Longtime music manager Rob McDermott, who’s credited with helping propel Linkin Park to worldwide success and sales of over 50 million albums, is leaving his three-year post as a founding partner in The Collective (Alanis Morissette, Avenged Sevenfold) to resurrect his own management company, Mad Mac Entertainment.
McDermott started Mad Mac in 2006 but put the business on hold when he became president of the music division at The Collective in 2008 (he’ll stay on until the end of December). His new venture will focus on emerging talent and already counts Chicago pop-rockers The Audition along with heavy metal’s Wayne Static and Hellyeah on its artist roster.
“I am excited to re-enter the independent management landscape doing what I love -- helping artists realize their visions with fresh ideas and guidance,” McDermott said in a statement. “My mission for Mad Mac Entertainment is to deliver the constant innovation and personal service to my artists that I feel is missing from our current industry.”
McDermott has spent much of his two decades in the industry working in management. After a stint with Concrete Management in the 90s, he joined Andy Gould Management as a partner and stayed on through its sale to The Firm in 2001. At The Collective, McDermott was involved in the careers of a diverse group of artists including Slash, Big Boi, Elliott Yamin and the Plain White T’s.
Mad Mac Entertainment will be based in Los Angeles.