If you’re a young hustler looking to learn from inspiring people, an individual who you need to emulate is none other than Jay Mclain. The 21-year-old currently wears several hats such as, Manager at Dead Moon Group, A&R for Listen to the Kids and Marketing Director of Overcast. Not only does he do each job effectively, but it’s even more important to note that he’s able to deliver on all that he does while being based out of Phoenix, Arizona. With an undeniable heart for artists, Jay has a hand in supporting names like Zac Greer, Kill Jasper, Andi, Danny Orange, and a few others; which is nothing but a testament to his ear for talent and gift for development. A true inspiration and future exec, we couldn’t think of a better person to spin some tunes for us than Jay. Tune back in this sunday to check out his playlist! Continue reading down below for the full ER Q&Aa with Jay!
ER: Hometown / living now?:
Jay: The process of developing up and coming artists is amazing, knowing I can be a part of someone’s journey from the jump is such an incredible feeling; especially when you see crazy growth. I love how fast paced and chaotic everything is.
ER: What are you working on now?:
Jay: Currently working on Zac Greer, Kill Jasper, Andi and Danny Orange on the management side (under Dead Moon Group) – YEAT, David Hugo and a few others on the label side (with LISTEN TO THE KIDS/Interscope) while also still holding my position as Marketing Director for Overcast. One of my side projects is creating a platform/company that allows music executives, artists, producers, etc a safe place to discuss mental illnesses and get help. Not enough light has been shined on the affects the music industry has on our mental health, everyone goes through it and having a rough journey of mental illness myself I think it should be something that is talked about WAY more.
ER: What project are you most proud of working on/ was most memorable?
Jay: The whole process of Overcast has been so memorable – having a bunch of best friends doing what they love together is a feeling I’ll never be able to explain… We’re all internet kids from Arizona that carved out our own piece in the music industry in the middle of the pandemic… Going from working on $0 budget videos to shooting with Da Baby in a matter of a year. As far as musically, I’m obsessed with Kill Jasper’s upcoming album… Has been such an amazing ride working with KJ. Meeting him through Fortnite to becoming his manager, I’m excited for everyone to see what he’s working on.
ER: What are your goals for the future?:
Jay: I like to shoot for the stars when it comes to my goals: Most importantly, I just want to be remembered for all the great work I’ve done and do in the future. Need my first platinum record by 23. I want to continue to build an ecosystem (hate that word) that allows me to approach the development of artists from a few different angles, whether that’s creatively with Overcast, on the label end with LISTEN TO THE KIDS, or on the management side with DMG. Lastly, when it’s all said and done I just want to create something that changes the way people think, whether that’s in music or a different industry.
ER: What is your mantra? What guides you?:
Jay: What guides me? I’m self-motivated man. I don’t come from much and I had to work day and night to get here. I see glimpses of what is to come very often, which drives me to just keep my head down and continue to do what I do best.
ER: What is your favorite part about music/working in the music industry?:
Jay: My favorite part about the industry is the people, there’s a list of people who I could thank endlessly, who are incredible friends to me and help guide me through this scary ass industry. Feel like there’s a negative stigma in the industry, not everyone is a bad person.
ER: What is the lasting impression that you want to leave?:
Jay: Lasting impression I want to leave is that I did everything I could to make people around me succeed. I want people to see my name and be inspired to do better.