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EP 264: Evan "Kidd" Bogart: When things get tough, lean in

Part 1 of 2

Evan "Kidd" Bogart seems like he would have had an easy ride to the top. He was born into music industry success — the son of Casablanca Records founder Neil Bogart and Kiss manager Joyce Bogart Trabulus. And today has a Grammy (for Beyonce's "Halo") and a long list of hit songs (see below), and now a movie — Spinning Gold — which he made with his brothers, about his father.

In between is where it gets interesting.

He tried to break through as a rapper in the 90s. When that didn't work, he started in the music business and became known as the guy who discovered Eminem and didn't get credit for it (you'll hear a bit of that story in our episode). Evan started again, only to have it fall apart and have to move home at 26, and start again.

You'll have to listen to our interview to find out how it all turned around for him, and the lessons he learned from the ups and downs. But it should be obvious that never giving up is core for Evan, and that his love and passion for music has driven him through life's challenges.

Make sure you come back next week for part 2 where we talk about the incredible movie Spinning Gold, on which Evan is executive producer, music supervisor, and composer. Check it out at

Meanwhile, here's just a partial list of the artists Evan has contributed to:


Maroon 5

One Republic


Styles of Beyond

Planet Asia

Jason Derulo

Sean Kingston

Enrique Iglesias

Jennifer Lopez



Mix Engineer: James Soriano




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