The Digilogue Series Thought Panel: The Digital A&R

This Thursday, a packed room of young up-and-coming artists, managers, entrepreneurs, and the like filled Wix Lounge to engage in a thought provoking and insightful Q&A with today’s taste makers in music. Moderated by Revolt TV‘s own Erin Simon, the panel included Saint Harraway (Republic Records), Kristan McCann (RCA), Robin Johnson (The Takeovah), Danielle Middleton (Sony ATV), & Chen Lo (Soul Science Lab) curated by Blank Label and Kulchah.  The panelists started by introducing themselves, with many of them echoing the same truth of following a “winding road” to lead them to their current respective positions. 

Erin Simon, no stranger to creating great content, got straight to the heart of the matter and began asking questions that were thankfully outside of the realm of typical surface questions asked at many similar panels, providing the audience with ample gems from each panelist throughout the night. Publishing, licensing, & syncing were some of the buzz words from the panel, encouraging artists and managers to look beyond becoming a superstar and focusing more on the notion of becoming a long-time money-earning artist and creator.

Questions like, “How should artists approach an A&R?” were broached by Simon, giving the panelists an opportunity to shed light on the best way to approach the seemingly untouchables of labels. “Everything is a relationship,” was emphasized by Saint Harraway of Republic Records, who explained the true importance of culminating genuine and lasting relationships within music. And sometimes the answers came in the form of questions from the panelists, such as Chen Lo asking, “What are you going to do to differentiate yourself?” 

Chen Lo, KFhox, & Saint Harraway

The Takeovah’s Robin Johnson explained that, “A no is not always a no,” and offered encouragement to artists on the rise that you can’t always take a no for face value. She also offered great advice for artists looking to get blog placements and genuine feedback on their music.

The audience was given an opportunity to “Ask Digilogue” to close out the panel and Simon took to Twitter to select some of the questions posed by attendees. Check out the hashtag #AskDigilogue to find some of the questions asked by the members of the audience. You can find playback of the panel on Wix Lounge‘s Facebook page who was streaming live during the event.

You can also visit @OfficialKFhox on Twitter to catch highlights of the wisdom shared by these thought leaders and be sure to follow @TheDigilogue on Instagram & Twitter to find out about their upcoming panels and events. As an avid attender of events and panels, I highly

WHIHH Chief Blogger KFhox at Wix Lounge

suggest getting to know The Digilogue, who is offering something beyond the typical things you already know by people you already know. Their access to true decision makers and thought leaders who are willing to be transparent truly sets them apart from many of the panels I’ve previously attended.

“If it’s not here, it’s not hot. This is what’s hot in hip hop.”


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