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Northeast Regional A&R Power Summit

I’m going to be a panelist at the upcoming Northeast Regional A&R Power Summit in Philadelphia on September 29th. Come join me and other industry professionals as we talk about music production tips and our experiences in the industry. It’s going to be a great platform for independent artists to get their networking game on and learn a couple tips while you’re at it. You can get tickets following the below link.

http://www.nearpowersummit.com/

Delirious Blacksmith Management

The past couple months have been insanely busy. Been slacking with the updates on here. I’ll have to punish myself when I finish writing this by listening to the new Maroon 5 album on repeat for a few hours. I give it 30 minutes until my ears start spontaneously squirting blood.

In big management news, I’m extremely excited to announce that my production team The Skywalkers, consisting of myself and Ken Lewis, have officially signed a management deal with Delirious Blacksmith Management. Delirious currently manages super producers Stargate and the talented writing team Espionage. Hopefully even bigger and better things to come in the years ahead.

Lots of cool projects I’ve been working on lately. A couple things I’m really excited about is the Kanye West compilation record for G.O.O.D. music, which I think is gonna be big, and a new artist off of capital records named Kat. All productions. Also, been working on the debut record for a new rapper named 2chainz who seems to be getting a bit of buzz lately. Hopefully all theses records will be coming out in the next couple months. Will keep you posted.

Louis C.K. and Ticketmaster

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I’ve always liked the comedian Louis C.K. Now I love him. The comedian announced that he was bypassing Ticketmaster altogether and only selling tickets for his upcoming tour through his website, all for the flat rate of $45. That even includes the sales tax.

If anyone’s bought a concert ticket through Ticketmaster lately, I’m sure you know how it’s become an absolute “extra fee” charging nightmare. They hit you with so many mysterious processing fees that by the time you’re about to click the “order now” button two $60 tickets have magically ballooned into $100. Like some twisted David Blaine magic trick only not so amusing when it’s your checking account doing the disappearing act. And that’s only if you’re lucky enough to beat the hundreds of scalpers trying to purchase tickets ahead of you.

I vaguely remember Pearl Jam a decade ago trying to fight Ticketmaster in court. I was too young and dumb to really care about what they were standing up for and the reasons behind it. But I get it now. Ticketmaster has become a huge monopoly. How the government is letting them get away with this is beyond baffling. Now every big event has to go through them because they’ve got deals in place with the biggest arenas in America. How is this possible?

The good news is there’s someone out there like Louis C.K seeing the problem and doing his part for his fans. Maybe other entertainers will start to follow his lead. One can hope

Adam Yauch

Sad to hear about the passing of Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys. Few bands left actually seem to stand for anything these days. They did that and more. At times, their causes were bigger than their music. It’s one of the things I always respected about them. That they weren’t afraid of scaring off fans by taking on political issues they believed in. And in the end, actually educated their fans by doing it.

I know it sounds like crazy talk, but MTV actually use to play music videos. And the Beastie Boys ruled this domain. They completely revolutionized music videos. As a kid, I always remember when MTV had a Beastie Boys video premiere. Everyone watched. Whether it was the Pulp fiction like “Sabotage”, or the trippy “So What’cha Want”. It was always THE event to see. They were the trend setters. And everyone followed.

I feel very fortunate and blessed to have worked on one of their albums. It’s one of the credits that I’m most proud of having and always will be.

They were true pioneers of hip hop. Showed you could be from any street. That it didn’t matter. It was just about the music.

Below is my all time favorite Beastie Boys video. “Sabotage”.