A former Paquin Entertainment Group veteran agent is launching a new music agency in Canada.
Grant Paley, who has spent 12 of his 22 years in the music business at Paquin Entertainment Group, is partnering with Westwood Recordings owner and Funk Hunters member Nick Middleton to form The Midnight Agency.
Representing 30-plus artists across multiple genres, with offices in Toronto and Vancouver, the venture is focusing on the intersection of live music, tech and streaming.
“After years of just getting the gigs, I really missed being a creative person," co-founder and Presidnt Paley told FYIMusicNews.
"I was a really creative person before becoming an agent and I felt the need to just break off and start looking at my artists in a different capacity.
"We’re going to reinvent the wheel of what an agency does, which means coming at a perspective of more than just hitting the numbers, finding the gigs and making the money. I just want to approach gigs in a more creative way and the money will come second.”
Paley says he and co-founder and CEO Middleton will be looking forward to working with the DJ and electronics community to "integrate the digital world into the live model."
Midnight, which opened its shingle on April 6, includes such acts as Chali 2na, Delhi 2 Dublin, ex-A Tribe Called Red alumnus DJ Shub, Dwayne Gretzky, Funk Hunters, The Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer, Khanvict and Wannabe on its roster.