Not only am I back to this blog, I am back in homeland. Yup! I've now come full circle back home after four years away, and I feel introspective enough to write about it.
I lived my entire life in Sao Paulo, Brazil, before leaving to Canada in August 2011 following my High School graduation few months earlier. That's when I was off to what I had no idea would turn out to be a very, very variable future. Back then, the plan was to spend four or so years studying Music at university in Canada, and if you were to tell me that I was going to drop out a year later to attend Harris Institute's Music Business and Audio Engineering programs to then work on this industry's business as an artist manager, I would have been a bit surprised. I say "a bit" because, well, I would have been much more surprised if you told me I were to change industries completely, but still, I've always thought of myself as an artist first and foremost, and I never gave thought to working in its business as an administrator.
Artist management is pretty straightforward in theory - simply put, you consider the artist's interests, study the landscape to form a plan to achieve their goals, contact the people and make it happen. (Managers will cringe at this description, as it goes pretty beyond just this, lol)
Not to generalize, but, many artist managers like Art enough to be a part of it, but they aren't artists because... they aren't artists. That's the story of my mentor, Bob Roper, former A&R for Warner and manager of Supertramp, and it's what he'd repeatedly say.
But if you put an artist to do artist management, don't be surprised if you get what I did.
But to understand what I did, it's best to understand my past. This is gonna be one of those posts.