About

Matt Fripp & Jazzfuel

About

Matt Fripp & Jazzfuel

Matt Fripp photoIf you’re a gigging jazz musician looking to take your career to the next level – whether that’s releasing a new album or developing your international touring – you can find some help here!

Jazzfuel is an online resource and newsletter run by me, Matt Fripp, with special guests from around the jazz world. The goal is to give you ideas, advice & support to:

  • Sell more music
  • Win more fans 
  • Get more jazz gigs

If you’re a gigging jazz musician looking to take your career to the next level – whether that’s releasing a new album or developing your international touring – you can find some help here!

Jazzfuel is an online resource and newsletter run by me, Matt Fripp, with special guests from around the jazz world. The goal is to give you ideas, advice & support to:

  • Sell more music
  • Win more fans 
  • Get more jazz gigs

Who Am I?

My name’s Matt Fripp and I’ve worked as a booking agent & artist manager for jazz musicians for almost 10 years now.

I’ve booked more than 1,500 gigs in that time and have been lucky enough to go to a lot of great festivals and clubs around the world.

I’m based in Europe (which is where a lot of my artists perform), but I’ve also organised gigs and tours in North America & Asia.

Jazz has been a big passion of mine since I was a kid. I started out as a saxophonist, studying a 4-year jazz degree at a London conservatoire, and feel pretty lucky to call ‘going to gigs & listening to music’ my job!

I got started on the business side of music by managing a good friend of mine (Anthony Strong, who I still represent today) and eventually took on a job as a booking agent at a London music group which worked across management, PR & touring with a huge range of jazz talent.

Over the next 6 years there I represented around 20 artists including Kyle Eastwood, Marius Neset, Anthony Strong, Get The Blessing, Natalie Williams, Empirical, Troyka, China Moses, Tim Garland, Food (Iain Ballamy & Thomas Strønen), Hailey Tuck & Michael Wollny.

Today I’m based between London & Paris and, alongside running this site, I do worldwide bookings and management for a small roster of brilliant artists.

From musician to agent

Perhaps due to my own journey from musician to agent, I’m really keen to show people what needs to be done – aside from playing great music – to build a career and reach an ever-growing audience of jazz fans.

I created Jazzfuel in 2016 to share ideas, tools & tips from me (and colleagues around the world), so that you can speed up progress with your own project, whatever level you’re currently at.

If you’re motivated to raise your profile – and can set aside a little time to do this – I’m confident I can show you some useful things to get you moving faster!

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What Can Jazzfuel Do For You?

As a musician, you’ve spent years practicing your instrument and honing your craft.

That’s the real hard work.

My goal is to help you get to grips with the other, non-playing, side of things.

This is work that can make a massive impact on how much success you have and which, if you don’t have an agent or manager, you need to be taking care of yourself.

The list goes on…

Sometimes it’s hard to break down all these ‘other’ things into manageable parts, never mind come up with a plan for how to put them into practice across weeks and months.

The articles on this site are aimed not just at sharing the ‘industry’ point-of-view on these, but also at giving you ideas and tested strategies for maximising your own chances of success.

By joining the free Jazzfuel mailing list and starting to incorporate bits into your weekly routine – you should see a positive impact on your project and career.

What To Expect From Jazzfuel

The articles and interviews on Jazzfuel cover 3 main areas of work:

These topics are all inter-connected really…

You generally need to release music to get press for yourself. And getting press helps persuade promoter to book you. And then playing a great gig leads to more attention for your project. And so it goes on…

I try to simplify each of these 3 areas so you can get better results in a shorter amount of time.

Downloadable tools

Many of the articles on this site are accompanied by downloadable templates or guides that you can have for free. You can find them all over on the resources page.

I’m confident that if you are making great music and start adding in some of the ideas on this site, one by one, over a consistent period of time, you’ll see the results.

Get The Highlights To Your Inbox

There’s a lot of content on the blog – and more coming every month – so it can sometimes be hard to know where to start. There are 2 ways to go about this:

  1. Visit the Get Started page
  2. Get the email introduction series (which takes you through the key pieces of content about getting more jazz gigs:

This introduction series will help to make sure you are covering everything – as well as introduce you to some bonus content not available on the website.

Why Jazzfuel, why free?

I’ve been asked many times why I share all this content for free.

As an agent, I get contacted by a lot of musicians from around the world who are looking for representation. Signing an artist is a massive commitment of time and, as such, I have to say (or at least ‘not right now’) quite often.

By sharing this content here, I hope that I help many of these musicians will be able to start making progress immediately to get the gigs and attention that they deserve. And, with this extra attention and more gigs, it’s easier to connect with agents, labels & managers around the world too.

Remember…

If you can find enough people who are excited to support you and see you perform, you will always be able to gig, tour and sell music.

Say Hello

I read every personal email and Facebook message I receive. If you have any questions or feedback, free to get in touch via the contact page or over on Facebook.

Want help getting more jazz gigs?

The "How To Get More Jazz Gigs" online course

Next edition: January 2019

Launched last summer, this online video course, with 1-to-1 support from me, takes you through everything you need to know when trying to book gigs for your project. Check out testimonials from current participants as well as a behind-the-scenes look at the course.