music community + me.

what would you tell you?

Something I’ve been asking any folks I meet in the music industry is “What would you tell yourself 15/10/5 years from what you know now?” Experience teaches a lot. I would have plenty to say to myself 5 or 10 years ago about a lot in life. I figure one of the greatest things I can do towards the beginning of this is to listen to the people around me - listen to their experience, listen to their struggles, listen to their successes and learn from them. This is not to replace the blood, sweat and tears of experience, but only to enhance what will be our journey at Magnolia Red. So, I thought I’d share the two jewels of information given to me by two incredible managers.

Last week, I was speaking to someone who has been in artist management for the past 15 years. He has a wealth of experience, knowledge and was an overall great guy. (Even after I mistook him as one of my colleagues on the phone and sassed off to him, like we do here of course. Thankfully he didn’t just hang up…oops.) His name is Brian & he manages Matthew Mayfield. He’s had quite the journey in his career and so when I asked the above question to him, he chuckled a little bit and said, “The internet is coming. That’s what I’d tell myself back then.” This cracked me up, but really made me think through a lot. 15 years ago, the internet was just on the horizon. And now, it has overtaken the whole music industry. What will things be like in 15 years from now? Will I have open eyes to see what I need to see? I don’t want to write anything off as a possibility when it comes to the music world. We’ve all seen how it changes. These were good thoughts.

A few weeks ago, I had an amazing opportunity to talk to Greg Laswell’s manager, Nicole.  I was so excited to connect with her because what she is doing and how they work together is something I admire.  Plus, I’m a huge fan (he’s my favorite artist & songwriter) - and I was more excited to talk to her than I would be to talk to him.  Or, maybe equally excited, but still.  She’s extremely funny and down to earth - and what she said to me was important.  It was something that extended beyond practical knowledge, but hit on life as a whole.  She said she would remind herself to take time for herself.  It can become easy to be wrapped up in the movement of it all.  She was wise to know that and to pass that along.  I’m an enthusiastic person, and I jump head first into most things.  It was good to hear from someone I respect so much to slow down and be aware of my value in the midst of it all.

So, there you go.  Hopefully in 5 or 10 years from now, I’ll be able to share some of my funny stories and words of wisdom to some overly enthusiastic person stepping into music business.

I’ve included links to the following two videos - “Better" by Matthew Mayfield which is hauntingly beautiful and Greg Laswell’s "Take Everything" that is extremely creative.  Go buy their stuff and love it.  It’s good.

  • 1 June 2010