The REVOLT Music Conference Teaches How To Make A Hit, Visits Silicon Valley, Salutes Music Exec L.A. Reid & More


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The second day of the 2015 REVOLT Music Conference was just as action packed as the first! Two of the REVOLT Music Conference’s most anticipated panels were the #AskDiddy II panel and the intimate one-on-one conversation with Scooter Braun and Andre Harrell discussing the industry’s changing landscape. Later in the evening, RMC attendees were treated to performances by Kehlani, Bryson Tiller, and Ear Drummer Presents Mike Will Made-It & Friends inside the Fountainebleu Hotel.

Diddy delivered a rousing address during his “#AskDiddy II panel”. Attendees RAN into the Sparkle Ballroom as soon as the doors were opened to hear Diddy offer invaluable career insight and advice to a packed out crowd. Diddy shared that he believed your dream must be connected to your faith, and he expressed that he was relentless in the pursuit of all of his goals. Puffy took his time to answer each question with humility, humor, compassion and direction.

The music and entertainment industry’s biggest power players also took the stage once again to allow attendees to gain both knowledge and insight, as well as entertainment through musical performances. Some of the top radio personalities, hit-making producers, A&R executives, including Troy Carter, Chairman and CEO of Atom Factory, Mike Will Made It, Producer, Angie Martinez, On Air Talent at Power 105.1, Big Boy, On Air Talent at The Real 92.3; Salaam Remi, Producer, DJ Mustard, Producer, Bryan Michael Cox, Songwriter & Producer, Rico Love, Artist, Producer, Songwriter and more took the stage.

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Actors Michael B. Jordan,Tessa Thompson, and director Ryan Coogler even stopped by this year’s conference to give attendees a special sneak peek look at his upcoming film ‘Creed’ and a conversation about “young black Hollywood.”

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Day 2 of the REVOLT Music Conference weekend ended in an iconic way with Diddy presenting his good friend and iconic industry veteran executive L.A. Reid (Chairman and CEO of Epic Records) with an award for his illustrious long-lived music career. Diddy presented L.A. Reid with the second “Started From The Bottom Now We Here” award. The gala featured a special performance from Grammy-nominated Robin Thicke and BJ the Chicago Kid.

Reid received a standing ovation and used a personal anecdote to demonstrate the importance of the conference. He explained that he met Sickamore last year at the conference, hired him, and this led to him producing Travis Scott’s highly acclaimed album. A video presentation was also shown featuring all of the megastars and A-list artists that Reid played an instrumental part in their careers. The video included Usher, TLC, Pink, OutKast, Justin Bieber, Rihanna and many more. Andre Harrell & Diddy also shared anecdotes about their friendship and business relationships with L.A. Reid over the years. Diddy explained L.A. broke up with Babyface at the same time Andre Harrell had just fired him (Diddy). Diddy laughed and explained that him and L.A. took this time to console and help each other. Harrell explained that he and L.A. had been friends for 30 years, and they would always have a friendly competition with their artists’ records sales. Harrell laughed and explained L.A. always won. Attendees then spilled into the Fontaine Ballroom for a little bit of networking at the RMC ’90s party.

Three more panels that were held on the second day of the conference were:

Behind the Brand: The Women Who Shape Brands in Music, Entertainment and Advertising

Ericka Pittman, Vice President of the Chairman’s Office at Combs Enterprises, Dia Simms, President of Combs Wines & Spirits, Mary Van Alstyne, Founder and CEO of EMVE Management Group, and Erin Harris, Vice President of Marketing at Combs Wines & Spirits.

Artist Development: Image Makers

Mike Bivins, Artist and CEO of Sportyrich Enterprises, Derek Roche, Stylist, Don C., Designer and Entrepreneur, and Lisa Cambridge-Mitchell, SVP of Marketing at RCA.

Silicon Valley: From Start Up to IPO

Troy Carter, Chairman and CEO of Atom Factory, Laurence Toney, Partner at Google Ventures, and Diiashan Imira, Founder of Mayvenn.