Austin Marshall is a manager and artist developer for Startstruck Entertainment. Starstruck Entertainment is comprised of Starstruck Studios, Starstruck Management, and Starstruck Writer’s Group. 

Pocket ProTechTours: How long has music been a part of your life and when did you know it was going to be a significant part of your life?

Austin Marshall: Music has been a part of my life as long as I can remember. I started playing drums at 10 years old when my uncle gave me his 69’ Ludwigs and I have been playing them ever since. Music started out as a dream when I was young, but when I got to college and started to make some decent money from playing, I could see that it could potentially become a career. However, it did not become clear to me until I moved to Nashville

Pocket ProTechTours: What are you current projects or endeavors?

Austin Marshall: I personally manage Maggie Rose, the Morrison Brothers Band, and a new Pop act Nodaway. In addition, I am on the management team for Starstruck where we work with artists such as Blake Shelton, Kelly Clarkson, John King, Cale Dodds, Post Monroe and many other acts.

Pocket ProTechTours: How did you get involved into management?

Austin Marshall: While I was in high school and college, I was playing drums in many start-up bands where I had to do all the promoting, booking and marketing. I did a radio show while in Mississippi and I was the founder/creator of a music festival so I saw many sides of the music and business process. When I moved to Nashville, I got involved in the world of publishing. When you are a music publisher and working with multiple songwriters, you are managing them in a sense. Therefore, it was a smooth transition to the actual role of a manager.

Pocket ProTechTours: How would you define the role of a manager?

Austin Marshall: A manager does the “big picture” stuff. The manager oversees every aspect of the career and works with the booking agent, publicist, publisher, and many others to ensure that everything is moving in the right direction.  A manager should do absolutely anything and everything to keep the machine rolling. There is never a dull moment and nothing monotonous about the job.  

Pocket ProTechTours: What do you enjoy most about your role as a manager?

Austin Marshall: I enjoy watching talented individuals live their dreams and find success on their musical journey. Also, being able to travel the world, meet really great people, and go to cool events.

Pocket ProTechTours: What is your least enjoyable aspect of being a manager?

Austin Marshall: There is a great deal of pressure and challenges that comes with the multitude of responsibilities. In addition, my favorite part of getting to travel is also my least favorite part, it can be tiring.

Pocket ProTechTours: What have been some of your memorable moments of being a manager thus far?

Austin Marshall: There are so many great moments in watching an act succeed, or to see a song gain momentum and take off. There is much joy to being a part of something that is greater than you are. Having one of your acts get a number one record on the charts never gets old.

Pocket ProTechTours: What is your advice for aspiring managers?

Austin Marshall: My advice would be to wear many hats and be hands on. There is never a task too small or too large. In addition, believe in yourself and believe in your gut when you see talent or an artist that you want to get behind.

Pocket ProTechTours: How long have you been in Nashville and what inspired you to move there?

Austin Marshall: I have been in Nashville for 6 years and I moved here because it is Music City. There is a melting pot of the best musicians, best song writers, and best studios in the world.

Pocket ProTechTours: What is your favorite part about Nashville so far?

Austin Marshall: I love the people, the food, and the abundance of talent in the city. Furthermore, I enjoy the camaraderie amongst the talented individuals.

Pocket ProTechTours: What is your least favorite part about Nashville so far?

Austin Marshall: The traffic

Pocket ProTechTours: Where is your favorite place to eat in Nashville?

Austin Marshall: That is the toughest question you have asked me so far. If I had a guest in town that wanted to “taste Nashville” I would take them to Hattie B’s to get some hot chicken.

Pocket ProTechTours: What is your favorite place to hang out in Nashville?

Austin Marshall: Red Door East

Pocket ProTechTours: What advice do you have for the next generation of musicians?

Austin Marshall: Be yourself, follow your instinct, and don’t chase radio, let radio chase you.

Pocket ProTechTours: What is one thing you would like to see improve about the music industry?

Austin Marshall: I would like to see the labels let the artist be themselves.


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