D.O. Gibson


D.O. Gibson has defied the odds as a rapper from Canada, becoming a certified international artist, a successful record label executive and a socially active community ambassador. He set a Guinness World Record when he freestyled for nearly nine hours in 2003, sold tens of thousands of CDs, hit #1 on U.S. College Hip Hop Radio charts and travelled the world performing for sold out crowds; D.O.’s success is defined in his own terms.

In addition to extensive Canadian tour schedule, Gibson has lived up to the nickname “Mr International” as he has toured the US, Europe and Asia. In the summer of 2016 he headlined shows in France, the Netherlands and performed at Fresh Island Fest in Croatia alongside Wiz Khalifa, Chris Brown and DJ Premier.

Gibson’s latest release is entitled “On This Grind” – a soundtrack to the podcast series of the same name where Gibson discusses life lessons learned from the music business. As a music executive, Gibson has booked tours for himself and other artists, secured over 150 grants for artists, and has been a keynote speaker at business conferences.

“One of my favorite tracks on the album is “No Traffic” because I talk about the key to longevity. I’ve learned that long-term success comes from staying in your own lane and working on being the best you. Too many artists, and businesses, get distracted by trying to keep up with the competition,” says D.O.

“Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop” – the first single from the album also serves as a testament of D.O.’s career. From setting a Guinness World Record in 2003 for longest freestyle (8 hours and 45 minutes) to releasing an album produced entirely by Juno Award winning Classified, D.O. has yet to take a break.

In between recording, Gibson founded the Stay Driven program that launched in 2001. Stay Driven is based on D.O.’s own life experiences where he addresses relevant topics such as anti-bullying, peer pressure, and literacy. Gibson has spoke and performed at over one thousand schools reaching hundreds of thousands of students. In 2012, he released the book Stay Driven.

D.O. is also one half of the house-hop duo Art of Fresh, whose music was featured in a television ad campaign for Volkswagen and Orville Redenbacher Popcorn. Their single “Where I Go” hit #1 on the U.S. College Hip-Hop Radio Charts (2013) and attained over one million Youtube views. They’ve opened for the Black Eyed Peas and Snoop Dogg.

Somewhere between Tupac (in terms of social consciousness), Common (in terms of artistic integrity) and Jay-Z (in terms of business sense), stands D.O., a man who is bounded only by the hours in a day.

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New York/Barcelona, October 14, 2021. The Future Music Forum: Barcelona has merged with Music Industry City. The two firms will pool their resources to form Nybac Media Inc., which will supervise digital broadcasting, live events, and digital communities for its Music Industry City division.

Founded by music industry veterans, Peter Schwinge, former Partner and General Manager of New Music Seminar, and Founder of Moving Target Group, Mike McCready, Co-founder and CEO of Music Xray, and Niall Doorley, founder of Future Music Forum: Barcelona, Nybac Media provides an international platform that includes a broadcast network with the flagship, Music Industry News at Noon; audio drop-in talk shows and podcasts; year-round digital events; community building on the Music Industry City (MIC) website; and live events including the Future Music Forum: Barcelona.

According to Peter Schwinge, CEO and President, “This merger is a great opportunity for both companies as it will allow them to work together on projects more efficiently while expanding their reach to other areas globally where they would not have had access before. We are able to provide more opportunities for our users and partners and provide them with an opportunity to reach new audiences through the network.”

Nybac Media will rely on their deep industry connections to provide musicians access to industry experts through the MIC platform; equip the next generation of the music industry with tools, education, and networks; foster high-level discussions to affect positive change; and increase partners' access and visibility to the industry. 

“I'm delighted to announce our new partnership. I've spent the last 12 years building the Future Music Forum into what it is today, and perhaps the last 5-6 years actively seeking the ideal partner. It's ironic that it emerged at a time when the events business was perhaps in its most fragile state in living memory. I'm excited to see what we can do to help so many people advance in their careers as the industry begins to bounce back.” said Niall Doorley, Vice President and Head of Global Events.

The Music Industry City website has features for artists and people in the industry to interact in real time through communities and forums, live events, and a metaverse. The site also provides educational resources, online courses, and talks from industry leaders; health and wellness topics specifically tailored to the music industry; a personal and professional development section; a music discovery zone; and a local media outlet showcasing members and partners.

Nybac Media has offices in New York and Barcelona. The next, in-person Future Music Forum conference is set to take place in Barcelona on September 20-22, 2022.