Welcome back to Learning The Bassics, for the second time today. This is a surprise interview with Simon Young, one of the best businessmen in the industry. He has been partnering with my dad for many years, and I have had the honor of meeting him on several occasions. Ladies and gentlemen, Simon Young:
Q: Where are you from?
A: London, England
Q: When and how did your interest in music begin?
A: In the late 1960’s with the British Invasion- think Rolling Stones, Kinks, Beatles, etc. I was also constantly listening to Kasey Kasem’s American Top 40.
Q: Yes I love the Beatles so much but then again, who doesn’t? Lol! Is your experience with music hobby or career-based?
Q: So what would you consider your title to be?
A: Royalty Management
Q: And how many years of experience do you have?
Q: Wow! What are some of the biggest opportunities you’ve been presented with?
A: Working at Mushroom Records in Australia- The best music industry education available on the planet. Also forming a partnership with Paul Gilbert.
Q: Who are some of your favorite artists?
A: Rolling Stones, The Cars and AC/DC.
Q: Who would you consider to be your best connection(s) in the industry?
A: Paul Gilbert
Q: Do you have any music of your own you’d be willing to share with us?
A: No chance, I can’t play a triangle.
Q: HAHA! What advice or words of wisdom do you have for my readers as well as myself?
A: Keep practicing- you can always get better. Perform live as much as possible.
Q: What have been some of your biggest mistakes so far?
A: Nothing comes immediately to mind, although I’m sure there have been hundreds of them.
Q: Who would you consider as your mentor(s) in the industry?
A: Gary Ashley
Q: What are three interesting and unrelated facts about yourself?
A: I am a fully qualified chartered accountant. I have 10-year old twins. I am Australian.
Q: Very nice. Is there anything else you would like to share with us?
A: Nothing but good luck to you Madison. This is a wonderful adventure you’ve embarked on.
Thank you so much Simon! And thank you for allowing me to interview you. I know you’re not a musician but I find the years of experience in the industry that you and my dad share to be truly inspiring. And yeah, I hope the adventure never ends.
See you guys tomorrow for my new post, “How I Practice Guitar”.