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Inside The Mind of a Rock Star Manager

Have you ever wondered how to get a manager for your music career?

There’s a saying in the music business…artists don’t find their managers, great managers find their artists.

Many artists want to take their careers to the next level but are going about it the wrong way. Some of the mistakes they are making aren’t just setting them back, they are detrimental to their reputation and success in the industry.

VP of Zedd Records Angelo Dodaro spoke with rock star manager BLASKO to figure out what it takes to impress and attract the right manager plus all the stepping stones along the way. This is an episode you don’t want to miss.

Here’s a few of the topics covered in this episode:

  • What you need to do BEFORE a real manager wants to take you on
  • The truth behind overnight success stories in the music biz
  • How to build value as an artist and attract managers & record labels
  • The consequences of hiring a manager that isn’t up to the job
  • And much more!

*Photo of Blasko in header graphic taken by Dustin Jack of Dustin Jack Photography

image1About Rob “BLASKO” Nicholson

When one thinks about the hierarchy that exists in the music business, there’s a long way to go between local band and the big leagues but then there’s a whole other category that exists above that, exclusively reserved for legends of their particular era. Elvis, The Beatles, Black Sabbath, Queen, Madonna and Metallica are a few names that come to mind when considering some of the giants that changed and shaped music as we know it today.

Rob “BLASKO” Nicholson is the bass player for Ozzy Osbourne’s band, formerly with Rob Zombie, and rock star manager to some of metal’s biggest acts including Black Label Society, Black Veil Brides, Zakk Wylde and more. Being a part of Ozzy’s band has brought BLASKO to the world’s largest stages to play for millions of people and he’s been using his knowledge and connections in the industry to help legends of the future build their careers with his management company, Mercenary Management.

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4 thoughts on “Inside The Mind of a Rock Star Manager

  1. Thank you Zed Records and Blasko
    Your entire Podcast has been very insightful and encouraging. It honestly left me with having no questions but complete direction clarifying the misconceptions and dogma around these topics. I just sent my mom a text message that she is now fired…. was that harsh or wrong to do by text ;). Just kidding I don’t have a momanger but that part cracked me up and understand the truth there.

    I’m going to revisit this podcast again all of it stuck out to me… “when one thing starts to working put all attention there and work with that”, take your career in your own hands not waiting for someone to magically make you an overnight star. There is to much I, I, I, what can you do for ME when artists need to make it worth the persons time and energy. “It’s not a hit song until it’s successful”. I can total see where people in the business get tired of this approach from 100 000 thousands daily and why it will never work. I Love how he explained the end game, building it organically, gaining stats and value, you need leverage unless you like to be bent over!

    I don’t think the stepping stones could be explained anymore clear then this..Thanks again for sharing and keeping me in mind now I’m back off to work I have lots to accomplish yet. Nothing good comes easy or without hard work
    Johnny Slack

    • That’s exactly the comment I would expect to hear from an artist that’s got a solid head on their shoulders and their shit together!! Good on you, Johnny. You’re going to go FAR with that attitude!

  2. This podcast was insightful and honest. It gave me a lot to think about in new strategies and things I need to do more of. It’s funny how sometimes obvious things need to be said.

    • It’s so true…it tends to be the most obvious things that hold us back. It’s our human instinct to over complicate everything!

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