In the grand scheme of things the DJ booking industry is young, fresh and expanding exponentially. The rate of growth over the past few years has been phenomenal for many reasons and without booking agents we would stand less of a chance of being able to see our favourite DJ at our local nightspot. Even more importantly, DJs would have a bigger task of making ends meet with the current problem of dwindling record sales. Serving such a vital function for the music business, booking agencies are still widely misunderstood, with varying misconceptions about what they actually do.
To get a better insight as to how the industry operates, how it’s grown and where it will end up, we spoke to three leading agents in the field: Ned Beckett, current agent to Aphex Twin and others, Talida Wegener now head of TW Artist Management and once agent to the mighty Sven Väth and Andrea Wünsche who heads up the Magnet Musik agency, home to John Talabot, Pantha du Prince and more.