WHO WE ARE
SGMGroupArtists is an Indie label based out of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Our mission is simple, basically we seek out, sign, and develop young artists. We offer them the resources of a label that they otherwise would not have access to. We provide studio time, music production, world wide distribution, promotion, artist image development and branding, video production, online content development, social media planning, merchandise, radio campaigns, and in some cases management services. All of these elements are strategically woven together to build a realistic plan for presenting an artist professionally, and with relevance. Most deals are developed with the music and artist in mind, so that means little to no investment up front on behalf of the artist, with long term profit sharing agreements in place instead. We are one of the last standing labels with an old-fashioned business model: music and artist development first. We are aggressive in our concept of investing in future careers.
Steve is the founder of SGMGroupArtists. With an extensive background in music, including several major label deals (Sour Music Sony, and A&M records), a charted Canadian Single, a number 1 hit in Northern Europe, and 4 full length albums under his belt as a solo artist, he has grown over the years and adapted his entrepreneurial spirit to take on many roles in the music industry. Today, Steve finds himself working as the leader of a team of music professionals as well as a songwriter, producer, engineer, and in some cases an artist manager. Under the SGMGroupArtists umbrella, he continues to exercise his musical talents by developing up and coming artists. He leads the SGMGroupArtists team in their mission to develop new artists signed to the label in both domestic and international markets.
AJ got his start in the music industry at the age of 10 as a co-recipient of a $25,000 grant from NewCap Radio to produce young artists. This allowed him to develop a strong understanding of the music industry at an early age. Performing in numerous bands until the age of 18, when he shifted his focus to production and engineering, A.J. opened his own studio and rapidly expanded his clientele to include dozens of local artists, in many different genres, as well as many internationally known artists signed to labels such as Shady/Interscope and Sony.
With a keen ear and eye for young talent, as well as the 10+ years of industry knowledge, AJ’s passion lies in helping people push their limits to create phenomenal music, and looks to bring that passion to the work he does as a member of the SGMGroupArtists team!
Stan Casgar is a multi-talented music mogul, a musician in his own right, Stan has spent many years dealing with multiple facets of the music industry. Stan is now the “Everything that needs to be done guy” at the SGMGroupArtists office. Including: Web master, Coffee boy, Grant writer, A&R scout and all things administration.
ANDY VALIENTE VASQUEZ
Andy is a passionate student/musician currently in fourth-year of Industrial Design at CarletonUniversity. He is known for his positive radiation and drive to create solutions to overcome problems in a creative way. Most recently, he spent five months studying abroad within the Design Capital of the World (2018-2019), Mexico City, where he was enriched with the culture and profound knowledge of design from a different perspective.
As a detail-oriented person, Andy enjoys creating graphics and works of art that are visually astonishing to the target market/user(s). With a devotion to design and music, he hopes to be able to merge his two passions through his work at SGMGroupArtists.