Music Biz 101 & More is the only radio show in America that focuses on the business side of the music & entertainment worlds. Hosted by William Paterson University’s Dr. Stephen Marcone & Professor David Philp, the show airs each Wednesday at 8pm on WPSC-FM, Brave New Radio.
Music Biz 101 & More: The Podcast With Special Guest Personal Music Manager Harvey Leeds
In this episode, Harvey Leeds, personal manager for Southside Johnny and former exec at Columbia Records, talks about what a manager does, why artists need one, when they need one, and if contracts really matter. He brought along with him another manager, Adam Jordan, who gave some great insight into how he got hooked up with Harvey.
Student co-host Bobby Mahoney spoke well in the beginning about why he enrolled in the Popular Music Studies program at William Paterson University in scenic Wayne, New Jersey. He spoke a bit about his band, Bobby Mahoney & The Seventh Son, and Philp asked what happened to the other six sons.
This is a must-listen if you want to become an artist or manager or work for a record label in the music biz. We guarantee you’ll learn something or your money back.
At about ten minutes in, Leeds goes over his start in the biz.
At 15:54, Leeds explains how he jumped from Columbia to becoming a personal manager.
At 17:00, he explains how he began to find money for artists who claimed they weren’t earning anything. (“Because I knew every trick in the book from working at a label.”
At 18:10, Harvey talks a bit about his other artists.
At 18:50, Marcone asks about Leeds and alternative revenue streams. Leeds quotes George Carlin and describes the tactic as you need to have “stuff.”
At 19:30, we learn how fly swatters can make you money.
At 21:00, Leeds talks about how he and partner Adam Jordan got an unknown band from Nyack, NJ (Glint) an international tour.
At 22:00, Leeds talks about the major characteristics a personal manager today needs, including:
1. B*lls the size of King Kong
2. Don’t know the word No.
3. You walk through walls.
4. Think off the screen: What can I do that nobody else is doing because I believe in this music so much that I’m going to yell and scream until you hear me.
5. Root Canal
At 23:31, we learn how Root Canal is an ideal characteristic for somebody trying to break into the biz.
At 24:35, Leeds gives accolades to Dr. Marcone and his book, Managing Your Band.
At 26:00, Leeds talks about a band’s “It” factor that gets a manager’s interest.
At 28:30, we hear some music by a band Leeds manages called City of the Sun.
At 31:20, Harvey tells us a story about creativity and how “nobody” Adam Jordan got through to him using email.
At 33:08, Bobby Mahoney asks his question: What’s next in the music biz after EDM?
At 34:48, Leeds talks about how much social media influences his decisions as a manager.
At 40:50, a tweet from Sarah is read: What does an indie artist need to ask a personal manager before signing?
At 42:45, Leeds talks about breakups with artists and sunset clauses.
At 44:48, Leeds talks about the investment in dollars, blood, time and sweat a personal manager will put in for his artist.
At 45:20, contracts (or not) are discussed.
At 48:00, Christine asks via tweet how to find a manager. The answer? “They’re gonna find you.” Then Leeds talks more about questions artists should ask a potential manager.
At 49:00, Enki asks about the most important revenue streams a manager should look at.
At 50:00, Adam Jordan talks about how he was able to get synchronization deals for the band he represents, Glint.
At some point, the whole thing ended and we said, “Adios.” We say that now. Adios.