How did this new album and overall concept for it come about, and what are your ultimate goals with it?
The concept for this album was actually inspired by the great Quincy Jones and his classic Back on the Block album. As a producer/songwriter, I wanted to create a platform to display and highlight talented singers who could really sing but needed an outlet. Since I produce different genres of music, I thought it would be cool to create a project, which mixed elements of soul, jazz, neo soul & hip-hop. My ultimate goal for this album is for my music and the artists’ associated with this project to receive global exposure and for us to sell lots of records!
What do you find to be the most challenging aspect of recording a new album?
The most challenging aspect of recording a new album is staying within the budget constraints working as an indie label. I also find that with a compilation album like mine, it was important to make sure the album, along with the artists’ had a smooth, cohesive flow to it and that the songs didn’t feel forced or out of place.
How would you describe what inspires you to do what you do?
What inspires me to do what I do is a love of music and the creative process of making records and running an indie label. I have been inspired to see if I can reach the musical/business heights of Berry Gordy & Smokey Robinson, Quincy Jones, Gamble & Huff & Clive Davis. To go in the studio, create a melody, transfer my ideas to the artists’ and have them deliver a great product that the masses enjoy is a rush unlike any other I have experienced.
What artists do you feel akin to or in the same tribe with?
The artist I feel akin to as a producer is Quincy Jones. However, the featured artists’ on Nu Indie Soul, Vol. 1 are akin to Ledisi, Erykah Badu, Angie Stone & Donny Hathaway.
Who are some of your current favorite artists, Smooth Jazz or otherwise?
Some of my current favorite artists are Kem, Angie Stone, Fantasia, John Legend & Anthony Hamilton
What are you most proud of at this point in your life and career?
What I am most proud of at this point in my career is that I have been able to use my business acumen and musical gifts to help other aspiring artist realize their dreams of singing, performing and selling records to a mass audience. I am also proud of the fact that even when the major labels rejected my music, I kept pursuing my dreams and proved that there was a market for the music I create.