Asian Doll- Clout (music video)

Asian Doll has been putting in work for some time now and it is really starting to pay off! Everything from her flow to her delivery and even down to her swag is unique. It's hard not to pay attention as she continues to deliver consistent content for her fans. Her hard work even recently got her a solid co-sign from Nicki Minaj during her interview with Zane Lowe for Beats1. 

We look forward to seeing what is next but in the meantime enjoy these great visuals for 'Clout'. You can also currently catch her on a world tour supporting Bhad Bhabie! She will also be touching down in London to perform at 02 Islington Academy on July 11th so don't miss that! 

The Female Hustler launch event makes an appearance on MTV UK's Million Dollar Baby

In September 2017 we held our Female Hustler launch party at Proud Camden of which we had an amazing panel of business women including Link Up TV editor and Bitchy Online UK founder Wardah Sempa, Partnerships Manager of Asos and Founder of Life Talks UK Velma Simmons, Founder of Digital Marketing Agency PinkShip Patrice Camille and Owner of Baby On Trend / Reality TV Star Lateysha Grace.   Latesyha was filming with MTV UK for her new show Million Dollar Baby and tonight at 8pm you will be able to see what went down at our event on the show!   Enjoy!

In September 2017 we held our Female Hustler launch party at Proud Camden of which we had an amazing panel of business women including Link Up TV editor and Bitchy Online UK founder Wardah Sempa, Partnerships Manager of Asos and Founder of Life Talks UK Velma Simmons, Founder of Digital Marketing Agency PinkShip Patrice Camille and Owner of Baby On Trend / Reality TV Star Lateysha Grace. 

Latesyha was filming with MTV UK for her new show Million Dollar Baby and tonight at 8pm you will be able to see what went down at our event on the show! 

Enjoy!

#PRFOCUS INTERVIEW: ANDREA HAMILTON (CEO THEORY COMMUNICATIONS)

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#PRFOCUS INTERVIEW: ANDREA HAMILTON (CEO THEORY COMMUNICATIONS)

Hi Andrea, thank you for taking the time to speak to The Female Hustler today. You are originally from Cleveland, what was it like growing up there and what made you decide to make the move to Atlanta where you are currently based?

Cleveland is a tough place to grow up in. There aren’t many opportunities, its much poorer, a lot of crime, but that type of environment births a city of hungry people who are go-getters. I had a great family life, I grew up with my mother who is an educator and my father who is an artist/photographer. By having the best of both worlds, I had a lot of great knowledge, characteristics and skills instilled in me from birth. When it came time to select a university/college to attend, I wanted to move to Atlanta BAD. Atlanta seemed to be the hot and popping place for African Americans and millennials. I knew that Atlanta was the place to be, if you wanted to be somebody.

You went to college for Fashion Design, how did you end up working in PR?

I took a slew of odd internships while in fashion school, because I was desperately trying to find myself. I stumbled across a fashion PR internship and applied. Luckily, due to my quick wit and knowledge I landed an interview and was hired. It was then that I realized PR was my true calling. I went out a lot as a young adult and would meet all kinds of people, head music execs, athletes, tastemakers, artists and more. I used those relationships to develop a strong a core network. So when I got into PR, those contacts I had finally were beneficial to my career. I grew to love public relations fast because I was naturally great at it.

You are the head publicist at your company Theory Communications which you run with your sister, how is it working so closely with family?

My sister and I are 17-months a part and have always been raised like “Irish twins.” Nobody knows me like my sister does, and vice versa. We argue and bicker all the time, but we always make amends and never let that get in-between the work that needs to be done. We’ve spent our entire lives together so we know each others strengths and weaknesses as if they are our own.

Tell us a bit more about your company Theory Communications and what services you offer

Theory Communications is an integrative communications agency, fusing traditional PR and marketing tools. Founded in 2014, our team consists of professionals with combined experience serving a number of high-profile clients in areas including Atlanta, Los Angeles and New York City.

Theory Communications specializes in public relations, digital marketing, social media marketing, event planning and branding for lifestyle, sports and entertainment clients. We also have in-house web design, graphic and intellectual property teams. We pride ourselves on creating informative, fresh and innovative brand awareness for our clients through extensive relations with national and local media, state-of-the-art marketing tools and strategic planning skills.

One of your current big clients is Hustle Gang, how did that opportunity to work with them come about and what has been a highlight so far?

I was introduced to Grand Hustle through a referral. Once myself and some of their executive staff met we immediately had a great vibe. I’m a family ran business so all of my clients are like family. I have to really have great vibes and energy with each client as well as they need to have that for myself and our team. So we immediately hit it off, which led to us working with each other.

Since working as a publicist what has been one of your favourite campaigns so far?

One of my very first gigs was the VH1 Rock Doc - ATL Rise: The Untold Story of Atlanta’s Rap Game. We were the talent liaisons for the show, as well as curated the big red carpet premiere in Atlanta. I will never forget this because it was such a huge gig and we landed it within 30 days of launching our company. It also was the first time I had received TV/Film credits, so to reach that goal in the very beginning has always been memorable.

With your job you are always travelling around, where has been your favourite place you have got to visit with your work so far?

I travelled to Hong Kong, China with one of my beauty clients, Ming Lee. I love experiencing different cultures, so being in China was always a bucket list destination for me. I had a great time and learned a lot about their way of life, food, culture and more.

As you know we are a UK based blog, have you ever been to the UK? Any plans to come to London anytime soon?

I have not been to the UK yet, but I cannot wait to have the opportunity to come there. I’ve heard so many great things and funnily whenever I pretend to have an alter-ego I am from West London, Hammersmith, lol. So I probably need to visit there to learn more facts when I pretend next time.

Are you familiar with any UK artists?

I’m familiar with Stefflon Don, she’s super dope. She’s signed with Quality Control - an AMAZING independent label. They put on heavy for their artists so I’ve been watching her movement… she’s going to blow.

Who would be your dream client if you could work with anybody that you haven’t already?

I don’t per say have “dream clients” I just love working with athletes and dope/creative artists with open mind sets. But if I had to choose, I would love to work with someone such as Travis Scott because he’s just dope all around. Rihanna of course because she has so many different things going on in several industry categories, so we would stay busy and get creative.

When a potential new client approaches you about working together, what do you already expect them to have in place?

They need to have a product and somewhat of a local following.

What struggles did you face when launching your own company and how did you overcome them? Do you have any advice you could share with someone who is getting ready to take that leap into launching their own company?

The main struggle is organization. We kind of hit the ground running, so we were stuck trying to organize the back end of the business while taking on new clients. It’s important to organize and manage your business operations first and foremost. Understand the business your in, do research, read articles, know the top 5 CEO’s in your field and their story. There’s no such thing as too much knowledge. You should study your craft every day so you can understand how to operate your business the best way.

You are also a full time mum, how do you manage juggling motherhood and running your own company? Do you have any advice for any mums out there who may be wanting to start their own company?

My advice for Moms are NEVER GIVE UP. My daughter is my biggest motivation. She comes with me everywhere thankfully because I have the luxury to do that. But for the Moms who may have to put their kids in school/day-care, just always set aside time for your kid as well as time to recharge yourself. It’s very difficult finding time for you when you are juggling the weight of the world and a child(ren) on your shoulders. I usually pick a day of the week that I will just hang with my daughter and then possibly just go home, cook (which I love to do), watch TV or go get a massage. It’s been life changing.

As you know we are ‘The Female Hustler’ what is your definition of a 'Female Hustler’?

A female hustler is a woman who knows what she wants and is relentless to reach that goal. You may not necessarily be at your “goal” yet, but as long as you are taking strides to reach your goals in life you are a hustler. Never be discouraged by the hustle and never compare your grind to another because we all have different roads to take to reach our goals.

Finally what is coming up for you, your company and clients that you are able to share with us?

Honestly, we will just be working, growing larger with clients and our team. We have a lot of great projects upcoming for some of our existing clients such as Lou Williams (Clippers), Hustle Gang, Stephen Jackson (NBA Veteran), The Gathering Spot (Private Membership Club) and more. This year (2018) is going to be crazy!

To connect with Theory Communications see below:

Twww.Twitter.com/theory_comm

IGwww.Instagram.com/Theory_Comm

Wwww.TheoryComm.com

PR FOCUS INTERVIEW: SAVANNAH BRITT

PR FOCUS INTERVIEW: SAVANNAH BRITT       Thank you for taking the time to speak to us today, you are currently based in Jersey / NYC, where are you from originally?     I’m originally from Voorhees, NJ.    You started your career at an early age where you impressively had your own magazine by the age of 12! Can you tell us a bit about Girlpez Fashion Magazine and what made you decide to start it at such a young age?    






























I had my first paid gig as a children’s book reviewer for a local newspaper at age nine. I’ve always loved writing, so it was the first opportunity I had to make money off my passion. Eventually the publication folded, and like any hungry writer–I had to find my next move. In my case, I decided to start my own publication.    Your publication became extremely successful and even got you a personal congratulations from Teen Vogue’s editor-in-chief Amy Astley. What was that moment like for you and what opportunities did it open up for the magazine and your brand at the time?    Thank you! It was an amazing co-sign and it opened up many doors–even to this day. I had the opportunity of visiting the Teen Vogue offices on several occasions. Additionally, the co-sign from Amy Astley was a stamp of approval to my peers in the fashion and entertainment community.     






























