Radio Berkman 181: The Management (Rethinking Music VII)
In our last episode we talked about how artists can feel besieged from all sides. Fans, promoters, labels — when you're talented and famous everyone wants a piece of you.
Today's guest is one of the most important people in a musician's life. He's the guy that keeps the vultures at bay, and makes sure the artists can focus on their music. He is The Manager.
Michael McDonald is the founder of the boutique artist management company Mick Management, home to artists like John Mayer, Brett Dennen, and Ray LaMontagne.
One of Michael's most popular artists, John Mayer, has gone from a small-time musician with a street team to a multi-platinum artist with an amazing fan interaction on twitter. John Mayer later abandoned Twitter (and nearly 4 million followers) when he felt it was too limiting.
Michael talked with us about how artists experiment with promotion and social media (sometimes with mixed results), and how managers help deal with the demands placed on artists.