We see the celebration, but rarely do we see the journey. Rich Off Passion was created to highlight the work ethic, knowledge and mindset needed to build a career from your passion.
Episode 007: Music Licensing ft. Dae Bogan of The MLC
Dae Bogan is the Head of Third-Party Partnerships with The MLC (Music Licensing Collective), a newly-formed nonprofit organization designated by the U.S. Copyright Office pursuant to the historic Music Modernization Act of 2018.
Starting in January 2021, The MLC will issue and administer blanket mechanical licenses to eligible streaming and download services (digital service providers or DSPs) in the United States. The MLC will then collect the royalties due under those licenses from the DSPs and pay songwriters, composers, lyricists, and music publishers.
In this episode, we start by talking about his journey from the Midwest to LA in pursuit of a music career, his experience as a founder and former CEO of multiple music-tech startups (which was how we met), hard lessons learned from entrepreneurship, and how he landed an Executive role with The MLC.
Lastly, it was imperative that I addressed some of the misinformation floating around the web regarding The MLC royalty collection. Dae dispelled the myths regarding distributor payouts, and reassured us that The MLC is committed to matching "Black Box" royalties.
If you're an entrepreneur, music creator or publisher, this is a must watch!
CONNECT WITH DAE BOGAN
Website - https://daeboganmusic.com/
Instagram - https://instagram.com/daeboganmusic
Facebook - https://facebook.com/daeboganmusic
Twitter - https://twitter.com/daeboganmusic
CONNECT WITH THE MLC
Website - https://themlc.com/
Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/mlc_us
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/MLC.US/
Twitter - https://twitter.com/mlc_us
Episode 006: Webinomics ft. Ross Barber-Smith
Ross Barber-Smith is the owner and founder of Electric Kiwi, a UK-based web design firm that helps artists and bands stand out in the over-crowded marketplace of today's music industry. His wealth of experience as a music-based web designer has scored him coverage on respected music media outlets, including Cyber PR Music, Hypebot, TuneCore, The Six Minute Music Business Podcast, and now Rich Off Passion.
In this episode, we start off by sharing how we met years ago, started working together, and developed a friendship. We also talked about how he has built his full-time business using social media, the importance of building genuine connections and being good at your craft, and how he's been able to create an affordable yet sustainable business model that caters to his preferred clientele: recording artists and music businesses.
If you had doubts on using social media to become successful without being in the limelight, then you NEED to check out this conversation.
CONNECT WITH ROSS BARBER-SMITH
Episode 005: The Real Beat ft. Tone Jonez
Tone Jonez is a music producer who has successfully built a lucrative business by selling beats and sample packs online. This was no overnight success. A child prodigy, Tone began playing the piano by ear at the age of 3, and became infatuated with the concept of recording. Not one to crave the spotlight or to be a part of the traditional music industry, Tone doesn't hold back on Instagram where he promotes his latest beats while sharing his journey and motivating messages.
In this episode, we had an extremely transparent conversation about his childhood, working dead-end jobs to get by, investing a lot into marketing, mental health, his daughter being his motivation, and how his relocation to Atlanta with his best friend was pivotal personally and professionally.
If you dream of building a career in music without being a part of the traditional music industry, then this episode is a much watch!
CONNECT WITH TONE JONEZ
Episode 004: Legal Grit ft. Patrice Perkins, ESQ
To kickoff Rich Off Passion's return from the "COVID hiatus", I have my friend Patrice Perkins, Attorney and Owner of Creative Genius Law joining me for a real insightful and transparent discussion on entrepreneurship.
Patrice talks about how she was able to leave her 6-figure job at a firm to start her own practice (and it wasn't easy), how she manages her time building a business while working with clients, growing her team, and so much more! This conversation was long overdue and I'm excited to share it with you all!
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Episode 003: Being You ft. Mama Duke
Mama Duke is a 2x Austin Hip-Hop Award winning artist and 1x Austin Music Award Nominee. Taking home both “Artist of the Year” and “Female Artist of the Year” in one night, it’s no wonder she can move effortlessly in a male dominated industry. Opening up for the group ‘Naughty by Nature’ within’ the first 3 months of her 1st ever performance (since moving to Austin, Tx to pursue music) gave her the adrenaline she needed to catapult her into everyone's Top 3 females in Hip-Hop in Texas.
I learned of Mama Duke through another Austin artist. She caught my attention because she's accomplished quite a bit and has made an incredible name for herself by simply being authentic. Being a black (mexican), queer/married woman in a male/heterosexual dominated industry is not easy. In this episode, we dive deep into how she's been able to generate revenue, land big opportunities, and overcome the many challenges that artists face while trying to pursue a career in music as an unapologetic artist and brand. Enjoy.
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Episode 002: Can You Handle Being A "Boss"?
Everyone wants to be a boss, but can’t be an employee. In this episode, Patrice talks about the characteristics of an entrepreneur/boss, and how being an employee can set you up for success. A great example is Berry Gordy and Motown.