Dean Wilson is the CEO and Founder of SEVEN20, a technology and entertainment company. SEVEN20 was originally founded in 2018 to overturn the traditional music management model in favor of a partnership-based approach that fully empowers its artists, but in the time since, the company has adopted even bigger goals. Through the freedom of the blockchain, SEVEN20 seeks to push the entire music and entertainment industry forward with new IP and equity deals only possible with this technology.
Wilson is an influential and innovative figure within the electronic music industry as well as the longtime manager for GRAMMY Award-nominated electronic music phenomenon Joel Zimmerman— aka deadmau5—who he signed to one of the industry’s first-ever 360 deals in 2007. With SEVEN20’s new pivot, he and deadmau5 are taking what they’ve learned from years of owning and controlling their own masters and publishing, and looking into the radical new future that the blockchain enables for the industry.
SEVEN20 opened by establishing its own publishing company and followed by building several specialty labels under Wilson’s creative direction. Now, the company has entered partnerships with multiple blockchain DSPs including Audius and Emanate who seek to transform the way music is distributed and commodified. Wilson sees these systems as a way of unshackling artists from the burdens of traditional platforms and democratizing distribution for everyone.
Wilson started out as a DJ and record-shop owner in London. In the early ’90s, he founded AnD Press and oversaw manufacturing, distribution, and licensing globally for its acts for 10 years. As he progressed into production work, Wilson co-produced British pop sensation Daniel Bedingfield’s 2001 debut single “Gotta Get Thru This,” a platinum-selling smash that hit #1 on the UK Singles Chart and earned a GRAMMY Award nomination for “Best Dance Recording.”
Driven by his love for cultivating the careers of up-and-coming artists, Wilson later co-founded Three Six Zero Group, the music management company responsible for discovering world famous DJ Calvin Harris. The company started in London and expanded to L.A., New York, and Berlin. In 2018, he began his new venture to highlight his current client roster with SEVEN20. Now, drawing on the same futurist impulses that have inspired him all along, Dean Wilson is pushing SEVEN20 in a bold new direction that anticipates where the whole industry will soon be headed.
Wilson has appeared on Billboard’s “Top 30 EDM Power Players” and Rolling Stone’s “50 Most Important People in EDM” lists.