July 28, 2014
The Hip-Hop Professional wants you to meet Kevin M. Calame (Syracuse Univ)!
Q: What’s your major/area of interest and what school do you attend?
A: I’m currently a sophomore studying music business in the Bandier Program for Recording and Allied 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: During the school year, I’m a talent buyer for Syracuse’s programming board, an A&R scout for Redbull records, a representative for Spotify, a Hype Machine ambassador, a radio DJ, and a producer.
This summer I have the pleasure of working as an office assistant at The Agency Group (talent agency) and as an executive intern at Epic Records (Sony). I’m really enjoying the experiences I’ve been fortunate enough to have thus far. I really believe in being well rounded and couldn’t have asked for a better summer to grow and learn.
Q: How hard is it being a student and balancing the work you do towards your career goal?
A: Like I said, I really value being a well-rounded individual. In terms of balancing work while working towards my career goals I definitely feel like it’s all in time management. Schoolwork always comes first, however I never lose sight of my career goals. I try to take courses where I learn things that I will be able to apply to my professional career down the road.
Q:What are your top social media platforms that you use and why?
A: In terms of social media platforms, I try to use everything. It’s really hard to pick a “top” platform as they’re all useful in different way and for different things. I find myself using Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram daily to stay connected with my friends and on top of what is happening in the music industry.
I love that these platforms provide a window into into an artist’s creative and personal spaces. It allows for fans to feel more connected and provides artists a better avenue to release their content. Social media is a driving force in the industry today and it’s important not only for staying connected, but for noticing trends before they happen.
Q: Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
A: 5 years from now I see myself as a respected and key member of the music industry. I really want to leave a lasting impact on the industry. At this time my goal is to work in the live space as an agent or as an entrepreneur. While I aim to work in the business as opposed to being a performer or artist, I do believe in the importance of creativity and plan to bring that creative passion to whatever career I find myself in.