This is a photo I took this morning from my office window (my office is the best):
Okay! Here’s my story …
I launched my first record label in 1994. Named Eighth Dimension Records, the label lasted into the late-2000s and became one of the top US indies for jazzy, downtempo electronic music.
I started releasing music as Q-Burns Abstract Message on Eighth Dimension, and a couple of years later I signed with Astralwerks Records in the US, and Virgin Records for the rest of the world. I released three albums through Astralwerks, performed regularly across five continents, and toured as a supporting act for The Chemical Brothers, Fatboy Slim, Gus Gus, and Meat Beat Manifesto.
This entire time I managed myself — a rarity for a major label act — and developed a love for the business of music.
This experience led to my work in music publishing and synch through 8DSync, with early music placements for my clients in Sex and the City, The Wire, Six Feet Under, Spike Lee’s 25th Hour, and CSI:Miami.
I also founded the music publicity company 8DPromo and, recently, the ‘exploratory’ record label 8D Industries. And I advise label managers and self-released artists on growth strategies and rights management.
If there’s anything to take away from all this, it’s that I operate on both the artist and business sides. I have a unique and often surprising perspective.
I understand where the artist is coming from, and I’m able to interface that with larger music industry concerns. And I can explain the thornier aspects of the business in a way that makes sense to an artist.
I’ve been there, and I get it.
One of the best perks of what I do is meeting new people. And it would be cool to meet you. If there’s any way I can help you — or if you’d just like to chat — please send me a note below.