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?
Since the premiere of Mack Maine‘s “Throw It Back” featuring Lil Wayne on Twitter, there’s been a ton of buzz surrounding his upcoming mixtape.
Well, it’s finally here!
Today marks a truly unfortunate day, as Shakir Stewart has passed away.
Just earlier this year, Shakir was named Executive Vice President of Def Jam Recordings. Prior to his promotion, he served as Senior VP of A&R at Def Jam since September 2006 and as VP of A&R the two years prior.
Shakir passed away earlier today as the result of a suicide. More details are available at the moment, however given the unfortunate nature of this situation, I choose to leave it at that and simply extend my prayers to his family, friends, colleagues and all those who have had the privilege of being around him.
The music business lost a great man.
Rest In Peace.
The guys over at The Real have been making quite a bit of noise with their brand of “hip-hop sketch comedy”.
Check out the video below on Def Jam’s Secret To Success.
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