Industry Interview: T

I recently sat down in a Q/A session with “T”, who has over 20 years of music industry experience working numerous jobs including field marketing, sales, ad systems, and booking. “T” takes us on a walk through her career, how she got started, and some insights into the current state of the industry…

How did you get your start in the industry:  The intern for the Dallas office of RED/Sony stopped showing so I volunteered. I was a manager at Blockbuster Music and the RED Rep was a friend. A couple days later the field marketing rep for RED said she was quitting and I got the job.  Totally right place right time and I had a great 20 year run at RED/Sony during which I wore many hats (often at once): Field Marketing, Sales, Catalog Manager, Intern Wrangler, New Release Book Coordinator and Ad System Coordinator, just to name a few.
What is your opinion of the Dallas music scene:  Dallas has always had a great scene. Some years have been better than others but right now there are several great bands and Ft Worth is really popping these days. DFW is not lacking for good local bands, people just need to get out and enjoy them. Far too many bands have left for the coasts because building a strong fan base here has gotten harder. With social media you would never think that but when I moved to Dallas in ’92 I hit bars just to see what bands sounded like. Now people check out a clip online and make a decision and many times those clips just don’t represent them accurately. We just need to keep supporting local music.
What has it been like going from the distribution/promotional side of things to booking:  There were many things that translated well. I worked many, many bands in the 20 years I was at RED. All genres, all sizes, all types. That has been helpful when looking for bands to book. Looking at tickets sales is a lot like looking at what their cd/LP sales would be when we were setting up a new release. I love that every day is a new day. New bands, new shows, new excitement.
Favorite live show you’ve ever seen:  Hard to answer so here are a few.
Pearl Jam – every time from the first show in 1993 (at SMU) to the latest show in 2014 (in Austin) (will add all Eddie Vedder solo shows in this statement as well)
Temple of the Dog – made me cry both nights at PJ20 and again both nights last year.
Rage Against the Machine – saw them 4 times and each one was killer.
Slipknot – at Deep Ellum Live,  They didn’t even headline.  We were gearing up to put out their first album and saw them open the side stage at Ozzfest but the show at Deep Ellum Live was when I knew they were going to be big!  Always a great show.
Fugees/Goodie Mob  – at The (original) Bomb Factory
White Zombie opening for Pantera at Starplex
Insane Clown Posse w/Humble Gods – at Trees on the Riddlebox Tour – there were maybe 50 of us there and the place was coated in Orange Faygo it was a blast….possibly the only show Humble Gods played in Dallas and they were great.
My Morning Jacket – I helped put together their instore performance at EarXtacy in Louisville on street date for Evil Urges and it was AWESOME…. They also blew me away on that tour at South Side.
Craziest thing you’ve experienced in your time as a music industry person:
I plead the fifth.
Name a few current ‘can’t miss’ live shows:
If they play Dallas you should go:
Childish Gambino (while you still can)
Run the Jewels
Everyone needs to catch Dalton Domino at Sundown….he just played Billy Bob’s and this is a chance to see him in an intimate setting.
Tell us 3 bands that we need to be keeping our eyes on for the rest of 2017:
Jackie Venson
Tash Sultana