Kebu Commissiong is making history as the first African American artist and repertoire (A&R) director for UK’s number one music publisher, Sentric Music. He is also the founder and CEO of Team Titan DJs, a disk jockey community and collective, now residing in Atlanta.
He has worked with some of the biggest names in music such as J Holiday, Ashanti, Lloyd, and Honorable C Note. We asked Kebu to tell us his story and what he plans on doing to take the music industry by storm, and this is what he said.
BLAC: Kebu, what initially inspired you to start in the music industry?
Kebu: My inspiration was the music itself. I grew up in New York, born and raised, but I now reside in Atlanta. Music was constantly all around me. Initially, I began as a DJ, doing parties in my community. I eventually began to manage award-winning recording artist Sean Kingston, and everything just took off from there. My life changed in a flash, and it’s been nothing short of a blessing. The joy it brings to me regardless of race or color is something I live for.
I am a firm believer in everlasting music, that’s the real talent in my eyes.
BLAC: Tell me, what has been your life’s highest moment throughout your career?
Kebu: I would have to say becoming the VP of Big Cat Records at a very young age. This is where I had great mentorship and learned the music business — all the ins and outs of it. It made me into the man I am today. It definitely opened my eyes to things about the music industry that I didn’t know but eventually helped me in the long run
BLAC: In what ways do you give back to the city of Atlanta or see yourself doing in the future?
Kebu: Giving back is something I’m a strong believer in.
I stand with the community in every city: whether it’s feeding the community or helping with housing for the less fortunate. My collective, Team Titan DJs, has been around for a long time. I want to do more with them and the city. Things such as charity work, giveaways — anything to help the kids in the communities around here. The kids here will help change this community for the better, and I would love to be a part of making that change happen.
BLAC: Tell us, what is the average day-to-day life like for an A&R?
Kebu: My responsibility as A&R is to identify signers, songwriters, producers, artists, producers, and partnerships. As the A&R Director, I will be handling the negotiations, and agreement executions, delivering local product insight, and analyzing new lines of potential business. It’s a dream come true if you ask me.
“Fair play for every play. Keeping the songwriters, artist, and producers first.” This is the mission that I live by daily while working to keep myself towards doing what’s best for the company.
BLAC: If you were speaking to a younger version of yourself, what advice would you give?
Kebu: I always say this, “You did great.. keep it up & keep elevating.” I always tell myself this to give myself a sense of reassurance. There have been times in the past when I doubted myself, and who hasn’t? Especially when you have moments where every obstacle is against you. But I overcame them and I really did the best for myself and still doing more. I won’t stop ’til I reach the top. Once there, I will go even higher.