How Did You Manage That is a series which delves into the world of music management. Every episode Ally McCrae & Sophie Paluch will be sitting down to chat with a music manager about their career. They’ll be talking to managers of global superstars as well as those just starting out on their journey and discussing the highs, the lows and everything in-between.
How Did You Manage That is brought to you by The Music Managers Forum (MMF).
Season Two: New episodes every second Monday from August 2020.
Charlie Owen (Joy Crookes) Authenticity, awkward industry gigs and belief.
This episode we delve into the mind and motivations of manager called Charlie Owen. She looks after one of the UK’s breakout stars of the last 18 months, Brit Rising Star Award and, BBC Sound of 2020 nominated pop / Neo-Soul SENSATION Joy Crookes. Taking us through the ride that is Joy's career to date, the record deals, the media hype, and how together they are turning that into a growing fanbase and a lasting career. There's some excellent insights into how they work together, a great story about how an artist can survive one of those industry gigs (when nobody is paying attention), and a look into how prioritising authenticity on all parts of the project has led to Joy finding her best, confident self.
Thanks as always to the MMF for their support, and to you, for checking us out and subscribing.
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Adam Alpert (The Chainsmokers)
Manager of the Grammy-winning , highest paid DJ's in the world (according to Forbes), The Chainsmokers, CEO of Disruptor Management / Records and Selector Songs, their publishing arm, Adam Alpert has grown a bit of an empire alongside growing The Chainsmokers into one of the biggest pop acts in the planet. He talks us through how he got there (including a very rocky start when signing the original pair who made up the act) while he was successfully running bars and clubs in New York, how 2020 has been and what they collectively did to help out their pandemic-striken NYC. Adam talks about the pressures on developing acts and his newer acts like Lost Kings, Gashi, Vonic and Gia Woods, discusses how dance music itself is changing off the back of this year and talks us through how some of those monster Chainsmokers collaborations and features came about, including an excellent tale of persistence which lead to that Coldplay collab!
As well as that we have our regular new music tip from the office stereo of the brilliant Small Green Shoots startup in London, and (attempted new feature klaxon) Adam gives us his one track that he's worked on that he thinks SHOULD have been a hit, but didn't quite make it (I mean, relatively, he manages the bloody Chainsmokers after all).
Thanks as always to the Music Managers Forum, for supporting us in getting this podcast out, and to you, for listening, subscribing and / or getting in touch - which you can do @managethatpod on socials.
Ally & Sophie x
Danielle Livesey (Jack Savoretti & Gizmo Varillas)
Recorded in peak-lockdown during May 2020, co-founder of Push Music Management, (looking after Jack Savoretti, Gizmo Varillas and more) Danielle's was a ray of positivity and common sense discussing the challenges facing her acts and the industry this year. From the very start of lockdown, her biggest act Jack (with a huge Italian following) jumped into action, engaging and creating for his fans, some who were hurting the most, which inspired a lockdown release, and a host of online conversations.
We get an insight into her totally unique route into music management, the early days with Jack, and a really interesting chat about getting into management as someone who had already had a totally different career before hand, and the benefits of that experience vs the sometimes blind faith of a younger new manager.
Big thanks to Danielle for coming on back in May when we recorded, there are of course some conversations that have dated very quickly, but we wanted to leave those in, as this year is going to be one not forgotten in a hurry for anyone, so it felt right to capture those conversations as they were being had, as anyone in the industry knows, in live especially, it's changing daily.
We have another new music tip from our excellent charity partners on the podcast this week Small Green Shoots, thanks to Nicole for that, listen out for it half way through the episode.
If you enjoyed or had thoughts about this episode, hit us up on social media @managethatpod is the one, and Ally / Sophie will always hit you back!
If this is your first time, we've got a whole back catalogue of conversations with some of the best and brightest talents in music management to go back on, from our start in 2019.
Big thanks to the MMF (Music Managers Forum) who support us in the making and promotion of this podcast, for the good of the music management community.
Ben Mawson (Dua Lipa): Releasing a hit album at the start of a global pandemic.
We return! In the year that has already caused seismic changes to life, let alone the music industry, we (Sophie and Ally) are back with a new series of conversation with the best and the brightest music managers operating right now around the world. We start with a biggie - Ben Mawson, co-CEO of Tap Management, who look after Dua Lipa, Lana Del Ray and an impressive roster of global talent. Ben gives us the intel on Dua Lipa’s 2020 album campaign, one of the first big acts to release (a globally chart topping) album in a pandemic world, to great success, but with a lot of big decisions to be made. The former lawyer also tells the story of meeting Lana in New York, long before Video Games, and how they’ve grown together. So many insights, so many stories, it’s good to be back in your feed.
How Did You Manage That? Is a podcast made by Ally Mccrae and Sophie Paluch, in partnership with the Music Managers Forum, for the good of managers, musicians and aspiring industry pros of the future. https://themmf.net/
We also bring you a new feature this series thanks to an excellent music and media startup Small Green Shoots, who will be tipping us with a new act we should know about right now from their office stereo. Check them out at https://www.smallgreenshoots.co.uk/
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Stormzy, Nile Rodgers, Tom Grennan, Aitch, and a whole lot more... It's the Artist & Manager Awards 2019 Live Episode!
*Bonus Episode!* In our most star / management-star studded podcast yet, we bring you this episode from backstage at the Artist and Manager Awards 2019 (sponsored by Selina). We chat the winners of the night including the likes of Team Achievement winners Team Merky (Stormzy and Tobie), the Artist’s Artist award recipient Nile Rodgers, Entrepreneur of the Year Andy Varley, Breakthru Manager winner Sophie Bloggs and so much more. So sit back have a beer (Sophie def did) and enjoy some really special words of wisdom from the people behind the biggest names in music, given their night to shine.
The Artist and Manager Awards are co-hosted, co-organised by the MMF and the FAC (Featured Artists Coalition).
BONUS EP: Artist & Managers Awards - MMF Preview
Ahead of the glitzy London Artist & Managers Awards sponsored by Selina and hosted by the Music Managers Forum on November the 14th, we run through the nominees for this year and hear from some of last years winners. Ally is worried about his outfit.
Customer ReviewsSee All
Great For Managers Just Starting Out
This is a great way to share insight and experience with other managers who are just starting out. I’m in my third year of managing and finally wrapping my head around it (sort of). This was insightful and I really admire/look up to Jamie and his style/approach to management. Sometimes we only see the successes and the flex. We don’t see or hear about the tough parts or how hard it can be at times. I can’t wait for the next episode. Thanks for providing a space for us. Would you ever open it up to questions?
Content could be great
I was super excited to check this out as I think it’s a cool angle to hear from ... but unfortunately I couldn’t keep listening Bc the sound (levels and design) were so poor and erratic. Hopefully they can get that together and keep regular episodes going.