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Darin Murphy

The “My Music Row Story” weekly column options notable members of the Nashville music trade chosen by the MusicRow editorial group. These people serve in key roles that assist advance and promote the success of our trade. This column spotlights the invaluable those that maintain the wheels rolling and the music taking part in.

Darin Murphy is a Music Agent at main leisure and sports activities company Inventive Artists Company (CAA), and Co-Head of CAA Music’s Nashville workplace. He represents lots of the world’s main musicians, together with The Chicks, Sam Hunt, Keith City, Hootie & the Blowfish, Dan + Shay, Maren Morris, Little Large City, Darius Rucker, Mickey Guyton, Jake Owen, and Lindsay Ell, amongst others.

Murphy graduated from Belmont College with a level in Enterprise Advertising. He served as President and Chairman of the Board of the Academy of Nation Music and is a member of the Nation Music Affiliation. Murphy was named Expertise Agent of the Yr on the 2015 and 2017 CMA Awards. He additionally served as a Governor to the Grammy’s Nashville Chapter Board.

MusicRow: The place did you develop up?

I used to be born in Poughkeepsie, New York, which is about 70 miles north of Manhattan, and lived there till I used to be 11. My mom remarried once I was 11. My stepdad was within the navy. As soon as they had been married, we began to maneuver round as navy households do. From the upstate New York space, we went to Virginia, we went to Kansas for a bit, after which I completed my highschool years up in Elizabethtown, Kentucky.

Darin Murphy, Maren Morris, Meredith Jones

Have been you musical as a child?

No, in no way. My pure dad did personal some nightclubs although, once I was younger. So I might get to go and see exhibits. I might get to scrub up the bars within the mornings with my grandfather in the course of the summer time. I used to be uncovered to reside music from that age.

How did you get to Nashville?

I performed tennis for Belmont. I used to be a enterprise advertising main and labored for an funding agency my final two years for faculty credit score, so I used to be heading down that inventory dealer path. Then the inventory market crashed in 1987, the start of the 12 months that I graduated. I pivoted in my mind as I used to be getting nearer to graduating from school. My final semester of faculty, I took an Introduction to the Music Enterprise class. I had a good time with the category. My professor gave me some cool recommendation. He mentioned, “You need to look into the businesses on the town. You’re good with numbers, you’re keen on music, you might have an important persona. Perhaps you’d be an important agent.” So I did that. Fortunately for me, after dropping off some resumes, I received a name from the William Morris Company to interview for a place that had opened up working for one of many brokers, Steve Lassiter.

Darin Murphy and Sam Hunt

On the time the roster was Charlie Daniels and the Oak Ridge Boys, that they had plenty of completely different old-fashioned nation acts. I simply favored the tempo of it. I favored the gross sales aspect. I favored how they needed to fill dates on a calendar and promote. The core of being an agent is promoting and filling calendars, and I felt good about it. I’ve at all times favored music and I feel as soon as I began engaged on desks and so forth, I knew the place I used to be going to make a profession.

So I labored for Steve proper out of faculty, simply typing up contracts and answering telephones. Just a few weeks into the gig, I used to be digging it. I used to be digging the vitality. I favored the movement of how the times went there, however musically I needed to be in a unique place.

What was subsequent for you?

I finally received accepted into the Agent Coaching Program [in Nashville], moved to Los Angeles later that 12 months, and labored my manner up the ladder by the LA workplace there into the up to date division.

How lengthy had been you in LA?

William Morris acquired one other company in 1991 referred to as Triad Artists and I used to be sadly let go. I had a number of bands that I used to be reserving that hadn’t fairly hit but or made sufficient noise, so I used to be one of many younger individuals they disposed of. That sucked.

Subsequent I went to Invoice Silva Presents in San Diego for nearly a 12 months the place I received to see the opposite aspect of it—the shopping for and selling half, which was superior. We did plenty of nice exhibits and labored with all of the completely different businesses. I principally targeted on the membership stuff that we did within the space. It was a reasonably busy firm, we had a number of completely different cool venues down in southern California. That was an important expertise. Then I received employed again at William Morris, however for the Nashville workplace in ’94. I labored there till I began working for CAA in ’98.

Russell Dickerson and Darin Murphy

Now you assist information the touring careers of Sam Hunt, Keith City, Dan + Shay, Maren Morris, Little Large City, Darius Rucker, and extra. When do you are feeling most fulfilled in what you do?

I attempt to get to the workplace fairly early daily. It’s quiet manner earlier than the telephones begin ringing. I attempt to put collectively an agenda every day for what I need to attempt to get by and achieve. [A big part of my day is] clearly staying in contact with the managers that I work with, in addition to my purchasers and consumers, and ensuring I’m checking off the record, so to talk. The most effective a part of my day is when a deal closes, a tour goes on sale and does nice, or I get a name from a purchaser saying, “Oh my God, that act killed it final evening. Can’t wait to have them again.” When these moments occur all through your day, it nonetheless offers me goosebumps and I really feel nice about it in spite of everything these years. These are the little issues which might be large issues for me nonetheless.

Do you are feeling such as you nonetheless have the identical motivation and drive that you simply had whenever you began?

100%. Particularly popping out of what all of us simply went by with the pandemic. It jogged my memory how superior it’s to—whether or not it’s at a membership, an area, a stadium, or an amphitheater—watch individuals have a good time at present from somebody you get to work with daily. Simply being round reside music, for our purchasers and [other acts] who aren’t our purchasers, was undoubtedly an enormous a part of what I missed.

Darin Murphy and Loretta Lynn

Have you ever had any mentors alongside the best way?

I’ve realized from plenty of completely different individuals. I study from the individuals I work with at the moment. Ron Baird was a very good mentor for me when he was right here. I might go to Ron for recommendation, he would are available in my workplace to examine in and see how I used to be doing. I felt snug going to him about any concern with a promoter or a consumer. He would give me a unique perspective. I nonetheless take into consideration a few of these conversations even right now.

John [Huie] and Rod [Essig] have been right here from the start and are nice associates in addition to mentors.

If you happen to might return and discuss to your self as a brand new Belmont grad, what would you inform him?

Put your seatbelt on. It’s a experience. It’s the way you deal with individuals. There’s actually a stage of hustle that you must have initially. I might additionally remind the youthful model of myself to watch out the way you discuss to individuals. [Laughs]

What has been considered one of your favourite profession experiences?

On occasion once I can be at a present and I hadn’t seen Loretta [Lynn] shortly, she would name me up and ask me to escort her off the stage. It was unimaginable and one of many coolest experiences that I get to inform my youngsters. I had privilege of doing {that a} couple instances over time. That’s fairly particular, escorting her off the stage after a present. That coupled with simply spending time together with her on the bus and listening to a few of the tales that she would inform… She had an unimaginable reminiscence.

LB Cantrell is Director of Operations & Content material at MusicRow journal, the place she oversees, manages and executes all firm operations. LB oversees all MusicRow-related content material, together with MusicRow‘s six annual print points and on-line information. She additionally heads up particular, large-scale tasks for the corporate, facilitates the corporate’s annual occasions, and extra. LB is a Georgia native and a graduate of the Recording Trade Administration program at Center Tennessee State College.

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