March 25 2015
Ministry of Sound Australia's A&R/head honcho Jeff Drake took to Reddit to offer a behind the scenes look into the role of an A&R, as well as providing secrets, tips and feedback to aspiring producers. As the head of Artists & Repertoire (A&R) for Ministry of Sound Australia, Jeff has been heavily involved with the releases of over 10 Gold, Platinum, or multi-platinum selling records in the last 18 months, including Timmy Trumpet & Savage's 5x Platinum hit Freaks. Founder and director of Canberra's Foreshore festival, Jeff has toured some of the biggest artists in the world from Above & Beyond, Calvin Harris and Major Lazer, to The Temper Trap, Empire of The Sun and Gotye.
Here's what we learnt:
Originality is paramount when trying to get your demo signed by a major label.
How does Ministry of Sound Australia decide who mixes the compilations.
Very briefly, A track goes through a lot of people before it makes it to radio.
Producing quality music is your best investment.
Performance and persona matter, but they can be built around amazing music.
Sorry Dubstep fans...
The Marvin Gaye Estate vs Blurred Lines verdict leaves a few questions unanswered.
The rise of bedroom producers is something to be excited about.
Unless you are Kanye...
The internet has given artists a direct route to their market, the trouble is standing out amongst the noise.
And just incase you were wondering....
The full AMA can be viewed here: