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BRETT LEBOFF ON:

HIS JOURNEY INTO THE MUSIC INDUSTRY

HIS VIEWS ON MENTAL HEALTH IN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY

AN INSIGHT INTO HIS SUFFERING IN THE INDUSTRY

HIS VIEWS ON MEDITATION AND THE 'ZONE' TECHNIQUE

THE STORY OF STAYING SANE IN THE MUSIC GAME

One of the main problems in the music industry is that we who live and work within it, don't readily admit to our ‘madness’, but looking at the path we've chosen - to invest ourselves in this world of slim chances and cut-throat deals - there has to be a little madness, right? “We're not mad,” I hear you all cry, “we're musicians!” But however you cut it, staying sane in such a competitive and ruthless industry is not straightforward. Trust me, I am speaking from experience - I am not ‘sane’ - and almost every artist I have worked with would say the same about themselves.


This particular and beautiful form of 'insanity' characterises many music professionals today and, once we admit this to ourselves, we can openly explore the issues and reasons surrounding why and how we are mad! Once we've done that we can begin the journey of learning to manage ourselves within a specific framework that acknowledges and accounts for our eccentricities; building on them and affording us happier and more organised lives amid the inevitable chaos.

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Brett Leboff has had a 20 year career in the music industry spanning artist, producer, manager, mentor, coach and strategist. He is currently the Head of Artist Development at Diplomats of Sound and resides in Bristol.

Brett has enjoyed global success working with artists including Animotion, Amy True, Afla Sackey & Afrik Bawantu, ARIWO, Arrival Soundsystem, ATA Records, Amplify Music, Broken Brass Ensemble, Baghdaddies, Carrie Tree, CatzMuzik, Claire Northey, Cyrene, Conservatoire Folk Ensemble, Dakar Audio Club, Dizraeli, Dojo, Faeland, Feelgood Experiment, Fraser Anderson, Foodoo, FABRIK, Holly Holden (Y Su Banda), IAMU, Ian Britt, Isolde, Izo Fitzroy, Jess McAllister, The Jazz Defenders, Kala Chng, KOKOROKO, Malavita, Matti Roots, Oded Kafri, Oh My God! It’s The Church, Rusangano Family, Simon McCorry, Simon Panrucker, Smash Hifi, Snazzback, Solana, Solomon O.B, Super Full Moon, Time for T, Urban Folk Quartet, Urband Soul, Vessels, Yael Deckelbaum, Yumi & The Weather.

Most recently Brett has returned to the UK after living amongst the Israeli Palestinian conflict for over 2 years. He lived and worked in permaculture communities and with a co-existence project focused on reconciliation through music.

His previous speaking engagements & appearances include In The City, UnConvention, SXSW, NXNE, Midem, Canadian Music Week, Musexpo, Coachella, Glastonbury, Burning Man, Summer Sonic Festival.

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