My name is Marat Berenstein + I live in New York. I was born in soviet Ukraine, raised in south Brooklyn + spent a few years in suburban Ohio. I received my Bachelor’s from Columbia, where I met the legendary Art Garfunkel + got my start in music as his assistant!
The first adventure was Hit Me Music—my management, label + licensing company. I worked with Decon Records, Najee The 1 + DB2. Now, I look after Matt FX + Synead. I helped make an original 10-part series about food + culture for Food Network called “In The Mix with Matt FX.”
I’m also a retired college professor! I had the honor of teaching at NYU’s Clive Davis Institute from 2012 to 2018, where I ran Future Music Moguls + Summer HS, developed emerging talent + helped grow the Institute. I taught college-level classes on music licensing/management + invited cool friends to come visit. One magical day, Pharrell showed up + Maggie Rogers was introduced to the world. I met the awesome Nija Charles as a Future Music Mogul in 2014 + now she’s a 2x Grammy winner! I’m blessed to be included in some beautiful stories, ones that impact popular culture + hopefully change the world.
More about me in this fun interview w/ Pop Disciple + my mixtape, if you need an Intermission.