Who were your fashion icons growing up and what inspired you to start writing about fashion?    






























I always looked up to Genevieve Jones and The Olsen Twins when it came to fashion. As a creative, I’ve always used fashion as a way to express who I am as a person. I remember my aunt gifted me with my first designer bag when I was 11 years old. It was a Dooney & Bourke crossbody bag. I remember being so enamored by the quality and great detail of the bag. From that day forward, I made it a priority to be hip on the ins and outs of fashion, and naturally that led to fashion journalism.    After folding your publication in 2012 you moved onto pursue a career in public relations, what made you decide to make that transition and was it an easy one for you?    By the time I reached high school, I knew that I would eventually pursue a career in PR. Working in the publishing world put me in contact with lots of PR professionals. Whether I was coordinating with them to book interviews, or solidifying press passes for an event–I was always in constant contact with PR folks. I loved what the job entailed. Once college hit, I used it as a reset button and put all my efforts into PR. The transition was fairly easy. I used many of my contacts that I accumulated over the years from the publishing industry.    In making your transition into public relations you launched your company GP and Britt. What obstacles did you overcome when launching your own company and is there any advice you can give to someone else looking to launch a company?     When you’re a young entrepreneur naturally people are going to think of you as the underdog. I used this doubt as fuel to push forward in my respective industry. I never allowed the doubt of others to affect what I’m doing.    Some of your clientele past and present have included some huge names such as Fat Joe, 2 Chainz, Lil Yachty and more. Who was your first major client and how did that opportunity come about?    My first major client was Milyn Jensen (“Mimi”) from Bad Girls Club. I found her on Instagram before they announced the new season and we connected on there. The rest was history.    When an artist approaches you about working together, what are the main things you look for and expect them to have in place?    This varies with everyone I work with. Ideally, I look for people who have social media platforms that they use and connect with. However, I have worked with clients where we crafted everything (social media included) from the very beginning. It just depends. Every case is different.    What has been your favourite campaign to work on so far?    Every campaign is fun and rewarding for me! To name one from this year, I recently curated Kodie Shane’s New York City meet-and-greet. That was a lot of fun! I crafted an intimate experience for Kodie and her fans at Mikey Likes It Ice Cream. Overall it was a hit. Fans were able to interact with Kodie one-on-one, receive free merch, and eat free ice cream! 






























     You have secured some amazing placements for your clients from Forbes to E! News to U.S Weekly, what tips would you give for securing those high profile placements?    It’s all about your pitch. What’s your story? What’s your angle? How are you relatable to readers? These are the questions these outlets are asking before you even press send on your release.    Through your career you have interviewed numerous artists, do you have any favourites / memorable stories you could share?    I’ve had so many moments. I think a dope moment for me was bringing Madeintyo and 24hrs (formerly Royce Rizzy) to Philly. I was the first to do it. It was the day before my college graduation too! It was a pop-up shop/meet-and-greet that turned into a crazy energetic performance. They really came through to Philly–the city that I got my career start in–and showed so much love! The entire moment was a representation of my accomplishments and hard work in my career at that point.    Are there any artists you haven’t worked with you would love to do a campaign for?    






























For sure! Beyonce, Kanye, Drake, Pat McGrath, and Barack Obama (not quite an artist, but definitely worth mentioning lol)–if you’re reading this, holla at ya girl!    Your company is based out of New York, Philadelphia and Miami, do you have a personal preference in terms of the music scene out of those 3 places?    I love it all! They all offer their own version of a music scene. As far as my favourite scene to work in, definitely NYC. It has nothing to do with the music itself though. I just love working in New York City. I’m addicted to the hustle and bustle.    We are a UK based outlet so we have to ask, are you familiar with any UK artists and are there any you would like to work with?    I’m a big fan of Skepta, Giggs, Krept & Konan, Dave, J Hus, Joss Stone, Jessie Ware, and FKA Twigs! I’d love to work with all of them!    Any plans to come to the UK soon?    Yes! I’ll be there in January. Exact dates coming soon.    As you know we are ‘The Female Hustler’, what is your definition of a Female Hustler?    A female hustler is someone who is not afraid to go after what she wants. Whether it means catching a last minute bus to catch an important event, or digging the web to find that important contact you need–she gets the job done by any means.    Finally what can we expect in 2018 from Savannah Britt and GP & Britt? Any exciting plans you can share with us?    I won’t say much but I will say this: major brands and major platforms.    Let people know where they can find you and how they can get in touch.     Instagram/Twitter: @Sav_Britt   savannahbritt.com  facebook.com/savannahbrittofficial

PR FOCUS INTERVIEW: SAVANNAH BRITT

Thank you for taking the time to speak to us today, you are currently based in Jersey / NYC, where are you from originally?

I’m originally from Voorhees, NJ.

You started your career at an early age where you impressively had your own magazine by the age of 12! Can you tell us a bit about Girlpez Fashion Magazine and what made you decide to start it at such a young age?

I had my first paid gig as a children’s book reviewer for a local newspaper at age nine. I’ve always loved writing, so it was the first opportunity I had to make money off my passion. Eventually the publication folded, and like any hungry writer–I had to find my next move. In my case, I decided to start my own publication.

Your publication became extremely successful and even got you a personal congratulations from Teen Vogue’s editor-in-chief Amy Astley. What was that moment like for you and what opportunities did it open up for the magazine and your brand at the time?

Thank you! It was an amazing co-sign and it opened up many doors–even to this day. I had the opportunity of visiting the Teen Vogue offices on several occasions. Additionally, the co-sign from Amy Astley was a stamp of approval to my peers in the fashion and entertainment community.

Who were your fashion icons growing up and what inspired you to start writing about fashion?

I always looked up to Genevieve Jones and The Olsen Twins when it came to fashion. As a creative, I’ve always used fashion as a way to express who I am as a person. I remember my aunt gifted me with my first designer bag when I was 11 years old. It was a Dooney & Bourke crossbody bag. I remember being so enamored by the quality and great detail of the bag. From that day forward, I made it a priority to be hip on the ins and outs of fashion, and naturally that led to fashion journalism.

After folding your publication in 2012 you moved onto pursue a career in public relations, what made you decide to make that transition and was it an easy one for you?

By the time I reached high school, I knew that I would eventually pursue a career in PR. Working in the publishing world put me in contact with lots of PR professionals. Whether I was coordinating with them to book interviews, or solidifying press passes for an event–I was always in constant contact with PR folks. I loved what the job entailed. Once college hit, I used it as a reset button and put all my efforts into PR. The transition was fairly easy. I used many of my contacts that I accumulated over the years from the publishing industry.

In making your transition into public relations you launched your company GP and Britt. What obstacles did you overcome when launching your own company and is there any advice you can give to someone else looking to launch a company?

When you’re a young entrepreneur naturally people are going to think of you as the underdog. I used this doubt as fuel to push forward in my respective industry. I never allowed the doubt of others to affect what I’m doing.

Some of your clientele past and present have included some huge names such as Fat Joe, 2 Chainz, Lil Yachty and more. Who was your first major client and how did that opportunity come about?

My first major client was Milyn Jensen (“Mimi”) from Bad Girls Club. I found her on Instagram before they announced the new season and we connected on there. The rest was history.

When an artist approaches you about working together, what are the main things you look for and expect them to have in place?

This varies with everyone I work with. Ideally, I look for people who have social media platforms that they use and connect with. However, I have worked with clients where we crafted everything (social media included) from the very beginning. It just depends. Every case is different.

What has been your favourite campaign to work on so far?

Every campaign is fun and rewarding for me! To name one from this year, I recently curated Kodie Shane’s New York City meet-and-greet. That was a lot of fun! I crafted an intimate experience for Kodie and her fans at Mikey Likes It Ice Cream. Overall it was a hit. Fans were able to interact with Kodie one-on-one, receive free merch, and eat free ice cream!

You have secured some amazing placements for your clients from Forbes to E! News to U.S Weekly, what tips would you give for securing those high profile placements?

It’s all about your pitch. What’s your story? What’s your angle? How are you relatable to readers? These are the questions these outlets are asking before you even press send on your release.

Through your career you have interviewed numerous artists, do you have any favourites / memorable stories you could share?

I’ve had so many moments. I think a dope moment for me was bringing Madeintyo and 24hrs (formerly Royce Rizzy) to Philly. I was the first to do it. It was the day before my college graduation too! It was a pop-up shop/meet-and-greet that turned into a crazy energetic performance. They really came through to Philly–the city that I got my career start in–and showed so much love! The entire moment was a representation of my accomplishments and hard work in my career at that point.

Are there any artists you haven’t worked with you would love to do a campaign for?

