As Producers Week comes to a close, I wanted to present you guys with something big.
I gathered some popular questions that many aspiring producers have, and sent them to a group of producers: some who are currently on their way up & others whose work you’re all very familiar with.
If you’ve ever wondered how producers’ answers differed when asked the same questions; now you’ll know.
These producers have too many hits to list, so for more information on each, I’ve included a link to each of their websites below each of their names.
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.
Producer Manager & CEO of Beluga Height, Zach Katz
Firstly, can you introduce yourself a bit and tell us what it is that you do?
My name is Zach Katz. I am a music manager and CEO of Beluga Heights, a record label and publishing company I have with my partners Jonathan “J.R” Rotem, the producer, and his brother Tommy Rotem, who is our A&R.
My background started about 12 years ago, when I became a music attorney. This was around 1996 or so. I did that for about 3-4 years. I liked it, but never really found it to be my passion. I always wanted to be more creative.
I had an opportunity to get in on the management side, which is really what I always wanted to do. I did that for about 5-6 years; I managed a lot of artists and producers, and through that I met J.R, and he became my only client.
Going from an attorney to a manager seems like a bit of an odd jump; how did that happen?
Here’s an interesting video I found of Jimmy Iovine discussing his views on today’s music industry and his vision on the direction it’s taking. (Note: The video is about a year old)
He offers advice for new artists as well as talking about possible distribution models, what makes a great producer and the future of Interscope and the traditional record label.
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