honestly, I love being on the road. I'm genuinely a social butterfly and have an absolute passion for music. I still love hearing the song I'm working being played on a radio station while in town. That thrill never gets old.
7. If you weren't in music, what do you think you'd be doing professionally?
I have a Master's Degree in Marketing from Northwestern University, so I'd probably put that fancy/expensive degree to work at any other given company.
8. What do you like to do in your spare time?
You know my screen name right? @DixieShops I think that explains it. Oh and traveling, I'm always on a plane headed somewhere.
9. If you could be on any TV reality show or game show, which would you want to be on?
I'm single, so probably The Bachelorette. Lol!
10. Hypothetical situation: You are in a karaoke bar with John E. Kage and Michael Buhrman from KQKS. What would be your first song choice be? What do you think Buhrman would pick for you to sing?
My first song choice for John E. to sing would be Alabama's "Dixieland Delight" followed by Naughty Boy "RUNNIN'," for obvious reasons. I'd hope Buhrman would pick some old school songs for me to sing like Jodeci "Feenin'" or Easy E "Real Motherf'in G's"...two oldie but goodie favorites of mine ;)
Favorite Los Angeles restaurant?
You'll usually find me at one of these 3 Restaurants in my neighborhood: Cecconi's, Fresh Corn Grill or Gracias Madres.
If you had to pick a Los Angeles professional sports team to be your new "fav", which would you choose. Dodgers, Angels, Kings, Ducks, Clippers or Lakers?
NEVER EVER, EVER HAPPENING. CHICAGO TEAMS ALL DAY!