Schreiber alum discusses his career as a music manager

Adi Levin, Editor-In-Chief

The Schreiber Times spoke to Harrison Remler, a Schreiber alumnus of the class of 2018, about his work as the Chief Operating Officer at Visionary Music group, which manages artists Logic and Jon Bellion.

How have your career plans changed since high school and college? Did you envision yourself where you are now?

I always wanted to be an entrepreneur. The music business at its core is truly entrepreneurial, specifically artist management. During high school I truly never imagined myself a part of an artist management company—but always knew that I wanted to do something bigger than myself, bigger than one. Something that was an intersection of multiple verticals—in my current position: art, commerce, digital, and tech.

What are your fondest memories of your time in high school?

Most definitely the friendships—some of my best friends were made through the basketball team, and the Schreiber Times, where I was actually the senior sports editor. Many long nights in the publishing room. Port Washington is a special place and I made some incredible friendships that influenced who I am today. The diverse community both inside and outside of the school marked many of my fondest memories.

What were your favorite classes or teachers at Schreiber?

In terms of specific teachers I have to reference Mr Klaff, and Mrs Schutzman as incredibly memorable and impactful. Both truly encouraged creativity and the pursuit of your passions. Dr. Gordon (then Superintendent) was also a key role model during my years at Schreiber.

How did you become involved with the music industry/Visionary Music Group?

After my freshman year of college I was frustrated by the “typical cycle”—study in pursuit of an high ranking GPA, a particular internship, and then continuing to do so in hopes of landing employment post college. I was inspired to do something different and take a risk. I started promoting and producing shows across the northeast at private preparatory high schools while in college in the hopes of always becoming a part of an artist management team and artist’s career that I felt was on the brink of something special. Visionary Music Group was that perfect fit. I met Chris Zarou (VMG’s founder and president) through multiple show bookings and always respected what he was building. He recognized my understanding of the changing spectrum in the music business and as well my innate hustle and work ethic which would help shape the company.

What are some of your responsibilities as the Chief Operating Officer of Visionary Music Group?

As the COO of Visionary Music Group I have one main job: execute. Whether it is taking an artist’s vision for an album and executing the marketing, or bringing a live TV performance such as the Grammy’s or MTV VMAs to life, I work every day to execute the visions of our company and artists. No is not an answer when it comes to the artist creative, whether musically, or from a live show perspective. I love touring and helping take an artist from a sold out club show to the arena level. People underestimate the backend intricacies that drive and build a touring career—and the massive amount of logistics that goes on behind the scenes is an amazing journey and challenge.

What’s it like to work with Logic?

Working with both Logic and Jon Bellion is an absolute honor. They are incredibly passionate, hard working and two of the most creative people I’ve ever met. Their music and message are so incredibly powerful and I’m fortunate to work with them both and our entire team. Both of their obsessions with their art, and their visions are unmatched and it’s an honor to work with them.

Did Logic always know he wanted to be a rapper? How has his style evolved?

Logic has been working on his craft for years and always knew since a young age he wanted to be an artist. However it is important to recognize that his goals continue to evolve and we as a management team must adjust to those goals. He is focused on not only his music and message but as well future ventures into film, TV and so much more.

What’s a typical work day like for you?

There is no typical work day. I love it. I’m a conduit between a ton of people and companies, whether I am working to help execute a marketing plan with Def Jam or Capitol Records, or planning, and executing a tour. I push myself to continue to seek opportunities for both our artists. I love the live space and try to establish true relationships with festival buyers and promoters—as I understand they are evolving into key gatekeepers in this industry. I’m personally intrigued by the power of an artist on brands and effective cross promotion. I love meeting new people, both within and outside of the industry. Building your network and developing your relationships are essential. Everyday is different, point blank.

What are some obstacles you’ve faced in your work?

I’ve learned to not look at obstacles in a negative lens but more as a challenge. What is the most important challenge to me is – An obsession to be apart of something bigger than myself. I always want to surround myself with people who are the best at what they do. And help deliver not only incredible music to the world but also impact culture. I think Logic’s 1-800-273-8255 campaign is a great example of that.

What’s the best part of your line of work?

The best part of my line of work is a combination of three things: an opportunity to get to wake up and do what I love each day with people that I love and admire, working with artists who are driven to impact not only music but culture, and seeing everything come together from just initial ideas. Sitting in the office at 2 AM many nights with Chris Zarou, and piecing together a marketing plan—witnessing the small accomplishments and small wins make everything so memorable and worth it.