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What is it?


The MEC is an online club for aspiring artists, producers, managers, and label owners. Through live weekly video chats, webinars, beat/song critique sessions, and a private group, members learn from and interact with established music industry professionals.

Why a Club?


The music industry changes so fast that often times books can't keep up with the latest information. Furthermore, there aren't very many resources that understand the independent artist experience and are willing to give you the real information.

Who Is Involved?


The club was founded and ran by co-founder of Funk Volume Damien Ritter, Chris "Kato" Ju, DJ Pain 1 in partnership with DJBooth and BeatStars. Together they work to recruit a diverse cross-section of artists, producers, and professionals so you can get a variety of perspectives on how to achieve success in this industry.

WHAT DOES EACH MEMBERSHIP INCLUDE?

Every week we address a different topic. If you have an idea for a topic or would like to know more about particular area of the music industry, then just ask. We cater to what you need and want to know about.

MEC MEMBERSHIP INCLUDES:


  • Weekly live discussions on a particular topic
  • Access to a private group to ask questions and share information
  • Weekly newsletter
  • Monthly live song critique session
  • Monthly webinar

ARE YOU A PRODUCER AND WANT MORE?

ADD THE BEATCLUB UPGRADE, MEMBERSHIP INCLUDES:


  • All of the above plus...
  • Monthly #AskKato session
  • Monthly Beat Pack
  • Monthly beat critique session

BOTH MEMBERSHIPS COVER:

  • Music Production
  • Marketing
  • Publishing
  • Check Circle
    Merchandise
  • Check Circle
    Management
  • Check Circle
    Touring
  • Networking
  • Legal
  • Public Relations
  • Check Circle
    Monetization
  • Check Circle
    Building Your Team
  • Check Circle
    Social Media
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Meet Some Of Our Upcoming & Past Guest Speakers

CROOKED I
ARTIST / ENTREPRENEUR

AMIR ABBASSY
HEAD OF CONTENT
EMPIRE

LEE L'HEUREUX
SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT
WARNER BROS. RECORDS

WENDY DAY
FOUNDER
RAP COALITION

NICOLE D'AVIS
OPERATIONS MANAGER
BERKLEE COLLEGE OF MUSIC

TJ CHAPMAN
MANAGER
B.O.B & TRAP BECKHAM

SOREN BAKER
JOURNALIST / AUTHOR
UNIQUE ACCESS ENT.

JESSE GRUSHACK
FOUNDER
UJO MUSIC

GRIFFIN
DIGITAL PROMOTIONS & LABEL RELATIONS
CD BABY

ERIK ABEL
HEAD AGENT
ADLER MUSIC GROUP

ASHLEY DINGESS
SOCIAL MEDIA GURU
MAD DECENT

NIMA ETMINAN
VICE PRESIDENT
EMPIRE

TUMA BASA
GLOBAL HEAD OF HIP-HOP PROGRAMMING
YOUTUBE

NATHAN SLAVIK
ENTREPRENEUR

​QUALITY PRODUCE

BRIAN HOBBS
PROGRAMMER
SXSW MUSIC FESTIVAL

MURS
ARTIST

REVERIE
ARTIST / ENTREPRENEUR

SETH MILLER
CO-FOUNDER / CEO
RAPCHAT

PAT GIBSON
CO-FOUNDER / CMO
RAPCHAT

JUSTIN HUNTE
HEAD OF ​STRATEGIC MARKETING
EMPIRE

MICHELLE GRACE HUNDER
PHOTOGRAPHER / ENTREPRENEUR

JEN DELEON
ENTREPRENEUR

SEAN TAYLOR
BRAND GURU

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What They Say

We always have dope discussions about the music industry...

You can literally get all of the answers to your questions on the business side...contracts, social media, starting companies, music videos...It's just a great platform all around if you have questions about the music industry.

BLACK PEGASUS //  Artist

I've been a member of Beat Club for 2 years and...

It has been an amazing experience...Finding information about the music business from people that are actually doing it...that's not so easy to find...and everyone in the MEC knows what they are doing...we get to meet with industry executives all the time.

BE SEE  //  Producer

I've been here since the very first session and...

Every week it keeps getting better and better...every week there are gems being dropped...a piece of knowledge that I can apply myself...and because of that I avoid mistakes I would have made on my own.

BRUTAL  //  Artist

Ever since I joined the MEC 6 months ago...

I made so many different connections. Met a whole bunch of producers, singers, rappers, artists...just people that all have the same mindset that I do...People that want to succeed in the music game...and it's been great.

LONZ CITYY  //  Producer

who we are


DAMIEN RITTER

Damien is the founder of Black & Orange Management, and former President & Co-Founder of Funk Volume, a Los Angeles- based record label that had been cited as a leader among independent rap labels reaching $4M in sales in just the first 4 years. They earned consistent Top 10 chart placements on Billboard and iTunes and high profile write-ups in media outlets such as Forbes, Billboard, SPIN, LA Weekly, and more.

Prior to starting Funk Volume, he spent over 5 years in the consulting and financial services industries.


He earned his MBA from Stanford University, and B.S in Business Administration from UC Berkeley.

kato on the track

Chris "Kato On The Track" Ju is a Record Producer/Entrepreneur out of Atlanta, GA. Kato was formerly signed to independent label, Funk Volume, and has Produced for Artists like Jarren Benton, B.o.B, Wu-Tang, Hopsin, Tory Lanez, Joyner Lucas, Dizzy Wright, Trouble, K Camp, Futuristic, Token and many more.

DJ Pain 1

Known for his production on Young Jeezy's platinum-selling album The Recession, producer Pacal "DJ Pain 1" Bayley stays busy. His journey started in the late 90's while cultivating hip-hop sensibilities through visual art, DJing, and beat-making. He balanced a career in youth service/teaching with creating music, often times marrying the two – he co-founded the first hip-hop performing arts program housed in an institute of higher education in his hometown.

Once he decided to focus on his production career, his resume quickly grew to include both legendary hip-hop acts (Public Enemy, MC Lyte) as well as contemporary hit-makers (Rae Sremmurd, 2 Chainz, 50 Cent). He has also garnered attention for his online video series on production and music business know-how.

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