Juliette Carter, and Michele Fleischli of Like Management, these two women have so many accolades and talent between them any artist who gets to work with them is lucky. I met Juliette through work when she was at her prior management company, and when I heard she was working with Michele on forming Like Management it was a no brainer asking them to be a part of Women in Vinyl.
Michele is a mother, business owner and artist manager who says in her free time she is “…supporting my daughters ideas (she created a physical zine called That’s Interesting)…I need to find a hobby! …and my dog 😉“. Although it’s no surprise she wants to spend time with family when she’s not at work, she has been an artist manager for two decades, having guided the careers of Bad Religion, Sonic Youth, Beck, Tenacious D, Ryan Adams, Rage Against the Machine and Charlotte Gainsbourg, as well as provided support for Foo Fighters, Beastie Boys, Queens of the Stone Age, Norah Jones, Jimmy Eat World and Band of Horses and produced several large scale projects you’ll read more about below.
Juliette is also an artist manager who says in her free time “never thought i’d be this person but – running… I’m obsessed.” She started her career working on campaigns that included Arctic Monkeys and Anna Calvi. From there she went on to run various labels in the UK, including her own vinyl imprint at Warner Bros. Records, working with a wide variety of artists, while simultaneously managing acclaimed British photographer Jack Davidson.
How did you get into your industry / What motivated you?
Juliette: I was lucky enough to bag an internship at Domino Records in the UK straight out of university, I haven’t looked back since. There’s honestly nothing else I could see myself doing.
Michele: I worked at record stores through college but ultimately my big break came through working with Garry Shandling. The community of people who love listening to music expressing their art through or with music.
What is a day in the life like?
Juliette: When it’s possible to have a routine it’s generally: wake up, browse through / reply to emails that have come in overnight, gage what the day is going to look like, go for a run, grab coffee and dig into everything. But most of the time each day is different depending on what our clients are up to – we may need to be on site somewhere / on the road / running around at meetings. No day is ever really the same, that’s part of the fun!
Michele: I never know…I wake up thinking my day may go one way but usually I’m proven wrong. I go through certain lists first thing in the morning of what I need to accomplish and revise the next day.
What has been your favorite / the coolest thing you’ve worked on?
Juliette: Probably the live music video we did for Karen O & Danger Mouse‘s single Woman – shot live in one take by Spike Jonze on Colbert. We managed to pull it all together in a matter of days and we knew we only had one shot to nail it – and they did! It was everything we’d hoped for and more and the team was so amazing. Watch it here: ‘Woman’ by Karen O & Danger Mouse
Michele: Very tough to answer. I created Festival Supreme with Tenacious D – truly believe it was the best day for the attendees, we thought about every aspect of the experience then took it to the next level. I created Lux Prima Experience with Karen O and Danger Mouse (a multi sensory art installation listening experience). I organize an unannounced Rage Against the Machine performance outside the Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles. I helped produce the book and live performance of Song Reader a song book by Beck of songs that didn’t exist other than sheet music form. And produced Hello Again with Beck – an immersive event with over 200 musicians performing in the round…just some of the highlights but I can go on. 😉
What has been / is the most difficult part of your job?
Juliette: The no’s
Michele: People that don’t understand art leads to commerce.
What advice do you have for someone wanting to get into pursuing what you’re doing?
Juliette: Don’t wait for anyone to give you permission or the opportunity. Before I got my internship I was promoting shows, photographing any gig I could just so I could get in. I had a radio show on my university radio station and just helped local bands in whatever way I could. You’ve got to hustle and surround yourself with like minded people. You create a lot of your own opportunities in this industry. There really isn’t any magic formula – work hard, tirelessly and respectfully and people will want to work with you.
Michele: Management never rests…so finding balance is important. I’m still struggling with this concept. Go see live music…all the time. Find your community and let it grow from there.
Are you a vinyl collector yourself? What drew you to it?
Juliette: I’m obsessed. When I was a poor student and needed a boost I’d go down to Resident Records inBrighton and pick up a £5 7″ of one of the local bands, it immediately put a smile on my face. It’s all about the meeting of the physical art with the music – vinyl is an art form in itself and extending the music into the physical is just so satisfying and to my mind elevates the entire experience. Plus there’s just more soul in the sound in my opinion.
Michele: I wouldn’t say I’m a serious collector. I prefer listening on vinyl but I am not good about storage and organization. My moves and divorce hurt my collection.
What types of things are happening in your industry / with vinyl that you’re excited or worried about? i.e. innovation, or trends you’re seeing.
Juliette: Vinyl sales are on an up swing which is great. What concerns me is that it seems a lot of the kids buy the LPs to have the physical element but aren’t actually listening to the vinyl – makes me think it’s may be a temporary trend rather than a substantive resurgence of the format.
Michele: Closing of independent record stores keeps happening but then some I guess more niche stores seem to be opening – I hope kids actually go to record stores and connect with large format art vs thumbnails on a phone.
Tell me what are you listening to right now?
Juliette: Other than all of the artists we work with who are all equally genius I’m obsessed with Brutus VIII, YOUR ANGEL, Lexi Whatever and Model/Actriz Also just so you know – this is an incredibly cruel and hard question to answer, so many more amazing artists worth mentioning!!
Michele: I will always support garage rock – any shape or size from anywhere in the world.
Find Juliette and Michele:
Like Management: @like.mgmt