Matt Colon; Director, North America - YM&U Music
The Art of Artist Management: A Discussion With Some of Today’s Top Managers
Thursday, March 28th
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Matt began his career in the dance music industry in the late 90's. Having spent his entire childhood in the South Bay suburbs of Los Angeles, Matt didn’t stray far after graduating from UCLA. He began his post-college career overseeing the street marketing team for Hollywood based Moonshine Music, the largest dance music label at the time, climbing his way up to Director of Marketing. He later transitioned to Vice President of Marketing at the premiere electronic dance music magazine BPM and its street-art/wear sister publication Vapors, from 2003 through 2008. During his time at BPM, Matt began managing local DJ and record label owner Steve Aoki in in 2005, which jumpstarted his career and cultivated a passion for developing artists and bringing them into the next phase of their careers. Matt Colon ultimately co-founded Deckstar, a leading artist management company representing a diverse roster of musicians, in 2007 alongside Lawrence ('LV') Vavra, Paul Rosenberg (manager for Eminem) and the late DJ AM. Deckstar grew to become one of the largest management companies in the world representing a wide swath of artists ranging from Steve Aoki to Blink-182 to Culture Club and many others. Matt was also instrumental in Deckstar’s merger with YM&U to create the largest management company in the world and now oversees all music operations in North America.