AAM Member Profile - Leanne de Souza - Executive Member & Board Member

Your Name:


Leanne de Souza

Membership category:


State: QLD

Current artists on your management roster:

The MedicsThelma PlumLiam Gerner, and project management for The Painted Ladies collaboration.

Company Name (and website link):

Leanne de Souza http://www.leannedesouza.com.au

How did you get into management? 

I set up a booking agency in Brisbane in 1992, after a few years learning how things worked and a few big learning curves I fell in love with a demo tape I was sent in about 1996 and bowed out of booking scores of artists to focus on the career development of just one. I am bit of a serial monogamist with artists until the last couple of years. 

What do you see as the biggest challenge in 2015 for artist managers and/or their artists? 

Sustaining long term career development with any hope of achieving economic career stability beyond any current "cycle".  

What is your hot tip for getting started in artist management: 

Have a deep connection to the music, be intrinsically motivated and keep one eye on the long game. 

What is your hot tip for helping/sustaining your artist management business: 

Keep your own sanity, your own physical health and your own personal relationships - do not become an extension of your artist.  

Name 2 people within the music industry who have helped you get where you are:

John Woodruff told me once at workshop in Brisbane, when he was on the first wave of Savage Garden,  that there was no reason I couldn't be a music manager and to just get on with doing it - I did it.

The Queensland Music community - more than one person I know I cheated - but without the the peer support, the new players, the wisdom of the stayers , the fierce and fearless and the huge growth of BIGSOUND with Q Music I could never have worked in this business for 20 years from my home in Brisbane. 

What are you currently listening to?

Thelma Plum album demos, a killer track by Dark Fair "Listen Up" http://rd.io/x/QUZPZDdc6aKq/ and the new Daniel John's stuff I am loving so far. 

Executive MemberColin McAlpine