Drew Ferrante

Lecturer, "Inside The Music Industry"

A 30 year veteran of the Music Industry, Drew became a musician at an early age, played in bands throughout his teens, and started and ran his own successful professional recording studio by the time he was 20. While producing countless regional acts, his own band was signed to a major recording contract, and he co-produced their major label debut album…which was never released. Desperate to understand how the labels worked, he switched gears, spending the next 12 years “inside” the music industry, with various Marketing and Promotion positions at MCA, Columbia, Chaos, Work Group, and Epic labels. After relocating to Los Angeles to help rebuild and revive Disney’s Hollywood Records label, he left the Major Label world to help build and run the independent Connoisseur Records label. With piracy causing Major labels to downsize, he opted to join Yangaroo, Inc., the Entertainment Industry’s leading Digital Media Distribution company, where he works with Major Entertainment companies to make the switch from physical to digital distribution. He has been instrumental in securing deals for The Grammys, The Academy of Country Music Awards, the MTV Music and Video Awards, and many more, helping to move from traditional balloting to a secure online streaming and voting solution. In his “spare” time, he continues to Engineer, Produce, and Mix, having mixed or re-mixed several #1 songs by Jesse McCartney, Breaking Benjamin, and Miley Cyrus.