Don White’s passion for live music began in his youth and led to his storytelling career as a manager and tour manager. King Brit, Tom Morelo, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Gunners Berkeley, And, for the longest time, uestlove Of Roots. Over the years, he has dedicated himself to building a connection between the creators and their audience, a relationship that is about to transform into current events, redefining the role that the artist plays. We discussed how to adapt to the theatrically evolving cultural climate to discuss the artist and his insights into tour management and how musicians can use their platforms to inspire change.
Spotify for Artists: Can you describe what you do and tell us how you got there?
Don White: Currently, I oversee The Roots’ DJ career from The Roots, and as part of the management and strategy team? I started my career for electronic music pioneer King Brit and in the late 90s? After working for the King, I managed Larry Gold’s highly respected recording studio, Where the entire New Spirit movement was born in Philadelphia. Everyone was coming to work there because Larry is a string composer. He was writing arrangements for it Justin Timberlake, J-Lo, Christina Aguilar, [and] Roots.
Westlov asked me to come down the street as his assistant and the merchant director of The Roots. At the time, he was exploring his growing interest in Dejeng. [Because] I came to work with King Brit in the club scene ,?
I moved to LA in 2006 and was hired immediately [Waxploitation Records founder] Jeff Antebe was going to work on a very exciting project Danger mouse The girls are known as Berkeley. I was their tour manager when that project exploded and spent the next three years traveling the world with them. I went to Tom Morello’s tour-management Anger against the instrument For several years. I’m also tour-directed Charlotte Gainsbourg.
At the same time, I was building with perseverance? In 2011, I started my own boutique DJ management and consulting agency, which I built over a few years, then finally decided what was my main priority?
What gave birth to your interest in pursuing it as a career?
My passion for live music started when I went to see my first show in 1987. I went there Joshua tree U2 Philly now tours the inactive JFK Stadium. I am in seventh grade. It was memorable because Bono had a broken arm, so Bruce Springsteen I played the guitar that night. After that, I spent all my money on concert tickets and March. By the time I graduated from high school, I had attended more than 200 shows. [When] I went to college, I started Grateful death. I took some time off from school to follow the grateful dead in a 1974 VW Westphalia camper van. I fell in love with that travel-circus power and the idea that music can inspire the community. Although my parents weren’t too excited about my decision at the time, we now joke about that experience. [and how it] My career path is over.
What is the best way for artists to use their platforms in political and social moments like now?
Access is the best way to use your platform for the greater good. We all relied on travel and performance to spread the message, but the current weather has shown that we don’t necessarily have to rely so much if we have access to your phone and your computer at our fingertips. There is now a real reason for telling real stories. If you don’t find inspiration right now, maybe music isn’t your calling. Look BTS And how they use their platform to disrupt their fans and [encourage] Political change in America. Artists have this power now. I think it’s totally inspiring.
How has your work been affected or developed in light of the epidemic?
I see it as a time of huge growth and creativity. The truth is now appearing. We are able to draw attention to the real impact of music.
In the pre-covid world, there was a lot of music centered around a party environment. It’s not bad – it’s a celebration of life in its own way. But where are we in terms of epidemics and Black Lives Matter, really, who is now trying to bring Vegas into their living room? Emotionally no one is there.
That’s why? He is teaching history lessons and reminding us to celebrate life. It is a lesson to be a better, more thoughtful person. Whether it’s a health crisis or a civil rights crisis, [that] Right now it’s really a call to action. I am really proud of our team and what we are doing to represent these things.
What is your best advice for any artist that is just starting out?
It’s simple: stay true, stay true, and don’t decide to make other people happy.
– Ariel Lebiu