At just 23, Miami Beach native Myles Shear manages the careers of some of the biggest names in EDM, landing him on Rolling Stone's list of 17 young innovators shaking up the music industry.
After cofounding the influential music blog EDM Sauce, Myles Shear discovered Australian DJ Thomas Jack and invited him to Florida, where for a time he slept on the futon in Shear’s dorm at Full Sail University.
At 19, you were managing Thomas Jack. How did you take him from Australia to stardom? I told him I’d book him a tour and do all of these things—I had no idea what I was doing. I had no idea how to book a tour, but before I knew it, he was living in my college dorm.
So you learned on the fly and then reached out to Kygo? Thomas was double the size of him—this was very early on—so he thought it would be cool to be as popular as Thomas. I had to do everything, and that’s really what I do best. I’m involved in the full 360 of their careers.
How did you know these guys would be successful? I think it was timing, hard work, and luck. Pharrell [Williams] once said he likes to work in a negative space because he likes to be the underdog. That’s sort of how I thought about it. This was a new sound, and these guys were the face of a new genre.
Who has mentored you along the way? I used to wake up early and see my dad working at 5 am. I don’t ever sleep. He taught me that work ethic. Another person is [LIV and Story owner] Dave Grutman. I’m always learning new stuff from him. He’s like an older brother.
This job takes you all over the world. Do you still call Miami home? I run everything out of Miami. I hire everybody out of Miami. I travel so much, where else would I want to return to other than home?