Meet the Board: Andrew Barber
Andrew Barber is the owner/creator of Fake Shore Drive, LLC (www.fakeshoredrive.com), a Chicago-based music website and media company founded in 2007. Andrew is also a freelance music journalist, artist manager, brand and record label consultant, film producer and media personality on SiriusXM Radio's Shade 45. Andrew's company, Fake Shore Drive, has been instrumental in the recent rise of Chicago's hip-hop scene, having helped cultivate the careers of Chance The Rapper, Chief Keef, Lil Durk, Vic Mensa and many more. Andrew currently sits as Secretary of The Recording Academy's Grammy board, and also holds the position of Membership Chairman. He was a featured character in the 2014 CNN documentary series, Chicagoland. In 2015, he was named one of 10 music ambassadors for the City of Chicago's 'Chicago Made' program. His radio show, The Drive on Shade 45, airs weekly on SiriusXM.
What was your first live music experience?
My friend Josh dragged me to a New Kids On The Block concert when we were kids. Neither of us wanted to go, but he had girl cousins so I took one for the team. Looking back it wasn't that bad. They had a bodyguard who came out and rapped. His name was Biscuit.
The quote I live my life by is…
Anything is possible.
If you could write one new law that everyone had to obey, what law would you create?
Stop being lazy.
What is your favorite thing about the Chicago music scene?
The authenticity of the people. The lack of industry here breeds innovation and hustle like nowhere else.
What is your favorite GRAMMY moment?
Eminem and Elton John performing "Stan" together in 2001
Why did you choose your profession?
It's what I dreamed of doing since 8 years old, and I didn't stop until I made it a reality.
What are your 2 favorite albums?
That's like asking to pick your favorite kid. I could do a list of 20. But I'll pick two my two favorite albums from Death Row Records, and those are 2Pac's 'All Eyez On Me' and Tha Dogg Pound's 'Dogg Food'