12 of Dce3's Frequently Asked Questions
1. What are all of the services that you provide?
• Complete artist management services
• Video/Music/Web-series Production services
• Consulting services
• Event Planning
2. What does an artist/band manager do? Why should an artist/band get one?
John Watson, John Watson Management (silverchair):
“A manager is a person who earns a living from helping artists build and maximize their musical careers." It sounds simple but it’s not. Nobody can do everything, and once an artist is occupied with the challenges of writing, recording, touring and promoting, it's extraordinarily difficult, if not impossible, to also look after the business side of things. Also, just as the best sportsmen can still benefit from a good coach, so too can almost every artist benefit from the additional perspective which a manager brings to their career. Furthermore, a good manager usually has experience and contacts which an artist doesn't have. These can help an artist develop career opportunities and avoid pitfalls. Managers wear lots of different hats in order to build and maximize the careers of their artists. They might need to be organizers, negotiators, motivators, counselors, editors, designers, manipulators, strategists, disciplinarians, peacemakers, ballbreakers, technicians, stylists, publicists, financiers and more. Sometimes they might even have to wear all of these different hats on the same day. Every manager combines all these different ‘hats’ in different combinations to create their own unique and complex style. As a result managers vary greatly depending on the unique needs of each artist.
3. Why do I need a contract for most things involving the music industry?
Liz Wright, Brett Oaten Solicitors:
Most record companies and publishers will offer a musician a contract if they wish to work with them. If you engage a manager, it is preferable to enter into a contract with the manager to set out the terms of your relationship. Many artists and bands also have contracts between the band members for this reason. It is advisable to have a contract for any agreements between parties in the music industry, so that the parties are aware of any upfront fees, royalties, their rights, and their obligations to the other party. A well-drafted contract may prevent unnecessary disputes between parties. For example, if you and your manager disagree on an issue about your music career and decide to part ways, your manager may feel that he or she is still entitled to receive a management commission for work the manager did for you while he or she was your manager. You may disagree. If you had a management contract that dealt with this issue, it is less likely that this dispute would arise.
4. What does a producer do? Why might I need one?
Tim Whitten (Producer, Powderfinger, Karma County):
Many producers work in vastly different ways and it depends what you want from a producer. A producer can expand your musical ideas by helping you to write your songs, helping to decide on a style, adding other parts, sounds,
textures, helping with your lyrics, choosing musicians, engineers, studios and working out budgets. On the other hand a producer could engineer (record) your music just as it is. The main role is that they help you put together all the elements to make a song "work". You need to be able to trust the person you are working with. You will be revealing your emotions, concepts and thoughts through your music and lyrics. Some producers may create a tense situation in order to force you to become more emotional and hope that this will be reflected in you performance. Others will work in the opposite way and create a safe atmosphere and make you as comfortable as possible. Or they will just be your friend and a mirror for your ideas. As the recording process progresses, you may become confused about a particular song or part. Is it good? Is the performance good? Is the sound right? Is it going to move people? It is often the case that this never becomes clear till it is all finished, (mixed and mastered). You may have many ideas for the song you are working on. A producer will help you sift though them and most likely add some of their own. In the end it comes down to whether you are happy with the track. The role of the producer is to help.
5. Do only manage music artists only in Georgia?
At Dce3, we currently manage artists from both NC and GA, therefore we are open to representing artists in various states. All of our inspiring artists MUST submit via email or mail, their individual press kits to our company for representation consideration.
6. What needs to be contained in an artist or band press kit?
• Artist/Band picture
• Samples of your music, original or cover (links to YouTube, Vimeo, or SoundCloud are fine)
• Cover song list (if applicable)
• Contact Information (website, email, home and cell phone)
7. What type of artists do we work with?
That determination is made by the quality of the act and the demand for that particular genre of music. However at Dce3, we work with artists of all types of music genres.
8. What information do you need to be able to quote a price for an event requiring a music artist or band?
There are many factors that can affect the over all cost. Some of those include:
- Number of Guests – The number of guests you anticipate on having determines the requirements for sound so that all your guests can enjoy the entertainment. Simply put, a room with 2oo people in it requires more equipment than a room with 50.
- Location of Event – We need to know the location of the event because some venues already provide sound. We also work with entertainment from all over and need to factor travel expenses into the quote.
- Time of Year – Some months or occasions are busier than others (i.e. New Years and wedding season) and can therefore affect pricing.
- Customized Services – At Dce3 we customize everything we do based on your needs and can supply much more than entertainment, such as full event management. For example, for weddings we also often supply music for the ceremony and cocktail hour, which don’t all require a full band or even an artist.
9. What are you event planning fees?
Fee’s vary on a case-by-case basis, depending upon location, date, number of attendees, and requirements needed for the event.
10. What sort of venues do you work with?
We work with mainly upscale nightclubs, corporate events, private parties and college events.
11. Do you solely plan and/or host events in Georgia?
Dce3 plan and host events all over the United States. Although cost may vary based upon location, no event is too far away for us to handle.