TED CANTU SPEAKS OUT: The Official Detroit Doors Tribute Band, Art Heroes, and The Dying City

 

DETROIT – We held back on the Detroit stories as long as we could. We wanted to keep the angle positive for as long as possible. But digging around Detroit you start to uncover some interesting and strange things. There is one group in particular. We encountered a Black youth run clothing line based in Detroit that designed some t-shirts and shorts. These guys are somewhat unsung heroes in the city. They are – Enjoy Detroit – and the kids love them. These guys are pretty interesting and have quite a following. The major media hasn’t really picked up on them yet for some reason and that is strange – considering that they were invited to some of their big events. The media wasn’t interested in that kind of Detroit  – you know, where the kids give back to the community.

That is unfortunate for everyone. Because there is a story here that is under the radar and as usual, we found them. We will be bringing you that one shortly…..  This is one of those moments when you find something on the cusp of being huge… just like Valentine Vodka, and the other time when we found the Ruiners, (look at the dates on the videos on YouTube… we were there first).

THE DETROIT DOORS TRIBUTE BAND

I don’t want to stay on this subject too long, ( who would?) but I admit I was nominated as the Official Detroit Doors Tribute Band agent. That’s a pretty strong title to hand off to someone who has no agent experience but it was more of an honorary title. You know, the way we honor Bill Cosby as a doctor, (but we’re  not going to get into the specifics). There are a lot of half truths out there but I would like to say that I was part of that thing. I was the one who tried to get them into Motor City Casino. We mostly did small shows and never did anything substantial except for the time I got one of their videos mentioned in NME Magzine in the UK. For some reason the Brits dig the Detroit Doors… go figure.

Anyways that’s how I got stuck with their domain name.  We attached it to Hot Metro Finds. For some reason they didn’t think claiming ownership of it was very important so I ended up keeping it. That is how it became mine – through a default of ownership. I paid for it anyways.

I ended up getting out of that role as agent. I was only interested in managing them if they could get a run at my families casino, Soaring Eagle in Mount Pleasant. The guy that does the shows wouldn’t book us. Look, I’m not an agency… get it? Anways, I want to get that out there before more allegations fly around about me. I only had a small role in their development.

DETROIT – THE DYING CITY
What a weird time this has been.  I have seen so many businesses go out of business for very stupid reasons. The small retail guys are the most interesting. They will tell me they don’t need to promote themselves in any way and that running a business is all about word of mouth. Needless to say a lot of these guys didn’t make it. I have seen restaurants go under, clothing stores go under, and retail stores of all kinds close their doors. I even had two clients kill themselves in 2010.

And for what? You need to promote yourself. You need to get the word out. You need to be vocal.

Out of all the places I have lived I nominate Metro Detroit to be the most resistant to change. But you have to change and you have to adapt. Too much is at stake and there is too much failure happening in our city streets.

And when you mention it out loud people look at you like you lost your mind.

Don’t stare back at me. DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT.

Ted Cantu
Hot Metro Finds
Nov. 2014

 

 

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