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Meet Aaron Payton of PaperTone Media in Arlington

Today we’d like to introduce you to Aaron Payton.

Aaron, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
My interest in media production started as far back as I remember. When I could hold a pencil, I was drawing, when I could open my mouth I would sing. Then, in high-school, on the cusp of my formative years, I wanted to learn the best way I could produce the art I made. This centered mainly on the music I was making at that time and the rate I was making it at. I averaged around writing 70 songs in a year and the few local music production studios I knew about, charged around one thousand dollars to produce a song. Knowing that as a high schooler, I didn’t make 70 thousand a year, I needed to find a way to keep my creative juices flowing. So, I took on the role of becoming a music producer!

After my graduation, I moved on to the University of Texas at Arlington Video/Film department completely fueled by my interested in the way that films told their stories. I thought that If I could learn how filmmakers told their stories so effectively that I could take that movie into the way that I view music! As the years went by, I learned more about the film world and about how media producers in the subcategory “Film” operate to tell their stories. It starts from ideas as small as one-minute “Micro-shorts” and ranges through Commercial and Feature Length Films.

Nowadays, you can find me working on my next set of music or out in the city of Fort Worth Filming events! If it’s one thing I’ve learned from University, it’s that the film world is a constant grind of networking and knowing when to throw your hat into the ring! I hope in the future, I can narrow my sights into composing for films or touring in bands professionally!

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Has this been a smooth road? Not exactly but I’m super lucky! I’ve managed to complete a college degree without any student debt, thanks to the support of my parents and even after graduating University, I still receive consistent support from my teachers. I would say the hardest struggle I’m dealing with is consistent work. I currently freelance, meaning that I could have four different jobs a month, then nothing the next month. So, as a by-product of that, I find myself sitting on my hands more often than I’d like to! I’m still working to change this by treating it as a slump and not a condition. Always keep moving, always have your face out there!

So, as you know, we’re impressed with PaperTone Media – tell our readers more, for example, what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
My company is PaperTone Media, we specialize in Video Production, Music and Audio Production, along with connecting people and businesses to artists in the DFW area! I would say the thing I’m most proud of is my part in producing a nine-time award-winning Global Warming PSA that was later promoted by Sierra Club. I would say what sets PaperTone Media apart from others is our attention to detail. Given that we are just starting up officially, we don’t have a ton of customers meaning that every chance we get to work on a project is a full commitment. Nothing is just a paycheck, everything is an opportunity!

So, what’s next? Any big plans?
When it comes to my plans for the future, I will be focusing on scheduling work around my bands. I’m in a total of three bands and one project. My band “dtb” has linked up with a booking company called Bikergang Booking to play three showcases in Austin, TX the week of SXSW. My band “Melon Soda” will be heading down to San Marcos to begin recording our first Full-Length record in the next few weeks and my last band “Big Red Ants” will be playing a few shows in the Metroplex as most of our members settle into their college semesters. I also have a project called “Infrastructures” that will be putting out a record on January 11th called A House For Throwing Stones, and this is by far, the biggest project I’ve composed for and I’m sure people who love rock music will love it. So, there’s a ton of things that I’m looking forward too as this year begins!


  • Music Production- $250/song
  • Video Production- $100 to $500/ project dependant

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John Erwin, Greg Schnabel

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  1. Norry Niven

    January 31, 2019 at 12:18 am


  2. Norry Niven

    January 31, 2019 at 12:19 am


  3. Mary Jackson

    February 2, 2019 at 3:18 pm

    Love this young man ambition, drive and determination. I will be glad to see them perform in the Austin. NB area.

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