LIKE A BOSS

The MDDN heads of­fer a few point­ers for any bud­ding artists out there

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BE YOUR­SELF AND VALUE THAT

JOEL: “We like to help artists nav­i­gate this dif­fi­cult in­dus­try where ev­ery­one is telling them they’re lucky, in­stead of say­ing, ‘Wow, you work hard, you’re tal­ented, you’re spe­cial.’ I want artists to un­der­stand that you only get this one ca­reer and you have to value your­self. You have to work hard and it took me years to re­alise that even the guys who did some­thing wrong to me, it wasn’t their fault. They were just do­ing what they do. It’s a wild jun­gle of a busi­ness, and they’re the an­i­mal they are. I don’t hate any­one, I just gotta be the best me I can be. It’s all about bal­ance and it’s a life­style.”

BE KIND AND KEEP LEARN­ING

BENJI: “We con­tin­u­ally re­fine the way we do things. We’re ob­sessed with the process – it’s less about the re­sult. Yet we’re get­ting re­sults and we’re see­ing progress on all fronts, be­cause we keep our heads down and we keep go­ing. We’re also ex­tremely lucky be­cause we have each other. If there’s any­thing I want to put out there, it’s just to be pos­i­tive and to be kind.”

WORK HARD AND STAY LUCKY

BENJI: “They say the harder you work, the luck­ier you get. If you show up, you never know what’s go­ing to hap­pen. So I al­ways tell peo­ple, ‘The worst thing you can do is get un­der the cov­ers and hide.’” JOEL: “You just gotta keep show­ing up. You de­cide when you quit and when it’s over. Goods, bads, ev­ery­one has ’em. Don’t sweat it. There’s a les­son to be learned in ev­ery­thing.”

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