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Do you ever wonder what creatives go through to make their art? The Come Up Show Podcast explores the lows and highs that every artist faces. Our guests vary from legends (Wyclef Jean) to superstars (Kendrick Lamar)to th

Ruben Young talks Dreamstate, trusting yourself and how to remove yourself from your art

The Come Up Show podcast is back with a brand new interview!Our special guest goes by the name of Ruben Young, originally from Calgary, Alberta, and now resides in Toronto. Since Ruben's debut in 2017, he has released six singles and earned millions of streams, independently, on his own label, Young and Lucky. BOSS! *Rick Ross voice*.Ruben's crossover sound has given him the opportunity to share the stage with a diverse resume of artists from The Chainsmokers, Akon, Classified, Langston Francis and the Phony Ppl.Ruben's debut EP Dreamstate is an introduction to his world, and the time he spent travelling across North America writing and collaborating with other artists/producers. His writing experience includes sessions with T-Minus (Drake, Justin Bieber), Chin Injeti (Eminem, P!NK), Kuya Productions (Alessia Cara, JRDN), Classified, Slakah The Beatchild, and the list goes on."This EP is a step into the world of the blurry middle ground that stands between our dreams and the realities we crave." Ruben Young.Ruben has become best known for his single "Rachel Green" (over one million streams), an ode to 90's dream girl played by Jennifer Aniston on 'FRIENDS,' which featured American rapper Hodgy Beats from Odd Future.I thoroughly enjoyed our conversation, and I think you will too. We talked about the importance of travel and how time alone in different environments changes you. How in order to trust someone (in the context of your creative career) you have to trust yourself first. We talk about oversaturation in media and the distractions that can take us away from music listening experience and so much more.Subscribe to The Come Up Show Podcast on your favourite us love and leave us a us onInstagram&TwitterJoin our out the new book "Stop Playing By Their Rules: An Artist Guide On How To Market To Fans"

You are going to have to serve two masters when you have a hit

I'd like want to thank D.O. aka Duane Gibson and his team for another successful Northern Power Summit. From the educational panels and networking opportunities, there was a lot of informational gems, jewels, MAJOR KEYS (DJ Khaled voice). I moderated the Next Level panel featuring speakers Chris “Deep” Henderson and David “Click” Cox.Seemingly since the beginning of time, the hit single has been elusive, yet a huge source of pride for artists. As the industry has moved from radio spins to YouTube views to Instagram “likes”, what makes a hit these days? This panel will discuss how to determine success and how artists can find it in today’s music economy.Panellists biographyChristopher “Deep” Henderson is a multi-platinum, Grammy Award-winning songwriter and music producer whose hits include Jamie Foxx & T-Pain’s “Blame It” along with a host of others from artists like 50cent with G-Unit, Trey Songz, Mario, Dru Hill, Jacob Latimore and others. In a career now spanning over 18 years, this 3 time ASCAP Award recipient was listed among Billboard Magazine’s Top 5 Hot Hip-hop/R&B Producers of Year in both the 2000 and the 2010 year-end issues.Currently, Christopher has founded and is developing a multimedia platform he calls SongBuildersTV. It is designed to connect and empower the creative community, providing professional insights and front row seat views to the process as songs are built from the inspiration phase to the rough mix. He also takes the show on the road as he hosts song building master classes at various music conferences around the world and through partnerships with various non-profit and community serving charities.Henderson continues to work on both established and developing upcoming music projects.David “Click” Cox started his career as a member of the MMVA winning and JUNO nominated group, The Maximum Definitive. Created reputation for his promotional and marketing efforts working closely with concert promotions company REMG. Soon after, he started his career working with BMG Music Canada and then worked at Universal Music Canada as A&R. During his time with Universal, David founded the Stylus Awards to celebrate the Canadian urban music talents and recognition of DJs. After 8 years with Universal, David created his own entertainment company, CLK Creative Works. Today, CLK is responsible for managing an eclectic roster of highly skilled and experienced artists including Ruben Young, SATE, King Reign, and DJ Agile. Along with management, David teaches music business at Metalworks and The Remix Project.Subscribe to The Come Up Show Podcast on your favourite us love and leave us a us onInstagram&TwitterJoin our out the new book "Stop Playing By Their Rules: An Artist Guide On How To Market To Fans"

