Josh started his career when he was 20 years old by starting a management company and booking agency for bands in the southeast out of his college dorm room. Two of the bands he worked with during that time ended up signing major record contracts. After that he became a tour manager and worked for Howie Day, Jump Little Children and Motion City Soundtrack, while also maintaining his own management company on the side. At the end of the Commit This To Memory record cycle for Motion City Soundtrack, Aware/A-Squared hired him to join their management team and I've been there for 5+ years.
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I just signed William a few weeks ago, he was represented by Crush for all The Academy Is... stuff. William has been a dream client so far. He's very focused, he knows what he wants, and he has a built in fan base and a vision to get way beyond what The Academy Is... accomplished. Right now he's self releasing these EPs on his own label YIKE Records, so that means a lot of extra hours for him and myself also operating his own label, but the rewards are great, and the response to new music has been amazing. Lots of big opportunities on the way. I'm very excited for the potential he has.
As far as biggest misrepresentations of a manager, people I think tend to think that managers just go to show to show and are out partying with bands all the time. It's the opposite. I go to a few shows on each tour, but most of my days are spent getting in at 9 AM, working until 7 or 8 PM and then going home and working more. I talk on the phone 10-12 hours a day and answer hundreds of emails. Being a manager is a lot less sexy than it's made out to be, but I get to do what I love and work with incredibly talented and hardworking people. So I'm very lucky to be in the position I am in and working with the people I get to work with.
My question is, how did you sign your first two clients, and what did you do with them until they got signed to major labels? What was it like managing bands from a college dorm room and then being in the front seat when they got huge attention and got signed to big contracts? Were you scared / nervous in the signing process?