Who Is Makell Bird?
Makell was born and raised in the southside of Atlanta Georgia (Riverdale). After graduating from Stockbridge High School in the summer of 2000, he created his own independent recording label called A.D.E. (Angelic Destroyer Entertainment). He learned the ins-and-outs of the music business while recording alongside his mentor DJ Taz, serving as the creative director for DJ Taz's third commercial release "It's On", which was distributed worldwide by Select-O-Hits. Makell then became a producer, recording with local rappers throughout Georgia. This peaked the interest of The Henry Herald, a local newspaper in McDonough Georgia which came to Makell Bird's home to interview him.
In 2004, Makell would take a 2 year hiatus from the music business as he began a new life in Las Vegas Nevada. In 2007, he would reunite with DJ Taz and began releasing mixtapes. This was the beginning of his dabbling in the music distribution business. After being rejected and ignored by record labels while operating as a rapper and producer, Makell began focusing on being a mixtape DJ, making mixtapes centering around celebrity rappers such as Jay-Z, Lil Wayne, T.I., Krayzie Bone, and Snoop Dogg. He also developed a mixtape series showcasing up and coming independent rappers called "Maktown Radio". This garnered him quite a bit of attention but it was still not enough to sustain a living solely off of music.
In 2009, Makell Bird created his Maktown TV and Maktown Radio brands, serving as the host of both. This garnered him even more attention but it was still not enough to sustain a living solely off of music.
Between 2008-2012, Makell Bird educated himself on the ins and outs of the music distribution business. He worked with several digital distribution companies and, after being robbed of thousands of dollars, as well as being disappointed in the overall state of the music distribution business, he created his own distributing label called ADED.US Music Distribution. In 2011, Makell applied to be a distributor for Apple's iTunes and was denied. Refusing to give up, he built a massive catalog of over 2,500 artists and re-applied in 2012, only this time he was approved. Shortly after securing a contract with Apple, Makell also personally secured over 1,000 contracts with over 1,000 digital stores and apps all over the world. This included contracts with major brands such as Google Play, Amazon, Spotify, Tidal, iHeartRadio, Shazam, Saavn, Anghami, YouTube, KKBox, and more. As of 2018, the ADED.US Music Distribution client database has over 100,000 music industry personnel and music fans opted in with millions upon millions of streams and digital downloads.