Naveed Hassan is an Artist Manager and A&R Executive at MDDN; a management and creative agency founded by Joel and Benji Madden. Naveed spent two years at ICM Partners as an agent trainee after earning a J.D. from the Temple University Beasley School of Law and a B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
MDDN's roster includes: Akachi, Chase Atlantic, Cookiee Kawaii, De'Wayne, Eyedress, Jalaiah Harmon, K Camp, Natra Average, Nikki Fre$h, and Zeph.
Our recent chat with Devin discusses his favourite campaigns and talks about the overlaps between visual creativity and music.
I’m currently working on too much to rattle off here but in short, helping artists build sustainable, fulfilling careers. Check out MDDNCO for updates.
Creatively at the moment, I'm loving the influx of creators joining Twitch.
There is something interesting happening that is allowing artists and especially music producers to cultivate conversation between their fans and colleagues. Will Morris and the team of music executives at that company has really smartly identified this budding scene and is supportive in helping it grow without trying too hard to define it. Check out music producer Akachi on there, a 21 year-old kid from Maine who is placing some of the hardest-hitting trap productions right now. He's got placements in the last three months with Lil Uzi Vert, EST Gee, Latto, Gucci Mane, and Chief Keef and most of these started on Twitch.
Also shout out Gentle Monster. Their retail stores are some of the most compelling spaces and filled with really exceptional art. My dear friend Kim Dillard (who by the way is a brilliant fashion strategist that works with Gentle Monster, Robins Jean and many others) brought me to their location in SoHo and I was blown away.
My all-time favourite music video is a tough call for me because music video is probably my favorite medium.
There is a magic that sometimes happens at the intersection of music and video that is uniquely powerful. For me it's a toss up between The Greeks Is Tropical and Gessafelstein's Hate or Glory because I can watch these videos endlessly and they enhance the music in a way that make it almost impossible for me to separate the two elements.
Honorable mention to this fan-created video for John Maus' Bennington which is an edit of a song that I love with clips from the Vanilla Ice movie (yes, it exists) Cold As Ice. Proof that budget isn't at all a determining factor in how powerful a video can be. Enjoy.