I will soon be sharing the story of our manager team. So, this narrative is a bit premature but still an integral part of it. To make our manager team complete, it needs artists. A manager can’t really be a manager without artists. This perspective of the story is at least important and greatly influences what we do. In the upcoming article, I will explain how the artists will be selected to join and why. Let’s go back in time a bit – to the origins of this story. In addition, the intention is to demonstrate a few ideals of the music business: naturalness, effortlessness, and meaningfulness.
I personally took a break from artist management between 2013 and 2016. During that time, I stepped away from the entire music business scene and focused on preparations for the future – writing, giving lectures, and engaging in other industry-related tasks. The industry was, to say the least, undergoing a transformative phase at that time. When I talk about naturalness, I mean this. This perspective often gets less attention amidst all the hustle and bustle. In any case, the era of streaming was on the rise, and for me, it brought forth entirely new possibilities. It removed a few troublesome gatekeepers. I quickly realized that the artist’s perspective would soon become more prevalent.
Then I heard about Annika Nord. A friend of mine recommended to get to know her. When I found out that she had done her thesis on my book, I gained a new perspective on management. That was perhaps the moment when I got the idea of modern co-management between the artist and the manager. Being an indie artist might even be beneficial in the future. I had to meet her.
She was performing covers at that time, but she expressed her desire to write her own songs. We started meeting regularly, and Annika introduced me to her lyrics. And there it began again, gradually – artist management. However, this time with a modern perspective.
Around the same time, I published my first international music business management book. It brought me into broader awareness, which naturally reached the artists as well. This encouraged them to reach out more boldly, and I must admit – it was quite easy to find those with whom collaboration would naturally and seamlessly align. Annika has been followed by a few artists, most of whom are part of our patrol. We all share a similar perspective on management and how it is conducted between the artist and the manager.
I want to highlight them more prominently, which is why we will continue this article in the next chapter.