By ERICA McQUEEN.

The NZ Music Month Summit was an information packed day of masterclasses and discussion groups. There were five sessions covering topics from record deals to streaming services to touring and royalties. It was great to see lots of young people at the event soaking up knowledge to help them succeed in the NZ music industry. The day was aimed at artists and managers but as a promoter I still picked up lots of tips I’ll use going forward. It was a great opportunity to learn from some of the best, with plenty of opportunity for questions. The free event sold out weeks ahead and it was an honour to participate in such a well-run and informative day.

While I was there I got to speak with Dave Munro from Brent Eccles Entertainment, and Kim Boshier Entertainment. You can check out my interviews with them below.

 

 

dave_munro_100616_twaDave Munro – Brent Eccles Entertainment

Brent Eccles Entertainment is a full service booking agency and Concert promoter.  Dave Munro runs all aspects of the agency on a day to day basis, and is responsible for all the acts on the Eccles roster.

Brent Eccles Entertainment also exclusively represents Frontier Touring Company in New Zealand.

 

As a kid, growing up who did you listen to?

Bon Jovi, Poison, GnR, Queen, Blondie, Talking Heads, Tears for Fears, INXS.

 

Did you do any tertiary study that has helped get you to where you are today?

No, I failed miserably at school. All my qualifications are based on experience and practical hands on application. That said, I often think about areas I could upskill in that would help me in my job, someday I may just find myself in the classroom/lecture hall again. So that said, stay in school and apply yourself.

 

What advice would you have for young people interested in working in concert promotion?

Just get out there and do it. It is an industry built on entrepreneurial spirit, so sitting back waiting for things to happen is the wrong approach.

 

In your role at Brent Eccles Entertainment, what does your typical day look like?

I go to work and guide myself through the day working out what I want to create, or I work on things already conceived. It’s made up of lists, budgets, phone calls, emails and meetings.  And then a show day rolls around and all the too-ing & fro-ing is made worth while

 

 

kim_boshier_100616_twaKim Boshier – Sony Music

Kim Boshier is the Managing Director of Sony Music New Zealand. She is the first woman to run a major label in New Zealand or Australia.  Kim started as an intern in the promotions team at Sony in 1996 and has just celebrated 20 years with the company.  She worked in promotions until the company merged with BMG in 2005 when she became head of marketing for the merged company.  She was appointed to her current position in early 2010.

In the last 6 years she has lead the company through a period of enormous change as the business transformed its model. Kim says that her proudest moments are working with New Zealand artists and helping build their careers and transform their lives.  She is focused on discovering new local talent and leading the company into a new period of growth for the recorded music industry.

 

What’s the highlight for you of being Sony’s Managing Director?

The most rewarding part of my job is finding and developing local artists and helping them to establish their careers. I also love to mentor and develop young staff to build their careers in the music industry.

 

What’s your experience been of being a woman in a director’s position? Have you faced any discrimination or barriers?

Personally I have never really experienced any discrimination as a woman in this position.  As for barriers I believe they are normally created by the individual, not others. I started many years ago as an intern and was appointed to this position at 36 years old and became the first woman to run a label in New Zealand. Our ANZ Chairman & CEO and Asia Regional President Denis Handlin made the decision to appoint me.  He had faith that I was the best person for the position and has been a great mentor and supporter.  I found the local industry, including leaders of the other labels and industry bodies incredibly welcoming.

 

What are you listening to at the moment?

LEMONADE! Yes, a lot of Beyonce in our office right now, but also new music from Tom Odell, Australian band Rufus, a great new singer songwriter called Parson James and the final mixes from the debut MAALA album. He’s a New Zealand artist that we signed a couple of years ago and his incredible debut album is out in July. I also listen to a lot of classic rock as my friends would know.

 

What advice would you give to a young person interested in working for a record label?

First and foremost, you have to have a genuine love of music. I would encourage them to learn about how the industry works and the importance of the record label in the music industry eco-system. Learn about the way the business has changed and adapted in recent years. Be prepared to work very hard and fall in love with an industry that will change your life.

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