If you’ve been hanging around MP Co for a while, you know how important community is here. For us, but also for the artists we work with. If there’s one thing I believe is the crux of a lasting music career it’s the community you build around you.

That’s why I was SO excited to chat with today’s Indie Insights guest, and master of cultivating organic community himself, Tadgh Billy King.

Represented by The Agency, a prominent talent firm in Ireland, Tadgh Billy King shares tips for emerging artists seeking representation, looking to grow their fanbase, and wanting to explore collaborations with other artists.

Enjoy!

Thanks for taking the time to chat with me! I always love to talk to artists who have carved a unique path and by the sounds of it, you already have!

Let’s start with your ‘Platform’ residency series in Dublin. It’s super intriguing! It’s quite a diverse showcase covering various art forms like music, poetry, theatre, and stand-up comedy. What was the inspiration behind curating something like this?

The inspiration came from wanting to take performance and art out of a highly critical space. I thought that there wasn’t enough spaces where artists, at any point in their career, could just get up and try things in front of an audience and experiment without it being potentially detrimental to their career! 

What do you envision it bringing to both the artists involved and the audience?

PLATFORM is just a place where you can get up and try something you thought of last week or have been working on since last year. I want it to continue to become a place where I, and other performers, feel welcome to play around with their medium. I use it as a way to try out different arrangements of songs and instrumentations and I encourage the other artists to do the same. I think it brings a certain sense of freedom and community when everyone is experimenting and open to change. A place where people can just try things. 

I think community really is the cornerstone of the music industry and that if we could all come together a bit more, we might see real change. For artists who want to get more involved in their community but don’t know where to start or maybe something like this doesn’t exist, what advice would you give?

There’s always a place for you. There will be PLATFORMS or open mic nights or something like it in your city or town. You just gotta go out there and search around a little bit for it. Now, if there isn’t, then you have been given the opportunity to create something. Go to your local pub or bar or YMCA and explain your idea. More often than not they will want the foot traffic. Get your friends to perform something, perform yourself, and start creating a little scene. That’s literally what PLATFORM is.

I’m a big fan of collaborations as well and growing together. Are there any collaborations past, present, or (hopeful) future that you’d like to share or would love to happen?

Literally anyone. I love collaboration as I think it is essential to creating good art. Some Irish acts I would love to collaborate with are Fontaines D.C., Gilla Band, Just Mustard, and Yard. I’d also love to do something with Kojaque, he’s killing it and I’ve had Phantom of the Afters on repeat. Other musicians that I would love to collab with if I ever got the chance to would be, Dave Grohl, Thom Yorke, Jonny Greenwood and Trent Reznor. I think me and Billie Eilish could do something really cool together too.

Being represented by The Agency, one of Ireland’s leading talent firms, what advice would you give to emerging artists seeking representation?

Do your best to stay healthy, stay hungry and do the best work you can. Do the simple things, like get professional headshots and try and get yourself into as many plays and short films as you can. Email agents that you want to have represent you and say that you are here. Invite them to plays that you believe you are doing good work in and that will give them a strong idea of you as a performer. Send them work in the same vein, not just every little thing. Don’t send them too much stuff, don’t send too many emails. Be nice. Be grateful. And keep trying. Don’t ever give up. It is a tough business but you have to keep trying. 

What about navigating the music industry, particularly in terms of maintaining artistic integrity while pursuing success? 

Just try and be as true to yourself as you can. When something doesn’t feel right in your gut then listen to your gut and think about it. Do things on your time. Get advice from people you trust. But at the end of the day, make sure you feel good about the music and art you are putting out. If you don’t, people will see that. 

I always like to end these by asking what the biggest misconception you had about the industry when you started was, and what advice you would give to someone just starting out today?

I thought that everything moved quicker. I’ve realised that things take time, sometimes far more time than I thought initially, and that’s ok. There’s this feeling that once you’ve made the music then suddenly ts a race to get it out quickly so you can move on to the next task. That shouldnt be the case. You should give the right amount of time to build up the release strategy for the work that you’ve created. Respect your music by being strategic with it. Be a little strategic with everything you do. 

Is there anything else you would like to add?

In the pursuit of making great art do not forget that everything is subjective, and that the reason you started doing it in the first place is because it is fun.

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