GO­ING PLACES

Lo­cal mu­si­cian signs dis­tri­bu­tion deal with Amer­i­can com­pany

Cape Breton Post - - Front Page - BY EL­IZ­A­BETH PAT­TER­SON news@cb­post.com

Glace Bay hip-hop artist sees ca­reer start to take off.

Glace Bay hip-hop artist Mitchell Bai­ley may have his eye on an in­ter­na­tional mu­sic ca­reer but on Thurs­day morn­ing, he had his mind on more im­por­tant mat­ters than talk­ing to a nosy re­porter.

“Sorry about get­ting back to you a lit­tle late — I was vis­it­ing my grand­mother,” the 19-yearold said, adding he now was on his way to a voice train­ing class.

Keep­ing those vo­cal cords lim­ber is prob­a­bly a good idea. Bai­ley has just signed a deal with U.S. dis­trib­u­tor Forbes Mu­sic En­ter­tain­ment that he hopes will bring his mu­sic to more peo­ple around the world.

On their web­site, Forbes de­scribes it­self as one of the largest mu­sic dis­tri­bu­tion com­pa­nies in the United States “with an au­di­ence of over 10 bil­lion weekly lis­ten­ers and over 240,000 mu­sic con­tacts.”

Bai­ley has been se­ri­ously in­volved in mu­sic for the past four years, even per­form­ing at the pres­ti­gious South By South­west con­fer­ence in Texas and has per­formed in At­lanta and Mi­ami. Although he’s re­leased sin­gles, he’s now com­plet­ing the work on an al­bum that he hopes will be re­leased by early to mid-July.

He came across the dis­tri­bu­tion com­pany on the web and sent them a bi­og­ra­phy and some of his mu­sic. Within hours, they were in touch.

“I found I had a missed call from New York and I didn’t think too much about it be­cause I was like, who from New York was call­ing me, I just didn’t put two and two to­gether,” he says. “I got another call at like 8 o’clock that night — I picked it up and we pro­ceed to talk for like two hours which was good be­cause at the same time, I’m get­ting men­tored about the mu­sic in­dus­try that I wasn’t pre­vi­ously aware of — I’m learn­ing a lot and at the same time be­ing able to push my mu­sic into a more global mar­ket.”

While he has his own com­pany, Bud’s En­ter­tain­ment, which he runs with Syd­ney Mines video direc­tor Bren­don Lyle, which al­ready pro­motes their work, all the ex­tra help pro­mot­ing his al­bum is needed in to­day’s mu­sic in­dus­try.

“I can fo­cus more on be­ing an artist and mak­ing good con­tent. Then I can put it out and re­lease it and then they can pick it up and dis­trib­ute it through all their mar­kets and all their chan­nels.”

This should help him broaden his fan­base and hope­fully land more lu­cra­tive gigs, es­pe­cially in the U.S.

“It’s def­i­nitely a long time com­ing and I’m ex­cited to share the mu­sic with ev­ery­body that sup­ports me. Hope­fully new sup­port­ers will come along with all the busi­ness we’re do­ing now. I’m a rap­per but I’m branch­ing into more of a song­writ­ing role and be­ing a lot more melodic in my mu­sic. This al­bum will be more ex­per­i­men­tal and more mu­si­cally driven than all of my pre­vi­ous re­leases. It’s def­i­nitely step­ping out­side the box for me.”

Bai­ley tries to lis­ten to at least

one new al­bum ev­ery day so he can learn from oth­ers.

“I’m al­ways hun­gry to hear new sounds and new ways of mak­ing mu­sic. Whether its hiphop or R&B or pop mu­sic you would hear on the ra­dio, I draw in­flu­ences from every­thing and try to in­cor­po­rate it into my own sound and my own mu­sic. At the

end of the day, the mu­sic comes be­fore ab­so­lutely every­thing re­gard­less of what busi­ness ven­tures we de­cide to go into — if you don’t have qual­ity mu­sic, it’s kind of hard to push it in the first place. That’s al­ways my top pri­or­ity.”

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO/BREN­DAN LYLE

Mitchell Bai­ley of Glace Bay has just signed a dis­tri­bu­tion deal with an Amer­i­can com­pany for his mu­sic.

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