We had the good fortune of connecting with Stephy Huffstutler and Jae Grey N/A and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Stephy Huffstutler and Jae Grey, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
We always say “We’re here for the bands and the fans”. The music industry is very much a male dominated industry, so being an all female-run company, we can see the gaps within the scene that might not be as visible to other companies. We strive to create a safe space for not just concert attendees as a whole, but specifically for women and all LGBTQIAA+ individuals. That will always be our driving force. We want concerts to be about the music and making our local scene a better place for the musicians we work with, with equal opportunity for all,

Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
What sets Scorned Productions apart from other production companies, aside from the obvious being that we’re all female-run, is that – from day one – we are striving to make our community better. No pay to play (where bands have to sell a certain amount of tickets to play the concert), we aren’t in it for the money, we just want our locals to feel they have a production company on their side, working towards their best interests and who want to leave a positive mark on the scene. It has been easy! We are spoiled for choice with an incredible selection of bands and artists of all genres in Texas and our combined experience makes the booking process feel like second nature. The biggest challenges we have are centered around only putting 4-6 bands on a bill. We’d make every show a festival if we could. Our message to the world (and the music industry) is: Take care of the bands and the fans, the rest will fall into place.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
We would absolutely suggest catching a show at either the Haltom Theater or Tulip’s in Ft Worth, have a drink at Cave’s Lounge in Arlington and get some records from Growl Records, catch another show at Andy’s in Denton, (be sure to stop by Oak Street Draft House for a seasonal brew just around the corner!) or Club Dada in Dallas, Check out Nico’s Cocina in Carrollton (a hidden gem!) for great Mexican food and be sure to sit on the patio! If you’re a history buff, definitely check out the Sixth Floor Museum and there are plenty more museums and art galleries to check out in downtown Dallas.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Stephy said her dad and my kid are her biggest motivators. “My dad for introducing me to DIY punk as a kid, and my son for making me go for it.” Jae said “I started booking while living in the UK – with Nailbiter Promotions. A fierce group of wonderful ladies that lit the fire under the booking side of me! Another massive shoutout to my parents for ALWAYS being incredibly supportive and cheering me on in every endeavor I’ve undertaken. Stephy absolutely deserves one, too, for starting Scorned with me – genuinely couldn’t have done it without her!”

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Image Credits
Image credits to Jae Grey

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