Music Biz LIVE Archives

Music Biz LIVE is our new weekly interview series held via Zoom will allow us to discuss “the new normal” with high-level executives and check in with the various communities within our industry.

Check out recordings of past Music Biz LIVE sessions below:

January 14, 2021 – Music Biz LIVE: Nicole Wyskoarko and Caroline “Baroline” Diaz of Interscope

In this talk, we’ll get personal with one of Interscope’s rising A&R stars and her mentor, a senior executive in the organization, to understand how their relationship has helped them both develop their highly successful careers as women of color in a crowded and competitive record business. Each of these women have built successful track records — from Co-Head of A&R at the Number One label in the business, to nurturing the careers of some of the biggest artists in the world. We’ll share stories about how they supported each of their journeys in a dog-eat-dog industry. 

November 18, 2020 – Music Biz LIVE: Jac Holzman, Founder of Elektra Records

In the final LIVE interview of 2020, listen in as music industry legend and tech pioneer Jac Holzman talks about the founding of Elektra Records 70 years ago. And, learn more about Jac's life beyond Elektra as an executive, adviser, and technologist.

October 8, 2020 – Music Biz LIVE Onward & Upward Keynote: Warner Chappell Music’s Ryan Press

October 8, 2020 – Music Biz LIVE Onward & Upward Keynote: TikTok’s Ole Obermann

October 6, 2020 – Music Biz LIVE Onward & Upward Keynote: Amazon Music’s Steve Boom

October 5, 2020 – Music Biz LIVE Onward & Upward Keynote: Sony Music Group’s Towalame Austin

August 19, 2020 – Music Biz LIVE: Binta Brown, Prophet and Caron Veazey of BMAC

Music Biz President Portia Sabin interviewed founders of the newly formed Black Music Action Coalition (BMAC) — artist manager/industry executive Binta Brown, Prophet of 50/50 Music Group Management, Inc., and Caron Veazey of Something In Common — who will share their plan to address the deeply rooted systemic racism in the music industry.

July 8, 2020 – Music Biz LIVE Keynote — Ghazi of Empire and Fat Joe

In the first Music Biz LIVE session of Summer 2020, we celebrate EMPIRE’s 10-year journey to becoming one of today’s top all-encompassing independent music companies!

May 14, 2020 – Music Biz LIVE: Aaron Bay-Schuck and Tom Corson of Warner Records

In the 18 months since this power duo jointly took the reigns at Warner Records, the iconic label has seen a name change, a new office location, an investment in exciting new talent, and seemingly, a rebrand. These industry veterans will take us inside what’s new at Warner Records (formerly Warner Bros.), as well as talk about their pivoted release strategy for one of their biggest projects – Dua Lipa’s Future Nostalgia.

May 13, 2020 – Music Biz LIVE: Troy Carter, J. Erving and Suzy Ryoo of Q&A/Human Re-Sources

Over the past year, this power trio has built a multifaceted music company that seeks to empower the next generation of artists through technology, tools and services. In response to the COVID-19 crisis, they instituted “The Panel” — a Zoom series featuring industry heavy-hitters that serves as a forum to support one another during this unusual time. Dozens of sessions later, we will turn the tables and interview them to get a first-hand look at what they have learned from their guests.