What does MADONNA, NILE RODGERS and Tom Silverman from TOMMY BOY Entertainment have in common? Other than being uber-successful in the music industry during the 80′s-90′s and beyond, they were all present at the New Music Seminar in NYC which was held at Webster Hall for two days this week. MADGE showed up on a vintage film that Nile so affectionately shared with the audience while he told his story of how he met her in the 80′s club scene and how they ultimately worked together.
We were really impressed with Nile’s vibe and natural style. He appeared unaffected by his major musical icon status. His signature is scrawled across an amazing array of music from Madonna, David Bowie, Eric Clapton, Diana Ross, Duran Duran to name just a wee few. He was voted “Top Producer in the World” in Billboard Magazine.
Tom Silverman, the founder of Tommy Boy Records, now known as TOMMY BOY ENTERTAINMENT is the co-creator of the NMS. He and a bunch of panelists including SPRINGSTEEN’S Little Steven sat on the stage, living room style deliberating on how to become a pop star in this time of almost impossible DIY promotion.
For two days we listened intently, networked and participated in the mentoring sessions directed within small groups for a mono-on-mono feel. In between we took a few long breaks to dine at this amazing raw food restaurant, QUINTESSENCE in the East Village.
You can get the full skinny on the NEW MUSIC SEMINAR NYC @ http://blogs.wsj.com/speakeasy/2010/07/22/how-do-you-make-a-pop-star-a-new-music-seminar-panel-tries-to-figure-it-out/