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Does anyone else here find them a bloody pain!?
Particularly Coda. I try and avoid them at all costs.
i quite like them.
They insisted we put their logo on our flyers. I said I would but never did. They were also very rude when I enquired about booking a certain band. Said band were not worth £2,000...
Because there's no point. But the point was that Coda can be way too pricey and very unhelpful.
but liked some.
Now, as a manager, I only pass my bands on to the agents who were nice to me!
then give them to the nasty agents.
a RAP METAL one
have much to do with their bookings now? or just advise..
Mostly in that some of them seem to either take ages to reply or simply never reply to emails (even when they contacted you first asking you to put their band on and they've got no way of knowing what you're prepared to pay etc.!)
It strikes me that, if nothing else, a live agent should at least competent and professional at getting back to you...
From a band perspective, though, we got our first offer of our gig from an agent this week and I rather liked the efficiency of it, and the fact they offered us money which doesn't usually seem to happen!
when you take time to fill out their forms, who you want to book and when, when you need to know by...they sound really keen, then that's the last your hear from them. This is why I'd always like to be in control of booking my band's gigs.
It's a damned effort though and I need better contacts.
But certain ages seem to reflect badly on the bands they represent.
It's my day of the typos.
when you approach them and if your lucky they get back to you (eventually) but there is 1 band in particular who I won't name ive been trying to book for the last 6 months!
The band even told me what sort of fee they would require which we could afford to do but the agent hardly replies and when he does its too late and I've had to book someone. I get the impression from some that they think if they dont reply it doesnt matter or perhaps some have the arrogrance to think the gig wont go ahead without their band - wrong!
Its just our rep is growing and we're now in a position to book up and coming bands who do have agents but they've got get back us and allow us to book the band. The real frustrating thing is that the bands; I approach I know I can pull in a great audience and that they will be well looked after but we need an agent to be organised enough and to be able to give us a chance to proof it.
For a few months now. There's one band I really want to book again, and I know they want to do it, but getting their agent to actually do something is somewhat of a nightmare. So twice now I've very nearly booked them, only to be let down by the agent. It's situations like these that make me want to repeatedly smash my head against a brick wall, like I used to when I was 3.
Everytime it's such a hassle.
There's even a solo guy who I really wanted to put on who I won't name who seemed to really want to play but it was just impossible to square with his agent.
Elastic Artists (The Twilight Sad)
Coda (The Enemy)
If any of the parasites I've dealt with post on here and wish to answer the charges in public feel free...I'm game.
although one i emailled yesterday said "i like your name btw. it's pretty cool and unusual" (!)
so i'm making him my new best friend.
are pretty ace for getting back quickly as long as they know they're dealing with people who know what they're doing
CAA are the most helpful I've dealt with
Primary are a bit of a pain for replying as are 13artists
i've found Coda to be indifferent and Primary more pro-active.
I suppose its just like a job agency in that fact that people will normally say 1 is good if they found them work etc. However someone else will say the same agency was rubbish.
Fingers crossed at some point we will get it sorted with an agent.
Puschen are the best though. Most of them are alright, just doing their job. The end.
top my shitlist at the moment in no particular order. Next time I'm in London folks, next time I'm in London...
That's why it's posted under my username.
If anyone else shares or disagrees with that opinion based on facts I'm sure they'll post under theirs.
It is not meant to be a DiS collective opinion.
That's why it is under my name!
regarding other bands (Glasvegas never had an agent when we booked them).
Mark Lewis at Elastic is also very lovely.
that's my opinion under my own username.
rendered our contract worthless by offering our show to another promoter who could beat our fee quite considerably.
Asking for silly money for near-unknown bands most of the time - speaking to bands directly FTW!
then touting the artists out to bigger promoters after using your initial fee/contract as a leaver to get a higher offer from them.
While the Booking Agent is talking about how nice another Booking Agent is, chime in that you spoke to Nice Booking Agent too recently and that "it was really good to speak to a NICE booking agent for a change!"
When the agent you are speaking to thinks about what you've said and goes "Oi!", you then say, "oops, no, sorry, I meant a nice agent at one of the BIG agencies!"
The agent you are speaking to will then think about this for a second and then get offended a second time.
Get your coat.
point me in the right direction with regards to certain booking agents with GOOD bands on their roster please?
As im starting to put on gigs and would like to know who to talk to if ever bands wanted to play in the UK.
Im hopefully putting on bands like, Enon, Part Chimp, that kinda thing...
every single last one of them.In fact i'd give each one a hug if I could...
* AIDS WOLF
* BLOOD AND TIME
* BOHREN UND DER CLUB OF GORE
* Don Caballero
* HARVEY MILK
* HIGH ON FIRE
* LAIR OF THE MINOTAUR
* MISSION OF BURMA
* OREN AMBARCHI
* PISSED JEANS
* RED SPAROWES
* RUSSIAN CIRCLES
* Sleeping States
* Strings of Consciousness
* SUNN 0)))
* These Arms Are Snakes
* YOUNG WIDOWS
* ZENI GEVA
they always nswer emails from their artists as a priority.
o if the artist has told you that they're interested, let them know that the agent isn't getting back to you, and the artist will "kick some butt"
unless of course they were lying to you. bands get agents to avoid having to turn down gigs themselves
for the heads up.