Meet Debra Delshad – Senior Director of Licensing & Synchronization
A day in your life…
Like most working parents these days, sometimes I wake up full of energy and say “Oh Hello, let’s do this,” and other days I say “Oh heck no,” and want to crawl back into bed. Either way, I get up to see my son Jonah (who is already awake and made himself breakfast) and to nudge (and nudge, and nudge) my daughter Skyler out of bed. Before I know it they both are at school (i.e., on Zoom) and I am deciding if I am going to walk to coffee or jump into an online exercise class. Coffee and fresh air usually win. Before I know it I am deep into my to-do list, which usually includes sending music playlists to music supervisors and networks for projects that they are working on, creating playlists of music highlighting a specific writer or artist from our catalog, negotiating and corresponding regarding ongoing deals, jumping on and off Zoom meetings, listening to new music and trying to get through a mountain of emails, texts, Slacks, etc. — all while avoiding constant knocking on the door from my daughter, who seems to be on a “break” every 15 minutes. I do try to find time to take a step back and “smell the roses” when possible.
What’s the best part about your job?
Listening to music! The best part of my job is landing a placement with a great song that brings you goosebumps while watching it and it gets new exposure as a result of the placement and new listeners.
What’s one of your favorite failures?
Many years ago I was working for a large Music publishing company when I got a call from my young son’s school and learned that he fell off his bike and required stitches. I raced to his school, took him to a doctor to get stitched up, picked up his favorite Caesar salad, dropped him off, and then raced back to the office to keep working. I never bothered to ask my boss if I could work from home and I was miserable the rest of the day. I failed as a parent and as an employee. To be successful at any job, you always have to not fear being turned down and going after what you think is the right thing. I now think about this often and am a better parent and employee as a result
What’s a book you always give out as a gift and why?
I love to give books that I think will leave an impression. Some will have inspirational quotes, other’s amazing photography, and once I found a great little book filled with classic incorrect lyrics such as: “On a dark desert highway, Cool Whip in my hair…”
What was the first concert you ever went to?
I had tickets to a Metallica concert and my friend got grounded. My dad who is also a music lover decided he would accompany me. He put on a flannel shirt and a baseball hat backward. To this day, he still blames any hearing difficulty on that concert
Body Language released a music video for their single “Start It Up”.
Love-sadKID released a music video for his latest single “Tightrope”.
Jake Scott treated listeners to a surprise release of his EP Live From LA.
“Heartbreak Highway” (feat. Ayoni), by MIKKNA
“Chruch”, by dePresno
ARC 001 EP by Verskotzi
“Clouds” by Slayyyter, co-written by Marc Schneider of Schmarx & Savvy
“Cute Veins” by Autumn In June, co-written by Mike Byun of MIKNNA
“Full House” by teeballpaul
“Muneqita Rota” by Migrant Motel
“tokyo” by dePresno
Something To Sync About
“LA” performed by Ty Dolla $ign and co-produced by Bus “The Producer”, was featured in the FX docuseries, Hip Hop Uncovered, which aired February 26th.