Rico Brooks interview on the Producergrind Podcast. In this episode, we linked with Super Producer Manager Rico Brooks, whose managed some of the top producers in the game from Sonny Digital to Southside to Metro Boomin he’s worked with them all. We covered so many topics, this podcast clears up many misconceptions about what a manager does and is supposed to do for their clients. We talked about a managers role when it comes to lining up placements, negotiating contracts and making money outside of music. We discuss the differences between managing a producer and managing an artists, and the unique power producers have as the backbone of the music industry. Rico Brooks answers questions like “When should I get a manager?”, “What should I look for in a manager?” and “What should I being doing right now as a producer to build my brand?”. Also we drop gems on how to maneuver in the music industry, being self-aware and pursuing your passion. We definitely appreciate Rico pulling up and dropping game for the producer culture!
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1:52 Mom said it was time to start paying some bills
3:51 Working at Kroger helped me be a better manager
6:51 Meeting and managing a 18 year old Sonny Digital
8:22 Why did you want to manage producers over artists?
9:58 To be a successful artists you have to be selfish
13:19 What habits do your most successful producers have?
16:04 What to look for in a manager?
19:41 Having a full time job while pursuing music, should it be done?
21:57 Sometimes a part time job is what you need to jumpstart that hunger to make it!
22:47 Internships help you define what you want in your career
24:45 Money in the music industry is cyclical
25:45 What are some practical steps to help develop vision?
29:52 What does a producer need to have going before they get a manager and what should a producer expect from a manager?
31:58 If I have no money, if I don’t know anyone what can I be doing?? Alert
34:39 Money is not in the advance, get the placement then the money!!
36:47 Publishing Deals and why they’re necessary and effective
40:46 Different types of deals
42:22 What is a copyright?
43:37 Negotiating Good, Great and the Best Deals
49:16 What to expect from a manager
54:14 Studio etiquette and handling industry beef
58:17 Common mistakes producers are making
1:00:10 Rico’s beats would get us all shot
1:01:05 How the Producer Union can take form!
1:06:42 Rico linking with Tasha Catour
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