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Sunday, 28 October 2012

Interview with Amy Thomson

Hi Everyone!

So here's the interview with Amy Thomson! Who's the head of ATM artists!

When did you know you wanted to be a music manager? 

I knew I wanted to be a music manager when I had my daughter.  I was 24 and I wanted to make sure she was properly provided for and this was something I was able to do from home and only have to go to the city once or twice a week.  I had worked in music shows and events since I was 15 and I liked the idea of marketing someone's career and helping them grow.

Who do you manage?

I manage Swedish House Mafia and bands like Groove Armada and music producers like Christian Karlsson.  My clients tend to be performers in their own rights, members of bands AND write music for other people like Britney Spears etc

What is the best part about your job?

The best part of my job is watching people grow.  Your clients grow in how they handle their talent but also how they handle themselves….and watching them grow is the best part.  I've been with some of my clients for ten years and I have seen some amazing changes in that time

What's the easiest and hardest part about your job?

The worst part is being away so much.  I miss my daughter and our dog a lot…and I miss having routine sometimes…like having Sunday lunch every week with our friends…I find jet lag very difficult too

Who would you say is the coolest person or company you've worked with so far?

The coolest person I have worked with so far?  I don't know to be honest.  I actually hate that people define 'cool' and I have seen many people be so affected by what is cool they forget what they actually like for themselves.  I hate that.  Like what you like….and never judge anyone on what they like…you have no idea what their influences are.

Do you try to talk to fans as much as possible?

Yes I talk to fans all the time through my clients channels.  I spend a lot of time on it.  They're not fans..they're clients / customers and their opinion is everything.  But…you have to be careful not to do things just to please them, that’s an easy trap to fall in to.  Stay true to yourself, treat your fans with respect and all will be fine.

What do you expect in an artist that you would want to sign?

I expect an artist to be open to me.  To share ideas and get into a groove with me so we can be creative together.  I like honestly and hard work and good morals and principles.

Do you prefer to sign vocal artists or DJs?

I just like artists.  I like Djs who produce because you never know what we'll be working on less, but working with acts like Florence & The Machine in my earlier career was a complete highlight.  Vocalists can be so captivating

Do you enjoy travelling a lot?

I like travelling a lot.  A lot of my friends are in the same boat so I see them more often in miami or LA than I do in London , but like I said, I miss my family…there's no place like home.

Hope you all liked the interview and I hope that helped a bit for your future career if that's your dream! 


Monday, 15 October 2012

I Want To Be A Singer SO BADLY!

Hi Everyone,

I'm really sorry but I still don't have the interview ready to give yet, I sent Amy the questions yesterday, but she was getting on a plane to come back to England from Miami! So I will go through the questions with her and you will hopefully have the interview with the questions and answers for the next blog! My blog today is talking about how I seriously want to be a singer! I mean, there is NOTHING else I want to be! I go to a school where they would probably want me to have an academic job when I'm older, but nothing like that appeals to me! I tend to write songs now and then, but I haven't shared them with anyone really. But recently I've been writing a song in my piano lessons, and I'm trying to perfect it going through my favourite songs and trying to make my song one that I think I would buy for my iPod. So I like to think that my progress is increasing! I like to think that my future is set, because my dad is a DJ, so he could help me with making my music, and my mum works for the music industry so maybe she could help me become known! One of the reasons I would like to be a singer is because I love to sing (I guess that expected!), and sometimes I go to gigs, and sometimes I've been backstage to see them perform, and when I do see them from back stage, I don't really watch the musical artist, I watch the crowd. I see them jumping higher than the sky and screaming their heads off having a great time, and when the music artist has finished their gig and says goodbye, the cheer that the crowd gives is unbelievable, and I can't even imagine how happy the artist must feel. That's why I want to be a singer.

If you have the same ambition as me please comment!  Check out the next blog for the interview with Amy Thomson!  Bye!

Monday, 8 October 2012

Inspiring Artist Number 2!

Hi everyone,

Sorry I haven't got the interview together yet, it will be coming soon! So for now, I'm putting up an inspiring artist! This time, it's Ed Sheeran, I'm sure you've heard of him before, I think everyone has! His first song that he put out, was The A Team, which has become really famous! It's quite a calm song and one of those songs that at a concert you'll be slowly swaying your arms in the air with a massive smile on your face with your friends belting out the song with him while he's performing! My personal favourite that he's done is called You Need Me, I Don't need You, this is quite opposite to The A Team because it's quite fast and more of a song that gives you the urge to move around a bit, maybe in the kitchen, garden, or maybe just in your room by yourself so you don't get embarrassed! And then there's the song Lego House, which is a calm song like The A Team. In the music video, Rupert Grint is acting like he's Ed Sheeran, But turns out in the end to be a massive fan of him! Here's the video so you can check it out!

So I'll have the interview up soon! But this is what I've got for now!

Monday, 1 October 2012

The Interview To Come!

Ok so,

The next interview I have will be with Amy Thomson, who's a music manager and is head of ATM artists, she manages a band called Miike Snow, Swedish House Mafia and more. I'l be asking her questions like what she expects in a music producer or singer! So, if you want any tips then check it out!

Look at my blog later on this week or the beginning of next week to see the interview!