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Bruce Waynne Part 1

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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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