Downtown is excited to announce our joint venture with independent publisher Cowboys & Pirates, as well as its first two signings: producer, songwriter, instrumentalist, and Solange-collaborator John Key and songwriter James “SuperChilly” Carver. Focused on developing writers and producers within the hip-hop and R&B songwriting community, the collaboration is designed to cultivate promising new talent.
“We are running the marathon with our songwriters,” said Cowboys & Pirates’ Ty Baisden, professionally known as Worldwide Ty. “I’ve come across many talented, accomplished writers who still don’t understand the ins and outs of modern music publishing. We want to empower, educate, and develop our talent the right way. Downtown’s creative capacity, resources, and expertise will help us to take them to the next level, and we’re excited to be working together.”
With a proven track record of developing talent, Ty represents artists such as Sonder, Brent Faiyaz, Amber Olivier, Troi Irons, Diana Gordon, Grip, Wintertime, and Pablo Dylan through his newly-minted company, Colture — which he manages alongside Jayne Andrews. Cowboys & Pirates is headed by Ty with Tawana Nettles serving as General Manager.
“We’ve known Ty and the team for years and once we saw what they were building, we knew it would be a great cultural fit,” added our COO Andrew Bergman on the partnership. “We had high hopes for the venture, but the fact that we were able to begin the relationship by signing deals with John and James exceeded our expectations. We’re also really excited for John and we believe the work he did with Solange is a harbinger of other great things to come.”
John played a significant role in Solange’s most recent album, When I Get Home, contributing to 10 songs — including the video single “Binz,” which he both co-wrote and co-produced. The New Orleans native got his start in the music business after attending the coveted Berklee College of Music, ultimately settling in Atlanta. He has worked with various bands and artists including Janelle Monáe’s Wondaland-affiliated duo St. Beauty and BOSCO, both of which he toured with as a drummer — also serving as the latter’s musical director.
Between tours with Solange, BOSCO, and St. Beauty, John has performed at esteemed festivals including Coachella, SXSW, Roots Picnic, Afropunk, Fool’s Gold Day Off, and Essence Music Festival, among many others. He has also played on television programs such as Saturday Night Live and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.
SuperChilly, the venture’s first signee, is a multi-talented songwriter from Rockland County, New York, known for a style that fuses rap and singing. He has worked with both contemporary hitmaker producers and celebrated legends from Hit-Boy and Bizness Boi to No I.D. and Salaam Remi.
Read more about the venture at Music Business Worldwide.