Kirk Teachout


Who are you, and what do you do?

My name is Kirk Teachout. I am a God-fearing husband to an incredible wife, the drummer for The Passport, the executive producer for Rise Studios in Memphis, TN, a Record Label Executive, business owner, and a serial entrepreneur.

I have been blessed to do many things and meet a lot of really cool people in the short amount of time I have been on this Earth.  I have learned more from my failures than my successes and continue to daily.  As of right now, I’m moving forward and helping people along the way.

What forms of media have influenced you the most?

The book that has influenced me the most is the biography/auto-biography of Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson.  Reading through the pages of Steve’s life and seeing his mindset on life and business has changed my perspective on how to start, build, and grow a successful business.As far as movies go, “The Pursuit of Happiness” featuring Will Smith gives me so inspiration when times are good and bad.  To watch a man struggle to find success for him and his family while dealing with the stress of finances and the lack of support from his peers is something that brings you to the realization that you can do anything with enough hard work.

What hardware / software do you use?

I primarily cannot be without my Macbook Pro and my iPhone5.  If those 2 things were to fall out of my life, I would not be able to get anything done.  I still use a good ole paper and pen calendar for all of my scheduling.  And we could go all day talking about the hardware I have in my studio.

As far as software goes, I use Pro Tools 10 and 11 for all of my recording needs with all high-end plugins.  I use an app called “Mint” to keep track of all of my personal finances and an app called “Waves” for all of my business finances.  I also make sure that all of my precious files and music is backed up instantly through Carbonite.  You never know when technology is going to go out and keeping all of your things backed up is the only way to ensure its safety.

What would be your dream creative setup?

I am the most creative in my studio.  There is something about these four walls that gives me inspiration and an immense amount of creative flow to be able to get any job done.  I spend more time there than anywhere else.

Founder of VNM USA an advertising agency focused on connecting brands and individuals to the millennial generation. Computer Science student at University of Wisconsin - Madison.