Senior Spotlight: Oliver Newton

Where are you from?

Loveland, CO

What is your background in music?

I started playing piano at age 6, and have since picked up a variety of other instruments.  In high school, I was in band, orchestra, jazz band, and also played in the pit orchestra for the school musicals.  After high school, I joined the Young Americans, a professional performing arts and music outreach organization based out of Southern California, and toured internationally with them for 6 years.  During that time, I performed and worked in 12 different countries.

Why did you decide to come to NYU?

I knew that I wanted to study Music Business, and two of my cousins living in New York at the time told me about NYU’s Music Business program.  At that point, I was just coming off a tour, and had never been to New York, so it seemed like a fun next step.

Who are some of your favorite musical artists?

That’s a really tough question – my musical tastes are all over the map.  Some of the artists I keep coming back to are Billy Joel, Nick Drake, John Mayer, Stevie Wonder, Walk the Moon, and Bread, but I’ve recently started to really get into Drumagick, Beatenberg, and Alex Vargas.

Do you have any musical guilty pleasures?

90’s Boy Bands, especially the Backstreet Boys and ‘NSYNC.  I may or may not have learned the entire dance to Bye, Bye, Bye…

What have been some of your favorite music business classes/professors in your time here?

I really, really enjoyed Professor Howard-Spink’s Internet, Interactive, and Mobile Media course, as well as the International Music Business Marketplace.  I think that role of technology is key in how we access music, especially as the industry continues to evolve, and I’m fascinated by the different ways individual cultures value music.  It’s such a global phenomenon, but it’s used in different ways all around the world and I think that is such an incredible thing.

Have you had any really cool music-related moments in New York?

One of my favorite music-related moments in New York was getting put on the VIP list for a Walk the Moon show and getting to hang out with their manager – they’re one of my favorite bands, and I’ve followed them almost since the beginning of their career, so it was kind of a dream come true.

What was your best Internship?

Hands down, Atlas Music Publishing.  I learned a ton, and they’re an absolutely wonderful group of people, who really care about their artists and their work.

What is your dream job?

I’ll tell you when I find it!  No, seriously, I have no idea – at this point I’m open to anything.  I’ve been surprised by how much I enjoy publishing, so maybe something in that field?  Definitely something that lets me travel and work with creatives, but is still business-oriented.

Are you leaving the program with different career aspirations than you had when you entered the program?

Completely – I entered the program thinking that I wanted to be an artist manager, but actually became really interested in music publishing, and am currently applying for positions at various overseas publishing companies.

What is your advice for any incoming freshmen or transfer students to the program?

Don’t be afraid to ask for help, and try everything.  As cliche as that might sound, you never know what skills or connections will come in useful later on down the line, especially with how quickly the music industry continues to change.

 

Senior Spotlight: Ariel Hong

Where are you from?

Born and raised in New York City, moved to Jersey, made it back here.

What is your background in music?

Jammin’ in the womb, forever till the tomb. I played piano and violin for about 9 years through middle and high school, and attended shows since I was 5, ranging from Classical to Rock music.

Why did you decide to come to NYU?

Long story short, found a band based in Brooklyn (courtesy of MySpace) during freshman year of high school and followed them throughout the years. That’s when I started getting into the underground music scene and knew I wanted to study Music Business. I wrote about them in my college essay and got accepted SO U KNOW it was meant to be. Also having a non-existent football team for a college was a plus ++

Who are some of your favorite musical artists?

Always digging new vibes, but top list include Spoon, Arcade Fire, Tame Impala, Phoenix, La Femme, Youth Lagoon, Deerhunter, Neon Indian, and The Dig. Anything reverb soaked, essentially. And Dave Matthew Band. These h0mes got me through high school.

Do you have any musical guilty pleasures?

Lime in the Coconut by Harry Nilsson. Instant classic.

What have been some of your favorite music business classes/professors in your time here?

Concert Management hands down. That Brooklyn band I mentioned earlier? Freshman year my class booked a sold-out show for them. Talk about dream clutch. Another one is Music Publishing- made a project about Smallpools (before they got big) out of chocolate and shot a parody music video for our final- brownie points forever for this class. Also Professor Jennifer Blakeman is straight chill.

Have you had any really cool music-related moments in New York?

Every music-related moment is always kickin it. But I recently went to see Magic Man at Webster Hall. They brought the opening band, The Griswolds back out on stage for a R. Kelly’s “Ignition (remix)” cover. It was the most lit 8th grade dance of my life.

What was your best Internship?

Ok you can’t just pick one favorite candy. H0megurl needs her gummy bears and Reeses. Honestly I’ve learned something valuable from every one of my internships. But if I had to choose my top 2 it would be my time at PopGun Presents and Sony Music. PopGun Presents was clutch where I got to engage with artists I was personally a fan of and learn more about the indie side of the music business. They dealt with the more underground scene in Brooklyn. My experience there felt like I stepped into one giant Tumblr. Great vibes.

For Sony Music, I was lucky enough to be under College Marketing, where the department is pretty small and my supervisors were like a second family to me. I also came in at a perfect time where Sony Music as a whole was moving locations. The new building, located right outside of Madison Square Park, provided an open space where I was able to not only engage better with my department, but also meet new friends from other labels and learn a bit about them too. Plus theres a rooftop access so thats a game changer ++ ♪ My department allowed me to get my hands into all facets of the company’s operations, and do work that’s actually meaningful. I was also able to sit in on meetings with managers of pretty cool bands that Ive been a fan of since high school. It was definitely an unparalleled experience. Your internship is pretty much what you make of it. The best advice my boss gave me on the first day was “Don’t be a mouse and go to work and leave right afterwards. You’re in the music industry. It’s not about who you know today, it’s about who knows you.” Those words have never been truer. Believe me I took that to heart and went all out. Had one of the best internship experiences of my life. Plus you cant complain about all that free show swag

What is your dream job?

