Listen Up: BMC x @hautechicago

I had the pleasure of talking with hautechicago.com. Here is the article.

BCox Top-42

With eight grammy wins and some of the biggest R&B hits under his belt, Bryan Michael Cox is undoubtedly one of the greatest producers of our time. He has a distictive sound that has consistantly evolved, and changed the face of music through out the years. This creative sophistication is also very much apart of his perosnal style. We recently spoke with the mega producer about First of December and his take on fashion.

HC: How would you introduce yourself to someone who didn’t know who you are?
BC: I am Bryan (with a Y) Michael Cox…Grammy award winning producer, and songwriter.
HC: Would you consider yourself a fashion junky?
BC: YES!!!!! Absolutely! I am a fashion junky and a recovering shopaholic!
HC: How has music broadened your fashion knowledge?
BC: Music has exposed me to fashion in a more broad sense because of all of the traveling I have done for my career. I was always into whatever was popular locally, stuff like Girbuad Jeans and Jordan’s. Traveling, seeing the world has broadened my horizons, given me more individual style.
HC: Tell us a bit about firstofdecember.com
BC: I started firstofdecember.com when I was working Usher’s Raymond-vs-Raymond album. It started off as a blog, then evolved into more of a social media format… Now it is basically an outlet I use to express myself fashion wise, musically, and my everyday life… It’s basically my diary lol
HC: Looking at firstofdecember.com, I can tell that you are well versed in all things but none so prevalent as your affinity for watches. What is the new HAUTE in mens watches?
BC: Yes! I am a watch collector! I LOVE watches… If I had to pick one watch that is the hottest, I would say it’s the Rolex Yacht Master. I’m usually not a Rolex person, because the Rolex is such an expected brand to have once you get money but the Yacht Master is so versatile, you can wear it with a suit or jeans and T-shirt…it’s just a solid watch. I also am a fan of ANY Audemars Piguet watch…I am an AP FANATIC!!! You can never go wrong with Audemars.
HC: You have worked with some of the biggest artists of our generation. Have you taken any fashion cues from any of the greats (past or present)?
BC: Obviously, we borrow from the Rat Pack…the whole cleaning up nice thing lol… but we also borrow from one another…we are all looking at each other for cues. Jay-Z is looking at Puff, we are all looking at Kanye. We are all inspired by each other.
HC: What’s next for Bryan Michael Cox?
BC: What’s next for me is more music, more creating, and dissecting the business. Now that I have the formula for success as far as writing and producing, I want to work more on discovering and developing the “next big thing”.  The new UsherMary J Blige, or Mariah.. they are legends and no one can ever take their places, but I want to discover the next new crop.
HC: Where can our Haute Chicagoans go to stay up on everything Bryan Michael Cox?
BC: They can go to Global14.com , @bryan_m_cox on Twitter, and of course they always go tofirstofdecember.com

Listen Up: Yes We Plan x Planned Parenthood (@PPACT)

I had the pleasure of working with Planned Parenthood on the “Yes We Plan” campaign. This is a matter near and dear to my heart and I was honored when Kristi asked me to be a part of this. Mary J. Blige, Julianne Moore, and Q-Tip. DOPE!!!!

Click here for video.

Listen Up: Billboard x Grammy GPS Atlanta x BMC

Listen Up: BMC challenges celebs to give back more

Check out this article via ebony.com.

It takes only a few seconds for a celebrity to write a check in the amount of hundreds, thousands or even millions for a charitable cause but it takes the giving of weeks, months and years to truly make a significant difference in one’s community. It is the latter level of commitment that Grammy Award-winning songwriter/producer, Bryan Michael Cox (Mariah Carey, Usher, Mary J. Blige) gives to his causes including 100 Urban Entrepreneurs and The Travis Best Foundation.

“People give money all the time but it’s different when you give your time and are in the thick of it with the people,” he noted. “They can see you and feel your voice and gain something from that.”

Indeed many youth are benefitting from Cox through his participation in 100 Urban Entrepreneurs, a non-profit organization that helps identify, finance and mentor entrepreneurs from economically disadvantaged communities. Cox supports the organization by touring the country serving as a judge at business pitch events and mentoring the program’s participants. For Cox, sharing his wisdom with youth is driven by the challenges he endured in his own career due to a lack of mentorship, and a belief that it is the responsibility of successful people of color to give back.

“I started a company at 16 years old and didn’t know what I was doing or even look at it as a real company. Being young and Black nobody taught us that growing up,” he recalled. “Now we have wealthy Black people in the urban music world and it’s our duty to teach the young people growing up about acquiring and keeping wealth. They need to learn how to build a legacy for their family. We need to instill that in our kids.”

Cox is also helping to foster youth’s creative skills through The Trevor Best Foundation, a non-profit founded by former NBA player Travis Best that helps underserved youth through arts and athletics. Each year at the foundation, Cox teaches workshops in music production, songwriting, music business and publishing. For his services to both non-profits, Cox recently earned the Inspiration Award at the 2012 SESAC Pop Music Awards. Yet the greatest gift for him is the inspiration he receives from youth to avoid complacency.

“You can get stagnant when you make money but these young people get you back in the learning mode ‘cause they are like sponges. It puts me in mindset that I cannot stop learning and moving forward,” he said.

That renewed sense of drive is transferring over into Cox’s career as he seeks to develop new business models in the music industry and to discover the next Usher or Mariah Carey. While Cox, commends the philanthropic contributions of celebrities such as producers Swizz Beatz and 9th Wonder, he ultimately hopes that other celebrity’s will also give back more in time and not just money.

“Writing a check is easy when you have money to do that. It’s harder to give time when you are really hectic but money comes and goes. Money ain’t s***. It is about giving your time too.”

Souleo Enterprises, LLC is the umbrella company that creates, produces and curates media content, events, exhibitions and philanthropic projects by founder, Souleo. Presently Souleo Enterprises, LLC is creator/producer of the adult LGBT, financial literacy and arts programming for the New York Public Library taking place summer 2012 seen here.

The Global Cool w/BMC

If you are in the A, come drink, lounge, and party with me at The W ATL Downtown for the Global Cool!!! We’re celebrating me winning the SESAC Inspiration Award last week. If you came last time, you know that we had a GREAT time. Come through tomorrow and holla at me!

05-17-12 Global Cool web

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