About Us

Fate Management Group has one mission.  To bring life back to the Tampa Music Scene.  And this is how: Through Unity. This is the missing ingredient. Unity requires integrity, another rare element lost or forgotten somewhere in our history.  Musicians are people who appreciate the value of artistic expression.  We are a rare breed.  Most of us don't care about the money side.  Unfortunately, the business will exterminate any talented artist who thinks this way.  Without an income there is no business.  Cooperation is the only way little people achieve great things, unless you want to chance selling your soul like several celebrities have openly admitted with serious regret.  Every one of us play a role in this mixed up world we all live inside of.  Either we are a part of the problem, or we see our part and become a solution.  It took every one of us to create this mess we are in.  Thinking differently, we can reshape our world to something better. THIS IS OUR MINDSET.

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The Back Story

This company is a dedication to carry the legacy of a former band mate, Jim Springer.  I met Jimmy back in 1996. We worked together briefly and then, in 1998 he came to me with a band project that really got my attention.  I really liked Jim's ideas and his musical direction.  The band needed a powerful rhythm section and a drummer friend of mine and I joined SPELLBINDER.  We rehearsed for a few days and hit the stage at the old Gasoline Alley.  Our first performance turned heads! We were asked to play a big show opening for Motley Crue.  Our vocalist backed out at the last minute leaving us no recourse but to bow out in shame.  Situations like this led to a new way of thinking.  We needed to protect the band and the hard work of all members involved.  Spellbinder was the beginning of a very expensive but unique education for us all.  Below is a video of the first night on the stage of Gasoline Alley Cafe on US HWY  19 in Clearwater, Florida.

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After that harsh lesson, we went our separate ways. Jim pulled the plug on Spellbinder, and Another band member and I decided to carry on with a new project called, AARSON. We started that project as a business venture.  We hired an attorney, filed for copyrights on our music, and we even had a formal agreement on paper among band members.  The contract was short and to the point.  What each member's role was, what was to be expected in reference to performances, gear, and pay.  We had a treasury, a manager, a marketing head and a music director. We were organized a little better, but when we had the chance to take the band out west under music management, our drummer backed out.  His reasons were legitimate. The move required all of us to relocate to Los Angeles, California.  We had to restructure our lives to make that happen.  I sold my business that took a several years to build, another member sold his home and moved his family to another state, the replacement drummer had to make arrangements for his special needs child to go and live with his ex wife.  We all made huge sacrifices, but we forgot a very important detail...that agreement among the members was forgotten.  AARSON was a train wreck waiting to happen.  The music was very good, the band had a theme that impressed a lot of powerful people in both New York and LA. We actually had a website and a look that gave other bands a run for their money.  Unfortunately, without a solid agreement the band fell apart in 2007 leaving the burden of the fallout for me to figure out.  That was a very expensive lesson.

AARSON 1999 - 2007
AARSON 1999 - 2007

By the end of the AARSON project, I was ready to go solo.  I started creating music on my own and began writing a few books.  I published my first one several years later.  I still co-wrote several more songs and did studio work with Jimmy, but nothing serious.  By 2008, we had SPELLBINDER up and running again with a different lineup and a new vocalist and drummer.  AARSON's bassist also joined the line up and we played by the same rules as before...pay to play.

SPELLBINDER 2008 - 2018
SPELLBINDER 2008 - 2018

My knowledge and experience is extensive and was very expensive.  LA cost me $50,000 alone.  I'm sure the other guys lost quite a bit, but most of the financial burden fell on my shoulders.  What I actually paid for was an education.  At least that how I justify it. Sharing all that I have learned to a new generation of talented musicians who are driven to win, to me, seems like a good cause.  Music has always been my passion, and helping others is my calling.  Go and look at what I've been doing.  Google: Shahryar Sadree and see what pops up.

Spellbinder was Jim's project, and everyone in the band knew it.  Jimmy pushed Spellbinder as far as he could.  He was the driving force behind Spellbinder and he opened a lot of doors along the way, but sadly, on August 16, 2021, my friend, bandmate, and brother, Jim Springer passed away at the young age of 52.  A part of me died with him, as I gave up playing altogether for the last couple of years.  I promised Jim's parents that I would carry on his legacy through the music that we loved so much.  I didn't have a clue how I was going to do it, but inspiration comes in dreams. And if you lose the ability to dream, you are already dead on the inside and just waiting for the empty shell to catch up.

I miss his slapstick humor and tasteful guitar licks.  Writing music will never be the same.  But as Jim would always tell me: "Rock On!"  Rest in Peace my friend.  This one is for you!

Shaun and Jim
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