Become a Vinyl Wizard. Just kidding. Sort of. Definitely stay in the music business, focusing on artist development and strategic branding. Also maintain a creative side. I love doing photography and documenting behind-the-scenes work for friends’ bands and other local artists. That’s how I really got introduced to the music scene; I like seeing artists grow organically and the process behind it. Audio-visual matchmaking and editing behind-the-scenes and live works for artists would be a killer dream job. Call me in 10 years.


Are you leaving the program with different career aspirations than you had when you entered the program?

Nope. I knew I wanted to do this since my freshman year of high school.  Haven’t changed my mind yet. Following the path

What is your advice for any incoming freshmen or transfer students to the program?

Make new friends, try new things, GO TO SHOWS. They say NYU doesn’t have a campus but real talk: New York City IS our campus. Take full advantage of where you are. Don’t stay in a bubble, go to Brooklyn, trek out to Smorgasburg, follow Brooklyn Vegan and check out the hippest new bands. There are so many events that aren’t worth mad scrilla. Most are even free. I go to shows at least 3 times a week, 7 on a good week. Go out. Try new things, you never know where you’ll end up. Make friends at music events in and out of NYU, they may become the most important contacts of your LIFE (and career). Also do as much as you can at your internship. Offered to go to a show at work? GO. Asked to get lunch with your boss? GO. Your experience is what you make of it. You’re in one of the best programs in the WORLD and its up to you to decide what will happen next. Network, make friends, take initiative to learn and utilize your skills. You never know where you’ll end up. The craziest things happen and believe me the music industry is so small everyone knows each other. NYU, NYC, and the music industry are not places where you can expect to get what you want handed to you on a silver platter. Go out. Keep it lit.

 

Senior Spotlight: Andy Golden

Where are you from?

Just outside of New Orleans, Louisiana.

What is your background in music?

Music has always been a part of my life. I started taking piano lessons when I was 5. My parents were always surprised when I would walk inside after a car ride, go to the piano, and pick out the melody to a song that was just on the radio. I sang in the church choir and was a cantor for a few years. In high school I joined the drumline and was an All-State percussionist.

Why did you decide to come to NYU?

It was a combination of many things. My high school put together a college run my sophomore year and we visited 12 colleges in 10 days, including NYU. With that trip, I knew I needed to go to a university in a big city even though I didn’t know what I wanted to major in. I grew up working in the film industry and was always fascinated with what was going on behind the scenes. As I got older, I wanted to go behind the scenes of the music business. When I decided to get a degree in music business, I researched many programs, but the Steinhardt program kept coming out on top.

Who are some of your favorite musical artists?

Honestly my musical taste depends on the day! My favorite by far are Stromae and Mika. But I grew up listening to classic rock and country music. I can still sing along word-for-word to songs by Styx, Van Halen, Steve Miller Band, REO Speedwagon, Dixie Chicks, and Brooks & Dunn. Recently, I’ve been jamming out to Andra Day, Alex Vargas, The Dig, Yuna, Royal Teeth, and The Griswolds.

Do you have any musical guilty pleasures?

Guilty pleasures means I’m ashamed to admit it, but I will completely own my childhood obsession with LeAnn Rimes still exists to this day. I also have a weakness for classical and chamber music, especially anything with an organ.

What have been some of your favorite music business classes/professors in your time here?

Professor Blakeman’s publishing class was probably my favorite. It’s the class that really connected with me and proved the publishing industry is where I want to go with my career. Another class I really enjoyed was Professor Howard-Spink’s International Music Business Marketplace. After my experience studying abroad in Paris, I was able to really appreciate all the course material in a new way. But some of my fondest memories of this program come from the Concert Management class. We took it our freshman year and this is where we all bonded and really got to know each other for the first time. We were lucky enough to have Marcie Allen as our professor and the real-world examples she brought to the course were empowering and unparalleled.

Have you had any really cool music-related moments in New York?

All the time, especially due to my internships. I was able to obtain unforgettable access at the 2014 Global Citizen Festival, and also go to one of Billy Joel’s Madison Square Garden concerts, as well as numerous showcases for up-and-coming clients and industry events such as the NMPA Annual Meeting, Billboard Touring Conference, and Nielsen’s pre-Grammy party.

What was your best Internship?

That’s like asking a parent to pick a favorite child. I had such varied experiences at each one it’s hard to compare them at all. I think I learned the most working at Round Hill Music, I had some incredible experiences with MAC Presents, and I had my greatest professional growth at Atlas Music Publishing.

What is your dream job?

I’m currently working at Atlas Music Publishing and I feel like I’m at the center of the music business. Almost every aspect in the industry interacts with publishing at some point. Just having this type of universal outlook is what I want to continue with.

Are you leaving the program with different career aspirations than you had when you entered the program?

Absolutely! When I first came here, I had no idea what I wanted to do and where I would end up. Just being open to all the opportunities and connections available is one of the reasons I think this program offers the best professional education for the music business.

What is your advice for any incoming freshmen or transfer students to the program?

Be open to every opportunity available, but take your time. Enjoy your college years, but use them to your advantage. You’re in the center of New York City! Enjoy the marathon that is New York University. Don’t treat it like a sprint. Also, don’t be afraid to ask for help in any situation. It’s better to take your time to ask questions and succeed than rush and fail multiple times. Just do what you can to enjoy your time here