Episode 4 – Managers

Posted: January 6, 2012 in Uncategorized

Hey guys,

Here in Mallorca, working & thinking: What can I talk about next? And then I got an idea! Managers! Managers are another kind of breed. There are great managers, that really believe in the artist they represent, and they you have the scam artists that hide behind the name of “artist manager”.

Don’t fool yourself, to have a manager is cool, but you don’t need one until you are rolling, you have a project ready, like a record for instance. Other things you should know:

– Managers work on commission, you get payed, they get payed.
– A manager can take between a 15-25% of the revenue he provides (performances, collaborations, etc.). The more money they invest on the project, the more they are entitled to. You should have a contract that states what are the percentages he’s taking for everything.
– Managers work for you, you don’t work for them, if they don’t do their job properly, you can fire them!]
– You should trust your manager 100% & they should have complete transparency with you (backed up by contracts, in-voices of stuff, etc.)

This is all I can think about right now, I want to give a shout out to my manager in Spain, Fran Torres!! You da bomb!!

Super great news about this diary, but I still cannot reveal anything. However, today we’re gonna talk about money, the eternal enemy for indie artists, right? Well, let’s be real here, you NEED some kind of money to be an artist, especially an indie one 🙂 Even if everybody worked for you pro-bono, you will still need money for some things an indie artist needs. Here is my view on the subject!

PS: I didn’t record anything at the studio, because they had a little accident & they’re trying to fix it, sorry!

 

Second day, second episode!

This ain’t gonna be like this everyday, just so you know! I was just writing a song Lorena Ares, an amazing 12 y.o. singer (check her out at http://www.lorenaares.com/, mad pipes!), and I thought I could talk about songwriting. Here you have my view! Hope you enjoy it!

PS: BTW, don’t mind my hair… I was just up to my hair to repeat cuts, so I wasn’t gonna repeat it again because that hair was sticking out. LOL!

Hello guys:

I’m so excited for this new project of mine. While I am getting everything ready for my new album release, I thought this “Diary Of An Indie Artist” would be useful for other unsigned or indie artists as myself. I would like to keep on doing videos about different aspects of being an independent artist and how to deal with different things that I (and you) might find in the way. This is my introduction, please, don’t mind the accent and my slow pace, remember English is not my main language, so I have to think everything and translate it in my mind before it actually comes out!

Let me know what you think about this new project & don’t hesitate to start asking questions and sharing some of your indie artist tips!