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Talking With Music Producer Jeremy Harding

Dancehall Producer & Manager, Jeremy Harding

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:

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Ryan Leslie Knows How To Connect With His Fans

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One of the biggest questions every artist, manager & label rep asks themselves on a daily basis is, “how can we further connect with our fans?”

Amongst all the teams out there, one of the best examples I can think of (and one whom I mention in nearly every meeting) is Ryan Leslie.

From his initial YouTube videos, to his MySpace push, to his Twitter profile and blog – he’s consistently shown that he’s one of the very few, that truly does “get it”.

Last night, R. Les posted a message on Twitter, telling fans he would purchase & autograph an iPod for any fans that met him at the 24-hour Apple Store in NYC in the next 15 minutes.

And he kept his word.

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Talking With The Trafficker Management

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Producer Manager, E, of The Trafficker Management

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.

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Social Networking & Blogging In Today’s Music Business

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:

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The Faces Of Hip-Hop 2.0?

Who's Got Next In Hip-Hop? Asher Roth, Charles Hamilton & Mickey Factz

The internet and the streets alike have been buzzing for months about 3 artists: Asher Roth, Charles Hamilton & Mickey Factz. Could they be the new faces of Hip-Hop?

What are your thoughts?

Talking With Konvict Muzik’s Bu Thiam

Konvict Muzik's Bu Thiam

I first met Bu Thiam a few months back in Atlanta. After speaking to him for a bit and seeing the types of moves he was making, I immediately thought of featuring him when I first lauched the site.

As co-CEO of Konvict Muzik, Bu is definitely a mogul in the making.

During my discussion with Bu, we spoke about his entry into the game, career aspirations and the rumours of Akon‘s country album.

Oh yeah, if you’re thinking he looks familiar, that’s because he’s also Akon’s brother. But don’t think he got his position just because of that. Bu makes his own moves and is steadily rising as one of the music game’s biggest executives.

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