What do Thriftworks, Pumpkin, and Vibesquad have in common? Besides obviously funky beats, the answer is excellent representation. Distinguished Talent Agency is the newest music agency on the scene and is booking some of the hottest electronic music events around LA and across the country. Booking and talent agents do more than just open doors for both emerging and established artists, they help create relationships for years to come. Sylvie Barnett – the brains behind the operation – continues to prove her professionalism and knack for talent coordination, and is quickly making a name for herself in the community. We asked her to fill us in on her new Distinguished Talent Agency, the artists they represent, and what it’s like to build your own career in the electronic music industry.
First off, tell us a little bit about yourself and your experience in the music industry. Why did you choose to start this project now?
I started Distinguished Talent to rebrand myself and my identity in the music industry. Distinguished Talent is a neutral brand from its sister agency Street Ritual which could potentially encompass any and all types of music.
Give us an introduction to Distinguished Talent Agency. What types of artists do you represent?
We currently focus on all genres of independent electronic music, everything from downtempo experimental like Thriftworks to beat music like Mike Gao of HW&W and Alpha Pup, to future bass to indie dance like Pumpkin and all of the shades in between. DTA also represents the live hip-hop act Little Giants and indie pop singer Oriel Poole.
Where does DTA fit in the current state of electronic music, with the mainstream EDM becoming so detached from underground artists?
I feel like there is currently a major shift in music where more underground sounds are coming into the mainstream. Distinguished Talent pushes vision forward, helping bridge the gap.
How do you think quality representation helps support emerging, talented artists?
By providing them with a support system and helping bridge the gap between artists and promoters. I have a strong passion for helping artists accomplish their dreams and bringing people together for amazing musical experiences.
What is the most rewarding part about building your own business in the music industry? What advice would you give to people looking to build careers within the electronic music scene?
It rocks to be your own boss, make your own schedule and choose your own clients. To people who want to build their own career in electronic music I would advise creating a strong identity, learning as much as you can, making as many connections as possible and being nice to everyone you encounter and come across. I’d also advise that they constantly stay on top of their game, be their word, care about others and be a team player. It’s pretty much a 24/7 grind.
Any other things you’d like to add or shouts you’d like to give?
A big shout out to my colleagues over at Street Ritual, Vital Management, Euphonic Conceptions, Joe McCarten, Brandon Dorsky, my brother Charles Barnett, my family, Chris Jackson, my friends and all of the people who have supported me along the way. It’s been quite the journey.
For more info on Distinguished Talent Agency and their talent roster, visit www.dtagencyla.com
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Interviewed by Kate Webster for EDMLA.com