2020 Mentor Session Interview: Artist, Writer, Producer Barbara Tucker


Tuesday, January 28th, 2020 |

One of the best features for aspiring music professionals at Winter Music Conference 2020 will be the mentor sessions. They will give badge holders the ability to talk to DJs, publicists, tech professionals, streaming executives and more for genuine interaction in a classy, personal setting. Pro Badge holders will be able to get meaningful insights that can advance their career from some of the best in the business. We are running a series of interviews with each of our mentors as we prep for the sunshine in March. We have already talked to Jonas TempelLara KelleySydney BluAlexandra Greenberg and Peter WohelskiMorgan Page, David Waxman & Andrew Marcogliese. Now we continue our interviews with Barbara Tucker.

Recording artist. Producer. Writer. Actress. Club promoter. Mentor. Speaker. Humanitarian. Choreographer. This is who Barbara Tucker is.

Barbara has impacted the dance scene nationally and internationally receiving awards and number ones from Billboard, Traxsource & Beatport. Her artistry has allowed her to work with artists as Wycleff Jean, George Clinton, Grand Master Flash, Pet Shop Boys and even front for the king of disco Cerrone (where she was a guest on France’s TV show The X Factor).

She comes from a musical background through her dad Jayotis Washington of The Persuasions. She has held residencies in Ibiza since 2001 and to date has four total in a season. Artistry is a big part of her life, but it is her work with other artists and humanitarian causes that ultimately move her.

Read more about mentor sessions and get your badges now.

Winter Music Conference will return to The Faena Forum in Miami Beach on March 16-19 to celebrate 35 years. Barbara Tucker will be one of the mentors during WMC.

Read out on for our interview with Barbara Tucker below.

  1. When you were coming up professionally did you have the opportunity to have a mentor, and if so, how did it affect your career path?

No not coming up but I have been these past couple of years yes!

  1. Have you ever mentored someone, and if so, what are some of your techniques? What type of knowledge did you impart?

Being in the industry now 35 years brings a lot of experience. Falling down and making mistakes and then getting up allows for knowledge and wisdom through correction. Being spiritual always helps one to channel into a higher being to move through you with a great purpose on your journey.

  1. Winter Music Conference has been such an important part of so many people’s careers in the electronic music business, do you have any particular memories or stories to share? Was there ever a WMC moment that you felt help make your career?

Developing a relationship with this company. This platform makes it easy to want to be relevant. Whether hosting the award show, bringing the only “house choir” with house artists to perform, listening to George Clinton, being in a masterclass with Nile Rogers, who invited me to sing at the end of his session, or producing a party (and let the singer be heard) with 15 house artists and showcasing new artists, every moment is a special memory. I’m here with WMC for 35 years and I’m not stopping! However I’m needed, I’m here!

  1. What are a few pieces of advice you might give someone starting off in your line of work? How have things changed since you started?

Write your vision, always give the creator thanks for assigning that talent to you for a purpose and map it out. Start developing and horning in on your craft. That’s the start of what I would tell someone.

I started off wanted to always have a choreographed show. Now that I know it is an assignment from the most high, I create songs to build to touch another minister and inspire others with hope, strength and wisdom for life!

  1. Can you share any “aha” moment in your career where you knew you had made the right choice or that things were about to get really great for you?

One of my classes I did there I pulled together some artists for a Masterclass with David Morales, Timmy Regisford, Dr. Glenn Toby, DJ Pierre, Crystal Waters and Janice Robinson. I knew I was called to do more than sing for people but to lead, awaken and inspire others on their journey. Artists are here to challenge others to think a ways to build a better them, family, community and world. We just have melodies with the words.

  1. What are you looking forward to the most at 2020’s WMC and MMW?

Wisdom, knowledge, networking expansion…. and community!


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Having only missed the very first year of WMC in 1985, it was 1986-1990 that initially placed me on the map globally due to the international attendance of the entire dance music community. All throughout the 90s I was often getting written about by various high profile mags and websites for having contributed to help break many artists, DJs, producers and remixers. WMC enabled me to bring many top industry people together all under one roof, especially at Groove Jet, where house music officially met Techno in my sets and it’s all been uphill since…TBC


Danny Tenaglia

DJ, Producer

The Winter Music Conference represents a chance for Beatport to connect directly with our customer community. Having a strong conference means we have a platform to embrace the entire spectrum of electronic music culture. We are proud to support the resurgence of this great event.


Jonas Tempel

Beatport, Co-Founder

Miami has always been a place I’ve considered home and WMC was essential for me and the label in many ways. From showcasing our new music to keeping up with all the new artists and releases. It was the official kickoff of the year and I’m happy to see it thriving again.


Louie Vega

DJ/Vega Records

Before there was Ultra Music Festival, there was The Winter Music Conference, the annual coming together of the dance music tribes. Miami in March is a fundamental place to be from a business perspective, and has always given me endless opportunities for discovering new partnerships and talent. WMC brings together the dance music industry and surrounding culture like no other event in America. I’ve been attending WMC for nearly 20 years, and I’m very much looking forward to experiencing its evolution in 2019.


Matt Colon

Director, North America - YM&U Music

I first went to WMC ’87, the year I started Big Beat. It was an incredibly inspiring congregation of indie labels, DJs, artists, songwriters, producers and dance music lovers dedicated to breaking and discovering new music. WMC has been instrumental in furthering the dance and electronic cause; keeping the community connected, vital and relevant, and serving as an amazing springboard for talent. It’s a fantastic crucible for the future of dance music. Long may it live.


Craig Kallman

CEO & Co-Chairman Atlantic Records, Founder Big Beat Records