Dilan “Hef” Ames is our guest curator for this week and we couldn’t be more overjoyed to welcome him on to our page. If you know me, then you know I’m all about connecting with individuals who inspire me. On Early Rising, our goal is to not only showcase the amazing artists who are doing great things in the music industry, but also the people behind the scenes as well! Someone who embodies these creatives who we look to highlight is The Director of A&R @ 10K Projects, Hef! Getting his start in blogging, in the last 6 years, Hef has worked his way all the way up the ladder to where he is now! A true go-getter and all around great guy, keep reading to check out this exclusive Q&A with Hef!
ER: What is the thing that keeps you so drawn towards music?:
Hef: The connection between music and human emotion is so powerful and I’ve always been intrigued by it.
ER: What are you working on now?:
Hef: Mostly focused on Turbo’s upcoming EP, Cocaine And Fireworks.
ER: What project are you most proud of working on/ was most memorable?
Hef: Seeing Internet Money’s “Lemonade” turn into a 3x platinum megahit from a three year old demo was just insane – I’ll never forget seeing every piece of that song come together. Taz and the guys put a lot of blood, sweat and tears into that song and it paid off.
ER: What are your goals for the future?:
Hef: Plain and simple, I want to help more good people win. I can’t do business with people who I don’t think have a good heart.
ER: What is your mantra? What guides you?:
Hef: I fully believe that you HAVE to be a fan first in the music industry, sure it’s a business but it can’t just be a cold and emotionless sort of thing. We are dealing with real people, not products – I just think it’s about more than making money, it’s about making a positive impact in someone’s life, whether it the artist or their fans.
ER: What is your favorite part about music/working in the music industry?:
Hef: Being able to work with artists that I’m a fan of is an amazing and surreal feeling that I still can’t get over hahah.
ER: What is the lasting impression that you want to leave?:
Hef: I want people (upcoming artists, managers, executives etc) to know that you don’t have to be slimy or sacrifice your morals to move up in the industry. I’ve gone from blogger to intern to A&R to Director of A&R in six years, and I’ve done it by working hard and doing right by everyone I’ve crossed paths with.
Hef is a gem in this industry and we’re so excited to have him curating a playlist for us this week! Make sure you check back in on sunday to listen to his finds!