1.Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Forest Hipp, and I am a 17 year old artist manager, music video director, and owner of Lucky Dice Entertainment. We specialize in video production, artist management, and events. I have worked with the likes of Polo G, Kevin Gates, and 20K Visuals.
2.How long have you worked in the music industry?
I have always had an interest in the music industry from a young age, but nothing materialized for me until age 16. I started out by diving into the soundcloud rap scene when I was a freshman in high school. When searching around for beats, I came across a song from a young artist named Eddie in Maryland. He ended up being my first music video client. I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to fly on a plane to shoot my FIRST ever music video. He really believed in me. I then continued to grow my expertise in the music industry, eventually taking on artist management and signing my first artist at the age of 17. Since then, it’s been all gas, no brakes, and I have had a nonstop schedule of shooting shows for celebrities and running up numbers with my team. Although it has been hectic and had a fair share of twists and turns, everything has worked out for me in the long run.
3. What is Lucky Dice Entertainment?
Lucky Dice is an entertainment company founded in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with the hopes of bringing some light to the artists this city has to offer. Oftentimes, I feel as though Milwaukee artists have been extremely overlooked. So that’s where the company stemmed from. We specialize in artist management, video production, and events. We manage some of Milwaukee’s brightest future stars, shoot industry leading music videos and concerts, and plan to host the biggest events Milwaukee has to offer. Our first concert event is set for January 15th.
4. What artists have you gotten the chance to work with?
I have had the opportunity to work with hundreds of artists, ranging from superstars to young guys who haven’t yet had their moment in the spotlight. Everyone I have worked with is extremely talented. My favorites so far have been Polo G, Kevin Gates, DDG, SBE KP, Half-Off, Eddie Jame$, Shane Alexander, Swanny, and more. I have extreme gratitude for everyone who has given me an opportunity to work and improve. Many of the bigger artists who have household names took a true risk by working with a teenager, and I hope that I have silenced any doubts in their minds. My journey has taken me through many genres of music, and the artists I have worked with are some of the most incredible individuals I have ever connected with.
5. Do you have a favorite video you’ve created?
Right now, the video I created for the Kevin Gates Khaza Tour is my favorite. You can see it on our website: www.itsluckydice.com. The crowd provided a remarkable energy that night, and the video is able to translate the feeling of watching the concert in person.
6.What was it like to shoot for Polo G at Summerfest?
To be honest, for the first couple of songs it was nerve wracking. I remember the venue security escorting me to the stage and my hands were shaking. I was feeling the effects of an extreme adrenaline rush. That was my first big concert with an A-List celebrity. The overall experience was incredible. Polo’s team and friends were great to me and I got to spend some time backstage, and I would love to work with them again. I have extreme gratitude for everyone involved that night. I will never forget it.
7. What made you want to get into artist management?
While I was in Nashville shooting a music video for one of my clients (Dylan), he introduced me to his manager Stokes. Stokes ran me through some of his responsibilities and how he works in the industry. It fascinated me. I ended up contacting him later to learn more and how to get started. A couple months later, I started signing artists to my company and started to build my team.
8. Who does your roster consist of?
The portfolios of the artists on my roster vary to the extreme. We have everyone from rappers to alternative rock bands signed to Lucky Dice. Some of them have already broken millions of streams, and others haven’t had their time in the spotlight yet. They all have so much potential, so be ready to see their names become popular soon.
9. What are your plans for the future?
I have many plans for the future as I grow older and expand Lucky Dice’s sphere of influence. It is best to shoot for the stars, and I aspire to host concerts frequently and eventually reach the point at which I can conduct a nationwide tour. The experiences I have so far are critical to my learning curve in the music industry, and I aim to continue to work with an ever-growing number of artists, regardless of whether they are mainstream or new to the scene. The future excites me, so stay tuned.
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