My name is Justin Oringer, but my friends call me OJ.
I recently earned my undergraduate degree from the University of Southern California where I concentrated in business, music, and technology while also delving into design, history, and mindfulness. I believe the diversity of my studies and interests gives me a unique perspective that allows me to approach situations with a broad and open point of view.
Upon arrival at SC in Los Angeles, I began with an idea to develop a music and tech blog focused on sharing the stories of music industry innovators: I call them Minnovators. This blog idea led me to begin working with a collection of talented under-the-radar artists, including EDM producers RÜST and SOZ who are based in LA and Vegas respectively. I immersed myself quickly by applying my talents with both groups on their overall creative and branding, as well as their launch strategy– similar to what an independent record label would do.
With several artists I have also taken the reins as their manager and successfully structured, negotiated, and closed a number of business development deals on their behalf. I am proud to have set up all of my artists with their own accounts on Stem’s royalty payments platform. The ability to set them up with this technology is a direct result of the relationships I developed with Stem colleagues during my very first internship.
Entering my senior year at SC in August ’18, I had a plan to act on invaluable mentorship I had received regarding the importance of increasing my artists’ reach and stature. I knew that I needed to align them with well-established musicians with whom they could perform live on the same billing. Rather than depend on other promoters, to execute this I partnered with Concert Media and Airbnb Experiences to promote my own series of events featuring my artists in unique, intimate, mixed-use, commercial spaces in LA and Montreal.
I was very lucky to be able to immerse myself so deeply in these passion projects and initiatives while studying as an undergrad at USC. I have always enjoyed the intersection of creativity and business, and I am extremely excited for what is to come now that I have graduated (May 2019).
I am Justin Oringer: Observer, Curator and Entrepreneur. I long to learn from and be inspired by the best and most creative Minnovators.
I’d be honored for you to download my resume (pdf format).
— Justin 🍊