Introducing our latest D&D FACE, Music Manager Jake Leslau. Juggling his time between managing, producing and making his own music- he sat down with our team and gave us a glimpse into his lifestyle and industry.
Name: Jake Leslau
What did you do before Music Management?
I actually grew up wanting to be an actor. I was doing little bit of acting here and there thinking that was the dream- but then it dawned on me that it wasn’t what I wanted to do. I then got a job interning at a lovely management company called ATC, 6 years later I became a partner and that’s what I’m doing now.
How has your life changed since becoming a manager?
It was a dramatic shift in the sense that I went from looking after my own career to professionally looking after others’ careers. However, it made me learn about the music industry and that ended up being my profession. It’s constantly changing and it’s given me an opportunity to see what works and what doesn’t.
What advice would you give to your younger self?
Relax a little bit. I put a lot of pressure on myself at an early age to find the plan, but in the end it just naturally fell into place
What pointers do you have for people looking to get into the same industry?
Find the band or artist that you love and think is the best thing in the world. Spend time with them because eventually you’ll become an extension of them, start fighting their battles and doing their dirty work – and at that point you’re a manager!
Talk me through your style?
My style is very simple with a lot of emphasis on comfort. I like plain, pastel colours and tend to wear a lot of the same things regularly. In the winter, I like to wrap up warm and style goes out the window!
Which labels have caught your attention at the moment?
I am a big Acne and A.P.C fan – they do the simple stuff very well and it lasts for a long time.
Who is your personal style icon?
I’m a big rock man and I used to try and emulate the style of my heroes. But I think nowadays music is driven less by style and more by branding, which often dilutes any interesting inspiration.
Favourite spot in London (café, bar, restaurant)?
I love the pubs in London – The Lansdowne in Primrose Hill is my new local. It’s quiet and you don’t feel like you’re in the middle of gentrified London.
How do you spend your down-time?
I’m a music-aholic! In my downtime I like to make my own music and I’m going to be releasing my own stuff in the next 3 months. I want to develop my production skills and making my own music gives me a chance to showcase that side of things.
If you weren’t a manager you’d be…
It’s a long list! An astronaut. A cowboy. Is that a job? A full time cowboy. I’m a beach bum and outdoors man at heart so something away form the corporate world would suit me. 9-5 doesn’t really work for me.
What’s next for you?
The album name is in development - I think it’s going to be called Koso. Koso was a nickname bestowed unto me at a very young age – it’s a bit of an alter ego I can hide behind so I’ll probably run with that. I’ll release my music towards the end of the summer and then we have a handful of Johnny Greenwood shows coming up too.