Mike James Milk Music Co. Hipjoint Productions Above The Noise Music Indsutry Podcast Aaron BethuneAfter being away for a few weeks getting married and spending time with family and friends, I am back with a new episode of “Above The Noise.”

This week I have Mike James on the show and he has a ton of information to share! From writing Billboard hits to radio promoting, music publishing and music placements, Mike has a great wealth of music industry knowledge!

He is the owner of Milk Music Co., a publishing company administered by Netwerk One Music, and co-founder and president of HipJoint, a production company and label with distribution via Universal Music.

Mike has had success with artists of all styles. Kelly Rowland “Unity” – released worldwide on her Diva Deluxe album – Top 10 radio hit in Canada, Delerium “Dust In Gravity” – Hipjoint were the top line writers on this track that achieved US Billboard #1 status on the Dance/Club Play chart in 2010, Calvin Klein CK1 – Hipjoint’s song “We Are One” was used as the positioning track for Calvin Klein’s worldwide relaunch of CK1 in 2009 Mika Nakashima “Candy Girl” – The Japanese superstar recently took this Hipjoint track to #4 on Japan’s Oricon Weekly Singles Chart, Shiloh “Operator (A Girl Like Me)” – Hipjoint discovered this Canadian artist at 13 and wrote and produced her platinum debut hit for her (Universal Music Canada/Universal Republic), Nikon Cool Pix – Nikon used Hipjoint’s track “Bounce With Me” by Kreesha Turner as it’s positioning song for a series of Nikon Cool Pix ads featuring Ashton Kutcher, NFL Network – The NFL has chosen the Hipjoint written and produced “Crank It Up” by The Young Goulets to promote 2010 NFL Thursday Night Football.

With success at writing hits, promoting singles on the radio, placing music in TV and film, as well as developing his businesses I have asked Mike what he does to be heard above the noise in all that he does!

Aaron Bethune.

In our conversation we discuss:

  • What makes a hit
  • Writing for radio
  • Music discovery
  • Finding new talent
  • Music placements
  • What are the parts that make up a successful artist?
  • What is success?
  • How you get heard “Above The Noise.”

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For more information on Mike please visit:

Milk Music Co.

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