Recording Academy CEO Harvey Mason Jr. Reveals His Tips for Success within the Entertainment Industry

by Jeremy Spirogis
Harvey Mason Jr. speaks during the Pre-GRAMMY Gala and GRAMMY Salute to Industry Icons Honoring Sean "Diddy" Combs in January 2020.

Harvey Mason Jr., chair of the board of trustees and interim president and CEO of the Recording Academy (the group behind the Grammy Awards), just lately chatted with Showbiz Cheat Sheet. He shared his secrets and techniques for fulfillment within the leisure trade. Here’s a peek inside our dialog.  

Showbiz Cheat Sheet: How did you get your begin within the music trade?

Harvey Mason Jr. speaks during the Pre-GRAMMY Gala and GRAMMY Salute to Industry Icons Honoring Sean "Diddy" Combs in January 2020. |  Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for The Recording Academy
Harvey Mason Jr. speaks in the course of the Pre-GRAMMY Gala and GRAMMY Salute to Industry Icons Honoring Sean “Diddy” Combs in January 2020. | Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for The Recording Academy

Harvey Mason Jr.: I began out taking part in piano and taking piano classes. My mother and father had been each in music {and professional} musicians, so I used to be in a really musical family. We had a piano in our lounge, so I used to be simply all the time taking part in and taking classes. And I began writing songs at a really early age. I really like music. I had an ear for music, and I might begin determining the way to play a music on the piano that I used to be listening to on the radio.

So that was my first introduction to seeing that I had a ardour for and a love for music. And I started writing songs. My first actual begin occurred once I was very younger, and I had a music recorded by an artist named Grover Washington Jr. once I was younger. And I noticed you’ll be able to really make cash when somebody data your music, or whenever you write a music or produce a music, you receives a commission. And I made a decision that is what I needed to do for the remainder of my life.

CS: How did you get your first large break?

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HM: Jump ahead a variety of years, I used to be writing songs daily, hustling and attempting to get folks to hearken to my demos. Somebody heard considered one of my early demos and I began doing remixes for Motown Records and another artists on the time. My first large break was Brandy. A producer who was producing her data heard a music that I had co-written and needed me to work on the Brandy album.

CS: What was your most memorable manufacturing mission?

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HM: That’s all the time a troublesome one to reply, as a result of essentially the most memorable is all the time the one I did final. I’m all the time so excited and invested in all my productions. However, there have been a variety of stand-out moments like that first Brandy document. It was a turning level in my profession, in order that was actually vital. Getting to work with a variety of my musical idols and heroes was unbelievable. I’ve been round Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, and Aretha Franklin, folks like that. That’s all the time actually satisfying.

Working with new and up-and-coming artists can be thrilling and fulfilling. I began working with Chris Brown when he was 14 and different artists like that once they had been actually younger and new, unsigned artists. I get pleasure from watching new artists develop and switch into artists which can be sport changers.  

CS: What recommendation would you give individuals who need to succeed within the leisure trade?

Harvey Mason Jr. and Sean "Diddy" Combs | Allen Berezovsky/Getty ImagesHarvey Mason Jr. and Sean "Diddy" Combs | Allen Berezovsky/Getty Images
Harvey Mason Jr. and Sean “Diddy” Combs | Allen Berezovsky/Getty Images

HM: You need to outwork all the opposite people who find themselves attempting to do what you do. It takes a variety of sacrifice and a variety of dedication. I’d say to them work, work, after which do extra work. And that’s going again and training and studying your craft and perfecting it, that’s one kind of labor.

Then there’s a sort of labor when you’re actually good at one thing that requires placing within the hours that it takes to get seen to get the eye and to market your self and unfold what it’s you’re doing. And there’s the work, when you get seen, the place you get the chance to show your self. It takes work to show your self. You need to do nice work each likelihood you get, and it’s important to proceed to enhance.

Harvey Mason Jr. | Rob Kim/Getty Images for The Recording AcademyHarvey Mason Jr. | Rob Kim/Getty Images for The Recording Academy
Harvey Mason Jr. | Rob Kim/Getty Images for The Recording Academy

You need to be taught daily a brand new stage of excellence and what you do in your craft. The different factor is honesty and integrity and fostering good relationships and ensuring you deal with folks the precise manner. And make certain you’re somebody that folks wish to work with.

I feel these are all phrases of recommendation I’d give folks developing. Work, dedication, sacrifice, work once more. And do issues the precise manner, each in the way you do your job but additionally the way you deal with folks, the way you run your business. Be conscious of the way you work together with everybody from an assistant engineer all the way in which to the largest movie star on this planet.

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