The Bay Area maybe known for it youthful musical sound; however, there is a large uprising of young businessmen populating the Warriors backyard. Living proof of that fact is entertainment company Vintage Co. CEO Julian Smith-Brown. Not even out of High School and this youngster is making major moves throughout California. We had the opportunity to catch up with the future mogul where he dished about new ventures in touring, his business background, and juggling success with education.
You became quite the Entrepreneur at a young age, what inspired you to be so ambitious as an adolescents?
JULIAN: Well I was so tired of talking about becoming something in this world and thinking about that I finally decided one day to put my mind to work. All this started in 2006, now it’s 2012. I came up a lot from the ground up and I’m real proud of myself for that hard work pays off in the long run.
Give us a little background of you and your crew?
JULIAN: My crew, Vintage Co. We pretty much are just a group of photographers, directors, producers, and rappers trying to help other artist come up in the music world. We also travel all over. We plan on doing some shows and concerts ourselves.
You started a promo tour known as the High Life tour. What is that about and where can people find out dates on when it will be coming to a city near them?
JULIAN: "The High Life" Tour was an idea I got from my crew. We decided to find underground artists, see who’s really trying to push their music to the next level and who’s ready for that spotlight. The tour dates and locations will be posted soon on my facebook: www.facebook.com/jsaviimiight69
Breakdown the importance of social networking for yourself as a businessman?
JULIAN: Social networking has helped me get to where I am today. Twitter, Facebook and just browsing the web has helped me gain all my connections, sometimes they come to me and that encourages me to keep doing what I’m doing. Everything is not going to come to you. You have to go out there and get it.
What were some difficulties minor or major you faced coming up in the entertainment business?
JULIAN: Aww man, I had so many problems when it came to events mostly. But most of all I’m not the only one out there trying to come up there are a lot of entertainment companies but I put in so much hard work, day and night, that I really don’t have that many problems. I try to stay positive and keep my head focus on my entertainment only that way there should not be any problems during my success.
How do you balance school and business?
JULIAN: School runs along with my entertainment. I’m a senior at Armjio High School. I graduate this year, Class of #2012. I tell myself all the time school comes first your education is more important than anything in this world. My parents always told me and then my entertainment company comes next and so far it works studying first networking later.
Viewing your social networks, many can notice you are a big fan and student of the music and business suave of Wiz Khalifa. When did you first become a fan of Wiz Khalifa?
JULIAN: There is so many things I can say about Wiz and his music. I became a fan because he’s different from all other rappers. He does things you wouldn’t expect other rappers would do, the song "Never Ever" & "Brainstorm" really inspired me meeting him in "San Fransico" at his "Mac & Devin" Concert inspired me to work harder and harder to become true Taylor.
You've even gone far enough to grab the attention of Wiz and his brand Taylor Gang through the request of membership into his ranks, why do you want to be apart of Taylor Gang and what can you offer them?
JULIAN: Grabbing Wiz’s attention was not easy at all for me but I made the impossible possible by putting all my networking skills into work. Me becoming a member of Taylor Gang will allow me to offer them my photography and filming skills plus my love for producing music so putting that in the works for them will be dream come true but it all takes time in the process of hard work.
What is a mistake you see a lot of young business men make in this entertainment business?
JULIAN: I see a lot of these young men deciding to compete with me or just start their own company, just to do something. Don’t start something if your not willing to finish, if your going to build a house, make sure it’s built right. That’s my saying for the same thing as saying if your going to start a company, make sure your fully committed to your job don’t slack off because you don’t get anywhere that’s why you push your self until you get to that point.
You have become the triple threat with your involvement in Film, Photography, and producing. Why did you choose this field of entertainment?
JULIAN: Filming and Photography inspired me a lot. Seeing my friends do it and watching and looking at their work inspired me to take all that into my own hands and so far its got me here, shout out to "Marcus Mitchell, Jerry Clark, Soloman Rivers, Lady Tragik, & Eric Watson" if it wasn’t from them. I wouldn’t love what I do, as far as producing music. ImSledgren, Cardogotwings,jhonnyjuliano & Kajmir made me want to produce music, just listening to their beats and shaking your heads to the beat makes you want to make music of your own so now my studio is in the works it self for "2013".
How do you see yourself evolving your brand in 2012?
JULIAN: My brand is going to be massive crazy. Not only in 2012 but for the future itself, me and my crew are going to push our selves to the next level every year. No matter what it takes our work and music will be in everyone’s eyes and ears to hear and see I promise you, we will have our spotlight soon.
What is your next project and when can we expect release?
JULIAN: My next project I’m working on is my "Day In the Life," YouTube videos and I’ll also have some music videos and mixtapes dropping soon featuring "Miles Baylie, Drew Ez Ali, Wiz Khalifa, Mac Miller, Currensy, Wale, Big Sean, Phaze, Berner, Juciy J ,Chevy woods and more youl’l be surprised what I have in stored for ya’ll wait and see.