Sometime in 2012, Kurt Bailey fell in love with Gang of Youths. All those magical qualities were present and obvious. As the band took the stage at Hibernian House in Surry Hills, they ruled a room of 100 as though it was a full arena. Its frontman David Le’aupepe, bursting with charisma, leading a band with songs and character and verve. That night Gang of Youths was the opening act. Top billing went to an outfit Bailey performed with. With the best seat in the house, Bailey spotted the future.

Soon after, he informed his bandmates of his plans to cross to the other side. With an all-body plunge, Bailey embarked on a career in artist management. With Gang of Youths by his side.

This was a deep-end dive for a budding entrepreneur who once interned at EMI but never truly cut his teeth at a music company.

“Starting my own business was my first taste of working in the music industry,” Bailey tells TIO from his base in Sydney. “I’ve always been gung ho about doing my own thing.”

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Fast forward five years, and things have moved on. Gang Of Youths have the #1 record in Australia with second album Go Farther in Lightness. The band no longer open the bill for others in inner-city Sydney. When they play, their name is typically splashed out in the largest font. They currently call London home. Though they’re still guided by Bailey, who’s no longer a novice in the business of music.