For sure! Beyonce, Kanye, Drake, Pat McGrath, and Barack Obama (not quite an artist, but definitely worth mentioning lol)–if you’re reading this, holla at ya girl!

Your company is based out of New York, Philadelphia and Miami, do you have a personal preference in terms of the music scene out of those 3 places?

I love it all! They all offer their own version of a music scene. As far as my favourite scene to work in, definitely NYC. It has nothing to do with the music itself though. I just love working in New York City. I’m addicted to the hustle and bustle.

We are a UK based outlet so we have to ask, are you familiar with any UK artists and are there any you would like to work with?

I’m a big fan of Skepta, Giggs, Krept & Konan, Dave, J Hus, Joss Stone, Jessie Ware, and FKA Twigs! I’d love to work with all of them!

Any plans to come to the UK soon?

Yes! I’ll be there in January. Exact dates coming soon.

As you know we are ‘The Female Hustler’, what is your definition of a Female Hustler?

A female hustler is someone who is not afraid to go after what she wants. Whether it means catching a last minute bus to catch an important event, or digging the web to find that important contact you need–she gets the job done by any means.

Finally what can we expect in 2018 from Savannah Britt and GP & Britt? Any exciting plans you can share with us?

I won’t say much but I will say this: major brands and major platforms.

Let people know where they can find you and how they can get in touch. 

Instagram/Twitter: @Sav_Britt

savannahbritt.comfacebook.com/savannahbrittofficial

INTERVIEW: AMANDA JAKES MILES (CEO OF HIP HOP HEADQUARTERS)

INTERVIEW: AMANDA JAKES MILES (CEO OF HIP HOP HEADQUARTERS)      Hi Amanda, thank you for taking the time to speak with us today. You are currently based in Atlanta, are you from there originally? If not where are you from and what made you decide to move to Atlanta?    No, I’m originally from a small town outside of Charleston, SC called Goose Creek. I lived there until about 14 when my parents were transferred to Chesapeake, VA. I did college up at Virginia State, joined the Navy at 21 and was stationed in San Diego. Around 2011 I made the choice to move to Atlanta to be where 90% of my family is. Best decision I ever made.     You are the CEO of Hip Hop Headquarters (Triple HQ), what made you decide to start your own Hip Hop platform and what separates yours from the other Hip Hop platforms out there?    I decided to create Hip Hop Headquarters because I was a young publicist back in 2008 and I knew how hard it was to get artists on platforms without any type of co-signs. I wanted to create a place that was open to letting anyone submit. We don’t care who knows you or who co-signed you…we want to hear your music and it give it a chance. I think that is the main thing that separates us from the others.  Also we provide feedback and a whole Hip Hop 101 section giving out advice one how artists can improve in so many areas.      You put out a lot of articles on your site giving extremely valuable tips to artists on how to manoeuvre through the music industry and how to carry themselves. Most recently you put out an article on how to approach publications, what is the main thing you look for when an artist approaches you about being featured on your site? What are some things they must always include and what are some no no’s for you?    My main thing is your introduction. If you find me on social media or somehow get my email, its all about how you present yourself to me from the beginning. First impressions are everything to me, especially if you expect me to take you seriously. If you contact me on social media; a simple “My name is (insert rapper name here) and I follow your site TripleHQ and was wondering how about can I go with emailing some of my latest music for review”. But if you jump in my DM’s talking about “Let’s Work” I’m blocking you to oblivion. On the email side, I prefer direct personal emails to me. If you want a premiere through me you should not be emailing me and 700 people the same thing. If it’s just something you want my company to check out, you still better be using BCC on that email or its getting deleted.    What obstacles did you overcome when starting up your own company? And what advice would you give to anyone wanting to start their own platform?    I think the frustration of being a woman and the lack of support I had behind me. A lot of people didn’t think I was serious. I put blood sweat and tears into creating my company. A lot of people gave up too soon or got distracted with other things that seems more popping as if Rome was built overnight. Other obstacles would have been how much time I wasted helping other people with their music, companies, brands, etc instead of focusing all my energy on my main path. For people wanting to start their own company, I wouldn’t say just jump into it like most would say. Make sure it makes sense..make sure you have the time, the budget to brand and market your company. Choose only the right people who will bring encouragement, value, and investment into what you’re trying to do.     Atlanta is the hub for talent especially in the Hip Hop scene, who are some of your favourite artists out of Atlanta right now?    Offset, Takeoff, Quavo (yes the Migos..lol), Future, 2 Chainz, Lil Yachty, Lil Uzi Vert, 21 Savage, Young Thug, Gucci Mane..I can go on and on but y’all get the gist.     You have also done a number of PR campaigns for established artists such as 2 Chainz, Future and Rick Ross, how did those opportunities come about? In your opinion what are the key elements every successful PR campaign should have?    The Rick Ross campaign came about in 2008-2009 when I was working for his nephew as his publicist. He told Ross how great I was and said they were starting a group and wanted me to help out with social media campaigns. Later that afternoon Rick Ross called my phone about Maybach Music. I worked under a few of the managers for a couple months and then I drifted away (yeah, I know…I was young…should’ve stayed put). I worked on the campaign for 2 Chainz back in 2011 for his mixtape release party and his Birthday Party event. I helped also in the conversion of turning Titty Boi into 2 Chainz. Future, I worked on a Charity Event for him also back in 2011 during the Christmas time. I also was the publicist to Sean Paul of the Youngbloodz.   Some of the key elements for a successful PR campaign include: strategy, a timeframe, knowing your audience, targeted press releases, and assessment.    If an artist reaches out to you requesting a PR campaign what do you already expect them to have in place?    For me, its helpful to have a press kit (even if you need me to spruce it up a bit…at least have something)., A biography, a website, and a BUDGET. I need to know the main details of the campaign and what do you expect in the results, and your time window.    You are also an A&R at Record Union, tell us more about your role there    Mainly just that, we recruit artists almost the same way people would do over at CD Baby or Tunecore. We’re just cheaper than the other two. We give artists one free year of digital distribution on all selected platforms.      As you know we are ‘The Female Hustler’ what is your definition of a ‘Female Hustler’ ?    A female hustler is an independent go-getter of a woman. She does it all. She creates multiple avenues to get to the money and get what she needs done by any means necessary. She rarely takes no for an answer, and if you’re having trouble finding her within the company or brand…she’s probably the BOSS.     Are there any other Female Hustler’s within your industry that inspire you?    Not so much in my direct industry. I have a lot of great female friends who do amazing things daily. But I would say the person who inspires me the most would be my mom. She is one of the strongest women I know, and she keeps me encouraged and motivated. She’s my rock, and always there for me whenever I need to vent about rappers and how they get on my nerves.     What do you have coming up that people should look out for? Any exciting projects you can tell us about?    As of right now, I’m getting together with my TripleHQ team to work on all our ideas for 2018. All I can say is that 2018 will be 100% Hip Hop Headquarters for me. We will be ramping up different areas and expanding into our popular topics on Hip Hop Advice to creating more how to tutorials and Q&A times via our YouTube and Facebook Live so be on the lookout for more on that soon.   Make sure you check out triplehq.com and follow them and Amanda below:  Twitter: @TripleHQ / @Awesomenezz   Instagram:  @triplehq  / @Aw3somenezz

INTERVIEW: AMANDA JAKES MILES (CEO OF HIP HOP HEADQUARTERS)

Hi Amanda, thank you for taking the time to speak with us today. You are currently based in Atlanta, are you from there originally? If not where are you from and what made you decide to move to Atlanta?

No, I’m originally from a small town outside of Charleston, SC called Goose Creek. I lived there until about 14 when my parents were transferred to Chesapeake, VA. I did college up at Virginia State, joined the Navy at 21 and was stationed in San Diego. Around 2011 I made the choice to move to Atlanta to be where 90% of my family is. Best decision I ever made.

You are the CEO of Hip Hop Headquarters (Triple HQ), what made you decide to start your own Hip Hop platform and what separates yours from the other Hip Hop platforms out there?

I decided to create Hip Hop Headquarters because I was a young publicist back in 2008 and I knew how hard it was to get artists on platforms without any type of co-signs. I wanted to create a place that was open to letting anyone submit. We don’t care who knows you or who co-signed you…we want to hear your music and it give it a chance. I think that is the main thing that separates us from the others.  Also we provide feedback and a whole Hip Hop 101 section giving out advice one how artists can improve in so many areas.  

You put out a lot of articles on your site giving extremely valuable tips to artists on how to manoeuvre through the music industry and how to carry themselves. Most recently you put out an article on how to approach publications, what is the main thing you look for when an artist approaches you about being featured on your site? What are some things they must always include and what are some no no’s for you?

My main thing is your introduction. If you find me on social media or somehow get my email, its all about how you present yourself to me from the beginning. First impressions are everything to me, especially if you expect me to take you seriously. If you contact me on social media; a simple “My name is (insert rapper name here) and I follow your site TripleHQ and was wondering how about can I go with emailing some of my latest music for review”. But if you jump in my DM’s talking about “Let’s Work” I’m blocking you to oblivion. On the email side, I prefer direct personal emails to me. If you want a premiere through me you should not be emailing me and 700 people the same thing. If it’s just something you want my company to check out, you still better be using BCC on that email or its getting deleted.

