Can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today!
I started off with music at a young age, by playing drums. My pops was a musician who had the chance to tour with a few big names so my obsession with music was basically genetic. I can remember the stories he’d tell me about his performing days and the in’s and outs of the business and that always stuck with me. I originally thought I wanted to be an artist until I made it to college and I made the decision to be on the business side of music as a manager. By being a drummer I was able to create music at a young age but management was important to me because a lot of industry stories always mentioned bad management. In my mind, I felt I could improve the narrative and be around what I loved at the same time. In my junior year at Alcorn State University, I met Josh Waters and we began putting shows together on campus. At that time, he had a manager and his manager became my mentor. What started as small shows of 10-25 people on the campus library, grew to 150 people or more each show in a semester. It even landed Josh the opportunity to open for Big K.R.I.T. when he came to perform on campus. That was in 2015, now in 2020 as Josh’s manager, I’ve helped in the completion of two of his projects (143 & Honey) as well as a tour we put together on our own in 2018 of which he headlined. Currently, I work with Josh waters and HoodMusik, a multifaceted producer, at BNDWTH studios in Atlanta, GA.
Has it been a smooth road? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
No, it hasn’t always been a smooth road but overall it’s been fun still. I believe the bumps in the road make the success that much sweeter. In the beginning, most struggles were there because of a lack of information and guidance. Later on, the lack of money became the issue because it’s hard to break an artist/producer or any other creative without the cash to create and market properly.
What are you most proud of? What sets you apart from others?
I’m most proud of my clients and my team's continued success. To see Spotify numbers going up monthly and for artists, writers, and producers to be reaching out to work with the artist and producer I work with is consistent proof that things are moving in the right direction.
How do you, personally, define success? What are your criteria, the points of interest you’re looking out for, etc?
I define success as being happy with the level of achievement one has reached. Until then there is no success. For me, I’m my own worst critic because small victories lead to big ones but I see all small victories as just that. They’re small and when you work as hard as we do that’s “supposed” to happen. Overall, I see success as me reaching a point where doing what I love provides me with the opportunity to take care of my loved ones. Once that happens I’ll accept success.
How do you, personally, define happiness, in general, for yourself, and others?
I define happiness as being content. For me, it’s knowing that each day of my life I’m doing what I love. It’s simply living in the moment without doubts or regrets.
As a manager, how do you handle your job and responsibilities for your client?
My clients are my priority. I understand that my success is linked to theirs so I do everything in my power to make sure they have what they want and need. Scheduling is important also because I believe structure is needed for success. I also believe communication is the foundation of any working relationship, so we discuss the things they’re happy with and the things that can be improved on. From there we game plan, be it for the week or the quarter and attack all angles necessary to achieve those goals.
What is your experience in the music industry?
My experience in the industry has been constant work and constant learning, but I love it. I didn’t go to school for Music Management. However, I went for business management knowing I wanted it to lead me here. I’m not quite self-taught either, a lot of things I know I learned from my Pops while I was young, my original mentor Erick McGee, and other OG’s like Dutch, and WLPWR. I prefer to learn as I go but I’m open to YouTube videos also. One thing I learned is what worked for one person may not work in your favor. So to know the basics is important, but implementing your own style is a necessity for success.
Who were your biggest influences growing up and why? Who do you like to listen to now and why? Who’s on your playlist right now?
My biggest influences were my dad, of course, Kobe Bryant, and Cortez Bryant. My dad simply because I admire the man he is. He always seemed to have things figured out, and if he didn’t he held his composure well, and that’s something I chose to emulate. He also introduced me to music. With him being a musician I learned to hear music how he heard it and I believe that helped me quite a bit. Kobe because of his mentality. His will to be the greatest and the work required to become that is something I truly respected. Watching him over the years encouraged me to have the same mentality with my own career. Cortez Bryant was a huge influence because the path he took is similar to my own. So by default, I looked at him and saw hope for myself. He marched in an HBCU band like me and he even pledged the same fraternity. Those similarities made me look at him a lot closer. The main thing I respect about him is he became a manager to look out for his close friend and that’s one of the reasons I chose management as well. I like to listen to everything from Lil Baby to Midland. I just love music overall, but I was taught to have an open mind with music. Especially when you’re trying to work in the music industry. My current playlist consists of Freddie Gibbs, Smino, Sir, Jane Handcock, and Josh Waters to name a few
What are some of your goals this year?
My goal for this year is simple. I want more exposure and notoriety for the people I work with and our team (BNDWTH), so achieving that is my priority. I know accomplishing that will give us more range to build on the foundation we already have placed.
Who are the top 3 artists, producers, engineers, videographers, or others you would want to work with that you haven’t worked with yet?
To be honest, I don’t have an ideal three people in mind. I’d just like to reach a pinnacle position in my career where no artist, producer, or creative is out of reach.
What’s your favorite go-to order?
My favorite go-to order would have to be a ten-piece wing combo, all flats, half honey hot half lemon pepper wet. Same sauce on the fries from American Deli.