We had the good fortune of connecting with Daryl Wolff and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Daryl, what is the most important factor behind your success?
Looking through all the questions, I feel this one most closely aligns with my thoughts on how I got to where I am today. From a young age, I remember always valuing every relationship I made, regardless of what the other party brought to the table. Everyone you meet can one day become a customer, a colleague, a co-worker, a boss, a friend and so on. As a promoter of a grassroots music festival, I have seen with my own eyes the importance of these relationships and how burning bridges can taint your reputation forever. While the 300+ million population in our country seems vast, it’s incredibly small when it comes time to play ball in the business realm. Humans are prone to mistakes, but knowing the difference between the human factor of mistakes vs. a malicious attempts at screwing over others is what becomes the key trait to succeeding in business. You must remember to always treat everyone with the utmost respect because one day they may be the very link in closing the biggest business deal of your life.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Trying to balance being involved in so many things is challenging at most times. I started off working at a local frozen yogurt shop when I was 15 years old. Technology was always a passion of mine, so very quickly I finagled my way into a job building custom computers and very quickly after that developing websites. I kept this up for a few years until I headed off to college, when I got a job at Magic 102.7 oldies radio running the remote broadcasting vehicles (this job was awesome!). After working in radio for a year, there was a job opening at our family business which I hopped into quickly. After investing some time into this, I began missing technology. I decided to start my own IT company called Wolff Network Solutions, which I ran for a few years until closing shop and going to work full time for one of my clients. After getting burnt out on this, I decided to try my hand in bartending and got a job for 18-months at catering/restaurant in Boca. After that stint, I went back to working full time in our family business again. By this point in time, I had experience in business, bookkeeping, maintenance, technology, promotions, radio, wiring, and hospitality. I felt pretty well rounded and stayed put for quite some time in the real estate gig. Eventually the inability to sit still struck again and I decided I wanted to start my own music festival (sounds great on paper, right?!). While perfecting the balancing act once again, I built AURA from the ground up with the help of MANY others. Before I knew it, years flew by and not only was I working full time, playing in two bands and producing AURA, but I was also helping co-produce another massive event called Suwannee Hulaween. We were also running a studio in Boca Raton doing live video webcasts to the internet for free to help promote lots of the artists who were performing at the festivals for us (a series called Live from AURA Studios). By late 2017, I had become so burnt out on the music business, I decided to shut down AURA and resign from my post at Suwannee Hulaween. Currently, I am working full time in the family business still, and playing in multiple bands along with many frequent sit ins with other acts. I am missing many critical details in my professional biography, but being the social butterfly I am, I would love to answer any questions anyone may have!
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I’m notoriously known for being a pain in the ass with my food restrictions. I’ve been GF for eight years now. I did the first half of 2020 vegan as well, but eventually decided to ditch dairy for good, and start eating delicious seafoods and poultry again. I’d say that one of my favorite food joints is The New Vegan in Delray Beach. I would gladly take anyone there who was down. My favorite dish is the VFC (Vegan Fried Chicken) which is made with jackfruit. I’m also a pretty avid walker and have no issues forcing visitors to take my daily 6 1/2 mile walk with me from my house to the beach and back (my favorite part of the day)!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
There are really endless people who deserve a Shoutout for helping mold me into who I am today, however off the bat, a few that would be on the top of the list….
My first Shoutout would go to my parents for allowing me to follow my dreams for so long and for allowing my life in music to coexist with my responsibility for running our family business. There have been virtually no points in my life that I’ve been held back from journeying out to explore new passions and without my parents this would have never been possible. My older sister Dani has been extremely supportive as well, even when my crazy schedule got in the way of my Uncle duties. There is truly nothing more magical in life than a supportive family.
My second Shoutout would go to my best friend of well over the last decade, Cameron, who has been another huge influence on my life. I was just beginning to come out of my shell in addition to starting to take musical performance seriously when we met in the summer of 2008. We started off playing music together in two bands which eventually lead into becoming partners in the AURA Music & Arts Festival. Throughout the years of producing the festival together, our friendship blossomed into an inseparable bond between each other. I have always appreciated feeling so supported in my passions, visions and personality by him. I’ve experienced the extreme limits of highs and lows with him over the years but I cannot deny the immense impact he has had on my development.
I’d like to once again thank Antonio Rivera, my amazingly talented friend from FUSIK for nominating me and look forward to learning more about so many others in our community thanks to Shoutout!