Welcome to the Indie Playbook presented by Focused Noise, where we highlight independent music bosses, hustlers, and entrepreneurs, and break down their successes, failures, and life lessons. No gimmicks, just hopefully some beneficial tips and reminders that will help you along your way.
A3C Music Business Discussion: Getting on Tours, Festivals, and Shows
This is a special episode from the A3C Festival and Conference in Atlanta, where I was invited to speak on a panel about touring, festivals, and shows. We also gave some helpful tips on how to grow a fanbase organically and how to build an artist's overall brand.
Our moderator was MICxSIC. Our panelists were Clarissa Reformina from Paradigm Talent Agency, Juels Pierrot from Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival, and Brent Tactic from Rogue Agency.
Media Personality Justin Hunte- Create Your Own Path
Justin Hunte is the Head of Video Production & Development for Ambrosia For Heads, and Director of Content and Strategic Marketing at Empire Distribution. Hunte is also a weekly contributor to Shade45's All Out Show on SiriusXM. He sacrificed a profitable investment banking career with the goal of becoming the greatest Hip-Hop writer on the planet. Hunte is a great example for anyone who has a dream and a vision, but is hesitant to take the necessary leap of faith.
KXNG Crooked (Crooked I)- Winning Through Hard Work and Creativity
KXNG Crooked AKA Crooked I is one of Hip-Hop's all-time great lyricists. Suge Knight once hailed him as the next Tupac Shakur, and years later Eminem signed his group Slaughterhouse to Shady Records. But that doesn't even begin to explain Crooked's foresight and brilliance. Crooked built one of Hip-Hop's first online followings with the release of his Hip-Hop Weekly Series, releasing a new track every week for a year, and creating a trend that was later implemented by a number of successful artists.
Film Producer Gary Ousdahl- The Making of Warren G's "G-Funk" Documentary
Gary Ousdahl is the Owner and Manager of Advanced Management. He recently produced the upcoming Warren G documentary “G-Funk”, which will be released in early 2018. Previously, Gary worked as an agent at William Morris. He also worked side by side with the prolific Tyler Perry almost every day from 2008-2010. Gary is a master networker and dot connector, and he shares some of the methods that have helped him succeed as a film producer, manager, and business owner.
A&R Michael Chehadé- Realizing the Value in Yourself
Michael Chehadé is currently the Director of A&R and Creative Director with the Adler Music Group. Previously, he managed radio/ TV personality DJ Skee as well as Dash Radio. Chehadé was also a producer at Skee TV, which aired on Access and Fuse TV. Additionally, Michael is a known tastemaker, championing and promoting many of your favorite artists before the general public becomes aware of their music.
Musician Adam Hamilton- From LA Guns to Vanilla Ice to William Shatner
Adam Hamilton is an accomplished musician who was discovered by C.C. Deville from Poison, and was the former bass guitarist for L.A. Guns. He's worked with everyone from Angie Stone to Vanilla Ice to William Shatner, who he continues to work with on a regular basis. Adam's music has also appeared everywhere from The Bourne Identity to Saturday Night Live to The Simpsons. We delve deep into publishing and Adam breaks down the benefits of placing your music in film, TV, commercials, and more.
Great host, relevant topics, I always tune in.
Excellent Industry Insights
The Indie Playbook is guaranteed to give you insights into how things work on the back end of the music and entertainment industry. The range of guests thus far has been awesome. If you are in the game, this is a must listen.
Great informative content
So many great stories. To hear these from folk that have had success in the industry for years is truly a great thing. A must listen for aspiring and established artists. Erik and the folk at Focused Noise have put together a good one.