When I first started at Full Sail University in December of 2015, the first course I was assigned to assist was Artist Management with Alex Knight. Interesting fact, the person that referred me to Full Sail University, Ana Reina, used to teach this course prior to Alex taking over. After I left Live Nation in the Fall of 2014, my goal was to get full time into artist management. As I mentioned in the show notes for episode 2 with Christine Cameron, I’m blown away by home much I’ve already learned at Full Sail. Alex really opened my mind to some things I actually haven’t thought about yet when it comes to artist management. He has a really great perspective on things that go into the journey of managing an artist.
Alex Knight is a singer/songwriter/guitarist with over a decade of experience in various aspects of the music industry. He began booking shows at the age of 16 in Alabama. Playing in multiple bands in the area, he later on went on to play with a band called The Arrival who was named one of the top independent acts in the U.S. by PureVolume, after which they landed booking representation from The Agency Group (now United Talent Agency) and management representation with The Artery Foundation. The Arrival toured nationally for multiple years and showcased at South By Southwest and recorded an EP with Zack Odom and Kenneth Mount of ZK Productions (Cartel, Mayday Parade). Alex Knight is a course director at Full Sail University for the Artist Management Course. I sat in his class for a few months, and Alex is extremely passionate about teaching and giving back to the students. In his course shares a lot of great insight in what really goes on in the music business and what life on the road is like.
Alex’s big venture right now is acting as writer, producer, and co-star of a comedic web series called The Lost Weekend, which is based on his band’s experiences as independent musicians and features some former members of The Arrival, and for which his currently writing a pilot episode to be pitched for television. Alex is extremely supportive of all those around him, and empowers others to succeed. He’s a selfless and very kind human being, and it’s an absolute pleasure to have had the opportunity to sit down with him and present this interview to you, the Making It Nation. This one is a long one, but it’s a goodie. I hope you enjoy this interview with Alex Knight.
“Collaborate with people.”
“My favorite part about teaching is watching the switches flip on in someone’s head.”
“Stop talking, start doing.”
Links to Things Mentioned
The Lost Weekend https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4H9mgCDDW8ggks8iBE74Tw
Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment http://www.lowemill.net
Marc Maron Podcast http://www.wtfpod.com
Pete Holmes Podcast https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/you-made-it-weird-pete-holmes/id475878118?mt=2
Their definition of Making It
“Humbly and proudly return that which you’ve been given.” – Richard Rohr