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Stephan Moccio on Authenticity, Rick, and Adjusting

Stephan Moccio on Authenticity, Rick, and Adjusting

Update: 2019-11-271
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This week’s conversation is with Stephan Moccio, a producer, composer, recording artist and musician behind some of music’s most massive, inescapable global hits.

In 2013, Stephan co-penned the quintuple-platinum song “Wrecking Ball” with Miley Cyrus.

Following the song’s success, Stephan quickly became one of the industry’s most sought-after and in-demand producers and songwriters, going on to co-write and co-produce the two end credit songs for the film Fifty Shades of Grey: the quintuple-platinum "Earned It" with The Weeknd and "I Know You" with Skylar Grey.

Stephan also co-wrote the Celine Dion come back hit “A New Day Has Come” and produced/co-wrote the quintuple-platinum song “I Believe” for the 2010 Winter Olympics.

I really enjoy getting a chance to speak with artists on Finding Mastery because there is this tension that exists between art and commerce, and it’s something I want to continue exploring.

Art is subjective – yet commerce is not.

We live in an era where data driven decisions have become the norm.

For some lines of business this can be great, but it also can limit creativity and stifle innovation.

Many of us experience these same pressures – whether you work in the corporate world, entertainment, or sport.

So while Stephan’s craft is music, I really think this applies to all of us.

In Stephan’s case – his conundrum is centered on the type of music he chooses to make. Make music he know will sell? That the labels will love? Or music that he connects with? Music that touches his heart.

That’s at the center of this conversation – Stephan shares how he’s gone about navigating that tension between selling out and making music true to him, why he’s been willing to take risks, and how’s he gone about adjusting as the music industry has rapidly evolved.

Authenticity. Risk. Adjusting.

Three components that I think are at the foundation of mastery.

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Stephan Moccio on Authenticity, Rick, and Adjusting

Stephan Moccio on Authenticity, Rick, and Adjusting