What Does A Manager Need To Know? Chris Hufford – Courtyard Management/Radiohead

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What is the single most important aspect of the music industry an artist manager needs to understand?

Chris Hufford – Courtyard Management/Radiohead

He said, “Human beings.”

I replied: Do you mean that your artists are human beings? That the fans are human beings? That everyone in the industry is a human being who has egos and flaws and passions and frailties?

Then he said, “Exactly……..as is the manager…….& trying to understand/work with one’s own issues is equally important.  The potential for human/human interaction to fuck up cos of misunderstanding/miscommunication/jealousy/greed/laziness/over-striving/just even daft body language/etc/etc is always there!!!”

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