More Aussie Acts Land U.S. Agency Deals

Agency veterans Paul Ryan and Ben Ward at United Talent Agency signed Sydney rock band Massive after hearing advance copies of the act’s April 22-due second album, Destination Somewhere.  

Ward said, “Paul and I are very excited to be working with such a dedicated, talented and straight-up rock and roll band that Massive so obviously are. There are no limits to the potential of this band and knowing the drive and passion of the band, the management and the record label, coupled with the experience and clout that Paul, myself and all at UTA can provide, we see nothing but Massive success in the very near future!”

Dates are being booked in Europe and the UK. Formed mid-2012, within six months Massive showcased in the U.S., signed with Third Verse for management and issued debut album Full Throttle on Earache Records. Dave Kaplan and Marshall Betts of Paradigm/Windish are now working with NSW-based singer-songwriter Julia Jacklin.

Her eight shows at this year’s SXSW saw her hailed as one of its buzz acts. After her first Australian run April 29 to May 14, Jacklin will make her UK debut. Dates run May 19-30, with three shows at The Great Escape in Brighton, Sound City Festival in Liverpool, This Must Be The Place Festival in Leeds and a club show at London’s The Forge.

More international festival appearances are to be announced shortly, said her manager, Alastair Burns of Melbourne-based Heartstop Music. Following rep announcements late last year by UK’s Coda Agency and The Windish Agency for North America, Perth hard rock trio Methyl Ethel finalised a worldwide deal with 4AD Records. In Australia, where the band is repped by Andy Gumley of Village Sounds, the act followed a national run on the touring Laneway Festival with headline dates through April.