OCTARVE ANDERSON, JR. - CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Born the son of a New Orleans R&B - saxophonist, Octarve Anderson
Jr. was blessed with a gift to entertain. Octarve, has over thirty-two years of experience in the music business industry.
As a performer, Octarve was a member of the trio Front Page and was signed to MCA Records by Record Entertainment Executives Raoul Roach and Louis Andre Fisher where he worked and recorded with mega producer "Tricky" Christopher Stewart, Thaddeus “KuK” Harrell, and "Sep" Sean Hall. He also wrote and performed the bumper music and theme songs for HBO’s “News to Us” and the NBC show “Sunday’s Best” in 1991 with Front Page.
As a producer, his vision led to the creation of the independent label Yeah! Brother
Records, LLC in 2000 based in Atlanta, Georgia, where he maintained a working relationship with producer and songwriters "Ro" Rochad Holiday, "Sauce" Curtis Wilson & Shaefer Smith (Ne-Yo). Yeah! Brother Records, now “Oaksway Entertainment LLC” has produced many artists, including B-Shipe, Tim Solomon and Dawn Angelique Richard aka Dawn Richard. Dawn Angelique Richard’s start with Yeah! Brother and artist development along with her natural-born talents led to her success on MTV’s “Making the Band 3” becoming a member of Danity Kane, Bad Boy Entertainment.
Through the creation of their independent entertainment company, OAKSway Entertainment llc and New Orleans Media Arts Institute (NOMAI), Octarve along with his business partner, entertainment attorney Kemic Alan Smothers, started a new vision and business model in hope that it will strengthen the performing arts, film and music industries in his beloved New Orleans.
KEMIC A. SMOTHERS, Esq. - CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER
Kemic Smothers began practicing Entertainment Law in 2002. Born and raised in New Orleans, working in the entertainment industry is merely a natural state of being. Kemic’s background as a musician includes clarinet and bass clarinet in the orchestra. He earned his undergraduate degree in Psychology and Criminal Justice at Southern University at New Orleans and his Juris Doctorate at Southern University Law Center. He has done legal work with countless independent record labels and artists in film, television and music, and negotiated contracts with such industry heavyweights as BET, MTV Networks, TVT Records, Bad Boy Worldwide Entertainment, and the Oxygen Network. Other entertainment industry endeavors include music festival productions and artist/band management, event promotions, artist development, and strategic marketing.
As the Chief Operating Officer of OAKSway Entertainment, Kemic is responsible for contract drafting, review, and negotiations. Kemic also handles the legal and business matters concerning artists, booking, tour coordinating, and promotions. OAKSway manages the business matters of our artists by maintaining strict focus on their overall brand.
Kemic Smothers is the founder and Executive Director of the New Orleans Media Arts Institute, a partnership with the Southern University at New Orleans College of Business’ Small Business Development and Management Institute. Launched in 2015, NOMAI is an entertainment industry small business incubator designed to improve the business acumen of New Orleans area small businesses and provide a platform for artists to exploit their talents.
Kemic has served as mentor for the Louisiana Cultural Economy Foundation and has served as guest panelist on many music industry forums, seminars and conferences. Kemic’s current focus is on developing artists in a digital age wherein the artists have unprecedented autonomy and opportunity, but are faced with global competition and potential for disaster. Staying abreast of current trends is critical in today’s music industry.