What obstacles did you overcome when starting up your own company? And what advice would you give to anyone wanting to start their own platform?

I think the frustration of being a woman and the lack of support I had behind me. A lot of people didn’t think I was serious. I put blood sweat and tears into creating my company. A lot of people gave up too soon or got distracted with other things that seems more popping as if Rome was built overnight. Other obstacles would have been how much time I wasted helping other people with their music, companies, brands, etc instead of focusing all my energy on my main path. For people wanting to start their own company, I wouldn’t say just jump into it like most would say. Make sure it makes sense..make sure you have the time, the budget to brand and market your company. Choose only the right people who will bring encouragement, value, and investment into what you’re trying to do.

Atlanta is the hub for talent especially in the Hip Hop scene, who are some of your favourite artists out of Atlanta right now?

Offset, Takeoff, Quavo (yes the Migos..lol), Future, 2 Chainz, Lil Yachty, Lil Uzi Vert, 21 Savage, Young Thug, Gucci Mane..I can go on and on but y’all get the gist.

You have also done a number of PR campaigns for established artists such as 2 Chainz, Future and Rick Ross, how did those opportunities come about? In your opinion what are the key elements every successful PR campaign should have?

The Rick Ross campaign came about in 2008-2009 when I was working for his nephew as his publicist. He told Ross how great I was and said they were starting a group and wanted me to help out with social media campaigns. Later that afternoon Rick Ross called my phone about Maybach Music. I worked under a few of the managers for a couple months and then I drifted away (yeah, I know…I was young…should’ve stayed put). I worked on the campaign for 2 Chainz back in 2011 for his mixtape release party and his Birthday Party event. I helped also in the conversion of turning Titty Boi into 2 Chainz. Future, I worked on a Charity Event for him also back in 2011 during the Christmas time. I also was the publicist to Sean Paul of the Youngbloodz.

Some of the key elements for a successful PR campaign include: strategy, a timeframe, knowing your audience, targeted press releases, and assessment.

If an artist reaches out to you requesting a PR campaign what do you already expect them to have in place?

For me, its helpful to have a press kit (even if you need me to spruce it up a bit…at least have something)., A biography, a website, and a BUDGET. I need to know the main details of the campaign and what do you expect in the results, and your time window.

You are also an A&R at Record Union, tell us more about your role there

Mainly just that, we recruit artists almost the same way people would do over at CD Baby or Tunecore. We’re just cheaper than the other two. We give artists one free year of digital distribution on all selected platforms.  

As you know we are ‘The Female Hustler’ what is your definition of a ‘Female Hustler’ ?

A female hustler is an independent go-getter of a woman. She does it all. She creates multiple avenues to get to the money and get what she needs done by any means necessary. She rarely takes no for an answer, and if you’re having trouble finding her within the company or brand…she’s probably the BOSS.

Are there any other Female Hustler’s within your industry that inspire you?

Not so much in my direct industry. I have a lot of great female friends who do amazing things daily. But I would say the person who inspires me the most would be my mom. She is one of the strongest women I know, and she keeps me encouraged and motivated. She’s my rock, and always there for me whenever I need to vent about rappers and how they get on my nerves.

What do you have coming up that people should look out for? Any exciting projects you can tell us about?

As of right now, I’m getting together with my TripleHQ team to work on all our ideas for 2018. All I can say is that 2018 will be 100% Hip Hop Headquarters for me. We will be ramping up different areas and expanding into our popular topics on Hip Hop Advice to creating more how to tutorials and Q&A times via our YouTube and Facebook Live so be on the lookout for more on that soon.

Make sure you check out triplehq.com and follow them and Amanda below:

Twitter: @TripleHQ / @Awesomenezz 

Instagram: @triplehq / @Aw3somenezz

INTERVIEW: LADY NADIA ESSEX OF CELEBS GO DATING

INTERVIEW: LADY NADIA ESSEX OF CELEBS GO DATING     Hi Nadia, thank you for taking the time to talk to us today! We know you for your role as one of the dating agents on E4’s ‘Celebs Go Dating’, how did that role come about?    Well I was working as a love coach and must have been starting to build a reputation for myself because I got a call out of the blue one day, “we are looking for experts for a new dating show. Would like to set up a meeting.” I jumped at the chance. And the rest is history.   Who would you say has been your biggest challenge to find love for on the show and who has been your favourite celeb to work with so far?   This series it’s been Charlotte (Dawson) and Frankie (Cocozza). They started hooking up with each other, which is strictly against the rules. When you are hooking up with another celeb you don’t go into the proper dates with an open mind and it hinders your true experience of finding love.   In the same blush, Charlotte Dawson has been my favourite. Never met anyone quite like her and I’m unlikely ever too again because there really is only one Charlotte Dawson. She has a true heart of gold and I am very fond of her.    If you could have anyone come on the show, who would you love to work with and help find love?   Jesy from Little Mix. She is such a wonderfully talented amazing woman and I’ve loved her since her first X factor audition. She really deserves true love and I would love to work with her to help her find it.      What made you take the career path of becoming a relationship advisor?     I believe we are all born with at least one thing we are really good at. Giving advice, motivating and inspiring people to have the confidence to find true lasting love is mine.    You are great at giving advise on the show but how easy is it to take your own advice when it comes to your own love life?    Fairly easy. I am able to see situations subjectively. Sometimes not at the time but I always love to learn and improve myself so will think back at situations and circumstances and think, what could I have done better, what could I have changed about my reaction or communication.    Outside of work are you also the go to for relationship advise within your friendship group to?   I’m never off duty. Friends, family, strangers. On the bus, in the supermarket queue, everyone asks my advice. I wouldn’t have it any other way. I love helping people.    Everyone gets a bit nervous going on first dates, what tips would you give for helping them go as smoothly as possible?   Enjoy the getting ready process. Take time to have a nice bath, give yourself plenty of time to get ready so you are not rushed. Put on some lovely music and pour a glass of bubbles. The more relaxed and happy you turn up the more the nerves will go.    Also don’t be scared of awkward silences. A natural silence is comforting and if you fill every silence you will never get to know your date. If it goes silent, take a deep breath and a sip of your drink. Conversation will flow again I’m sure of it.    We want to know what your worst and best date have ever been?   Worst - turned up to him sitting with other girls draping over him and thinking that was acceptable. It wasn’t. Turned on my Louboutins and got myself outta there.   Best - met a guy in a bar. Had great chemistry. He had to go to Monaco for work and a few days of speaking later he couldn’t wait for the date so flew me over to Monte Carlo for lunch. Felt like a princess.    You are from Chelsea in London, how would you describe the dating scene there?   Any area is hard. Dating is hard. We are all just hoping to bump into The One. Chelsea guys are lovely though. They have impeccable manners and the guys I date don’t even know what 'going dutch’ means.    As you know we are 'The Female Hustler’, what would you say your definition of a 'Female Hustler’ is?   I would class myself as a Female Hustler. I’ve never been given anything in my life and had to work extremely hard for everything I have. Things generally don’t come easy for me but if I set my mind to something, with hard graft and importantly, hustle, I always achieve it…eventually.    What do you have coming up outside of 'Celebs Go Dating’ that people should look out for? Any exclusives you can give us?   I’ve just re-launched my website  www.theagency.ltd    It’s open to everyone over the age of 18 for my private coaching away from TV.    Finally where can people follow you and keep in touch with Lady Nadia Essex?   Instagram and Twitter @ladynadiaessex

INTERVIEW: LADY NADIA ESSEX OF CELEBS GO DATING

Hi Nadia, thank you for taking the time to talk to us today! We know you for your role as one of the dating agents on E4’s ‘Celebs Go Dating’, how did that role come about?

Well I was working as a love coach and must have been starting to build a reputation for myself because I got a call out of the blue one day, “we are looking for experts for a new dating show. Would like to set up a meeting.” I jumped at the chance. And the rest is history.

Who would you say has been your biggest challenge to find love for on the show and who has been your favourite celeb to work with so far?

This series it’s been Charlotte (Dawson) and Frankie (Cocozza). They started hooking up with each other, which is strictly against the rules. When you are hooking up with another celeb you don’t go into the proper dates with an open mind and it hinders your true experience of finding love.

In the same blush, Charlotte Dawson has been my favourite. Never met anyone quite like her and I’m unlikely ever too again because there really is only one Charlotte Dawson. She has a true heart of gold and I am very fond of her.

If you could have anyone come on the show, who would you love to work with and help find love?

Jesy from Little Mix. She is such a wonderfully talented amazing woman and I’ve loved her since her first X factor audition. She really deserves true love and I would love to work with her to help her find it.


What made you take the career path of becoming a relationship advisor?

I believe we are all born with at least one thing we are really good at. Giving advice, motivating and inspiring people to have the confidence to find true lasting love is mine.

You are great at giving advise on the show but how easy is it to take your own advice when it comes to your own love life?

