A couple months ago, we began looking for a new community director to take over the role formerly filled by our longtime friend and artist, Dan Christofferson. Little did we know that the search wouldn't take nearly as long as we thought, because shortly after it began, we found Richard Laing.
Born and raised throughout Scotland, Richard was obsessed with music from the moment he learned guitar at the age of 14. Drawn by the vibrant music scene, he moved to Manchester, England to study Economics and Sociology at the University of Manchester. In 2004, he moved to Seattle, Washington, with a dream of working in music. He got involved wherever he could: he played in bands, ran live sound, stage managed shows and interned at both KEXP and Sub Pop Records. The gig at Sub Pop turned into a full-time job in the marketing department where, for the past 5 years, he was the Director of Sales and Marketing. Just because he left the music industry last month to join Big Cartel, doesn't mean he's taking a break from music. Richard continues to meticulously organize his collection, play guitar and bass (competently), and play piano (incompetently, he says, but with great enthusiasm).
With a wealth of experience and knowledge, Richard knows a thing or two about supporting a community of growing artists and we couldn't have found a more perfect fit for the Big Cartel team.