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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

Sessa - Grandeza
Alison Cotton - All Is Quiet at the Ancient Theatre
Stephen Bailey - Silo
Behind the Shadow Drops - H A R M O N I C
Songs of Green Pheasant - Gyllyng Street

Drea Chunko

Camp Cope - How to Socialise & Make Friends
Drug Church - Cheer
JPEGMAFIA - Veteran
Hop Along - Bark Your Head Off, Dog
Secret Nudist Friends - So Cool

Eric Dimenstein

Hop Along - Bark Your Head Off, Dog
Iceage - Beyondless
Snail Mail - Lush
Yo La Tengo - There's A Riot Going On

Dylan Farrell

Erika de Casier - Essentials
D'Angelo - Voodoo
03 Greedo - God Level
Rico Nasty - Anger Management

Stephanie Green

Lomelda - Thx
Waxahatchee - Great Thunder
Andrew Combs - Canyons of My Mind
Molly Burch - Please Be Mine
Loyal Lobos - The Fall
Andy Shauf - The Party
Caroline Rose - Loner
Anna St. Louis - If Only There Was a River

Timmy Hefner

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

Mimi Hong

Machine Girl - The Ugly Art
Deli Girls - I Don't Know How To Be Happy
Show Me The Body - Dog Whistle
Connan Mockasin - Caramel
Inner Wave - Sun Transmission

Judd Hower

Sen Morimoto - Cannonball
Rosalia - El Mal Querer
Tierra Whack - Whack World
duendita - direct line to My Creator
Haruomi Hosono - Philharmony
Temporex - Care
ARTHUR - Woof Woof

Merrick Jarmulowicz

Cate Le Bon - Reward
DaBaby - Baby On Baby
Spiritualized - Let It Come Down
Bob Trimble - Harvest of Dreams
Appleseed Cast - The Permanent Glare of Ignorance
Tee Grizzley - Scriptures

Megan Manowitz

Laraaji - Unicorns in Paradise
Liam Betson - Music For A While
Spencer Radcliffe - Enjoy the Great Outdoors
Lomelda - M for Empathy
Lily & Horn Horse - Next to Me
Chris Weisman - Northern Songs
Dear Nora - Skulls Example

Geoff McGovern

Boy Harsher - Careful
Devil Master - Satan Spits on Children of Light
Jessica Pratt - Quiet Signs
Uranium Club - The Cosmo Cleaners

Andrew Morgan

Big Thief - U.F.O.F.
Various Artists - Bulawayo Blue Yodel
Aldous Harding - Designer
Stef Chura - Midnight
Joshua Abrams & Natural Information Society - Mandatory Reality
Ziemba - Hope is Never

Natasha Parish

Yowler - Black Dog In My Path
Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever - The French Press
BOAN - Mentiras
Grapetooth - Grapetooth

Alisa Preisler

Kero Kero Bonito - Time 'n' Place
Robyn - Honey
Channel Tres - Channel Tres EP
Barrie - Singles
Art Blakey + The Jazz Messengers - Caravan

Joe Price

Diat - Positive Disintegration
KOKOROKO - EP
Joel Ross - Kingmaker
Uranium Club - The Cosmos Cleaners
Bennie Maupin - Slow Traffic to the Right

Nicole Roeder

Mdou Moctar - Ilana the Creator
Yowler - Black Dog In My Path
Jessica Pratt - Quiet Signs
Kikagaku Moyo - Masana Temples

Jim Romeo

Mdou Moctar- Ilana the Creator -advance
Maxine Funke- Silk
The Feelies- Crazy Rhythms
Ex Hex- It's Real
Meg Baird & Mary Lattimore- Ghost Forests

Josh Stern

Yo La Tengo – There's a Riot Going On
Young Nudy – Sli'merre
Hiroshi Yoshimura – Music For Nine Post Cards
MIKE – War In My Pen
Hank Wood and the Hammerheads – You Could Have It / I'd Rather Be With Me
Mary Lattimore – Hundreds of Days

Peter Truby

Amen Dunes - Freedom
Caroline Rose - Loner
Hop Along - Bark Your Head Off, Dog
A.A.L (Against All Logic) - 2012-2017
Shame - Songs Of Praise