Fairly easy. I am able to see situations subjectively. Sometimes not at the time but I always love to learn and improve myself so will think back at situations and circumstances and think, what could I have done better, what could I have changed about my reaction or communication.

Outside of work are you also the go to for relationship advise within your friendship group to?

I’m never off duty. Friends, family, strangers. On the bus, in the supermarket queue, everyone asks my advice. I wouldn’t have it any other way. I love helping people.

Everyone gets a bit nervous going on first dates, what tips would you give for helping them go as smoothly as possible?

Enjoy the getting ready process. Take time to have a nice bath, give yourself plenty of time to get ready so you are not rushed. Put on some lovely music and pour a glass of bubbles. The more relaxed and happy you turn up the more the nerves will go.

Also don’t be scared of awkward silences. A natural silence is comforting and if you fill every silence you will never get to know your date. If it goes silent, take a deep breath and a sip of your drink. Conversation will flow again I’m sure of it.

We want to know what your worst and best date have ever been?

Worst - turned up to him sitting with other girls draping over him and thinking that was acceptable. It wasn’t. Turned on my Louboutins and got myself outta there.

Best - met a guy in a bar. Had great chemistry. He had to go to Monaco for work and a few days of speaking later he couldn’t wait for the date so flew me over to Monte Carlo for lunch. Felt like a princess.

You are from Chelsea in London, how would you describe the dating scene there?

Any area is hard. Dating is hard. We are all just hoping to bump into The One. Chelsea guys are lovely though. They have impeccable manners and the guys I date don’t even know what 'going dutch’ means.

As you know we are 'The Female Hustler’, what would you say your definition of a 'Female Hustler’ is?

I would class myself as a Female Hustler. I’ve never been given anything in my life and had to work extremely hard for everything I have. Things generally don’t come easy for me but if I set my mind to something, with hard graft and importantly, hustle, I always achieve it…eventually.

What do you have coming up outside of 'Celebs Go Dating’ that people should look out for? Any exclusives you can give us?

I’ve just re-launched my website www.theagency.ltd

It’s open to everyone over the age of 18 for my private coaching away from TV.

Finally where can people follow you and keep in touch with Lady Nadia Essex?

Instagram and Twitter @ladynadiaessex

THE FEMALE HUSTLER LAUNCH PARTY 17.09.2017

THE FEMALE HUSTLER LAUNCH PARTY 17.09.2017    On Sunday 17th September from 7pm- 12am, we will be transforming Proud Camden into a hub of inspiring, creative and powerful women all sharing their stories, advice and guidance. Expect an impressive array of businesswomen on the panel, hosted by Amanda Star.  The Female Hustler is a brand dedicated to hard working females whether it in the entertainment industry, businesswomen or females killing it in their 9-5. They aim to shine light on them and inspire others!    This is a must-attend networking event for anyone starting up their own business and building their brand or those with established brands wishing to further expand their network. Not only will it be an informative, worthwhile opportunity to learn from other’s successes, but there will also be interactive pop-up shops, live DJ sets and performances.   The event will consist of a panel including Wardah Sempa (Bitchy Online UK founder / Link Up TV Editor), Patrice Camille (Pink Ship founder), Velma Simmons (Life Talks UK founder), Junae Brown (Browned 2 Perfection Agency founder & NYC event planner), and special guest panellist Lateysha Grace who will also have a pop up shop for her company ‘Baby On Trend’.   Expect DJ sets from NYC’s DJ Fab Roc and The Beat 103.6fm’s DJ Marxsi plus live performances from X Factor 2015 finalist Kiera Weathers and Tashana. Plus mini pop up shops of female run businesses from PR, management and events company UCreatePR and vintage sunglasses company Styleboxx! There are 2 pop up spaces available which you can book via contacting thefemalehustler1@gmail.com   Early bird tickets £5 from  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-female-hustler-launch-party-tickets-36825786920  or £10 on the door.   For any press enquiries/ guest list email: thefemalehustler1@gmail.com  Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions!

THE FEMALE HUSTLER LAUNCH PARTY 17.09.2017

On Sunday 17th September from 7pm- 12am, we will be transforming Proud Camden into a hub of inspiring, creative and powerful women all sharing their stories, advice and guidance. Expect an impressive array of businesswomen on the panel, hosted by Amanda Star.

The Female Hustler is a brand dedicated to hard working females whether it in the entertainment industry, businesswomen or females killing it in their 9-5. They aim to shine light on them and inspire others!

This is a must-attend networking event for anyone starting up their own business and building their brand or those with established brands wishing to further expand their network. Not only will it be an informative, worthwhile opportunity to learn from other’s successes, but there will also be interactive pop-up shops, live DJ sets and performances.

The event will consist of a panel including Wardah Sempa (Bitchy Online UK founder / Link Up TV Editor), Patrice Camille (Pink Ship founder), Velma Simmons (Life Talks UK founder), Junae Brown (Browned 2 Perfection Agency founder & NYC event planner), and special guest panellist Lateysha Grace who will also have a pop up shop for her company ‘Baby On Trend’.

Expect DJ sets from NYC’s DJ Fab Roc and The Beat 103.6fm’s DJ Marxsi plus live performances from X Factor 2015 finalist Kiera Weathers and Tashana.
Plus mini pop up shops of female run businesses from PR, management and events company UCreatePR and vintage sunglasses company Styleboxx! There are 2 pop up spaces available which you can book via contacting thefemalehustler1@gmail.com

Early bird tickets £5 from https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-female-hustler-launch-party-tickets-36825786920 or £10 on the door.

For any press enquiries/ guest list email: thefemalehustler1@gmail.com
Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions!

INTERVIEW: ALEXA LEIGHTON

INTERVIEW: ALEXA LEIGHTON      ‘The Female Hustler’ caught up with the face of Dinner Land Alexa Leighton to find out more about her journey so far!      Hi Alexa, thanks for taking the time to speak with ‘The Female Hustler’. We wanted to get to know more about your background first. You are currently based in New York, is that where you are from originally?     I was born in Brooklyn, NY at Kings County Hospital and moved to Florida when I was 7 years old. I grew up in a boring little town called Palm Bay Florida. If we’re talking ethnicity, I grew up under Jamaican culture. My mother’s father is Chinese-Jamaican, her mother is Jamaican, and my father is Jamaican. In fact, I’m in Jamaica as I write this.     Growing up what career path did you want to take and did it have anything to do with what the path you are taking today?     In third grade I got nominated to be a TV news anchor and recite the morning announcements for my entire elementary school. Ever since then I knew I wanted to pursue a career in media.     Your podcast 'The Alexa Leighton Show’ is very popular right now, for those who haven’t listened before can you tell us a bit about it and what people can expect to hear if they listen in. Also what made you to decide to start your own podcast?     I wanted to find a way to spread my views. I love to talk. Lol. I don’t have Oprah money to be able to fund my own TV talk show, so I’m starting with tools that are more accessible. The TV show will come though. Soon.    Podcast’s are becoming more and more popular especially for millennial’s, do you see them eventually overtaking radio in terms of listenership and popularity?     I’m sure radio will always be around, but podcasts offer a more personal element you can’t get from listening to your local fm stations.    Have you ever considered having your own radio show or do you prefer the freedom of being able to talk about whatever you like on a podcast?     There are a lot of rules in radio. Can’t say this, can’t do that, etc etc… Podcasts definitely provide a place for more freedom of expression. Radio can’t play certain songs or just won’t for a number of reasons in regards to music politics. I also can’t curse on radio so I’m sure I wouldn’t last long there.    What are the main topics you tend to discuss on your podcast?    I pride myself on making sure what ever conversation I’m having on my podcast, its one that hasn’t been had before or at least a new take on the subject. I have no problem asking questions that might seem crazy or too “taboo.” Especially in regards to my latest episode in which I interviewed my ex boyfriends “side chick.”     Who would be your dream guest to sit down and have a one on one discussion with for your podcast?    My dream guest would be Oprah, so I could pick her brain about what it took to get where she is today.    What is your long-term goal for 'The Alexa Leighton Show’?    My long term goal for the Alexa Leighton Show is to turn it into a successful talk show such as the Oprah Winfrey show. People don’t watch as much TV as they used to, but I hope to turn my show into something the masses will tune into no matter the platform.    You are also the face of Dinner Land, for those in the UK who may be unfamiliar with the platform can you give an insight into the kind of content Dinner Land produces and what they do?     Dinner Land is a network that produces all original content for and by creative’s. There’s no restriction on what we can and can’t produce. Dinner Land will be a major game changer in the years to come.     You handle Music Mondays for Dinner Land, what do you look for in the submissions you get sent for it to be featured on Dinner Land?     I look for originality, and music that moves me in some way. There is no genre restriction, you don’t have to be the best lyrically, but as long as it makes me move, or feel something I might just put it on the list.     You put on a lot of underground artists, who are some of your favourite underground talents right now?    Chris Watts, Flamm, Connie Diamond, thcBillyb, and more!    There are a lot of amazing albums out right now, what do you have in rotation?    Definitely that new SZA, 4:44, Sounds from the Other Side by Wiz Kid, and a bunch of dancehall mixtapes because I can’t live without dancehall.    You also host events, what has been your most fun event to host so far?     I always enjoy hosting dancehall parties the most, but I hosted Wings in the Trap recently in Brooklyn, put together by Bask NY and it was so lit. It was a trap party so very sweaty, high energy, hood shit which make for some of the best nights!    If you could host an event in any other city / country where would it be? Maybe we can see you in London some time soon?     I’d love to host an event in London! And Jamaica! Those two places would be my top picks because I can relate to those cultures. My mother was born and raised in Birmingham so even though I’ve never been to England I’m familiar with the culture.     Let us know where people can follow you to stay connected and see what you have coming up    Follow me on IG: AlexaLeighton Twitter: @Alexa_Leighton And Listen to the Show on itunes!  https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-alexa-leighton-show/id1193079821?mt=2

INTERVIEW: ALEXA LEIGHTON

‘The Female Hustler’ caught up with the face of Dinner Land Alexa Leighton to find out more about her journey so far!

