Today we’d like to introduce you to Seth Goldsmith.
Seth, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I fell in love with hip-hop pretty early in life. I think 4th grade. I actually got suspended from school for giving a girl that I liked a D12 CD. By 10th grade, I had a home studio set up & was experimenting with making music & audio engineering. From there I just kept going. I tried my hand at being an artist for a long time. Actually, my artist/business partner Ricky P (producer/artist, Taylor Gang), who I manage & help run Kush Factory Studios with now, was interested in managing me in 2017-18. I moved to LA because of his interest & started bouncing around the scene. Once I got a grip on how things really worked I knew I was going to be more valuable behind the scenes. From there I dove into any and all material I could find on the business – while bartending and audio engineering at various studios to pay the bills.
My management company was birthed out of the pandemic. Before quarantine, I was spending 15-16 hour days working & training in the audio department at a post-production company in Hollywood. Good Money started with my cousin/producer, David Emmanuel, who I live with. I watched his creative process over the course of a year and a half. The ups and the downs. His ability to learn and grow in his craft. He sharpened my ear for music. He was just ready… All the producers in his music community are already prospering so when things shut down I was just like “F*ck it I believe in you, you’re right there…” & I needed a way to stay productive – so we just got to work. We got a couple sync placements (Reebok, Shop GLD) and that caught the attention of DJ Afterthought who was fresh out of his management situation… Afterthought increased my connections and corporate experience ten-fold. I think my first day on the job he had me in a meeting with a major label. From there, Ricky saw what I was doing and brought me on as his day-to-day. Now I’m fully in the mix. I’m from Pittsburgh so to be working with Ricky/Taylor Gang is a beautiful thing. I looked up to & studied these guys.
Has it been a smooth road?
Definitely not. Nothing about this life is guaranteed. People think it gets cozy the higher you go up. In music the risk just rises with your career in a lot of ways. So to believe you can make it is to believe in music itself, and yourself of course. I dedicated my entire 20s to my music & my music led me here. I’ve been through everything in that time. Came up, got offered deals, been robbed, lost everything, worked every random job imaginable… came up again, slept on a couch in 2016 for 8 months in Philly (s/o my Taj family) etc etc… All for this.
So, as you know, we’re impressed with Good Money Management / Kush Factory Studios – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
As for Good Money, I am my company. It’s just me & my artists for now. I’m simply a problem solver. Every artist has different needs. It’s your job as a manager to identify those needs & allocate your time & energy to help. I just try to take care of as much business and non-music related tasks as possible so boys can focus on the craft. With that being said, all my guys are hustlers in their own right. We teach each other how to work better for/with one another constantly.
As for Kush Factory Studios.. By the time this interview goes live I’ll be doing a little bit of everything. I handle/account for the money with our corporate clients; process invoices; studio scheduling; studio managing; payroll; social media etc. I’ll be engineering sessions too so Ricky can focus on his music more & expanding the company. I’m absolutely biased but we are easily the most exciting new studio in LA. Kush Factory Studios is the musical equivalent to the YMCA for the leaders of the new school. We have multiple #1 records that have been recorded and mixed out of here since February 20′ when we opened. We’re also the only studio that has genuine sauce. It’s owned & operated by the homies. That’s why artists feel comfortable here. There’s nothing corporate about this place except our cash flow. When you see the green walls, you already know what’s going on.
Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
What I like most about LA is that it feels like the only place the “American dream” is still intact. At least for entertainment. New York & Atlanta are incredible in their own right but there’s an abundance of creatives in every field here. So if you have a vision, you can realistically bring it to life, next door, & it’ll be your friends who help you execute it.
- Kush Factory Studios is taking sessions for $150/hr.
- Address: Kush Factory Studios
612 N Vermont Ave
Los Angelos, CA 90004
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