Episode #18, Liam Killeen: Making a Living with Commercial/Popular Music.
Liam Killeen got his start in the music industry as the drummer for the Pop-Punk band Not By Choice in 2002. Five months later, the band had a record deal, released their first single Standing All Alone and hit the road for a year and a half. The band won their first MuchMusic Video Award in 2003 for their single Now That You Are Leaving, and also appeared on two editions of MuchMusic’s Big Shiny Tunes albums. Not By Choice released two albums, enjoyed two top-ten singles, and toured internationally with Sum 41, Simple Plan, Avril Lavigne, and many other acts.
Liam joined the management team at Coalition Music in early 2009. Adding to the already successful company, fronted by Managers Rob Lanni and Eric Lawrence, with a roster that includes Simple Plan, Our Lady Peace, Finger Eleven, Justin Nozuka, and many more.
As the Manager of USS (Ubiquitous Synergy Seeker), These Kids Wear Crowns, Greig Nori, and Zubin Thakkar he strives to find new and exciting opportunities to build the careers of his Artists in this ever-changing industry.
Liam has also been dedicated to educating emerging Artists and Managers with regards to treating their art as a business via the Coalition Music Artist Entrepreneur Workshops and Bootcamps around the world, and as the Professor of Talent Management at Toronto’s Ryerson University, in their school of Creative Industries.