Erin Haley is an Alberta born singer/songwriter who sings primarily country music. Her love for other music such as classic rock and blues can also be found in her writing and song choices.
Erin is no longer a new artist, as she has been ingrained in the Canadian Country industry for many years. She is currently working on a third album. The first two albums had multiple singles that were released to country radio across Canada. Erin has played many venues mainly throughout Western Canada and has opened for the likes of Aaron Pritchett, Gord Bamford, Adam Gregory, Chris Cummings, April Wine, Loverboy, and Chilliwack. Erin has been working very hard co-writing every song on her next album which is being recorded with Jason Barry this summer. Look for new radio singles in the near future!
Visit Erin online at: http://www.erinhaley.com
Recently I was invited to give some advice for independent artists and my first thought was - there is so much to be given! If I could help it, I would never want to see a new artist, or any artist for that matter, make some of the mistakes that I have made in my music career.
The hardest lesson I have learned? NEVER pay someone a monthly fee for "management" services. Unless you get what has been promised to you in a contract to fall back on if those events don't occur, you could be paying for empty promises and have no evidence of it.
A manager's role is to bring opportunities to you and, in most cases will take a percentage, not a monthly fee. A good rule of thumb is, you don't need a manager until you get to a point where you can't manage yourself. Even a booking agency should not be paid on a monthly basis even if they are making you money.
Pay them a percentage of the gigs they book for you as an incentive to book more gigs. No one should be paid for any services unless you are getting the results you require or are paying for specific items such as radio tracking, promotions, recording, etc.
Unfortunately, it can also ruin your reputation as an artist when your management or team's poor reputation precedes you. When they have a bad reputation, it makes venues, musicians, and anyone else they come in contact with not want to work with the artists they represent.
They work for you!
I hope this advice keeps even one person from making my mistake. Remember - if it feels wrong or too good to be true, it probably is!! And always get everything in writing!