Hi Alexa, thanks for taking the time to speak with ‘The Female Hustler’. We wanted to get to know more about your background first. You are currently based in New York, is that where you are from originally?

I was born in Brooklyn, NY at Kings County Hospital and moved to Florida when I was 7 years old. I grew up in a boring little town called Palm Bay Florida. If we’re talking ethnicity, I grew up under Jamaican culture. My mother’s father is Chinese-Jamaican, her mother is Jamaican, and my father is Jamaican. In fact, I’m in Jamaica as I write this.

Growing up what career path did you want to take and did it have anything to do with what the path you are taking today?

In third grade I got nominated to be a TV news anchor and recite the morning announcements for my entire elementary school. Ever since then I knew I wanted to pursue a career in media.

Your podcast 'The Alexa Leighton Show’ is very popular right now, for those who haven’t listened before can you tell us a bit about it and what people can expect to hear if they listen in. Also what made you to decide to start your own podcast?

I wanted to find a way to spread my views. I love to talk. Lol. I don’t have Oprah money to be able to fund my own TV talk show, so I’m starting with tools that are more accessible. The TV show will come though. Soon.

Podcast’s are becoming more and more popular especially for millennial’s, do you see them eventually overtaking radio in terms of listenership and popularity?

I’m sure radio will always be around, but podcasts offer a more personal element you can’t get from listening to your local fm stations.

Have you ever considered having your own radio show or do you prefer the freedom of being able to talk about whatever you like on a podcast?

There are a lot of rules in radio. Can’t say this, can’t do that, etc etc… Podcasts definitely provide a place for more freedom of expression. Radio can’t play certain songs or just won’t for a number of reasons in regards to music politics. I also can’t curse on radio so I’m sure I wouldn’t last long there.

What are the main topics you tend to discuss on your podcast?

I pride myself on making sure what ever conversation I’m having on my podcast, its one that hasn’t been had before or at least a new take on the subject. I have no problem asking questions that might seem crazy or too “taboo.” Especially in regards to my latest episode in which I interviewed my ex boyfriends “side chick.”

Who would be your dream guest to sit down and have a one on one discussion with for your podcast?

My dream guest would be Oprah, so I could pick her brain about what it took to get where she is today.

What is your long-term goal for 'The Alexa Leighton Show’?

My long term goal for the Alexa Leighton Show is to turn it into a successful talk show such as the Oprah Winfrey show. People don’t watch as much TV as they used to, but I hope to turn my show into something the masses will tune into no matter the platform.

You are also the face of Dinner Land, for those in the UK who may be unfamiliar with the platform can you give an insight into the kind of content Dinner Land produces and what they do?

Dinner Land is a network that produces all original content for and by creative’s. There’s no restriction on what we can and can’t produce. Dinner Land will be a major game changer in the years to come.

You handle Music Mondays for Dinner Land, what do you look for in the submissions you get sent for it to be featured on Dinner Land?

I look for originality, and music that moves me in some way. There is no genre restriction, you don’t have to be the best lyrically, but as long as it makes me move, or feel something I might just put it on the list.

You put on a lot of underground artists, who are some of your favourite underground talents right now?

Chris Watts, Flamm, Connie Diamond, thcBillyb, and more!

There are a lot of amazing albums out right now, what do you have in rotation?

Definitely that new SZA, 4:44, Sounds from the Other Side by Wiz Kid, and a bunch of dancehall mixtapes because I can’t live without dancehall.

You also host events, what has been your most fun event to host so far?

I always enjoy hosting dancehall parties the most, but I hosted Wings in the Trap recently in Brooklyn, put together by Bask NY and it was so lit. It was a trap party so very sweaty, high energy, hood shit which make for some of the best nights!

If you could host an event in any other city / country where would it be? Maybe we can see you in London some time soon?

I’d love to host an event in London! And Jamaica! Those two places would be my top picks because I can relate to those cultures. My mother was born and raised in Birmingham so even though I’ve never been to England I’m familiar with the culture.

Let us know where people can follow you to stay connected and see what you have coming up

Follow me on IG: AlexaLeighton
Twitter: @Alexa_Leighton
And Listen to the Show on itunes! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-alexa-leighton-show/id1193079821?mt=2

#DJFOCUS INTERVIEW DJ FAB ROC & DJ MISS MILAN

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#DJFOCUS INTERVIEW DJ FAB ROC & DJ MISS MILAN

I recently caught up with two of the most in demand female DJ’s on the New York music scene right now and a chat to find out how they first got started!

Hey ladies, first of all I wanted to start by getting to know some more about your background, are you both originally born and raised in New York? If so where specifically?

Fab: I’m from NY, was born in Manhattan and lived in Queens for a few years before moving to Rockland County. 
 

Milan: Yes I am from New York, born in Brooklyn and raised in Queens.

How has where you grew up influenced your musical tastes?

F: I’m Haitian, so a lot of my growing up music was Caribbean as well as classic R&B, Jazz, I was also a z100 kid - I didn’t get into Hip Hop until middle school years, therefore I have a lot of rock/soft rock and pop influence in my taste of music.

M: I come from a Caribbean / Bajan background, so growing up I was always listening to all types of music from Reggae and Soca to Hip Hop and Jazz, everything was played in my house. 

Have you always wanted to become a DJ or did you have plans to fulfil other career paths in music / other fields?

M: Growing up I created a girl group and thought we were going to be the next Destiny’s Child lol, but singing and dancing is something that I’ve always been apart of musically, it wasn’t until I got older and wanted to do something different but still in the music lane is when I wanted to become a DJ. 

F: Nope! I grew up watching my cousin make a living from being a DJ but he was based in Miami. My Dad was in the music and entertainment industry and a career through that path was never really encouraged by my parents. Less than 2-years ago is when I decided to look into it, then I started taking classes and next thing you know I was full swing into DJing. It was one of those things I wish I started so much earlier but truly believe it’s meant for me.

Are you lucky enough to be able to DJ full time or are you also currently juggling a day grind if so how hard do you find it balancing the two?

F: Not yet - hopefully soon. My day-grind thankfully is aligned with the industry so it’s not too bad. I plan events and market a downtown venue in NYC, where I get to do the programming and book events for the venue. 

M: I wouldn’t say lucky, more so blessed, really having the determination, discipline & working smart towards my dreams caused me to be able to live the life that I do. Not to say having a 9-5 to help with your goals and dreams isn’t an option, I just know myself and what I’m capable of doing to fit my standard of success. 

What was your first DJ booking experience like?

F: I was terrified. A friend let me open for his birthday and I remember wanting to throw up before I started. Those jitters went away quick.  

M: My very first booking was a baby shower and I had to play for 6 hours. I remember being excited because I was taking lessons and really practicing so to get a booking for that long was dope to me. The next day I got booked to DJ at Starlets which at the time was growing into Queens most popular strip club and I was more nervous to play there for an hour but ended up doing pretty good my first time.

With so many talented DJ’s on the New York music scene how do you set yourself apart from the rest to continue to guarantee being booked for events regularly? Is it a difficult scene to be on?

M: I just really focus on me and what it is that I bring to the turntables, I genuinely enjoy what I do so its never forced or faked and I do believe that it shows each time I perform. My style isn’t just dropping records, I’m here to really perform and give you all a show.

F: Yes and no. I pride myself on talent, song selection, and my personality. I strive to give people a musical journey. I’m not pressed on what time I play - it’s all important to me. I try to select music that triggers past memories, emotions, and shit that you haven’t heard in a minute and forgot about. I try to give that “wow” factor with my selections.  

Milan you have regular residency every Sunday at Arlo Hotels in the city for their Champagne Sunday’s, tell us a bit about that, how did that come about?

My manager Chanel actually got me that booking. Each Sunday during the summer I’ll be spinning at Arlo Hotel Rooftop located in Soho, brunch is served from 1-4 along with some dope vibes provided by me. I’m able to play any and everything because the crowd is so diverse and just want to have a great time.

