A Day In The Life of RCA Records President Mark Pitts
Mark Pitts has always been a faithful music lover. Before being promoted as the president of RCA Records last year, he’s held so many roles that helped shift the culture including manager at Bad Boy Entertainment (helping to shape the careers of Faith Evans, The Notorious B.I.G and more), Senior Vice President of A&R at Arista Records and A&R President at Zomba Label Group and head of RCA’s urban music department.
Maintaining that creativity leads to even more motivation for the busy executive.
“I’m very, very passionate and just trying to mentor the next fan, the next wave of young black women and men. I am very motivated by that. I still feel like a lot of things are moving faster—artists are becoming bigger quicker, young managers becoming managers quicker because the young artists are blowing up real quick,” Pitts tells EDITION, highlighting “RCA’s queens on fire” like Latto, Jazmine Sullivan, H.E.R., Doja Cat, SZA, and Flo Milli who he loves to watch flourish in their respective careers. “Young artists have more power but less knowledge. Once the honeymoon phase is over, that knowledge can kick in [where you can] understand the game and the business of it all.”
But throughout his jam-packed schedule, Pitts makes sure to carve out time for self-care and reflection. Read on for his daily routine.
3:30AM: I train every morning between 3:30AM and 4AM. I train myself. I’ve been doing it for years. I’m kind of getting known for it ‘cause I’ve been on [Instagram] stories in the morning trying to motivate everybody to get your ass up and get to the gym. You don’t gotta do it this early, but just get up. I’m blessed that I’ve been in the game a long time, but I get more out of this than I get in anything. Recently, one of the young managers for one of the artists that I work with told me he just lost 35 pounds. He told me it was because of me. That felt good. I’m always preaching your health is currency. Making all this money ain’t gon’ mean nothing if you ain't gon’ be here.
5AM: My morning routine is pretty much the same, I get up, I work out and after I work out I eat. I take all my supplements, then I eat again another two hours later. So pretty much I have like two breakfasts. I eat a lot of oatmeal, a lot of egg whites. Some chicken sausages. Oatmeal and bananas are definitely a go-to. I try to fill up on good carbs in the morning. I have a protein shake as well. It’s pretty much that. Once in a while, I’ll only have some leftovers from the night before like some grilled chicken. It depends on what I worked out. If I did legs, I’ll load up on a lot of carbs, and something from the night before.
7:30AM: I’m pretty much bi-coastal. I do two weeks here in LA, then I do two weeks in New York. Before the pandemic, I would be in the office at 7:30 every morning in New York. I’ve always been a morning person. When I’m in the office a couple of hours early, I have time to myself, check my emails, and listen to music—that’s my time. A lot of [the music] will be stuff that I’m working on—songs, demos, artists that are signed to RCA. But my other go-to is old-school rap and R&B. I might start the day off with [Alicia Meyers’] “I Want to Thank You Heavenly Father”. But it varies. It could be Luther Vandross or Evelyn Champagne. All that era of music, I love.
12PM: On average, I could have four to five meetings. If you wanna include phone calls you can add an extra 10 with that. You know, it never stops. You can have a meeting in the office and then you get in the car and have three more like I’m doing now, and then I have another one before I even get into the office.
6PM: As soon as I get home, the first thing I like to do to unwind from the day is take off my clothes, get in the bed and put the TV on. I’m rewatching Snowfall—I just watched the final season. I’m rewatching Game of Thrones. That’s my favorite and is the best written show ever to me.
10PM: I try to go to sleep by 10PM. If I get around 4-5 hours I’m good.