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Tell me about some of your panelists.
We've got 16-20 panelists that really have a very diverse background. One person who has helped me a lot in conversations is [Chief Executive Officer] Travis O'Guin of Strange Music. Travis needs to be teaching marketing on a college level because he knows how important it is to keep a person's name and their brand out at all times. We'll also have a video interview with Tech N9ne and Julie Jones over lunch. He'll give insight on how he started.
We've also got people like Cynthia Johnson from Sony Records, Alex "Asaph" Ward - he's a local producer, but he's produced almost everybody in gospel music. Brian Kennedy, who is a Grammy winning producer and singer songwriter; he wrote the biggest pop hit for Chris Brown.
Why did you guys decide to put this conference on?
Well ... I was in line at Price Chopper, and there was a young artist who works as bagger at Price Chopper. And he asked me if we were part of this showcase that came on back in the spring, and I said no. He said these guys really ripped off everybody - made all these promises. A lot of people paid their money, and the place was packed. Basically, people were believing in something, and it didn't happen. When you hear a person tell you that story, and they're heartbroken, it makes you wonder what can you do to help these folks out here who are trying to further their music career.
That's why we decided to do this. We're not promising anybody any type of record deal or airtime or production deals. What we wanted to do is bring in key people that can help give them solid information that will help them with their music career.
For the full schedule, list of panelists, and information on registration for the Hot 103 Jamz Music Conference this Saturday at the VooDoo in Harrah's Casino, go here.