Fab you recently got to spend your birthday in Bermuda and to top it off DJ there, how was that experience for you?

It was amazing. Being able to travel to a new country and also play for a new group of people was really a blessing and the best way to spend my birthday. I don’t consider it work since I love it. I also got to connect with locals and see what music they’re listening to, new artists coming up, etc.  

Milan you featured as a special guest DJ on Charlamagne’s MTV2 show ‘Uncommon Sense’ how did that opportunity come about and did it open up a lot of doors in terms of demand in bookings after?

Thanks to a good friend and mentor Taxstone, he was able to put in a good word for me and thought as well that it would be a dope look. I mean it definitely put me in a good spotlight but being asked to come back again for a second time meant I knew that I was doing something right when the crowd and producers really enjoyed my energy and set.

Fab you have a podcast called 'Last Call’ can you tell us about that, are there any episodes coming up soon we should look out for?

A friend actually started this podcast and asked me to be a voice on it. We’ve been recording just short of a year now so it’s been a great tool for me to get used to speaking with and to people on a platform. Some past episodes that are my favourite are the ones with Tracy G, Chris Goins, and Jonathan form Blavity.

Both of you get booked fairly often to DJ at events on the same line up together in particular at Kim Chanel and Junae Brown’s events, what would you say has been one of your favourite events you have DJ’d at together?

F: I think my favourite event we’ve both been on was the Loud Speaker Network Holiday party. I opened for Milan and the room was activated. She went on and took it into a Southern direction and killed it. It was also a chill vibe where people were kicking it. 

M: The energy of Kim & Junae’s events are always on 100% and I enjoy listening to Fab play when I do catch her spinning.

What would you consider your biggest moment of DJ career so far?

F: I was fortunate enough to be featured in Essence Magazine twice. One of them the Obama’s were on the cover. That moment I still don’t think I’ve fully processed.  

M: My biggest moment of my DJ career so far would be being on T.V and being able to say I did a tour so far with the 4 Lovers Only Tour I recently was just on. 

Have either of you had your own show on a radio station before? Is being a DJ on air something that would be of interest to you?

F: Honestly I wouldn’t mind – radio has so much politics though as far as what you can/cannot play. I think satellite is the way to go like Beats One. Having a show like Soulection would be TIGHT.

M: Not on a actual FM station but as far as internet radio yes, a good friend of mine DJ Ernz & myself once hosted a weekly music segment. In my DJ career I wouldn’t mind doing it to say I did it but it isn’t something that is always a must. 


If you could DJ for any artist and go on tour as their official DJ, one being a major international artist and the other being an independent artist who would they be?

F: Rihanna. Sza… as far as independent, Mike Classic. 

M: Of course Beyonce, Rihanna or Sza because I’m all of them in one form lol, I dig their music, message and boss ass chick mentality so for sure my top three. Independent artist, my girl Connie Diiamond is a artist that needs to be watched because her music, style and creativity is gonna blow people away. I’m already her DJ so thats one out of two lol. 

Where has been your favourite city or country to DJ so far and where is on your list to go? Hopefully we can see you in London some time soon!

M: That would have to be LA & ATL so far, they really gave me so much love and energy. Yes international bookings are up next, the only one I’ve done so far was Bermuda but definitely need to come to UK and make it happen!

F: I would love to go to London - just say the word!! haha
I DJ'ed Austin and that was fun… I still have a lot more work to do but I’d love to do North Cali, Miami, Haiti, Paris, and Spain would be fun! 

Finally tell us what you have coming up, any events that people should check you out at etc!

F: Follow me on bandsintown.com/FabRoc or my website fabrocpresents.com and all my gigs are posted there… outside of NYC I’ll be in Tallahassee for FAMU Homecoming on Oct 13th.
For NYC - Camp Ryan pool party on July 23
Sound & Vibes with DJ Enuff on August 12
and a few other gigs in between :) 

M: Definitely head over to DJMissMilan.com and stay tuned for more of #TheMilanExperience! 

Make sure you follow the ladies on social media:

Twitter and IG: @Fab_Roc_ / @djmissmilan

#MANAGEMENTMONDAY INTERVIEW: BROOKE HOLLADAY (NO MERCY GLOBAL FOUNDER)

#MANAGEMENTMONDAY INTERVIEW: BROOKE HOLLADAY (NO MERCY GLOBAL FOUNDER)    Hey Brooke! Thanks for agreeing to be apart of ‘The Female Hustler’, I can’t wait to hear your story so far!    You are originally from St Louis, what was it like growing up there and is that where your journey in the music industry began?     Yes I’m from STL! Growing up in St Louis for me was a pretty diverse life! I grew up in the Nation of Islam which was a strict lifestyle but yet with my granny raising me in the hood I was able to get around some of her strict rules, I was a little fast, one minute I’m in tap and Jazz class the next I’m selling drugs in the hood at my God sister’s house.  I was very cultured but a little hustler at a young age! My grandfather was a famous Jazz musician so I was introduced to music early and my mother was a radio personality! So I had music and the industry all around me.    You are now based in Atlanta, when did you move there and what made you decide to make that move?     Yes I’m based in ATL! I moved to Atlanta in 2009 with Debra Antney whose Waka Flocka’s mother for the first month! She said that she could manage the group June 5th I was in from ST Louis! We was looking for an opportunity for the group and Deb had just blown Nicki Minaj & Gucci Mane up so I gave her a call and we drove down for the meeting then the next week we was living with her and signed.    Was it difficult adjusting to living / building a career in Atlanta compared to St Louis?    It was very difficult living in Atlanta compared to STL because we was royalty in STL and we all had our own nice houses there, but the living arrangements were very different in ATL so it was the ultimate sacrifice! Adjusting to the night life was easy because we fitted right in, we were fly, we attracted the same dope people we would back home! We ran around with the top promoters in Atlanta but it was a struggle making money, that was the only issue because we was really dedicated to our music so we couldn’t get a job.    What made you decide to get into the music industry and what was your first role within it?    Lil Kim’s music is when I fell in love with Hip Hop and I wanted a piece of it so I started rapping and I took my word play and delivery serious and I joined a group.    Your Cousin Tiffany Foxx is also your artist that you manage, what made you two decide to work so closely together and is it ever challenging working with family or do you think it works better?    Well Tiff and I was in a group together, things got crazy with Deb so we was going our separate ways and everybody wanted Tiffany to go solo out of the three girls in the group anyway and she basically knew I was dope behind the scenes because I ultimately did everything for us anyway so we was like if she go solo I’ll manage her! It’s not hard for us as family, it’s better it’s us against them! Them is whoever not us.    The legendary Queen Bee, Lil Kim took Tiffany under her wing as her artist and they have featured on a couple of tracks together how did the two of them come to work together?     Yes the legendary Lil Kim co-signed Tiffany! Kim’s brother (Chris Bo Jones) was flirting with me at Lil Kim’s concert in STL, mind you we already met Lil Kim before when we sent her a Rolls Royce phantom and a chef to show her we respected her as the Queen Bee in our city so she remembered that but her brother made it official! He called me when he and Kim was in Atlanta, we came over to the house they was staying at and Kim came down in the basement heard Tiffany’s song Jay Z and the rest was history or should I say Herstory! She said “Tiff that’s you spitting like that?”  and we partnered up that week! Thanks to Chris, he and I never really hit it off in terms of dating but we became business partners.     Was artist management something you always saw yourself getting into?    I never thought about being a manager but my personality since a kid was connecting the dots and taking on people’s problems as well as being a good listener and the best negotiator! So the transition was easy as I already was managing things, my ex of 10 years said “your calling is management B” lol he said “you negotiate about making a sandwich for me shit!” Lol it was so easy!    What has been your proudest achievement as a manager so far?    My greatest high was partnering up with my female rap idol Lil Kim I couldn’t believe that I did that! That was huge.    You also manage Swift, another very talented artist famous for his hit single ‘Pull Up’, how did working with him come about?    Yes I manage Swift! Chubbie Baby and I worked on a few things, that’s my brother we fight, we argue but he came and got me for Swift and said “here is your first signed to a label act!” He said “Brooke I believe in you, you can be the next Sylvia Rhone” the rest was history or should I say Herstory.     For those not familiar with Swift what can they expect from his sound and what has he got coming up?    Swift is very dope and well- rounded, he does every type of genre of music! He went to the school of arts; he is really coming with R&B and Hip Hop.    You recently launched your artist booking agency, No Mercy Global, tell us a bit about that and the services you provide / clients you currently have.    Yes I went through a pretty dark time in my life last year and I was watching Queen of the South and she told her protégée that you can’t show No Mercy to men in this industry because they will take you for weak! That stuck with me!   So I’m dating this guy that came around in this very dark moment and on our first date we’re furniture shopping for him but, I spent the whole time on the phone booking artists! He didn’t find it rude, he actually liked it and every day we spent together it was the same thing, me on my phone booking, negotiating and one day after 6months of that he said “B you need your own office and you need to start a booking agency! You need to take it to the next level, let people pull up on you and take it seriously” next he said “I got you, go find the office” and the rest was history/ or should I say Herstory. I asked him should I call it Mini Mogul or NoMercy and he said “No motherfucking Mercy that’s powerful B”!   As for as clients I can book anybody if they available!    What challenges did you face launching a new company whilst juggling managing two artists?    The challenges I juggled are focusing on me real quick to even get in the mode of sitting down,  going there but I’m all over the place, I pay rent for an office I’m barley at because I’m moving around! But I’m getting a team to focus on all the areas of the company and my artists.    For anybody wanting to start their own company what advise would you give them?     Make sure it’s your passion, be business savvy and make sure you study what you are into.    Are there any other artists on your radar you would love to work with?     I want to work with the Goat Jay Z and I will work with him not sure how but I will so you remember I told you that!    You call yourself the 'mini mogul’ how did that name come about?     Mini Mogul came from my long-time friend Johnnie Cabell he said “Brooke I’m Big Deal and you Lil Big Deal” and then he said “you like the Mini mogul they don’t see you coming you 4"11 and don’t pose as a threat”.    The music industry is still a very male dominated industry, what advice would you give to any young females coming up that aim to get to high position within the music business?    Yes the industry will forever be male dominated so you have to keep your legs closed! No man in the industry can ever say he slept with me, not one! I pride myself on that! That’s why they respect me! They try though all the time and it has caused some bad vibes and has taken me longer because I will not sell my soul.    As you know the site is called 'The Female Hustler’ which we definitely see you as! What is your definition of a 'female hustler’ ?    My definition of a female hustler is one that bares humility and does what it takes to eat without compromising her integrity! I’m always able to sleep at night with my decisions.    Finally let us know what you have coming up that people should look out for and any key events / shows your artists have that people should go check out!     I’m building my own label, I’m also excited about Tiffany Foxx’s overseas tour and taking NoMercy Global to the next level! What I’m happy about most I can’t speak on but it was inspired from watching The Defiant Ones so you have to stay tuned!  Make sure you follow Brooke on IG: @brookedabrand  NoMercy Global: @nomercyglobal  Follower her artists too: @1tiffanyfoxx / @swift

