If the only accomplishment a then-teenaged Evan "Kidd" Bogart ever achieved was discovering Eminem at a rap competition and passing along his tape to Interscope Geffen A&M head Jimmy Iovine, that would be enough. But Bogart, now 34, has also co-managed Kara's Flowers (which morphed into Maroon 5) and co-written hit songs for Rihanna, Beyoncé, Leona Lewis, Britney Spears and others.
The last several months have been watershed ones as Bogart, his brother Tim and partner Gary Randall launched Boardwalk Entertainment Group, named for the label his late father Neil founded after Casablanca Records. "This has been a year where I have finally struck a balance between all of my professional loves: songwriting; discovering and developing new talent; and developing my brand into TV and film projects, most of which involve music," Bogart says.
He adds that his greatest sense of fulfillment has come through artist development, including the three Boardwalk acts signed to major-label deals this year: Wallpaper. (Epic), ZZ Ward (Hollywood) and MKTO (Columbia, in partnership with Emanuel "Eman" Kiriakou). "These artists make me tick," Bogart says. "I wake up every day thinking about what I can do to help them fully realize their dreams." Next up for Bogart and Boardwalk is the second season of music reality show "Majors & Minors" and finding a director for his father's biopic, "Spinning Gold," which will star Justin Timberlake.