Tuesday February 10, 2015
Since 1990, Garret Louie aka GMAN has been marketing and promoting some of the best parties in Vancouver. The story all began when he picked up the streetwear clothing line, Freshjive, after a trip to the ASR trade show in LA, and brought it into Canada for the first time. That was the start of the distribution company Timebomb Trading Inc.
During the day, Garret is a director at Timebomb and a co-owner of the sales agency NLA. Along with Garry Bone, and Robert Rizk, he is also part owner of Livestock, the first sneaker-focused boutique in Vancouver. At night, GMAN was a DJ and still is a promotor with partner Robert Rizk, and their company, GMAN and RIZK is responsible for building and defining the hip hop music scene in Vancouver. Throughout that journey, the two would eventually open up their own club – Fortune Sound Club.
Somehow, Garret manages to do it all, and be a husband and father too. After a tour in the massive 50,000-square-foot office and warehouse (can virtually be doubled using vertical space with its lofty ceilings), we sat down with GMAN while he gave us his story of it all, or at least an attempt of it.