23 Jul 2015
AAM Member Profile - Tim Price - General Member
Current artists on your management roster:
How did you get into management?
I saw a band play called Epidemic... Over in 2007 and I saw them play on a three night mini-tour each night. On the third night, I thought... I have to do something for or with this band. Perhaps I could try my hand at managing them...." and the rest is history.
What do you see as the biggest challenge in 2015 for artist managers and/or their artists?
The biggest challenge in 2015 for managers and artists is breaking through the pack. There is a LOT of great music out there that isn't quite breaking through to the audience it deserves. It will hopefully get there, but it's a pretty noisy environment.
What is your hot tip for getting started in artist management:
LOVE the band that you work with and be 100% behind and with them. You will need other ways of making money to survive and you will possibly need to work with a couple of bands as well. Be organised and on the front foot, ahead of the band's thought processes at all times. That said, don't be afraid of hard conversations, because they will come up. If you approach these conversations badly and not accept blame or point blame wrongly, then be prepared to lose your artist. Things are never as bad as you think (unless you done realllly messed up and stole money etc) and can usually be worked out.
What is your hot tip for helping/sustaining your artist management business:
My hot tip for this is learn as many skills as you can in the music industry. The more you can work in the industry and and be around the right people, you will widen your network and you will widen the number of people you can help and can help you. Sure, you can go and get a side job working at subway, but how does that help you and your artist - it simply lowers the hours that you can work on your artists' projects. If you can manage to get a good gig working in a venue or doing tour managing for festivals, or doing PR, go for it! I have worked in stacks of different capacities over the years. Big lesson I guess is to be adaptable and professional.
Name 2 people within the music industry who have helped you get where you are:
Two legends who have helped me get started in the music industry are Stephen Green and Brett Wood. They have always been supportive and have always listened to my problems when I have had them. I could go on all day with a list of people who have helped me over the years - QLD is really supportive and any artist manager you can think of that operates out of Queensland, you can bet has, if they haven't given me jobs or opportunities, have at least helped me out with great words of advice.