Amaechi Uzoigwe is an NYC-based entrepreneur, executive & investor in creative arts with a history of launching successful careers, companies & campaigns, while also establishing himself as a pioneer in music, a champion of artists, an award-winning marketer, content creator, thought leader & community builder. Currently, as co-manager & business partner of Grammy-nominated & gold-certified hip hop stars Run the Jewels (Killer Mike & EL-P), Amaechi oversees all aspects of the group's multi-faceted enterprise including music, film & TV, publishing, touring, marketing & e
commerce, plus their apparel, alcohol, cannabis & technology businesses.
RTJ is the culmination of a career-long journey for Amaechi with the group’s co-founder, producer and NYC half, EL-P. They met in 1994 and from his first group Company Flow to now, have worked together on everything since, including co-founding the legendary independent rap label, Definitive Jux (2000-2010). In 2004, Amaechi co-founded the artist & label management group World’s Fair,
which worked with artists like the EL-P, Flaming Lips, Sharon Jones, J Dilla, Jarvis Cocker, Dr. Octagon & The Dandy Warhols, plus indie labels including Rough Trade, Daptone, PIAS, launched The PLUG Independent Music Awards (2004-08), which featured guests St. Vincent, Dizzee Rascal, TV on the Radio, Sufjan Stevens, The National, Nick Cave, Aesop Rock, Jose Gonzales, Stephen Malkmus, RJD2, Dillinger Escape Plan & more, plus hosts Patton Oswalt, Aziz Ansari and David Cross.
In 2006 Amaechi was elected the founding chairman of the American Association of Independent Music (A2IM), which represents the rights of independent record labels in the multibillion dollar music marketplace, and was instrumental in the creation & launch of M.E.R.L.I.N.; in 2008 he joined the Geneva-based music tech start up official.fm as head of Content & Business Affairs; and most recently was a strategic partner at Monotone artist management, home to Jack White, Danger Mouse, Jonah Hill, EL-P, Jamie Foxxx, Vampire Weekend, LCD Soundsystem & more.
In 2021, Amaechi launched Studio A, a new venture focused on creators & IP from Africa & the diaspora across all mediums plus sports, gaming & technology. Music clients include the ground breaking West African rock band, Songhoy Blues, who released their latest album, Optimisme, to worldwide critical acclaim, plus up & coming artists Fat Tony, DAP the Contract, Azekel Adesuyi, Kech Phrase & Mimikat. Studio A is currently working with AEG to plan a 2022 US tour featuring rising stars from the African music scene. Most recently, he picked up legendary black punk rock band (& his teenage heroes) Bad Brains as a client, and will be working with them on rights management & catalog monetization. Additionally, Amaechi is a partner & executive producer at GRAiNEY Pictures in LA, an award-winning documentary & branded content production company, which just wrapped it’s next film, Unzipped, tackling the dual crises of homelessness & income inequality in Venice, CA & beyond.
With a journey spanning from bi-racial immigrant kid to budding football star to bartender to bookstore clerk to human rights worker in Jamaica to aspiring filmmaker who caught a break from Spike Lee to music manager to music tech to finance, Amaechi has charted his own unique path to the present. His work has been a 5x winner of the Clio Awards (3 Gold), 10x winner of the Libera Awards, and bronze recipient at Cannes Lion, and his expertise & portfolio now range across multiple sectors in entertainment, media, retail, lifestyle & tech, beverages & more, achieving $100M+ in revenues via strictly independent, self-owned & financed ventures, most of which he was told would fail. As an artist manager, he has deep experience in all aspects of the music business, and has developed an extensive global network with key ecosystem partners like Apple, Amazon, YouTube, Spotify, Deezer, Tik Tok, Triller, Instagram and Snap, plus major brands, agencies & media.
Amaechi has also been an early adopter & innovator in the tech space, launching his first website in 1994, first desktop app in 2003, a digital download store in 2005, a music tech start up in 2008, and with Run the Jewels, jumping head first into the worlds of VR, AR, 3D, gaming & more to create world-class, award-winning content. Most importantly, he’s had the distinct pleasure of working in
various capacities with some of the most critically-acclaimed & celebrated musical talent of his generation, including EL-P, Killer Mike, Danger Mouse, NAS, Zack de la Rocha, Rick Rubin, OutKast, Eminem, Lil Wayne, The Beastie Boys, Radiohead, DJ Shadow, Bun B., Jack White, Company Flow, Saul Williams, Trent Reznor, Lorde, Josh Homme, Mos Def, Beck, Erykah Badu, Young Thug, TV on the Radio, Just Blaze, Dizzee Rascal, J Dilla, Kool Keith, Matthew Shipp & China Forbes (Pink Martini), plus visual artists Banksy, Virgil Abloh, PHASE 2, Vulcan, Jermaine Rogers, Titmouse (Rick & Morty), Mike Giant & Beeple.
Amaechi serves as an advisor to creative companies, brands & hedge funds, sits on the boards of the non-profits NYCxDESIGN and In Place of War, and has been a judge for the CLIO Awards & the NYU/Clive Davis School Cornerstone Prize. Via his philanthropic efforts, he’s helped raise $500K+ over the past 5 years to support victims of police violence, legal support for peaceful protesters plus causes empowering women, children, LGBTQ+ & immigrant communities.
Public Speaking invitations include Cannes Lions, Harvard Law School, SXSW, NY Times, San Francisco MusicTech, NYU, Cardozo Law School, Brooklyn Law School, Drexel University, Ohio University, Berklee School of Music, MIDEM, American Bar Assoc., NY:LON Conference, Grammys/ NARAS, RapCon, CLIO Cannabis Awards.
A graduate of the University of Michigan’s College of Literature, Science & the Arts, Amaechi lives in Harlem, NY with his 2 daughters.