This week we pick the podcast right back up with artist Outasight. Instead of the traditional route, he found success through licensing his music and it has lead to platinum singles and more importantly success on his own terms. We talk about his upbringing living just outside NY, coming up in the open mic scene, discovering his sound and realizing a major label deal isn’t everything you hoped for. We spend some of the intro saying goodbye to Nipsey Hussle. As an indie artist, I wanted to shed light on the practical ideas for his business that helped find him success.
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Free Range sits down with Novena Carmel this week. She is a cultural fixture in the LA music scene as a DJ, Event Host, Singer, Talent Booker and member of the group Wallpaper. We talk a bit about growing up with a famous father (Sly Stone) and using those gifts given to you to carve your own path rather than imitating those who came before. [NOTE: My mics failed in this episode and all I was able to use was camera audio. So if you can bear with the audio imperfections this should be an extremely enjoyable podcast]
On Free Range this week we have the Vice President of A&R at Rostrum Records, Nicole Plantin. She has been a part of some of your favorite artist’s releases of the past decade+ (N.E.R.D, The Clipse, Kelis) and is finally in the position she dreamed of being able to mix her Business savvy and years of industry experience with a creative mindset that has always been at her core. We talk about her transition from creative to exec, sometimes being ahead of the curve, navigating a male-dominated industry as a woman (and coming out unscathed) and how we handle art vs artist in this era.
This week Free Range has artist manager, marketer and Hustlepalooza founder Hustle Simmons on the podcast. We talk about going from “trying to get on” to becoming an OG and how holding grudges can restrain true growth.
Jay Nicholson a.k.a GoodReverendDr sits down with Double-0 this week on Free Range. He has been in the music industry for over a decade specializing in grass roots marketing and promoting records at mix show. He was extremely important in helping break some of Double-0’s (Kidz In The Hall) records and they discuss some of the ways young artists can utilize real world marketing for success.
This week we sit down with Hip Hop journalist and historian Dart Adams. We discuss his amazing memory, whether hip hop is a product of the diaspora or exclusively African American music and how even recent history is being lost in a digital world.
This week on the podcast we have Kovas. A DJ, Producer, Rapper, Comedian and all around solid individual. We talk about his journey from Rapper turnt producer turnt business owner turnt music licensing guru. He lets us in on his best practices for advancing in the “game” and how he gets through the inevitable let downs and frustrations of the music industry.