What Does a Booking Agent Do? ft Dave Shapiro (Sound Talent Group)

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This week we have the legendary Dave Shapiro on the podcast! Dave is most well known for his relentless work ethic as a booking agent that has led to the success of countless bands. When it comes to being a booking agent – Dave is one of the best to learn from. After climbing his way to the top at The Agency Group – Dave started his own company called Sound Talent Group based out of his San Diego airport hangar. Fast forward a few years and he is running stronger than ever. His agency represents a variety of different bands and books their tours. In addition to this Dave also owns Velocity Records. Hope you guys have a blast listening to this one!

In this episode of the Don’t Shit On The Bus podcast we will learn:

• What a booking agent does
• How Dave went from selling merch at a mall kiosk to booking several successful bands
• What the differences are between a promoter and a booking agent
• How a booking agent sets up and routes the tour

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(00:00) Intro
(02:14) Patreon
(02:45) Dave gets on the bus
(04:52) What does a booking agent do
(06:12) How Dave got his start in the music industry
(13:05) What it takes to be a booking agent
(15:21) Working with people you like
(17:22) When does an artist need a booking agent
(19:06) Who does the booking agent work with
(21:33) Being able to multitask
(26:30) The different aspects of being a booking agent
(29:44) How a tour is set up and routed​​
(37:48) Sound Talent Group
(39:14) Putting out fires the day of a show
(41:18) Velocity Records
(43:51) Shower Shoes
(44:21) Wrap up notes



Dave Shapiro – Guest

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► Sound Talent Group: https://www.soundtalentgroup.com
► Velocity Records: https://velocityrecords.com



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Adam Elmakias – Host

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Edited & Produced by Connor Gaskey