In Demand: Jim-E Stack On Working With Bon Iver, Dominic Fike and More

In Demand: Jim-E Stack On Working With Bon Iver, Dominic Fike and More

When house-pop producer Jim-E Stack released his first album in 2014, he was in his early twenties and had just relocated from New Orleans to Brooklyn — and for the first time felt alone. Stack (born James Stack) grew up in San Francisco playing with his best friends in a jazz band, and while attending college in New Orleans was similarly surrounded by aspiring musicians. “I had a little musical community,” he says. “But when I moved to New York, I didn’t at all. There was no collaboration in any sense. I was really isolated, creatively and socially. It wasn’t good for me.” He decided to move back west, relocating to Los Angeles where he has once again found a network of like-minded friends turned collaborators, including everyone from Bon…
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One To Watch: Curtis Waters On His ‘DIY’ Debut and Not Needing a Major Label

One To Watch: Curtis Waters On His ‘DIY’ Debut and Not Needing a Major Label

Twenty-year-old Curtis Waters says he owes everything to the internet: “I make all my money because of the internet, I learned everything because of the internet — it scares me how reliant I am on it.” But it’s that savviness that helped the rising artist land a breakthrough hit with “Stunnin’” (featuring Harm Franklin) and subsequently sign a licensing deal with BMG. Since, the track has been tagged to over 1.3 million TikTok videos and this October, he released his debut album, Pity Party, made entirely in his bedroom. “It's a very personal thing,” says Waters. “It's like a clay sculpture that I put my hands all over, and now you can see it.” Adds Thomas Scherer, evp, repertoire and marketing, BMG Los Angeles: “His ambitions are far beyond just…
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