Violator Management's Chris Lighty has had a long career behind the scenes of the Hip Hop industry, managing mega-star artists like Diddy and 50 Cent. Now, the Bronx native is taking his expertise to the Internet with a new music demo submission website.
According to a recent article by the New York Daily News, Lighty and co-founder Michael Dizon recently launched PleaseListentoMyDemo.com. The site that allows up-and-coming artists to upload their music and have it heard by Lighty and his staff made up of A&Rs and other industry heavyweights.
Each song will cost a fee of $10 to upload, and the site will make the best songs available for the public to hear. Lighty says that the website was inspired by the successes of YouTube and television program "American Idol," as well as the proliferation of free music downloads.
"We are in the Internet age," said Lighty. "There are so many creative people out there. We are not reaching everybody. Just listen to the radio. It's the same 15 artists all day everyday...We won't Simon Cowell you out. We will give you feedback. If we like it or dislike it."