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Adventures in Artist Management

Adventures in Artist Management


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Adventures in Artist Management






Tim Husom

Tim Husom - Redbird Music In this episode, we shift gears a bit and explore the world of film/TV composers with my friend Tim Husom, who’s Redbird Music represents some of today’s top composers, including Dustin O'Halloran, Colin Stetson and the estate of Johann Johansson, to name a few. We discuss how his early days managing indie rock and electronic bands, married with the economic downturn of 2008, inspired him to lean into film and TV opportunities for his artists, which lead to his...


Tom Osborn

Tom Osborn - Easy Eye Sound In this episode, I share a spirited conversation with my friend Tom Osborn, the GM of Easy Eye Sound, a record label founded by Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys.We chat about Tom’s history in marketing at several labels, including his time at Artist Direct, one of the first label services focused companies, on through stints at Anti-, New West and how he found his way to Easy Eye Sound, which ties together his philosophy and viewpoint of how artists can both carve...



Lazerbeak For our first episode of 2021, I’m excited to share a lively and inspiring conversation with Lazerbeak, member of the hip-hop collective Doomtree, GM and manager of Doomtree, Heart Bones, solo artist and musical collaborator and producer of Dessa, among others. Beak wears a lot of hats, and juggles them all in fine form. We chat about that juggling act, switching between his artistic endeavors while balancing business. We also discuss his early years in an indie rock band, his...


Lightning Round Questions

Lightning Round Questions To round out 2020, we thought it would be fun to compile a collection of our “Lightning Round Questions'' which we first introduced at the top of this season. Think of it as a list of some of our “Favorite Things”. We hope you enjoy revisiting these with us and thanks, as always, for listening in! To give you further context, here's a list of our "Lightning Round" Questions: What's the first album you ever bought? What's the first concert you attended? What's the...


John Strohm

John Strohm President of Rounder Records Today we continue our series on “Pivots”, breaking our long tradition of speaking only to artist managers by inviting in an outsider, the President of Rounder Records, John Strohm. While never “officially” an artist manager himself, he’s had the opportunity to work with a wide range of amazing talent throughout his various roles within the music industry, first as an artist and musician himself, as a member of Blake Babies and The Lemonheads, then as...


Joel Mark

Joel Mark - YMU Group Today we continue our series on “Pivots”, but for this episode, we’ll be speaking with someone who shifted out of his role in A&R and into artist management. Joel Mark, a partner in YMU Group, now manages The Faint, Soul Asylum, Liz Phair and the John Coltrane Estate, among others, but before that, he signed artists as diverse as Creed and Sigur Rós. In our chat, we touch on how diversity inspires ideas, and how chance detours often lead to new opportunities. Thanks for...


Caren Kelleher

Caren Kelleher - Gold Rush Vinyl Today we continue our series on “Pivots”, chatting with managers how have, at one point or another in their career, veered into or out of artist management, and how their experiences as an artist manager speaks into the work they’re doing now. When I was brainstorming on a new series topic, my guest today, Caren Kelleher, was towards the top of my list of folks I wanted to chat with, as she’s reinvented herself a few times in her career, and, as our...


Michael Corcoran

Michael Corcoran - mtheory Today marks a new chapter, or rather, season, of Tough Love. We’re moving beyond our first season theme of “Origin Stories” and embarking on a theme, “Pivots”. To kick this off, I invited my old friend and former colleague from Nettwerk Management, Michael Corcoran , to join me. Michael is now at mtheory, an “artist management services” company of sorts, that amplifies and assists artist managers in marketing and developing their artists. He started his career out...


Chris Moon

Chris Moon For the close of our first season, centered around our them of "Origin Stories", we flip the script as I take the interview seat, with our newest member of the Tough Love family, Greg Dobiahl, taking over and slinging the questions my way. Greg did a fantastic job, and let's just say I like it on the other side of the table, but it's our hopes that this episode helps give some insights into my experiences as a manager and as a reference point of sorts from which I come from in the...


Mark Cunningham

Mark Cunningham Red Light Management Today we speak with Mark Cunningham from Red Light Management. I got to know Mark when he was a Aware Records/A-Squared Management early in our careers, and worked closely with him while at NoiseTrade supporting Brandi Carlile earlier in her career. We chat about his time at Aware, how he became a manager, and how much we both miss live music during the pandemic. I find Mark to be one of the most passionate and articulate managers I’ve had the pleasure to...


Christian Roreau

Christian Roreau - Thirty Tigers Management Today we speak with Christian Roreau, artist manager at Thirty Tigers, one of the leading independent distribution and management companies. Christian started out as a journalism major at NYU, spent some time fronting a band before settling down in Nashville and landing at Thirty Tigers. Like so many others, artist management wasn’t a career path of choice as much as an opportunity that presented itself. His time nurturing the careers of artists as...


Hannah Houser

Hannah Houser - Meru Management I was thrilled when Hannah reached out and offered to come aboard and join me for this latest episode. Even though we taped this prior to the Coronavirus pandemic, a big portion of our conversation centered around working from home, which is timely for most of us now. We also chatted about where we find inspiration and how we anchor our work in an effective manner, all of which is timeless advice. I hope you enjoy our chat and thanks for listening! To learn...


Ben Weber

Ben Weber - Pressure Management In this episode, I'm thrilled to have my dear friend Ben Weber on for a chat. We've been friends for over 20 years now, but I learned a lot about Ben's background working for a variety of labels prior to carving out his career as an artist manager. Currently working with Nada Surf and Jesse Terry, we also discuss the challenges of reinventing new ways to engage with (and find) new fans when audiences attention spans are razor thin.


Erin Anderson

Erin Anderson Olivia Artist Management I really loved my chat with Erin Anderson. I've had the pleasure of working with several of her artists over the years at Olivia Management, and I've always been impressed with her taste and work ethic. One of the things I love about doing this podcast is that it gives me the opportunity to really dig in and get to know artist managers I admire on a deeper level. In our conversation, we discuss the trails and tribulations of not only becoming an artist...


Hugo Vereker

Hugo Vereker In this episode, I chat with an old, dear friend of mine, Hugo Vereker. Hugo's been managing artists since the late 70s, having had early experiences with the likes of Michael Jackson, among others. He's an artist himself first and foremost, and as such, one of the most energetic and creative managers I know. I hope you enjoy our spirited conversation as much as we did. Sometimes being a manager means wearing many hats, and I can honestly say, Hugo wears all of the well.


Joanne Setterington

Joanne Setterington - Indoor Recess Management In this episode, I chat with Joanne Setterington, founder of Indoor Recess Management, and manager for The Strumbellas. Starting out her career as a publicist in Canada, Joanne (like so many of us do) found herself drawn into management by accident. Her history as a publicist serves as a great backdrop to her approach and style as an artist manager. Listen in as we discuss her unique history and grounded outlook on what it means to be an artist...


Edward O’Day

Edward O'Day Project Daybreak In our first episode, I chat with an old friend of mine, Edward O'Day. Edward, along with his partner Brad Talley, founded Project Daybreak to support a certain type of artist. We dive deeper into what defines the artists they work with, how the music of Edward's youth helped shape that perspective, and how, even with a clear view, the landscape of artist management can be hard to see from afar. I hope you enjoy our discussion, and you can find out more about...


Welcome to Tough Love

Welcome to Tough Love: Adventures in Artist Management Being an artist manager often requires a lot of tough love. That's why I'm calling this deep dive into artist management Tough Love: Adventures in Artist Management. Enjoy this teaser episode which lays out the approach I'll be taking with this initial season. And look for our first episode to land soon. Thanks for listening!