When music industry entrepreneur, Michael Bentley, decided to start his own music record label, he said his focus on was on two things, 1. Find the most talented unsigned artists and musicians in the world and sign them, and 2. compile the best team of hungry and hard working individuals to help him.
Slam House was just released announced as the name of Bentley's label at the start of the month, and while there was no mention of any artists joining the House, we are starting to see the record label executives that will help Bentley launch and run the label.
Richard Morrow, the head A&R for Rick Ross Music Group, will join Slam House to help with artist development and to help secure booking. Morrow has been a major playing in the music industry for years booking for Billboard charting Flint, Michigan rap group, The Dayton Family, and for southern street rapper, Lil Boosie. Morrow is more then an industry name armed with street connections but carrying several business ties into the relationship.
Slam House is also added Christopher Hare of Borgata Mob fame. Mr. Hare is the Vice President of Touring Operations with an unlisted stock option available should the company go public. C. Hare has booked over 175 shows in the last 2 years online, and is currently working with underground artist such as A-West, Parlay Starr, Hugh Hayes, John Paul, Fresco Clean, and Blake Lung.
The hiring of two well known hip hop touring execs is a great set up for how Bentley plans on launching artists.
"If we sign artists, they will be on the road, well the whole label will be on the road a lot. We are getting a ton of demo's and mp3's sent to us, but if we don't feel like artist can not only handle the road but kill it on stage, we throw them out."
Bentley went on to state, "C. Hare is a fine example of what our company is about. I have known Chris for a few years and he is somebody that hustles just as hard as I do, if I call him at 5 am and he doesn't answer I usually get a call back by 5:20. Hare has a great reputation on the indie market for booking shows, and he understands our vision. It was a perfect fit."
Also merging with Slam House is the Big Head Ent., a Philadelphia based management company that Bentley calls the 'triple threat.'
That trio is co-founder of Slam House and now acting Vice President Neal Foggie, Production Manager and Artist Development manager, Mike 'Authinik' Harlan, and Antwine Thurman, who will handle styling.
Bentley and Foggie have discussed opening offices in Miami and in Philadelphia, but have decided to have the home office in the Philadelphia area with a studio and small office in South Florida.
Josh Tifer will function as the label engineer. Tifer's credits include multi-platinum rock group, Deftones, multi-platinum rap group Nappy Roots, metal rock band Chemical Dependency, Illuminati Sky, and more.
It seems that Slam House is putting together a great staff of industry, savvy players, but who will they sign?
Neal Foggie told me, "We aren't looking for anything but the best, and we are looking hard in the underground, nationwide."