Making It From The 6IX

I hope you enjoyed our previous panel from A3C in ATL. Here is another exclusive from the Northern Power Summit, which is a one-day conference with a showcase component. Their primary objective is to provide education and tools, as well as access to individuals to help artists and industry professionals develop their careers internationally.This panel features Rich Kidd, Rookz, DJ Andre 905. Take a look at the description below if you want to learn more about them, they do also give a brief intro about themselves. I’m excited about this panel and the gems that were shared.Toronto is recognized as one of the biggest hotbeds of musical talent in the world, but that hasn’t always been the case. This panel will dive into a discussion about tackling the challenges artists have faced due to the lack of infrastructure in the Canadian Urban Music industry. It will provide suggestions and solutions for how an artist can (and reasons they should) build their career locally to effectively take it worldwide.As mentioned in the podcast, Northern Power Summit is coming up on Saturday August 17 2019 in Toronto. Get your tickets at Eventbrite and you can also visit the website at More details will be coming about their programming.PanelistsDJ Andre has deejayed for OVO Afterparties at corporate events for Nike Canada to the official DJ for the Raptors 905 and many more.Rich Kidd is one of the most recognized and respected creatives in Canada’s urban music industry today. He is a Juno award winner with Naturally Born Strangers and as a record producer he has crafted music for hip-hop superstars Drake, k-os, and Busta Rhymes and so many more.Rookz is the Founder & Director at Sandbox Studios, one of the most successful Recording Facilities in Toronto. With sessions with Cardi B, Tory Lanez, and most of the city’s up and coming, Sandbox has become a staple in the scene and more importantly a hub for learning and connecting.Former music manager and now an award winning serial entrepreneur, Rookz is a public speaker, consultant and innovator, sitting on panels from Toronto to New York.Common- Let Love Tour Presented by MRG Concerts & Rap Season Wed, 7 Aug 2019, 7:00 PM at Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Toronto. Get your tickets at Eventbrite

The Future of Sharing and Discovery

I moderated a panel titled ”The Future of Sharing & Discovery” at A3C in Atlanta. My panelists were Nikhil Shah, the cofounder of mixcloud. Nicole Johnson from head of Urban Marketing at Pandora, Daniel Sander is the which is platform that uses technology to build marketing, and analytics products for the music industry. Nick Merich is the Co-Founder of Songlink, a platform-agnostic music sharing app.The internet and streaming services have irreversibly changed the music industry. Artists are able to access more consumer with fewer barriers than ever before. Longstanding, traditional marketing and artist discovery methods are a thing of the past. Technology is disrupting the artist discovery process and turning sharing into a science. It is essential for anyone in the music business to understand the new landscape of music sharing and artist discovery.Panelists1) Nikhil Shah - Nikhil Shah is Cofounder of Mixcloud, a streaming radio service that connects listeners to the world’s leading DJs, radio presenters and Podcasters. The service boasts over 1.3 million creators globally across a vast spectrum of genres and sounds.2) Nicole Johnson - This Jersey girl’s love of music started at West Virginia University’s college radio station U92. Nicole was quickly put on-air and created a late night show, The Urban Dinner, playing hip hop and R&B hits that continues at the university today. After graduating from West Virginia University, Nicole started her career answering phones at WKTU103.5 inNYC(an iHeartStation), taking on multiple responsibilities at the station. She was quickly promoted to mid-day producer setting up interviews with top talent and developing show ideas. Nicole was then offered a staff position and transitioned to the programming department.3) Daniel Sander - Dan manages is the Chief Commercial Officer at and has been with the company since launch, working closely with demand side partners. He has personally worked with over 100 independent artists and labels specializing in digital music marketing, PR and artist development. Dan works closely with's technology to build marketing, advertising and analytics products for the music industry. Prior to, Dan managed Large Corporate Multi-National Clients at JP Morgan.4) Nick Merich - Nick Merich is the Co-Founder of Songlink, a platform-agnostic music sharing app. With Songlink, you can share music better and more efficiently without worrying about which music streaming platform your friends, family or fans use. Songlink’s services find each song and album on every streaming platform, so you can share one link and allow everyone to listen.Subscribe to The Come Up Show Podcast on your favourite us love and leave us a us onInstagram&TwitterJoin our out the book I wrote "Stop Playing By Their Rules: An Artist Guide On How To Market To Fans"