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Building a Successful Management Team and Record Label with EQT Co-Founder Henny Yegezu

Season 1, Ep. 46

In this episode of the podcast, we sit down with Henny Yegezu, co-founder of EQT and EQT Recordings. Henny’s career in the music industry began as a promoter in the DMV area. This included putting on shows in the D.C. area that were first time market plays for artists like Mac Miller, Big Sean, Curren$y and more, dating back to 2010. After developing a concert promotion brand in the market, he developed a relationship with artists in the local scene. Consequently, he opened a studio, which became a hub for artists like Kali Uchis, GoldLink and others to put together their first projects to share with the world. EQT has since expanded to manage artists including Smino, Masego, Berhana, and JPEGMAFIA, who co-host Jordan Williams works with closely. In 2019, EQT announced a joint venture with Universal Music Group, which now makes it an official label under the umbrella, helping to build an expansive roster.


In this episode we discuss…


  • Finding success as a promoter by operating in a genre overlooked by larger venues 
  • Advice for managers that are just getting their start and how they can ensure longevity in the careers of their artists 
  • Understanding the value of signing and working with major labels
  • Scaling a management company and a record label


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Using the Blog Era to Win in 2021 with Co-Founder of Closed Sessions Alexander Fruchter

Season 1, Ep. 124
On this episode of the Music Business Podcast, we invite Alexander Fruchter aka DJ RTC. Born and raised in Chicago's Hyde Park neighborhood, he has been a mainstay in Chicago’s Hip Hop community as a DJ, journalist, and label owner for close to 20 years. Fruchter is the founder of the significant underground Hip Hop blog rubyhornet, an accomplished DJ, and an Associate Professor of Instruction at Columbia College Chicago. Fruchter is the founder of the indie Hip Hop label, Closed Sessions, and was recognized by the Chicago Tribune as a “Chicagoan of the Year” in 2016. He is a graduate of Indiana University, and currently lives in Humboldt Park. His most recent writing can be found at LL Cool’s Rock The Bells.Today, we talk about founding Closed Sessions and writing for rubyhornet in the height of the blog era, what today's music industry can learn from it when it comes to community building, branding, and more. This is a fun, informative episode and a moment nostalgia for anyone that was a part of the blogging community in the early 2010s. Even if you weren't, you'll get an idea of what it brought to today's industry by the episode's conclusion.Leave a review and join us in our discord via our Patreon at https://musicbusinesspodcast.com/community to discuss the episode with Sam, Jordan, and the Music Business Podcast community. Follow us on IG at @musicbusinesspodcast for additional content and clips from this episode and past episodes.