Manager Spotlight offers a small insight into the heads of incredible managers. This week in the spotlight is Accelerator 2021 manager, Nigel Munjoma.
How long have you worked in management?
I’ve worked in management for about 5 years now.
Who do you manage now?
I manage Blinkie (producer/artist/songwriter), James Bluck (producer/DJ) and WhoisOrion (Rapper/songwriter)
Where did you find your first client and what inspired you to take them on?
My first client (Blinkie) is actually my older brother. I grew up listening to him making music for years. I always felt that he was super talented and I was inspired by his talent to help him progress his career.
What’s a good/bad day at work look like for you?
A good day at work is when I’m in the flow and in the process of doing a project. Whether it’s doing a video shoot, on tour doing shows or executing plans and strategies that we’ve put together. Those things make it really enjoyable being a manager.
A bad day at work is maybe when things aren’t going as planned or when it feels like not much progress is getting made but there’s always an opportunity to turn it around.
What has been the highlight of your management career to date?
I think my career highlight to date was when we released Blinkie’s single “What You Want” independently from our label PXL Records. It gave us the confidence in knowing that we could put out our own records successfully without the backing of a major. It has now become part of our strategy in building and developing our artists using the platform and resources that we have created at PXL Records.
What do you think are the big challenges for a manager in 2022?
I think one of the main challenges that we currently have is managing to put together a successful international tour strategy. Unfortunately, we’ve been dealing with a lot of cancellations and rescheduled shows due to the covid pandemic. Finding a way to navigate the restrictions is a big challenge as well as finding a way to still engage with audiences in other territories whilst live shows are on hold.
What music are you currently listening to?
I’ve recently been digging back into some old school hip hop. Jay Z – reasonable doubt, Biggie – ready to die. I also have my go-to running playlist which includes: Frankie Knuckles, Green Velvet and Jamie Jones.