Jumpstart Episode 32: Daddy-O (Part 1)
- Glenn Bolton is best known as Daddy-O, a legendary record producer, rapper, and founding member of Stetsasonic.
- Daddy-O is CEO of OpenSource Recordings.
- He started making records in 1983.
- We talk about Creative Commons, open source, and podsafe music.
- “We can’t keep one standard contract for everybody.”
- Records didn’t come with personality beyond the music and lyrics. Today artists have tools to show their fans who they really are.
- Learned lots when he was managed by Russel Simmons, and through his work and observations of record labels like; Def Jam, Tommy Boy, Select Records, Profile Records, Next Plateau Records. All of these were important entrepreneurial events in his life.
- The entrepreneurial bug bit when Daddy-O learned that analog needs to go digital.
- In 2001, when he was working with Sony and Warner, he saw digital as an opportunity. He had tried to put forth his ideas, but management would not listen.
- Inspired by Chris Anderson, Seth Godin (our interview here), and Russel Simmons.
- Puff Daddy also inspired him early on from his energy and constant work ethic.
- He recognized a similar work ethic in other artists he worked with.
- MC Delite in Stetasonic was like a mentor, because he always pushed him forward.
- Leo Laporte makes great content and hangs out with the right guys.
- Baratunde, James Andrews, Brian Solis, and Lewis Grey are all people who strive for excellence. They hold themselves to a high standard.
- Sly (and the Family Stone) would erase entire songs when they didn’t work for him. All tracks would be deleted.
- “At some particular point you need to care if it’s good enough.”
- “You crowdsource to find out why they (your fans and customers) like it.”
- Stetasonic worked because they were all weirdos – it was like a university. Stetasonic then was like ThinkLab in Silicon Valley is today.
Stay tuned for Part 2 of our interview next week.
Jumpstart theme song “DLDN Instrumental (ft. Onlymeith, Mellotroniac)” by: St. Paul from ccMixter.
Posted on August 8, 2012
Categories: Blog, Podcast
Tags: Baratunde, Brian Solis, Chris Anderson, Daddy-O, Glenn Bolton, James Andrews, Leo Laporte, Lewis Gray, MC Delite, Opensource Recordings, Russell Simmons, Seth Godin, Stetasonic