I’M PAY KOLMÜS
MUSIC INDUSTRY PROFESSIONAL
Music Journalist • Artist Manager • Creative Consultant
The music scene changes all the time. It’s a competitive industry and different people struggle with the different aspects of it. I have been active in the music and entertainment industry for the past 20 years. Having a musician as a father put me in that scene at an early age. I’ve been a studio and performing artist, hosted my own radio show and as a DJ, I’ve released promotional mixtapes for artists.
As a music journalist, I have interviewed artists, DJ’s and producers such as Public Enemy, Ice Cube, Dwele, Little Dragon, Nas, Ne-Yo, Black Thought (The Roots), Raekwon (Wu-Tang Clan), DJ Premier and Vince Staples. As well as important industry people such as Claude Zdanow (Stadiumred) and Rob Stone (The Fader). My resume also includes actors and comedians like Kevin Hart, Charlie Murphy, and Romany Malco. My journalistic experience led to also being a host, moderator, and speaker at several international (music) festivals and conferences such as Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE).
Having a background that includes marketing degrees, in combination with having worked in different areas of the music industry, I have built an entire network consisting of artists, managers, labels, booking/talent agencies and more. Because of this diversity and the expertise that I have built over the years, I am able to advise artists and help them strategically brand their name and art. Next to that I manage the business of several creative artists and I am on the Supervisory Board of The Melkweg, one of Amsterdam’s most known music venues.
Over the years Pay has become an important part of our moderating team at international hip-hop conference ADE Beats. If you are looking for a professional to host your Q&A’s and panels, you definitely want to roll with Pay. She is an experienced journalist and interviewer and always goes the extra mile, and knows how to keep conversations lively and on track and engage the audience as well. Also, she is a very social person and cool to be with, so if you have the opportunity to work with her, go for it.
I have been working with Pay for a while now and I couldn’t have wished for a better manager. She is always there for me and does the impossible when needed. Pay listens to my ideas and is willing to see how we can accomplish my goals together. Next to great work ethic, she has a heart of gold. If you need someone to help you reach the top, Pay is the right person to get on your team.