For the past few weeks we’ve worked closer with Funk Volume and CEO Dame Ritter as we partnered to promote the Funk Volume Virtual Hip Hop Conference on 11/22 alongside HipHopDX, HipHopWired, HotNewHipHop, TeamBackpack, Omnia Media, HardknockTV, SkeeTV & DJ Booth and in doing so was inspired to bring him by additional FVHHC media sponsor, Dash Radio for a rare, exclusive interview co-hosted with partners in crime, DJ Base and Chehade The King. The Funk Volume takeover also features a special “Orange And Black Mix” by DJ Beatcrazed with some of your FV favorite songs.
Dame, endearingly also known as “Mr. Funk Volume” by his artists and FV fans is far from the usual record label executive. While most come from an A&R/artist background or have an “intern to President” type story, Ritter has the education and experience that matches those of high paid business consultants sitting in corporate high rise buildings across the world which he also once did. Even at a young age, in between countless basketball games, Dame found himself hustling to make a quick dollar whether it be through mowing lawns, washing cars or collecting comics and baseball cards and always managed to never be broke. He moved to the bay to attend the prominent UC Berkeley which led to a business degree and successful career in the financial industry. He later returned to get his MBA at the prestigious Standford University all before younger brother SwizZz and Hopsin approached him in 2008 to start a new, independent record label, which he decided to pursue after being laid off from an office job in Chicago.
Listen below to hear the rest of Dame’s inspirational story to find out more information about the conference which looks to inspire the next generation of leaders and teaching them the basics of how to build a team, increase your video views, how to get on the road and learn from previous mistakes with participating panelists Crooked I, Will Bronson (IamSu), Jarren Benton, Chris Webby and many more. Find out who Dame wish he would have signed to Funk Volume in the interview below. Hope that after listening, it sends a message to you that whenever chips are down and when all else feels, keep it moving.
Threes up to the entire Funk Volume team (Brooklyn Martino, DJ Hoppa, SwizZz, Dizzy Wright, Jarren Benton, Hopsin) & more for all of your hard work thus far. #stillmovin
Don’t forget http://www.funkvolumeconference.com for more info! If you are attending the conference, make sure to join the Funk Volume Virtual Hip Hop Conference Facebook page and join the conversation at #FVHHC. Hope to meet you all soon! Congratulations on making a great decision to #investinyourself – still to this day if I find an opportunity to further my own education I jump at it. There’s always something new to learn or re-learn.