TROY CARTER

Age 44

Esquire (Singapore) - - Style -

The Power Player

Be­fore Troy Carter be­came the Global Head of Cre­ator Ser­vices at Spo­tify, and be­fore he was named the en­ter­tain­ment ad­vi­sor to Prince’s es­tate, man­ag­ing the Pur­ple One’s mas­sive mu­sic cat­a­logue, he was a kid from West Philadel­phia who sported the sig­na­ture looks of baggy ’90s hip-hop clothes and brightly coloured Dr Martens. In be­tween, he in­terned un­der Sean Combs at Bad Boy En­ter­tain­ment and over­saw the rise of Lady Gaga and the ca­reers of artists such as Eve and John Leg­end. He launched his own en­ter­tain­ment and branding firms. He be­came a tech ven­ture cap­i­tal­ist, in­vest­ing in start-ups like Warby Parker and Uber, even tak­ing a turn on Shark Tank.

Carter has de­vel­oped a sense of style built around his own com­fort yet still ap­pro­pri­ate for any room he may walk into. (Think fine tailor­ing, luxe fab­rics and re­li­able ba­sics like black Acne jeans.) But as far as Carter has come, he’s held on to some of the bet­ter aes­thetic tra­di­tions rooted in West Philly: smooth fades, crispy line­ups and po­los but­toned all the way to the top. “I’ve worn a tie maybe three times over the last five years,” he says. “But we were but­ton­ing the top but­ton when I was 12. I think that still dresses up well if you throw on a blazer.”

Carter’s spe­cial van­tage point from his for­ties, where as much lies ahead of him as be­hind him, lets him in­cor­po­rate parts of his past into his fu­ture. “I had a lot of men­tors in the mu­sic business who were 20 years my se­nior who taught me not only about business, but also about life. Now I’m al­most the el­der states­man,” he says. “I’m re­ally looking for­ward to be­ing a re­source to that next gen­er­a­tion of man­agers and artists and con­tin­u­ing that tra­di­tion of stew­ard­ship like Jim Iovine, Clive Davis, and LA Reid did for me.” The new class should be so lucky.

Jacket by Polo Ralph Lau­ren; shirt and tie, both by Ralph Lau­ren; glasses by Mor­gen­thal Fred­er­ics.

Carter has de­vel­oped a sense of style built around his own com­fort yet still ap­pro­pri­ate for any room he may walk into.

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