Whether working with Beenie Man on the club favourite, “Who Am I (Sim Simma)”, Tanto Metro & Devonte on “Give It To Her”, or helping dancehall music break into the mainstream with his own artist, Sean Paul – music producer & manager, Jeremy Harding has been influencing pop culture for years.
I had the incredible opportunity to speak with him about production, getting into management and the overall music business.
Read the interview below, where he offers a wealth of knowledge and insight:
Steve Stoute is someone I’ve long admired and respected for his business savvy. Actually, one thing a lot of people don’t know, is that while I am influenced by many business leaders, it was actually his movements that motivated me to start my own business.
When Steve Stoute started Translation in 2004, I found any piece of news I could find about the company, its vision and its work. I was tired of seeing the limited creative input at label jobs and the limited growth potential up here in Canada. I wanted to do something different and something more.
Continuing yesterday’s conversation about the value of record deals, here’s a great article by Chris Lee on the L.A Times Music Blog about the mechanics of Drake‘s deal.
The homie EL Johnson just interviewed me for his site, Mogul Monologues – a business lifestyle blog for the young professional.
Read the interview below:
Last week, I asked you guys to submit your questions for Midi Mafia.
I collected all the questions from the blog comments, Twitter & Facebook, and compiled a list of 21 questions for them.
Midi Mafia’s Dirty Swift, responds to your questions below:
Producer Manager, E, of The Trafficker Management
Can you introduce yourself a bit and tell us what it is that you do and who you represent?
I go by the name of E. I own and run The Trafficker Management.
We manage several producers, most notably: MegaMan, Tommy Gunnz and Boi-1Da. We also manage one rapper, Richie Sosa.
What’s the big difference for you as a manager, representing producers vs representing artists?
I would say managing an artist is a bigger challenge then managing producers.
The reason I say that is; with an artist there are more politics involved. It’s a lot more work and it takes a lot of patience. When handling artists you are not just selling a sonic product but a visual one as well.
Remember, an artist’s career is a lot more complicated than that of a producer. With producers, if they are talented then their beats can be sold.
My theory, is a great record will always find a home, no matter if it is a unknown producer from England or Timbaland. But don’t get me wrong, I do believe producers have a certain image to uphold. I also believe they should be out and about making sure people put a face to their beats.
Ariel Publicity has just launched their Cyber PR Urban blog, as a service to aspiring artists & musicians in the urban music genre.
Cyber PR Urban’s Christina Duren, was kind enough to reach out to me for an interview for the launch.
Below is the transcript of the interview, in which we discussed social media, and how artists today can use social networks to their benefit:
This is an off-topic blog post, but I gotta show some hometown love to my city and post this audio from The Masked Avengers, a comedic Montreal radio duo that is notorious for their prank calls.
Earlier today, they pulled off another major prank on none other than Sarah Palin.
Pretending to be French President, Nicolas Sarkozy, they threw a few things her way, like referring to the Canadian Prime Minister by the wrong name and congratulating her on her feature movie, “Who’s Nalin’ Palin” by adult entertainment empire, Hustler.
Needless to say, she didn’t catch on.
Below is the official press release (yes.. there is a press release for a prank call) as well as the audio of the prank:
Don’t get me wrong, I support and purchase digital downloads from iTunes, etc, but as a personal preference, I still buy CDs.
Even though I mostly listen to music on my computer, iPod and Blackberry, I still prefer having a physical disc to sync the music from and to keep on my shelves. Maybe I’m a collector, maybe I’m nostalgic, but it’s what I prefer.
I purchase music all the time, but today 2 albums dropped that I’ve actually been looking forward to for a while:
T.I – “Paper Trail”
Dru – “The One”
By the way, if you’re an R&B cat like me and you’re not familiar with Dru, you need to be. He was formerly with the group, In Essence, which broke into the scene with their song, “You Will Never Find Another” back in 1998 with Funkmaster Flex.
Check out some of his videos below and make sure to go cop his new record.
I SEE YOU DRU!
So now, let me ask you guys; what’s the last music (single or album/digital or physical) that you purchased?