I started touring right out of high school with multiple bands, including Time & Distance and Westland. We were fortunate enough to spend time on the Vans Warped Tour, open for blink-182, and multiple overseas tours including playing for the US troops in Kuwait, Qatar and Bahrain. In each one of those bands, I always found myself interested in the business operation and would either manage the behind the scenes goings on or would assist our dedicated managers.
While I still tour (never giving up that passion and dream!) I found that I also have a good ear for discovering new music, which led me to learning more with a few different internships including Laffitte management group (One Republic, Sum41, Good Charlotte) and a short stint at Fearless Records.
Shortly after, I was brought in as A&R / Talent Scout at The A&R Radar and I also host the Undiscovered Sound for Idobi Radio, the internet’s number one alternative and pop-punk station!
Having the experience of being on the road at such a young age opened my eyes to a lot of the BS that goes on behind the scenes. I’m glad I was able to transition into the business side of things to help out these new talented bands, being there myself at one point. It’s a really good feeling to be at the point where I can discover and show the world all these great new bands via Idobi!
Host and Creator of The Undiscovered Sound, Jeff Motekaitis has spent over ten years as a touring musician, manager and A+R Rep. As the grandchild of conductor James Clark, music has always been a big part of Motekaitis’ life.
Listen to Jeff unearth some of the brightest future talent in alternative music, Wednesday nights at 6pm ET on Idobi Radio.
Keep up with Jeff by following him on social media: Twitter
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