Posts Tagged ‘record producer’

Clive DavisDate of Interview: 05/18/2011

Over the past four decades, Clive Davis has established and maintained universal recognition as the music industry’s leading visionary. In 2003, his abounding passion for music extended itself to academia, with the establishment of the Clive Davis Department of Recorded Music at New York University. As a division of the Tisch School of the Arts, the department aids the university with the “development” of aspiring music entrepreneurs in a manner that matches Clive Davis’ professional leadership of the successful artists that have been under his care.

In honor of Clive Davis’ influence and accomplishments, both within and outside the music profession, New York University honored the music mogul with a Doctor of Fine Arts degree on May 18, 2011, during its 179th Commencement Exercise. Shortly thereafter, Clive Davis managed to squeeze some time out of his busy schedule and settle down for an interview with Clayton Perry – reflecting on “the art” of artist development, the founding of J Records, and the cultural impact of LaFace and Bad Boy Records.



J. Cole

Date of Interview: 06/04/2010

Depending on who you ask, the future of hip hop lays within the hands of Jermaine Cole.  Having received validation and financial support from one of the genre’s living legends, as the first artist signed to Jay-Z’s Roc Nation, it appears that J. Cole has officially been passed the proverbial baton.  And if you believe in signs and premonitions, then his guest feature on The Blueprint 3 says it all: “A Star is Born.”

With two successful mixtapes, The Comeup (2007) and The Warmup (2009), a great deal of buzz has been generated in anticipation of Jermaine’s solo debut.  Upon the release of “Who Dat?,” the album’s lead single, J. Cole managed to squeeze some time out of  his busy schedule and settle down for an interview with Clayton Perry — reflecting on his love of Nas and 2Pac, the professional lessons he’s learned from Jay-Z, and the lasting influence his mother had on his burgeoning career.



Date of Interview: 06/02/2010

Over the past quarter-century, Moby has firmly entrenched his reputation as one of the most important figures in the modern dance music movement.  And while he is widely-known for his alternative mash-ups of slave spirituals and psychedelic beats, Moby has also become the archetype for artists who see music as not only a part of their life’s work but also as a social platform in which they can lend their celebrity status to encourage social reform.

In addition to his musical work as a member of Vatican Commandos, AWOL, Caeli Seoul and Gin Train, Moby has recorded nine studio albums: his self-titled debut (1992), Ambient (1993), Everything Is Wrong (1995), Animal Rights (1996), Play (1999), 18 (2002), Hotel (2005), Last Night (2008) and Wait for Me (2009). The latter effort has also been released in two special editions: Ambient (2009), which was included in a special deluxe edition, and Remixes! (2010).

Upon review of Wait For Me’s remix album, Moby managed to squeeze some time out of his busy schedule and settle down for an interview with Clayton Perry – reflecting on the origin of the “Little Idiot,” the motivation behind Animal Rights, and his early years as a hip-hop deejay.


Natalia Kills

Date of Interview: 05/21/2010

Natalia Kills is a British-born Latin singer who has been hovering under America’s radar for the past few years. In 2008, discovered the singer after hearing her self-released EP, Womannequin. And the following year, she landed a featured guest spot on Flo Rida’s “Available,” alongside Akon and, as well as “Just Play That Track,” a song produced by Lady GaGa’s personal DJ, Space Cowboy.

In preparation for her solo debut, Natalia Kills has crafted a unique musical masterpiece: Perfectionist.  The album serves as the soundtrack to her forthcoming film, “The Exhibitionist,” with both components created concurrently to construct the ultimate music experience. Such ingenuity has pushed the connotative boundaries of musical works previously adorned with the title of “concept album.”  If Natalia’s “Love Kills, xxx” mini-series is a testament to the handiwork music lovers can expect, then 2010 will definitely be a “killer” year for Miss Kills.

In the midst of a promotional campaign for “Zombie,” Natalia Kills managed to squeeze some time out of her busy schedule and settle down for an interview with Clayton Perry – reflecting on the dangers of technology, her love of Quentin Tarantino, and the inspiration behind Perfectionist.


Janelle Monae

Date of Interview: 05/21/2010

The musical work of Janelle Monáe cannot be easily defined or categorized.  And while such tasks have grown in importance on the business side of the equation, the only issue that concerns Monáe is that she remains fearless in her music-making.

Bridging (and blurring) the categorical lines that separate music lovers, Janelle has created a debut album for the ages, which masterfully pushes the limits of “rock and soul” music.  And at the age of 24, as a byproduct of the hip-hop generation, the spirit of innovation flows through her blood, and her music, too.

On May 18, 2010, Janelle Monáe released the follow-up to her critically-acclaimed EP Metropolis: The Chase Suite (Special Edition), which featured the GRAMMY-nominated singles, “Many Moons.”  In the midst of a promotional campaign for The ArchAndroid, the singer managed to squeeze some time out of her busy schedule and settle down for an interview with Clayton Perry – reflecting on her early experiences at American Musical & Dramatic Academy, her emotional attachment to “Smile,” and the kindred spirit she shares with Erykah Badu.


Brian Transeau (BT)

Date of Interview: 05/17/2010

Brian Transeau is one of the most under-rated producers in the contemporary music landscape. With a discography that includes musical veterans, like Sting and Tori Amos, in addition to “Pop,” his radio-friendly collaboration with N*SYNC, there is no denying the range and eclecticism of Transeau’s songwriting and production talents.

As an audio technician, Brian Transeau is highly-regarded as a pioneer in electronic music and widely-credited for his development and use of the stutter edit, granular synthesis and nano-correcting. In 2009, “BT” would channel fifteen years of professional expertise into the launch of Sonik Architects, a software company.

To date, Brian Transeau’s work has been featured in more than 40 film and video game soundtracks.  And outside of his work for others, he has six studio albums to his credit: Ima (1995), ESCM (1997), Movement in Still Life (1999), Emotional Technology (2003), This Binary Universe (2006), and These Hopeful Machines (2010).

In the midst of a promotional campaign for These Hopeful Machines, “BT” managed to squeeze some time out of his busy schedule and settle down for an interview with Clayton Perry – reflecting on the science behind his music, the influence of Dr. Richard Boulanger, and the global appreciation of electronic music.


Miguel Jontel

Date of Interview: 04/09/2010

The music of Miguel Jontel is genre-defying.  And when one considers his ethnic background, as an Afro-Mexican singer, then his penchant for blending and mixing socio-cultural elements is immediately understandable.

Hailing from Los Angeles, California, Miguel’s claim to fame initially came from his songwriting and production talents.  Working behind the scenes, he has placed several tracks on Usher Raymond’s past two albums.  In addition, he contributed to Musiq Soulchild’s GRAMMY-nominated single, “IfULeave,” which featured Mary J. Blige.

Such massive successes led Miguel to release Mischief: The Mixtape, in order to whet the sonic appetite of his long-time followers. Additional singles, like “Sure Thing,” have made their rounds on the Internet as well. To date, the aforementioned single has received over four and a half million MySpace plays – validating his international appeal.

Miguel’s full-length debut will be released in the Fall of 2010 under the Jive imprint.  The album’s name-sake and current buzz single is “All I Want is You” – featuring J. Cole.  Upon the release of All I Want is You, Miguel managed to squeeze some time out his busy schedule and settle down for an interview with Clayton Perry – reflecting on the “McDonaldization” of the music industry, his appreciation of musical diversity, and his admiration of Stevie Wonder, John Lennon and Dianne Warren.