Dina Mead is the founder of Bay Area Band Source, and co-founder of KAM-BABS Promotions based out of the Tampa Bay area of Florida. Once the band manager for the now disbanded Tampa Bay cover band, Decepcion, Dina has been hired by several local music venues as their “Entertainment Coordinator” with the job of booking bands for their respective venues.

Although born and raised for the better part of 14 years in Pinellas County, her mother’s job would frequently force Dina to move around the Eastern part of the country.

"I was born in Bayfront Hospital and spent most of my childhood in Pinellas County." "At the age of 14 I moved to Memphis Tenn, then Atlanta Ga. with my Mother." "I was raised by my mother, Jacqueline, who to this day is the most wonderful mother any person could ask for." "When I became an adult I did some traveling and lived in numerous other places, but through all my travels I would always end up back in Pinellas County.”

 It was at that very young age of 14, after her mother's job had relocated them to Memphis, Tennessee, when Dina originally found a passion for the entertainment industry. It happened when she went to see her first concert, Motorhead. The energy and the loud in your face type attitude was all Dina needed to realize that this was exactly where she was supposed to be.

“when I saw my first concert [Motorhead] I knew that I wanted to be apart of the music industry. The energy that I got from their performance on stage was like nothing that I had ever experienced. I remember just being mesmerized by how intense the music was. The feeling that you get at a live performance was imbedded in my brain."  

It was at that very young age of 14, after her mother's job had relocated them to Memphis, Tennessee, when Dina originally found a passion for the entertainment industry. It happened when she went to see her first concert, Motorhead. The energy and the loud in your face type attitude was all Dina needed to realize that this was exactly where she was supposed to be.

“when I saw my first concert [Motorhead] I knew that I wanted to be apart of the music industry. The energy that I got from their performance on stage was like nothing that I had ever experienced. I remember just being mesmerized by how intense the music was. The feeling that you get at a live performance was imbedded in my brain."

The local music circuit was going very strong in Memphis at the time. Dina had a passion for the harder genres such as Death and Speed Metal. However, the musicians Dina had the pleasure of spending time with while in Memphis opened her eyes to much more than she had ever allowed herself to see on her own. Contrary to popular belief, the roots of many great artists go way beyond the genres they may play. This intrigued Dina and she began to study the different styles of music which then allowed her to have a better understanding of people in general.

Approximately 9 months after her arrival in Memphis, Dina's mother was transferred again, landing them in Atlanta, Georgia. Dina was in Atlanta for 5 years and it was there that she started really concentrating on how the music industry worked. Dina was a regular at the infamous Charley Magruders which put her right in the middle of it all. This was the bar that was known for up and coming bands at the time such as The Black Crows and The Blondes.

"Over the years I just began surrounding myself with the music industry." "In Atlanta I worked for a small production company that catered to local musicians which was my first taste of working as a professional in the local music scene."

Dina then relocated herself back to St. Petersburg and took a job bartending while she was going to school for Cosmetology at Loraine's Academy. Not wanting to peruse that profession, Dina landed a job selling in-house IT training materials to companies so that their techs could gain there certifications. Dina stayed with Microsnap Inc. for approximately 3 years where she had earned her ranks as one of the top sales reps. When Dina caught wind that the company, then owned by Bert Waters, was going under, she decided that she would peruse a career in the field of insurance. Dina then went on to obtained her Insurance License eventually. Dina was not happy working in "Corporate America", but the sales skills that she acquired along with the contacts she had made over the years in the bar business would prove to be beneficial to her future career in the music industry.

Dina once again was on the move, this time moving Jacksonville Florida for about 5 years where she decided to pursue a carreer in marketing. Dina developed a passion for marketing that was like no other. When she moved back to Saint Petersburg in April of 2010, that's when everything clicked. Dina went to see a friend of hers who was taking photos of a local cover/original band, Decepcion. She immediately took a keen interest in their music. Dina had some extra time on her hands and wanted to help, so she started contacting friends of hers in the bar business to see if she could get them booked around town and out of Largo. After going into the bars and trying to explain to the business owners about the bands history and music, she came up with the idea to get a resume & bio for the band together which made things a lot easier. Dina realized that when she would hand out the demos, they would often get pushed to the side. But by placing the demos in a professional looking folder combined with all the information that anybody would want about the band, it would then grab the attention of the bar owners. After that, things just started working out for the best. Dina then decided that a ".com" website would be an excellent way to drive business professionals such as the bar owners to the bands music, versus sending them to the social sites. Dina just felt that having a more professional approach to some of these people would give the band the edge that they needed. Though the band, Decepcion, has since disbanded, all and all Dina thinks all of their combined efforts did pay off during the bands existence... giving Decepcion what she feels was their much deserved recognition.

In 2010 Dina founded Bay Area Band Source, a website and facebook networking page designed to help the Tampa Bay music scene by supporting the local musicians, and artists by allowing them to post their events or news as they would like in order to network themselves within the Bay Area. Through Bay Area Band SourceDina has worked tirelessly by volunteering her time by referring local bands to area booking agents, bars, & venues...along with referring musicians to area bands looking for replacement musicians. It is not uncommon for Dina’s phone to be ringing 24/7.

Being a female in this industry definitely proves to be a challenge at times for some females, and with Dina, it is no exception. The music scene (local or national) has been dominated primarily by men for as long as anyone can remember. Dina has a strong and outgoing personality, strong sales skills, and a good sense for business. However, generally when Dina walks into a room, many times all people see is her ability to attract attention because of the way that she looks.

"Because of the tattoos, and the fact that I am not an unattractive female, it's hard for certain people to take me seriously until they get to know me. I am actually more like one of the guys than anything else....To tell you the truth there is usually quite a bit of drama, controversy, and straight up jealousy. Being a female in the industry I see this more often than not. But as in any family there is always going to be those factors, it's all in how you choose to deal with it and how much you let it effect you as a person... I believe in the bands, and they believe in me. We all support each other all the way around. That, in my opinion, is the most important thing of all and I feel privileged to work with such awesome musicians. The sense of accomplishment after an awesome show makes it all worth it, and I am proud to be a part of it".

In 2011 Dina co-founded KAM-BABS Promotions along with syndicated music columnist, Keith Wilkins. The name, “KAM-BABS”, is a collaborative merger of KAM Music Publishing (KAM) and Bay Area Band Source (BABS). Through KAM-BABS PromotionsDina & Keith organize and promote benefit concerts, awards shows, and other concert events in the Tampa Bay area.

The first project that KAM-BABS Promotions worked on (along with Sarasota promoter, Mario Vitali) was when they brought national recording artist & actress, Julie Gribble, to the Tampa Bay area for a one-time performance at the Banana Boat Too in Clearwater while on the last leg of her "Letting Go" tour on February 27th, 2011.

The second major project that KAM-BABS Promotions worked on was the “2011 Sexiest Musicians of Tampa Bay Awards Show Ceremony”, which was held on July 24th, 2011 at the Silver Dollar Lounge in Tampa.

Dina & Keith have also recently partnered up with a third party to form "KDJ Productions", which they hope to launch sometime in 2012.

Dina is currently working on a new project, KDJ Productions, along with Keith Wilkins and a third party. Dina hopes to launch the new project sometime in 2012.

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