We had the good fortune of connecting with Kyle Emerson-Brown and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kyle, we’d love to hear about a book that’s had an impact on you.
I’ll talk about the first book that had noticeable impact on me and that was Never Eat Alone by Keith Ferrazzi.
I didn’t start reading self help or real world books until I was approaching my late 20s. I had grown up with the novels by James Patterson and Clive Cussler and those were great for my imagination however I was stepping into unknown territory when I turned 26 and decided to start my career as an artist manager.
Never Eat Alone was the first book that I read that hit my strengths and skills as a super connector right on the head. It was a feeling similar to my one semester at Orange Coast College when I took Interpersonal Communication; That feeling of “damn my education should’ve been revolving around these type of subjects and I ‘d be a stellar pupil.”
This book speaks to the importance of human relationships and speaks on strategies to approach other humans and extract the maximum from each human interaction. Keith does it in such a genuine way that it’s not as manipulative as I’m describing it. Definitely a must read for any professionals in a relationship business… so, you.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
My journey in the music business has been a series of questions I’ve asked for myself that have gradually elevated each time I’ve finally answered them. The first question I asked myself was how do I make music and deejay my craft which led to a download of Virtual DJ and a crack of Ableton Suite 8. This was in 2010 when the EDM boom (not called EDM at the time) was finally making its way into America. I was a fan since the early 2000s but now David Guetta, Deadmau5, Kaskade, LMFAO, and Skrillex were making it main stream.
In full transparency I’m not going to sit and lie and say these questions I asked myself were rooted in altruistic beliefs to help other musicians. Music and my love for it pulled me into the biz however my desire to be cool and accepted by others greatly drove my motivation. Years of insecurities in my youth growing up being teased heavily by my peers in Orange County had lasting effects.
Eventually my questions led to how to get back stage, how to find my role in the music business, how to associate with professionals on the highest level, and more recently how to help develop artists while getting a promising return on my time and investment.
I don’t think any potential readers here have the bandwidth to read all of the lessons I’ve learned over the course of this journey but one of the great lessons I’m finding out most in the past 12 months has been to respect the Universe. It’s easy to claim spiritual powers are driving luck and fortune but if you don’t believe that truly and your actions disrespect the Universe and it’s energy then one’s karma will reflect our choices.
You want more clients, more money, more referrals, better incoming emails, more opportunity? Treat other people with respect and honesty especially the ones that you might think “don’t matter” as much. That was a massive error in judgement I’ve made at times in my life. Treating relationships as Chess pieces and thinking a sacrifice is ok here and then. That’s dead fucking wrong. There is a cause and effect with every choice and if you’re stepping into business let alone music business you need all of the great karma you can possibly muster.
This is a people business as much as it’s an artist business. Value every single human being and strive for each to positively recommend you. Don’t give them any reason to speak otherwise. A tough lesson I’m finally grasping at 35 years old.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I’ve been blessed to visit and live in many different parts of the globe and LA definitely has my love for it’s many different neighborhoods, culture, and lifestyles. I wouldn’t consider myself a foodie but one of my strengths is finding some of the great pizza spots in the town so I’ll stick with what I know.
Best NY Style Pizza: Appollonias on Wilshire (They have the strangest hours and are cash only now — blah but this pizza is next level)
Great Euro Style Pizza: Cicconis in West Hollywood (fairly accurate to what I remember of Europe’s best pizzas. Sweet sauce more than American style)
Honorable mention: Elephante in Santa Monica
Watering Holes: Black Rabbit Rose on Tuesdays (pre-pandemic) The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I want to dedicate this shoutout to the people that have embraced me with love at my low points, those that have held me accountable and those that have invested so much energy and time into the ideas we’re creating.
Mom, Dad, Shanisa, Mars, Nani, Omi, Michael, Julia, Tracey-Jane, Kyle, Brad, Jeff, Grant, Bills, Danny, Tara, Niko, Natalia, Steven, Jose, Luke, Grace, Roman, Christian, Leslie & Rob, Terri, Laarni, Nick W, Nick M, Jane, Satasha, Ariana & Len.
Also thank you to all of the artists and creatives I’ve worked with in the past and the great experiences, opportunities, and critical life lessons that have been taught along the way.
Quinn Tucker, Christian Bordeau, Annie Hodeskane, Polly Cannella