Stefan Dabruck, crossover dance and EDM-hitmaker, producer and artist manager, is so renowned for his instinct that in April global publishing conglomerate BMG made him a consultant to its A&R team.
Having managed acts for nearly 20 years, including Axwell and Steve Angello, Dabruck has generated over 200 platinum and gold certified records and singles worldwide – in the last four years alone.
After running the label Superstar Recordings for eight years and also We Play records for another nine years, Dabruck launched his own management firm SDM earlier this year.
For these reasons and more, Dabruck is our May Manager of the Month. To celebrate, we chatted with him about discovering Platinum-selling DJ and record producer Robin Schulz, the career advice he has for emerging managers and the career blunder which helped him understand the impact of social networks.
You discovered and launched the career of Robin Schulz. How did you come to manage Robin?
I found Robin already more than four years ago. He got a big SoundCloud hype for his bootleg for Mr. Probz’ ‘Waves’. This bootleg became a official remix later and went #1 in the charts in more than 20 countries.
When I first heard Robin, I jumped in the car late evening, drove four hours to his hometown and we’ve been a team since that day.