The Big Break


Bruce Waynne Part 1

Ep. 1

Bruce Waynne of Midi Mafia joins us to discuss his journey through the music industry. Bruce grew up in the Bronx, slinging mixtapes and CD’s in his local neighborhood, and his experiences creating music helped propel him to heights he couldn’t imagine as a young man. He is a golden example of how your network can help you grow. In this first installment, we get to learn how Bruce’s connections were instrumental in getting him in front of and comfortable with the right people, while priming him for an explosive career.

Take a listen, we hope you enjoy hearing Part 1 of the saga of Bruce Waynne.

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Show Notes

1:00 Bruce on Entrepreneurs

2:10 “Thief in the Night”, “Us”, and Hip Hop in the 90’s

7:00 Bruce’s first investment, the good and the bad

11:00 Bruce’s departure from “Us”

13:10 Expanding his skills, and learning about Producing

15:50 How the connections began to connect

17:55 The marriage of work ethic and relationships- Meeting Tony Perez

24:43 David Swift and Bruce Waynne, the birth of Midi Mafia

27:02 50 Cent and 21 Questions

29:10 Scott Belcher and learning the music business

31:30 Bruce and Swift working with artists

32:26 Quote from Swift

36:00 Bruce and Swift: A case study in how to be partners

37:38 Becoming A&R’s and growing in the business

40:58 Pivoting when things change, moving from Electric to Atlantic

43:12 The merger and hitting walls

43:50 Stepping into the R&B world

45:26 Making R&B at a higher level and going to Los Angeles

47:03 American Idol, and becoming a larger business

49:20 Starting working with Independent Artists

51:50 Working out of Glen Ballard’s studio house and creating an environment for creativity

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