Grammy-winning producer/songwriter/artist Mario Winans has launched an online mentorship platform called Artime.
The platform is dedicated to connecting the new generation of indie artists with knowledgeable professionals in the music industry, such as producers, songwriters, video directors and engineers.
“Collectively, this group of ‘Creative Masters’ have helped to shape the landscape of R&B, rap and pop over the last 30 years,” said Winans, who is the CEO and founder of Artime. “We are all very excited about engaging with new and established creatives from around the world, to share our knowledge and experiences.”
Aspiring creatives will be able to browse a curated list of creative masters on Artime and book an intro session with them before arranging regular sessions. Some of the industry heavyweights include Stevie J, Large Professor, Bink!, Amadeus Thompson, Om’Mas Keith, Kristal “Tytewriter” Oliver, Deric “D-Dot” Angelettie, Chucky Thompson, Matt Testa, Ron “Amen Ra” Lawrence, Nashiem Myrick, Adam Blackstone, Steve Dickey, Ariel Borujow, Fatman Scoop and, of course, Winans himself.
In an interview with Rated R&B, Winans shared his vision to produced a compilation project. “I’m working on a collaborative project where I take some of the iconic artists that I’ve produced and collaborate them with some of these new young artists and some artists that I haven’t worked with,” he exclusively explained to Rated R&B. “I really want to bring more music from me as a producer to the world. I think it will bring more awareness to who I am around the board as a musical person.”
With over three decades of experience, Winans’ resumé includes some of the biggest names in music such as Whitney Houston, Janet Jackson, Mary J. Blige, Jay-Z, Destiny’s Child, Beyoncé, Brian McKnight, Diddy, The Notorious B.I.G., The Weeknd and many others.