What was the most creative advertising idea you’ve seen recently?
Not one idea, but given how important music has become to TikTok, and how important TikTok has become to advertisers in just the last two years. I get excited by campaigns done well on the platform, whether on purpose or by happy accident ('Berries and Cream', anyone?)
What website(s) do you use most regularly?
I’m on the NYT all the time, trying to keep at least in touch with some of the current events. I’m on YouTube number one. You can learn anything there, it’s an amazing resource.
What’s the most recent piece of tech that you’ve bought?
I needed a new computer, that’s the most recent item on my wishlist. That’s how anyone makes music of any kind these days.
What product could you not live without?
Probably the iPhone. Just like everyone else in this generation that's addicted to the internet and being in touch with everybody. Certainly the phone.
What’s the best film you’ve seen over the last year?
I recently saw Silence of the Lambs for the first time and it was just killer. I also saw Ghost a few nights ago and it’s still such a great movie.
What film do you think everyone should have seen?
I think we have to go with Ghost. It’s really just a great movie that makes bold statements on culture.
What’s your preferred social media platform?
I don’t really 'prefer' any of them, but I use Instagram the most, and probably Twitter. It’s a love-hate relationship with a social media platform. Instagram would probably be number one.
What’s your favourite TV show?
Eastbound and Down. It was on HBO and it’s about an infamous baseball player played by the comedian Danny McBride. I love it. I can watch it a million times.
What’s your favourite podcast?
For a long time I listened to the Marc Maron podcasts, about artists and their lives. For a few years there was a podcast called The Champs by two comedians [Neal Brennan and Moshe Kashner], which is such a great podcast. Sometimes I listen to old interviews. I generally like comedian-centric podcasts.
What show/exhibition has most inspired you recently?
I saw this band called Jungle and they had a great live performance. They were just totally in their prime. I honestly haven’t seen that many shows recently, for obvious reasons, but that one for sure.
What’s the most significant change you’ve witnessed in the industry since you started working in it?
Certainly streaming. When I started working, Spotify wasn’t even in America yet. It was just in Europe, and you carried 10,000 songs in your pocket on an iPod. I got into music when they stopped using tape machines in studios. They don’t film video on tape anymore either. It changes every day, especially now with how important TikTok has become. There’s always a new thing, a new platform, and it seems like it moves at the speed of light. A lot of fads crop up too. I think TikTok will come and go, like every other thing, but streaming as a concept is the biggest shift.
If there was one thing you could change about the music industry, what would it be?
Right now, how payment is issued in music. It’s so clear big corporations are keeping on with an antiquated way of paying people when artists could get royalty money directly deposited to their account from platforms. Don’t get me started, let’s just keep it at that.
Who or what has most influenced your career?
Probably my mom. She was the reason I played music growing up. She was a professor of music theory and pushed me to doing it. Not professionally, but she was into music and wanted us to play instruments. In a weird way, she probably doesn’t want me involved in the music industry, but it’s thanks to her I’m here.
Tell us one thing about yourself that most people won’t know.
I'm an unabashed dog person. This past October I just celebrated my one-year gotcha day with Roxie, the youngest of the household.