We had the good fortune of connecting with Amy Jarman and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Amy, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
I would have to say that the most important lesson I’ve learned from my career so far is to know what you don’t know! Be aware of the skill sets you don’t have or the certain areas of your industry that you don’t have expertise in and make it a mission to either learn more about it, or make sure the experts in these areas are involved when they should be. I know in the music business, and probably in many different industries, people end up wearing many different hats, which I know is often unavoidable, but when you DO have the opportunities you should absolutely seek advice from those who have more knowledge and experience than you. No one is an expert on everything, and when people contribute on the things they know best, the outcome is going to be far better. I’ve observed many many examples over the years where ego has gotten in the way of reaching the best possible outcome and I try to learn from that.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Persistence is what I would say has gotten me to where I am today. And passion. Because the music industry can be exhausting – physically, mentally, and emotionally, I don’t think people last in it very long without a genuine passion for music.
I’ve suffered from imposter syndrome for a long time until these recent few years. I unfortunately made the mistake of letting some early negative experiences affect my confidence and it wasn’t easy to shake. As an introvert, I felt like I couldn’t compete with the big extroverted A&R ‘salespeople’ who would easily convince artists into a record or music publishing deal, telling them whatever they wanted to hear. I’m a terrible liar so I found it difficult to chase deals that I knew would be good for the company but that I didn’t think we could give proper attention to. So as I got more experienced and observed more and more, I began to see how my style as an A&R manager could actually be a strength, and a welcome alternative for some. Once I found that there was actually room in the industry for someone like me, and found my brand, I now feel like my career is barely getting started.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Music venues! My favourite thing about LA is the music culture. There is always something amazing to see and you never know what you’ll find or the people you’ll meet. I’d definitely take my friends to the Bourbon Room, Bar Lubitsch, Zebulon, The Greek, Chez Jays (if you’re a Goliath fan) or 1720 in DTLA for a metal show. Also dinner at Jitlada in Thai town for dinner, Griffith Observatory on a clear evening or of course some chill days driving up through Malibu stopping at El Matador and Point Dume etc.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
There are a lot of people who have taught & mentored me, encouraged me and kept me motivated. The music industry is definitely not easy and can be quite toxic (which is slowly changing thankfully!). I have my friends, family and partner to thank for helping me make good decisions, bringing me back to reality when I need it, and keeping me positive during the tough times. Special shout outs to all my music teachers in the early days, to my colleagues/mentors over the years that took the time to genuinely help me learn and succeed, the artists & songwriters who have trusted me to become a part of their team, and to my industry friends!