By Frank Bell
In a career spanning more than 30 years, one of the music industry’s most experienced coaches Stephen Daltrey has now announced the launch of his new book ‘Deep Satisfaction In Life And Artist Management’.
Throughout this expansive read, the first in his ‘Deep Satisfaction’ series, Daltrey aims to highlight the growing need for artists and music professionals to find success in the field of professional management. Through a variety of techniques and psychology, he breaks down the key elements of what it takes to reach each goal and find fulfillment through numerous self-care and good mental health practices.
So we took the opportunity to find out more about his latest book, as well as what those reading it hope to take away from it.
If you don’t start with the inner resilience, then under pressure, all of the external can disappear
Hi Stephen, thank you for speaking to us. Can you give us a brief insight into what you do?
I have 30+ years of experience in counseling, psychotherapy, and coaching and have supported entrepreneurs, business leaders, and individuals worldwide. I now focus on the music industry and operate as an elite coach to aspiring and successful people and teams in the music industry. My clients have included record label presidents and executives, artist managers, music artists, and industry partners and organizations
Your new book ‘Deep Satisfaction In Life And Artist Management’ marks the latest addition to your impressive career. Can you tell us the focus of what this new book aims to highlight?
Given my experience, I recognize the opportunity for artist managers to grow themselves by building their self-awareness and developing their artists using coaching techniques. The book is split into two sections, inside and outside. When I work as a coach, I always begin by building the client’s inner resilience and self-awareness and then teaching tools and techniques for success in the outer world. If you don’t start with the inner resilience, then under pressure, all of the external can disappear, and the client can revert to familiar and unhelpful responses to the challenges they face.
As well as career advice, it also aims to focus on the mental health and wellbeing of those interested in the field. Do you feel that mental health is key to a good career in music as well?
Absolutely. I had my own mental health crisis, which led me to train as a counselor, psychotherapist, and coach. That journey has built my self-awareness and resilience, and this enables me to support my clients. I’m also a mental health first aid instructor, a fantastic course and teaches how to support others who may be experiencing a mental health crisis. There is no health without mental health, and this is the key to success in life and work.
And do you have any tips for us now that would be beneficial to achieving a good frame of mind?
I’ve concluded that if you want to live a satisfying and productive life and achieve a good frame of mind, you need to do four things:
– Understand yourself – this includes personal development and growth through coaching, therapy, workshops, experiences etc.
– This is probably the best for the frame of mind – accept yourself. Once you accept yourself, life becomes much easier and richer as you become more accepting of others.
– Now you understand and accept yourself, live your life. Stop worrying about what everyone else thinks and choose your path; run your race.
– From this position of strength, reach out and have productive relationships with others.
Finally, what do you hope those reading the book will be able to take away from it?
The book is split into 21 chapters that are easy to access and understand. Each chapter includes tips from my life experience, case studies, stories and examples, with a chapter summary. Readers can dip in and out as they wish, i.e., solve a specific problem such as handling a difficult person and gain fantastic knowledge and skills by reading the whole book.