Joe Smooth - CEO
Joe Smooth is one of the pioneers of the style of music known today as "house" music. He is a self-taught musician who, from the age of 12, has been creating music that is inspiring to all those whom his sound touches. In 1985 he rose out of Chicago with the DJ International family, and quickly became a central force behind everything written or produced from the visionary record label. This included co-producing The Jack Trax EP with Chip-E, the first record to use the eminent words "house" and "jack". Many say this was the first true House record, solidifying Joe Smooth as a musical pioneer. Joe soon co -produced and mixed Frankie Knuckles' first record "You Can't Hide". This led to the release of Smooth's own international club hits; an acclaimed influence spun by House musicians like Daft Punk. Joe Smooth has since worked with such artists as Beyoncé, Faith Evans, The Pet Shop Boys, Whitney Houston, Frankie Knuckles, Prince, Giorgio Moroder, Marshall Jefferson, Janet Jackson, Benny Benassi, Fast Eddie, Fingers Inc., The Art Of Noise, Sterling Void, Atlantic Starr, The Style Council, New Order, Steve Hurley... and countless more. He has been awarded Gold and Platinum record awards for his work.
From a young age, Joe proved himself to be a determined entrepreneur. At the age of 16, Joe Smooth began having house parties and DJing throughout Chicago's underground music scene. At 18, he opened his first underground night club called East Hollywood Mannequins. In 1983, at the age of 20, Joe became the head DJ at the world famous Smart Bar nightclub, becoming one of the top DJ's in Chicago. In 1985 the Limelight nightclub befittingly looked at Joe as the number one DJ in Chicago, and propositioned him to be the musical coordinator for their Chicago club location. By 1987, he also started working for the soulful Charlie nightclub as head DJ/musical coordinator. During this time he penned one of the greatest house anthems of all time; "Promised Land".
It would be Joe's entrepreneurial spirit that would later pave the way for the creation of Indie Art Music. By 1988, with his musical production work at a high, Joe Smooth was traveling abroad to perform and produce. Here, Smooth temporarily left Chicago's nightlife to fully uphold his concentration into studio productions. This unveiled Joe's path as a platinum record producer. However, Joe later saw a need for a serious club in Chicago, and opened the very successful Warehouse nightclub in 1990. In 1994, Joe Smooth ventured to Rome to work with producer Claudio Donato. This was a great business move that solidified Joe Smooth as an Italian nightlife icon. Through 1999 to 2005, Smooth did extensive work with Slang Music Group and Nu Soul. Joe's work at Slang and Nu Soul would include projects featuring Whitney Houston, Donnell Jones, Destiny’s Child, and Sisqo. By this time, Joe Smooth earned a multitude of Gold and Platinum record awards. Using his years of experience and networking, Joe continued expanding his presence in the entertainment business by launching Indie Art Music. Indie Art Music (IAM) first served as a successful record label, and has since expanded as the parent company for various entrepreneurial ventures. IAM's branches now include artist representation, artist management, distribution, and even a digital audio research & technology development team.
Joe Smooth Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe_Smooth
Greg Tanoose - Production Assistant
In 1913, Luigi Russolo wrote "The Art of Noises" in a letter to fellow futurist Franesco Balilla Pratella. In this manifesto he stated the opinion that people's hearing will become accustomed to the fast-paced life and noises of the urban industry. Thus, Russolo believed that music must incorporate such aspects in order to continue to hold the public's interest. Of course, this proved to be true as music evolved throughout the rest of the 20th century. However...
Now, over one-hundred years later, music must transform again to suit the esoteric convolution in most of our lives today. In which case, music must be created with an open mind and zero restrictions in possibility. For Indie Art Music, Greg Tanoose is multi-tasked with a variety of progressive projects in areas such as digital audio technology, millennial marketing, A&R services, graphic design, audio production, and artist management. He also doubles as the Chief Creative Officer for all of IAM's technology ventures; writing in-depth investor reports, creating new music-based applications (websites & VST plugins), and managing the application development teams. Tanoose works exclusively with Gold and Platinum music producers; able to write and produce in any genre that is asked of him. His personal productions have been recognized by the New York Post, GQ, Rolling Stone, Netflix, 20th Century Fox, Transworld Skateboarding, major featured artists, various critics, start-up investors, and other mainstream media outlets.
Greg Tanoose is currently 25 years old, and dedicated to reaching a young millennial audience.