#MANAGEMENTMONDAY INTERVIEW: BROOKE HOLLADAY (NO MERCY GLOBAL FOUNDER)

Hey Brooke! Thanks for agreeing to be apart of ‘The Female Hustler’, I can’t wait to hear your story so far!

You are originally from St Louis, what was it like growing up there and is that where your journey in the music industry began?

Yes I’m from STL! Growing up in St Louis for me was a pretty diverse life! I grew up in the Nation of Islam which was a strict lifestyle but yet with my granny raising me in the hood I was able to get around some of her strict rules, I was a little fast, one minute I’m in tap and Jazz class the next I’m selling drugs in the hood at my God sister’s house.  I was very cultured but a little hustler at a young age! My grandfather was a famous Jazz musician so I was introduced to music early and my mother was a radio personality! So I had music and the industry all around me.

You are now based in Atlanta, when did you move there and what made you decide to make that move?

Yes I’m based in ATL! I moved to Atlanta in 2009 with Debra Antney whose Waka Flocka’s mother for the first month! She said that she could manage the group June 5th I was in from ST Louis! We was looking for an opportunity for the group and Deb had just blown Nicki Minaj & Gucci Mane up so I gave her a call and we drove down for the meeting then the next week we was living with her and signed.

Was it difficult adjusting to living / building a career in Atlanta compared to St Louis?

It was very difficult living in Atlanta compared to STL because we was royalty in STL and we all had our own nice houses there, but the living arrangements were very different in ATL so it was the ultimate sacrifice! Adjusting to the night life was easy because we fitted right in, we were fly, we attracted the same dope people we would back home! We ran around with the top promoters in Atlanta but it was a struggle making money, that was the only issue because we was really dedicated to our music so we couldn’t get a job.

What made you decide to get into the music industry and what was your first role within it?

Lil Kim’s music is when I fell in love with Hip Hop and I wanted a piece of it so I started rapping and I took my word play and delivery serious and I joined a group.

Your Cousin Tiffany Foxx is also your artist that you manage, what made you two decide to work so closely together and is it ever challenging working with family or do you think it works better?

Well Tiff and I was in a group together, things got crazy with Deb so we was going our separate ways and everybody wanted Tiffany to go solo out of the three girls in the group anyway and she basically knew I was dope behind the scenes because I ultimately did everything for us anyway so we was like if she go solo I’ll manage her! It’s not hard for us as family, it’s better it’s us against them! Them is whoever not us.

The legendary Queen Bee, Lil Kim took Tiffany under her wing as her artist and they have featured on a couple of tracks together how did the two of them come to work together?

Yes the legendary Lil Kim co-signed Tiffany! Kim’s brother (Chris Bo Jones) was flirting with me at Lil Kim’s concert in STL, mind you we already met Lil Kim before when we sent her a Rolls Royce phantom and a chef to show her we respected her as the Queen Bee in our city so she remembered that but her brother made it official! He called me when he and Kim was in Atlanta, we came over to the house they was staying at and Kim came down in the basement heard Tiffany’s song Jay Z and the rest was history or should I say Herstory! She said “Tiff that’s you spitting like that?”  and we partnered up that week! Thanks to Chris, he and I never really hit it off in terms of dating but we became business partners.

Was artist management something you always saw yourself getting into?

I never thought about being a manager but my personality since a kid was connecting the dots and taking on people’s problems as well as being a good listener and the best negotiator! So the transition was easy as I already was managing things, my ex of 10 years said “your calling is management B” lol he said “you negotiate about making a sandwich for me shit!” Lol it was so easy!

What has been your proudest achievement as a manager so far?

My greatest high was partnering up with my female rap idol Lil Kim I couldn’t believe that I did that! That was huge.

You also manage Swift, another very talented artist famous for his hit single ‘Pull Up’, how did working with him come about?

Yes I manage Swift! Chubbie Baby and I worked on a few things, that’s my brother we fight, we argue but he came and got me for Swift and said “here is your first signed to a label act!” He said “Brooke I believe in you, you can be the next Sylvia Rhone” the rest was history or should I say Herstory.

For those not familiar with Swift what can they expect from his sound and what has he got coming up?

Swift is very dope and well- rounded, he does every type of genre of music! He went to the school of arts; he is really coming with R&B and Hip Hop.

You recently launched your artist booking agency, No Mercy Global, tell us a bit about that and the services you provide / clients you currently have.

Yes I went through a pretty dark time in my life last year and I was watching Queen of the South and she told her protégée that you can’t show No Mercy to men in this industry because they will take you for weak! That stuck with me!

So I’m dating this guy that came around in this very dark moment and on our first date we’re furniture shopping for him but, I spent the whole time on the phone booking artists! He didn’t find it rude, he actually liked it and every day we spent together it was the same thing, me on my phone booking, negotiating and one day after 6months of that he said “B you need your own office and you need to start a booking agency! You need to take it to the next level, let people pull up on you and take it seriously” next he said “I got you, go find the office” and the rest was history/ or should I say Herstory. I asked him should I call it Mini Mogul or NoMercy and he said “No motherfucking Mercy that’s powerful B”!

As for as clients I can book anybody if they available!

What challenges did you face launching a new company whilst juggling managing two artists?

The challenges I juggled are focusing on me real quick to even get in the mode of sitting down,  going there but I’m all over the place, I pay rent for an office I’m barley at because I’m moving around! But I’m getting a team to focus on all the areas of the company and my artists.

For anybody wanting to start their own company what advise would you give them?

Make sure it’s your passion, be business savvy and make sure you study what you are into.

Are there any other artists on your radar you would love to work with?

I want to work with the Goat Jay Z and I will work with him not sure how but I will so you remember I told you that!

You call yourself the 'mini mogul’ how did that name come about?

Mini Mogul came from my long-time friend Johnnie Cabell he said “Brooke I’m Big Deal and you Lil Big Deal” and then he said “you like the Mini mogul they don’t see you coming you 4"11 and don’t pose as a threat”.

The music industry is still a very male dominated industry, what advice would you give to any young females coming up that aim to get to high position within the music business?

Yes the industry will forever be male dominated so you have to keep your legs closed! No man in the industry can ever say he slept with me, not one! I pride myself on that! That’s why they respect me! They try though all the time and it has caused some bad vibes and has taken me longer because I will not sell my soul.

As you know the site is called 'The Female Hustler’ which we definitely see you as! What is your definition of a 'female hustler’ ?

My definition of a female hustler is one that bares humility and does what it takes to eat without compromising her integrity! I’m always able to sleep at night with my decisions.

Finally let us know what you have coming up that people should look out for and any key events / shows your artists have that people should go check out!

I’m building my own label, I’m also excited about Tiffany Foxx’s overseas tour and taking NoMercy Global to the next level! What I’m happy about most I can’t speak on but it was inspired from watching The Defiant Ones so you have to stay tuned!

Make sure you follow Brooke on IG: @brookedabrand

NoMercy Global: @nomercyglobal

Follower her artists too: @1tiffanyfoxx / @swift