By Shirley Ju
February 14, 2019
Founded by Adrian Miller, Xyion Inc. is an entertainment research company which specializes in scouting new talent from writers and producers to image makers and artists themselves. Bringing in over two decades of experience in both the arts and entertainment space, Miller helped incubate the O.B.E. brand for Anderson .Paak, acting as its capacitor and manager.
From the artists to the fans to friends and family, Xyion’s goal is to empower not only the clients, but everyone involved. Their services include management, brand awareness, licensing, and distribution — establishing a beautiful crossover space with endless opportunities and possibilities.
Aside from musicians, Miller/XYION has teamed up with “Curated By Media” to represent contemporary author/artist/screenwriter Lolita Files, civil rights lawyer Ben Crump, who helps police brutality victim’s families (Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin) and The Reverend Michael Beckwith, who was instrumental in creating The Secret. Despite his work load, Miller still had time to plan and curate, “Sing IV King,” which paid homage to Martin Luther King Jr. and was hosted by Miller’s long-time friend and mentee Reign Morton.
“Adrian has not only been an incredible mentor as far as the biz goes, but an incredible friend who makes sure he sees the vision of the artist, said Dangerboy. “[He] gives you 100% when applying pressure to the task at hand.”
On MLK day, many gathered in an elevated art space in downtown Los Angeles to honor the civil rights leader’s impactful legacy by evoking his spirit through music, poets, spoken word, dancers, African drummers, and most importantly audience participation. Because of the collective power of the room, the event could best be described as a Baptist church service infused with an ancient African ritual.
The 4th installment of Mash & Burn, a XYION (#PoweredByXyion) event which gives undiscovered artists a platform to perform their music, took place at Delicious Pizza on Sunset. This well-known spot off the strip was chosen specifically to celebrate underground music culture and the arts. With its gritty, East Coast hip-hop vibe, Delicious Pizza has become the unofficial spot in LA to host events and kick back.
Adrian stated, “This platform is intended to give artists a safe haven. Although influencers and tastemakers are invited, there’s zero judgement. The fact that artists like YG and Anderson .Paak have graced this stage to go on to their respective greatness speaks leagues to what we are doing.”
“Shit was big lit shoutout to Adrian for pluggin’ shit up,” said Jjuan. “We need more of these authentic vibes in the community.”
In an age where the Internet and social media are at their height, these types of in-person/off-the-grid events are rare. People should cherish them dearly. Especially because of their unpredictable nature - you never know what may happen or who may show up.