Archive for May, 2008

15
May
08

Sao Paulo Trip: Day One

Had an amazing day with the Ketchum Brazil gang today. I’m here in beautiful Sao Paulo to help them get their interactive media practice started and to keynote or as the call it “Lecture” at Brazil’s largest PR Conference called 11 Congresso Brasileiro de Comunicacao Corporativa. For 40 minutes I will take the Brazilian PR community and brands on a ride thru current online tactics and social media insights, should be a lot of fun and I’m currently practicing speaking a lot slower as this subject tends to excite me and get me going. Luckily I have lived in the south for four years so I have had practice on the slow speech.

After a day of briefing and my energy on one leg, I was taken to the most amazing dinner by Ketchum Brazil partners Valeria Perito and Rosana Monteiro. They took me to this amazing hotel called Hotel Unique in Sao Paulo which is in Jardins. Consider Jardins the Beverly Hills of Sao Paulo. This hotel is the most amazing architecture you will find in a city that already has amazing old school works. When you drive up the building looks it looks like a giant concrete watermelon suspended in space.

The story of the two Ketchum founders is amazing and they are really a grass-roots success story. Their drive and passion for the business was contagious and though I was dog-tired I found myself captivated by their story of true “hustle” to get to the successful place they are in today. To make the bond even more complete I found out that they share the same birthday which ended up being my birthday (May 12) as well so here were 3 May babies with a lot to celebrate on a Wednesday in Sao Paulo.

To make the trip to Hotel even more “Unique” (I had to use that one) We at at SKYE (my daughter’s name, spelled exact) which just like the front of the hotel was a spectacle. Overlooking all of Sao Paulo I feasted on some original Brazilian grub as the menu was whisked away by my new Ketchum partner friends. The scene, view and food were amazing to say the least and the people, location and company were all beautiful

Forgot to mention that SKYE offered a 360 degree view of all of Sao Paulo. Manhattan has nothing like this promise you. As I looked over the city I got excited about Day 2 in the 3rd largest city in the world. Gotta run, need to get ready to take Sao Paulo on a ride, if that’s even possible

11
May
08

SantoGold Is The Future Of The MusicBiz

Santogold

I’m so proud of SantoGold aka Santi White. I have known Santi White since the mid 90’s where she worked as a young lad in the A&R department of Epic Records while I was at Columbia Records and have bumped into her over the years in the NYC music scene. She was always the smart Wesleyan Univl. girl who had the great ear even back then. All I can say about this amazing woman is she is filled with tenacity, creativity and passion that you just don’t find anymore. This rare bird is completely pushing the envelope of music at a time when the music business is crying for “agents of change.” She busted out on the scene as a songwriter and was the chief pen and Exec. Producer behind, “How I Do” a great and slept on album by RES in 2001. She was in a rock band called Stiffed that I saw a few times in NYC and though I wasn’t a huge fan, her star quality and experience rang thru. The SantoGold thing is going to be big, mark my words and she is already garnering huge critical acclaim. Her business seems to be running smoothly and I hear she is now managed by Jayson Jackson who managed Lauryn Hill and was a senior exec at Virgin Records. We have already heard her music on the latest Bud Light commercials and her label is none other than Downtown Records who know how to market the unique and “envelope pushers” as they are the label home for Gnarls Barkley, Spank Rock, Amanda Blank, etc. SantoGold is something you don’t want to miss.

Youtube Interview

Worship Worthy

SantoGold Myspace Page

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