DJ Skee

Scott Keeney, better known as DJ Skee

THIS CHAT HAPPENED ON October 12, 2015

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DJ Skee@djskee
I'm Scott Keeney, better known as DJ Skee. I have a new TV show on Fuse that you might like every Friday night. I also quit the biggest radio stations in the country last year because I thought the same thing you probably do - radio sucks - and I wanted to help make it good again; enter Dash Radio. 65 free stations powered by the best DJ's and people in the biz with no commercials. I also have a sick obsession with sneakers. Ask me anything
David Morales@davidtheconnect · Www.homefindersapp.com
@djskee whats up! This is David Morales. Im an entrepreneur in the real estate and other businesses. I would like to represent talent what books or teachers do you reccomend to learn about different contracts in this industry. For ex: whats a 360 deal? . I heard its a rip off for artist David Morales www.homefindersapp.com 562-818-3304
DJ Skee@djskee
@davidtheconnect great question David. I actually can't think of any books offhand that really break this down as the cycle is ever changing (and faster than books can be published). The reason artists don't like the 360 deal is because labels often give artists horrible terms and take up everything, and often don't do anything with those rights except block them from cool opportunities. Labels have to, and have gotten better in adjusting to the times, and from their perspective it is a necessity as music sales alone won't keep them afloat today. For learning, there are many great articles and resources out there. Follow sites like redef.com which post some great commentary, read the Lefsetz newsletter, and just explore. I'd also check out old books on the industry to see how it was as that can give you an insight to many things and the future
Erik Torenberg@eriktorenberg · Former Product Hunt
Hey Skee - welcome. Marc Cuban has called you the "Oprah of Music" -- What is your favorite interview question?
DJ Skee@djskee
@eriktorenberg great one- i try to get more than just the typical stuff... i am more into finding the stories of empowerment and how artists overcame obstacles. i want viewers to walk away feeling like they can do it all as well
Abhijith@abhijithcu90 · Co-Founder, Tenory
Hey Scott great to see you here. My question is: A majority of the world's population still discover new music on radio. How do you think its going to change with on demand music streaming becoming more stronger every year?
DJ Skee@djskee
@abhijithcu90 great question. i personally don't think the formula of radio will disappear (obviously i'm a little biased). i think radio works because its free, easy, and thoughtless. streaming services are replacing music consumption. it used to be you'd buy a tape, cd, then MP3- now you just subscribe to spotify. however, it doesn't do a great job at discovery, nor should it. although it will have playlists and features, just like how best buy had end caps, the #1 source of discovery even today is radio. most people don't have time or want to think. Rick Rubin had a great quote where he said he loved DJ's and radio because the music came to him. We think radio will be around, just in a different way... cough * dash
Emily Hodgins@ems_hodge · Community and Marketing, Product Hunt
Hi Skee! Thanks for joining us today 🙌. What has been the most memorable moment of your career to date and why?
DJ Skee@djskee
@ems_hodge there has been a ton! i'll choose something recent: performing at the Yokohama Arena in Tokyo... 12k+ people but half of them rushed the stage! it was a miracle it didn't break and the music stayed on as i was surrounded everywhere i looked by people. have some incredible footage of it too
Ryan Hoover@rrhoover · Founder, Product Hunt
@djskee bold move to leave radio and pursue your own startup. What do you think of Beats 1 and what would you change if you were running it?
DJ Skee@djskee
@rrhoover I think Beats 1 is great as it honestly has made a lot of what we do easier. Anytime the biggest company in the world enters your space, albeit indirect in this occasion, it instantly validates your business. However, they just have 1 station which has a primary function of pushing people to subscribe to Apple Music. By them helping make the public aware that good radio can exist (they have some good shows), we see people diving into the space with an open mind, and then discovering Dash... which is 65+ stations all uncensored and free with no ulterior motives. As to what I would do personally is expand (1 channel isn't enough), give personalities more freedom, and make it uncensored (50%+ of the music they play is hiphop... no one wants to hear half sentences all day)
Ben Tossell@bentossell · newCo
@djskee Hey! what would the you of 2 years ago think of yourself today?
DJ Skee@djskee
@bentossell great question. I think I'd be happy. I have left the archaic systems that were kind of dull and now have the complete power to control and do what I want back in my hands. I always have been about empowering others and now we have 250+ other amazing DJs who have the freedom to do what they want and express themselves without limits. I wish this platform existed for me coming up, but since no one else did, we built it, and it is the perfect fit for what i do if you look at my history not only in radio and as a DJ, but in marketing, tech, and entertainment.
Justin F Harris@justinfharris · Co-Founder, Beehive
@djskee Hey Skee, Thanks for doing this AMA. What's your favorite pair of kicks you own and is there a pair that you don't have but want? Is there an artist you haven't interviewed or collaborated yet but would like to?
DJ Skee@djskee
@justinfharris fav pair... probably the Jordan DMP XI. The concord Air Jordan XI is the shoe that started it all for me as a kid, and the DMP is the pinnacle of that. So many other favorites though from the Air Max 90 (and 95) to Jordan 1, IV, V, XIII, etc. Don't get me started, I could go all day! The pairs I really am hunting down now that I could get (even though they are like $8k per pair!) are the green Oregon 5's and the Tokyo 5's. However, it's near impossible, but there are some crazy PE XI's... one no one has seen my boy has (selling for $50k!!) and the other Chris Paul is the only one with, so i don't think i'll get (CP3 is my size though.... hmm)
Emily Hodgins@ems_hodge · Community and Marketing, Product Hunt
What are you most proud of?
DJ Skee@djskee
