Co-founder, Cool Managers
Some people just seem fated to be cooler than the rest of us; such is life for Imogene Strauss, daughter of legendary New York City DJ and producer Justin Strauss. After graduating from college in 2011, Strauss started interning at MoMA PS1 and by the fall had been hired to produce Kraftwerk at MoMA, among other music commissions. (She still consults for PS1's trendsetting Warm Up summer music series.) At the time, she was also working in management, handling day-to-day for Solange Knowles and Devonté Hynes. In 2013, she decided to strike out on her own and co-founded Cool Managers, with Knowles, Hynes (as Blood Orange) and Majical Cloudz as its first clients. The current roster includes the latter two along with Dawn Richard, Tim Hecker, Dubbel Dutch, Nguzunguzu, Ian Isiah and Feral.
"I wanted to be able to work in a way that better suited the artists I worked with," the young tastemaker says. "My goal is always to help visionary artists do things their way and make a living doing it."