It might have been raining, but it didn’t stop some of the reigning DMV hip hop stars from getting together at the Lincoln theater to celebrate. Here is the exclusive WLTV coverage of the historic event.
What about the metro area’s other music professions and influencers? How do these sound?
Daryl Friedman, National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences
As the vice president of advocacy and government relations at NARAS, Friedman represents the nearly 20,000 members of the organization known for the Grammy Awards and has been called “the D.C. Chief for music’s creative community.”
Rich Harrison, Music producer
With a production company (Richcraft Inc.) and a 2004 Grammy award (for Beyonce’s “Crazy in Love”) already under his belt, Harrison is busy working with hip-hop heavyweights 50 Cent, Janet Jackson, and Usher on their latest albums.
Seth Hurwitz, co-founder, I.M.P.; talent buyer
Hanging out with rock stars, jamming with live bands, and discovering new talent are just a few of the duties occupying the owner of the 9:30 Club and co-founder of I.M.P., the concert promotion and production company behind the U.S. Virgin Festival and programming at Merriweather Post Pavilion.
Antonis Karagounis and Pete Moutsos, Owners, Ultrabar, Lima, and Panorama Productions
This duo is responsible for resurrecting the District as a world-class destination for world-famous DJ’s: Tiesto, Paul Van Dyk, and Ferry Corsten with GLOW, an electronic, dance-driven Saturday night party hosted by top dance clubs.
Arash Shirazi, President and co-founder, Bullitt Bookings
Shirazi has built a powerhouse music agency representing various musical artists and many of Washington’s top club DJ’s, including techno duo Deep Dish.
Ali “Dubfire” Shirazinia, Grammy Award-winning music producer & DJ Shirazinia is known not only in the Washington club scene but around the world, thanks to his success as part of the progressive house/techno duo Deep Dish (with Sharam Taybei), current solo endeavors, and work involving several music labels.
John Simson, Executive director, SoundExchange
As head of SoundExchange, a non-profit organization commissioned by the U.S. Copyright Office aimed at collecting and distributing artist royalties, Simson has been a longtime supporter and advocate of artists rights and legal issues in the industry.
US ROYALTY, ALTERNATIVE ROCK BAND
Brothers John and Paul Thornley, bassist Jacob Michael, and drummer Luke Adams linked up to form this alt-rock band, rapidly-growing in popularity (Spin magazine featured them last summer.) Their EP, Midsommar, debuted in August.
But we can’t list everyone. Who do you think should be here? Paste your comments below.