April 24, 2014
5 for 5 Student Spotlight: The Hip-Hop Professional wants you to meet Andrew K Spalter!
Q: What’s your major/area of interest and what school do you attend?
A:I am a Junior currently studying in The Bandier Program for Entertainment Industries at Syracuse University
Q: What are some of your current projects or activities that you are engaged in on campus? Also, have you completed any beneficial internships/summer programs?
A: On campus I am a Radio DJ, RedBull Records A&R Scout, part of Cornerstone Agency’s FARM Team, and a Spotify Campus Representative.
On most Fridays I take photos and video of Z89’s hit show “Kings Of Cuse” and recently me and a few friends named Jonathan Wigfall and Joshua Chang made a Syracuse University remake video of Asher Roth’s “Fast Life” off of his new album, “RetroHash”. Amazingly, the video went viral when Asher got a hold of it and posted it on his Facebook. Having our work recognized by the artist was an incredible feeling and I am extremely happy with the outcome.
In the past I have worked for HITS Management, Warner Music Group, music marketing firm Cornerstone Agency, and this upcoming summer I will be in LA working for Scooter Braun Projects!
I am more than excited to be in Los Angeles this summer working for an amazing company and an even better team. I’m constantly learning and growing as a student and music industry professional and can’t wait to see what lies ahead.
Q: How hard is it being a student and balancing the work you do towards your career goal?
A: I do not find it difficult balancing my student life and work towards my career. My parents have told me since I started school that school comes first over anything else. As long as I have that mindset and know what my priorities are, I am able to manage my time in ways that I can accomplish both priorities professionally and advantageously.
I find that the more work I have the more I am able to prioritize and challenge myself in getting those tasks accomplished. I love a good challenge and school and work is definitely one of them. The feeling you receive after completing something you’ve been working on is one of the most refreshing feelings in the world.
Over time I have learned to embrace everything that is thrown my way and turn ignorance into opportunity.
Q:What are your top social media platforms that you use and why?
A: I am a big social media user, regardless of the platform I try to use all equally but definitely find myself using Twitter the most. I like to keep up with trends and see what is going on with my friends and industry professionals.
I feel like social media helps carry conversations and keeps me updated with the rest of the world no matter how obscure some of the content may be. Social media is an incredible asset in the music industry. Not only does it obviously promote music, but also it builds an artist’s image, you get to peer inside of artists’ heads and that is something I like seeing. Artists are some of the most creative people in the world and seeing bits of their thought process is extremely intriguing and influential.
Q: Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
A: In 5 years, I see myself being extremely well respected in the music industry. You cannot gain respect without recognizing and respecting the people around you. Take the Golden Rule, “One should treat others as one would like others to treat oneself.” If you are in the same industry as someone, they have to be doing something right and as long as you find their something, you can pay them the respect they deserve and in turn they will respect you.
Growing up in an Entrepreneurial family has given me the drive and admiration I have today. In life I have learned that nothing is handed to you and you have to get up and fight for what you want. If you truly want something, there is nothing stopping you from achieving your goal. Whether it is a job, a meeting, a phone call, an introduction, or food on your plate, it is up to you to provide yourself with those opportunities.
The passion I have in life is the same passion I exude towards the music industry. In the future I see myself owning a music-based company, and I intend on putting the industry back into the artists’ hands.