Music Biz 101 & More is the only FREE advice talk show in America broadcast & podcast on college radio that focuses on the business side of the music & entertainment worlds. Hosted by William Paterson University’s Dr. Stephen Marcone & Professor David Philp, the show airs each Wednesday at 8pm on WPSC-FM, Brave New Radio.
Harry Weinger – Universal Music Grammy Winner – Music Biz 101 & More: The Podcast
In this episode of the Music Biz 101 & More radio show, Universal Music’s Harry Weinger talks about UMe, the catalog division of Universal Music which he works for, the value of experience, producing reissues, and more. You can read our full recap below, or just click on the podcast here:
If you’re in recap mood, that’s great. But first…
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Intros begin right away, including your producer, Phillip Gorokhovsky. and student co-host Julie Welgoss. Then, we jump all over special guest Harry Weinger, including how we pronounce his last name and what his title, professionally, is.
At 5 minutes in, Julie Welgoss discusses her trip to NAMM 2015, a gigantic music industry show that is held each January in Anaheim, California. The most interesting part is how she was able to afford to go and the contacts she made. Listen because she did a great job making it out there on her own.
In the 9-minute area, Harry talks about the catalog division of a major record label group; what the division does and why.
At 11 minutes, Mr. Weinger discusses the structure of Universal Music Enterprises (UMe), Universal’s catalog division. He also talks about the job functions of each person.
Harry gives a scenario at 12:30 of how UMe would release a reissue and what his responsibilities would include. That leads into the financial aspects. He gets into good detail, including how he works with sales & marketing, what it’s like to work with vinyl, how long it takes to put something together, and more.
At 21 minutes, Harry mentions how you need to know what you’re doing and also get out of the way of other people who know what they’re doing. Who are those people? Listen to find out.
Harry speaks about “the vault” quite a bit. We talk about exactly what the vault is at 23 minutes.
Marcone asks, at 25 minutes, what Harry does should there be a big event, like a TV show, that can reflect well upon an artist’s catalog. What does Harry think and what steps are taken to maximize the sales impact of this event.
We take a quick break at 29 minutes (and you hear the Ally Mac Project once again. Go build a fort out of guacamole and come on back.
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We’re back at 31:00 with a lil’ bit o’ Ally Mac and a kind mention of Tim Gysin again.
From there, we speak briefly about a WPSC Brave-athon contest your Music Biz 101 & More radio show ran. Click HERE to find out what that was all about.
Student co-host of the day, Julie Welgoss, asks about music supervision at the 33:45 mark, specifically Harry’s experience, like with the Standing In The Shadows Of Motown documentary for which he won his second Grammy Award and Get On Up, the James Brown film released in 2014.
At 40:15, Julie asks an A&R question – how does somebody break into that part of the biz? Do you need to be young and fresh and know what’s out there? Or is it more about what you personally like? Harry then talks about how, when he worked at Arista, he was able to impress an A&R guy.
In the 43-minute area, Joey Stefan, who sat in the studio specifically to meet Harry, asks a question, which will be paraphrased now: Does Harry ever look back at missed songs in the catalog and try to make it a hit today? Harry gives an example about an unreleased song, “It’s Easy To Fall In Love With A Guy Like You” by Martha & The Vandellas, that a music supervisor heard it on a compilation Harry worked on. The song ended up making it into the Will Smith movie Hitch. The soundtrack sold 2 million copies.
Harry is asked the first question by tweet at around 46 minutes:
@MusicBiz101WP Do you think there’s any way to market MoTown music to the younger generations who have NO clue what that even is?
— Joelle Filippi (@JoelleFlip) March 5, 2015
The next tweet comes at 47:30:
Coincidentally, the person who tweeted the question, Phillip Engsberg, was in the same building as the radio station at the time his question was asked. He heard it and walked into the studio to clarify.
Harry gets further into his background in answer to Phillip Engsberg’s question, including how he was able to ingratiate himself within the department of (then PolyGram) in which he most wanted to work. We’re at 51/52 minutes at this point.
This leads to how people start their own reissue labels based upon the holes in record label catalogs. Harry talks about how this works.
Philp gives an example of Benny Mardones, who sang this hit song in 1980:
Your Professor Philp suggests to listeners to tweet the name of the song to him, then he’d sing it.
@MusicBiz101WP “Into The Night”!!!
— Allison McKenzie (@allymacmusic) March 5, 2015
@MusicBiz101WP sing into the night by Benny Mardones!!!
— Tim Gysin (@TimGysinMusic) March 5, 2015
Lucky for you, and the live listeners at the time, Philp didn’t have a chance to check his Twitter feed. You may remove your hands from your ears now.
With two minutes left, Marcone steers the conversation back to music supervision.
Then Philp thanks Harry Weinger, Phillip Gorokhovsky, Julie Welgoss, and his effervescent co-host, Dr. Steve Marcone for attending this episode of the Music Biz 101 & More radio show. With great speed, he then wishes all of the great listeners an Adios.
Your Ally Mac Project streams us out as we await the next great podcast.
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