Ever wondered, how did that artist land that plumb playlist spot?
How did that band snare that festival booking?
How did that sync come about?
How did that artist seem to shoot from nowhere to everywhere?

Wouldn’t it be great to get the inside track from the teams behind that artist’s success?  

Direct Input is a Future Yard webinar series which looks to lift the lid on the techniques and tactics utilised by the teams behind a range of today’s most successful artists. From right across the spectrum, we get the inside track from the people at the heart of shaping campaigns and releases, and speak to the artists about the work that goes in behind the scenes to build and realise their artistic visions. We will track that artist’s journey – from day 1 to now – discussing the key moments and decisions that shaped their development.


We’re launching this series on Monday 17th August 2020 with a live webinar conversation with Alan Duggan, guitarist with Dublin four-piece Girl Band. Girl Band burst onto the scene in 2015 with their debut album Holding Hands With Jamie. The band stunned audiences with their furious, confrontational, visceral noise and singer Dara Kiely’s cleverly meandering screeds. They followed up their critically acclaimed debut album with The Talkies, released in 2019 after a two-year hiatus.

Alan Duggan manages and tour manages Girl Band, helping the group to navigate a record deal (Rough Trade Records, globally), a publishing deal (Domino Publishing, globally) and work with two booking agencies: ATC Live (UK/Europe) and WME Entertainment (North, Central and South America). All of Girl Band write and produce their output, ensuring they retain full creative control of the project.

They are very thoughtful, creative and particular about what they put out into the world. From their music to artwork, merch to press photos, music videos to stage lighting; they engage in and guide every aspect of being a successful recording and touring outfit. They do things in their own way and are conscious to work with people who support and elevate their vision.


Every artist’s story is different. Every route is personal to an individual’s vision. This is your chance to learn how some of today’s success stories have been realised and get a direct input to the brains of the industry pros behind them.


This event takes place as a live online webinar on Monday 17th August 2020 (6pm).

If you would like to attend, REGISTER HERE


It is FREE to attend. You will be emailed a link to access the webinar shortly before it begins.


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