Meet The Blue Vault Digital USA Team
Meet The Blue Vault Digital USA Team
Social Media Manager – LATAM
Ariel is the social media manager for the Latin American departments of both Blue Pie and Ordior. He has a bachelor of arts and a bachelor of journalism, and used to be an art teacher with experience in both UBA and UNA. His experience with communication and visual design makes him an excellent fit for our LATAM social media manager, as does his skill with multiple languages: he speaks Spanish natively, and also speaks English, French, German and Italian. With this set of skills, he can communicate with multiple audiences across the world (in style!) which is a true asset in the field of social media.
Ariel was born in 1989 in Argentina in Buenos Aires. In his spare time, he has acted as a professional ski instructor on the Boreal Mountain Resort (Truckee, CA) and the Waterville Valley Resort. (Waterville Valley, NH) When not on the slopes, he’s studying hard for yet more education – he’s expected to have a Masters in Argentinian and Latin American Art History this year!
Ariel has always hit the ground running when it comes to the world of art. In 2014, he was a tour guide at Bicentenario’s Museum, and in 2015 he was an assistant at CCK. From 2018 until recently, he was a visual arts teacher at St. Xavier’s College, a primary school – from 2021, obviously, he began his roles at Blue Pie and Ordior. He takes into these roles his experience that he accumulated from his previous adventures – such as exposition, comparative study, and a showcase of process. Skills with tools like these are sure to help with pursuing the nicest-looking memes for social media work! Another component of social media is knowing the trends and patterns that drive high traffic online – Ariel even has this covered too. He has worked as a Ubacyt Investigator, running a research project at the University of Buenos Aires School of Law, as well as an Assistant Professor at UBA studying state theory. Combine this with his bachelor in journalism and his art sense, and you can be sure that he’s going to be spearheading some ambitious projects in the future!
Ariel is a very welcome addition to our teams. When you see our social media posts on the Blue Pie and Ordior series of pages and networks, you can be sure it’s him and his team working hard, and we’re very much excited to see where he takes us all in the future, especially in the Latin American music and media forensics markets!
Business Development Consultant North America – Blue Vault Digital USA
Born Oscar J. Clemons Jr. in Atlanta Georgia 1971, Oscar had music in his family from the time he was born. As a child, Oscar was a dancer and a very talented sportsman. A promising football career was cut short due to an injury at college. Not one to ever let things stop his passion to succeed, he placed his energy into his music career.
In the ’90s, Oscar was fortunate to secure one of the very rare intern roles at MCA Records. During his 6 months as an intern, he quickly built relationships with the team at MCA and worked on the promotions team for some of the greatest artists of all time including Mary J. Blige, Jodeci, Father MC, Christopher Williams, Heavy D. and the Boys, Guy, Al B. Sure and many others.
Oscar worked hard and in doing so, created lifelong friendships that are still there to this day and earned him respect within the industry at a very early age. Oscar was at Uptown MCA from 1991-1994. This was an incredible stepping stone to the start of his career. The experience and friendships formed, provided him with the opportunity to work the greats like Sean Puffy Combs aka P. Diddy.
Late in 1994, the opportunity arose for Oscar to work at ‘Rap-A-Lot Records’ where he was an integral part of promoting many big albums to the top of the Billboard charts.
Later in the ’90s, Oscar made the move to return to his home roots in Atlanta, Georgia. From here he set up his home consulting business in the Music Industry. Focusing on promoting artists and breaking acts through the major label system. During this time Oscar worked on many great albums promoting them to the greater North American music markets including working with record labels like Laface Records, SoSo Def, Rowdy Records, and Noontime Records. Oscar has been a vital and instrumental cog in the development of these labels, their artist rosters and the success that they enjoyed during the explosive growth years for the Rap and Hip Hop scene in North America.
Oscar’s passion for music didn’t just stop at his super marketing and sales skills. In the late ’90s, Oscar wanted to get hands-on engineering skills and that’s when he decided to intern at Darp Studios under Dallas Austin. His work ethic is ‘can do’ and there are no problems in Oscar’s world, only solutions that need to be found.
While working hard in the studio caves Oscar learnt his craft fast from working with great engineers like Leslie Brathwaite and by working at studios like Dopplers Studio and Stankonia Studio working under John Fryer. In the latter part of 2010 Oscar decided to focus on developing his marketing and promotional resources and to build his promotions and marketing teams to help take on the new digital landscape.
As Oscar says: “The music world has changed and if you do not adapt you will find yourself out of work.”
Oscar has watched the world of Hip Hop change so radically and the income streams that were once the lifeblood of the industry from vinyl to physical CD products vanish before our eyes. It is a digital world now and a world that needs new ways to grow income for artists.
With this in mind, in 2012, Oscar started a mentoring program to help guide and develop new artists, focussing on the development of their music craft, live show and seeking new talent for the rosters of Blue Pie Records and DJ Central Records.
He also owns and operates a very successful marketing and promotions business, working with many of the iconic artists of today including The East Side Boyz, Ne-Yo, Young Jeezy, Trey Songz, Avant to name a few.
His work ethic and skills make him an invaluable member of the Blue Vault Digital team.
Business Development – Canada
Josh’s family have been in the music business for over 50 years and through his connection to the music, Josh developed singing, performing and entertainment skills.
With the music gene running through his veins and a strong business acumen, he developed and successfully sold a number of small businesses through his twenties and by the time Josh was 30 he had achieved financial freedom to pursue his passion in life, the music business.
While visiting Australia in 2014, Josh pounced on the opportunity to open up the Canadian branch of DJ Central TV and DJ Central Records, and with his extensive entertainment network Josh became the President of DJ Central Canada. Josh brings his network and artist management skills to DJ Central, to commercialise and expand the companies TV shows and artists, and is responsible for the expansion of the company into North America and Jamaica.