Scooter Braun has spoken out for the first time since his public feud with Taylor Swift in a new interview with Billboard, in which he talks about his Big Machine acquisition.
If you don’t know who he is, he’s a manager that represents Ariana Grande, Justin Bieber and Demi Lovato, and he covers this week’s issue of the magazine with former Big Machine Records owner Scott Borchetta to discuss the multi-million dollar deal he signed earlier this month, which includes ownership of the majority of Swift’s music catalog.
He didn’t talk about Taylor’s reaction, but instead, Braun explained why the deal is so important to the future of music.
“[The deal is] the first move of many in building an ecosystem that allows artists to go after their dreams,” he said. “Scott runs an incredible company, and we’re trying to build an artist-first environment and—in a climate with a lot of players—get the leverage we need to help our creators go after their dreams. By combining what Scott had with what we had, we feel like we’re in a unique position to fight the good fight.”
He did recall the first time he met the pop star in 2010: “Everyone at Big Machine—Taylor was kind, Scott was kind—everyone was kind to me and Justin when we were doing that show, and you don’t forget those things,” he said. “I never forgot that, and we started a friendship.”