Joining us this week is Chris Keaton, an artist manager, music publisher and author based in Nashville. Chris has had tracks cut by Trisha Yearwood and Martina McBride, and has had music placed in TV shows such as Nashville and One Life to Live. Early in the interview he describes himself as fabulous, and after speaking to him, we would have to agree!Highlights:- Chris owes his career in the music industry to The Beatles- Music publishers have the nicest houses, nicest cars and all year tans- Your website is the first impression you’re going to make online, so make it a good one!- Don’t take no for an answer. No = Maybe. Maybe = Yes.- We hear about LML Music Nashville - the imprint label that Chris has just launched- Chris’s crystal ball is broken and the music landscape is constantly shifting- Chris tells us about some of the artists he is currently working with- One of Chris’s artists was commissioned to write the official state song for Virginia- We hear how Chris manages to stay relevant in the music industry- Chris tells us about a time he threw his own demo tape in the trash in order to get a meeting- Marcio has a similar story about getting a meeting at EMI records - being direct and persistent can work!- We hate the term networking, but by doing this show we ARE networking- Can Chris help you? Don’t be afraid to reach out!- Ross is going to update his vocabulary so that “no” now means “maybe”- Even the biggest names in the business have been rejected- We need more people like Chris in the music industry- Marcio has forgotten Ross’s name- Chris shares his opinion on The Voice vs American Idol and music reality shows in generalAdvice:- When you walk into a room, you either need to be the centre of attention or the second best dressed person in the room- Impressions are all that we have to leave - put your best foot forward- When being a business person is hindering your creativity, that’s when you need a manager- Everyone else in the business is just like us - we’re all running on the same levels of fear and excitement- At the end of the day, the only thing you’ve got is your network- You can have all the talent in the world, but if no-one knows about it, it doesn’t matter- If you’re not doing it, you’re not doing it- Be nice, be diligent and be presentMore:- Full show notes at Follow us on Twitter: @Bridge_Atlantic

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