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Ground Control Touring

About Us

Ground Control Touring is a boutique booking agency founded in the year 2000 by Eric Dimenstein and Jim Romeo. We currently offer exclusive North American tour booking from offices in Brooklyn and Los Angeles. We also represent many of our clients in international territories including Asia, Australia, and South America.

We are a highly selective company that takes pride in providing our clients with every opportunity that other agencies can provide but with a level of focus and attention that is unique to a company of our size. Unlike some agencies, we do not split the country into territories; instead each agent works exclusively with his or her clients and their representatives to foster long lasting and healthy relationships with promoters around the world while facilitating responsible agreements for all varieties of live shows. Our company works closely with other agencies of all sizes, and we know we can go above and beyond for our clients in seeking out the best opportunities for them. We thrive on honest, open, and direct communication between our clients and their agents, in order to ensure that the artists’ wishes are executed to the best of our ability.

Ground Control Touring wants to work together with the best and brightest musicians around to help develop them into career artists. We maintain a tightly curated roster of bands, allowing our agents to have a dedicated relationship with every one of their respective clients. Our industry is rapidly changing, and the smartest artists are the ones taking time to make decisions that will serve them for years to come. Many of our clients have been with their agents since the early days of their careers, and it is our belief that our focused roster and hands-on approach with our clients and their affairs is the key to the longevity of those relationships. We strive to ensure that our artists’ careers can be creative, financially rewarding, and most importantly, fun.

FAQs

How do I book an artist at my venue or event?

Send an email to the responsible agent (listed on each artist’s page) with as much information as possible about the venue or event.  You may also submit an inquiry using the form at the top of the page.  The following questions are a good start:

What band(s) are you interested in?
Where do you book shows?
What are the names and website of the venue?
What is the capacity on venue?
What are the expenses on venue?
What sort of PA and stage do you have?
What is the age limit on venue?
Is it a bar, art space, etc?
What type of advertising do you employ to promote your shows?
What acts have you booked there in past? Elsewhere?
What is a phone number and email where you can be reached?

How do I book an artist at my college?

Send an email to Josh Stern - .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for artists booked out of our Brooklyn office.  Include as much information as you can about the kinds of shows you book on you campus.  You may also submit an inquiry using the form at the top of the page.  The following questions are a good start:

Where is your school located?
What venue/s do you use?
What is the stage/PA like there?
What date/s do you have available?
Are your shows free or ticketed?
Are they open to the public or students only?
What is your approximate budget?
What other artists has your school/organization booked recently?

Do you want to book my band?

We strive for long-lasting, meaningful relationships with our clients. While we love to hear new stuff and appreciate your interest in working with us, we are not only extremely selective in who we choose to represent, but also very limited in how much time we have to explore new music. We wish we could help every band whose music we love, but unfortunately it’s just not that simple. There are a myriad of factors that we take into account before signing a new artist. Primarily, if you have not played outside of your town extensively or booked your own tour, it is highly unlikely that we would consider you. While that may sound strange, we recommend that all acts book their own tours initially if only to experience what it’s like. If you’re going to have someone handle your touring it’s a good idea to know what they will be doing for you. Secondly, we make our living on a percentage of your touring income. If you haven’t played around much, well, we really don’t want to take your gas and food. There are of course exceptions to the rules. If you are signed to a well known label, have obtained some national press, have a publicist in place, have gotten airplay, etc. we may be interested even if you have little touring history.

All that said, we DO NOT accept unsolicited demos.

Can my band open for one of your artists?

In general, our bands choose their opening acts themselves and have at least a handful of ideas before we even begin booking their tour. We understand how hard it is for a band starting out, believe us, but nothing good comes easy! The band that forms and goes out on huge tours right away is an anomaly, so you won’t be the first or last. Most successful bands will tell you that they worked themselves like crazy to get people to listen and come to shows. The best bit of advice we can give you is to think small. Start in the closest metropolitan area that bands you like come to. Play small shows. Play shows with other local bands. Hell, play anywhere that people will see you! Build an audience and don’t be discouraged if it takes time. Prove to the people that book the venues around town that you can get people in their door and the next time they have local support slots for a national band your phone might ring (having them like you helps!). That’s the way you’ll get on shows with bands like ours, and possibly have a chance to give them a CD or chat.

