After living and traveling all over the planet, Steven Machat recently moved to Florida, full time, with the intention of staying. His condo sits bayside, overlooking the weird majesty that is Miami Beach. This expanse of clubs and sunbathers is where the former lawyer, record label owner, and music industry guy has decided to work with SoBe Institute of the Arts. His goal is to foster an "organic music scene" by teaching a ten-week series, "The Secret and Sacred Knowledge of Music: From Creation to Exploitation," starting this Wednesday.
Machat is the son of late entertainment lawyer Marty, whose clients included the Platters, the Drifters, Sam Cooke, the Rolling Stones, and even boxer Sugar Ray Robinson. He learned contracts starting at age 12 and remembers reading a 1964 Rolling Stones contract before puberty. According to his bio, the younger Machat's first record deal, one between CBS Records and ELO, was the largest of that time.
"He couldn't get into property law," he says of his father, "because he was Jewish." At that point, Machat goes on a tangent about the word "Jewish," which bothers him because of its Roman roots. Machat is a man interested in taking a hard, analytical look at just about everything. And he has a story and opinion about any musician you can name, all sorts of politics, and the expanse of human history.