For this week's 15 cents, we linked up with Dan Lafferman, whose name comes up in just about every music conversation that goes on in Portland. He has been a part of every facet of the music industry and currently runs a blog called Booty and Bass, featuring local hip-hop, dance and electronic acts. We took a ride out to Tigard to hang with Dan and pick his brain on becoming a PDX foodie, who runs the local hip-hop scene and where to be on Wednesday nights.. Whiskey Bar.
The Incorporated: Tell us a little about yourself, what do you do?Dan Lafferman: I'm a corporate stooge and have been a grown up grunt since I graduated from college in the spring of 2007. I quickly got my Masters Degree in Operations Management in order to work my way up the ladder at a faster rate and the rest is history. I grew up in Baltimore, Maryland and have lived everywhere from Detroit, Denver, Devon (UK), Perth (Australia) and Bangalore (India) before finally planting roots here in Portland.
TI: How long have you been running Booty and Bass? what is the goal/mission of the blog?DL: Booty And Bass has been operational since around July of 2012. I've been around music, either as an artist or on the business side, for a plethora of years, and have been around pretty much every different type of music scene you can imagine. When I moved out here I saw a niche in that this city has a massive amount of talent, yet it's not mature to the point of having much visibility outside of Oregon. Thus, I started my blog as a genre non-specific means of shedding light on talent in the Pacific Northwest.TI: Where are you from? how did you end up in Portland?DL: Baltimore, Maryland... I was working for General Motors in Detroit for 4 years when I was recruited by the Swoosh to come out and work for them in Portland. TI: How did you get into music engineering?DL: I grew up playing trumpet and was pretty into it for 9 years. Once I got to college I started to broaden my music horizons, found a natural attraction to Hip-Hop and began managing artists. Having been on both the business and artist side of the coin I've always been around studios and engineering, so it was a natural progression for me. Plus, I've always taken care of my best tool - my ears.TI: How did you get into music management? What made you realize that wasn't the right career path for you?DL: Music management, as well as most of the music industry, is built off of a "facade". I'm too real and care too much about music to suck up to anybody, nor cast myself or others in a fictitious light in hopes of having people believe in something that's not real.TI: What are you favorite Portland artists that you work with?DL: I can't say that I work with anyone that I don't believe in his or her music. It's a nice position to be in. On my site there's a list of artist EPK's and they each are artists that I work with and love their work.
TI: What is your favorite genre of music to work on?DL: Hip-Hop is my go-to and will always have my heart. However, I find more excitement out of Electronic music (Bass, Drum and Bass, Trap, Dubstep, House and Jersey Edit).
TI: What do you think of the Portland music scene? Hip hop scene?DL: Portland is completely an electronic city. The EDM scene has fans just like the rest of the world right now. The Hip-Hop scene is a scene that struggles, not only because of lack of fans, but because there are more stringent political factors in place that prevent artists from gaining the local attention they deserve. No naming names, but there are around 3-5 people in the Hip-Hop scene in Portland that have a firm monopoly and prevent its growth.TI: Favorite things to do in Portland?DL: I've slowly been turning into a foodie. I suppose the hipsters are rubbing off on me. My studio is my haven and I spend well over 20 hours a week in there. Other than that you can always find me downtown at various events with a drink in my hand.TI: Favorite place to eat in Portland?DL: My go to would likely be split between Portland City Grill and Jake's Famous CrawfishTI: Any upcoming projects/ things to watch out for?DL: Load B will be releasing a project Christmas Eve. Glenn Waco of The Resistance will be dropping his debut album in the early weeks of December. There's been talk that I'll be re-mastering and re-releasing Cassow's last project Cold Winter with some new surprises. Beatrox Records has a ton of heat on deck from the founders Nathan Jenkins and DJ TJ. Kid Kross has an entire EDM project that I'll be mixing/mastering shortly, and promises to be a big time debut album... There's way more than that..... Just be sure to keep an eye on my site bootyandbass.com and you won't miss a thing :)