Interview by Michelle Sullivan
Photography Daniel Nadel
J E F F R A B H A N
Illustration by Grace Lee
Words by Michelle Sullivan
D A M I A N W E I L E R S
Damian is a photographer and director. He directed the new music video for Basement Jaxx - "What A Difference Your Love Makes."
Mike Smith is informed, diplomatic, opinionated, and he sounds like the fifth Beatle. Since his start at MCA Publishing in 1988, with positions subsequently held at EMI Music Publishing and Columbia Records, he has signed a plethora of successful artists, ranging from Blur to The White Stripes, Mark Ronson, Calvin Harris, The Ting Tings, Miike Snow and Madeon.
"The one thing I try not to do is look into the future. I think the best thing to do is to worry about what’s going on right now and to make sure what you do right now is the best you can possibly do, because who the fuck knows?"
Joel T. Jordan
Joel T. Jordan is good at many things, one of them being talking (the transcript of our one-hour conversation was 6000 words long). Another is designing rave flyers — he has even published a book on the subject, Searching for the Perfect Beat: Flyer Designs of the American Rave Scene (sample Amazon review: “This is the most colorful book I have ever seen.”)
Ryan Hambsch is the real deal. A former manager at D.E.F Artist Management, he believes in meticulous planning, structure and now has his own shop - Nerve Artist Management - where he guides the careers of Booka Shade, Tiga, Azari and III, I Blame Coco and Big Black Delta.