“Artists want to be artists,” says the founder of the renowned indie label Tommy Boy: “that’s a full-time job.”

“Every artist needs a team,” affirms Silverman. “If a manager has the means that a label has to execute, they don’t need a label. But I only know four or five managers in the world that can do that.”

Tommy Boy’s founder also discussed why he’s been coming to midem for 30 years. Because “you always find your fans” there; “and real music people, who are looking for music,” he says. “All the decision-makers are there“, be it Merlin, A2iM and many other indies, adds Silverman: “and the conferences have freaked me out in ways that I’ve gone back and changed my direction” at Tommy Boy.” Talk about game-changing!



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