@ems_hodge most proud of watching others who have worked for me or that I've worked with go on to succeed. From directors who started off as video editors winning awards, to interns running major labels and publishing companies, and friends managing the biggest artists in the world, it is great to watch others grow that you believed in.
Russ Frushtick@russfrushtick
Any big surprises about working in TV?
DJ Skee@djskee
@russfrushtick how long it takes to shoot! Ha. Skee TV started at first as a 100% live show, which made it easier in a weird way because you had to fit it all in, but it wasn't as tight. Now we do tape delay and it takes wayyy longer but turns out way better. It also is a total different world... even though we have amassed over a billion views on YouTube, TV still pays way better!
Corley@corleyh · COO @ Product Hunt
@djskee thanks for taking the time! what are your favorite sneakers right now? and where do like to buy sneakers?
DJ Skee@djskee
@corleyh great question. I am really in an Air Max 95 space right now. And unfortunately there isn't just one specific place (or my life would be easy!). I got some Japanese Camo ones at a consignment store in Japan, the multicolor greedy editions from a friend in the UK, and ordered some on sale recently from Finishline. Ha!
Melissa Joy Kong@melissajoykong · Content, Product Hunt
If you had the power to re-do any moment in history (whether your personal history or the world's history), what would it be and why?
DJ Skee@djskee
@melissajoykong that is probably way too deep for me to answer, and if I even try to think of the worlds history my head will explode, ha, so I'll limit it to myself. I'd go back and probably enjoy life a little more. I used to be just work work work with no care for anything else, and once i stepped back a little, i actually cleared my head and became more successful (and enjoyed my life more!)
Ben Tossell@bentossell · newCo
@djskee What would you do with 1 Billion dollars?
DJ Skee@djskee
@bentossell I have my magic number that I would store for myself in order to live the rest of my life comfortably, then I would take care of friends and family who supported me, then invest in cool opportunities I believed in and give shots to those less fortunate, and the rest probably donate or use to help out some of the challenges we face as a world
Alex Carter@alexcartaz · Operations @ 60dB. Ex-PH Podcasts 😻
Thanks for doing this @djskee! I really enjoyed the Bothsides TV podcast episode with you, Chamillionaire, and others. You're doing some really innovative things in the music space. What are you thoughts on Spotify, Apple Music, and Pandora? What do you think the future of music will be?
DJ Skee@djskee
@alexcartaz thx! I think the future of music is almost like the past- albeit, the consumption method changes from analog and physical to all digital. I believe live radio with human DJs is the #1 source of discovery. Algorithms can't discover something until they already hit some level of success, and listeners shouldn't be forced to do all this work to find things. They should hit a button, hear a DJ they love play a new artist or song they have never heard (or an old favorite), and then go listen to it on demand whenever they want in a subscription service. Again, I think the only thing changing is instead of it being over expensive and inefficient FM & Satellite antennas, it all goes digital, and instead of buying CDs or MP3s, you subscribe to a service. Both sides can work together. Your favorite FM station wasn't owned by Best Buy, and I don't think having one service control everything is a good idea for anyone.
Emily Hodgins@ems_hodge · Community and Marketing, Product Hunt
How did you get into the music industry in the first place? Is this something you always knew you wanted to do?
DJ Skee@djskee
@ems_hodge I got my break by starting off on a small community station in Minneapolis when I was 16. I then connected with a big DJ in NYC (Stretch Armstrong) who introduced me to Steve Rifkind, the CEO of Loud/Sony and SRC. I sent Steve a proposal on what I thought he was doing wrong with his label and he gave me a job and moved me to LA when I was 17 to work for him.
Emily Hodgins@ems_hodge · Community and Marketing, Product Hunt
What have been some major challenges you've faced in your career and how have you overcome them?
DJ Skee@djskee
@ems_hodge its always the same typically- people who don't believe in you, who don't want you to succeed (because that is just the nature of certain people), and then figuring out how to make it happen. It always is a fight and struggle every step of the way, even at the top. The problems themselves may change, but it is always the same theory. The #1 reason for mine (and others) success I believe is the persistence and perseverance you must have to make it in this business, and life in general. Never give up.
Ben Tossell@bentossell · newCo
@djskee Who are some of your favorite artists at the moment?
DJ Skee@djskee
@bentossell some great music out right now!! the problem is tracking it all down. Right now I'm listening from everything ranging from The Weeknd who I have been a fan of forever (congrats to the XO team- so happy for them!), Jamie XX, the Standard out of my hometown (St Paul whattup!), this new kid G4SHI, Lion Babe, Seven Lions, so many. I could go on for days
Emily Hodgins@ems_hodge · Community and Marketing, Product Hunt
If you could meet any person from history (dead or alive) who would be and why?
DJ Skee@djskee
@ems_hodge hmmm... probably Benjamin Franklin because of the variety of things he did and impact he had across multiple levels.
Emily Hodgins@ems_hodge · Community and Marketing, Product Hunt
What moments in your life have helped shape the way you approach decision making?
DJ Skee@djskee
@ems_hodge so many. A lot of it comes from learning and observing others. Taking the good and seeing what might not have worked out perfectly in other scenarios, and combining that with your own thoughts (and taking everything into consideration) to form your own decisions
DJ Skee@djskee
Thanks everyone for your questions and support! Hope I could shed light on a few things. PSA: If you want to hear 65+ live, commercial free, and uncensored stations powered by everyone from Snoop Dogg to Kylie Jenner and many many more, go to dashradio.com now... and watch Skee TV Friday nights on Fuse at 10p ET/9pm CT. Thank you Product Hunt!
Emily Hodgins@ems_hodge · Community and Marketing, Product Hunt
@djskee thanks so much for answering our questions today! We really appreciate you taking the time out to Chat 💬🙌