Indie dance and house musician Jamie Prado has been making a name for himself through his vision for the dance music community and his exceptionally gifted spin on classic house music sounds. In 2016, he launched a record label, Midnight in Paris, in order to cultivate the careers of independent musicians that the tastemaker has found himself surrounded by. This is what he had to say during this week's Music Monday.
Who are you? What's your connection to the music industry?
Hey, my name is Jamie Prado and I'm a house/electronica producer & DJ from Los Angeles.
What can you tell us about your new label, Midnight in Paris? What cultivated an interest in pursuing a label as an endeavor? To become behind the scenes?
Midnight In Paris is a label collaboration between myself and Astley of L'Affaire Musicale. We started the label in April 2016 with a debut release from myself featuring singer/songwriter Tali and we have just released our 2nd record by Italian producer Birdee.
What cultivated the interest is that we share a very similar creative vision, both wanted to start a label, and with Astley's background in event production/promotion, and my background in label management/music publishing, it was a perfect fit. More importantly, however, we wanted to create a home base for the incredible pool of artists we're surrounded by.
Have you personally grown over the past year as a DJ? What have you been doing to promote that growth?
Yes, I've definitely grown. I've really worked to develop my own unique mixing and style within house music which I feel is reflected through better and more confident live performances. Promotionally, it's a mixture of many things. Constant content; music, press, networking, sharing, contributing to the local scene, and being generally present in the industry.
Where do you see yourself going in the months ahead? Where do you plan on taking Midnight in Paris? Any goals for 2016?
In the months ahead, my goals are to continue performing as much as possible, drop a lot of new music, and collaborate with as many people as I can; I've even got my sights set on an album.
Where do we plan to take MIP? We plan to expand the brand and think outside the box in our process. I can't give any details at the moment, but we've got some huge releases lined up for the fall, some very cool creative projects on deck, and not to mention our stream of label event nights which have done extremely well. Our goals? Stay unique, stay forward thinking, "out of the box," and true to our creative vision.
What tips do you have for young professionals or artists who are interested in becoming involved with the music industry?
It's a marathon, not a sprint. Take your time, learn your craft, have a vision, don't take shortcuts, stand up for yourself, believe in yourself and take risks.
Hayes' playlist for Music Mondays highlights the multitude of talented artists in the indie dance scene on the west coast as well as new additions to the Midnight in Paris family. Check out his curated playlist of gems below.