Interview with Simon Young

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? 

A: 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? 

A: 42

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”.

Author: Madison Palmer

According to my little siblings, I'm an adult "sorta". Just 17 with big dreams and an open mind. I've been through a lot but paradise is right around the corner. I am an entrepreneur, singer/songwriter, poet, writer, and aspiring music producer.

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