Posey was chosen as one of 20 current and former NFL players to participate in the four-day program to be held March 18-21 at New York University’s Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music in New York. This is the second year that the league is offering the boot camp and it features interactive workshops focusing on all aspects of the music industry including production, artist development and management, digital music, publishing, marketing and touring.
“I actually grew up with a lot of guys who made music themselves and this is something that I’ve always wanted to learn more about,” said Posey, who was signed to Miami’s practice squad last October 3rd and was active for the final two regular-season games. “I always put my time into football and athletics growing up but in the last two years I started DJ-ing and that’s when I really started getting into music again.”
Originally an undrafted free agent with the New York Jets in 2011, Posey wanted to get into the boot camp last offseason but it didn’t work out. Now he’ll get a chance to learn from the likes of VH1 president Tom Calderone and Darryl “DMC” McDaniels, one half of the legendary rap music act Run-DMC.
This program is one of many the league has begun in recent years in order to help their players prepare for life and a career after football. Many of the veteran players nearing the end of their playing careers have taken advantage of the opportunities, but Posey figured why wait when he can get a jumpstart on something he has a passion for.
“It’s a tedious process and they put you through the ringer,” Posey explained. “From what I was told there was a lot of older guys that wanted to do it and they were kind of interested in the fact that I was young and wanted to do it so fast. So we had to write a personal statement explaining why we wanted to be in the program and what we wanted to do in the industry, then we had to write an essay and do a resume. The theme s the essay was if you were on an island with an iPod that can only hold 10 songs, what 10 songs would be on there and why would they be on there.”
Since Posey is proud of the fact that he has a broad range of musical tastes, his list was varied from contemporary hip-hop songs to cultural classics like “The Girl From Ipanema” and Michael Jackson’s early solo hit, “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough.” He’d really like to explore the production side of the business and be a music producer when it’s time.
But football remains his first passion at the young age of 24 and he is looking forward to making memorable music on the field for the Dolphins in the upcoming season.
“I just can’t wait to get into this camp and learn from the greats and to learn, but this is something that will help me plan for the future but hopefully that’s after a long and illustrious career in football,” Posey said. “Hopefully, I can win a Super Bowl and bring it back to Miami so we can show that the Heat aren’t the only winners on South Beach.”