Are you hiring?

We are not currently hiring. If you would like us to keep your information on record for future consideration please submit resumes along with a cover letter to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

We also offer unpaid internships for college credit (or not) in our Brooklyn office.  There’s lots to learn and shows to see.  If you’re interested in applying for an internship, please send an email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) & .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Please include your resume, location, and availability.

What We're Listening To

John Chavez

Segue - Over The Mountains
Julie Byrne - Not Even Happiness
Grails - Chalice Hymnal
Buck Curran - Immortal Light
Matthew Barlow - Sound Meditations
Julius Eastman - Feminine

Eric Dimenstein

Angel Olsen - My Woman
Conor Oberst - Ruminations
Julie Byrne - Not Even Happiness
Kikagaku Moyo - House in the Tall Grass
Leonard Cohen - You Want It Darker
Nick Cave - Skeleton Tree
Tim Darcy - Saturday Night
Weyes Blood - Front Row Seat To Earth

Stephanie Green

Whitney - Light Upon the Lake
Sam Outlaw - Angelino
Wilsen - I Go Missing In My Sleep
Saintseneca - Such Things
Dori Freeman- s/t
Micahela Anne - Bright Lights and the Fame
Margo Price - Midwest Farmer's Daughter

Timmy Hefner

B Boys - Demos
Aktion ‎- Groove The Funk
Mariah - Utakata No Hibi
Drew McDowall ‎- Collapse
Chaos UK - Digital Filth

Judd Hower

Rakta - Ratka
Uniform - 12" Single
Krzysztof Penderecki - Utrenya I: The Entombment of Christ
Phurpa - Trowo Phurnag Ceremony
Pharmakon - Abandon
Power Trip - Manifest Decimation

Merrick Jarmulowicz

Lil Bibby - The Epilogue
Katie Gately - Color
Stereolab - Dots & Loops
Stormzy - Scary
Serge Gainsbourg - Les Annees Psychedeliques 1966-1971

Geoff McGovern

Peals - Honey
Run The Jewels - Run The Jewels 3
Tim Darcy - Saturday Night
Uranium Club - All Of Them Naturals
Weyes Blood - Front Row Seat To Earth

Alisa Preisler

The Funkees - Dancing Time, the Best of Eastern Nigeria's Afro Rock Exponents 1973-77
Soft Hair - Soft Hair
Kikagaku Moyo – House in the Tall Grass
Them Are Us Too - Remain
Hailu Mergia - Wede Harer Guzo
Weyes Blood - Front Row Seat to Earth

Joe Price

Fluorescent Heights - Tourism
Heimat - s/t
Yasuaki Shimizu - Kakashi
Fred Thomas - Changer
Vagabon - Infinite Worlds
Frank Zappa - Imaginary Diseases

Nicole Roeder

Protomartyr - The Agent Intellect
All Dogs - Kicking Every Day
Boogarins - Manual
Dungen - Allas Sak

Jim Romeo

The Vaselines- V for Vaselines
Jennifer Castle - Pink City
Allo Darlin- We Come from the Same Place
Xylouris White- Goats
The Go Betweens- Spring Hill Fair

Emily Rosenfeld

The Hotelier - Goodness
Beach Slang - A Loud Bash of Teenage Feelings
Adult Books - Running From The Blows
Joyce Manor - Cody
The Gotobeds - Blood//Sugar//Secs//Traffic
Moose Blood - Blush
Tigers Jaw - Charmer
The Weeknd - Starboy

Josh Stern

Jule Byrne- Not Even Happiness
Grouper - Paradise Valley
V/A - mono no aware (PAN 77)
Big ‡ Brave – Au De La
Mary Lattimore & Maxwell August Croy – Terelan Canyon
Yohuna – Patientness

Peter Truby

Anderson Paak - Malibu
Hop Along - Painted Shut
Pinegrove - Cardinal
Porches - Pool