Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Arif Gursel Interview @ The Evil Collector

Arif Gursel recently got interviewd by The Evil Collector. If you don't know 'bout this cat, you need to know. He heads up Invisible Man Entertainment and currently is the Technical Evangelist for Microsoft. I first learned of Arif at the Northwest Urban Lifestyle Conference back in the summer of 2006 at Seattle Central Community College which was hosted by Seaspot. He was on a panel that I can't quite remember what for, but I believe the discussion was about producing music. The dude wears many hats in addition to his J-O at the software giant, he produces and manages a stable of artists. Below is an excerpt. Click here to read the full article on this cat who hustles hard!

TEC: You’re CEO at Invisible Man Entertainment, right? You make beats?

AG: Yes, I produce as well. I’ve done independent film. I have a couple of R&B acts. You see, I run a production company, as well and it’s a lot of hard work paying off. I started off with myself, but with all of what I do, I don’t have the time to be in a studio. So, now, I’m hiring a young stable of producers to have that sound. My R&B acts, Cameron Lewis, this brotha from Chicago and Anjalae Rose are next up. Ms. Rose was on American Idol the same year as Jennifer Hudson. She learned the language in Russia, went on their version of Idol and won. This is a sista from Brooklyn. Very dope! We’re working on a bunch of things at the moment.