Scooter Braun and Justin Bieber on a fishing trip. (via Instagram)
Scooter Braun recently spoke with renowned journalist Charlie Rose about what it’s like managing Justin Bieber and Kanye West, the latter of which signed with Braun in March.
Braun, who also manages Martin Garrix, discussed how he discovered Bieber and knew that the singer would be a star. The 34-year-old also explained how Bieber was able to overcome his struggles and how his collab with Skrillex and Diplo, “Where Are U Now,” came about.
As for Kanye West, Braun said that Yeezy is often misunderstood and explained why the rapper is one of the best people he’s ever met.
Watch the full convo below.
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Though he’s best known as DJcity’s Music Director, Kidd Spin is also a talented DJ and producer. For his first remix in five months, the Ventura County native drops a tropical-influenced rework of Justin Bieber‘s “Company,” the fourth single off his Purpose album.
Stream Spin’s remix below and download it on DJcity.
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Rick Ross has remixed Justin Bieber’s hit single, “Sorry.” The Skrillex-produced song is number one on Billboard’s Hot 100 and was the fifth most popular on DJcity in 2015.
Stream Rozay’s remix below and download it on DJcity. Shout out to Bieber’s DJ Tay James for sending us the track.
We often see stories about the producers and songwriters behind famous artists, but what about their DJs? Thankfully, THUMP recently spoke with Justin Bieber’s official DJ, Tay James, who’s been accompanying the popstar on stage since his first headlining show.
A native of Baltimore, James DJed shows to support himself through college and worked his way up to playing gigs for the likes of Bow Wow and Obama. However, his eventual meeting with Bieber in 2009 would transform his career.
How he met Bieber: “A mutual friend of mine was DJing for another artist at the time. He called my management and was like, ‘hey we need a DJ for this new artist, Justin Bieber. Do you know anyone that’s available?'”
His responsibilities as Bieber’s DJ: “When we first started off, there wasn’t a full band, or a full production. It was just me, him, and two dancers. Then, as the shows got bigger, and as the music got bigger, it became a full production and I became more of a host and a percussionist. I scratch with the band. The last tour I was also opening up for him. I would come out and DJ for like 15 minutes for the crowd to get them hyped. I was able to DJ his birthday party, too.”
The type of creative control he has: “Everything gets approved by his management. They’re really cool about everything. I was blessed to be part of the album. I got to co-produce ‘Trust,’ which is on the deluxe album. Just being able to be in the studio with him is great—to see a man like that work, it’s incredible. He’s amazing in the studio. He’s a living legend.”
Bieber’s most requested song: “Young Thug, we like Young Thug. He loves Lil Wayne. We love Future. We love Drake, whatever’s hot in the club. ‘Sorry‘ is the number one record right now. I love ‘Sorry’ so much; everyone loves ‘Sorry’: from my grandparents to my little niece. It’s dope to be able to play your boy’s music in the club.”
Their influence on each other: “He puts me onto a lot of things. He introduced me to Travis Scott. He was listening to Travis Scott before I was. We try to put each other onto new things. What he’s listening to, I might feed off and vice versa.”
How Bieber has changed over the years: “He’s been an icon since he came out, so I haven’t really seen a big change in him. Growing up and being a celebrity, it is what it is, but Justin Bieber’s always been able to do everything. He’s Superman in my eyes.”
Follow Tay James on Facebook, Instagram, SoundCloud, and Twitter.
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Justin Bieber has teamed up with Colombian artist J Balvin for a Latino remix of “Sorry.” The rework, which features Balvin rapping one of the verses in Spanish, marks their first collaboration.
“Sorry” is currently number two on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart, number ten on Shazam’s USA Top 100, and number three on DJcity’s “Hot Box.”
Stream the remix below and download it on DJcity.
After much anticipation, Justin Bieber has released his new song, “Sorry.” The track is Bieber’s second single off his upcoming album Purpose and follow-up to “What Do You Mean.”
The dancehall-influenced mid-tempo track features production from Skrillex and DJ/producer BloodPop.
To coincide with “Sorry,” Bieber has shared a dance video featuring a group of women performing choreography to the track. Watch it below and download “Sorry” on DJcity.
Related: Justin Bieber’s New Single, ‘What Do You Mean’
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