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LUX 2020 Global Excellence Awards

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Industry leadership unfairly sharing Artist profits. It must have been a surprise to them that our MP keeps up on those things as does Phantom Records Œ aQG KLV team. Mike believes, as does our MP, that the largest streaming platforms should be validating that the Labels are fairly passing along the A UWLVWV¶ pay-outs. This is Q¶W a secret if you Google the right keywords. ³ MP says record boss µ in cloud cuckoo land ¶ over music streaming claims. ´ Some services, the smaller ones for independent artist or marquee artists alike (artist-centric platforms, Mike coins) paying claiming to pay their artists and the labels using standard systems which anyone can use LW¶V just that Labels GRQ¶W like to tell independent artists or small Labels like Phantom Records what those ³ secrets ´ are for fear of upstart competition. Fair enough. MLNH¶V proven his resume for stealth competition in another area related to ecommerce but not with music, with video games. HH¶V familiar with sales, ecommerce and music rights. So what makes WRGa\¶V COVID world so different? Mike claims: µ COVID sent everyone back home retuning them to their pre-Rochester, NY artisan-style work-life when there still were artisans and apprentices who worked from home or lived at home with their professional mentor (called Masters back then) to learn the trade during the day, and how to balance work/life at home during after-hours times and weekends, including the right Church to attend.

While COVID has effected Mr. WLGHQHU¶V older brother, like many other families, LW¶V not their families first go around. Which brings us back to what made it difficult to get to this point and how COVID, in a strange way, is catapulting Phantom Records Œ forward. His first very public go around in the music scene? The 1991 ³ Oakland Firestorm ´ as it is known to those who lost 3000 homes near his, private, honours high school. He knows change when it happens. He knows that times like these make us slow down long enough to take stock of ourselves which is why we reached out to recognize a broader scope of contributors to Global Excellence in Hospitality, Nothing is more hospitable than music. With Phantom Records, you n HHGQ¶W worry about ZKaW¶V playing in the elevator, turn on your phone. The PKaQWRP¶V in there. IW¶V not Spotify. IW¶V not a mimic, LW¶V not a competitor to Spotify. To any who would, dRQ¶W waste your time pitting us against each other. I have all of them and am a paying member. Mike and his team are concerned about the future of Art. WH¶UH here to drive the future of Hospitality. In doing both, our paths crossed. He believes wholeheartedly that without global media attention from around the world, the U.S. will enact policies to first, re-encapsulate their own U.S. pop stars, then spread outward towards the rest of us. Phantom Records LVQ¶W party to that agenda and is content to establish that stance here in these pages in case nothing stops it. The next step for Phantom Records Œ, which is both an LLC and a General Partnership - because one is sales and one is research for the purpose of supporting legal sales - is to expand. Having both allows the talented team to separate the collection of trade secrets that produce the WHaP¶V products from the sales strategies used to sell them. The relationship here is almost as complex as the legalities that surround digital music rights, but Mike and his team are ideally positioned to make things as straightforward as possible, Art comes from history. For him, DJs mix history, tell stories, and make us laugh, cry, sweat, dance, and forget. ³ Our own laws, all of them, have a foundation in common law, specifically English common law. We know to look there when nothing in our case law deals with an issue. After all, creativity itself was defined by Western European Renaissance. Why ZoXldn¶W rights and protections derive from there even when other places hadn¶W established their equivalent? ´

Phantom Records Œ, as it stands today, was born out of the challenges of the day. The LLC was started in 2016, to begin moving out of research into digital and physical sales, for example, the physical sales with digitized DJ-mixed music were to be legal, and the entirely digital streaming sales, which required different legal adherences continuously changing were to also be legal although it meant re-coding and re- development every time laws changed that impacted existing delivery means. The US has many laws in place which make this work illegal in many circumstances, but finding out where those lines were drawn and where they were open was the start of a venture which would modernize and monetize the tradition of a mixtape.

Art comes from history. For Phantom Œ , DJs mix history, tell stories, and make us laugh, cry, sweat, dance, and forget. He remembers visiting London his first time when he was 16 and relishes the opportunity to speak directly to those reading this here in the place that sparked his pension to innovate when he learned lucid dreaming RQ KLV Za\ WKHUH aQG H[SHULHQcHG a ZKROH QHZ ³UHaO ZRUOG´ bH\RQG WKH QHZ RQH KH¶G MXVW PaGH . These watershed moments for a teen set a stage. They tell you anything is still possible like when you were young. I relights the spark and re-starts the quest.

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