What has been your experience with 'Cane Records?
I started out in ‘Cane Records when I was a sophomore in college. I was just starting to become interested in working in the backend of the music industry and wanted to learn more about how record labels functioned.
I joined as an A&R coordinator, helping the team find talent at the University and being a liaison between artists and the label. My junior year I switched departments and was a marketing coordinator, then finally was promoted to the VP of Marketing. My time there has been fantastic, and I’ve worked with amazing people and amazing artists.
How did you co-found Sphere Music LLC?
At Music Biz 2019, a music conference held in Nashville, I met Connor Jordan from Monmouth University, who I immediately knew I wanted to connect and work with. After trialing different ideas and talking to our professors about what the music industry could use more of, we finally
created Sphere Music LLC, a digital marketing company focused on helping musicians understand their audiences and helping them increase their online presence.
So far, we’ve worked with talented artists from colleges as well as big names in the industry, such as ToniSteelz, a Grammy-considered hip-hop vocalist from Brooklyn.
What are your top accomplishments?
In 2016, after almost 10 months of hard work, I released Tomorrow, my first debut collaboration EP with my good friend, Lachlan McArthur. This was my first step into the world of music production, and I was incredibly proud of what we had achieved together.
In 2017, I auditioned and placed into the principal trumpet seat for the ILMEA All-State Honors Band, a musical ensemble formed once a year featuring the best classical instrumentalists from the State of Illinois.
The University of Miami Frost School of Music is my dream school––I was accepted with a full
In 2018, I released my first solo album, Departures, on all streaming platforms. This 2-year project contained some of my most personal and most valuable works of music.
In 2020, I produced Gemini 7 for my funk band, JMOD, which received over 7,000 plays on streaming platforms. I also released a single titled Love (Where I Was) which, to date, is my best performing song of all time.
Is there anything that you would change?
I’m incredibly happy with where I am right now and very proud of myself for achieving the things I’ve achieved. Maybe some coding knowledge earlier on would have been nice, but I can learn Python whenever I want to. Honestly, in terms of the direction my career has taken, I don’t think I would have changed a thing.
What are your strengths & weaknesses?
In the words of one of my professors, “I’m a good talker.” I really enjoy connecting with other people and learning about their lives on both a professional and personal level. I thrive off of working with others––though I do good work on my own, I work best within a team of people. I
can adapt to changing situations quite well.
I’m also a bit of a perfectionist. I’m my own worst critic and I expect a lot from myself, which sometimes leads to getting tunnel visioned into a certain task to try and make it perfect even if there are still multiple tasks that need doing. On a personal level, I spend a lot of time thinking
about how I come across to others and what they think of me as a person.
What are your hobbies?
Aside from making music, my biggest hobby is video gaming––specifically racing and flight simulators––as well as video editing. When I have free time, you’ll probably me trying to get a more perfect lap time in on my racing simulator, editing a video for one of my YouTube channels, or flying a transatlantic flight in Flight Simulator.
* I’ve also recently started getting more into streaming on Twitch, as well as Chess.
Do you have any mentors, if so, who are they?
Aside from my parents, who are the greatest mentors I’ve had so far, my music marketing professor and Director of ‘Cane Records, Guillermo Page, as well as my music publishing professor, John Redmond, have both been great mentors during my time at UM.
What does style/entertainment mean to you?
Entertainment is so much more than just something that gives me pleasure––entertainment gives my life meaning and purpose. Entertainment is a late-night conversation in the car with a friend about philosophy, a piece of good food, a relaxing drive down a country road. Things keep occurring, things keep changing, and I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to experience all of it.
Style, simply, is how you wear your personality––how it’s showcased to the rest of the world, not just through the clothes that you wear, but also how you conduct yourself and the exact way you communicate.
Favorite music memory/music genre?
I couldn’t possibly choose any specific memory from college, they’ve all been fantastic, and nearly all of them musical in some way. One of my favorite musical memories was the time I performed at a concert in Valencia, Spain, with my high school band. After playing a nearly flawless performance, we received a standing ovation. I glanced at an older woman who was wiping tears from her eyes as she applauded. There’s simply no other feeling in the world like that.
What motivates you?
There are two things that mainly motivate me––the first is other people. The knowledge that if I do great work I’ll make someone happy, whether it’s an artist I’m working with, a band member, or one of my professors, is one of the most fulfilling parts of working in the music industry. The industry revolves around ultimately making people feel emotions.
The second, quite frankly, is myself. I’m my own worst critic which, admittedly, sometimes may not be healthy, but I’m the most aware of the good work that I’m capable of doing, so I’m always pushing myself to be better than I was a minute ago––to constantly be improving and
learning from my experiences.