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Andrew Apanov, the "Music Growth Engineer," is the founder of Dotted Music, a music industry blog and digital marketing agency for music brands. He's also the creator of a growth training and community platform for artists called WeSpin, and a host of the Music Growth Talks podcast. Andrew has been in the music business for over a decade, as editor-in-chief of Ultimate Guitar, live events promoter, drum & bass DJ, consultant, and speaker.

While my interests include beautiful things like animal well-being, vegan food, running, and craft beer; my biggest passion is helping artists and music companies. If you want to learn more on that, consider reading this Medium post (I probably should write a new one as a lot has happened since when I wrote it). And here are links to some projects of mine, as well as a timeline to give you a rough idea of what I've been up to.
Dec 2012
WeSpin is a growth training and community platform for indie musicians, bands, DJs, record labels. It's a project of Dotted Music, but it took off so well that some consider it a separate company (which it's not).
Oct 2009
Founded Dotted Music
A music industry blog turned into a full-service digital marketing agency for music brands. Get in touch to find out how we could help you grow.
Dec 2010 - Nov 2012
Tought Music Marketing at XSSR Music Academy
This is where I gained practical knowledge on teaching to small groups of students, developing a curriculum, and educating others about music business.
Feb 2004 - Jan 2012
Worked as an Editor, then Editor-in-Chief and Project Manager at Ultimate Guitar
During 7 years at the world's biggest guitar website, I wore the hats of editor, editor-in-chief, and then project manager for some of the UG's mobile apps.
May 2005 - Jan 2010
Organized the biggest drum & bass events in town as a part of Estation Promo
We went from complete underground to packing 2K+ venues. Thanks to being a part of this amazing team and project, I had a chance to DJ with the dnb artists I admired.
Mar 2002 - Dec 2004
Learned to DJ, run an illegal pirate radio, and host a radio show at Estation
Running an electronic music pirate radio station out of a former military base was fun. And life-changing. Cheers to Astron, the creator of Estation, whom I joined in '02.
2003 - 2008
Studied computer science at Kaliningrad State Technical University
On paper, I'm an engineer. Fortunately, the music industry saved me from becoming a sysadmin, as I wouldn't be a good one, probably. I'm quite good at building systems though.
Speaking Engagements
If you are interested in having me as a speaker at your event, get in touch via the Contact Me form in the top menu.

I have given talks and been a featured speaker on a number of local, international and online events, including Berlin Music Week, MIDEM, Reeperbahn, Slush Music, by:Larm, Dancefair, MENT, Budapest Showcase Hub, Musik & Talang, etc.